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  • Public Transport Safety Tips for the COVID-19 Pandemic

    COVID-19 continues to be a significant impact on our lives, with the number of cases on the rise again recently. With many out there already traveling to their workplaces to pull through these tough times, public transport commuting is still the top mode of transport to commute to and from our destinations, whether it is work, school. In addition to that, due to the travel restrictions imposed, there might be more traveling by buses and trains now as people might also use public transport to travel to the various domestic recreation sites to cure their holiday blues, especially in dense cities like Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, and London.  To help you get that extra peace of mind, here are some tips for you to stay as safe as much as you can while traveling on Public Transport in this COVID-19 pandemic.   Alternative modes of transport Image Source: Photo by Angelo Pantazis on Unsplash Choosing a different mode of transport where you will be less likely to come into close proximity with others is a great way to start. This will not only benefit you, but it will also lessen the pressure and the number of people taking public transport. The lesser contact, the better. Walk or Cycle Think about walking or cycling to your destinations if you can or when they are closeby. Remember to keep a distance between you and others around you at all times. Car-Sharing If you want to get somewhere fast, Car rentals and Car-sharing are a viable option as they are now more accessible than ever. Always sanitize the car before and after you use it and make sure the cabin is well ventilated during your journey to minimize the risks. You could argue that taxis, Grab, uber, or gojek do the same but, by renting and driving the cars yourself, you are staying in your own safety bubble, sparing you and the cab drivers with more risks.    Travel Off-peak Image Source: Photo by JOSHUA COLEMAN on Unsplash Peak hours in Public Transportation means more people, which also means that you will come into contact with many people in packed trains and buses, making their way to and from work or school. Choose to travel during off-peak hours whenever you can, leave your house earlier in the morning, or make your way home later in the evening. A bonus to doing this is that if you do choose to travel during the off-peak hours, your journey will not only be that little bit safer, but it will also be a bit more peaceful as well.   Plan your Journey Image Source: Photo by Jeremy Downes on Unsplash Before actually setting out to your destinations, plan ahead, and choose your routes carefully. Take the most direct routes that lead to your destination to minimize the time you spend outside. Avoid going to and through places where you know are generally busy, you can alight a stop before your intended station if you know there are more people there. Another thing to consider when planning your journey is that you could walk for more parts of your trip.   Contactless Technology Image Source: Photo by Mika Baumeister on Unsplash Minimize your contact with everything when you are out and about. Go contactless with your purchases by using contactless payments such as ApplePay, GooglePay, or any contactless cards available. Where possible, use your mobile phones when topping-up or purchasing tickets by doing the transactions through the respective mobile apps.   Personal Protection Image Source: Photo by Anshu A on Unsplash It has to go without saying that you should always follow the standard safety measures such as wearing a mask at all times and maintaining a safe distance between you and the next person. Safe distancing might be a hard thing to do when traveling on a packed bus or train, but whenever possible, always try to distance yourself from the next person. Bring a hand sanitizer with you when using public transport. Clean your hands after alighting as you may have used the handrails or touched some other parts of the vehicle. Due to the nature of the virus spreading through droplets, try not to speak during the commute (even if you’re already wearing a mask). If you are traveling overseas, check out our past blog “Planning To Travel Soon? Here Are 10 Travel Safety Tips For You To Know” for travel specific tips.   Safety Checklist Image Source: Photo by Glenn Carstens-Peters on Unsplash In summary here is a checklist of what you should ask yourself whenever you plan to go out on Public Transport: When is the best time for me to make my way there? Can I walk or cycle there? Am I taking the most direct and fastest route? Are there a lot of people on my route? / Is it busy? Are there any alternative routes with lesser people? Can I take any other alternative modes of transportation?  COVID-19 is a complex virus that we are all still trying to understand. These traveling tips are just precautionary measures to help you minimize the risks as much as you can whenever you are traveling around domestically. Of course, staying at home as much as possible is still the best, we understand that sometimes we really have to get out of the house to attend to something. Stay Safe!...

