In A Blink – hotel design as art

Words: Aulia R. Sungkar Originally published in JPlus of The Jakarta Post on August 13, 2016     Entering its second decade, Blink Design Group has reached great heights in the world of hospitality design, working with luxury hotel brands such as Alila, Conrad, Jumeirah, Kempinski, Mandarin Oriental, Regent, Rosewood and Six Senses. Hotel designer and creative director Clint Nagata founded the firm in 2006 in Bangkok with a staff of 20. Flash-forward to today, and … [Read more...]

How to raise a bilingual child

Words: Ruth Ninajanty Originally published in The Jakarta Post on March 31, 2016 I am asked a lot about how my son became bilingual. He is 10 years old and currently speaks English and Indonesian. At school he also learns Mandarin. I’ve heard so much about the benefits of raising a bilingual child, from better problem-solving abilities due to their active cognitive process as they switch languages, to a brighter future as they are able to communicate globally. But for me, the r … [Read more...]

Gangsta Bar

Words: Andre Syahreza Originally published in Life in Jakarta, April edition. Sebuah restoran di bagian depan, dan speakeasy bar yang tersembunyi di bagian belakang. Menyediakan hidangan yang “cocok untuk gangster”. ‘Speakeasy Bar’ dikenal sebagai sebuah istilah untuk bar yang terinspirasi dari Prohibition Era di Amerika Serikat, sekitar tahun 1930-an. Ketika itu produksi dan peredaran minuman beralkohol dilarang, menyebabkan bermunculan bar-bar yang dibikin sembunyi-sembunyi. Ketika itu … [Read more...]

Experiencing Hong Kong

Jaunting through the top sights of Asia's world city Text & images: Aulia R. Sungkar MasterCard’s latest Global Destination Cities Index has listed Hong Kong as one of the world’s ten most popular cities for travelers in 2015, with over 8.6 million international visitors coming to this China’s special administrative region in that particular year. With the city’s harmonious blend of vibrant Chinese culture, modern architecture, shopping and exciting nightlife, I found H … [Read more...]

The Art of Getting Lost

Words: Chris Andre Originally published in 3S in-house publication, Jan-April 2016 issue Despite a few modern changes, Lombok remains rustic in its charms — perfect for a low-key getaway A few years back Lombok was said to be home to an Indonesian version of Disneyland. Replete with world- class attractions, that projection was, all in all, a promise far from reality. To this very day, Lombok is hardly a sister—if any relation is there—to Bali. Predominant with Muslims an … [Read more...]

Rolling Stones Exhibitionism to offer fans satisfaction

After more than 50 years of rock 'n' roll, the Rolling Stones are still pushing boundaries, with their first exhibition showcasing hundreds of items from their long-running career, from Mick Jagger's jumpsuits to Keith Richards' guitars. Billed as the "first ever major exhibition by (the group) and the largest touring exhibition of its kind ever to be staged", Exhibitionism opens up the Stones world to fans - from their early, impoverished days sharing a rundown London flat in 1962 to … [Read more...]

Jean-Paul Agon: Leading the world of beauty

Words & photo: Aulia R. Sungkar Originally was published in The Jakarta Post on March 14, 2016. The chairman and CEO of L’Oréal Group talks about his global business strategies and dealing with digitalization. With an avuncular smile, Jean-Paul Agon greets The Jakarta Post in L’Oréal Indonesia’s head office in Jakarta’s central business district. “It’s my fourth visit to this country. The first time I came here was in 1997 and then I came back in 2000 and 2010. Jakarta has changed so … [Read more...]

Ruth’s Chris Steak House

Words: Rian Farisa Originally was published on After many decades of serving steak fanatics in New Orleans, Ruth’s Chris Steak House finally arrives in J-Town. The city of New Orleans of where Ruth’s Chris Steak House was born possesses a distinctively rich cultural and ethnic heritage that has evolved over centuries between two civilizations – European and Creole. In turn, this relationship creates a magical chemistry that influences over what Ruth’s Chris Steak House has … [Read more...]

8 Advantages Highly Sensitive People Bring to Business

Words: Sherrie Campbell Originally published in Highly-sensitive people are “different” but different in the