  • Indonesia's Independence Day 2020: Things to Look Out For This Independence Day

    Indonesia will celebrate its national day next week on 17 August. The biggest archipelago country in the ASEAN region is going to enjoy its 75th year of independence after being under Dutch colonial rule for 350 years. Indonesia’s capital city, Jakarta, is showing its joy as many national flags are bring waived in the streets. With COVID-19 positive cases increasing day by day in the country, the pandemic is still a looming threat to Indonesia and the rest of the world. Indonesians have fought hard to gain their independence, and now they fight against this deadly virus. Next week will be a big day for Indonesia but we will never give up fighting the virus. Indonesians celebrate Independence Day by conducting several competitions that are very famous in the country that should not be missed. The health protocol is a primary thing to do, however. Everyone should wear their masks, face shields, wash their hands, and surely never forget to practice physical distancing.Here’s how Indonesians are celebrating their Independence Day in the new normal.   Celebrating from Home Image Source: What's New Indonesia In a pre-COVID, Indonesians will come from all over the country to attend the annual flag-raising ceremony in the Presidential Palace. Standing proud as they watch their national flag being raised high. This will then lead to the President’s speech to the nation. This year, with the safety measures in place, the celebrations will be taking a more modest approach, with most of the activities being moved online as gatherings are no longer allowed in order to lower the risk of infections. Citizens are not worried about missing out, as they will be able to catch the flag ceremony and celebrations in the safety of their homes as it will be broadcasted live on television and social platforms.   Independence Day Community Games Image Source: IDN Times Community games can still be held albeit at smaller scales with strict safety measures in place. This means that Indonesians can still enjoy their favorite games they always play during independence day. A long-standing tradition associated with Indonesians during independence day is surely the Cracker Eating Race or also known as “Lomba Makan Kerupuk,” which is a must in every Independence Day celebration. It is a game where adults or children will race each other to see who can finish their crackers first. This year, however, participants are required to keep a distance between one another as they play this game. The crackers will be hanged by a thread a couple of centimeters higher than the participants. All the participants will raise their heads to eat the crackers while having their hands tied behind their backs. It is a cheerful game as the participants will keep opening their mouths to chase the crackers that are wiggling around. It is a fun activity that will surely raise everyone’s spirit! Another game played by Indonesians during Independence day is the Sack Race. Similar to the Cracker Eating game, adults or children can join this competition. The participants will get inside a gunny sack. The race usually runs around a distance of 15 to 20 meters, the participants have to hop while holding the sack from the start to the finish line. Quite tiring, but yeah, it will always create a lively atmosphere with spectators cheering on to support their players. The race can be more challenging and joyful if the participants are required to wear a helmet while hopping! Want to give it a try?   Taking it to Social Media Image By: Photo by Nick Agus Arya on Unsplash During the pandemic, when many people are asked to stay at home, TikTok has been the go-to app for Indonesians to spend their free time. Indonesians could create video content that is so relatable with the current situation – COVID-19 awareness! Yes, we can still produce an exciting and creative video while reminding people to stay healthy and safe. Another way Indonesians are spreading the joy of their independence is through the internet by creating videos with the Independence Day theme. For example, uploading a video on Facebook or Youtube to tell the viewers about how grateful they are as trying to flatten the curve during the national celebration—sharing positive words of encouragement from their hearts to inspire others to do the same.   Mask Making Competition Image by: Photo by Vera Davidova on Unsplash Since face masks are the main protective equipment used during the current pandemic and have become one of the health protocols, it would be great if there was a mask designing competition this Independence day month. Where people of all ages can display their creativity by coloring and designing their masks. This competition can be an attraction for children to participate in the August race this year, it could even help in the fight against the pandemic. It will be very special (and safe!) because it could be conducted virtually to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in Indonesia. Even though the celebrations this year are being scaled down and will feel a little different from previous years of celebration, the spirit of independence still resonates with the nation, and it’s citizens where they are united to stand against the global pandemic. Happy 75th Birthday Indonesia! Stay healthy, and let’s flatten the curve!...

  • Shop For Groceries Online With These 10 Online Grocery Delivery Services in Indonesia

    In light of the COVID-19 outbreak that has continue to plague the world, including the Southeast Asian region, the public has been advised to stay at home and practice social distancing as much as possible to reduce the spread of the virus. In a situation where most people are not allowed to gather in big groups outside and are advised to avoid crowded places as much as possible, online grocery delivery services has become a good alternative to shop for groceries and get basic necessities without stepping out of the house. Through the online grocery delivery services, consumers no longer need to step out of their house to go to the supermarket to get their groceries as it will be delivered right to their doorstep. Convenient, isn't it?  via GIPHY Here are 10 online delivery services that Indonesians can get their Halal groceries from. These recommendations work not only for Indonesians but also other expatriate living in Indonesia currently.  via GIPHY 1. HappyFresh Credit Image: HappyFresh Personal shoppers at HappyFresh will pick the best choice of your daily needs. HappyFresh pops out right away when talking about online grocery shopping in Indonesia. Their personal shopper is very professional and won't let you down. HappyFresh is connected to 17 well-known supermarket like Lottemart, Ranch Market, Giant, Transmart Carrefour, Grand Lucky and many more. They also linked with specific outlets if you have any request that cannot be found in conventional supermarkets, like Kiddobaby that provides the best baby and mom products, or Prima Freshmart that provides poultry and frozen meat. Simply create an account with HappyFresh and you're ready to shop for your groceries. For more promotions and discounts, you may download the app on Google Play or App Store or visit their website for more information here. 2. RegoPantes Credit Image: 8 Villagers RegoPantes This app will help you to get your daily groceries with reasonable prices. RegoPantes is a combination of two Javanese words; “Rego” which means price and “Pantes” which means appropriate. RegoPantes is dedicated in providing quality and fresh agricultural products with reasonable prices that are directly sourced from farmers. Fresh fruits, vegetables, rice and herbs are some of the grocery items consumers can purchase online. With every transaction and purchases made with RegoPantes, consumers are also contributing to the income and livelihood of these farmers. Amazing isn't it? What's even more amazing is that there are various discounts and promotions when you order your groceries from RegoPantes. It will also be delivered right to your doorstep so you don't have to step out of the house.  Convinced? Download the app on Google Play or App Store to place your orders or you can visit the website here.  3. Brambang Credit Image: Brambang Brambang is an online supemarket that offers fresh and good quality food products. Brambang offers a wide range of food products such as meat, seafood, fruits and vegetables, as well as other kinds of groceries. You wouldn't want to miss this online supermarket especially with the discounts offered on selected food items. Brambang also has several good reviews from satisfied customers, so we're sure you won't regret getting your groceries online with Brambang. Also, if you spend more about RP 600.000 every month, you will be automatically become a Star Member. As a Star Member, you will automatically be eligible for a 5% discount for selected products. Isn't that amazing?   Don't wait no more, download the app on Google Play to place your orders or visit the website now for more information here.   4. GoMart Credit Image: GoMart on GoJek GoMart is part of Indonesia’s giant ride hailing, GoJek. To use GoMart, first launch the GoJek application and then proceed to search for the GoMart icon which can be found in the GoJek application. Now you're all set to shop online for your groceries. At GoMart, you can find instant food, rice, beverages, snacks, household essentials and many more. Be sure to look out for discounts and promotions available daily.  Now, all you have to do is sit back, relax and wait for your groceries to be delivered. Convenient isn't it? Download the app on Google Play or App Store to shopping for groceries or visit the website for more information here.  5. SayurBox Credit Image: SayurBox on Facebook If you are a big fan of healthy produce, this app is the perfect choice for you. Sayurbox offers you fresh fruits and vegetables that comes from local farmers in Indonesia. You can place your orders for any agricultural produce of your choice and SayurBox farmers will receive your orders two days in advance to give them ample time to prepare for harvest based on your orders. This will be delivered right to your doorstep within 24 hours of the harvest day.  What is so special about SayurBox is that all your produce comes directly from the Indonesian farmers, straight from harvest, indicating that it is fresh. Also, SayurBox provides the opportunity for you to get to know the farmers growing your food by having the farmer's profiles listed on the website. Other than that, by placing orders with SayurBox, you're also helping to improve the livelihood and income of the local Indonesian farmers.  Ready to place your orders? Download the app on Google Play or App Store or visit the website for more information here. 6. SeroyaMart Credit Image: Seroyamart on Facebook Seroyamart is an online mart, made in Indonesia for Indonesians, which sells products like gourmet food products, household care, personal care and other daily essentials. This online mart is perfect for you to get your daily groceries as Seroyamart brings you the best and healthiest products, delivered to the comfort of your own home. Simply visit their website and place your orders once you have set up your own account. You are also given the option to choose the delivery schedule. Convenient isn't it? Now you no longer have to step out of your house and stand behind long queues to get your groceries. By purchasing your groceries online with Seroyamart, you're also helping to reduce traffic on the road which lessens congestion and pollution.   What are you waiting for? Place your orders online now by downloading the app on Google Play or visit their website for more information here. 7. Dropezy Credit Image: Dropezy on Facebook Imagine how easy your life is when you wake up in the morning, open your door and find your groceries already delivered silently. Dropezy is an online delivery service designed to deliver your groceries daily before 7:00AM silently. What's great about this service is that there are no minimum orders and free deliveries available. Household needs like milk, bread, eggs, vegetables and many more can be purchased online without the hassle of going to the supermarket every morning. Dropezy is definitely a useful service in times like this during the Covid-19 outbreak where you are encouraged to practice social distancing and stay at home as much as possible.  Simply drop a WhatsApp message with your personal details to Dropezy to register and you can start ordering your items over WhatsApp before 9:00PM. Visit the website for more information on how to place your orders here. 8. Green Valleys Jakarta Credit Image: Green Valleys Jakarta on Facebook Green Valleys Jakarta offers a wide range of household products such as fish, egg, fruits and vegetables, and many more. You can even find organic herbs and spices on this on online store. To start shopping for groceries, you will have to create an account with Green Valleys Jakarta. Don't miss out on this easy-to-use and convenient online grocery delivery service!  Visit the website for more information here 9. KeSupermarket.com If you are looking into premium quality products, this online grocery store is the right solution for you. KeSupermarket is an online supermarket that is linked to the two best premium supermarkets in Indonesia – Ranch Market and Farmers Market. Here, you can find a range of products; frozen food, meat and seafood, fruit and vegetables and many more. Shopping online on KeSupermarket feels like you are shopping for groceries at the supermarket except that this time, you're doing it at the comfort of your own home. To start shopping online, simply choose a city that you live in and choose the supermarket near your home. Check out special discounts on selected items offered by KeSupermarket. Skip the queue and the traffic, and start purchasing your groceries online with KeSupermarket. Download the app on Google Play or App Store. Visit the website for more information here. 10. Hypermart Online Store Credit Image: Hypermart Online Store The Hypermart Online Store is another online grocery store that offers the same experience as when you're shopping for groceries in the supermarket. The products that the Hypermart Online Store offers is almost the same as the ones you can find at the Hypermart physical store. With your groceries delivered right to your doorstep, you can save time as you no longer need to make your way to the supermarket to get your groceries. Getting your groceries online becomes a greater alternative, looking at the Covid-19 situation.  Simply select your province, your city and your area, and you're all set to shop for groceries online. Download the app on Google Play or App Store or visit the website for more information here. There you have it, 10 Online Grocery Delivery Services in Indonesia that you can use to shop for your groceries. This way, you can save time and shop at the comfort of your home. Most importantly, you can avoid the crowd and spend most of your time at home to protect yourselves from the COVID-19 virus. Hopefully, these recommendations will be helpful for those of you living in Indonesia. Remember to take care of yourselves by avoiding large gathering, keeping a healthy lifestyle and staying at home as much as possible.  via GIPHY...

  • Pleasure Your Taste Buds At These 5 Cafes in Jakarta!

    Jakarta is home to various culinary delights. As traffic congestion never ends at this city, young urbanites love to spend time at cafes and restaurants to kill time. Here are my recommended cafes and restaurants that are unique, Instagrammable, historical and thick in Indonesian elements. 1. Anomali Coffee Image Credit: Anomali Coffee on Facebook Indonesian coffee beans have drawn the attention of many across the globe, including Starbucks, the world’s largest coffee chain. Far before it opened its first store in Indonesia in 2002, Starbucks has used Sumatran single-origin coffee as its staple offering since 1971. If you are a coffee addict, you need to visit Anomali Coffee, an established coffee chain known to popularize authentic Indonesian coffee. Indonesia itself has made a name for itself as one of the world’s best coffee producing regions and in Anomali Coffee, you can find and taste a variety of coffee beans from all over the country one time, such as Gayo coffee from Aceh and Toraja coffee from South Sulawesi. Established in 2007, Anomali tries to promote Indonesian specialty coffee. It provides freshly roasted coffee under home roasters’ highest standard, but they remained affordable with price ranging from Rp 30,000 to Rp 60,000 for a cup of coffee. Its headquarters is located on Jl. Senopati No. 19 in Kebayoran Baru, South Jakarta, but it has six branches across the capital, from Menteng in Central Jakarta to Kemang in South Jakarta. Website | Facebook | Instagram Address: Jl. Senopati No. 19 in Kebayoran Baru               South JakartaOpening hour: 9 AM - 11 PM 2. Tesate Image Credit: Tesate on Facebook Tesate is known for offering a wide selection of Indonesian traditional dishes, from tahu pong (Rp 55,000), a crunchy tofu dish that is golden outside but silky and hollow inside with sweet sauce, sate sapi maranggi (Rp 124,000), spiced tender beef satay coated in toasted grated coconut to lonton cap go meh (Rp 111,000) rice cake served with bamboo shoots curry and chilli prawn. Tesate derives from the word sate that means satay. That is why its signature dish is various satays, such as sate sapi makassar from Makassar in South Sulawesi, an exotic combination of aromatic beef with mouth-watering, intensely sour starfruit, and sate lilit from Bali, crab or duck meat, minced with spices and herbs and wrapped in lemongrass. Tesate, which first opened its doors in Jakarta in 2008, is located on Jl. Sam Ratulangi No. 39 in Menteng, Central Java and inside two big shopping malls in Jakarta, namely Plaza Senayan and Pacific Place in South Jakarta. Website | Facebook | Instagram Address: Jl. Sam Ratulangi No. 39 in Menteng              Central JavaOpening hours: 10 AM -11 PM 3. Burgreens Image Credit: Burgreens Burgreens is Jakarta’s first organic healthy plant-based eatery and catering. It was founded by a vegetarian couple, -- Max Mandias and Helga, who both believes that what we eat impacts not only our health but also animal, farmers’ welfare and environmental sustainability. Max himself is a certified plant-based nutritionist and chef. 90% of Max’s menus are vegan. They contain natural fibers, plant-based protein, complex carbs and good fat in balance. Learning that dairy is hard to digest and may create allergies to some people, he uses natural dairy made from grass-fed, antibiotic-free and hormone-free cows. He also uses a small amount of local sea salt and liquid amino to spice up his menu. To make it taste good, he simply utilizes local herbs. His signature dish is Vegan Big Max (Rp 72,000), double patties on a whole wheat bun with homemade sauce, served with chips, and vegan ramen (Rp 75,000), organic palm noodle in sesame miso soup served with organic tofu, greens, and shiitake mushroom. In Jakarta, you can find Burgreens in six locations, such as Burgreens Menteng on Jl. K.H. Wahid Hasyim No. 47 in Menteng, Central Jakarta and Burgreens Darmawangsa on Jl. Wijaya II No. 37 in Kebayoran Baru in South Jakarta. Website | Instagram Address: on Jl. K.H. Wahid Hasyim No. 47 in Menteng               Central JakartaOpening hours: 10 AM - 11 PM 4. Giyanti Coffee Roastery Image Credit: Giyanti Coffee Roastery on Facebook Giyanti Coffee Roastery is one of the hidden gems in Jakarta. To find this care, you need to walk down a narrow alley on Jl. Surabaya No. 20 in Menteng, Central Jakarta. Having existed since 2012, Giyanti serves not only coffee but also a variety of bread that they make from scratch. Giyanti, which derives from the Javanese word Babat Giyanti, offers almond croissant, pain au chocolate, apple pie, and egg tart portugu. They all are affordable with prices ranging from Rp 37,000 to Rp 47,000. Like those puff pastries, cakes this café offers are also mouthwatering, such as bolu pandan, carrot cake and lamington. Giyanti uses organic coffee beans. To roast them, the café uses Italy-made Petrocini coffee roaster. Unlike other roasters in the market, this Italian roaster can measure beans temperature so accurately that the coffee they serve is like no others. Website | Facebook | Instagram Address: Jl. Surabaya No. 20 in Menteng               Central JakartaOpening hours: 9.30 AM - 5.30 PM 5. Maison Weiner Image Credit: Maison Weiner Bakery on Instagram Maison Weiner is a café and cake shop where you can enjoy the most authentic Dutch bread and pastries in Jakarta. Located on Jl. Kramat II in Kwitang, Central Jakarta. Maison Weiner is the oldest bakery in the capital. Having existed since 1936, the place offers cakes and bread with the same recipes enjoyed by the Dutch people when Batavia, now Jakarta, was under the Dutch rule. Indonesia gained Independence in August 1945. At Maison Weiner, you can find various Dutch cakes, such as ontbijtkoek, a soft Dutch spiced rye cake, and kerstkrans, a Dutch Christmas ring filled with fragrant almond paste and finished with a sugar glaze that resembles snow. Their prices range from Rp 15,000 to Rp 300,000. Maison Weiner was founded by Lee Liang Mey, an Indonesian of Chinese descent. She learned to bake from her boss, a Dutch baker, at a Dutch bakery in Batavia. It was her boss who motivated her to open her own bakery. The name Maison Weiner was given by the Dutch baker. Today, Maison Weiner is under the management of Lee’s grandson, Heru Laksana. He does not change the exterior and interior of the café so that you can feel the atmosphere of Jakarta old days when enjoying a cup of hot coffee with Dutch bread and pastries there. Instagram Address: Jl. Kramat II in Kwitang              Central JakartaOpening hours: 9 AM - 8 PM...

  • Jakarta, Indonesia: 5 Museums You Need To See With Your Own Eyes

    Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia, is home to over 20 interesting museums you can find easily once you land in this big city. Here are five must-visit museums we recommend if you come to Jakarta to learn about its history as well as to find Instagrammable spots to take a selfie for your social media accounts. 1. The National Museum of Indonesia Credit: @adzlinaabdullah on Instagram Located along Jl. Medan Merdeka Barat in Central Jakarta, the National Museum of Indonesia is one of the most popular museums in Indonesia. It is home to 141,000 artifacts, including 61,600 prehistoric and anthropological artifacts, from all over Indonesia and Asia. This museum, which was established by the Dutch East Indies government in 1862, is known as the Elephant Museum as it has a bronze elephant statue in its forecourt. What makes this museum special is that it has a comprehensive collection of stone statues of classical Hindu-Buddhist period of ancient Java and Sumatra. Credit: @ullulaz on Instagram Some of the Hindu-Buddhist sculptures, relics inscriptions are on display in the lobby of the museum. Among them is Buddha statues from Borobudur temple, the world’s largest Buddhist temple. In the museum, the largest artifact is the statue of Adityavarman, the cousin of Jayanegara, the king of Majapahit in the 1300s. The statue, which is 4 meters in height, was discovered in Padang Roco, West Sumatra before it was moved to the museum. Having opened its doors to the public since 1868, the National Museum of Indonesia is also regarded as one of the finest museums in Southeast Asia. To get there, you can take a Transjakarta bus and stop at the Monas station. Address: Jl. Medan Merdeka Barat No. 12. Central JakartaTicket Price: Rp 3,000 (Children) | Rp 5,000 (Adults) | Rp 10,000 (Foreigners)Operating Hours: 8AM to 4PM (Tue-Sun) 2. Fatahilah Museum Credit: @benedictusrendra on Instagram If you are in Jakarta and are asking the Jakartans on the location of the Jakarta History Museum, they might be confused. However, if you mention the Fatahillah Museum, they will show you the way to get there because the Jakarta History Museum is locally known as the Fatahillah Museum. Constructed by the Dutch government in the early 1600s, this museum is located in the south side of Fatahilah Square, Old Town area. This area is one of the most famous tourist destinations within the capital. Having opened its doors to the public since 1974, Fatahillah Museum showcases 23,500 artefacts from the prehistoric period of the city, the Dutch colonization period to the era of Indonesia’s Independence in 1945. Among displayed items are historic maps, ceramics, paintings, furniture, and archeological objects. They are saved in several rooms, such as Prehistoric Jakarta Room, Tarumanegara Room, Jayakarta Room, Fatahillah Room, Sultan Agung Room, and the MH Thamrin Room. Fatahillah Museum is also home to Betawi-style furniture from the 17th to 19th century. What makes this museum more special is that it has cells used as dungeons during the era of Dutch colonization. A Javanese freedom fighter named Prince Diponegoro was imprisoned here in 1830 before he was banished to Manado, North Sulawesi. Address: Jl. Taman Fatahillah No. 1. West JakartaTicket Price: Rp 3,000 (Children) | Rp 5,000 (Adults) | Rp 10,000 (Foreigners)Operating Hours: 8AM to 5PM (Tue-Sun) 3. Taman Prasasti Museum Credit: @neilamadeusy on Instagram Unlike ordinary museums, Taman Prasasti Museum's main attraction is the Dutch gravestones. This museum is a cemetery of noble people established by the Dutch government in 1795. One of the those buried in this cemetery is Olivia Mariamne Raffles, the wife of British governor-general Thomas Stamford Raffles involved in the conquest of Java island from the Dutch. Credit: @neilamadeusy on Instagram Officially opened in September 1797, the 5.9-hectare-Taman Prasasti Museum is the oldest modern cemetery in the world. The oldest gravestones came from the 17th century to the end of the 18th century. At that time, this cemetery was established to accommodate the rising number of death caused by an outbreak of a disease in Batavia, now Jakarta. In this museum, you can also find ancient inscription stones, the miniature of various styles of gravestones in Indonesia, and the original coffins for Indonesia’s first president and vice president, Sukarno, and Mohammad Hatta. Address: Jl. Tanah Abang No. 1. Gambir, Central JakartaTicket Price: Rp 3,000 (Children) | Rp 5,000 (Adults) | Rp 10,000 (Foreigners)Operating Hours: 9AM to 3PM (Tue-Sun) 4. Basoeki Abdullah Museum Credit: Museum Basoeki Abdullah on Facebook The Basoeki Abdullah Museum in South Jakarta is the private house of late maestro painter Basoeki Abdullah. The house became a museum in 2001 after its owner was murdered on November 5, 1993. He was killed by his gardener who tried to steal his expensive watches. This museum displays Basoeki’s 720 paintings and 123 works of art he had collected throughout his life. This place also showcased the watches and a blood-stained pajama and glasses that the renowned artist was wearing when the tragedy happened in 1993. Basoeki is known for his beautiful landscape paintings of Indonesia’s nature and portrait paintings of important public figures across the globe, from Indonesia’s first president Sukarno to India’s Mahatma Gandhi. Born on January 27, 1915, in Surakarta, Central Java, Basoeki was the grandson of national hero Wahidin Sudirohusodo. His artistic ability, however, was inherited from his father, Abdullah Soerjosoebroto, a renowned landscape painter. He was a Western-educated painter who started painting when he was 4 years old. He received a scholarship to study at Academie Voor Beldeende Kunsten in the Netherlands from 1935 to 1937 and then pursued his higher education at the Academy of Fine Arts in Paris, France. Address: Jl. Keuangan Raya No. 19, Cilandak, South JakartaTicket Price: Rp 1,000 (Children) | Rp 2,000 (Adult) | Rp 10,000 (Foreigners)Operating Hours: 8AM to 4PM (Tue-Sun) 5. Museum MACAN Credit: @museummacan on Instagram The Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Nusantara (Museum MACAN) is Indonesia’s first world-class museum dedicated to modern and contemporary art. Last year, it was named by TIME Magazine one of the world’s Top 100 Places to Visit in 2018. Established by businessman and renowned collector Haryanto Adikoesoemo, the museum has opened its doors to the public since 2017. This museum is home to Haryanto’s personal collection of more than 800 international and Indonesian works of art, including pieces by the likes of Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, American artists Andy Warhol and Keith Haring, and Indonesian artists Heri Dono and Arahmaiani. Credit: @museummacan on Instagram What makes Museum MACAN even more special is that it is also a picture worthy place. Many young people who visit this place like to take selfies with the artworks. This place also provides various educational programs for people of all ages, such as an educator’s forum, where a regular group of teachers can tour the museum each time a new exhibition is opened and speak to the curators. Credit: @museummacan on Instagram This museum also accommodates Indonesian artists to showcase their work but also allow them to do art performance. Some of the big names who have performed in this museum are Arahmaiani, Tisna Sanjaya, FX Harsono and Agung Kurniawan. Address: AKR Tower Level MM, Jl. Perjuangan No.5, Kebon Jeruk, West JakartaTicket Price: Rp 40,000 (Students) | Rp 50,000 (Adults)Operating Hours: 10AM to 6PM (Tue-Sun)...



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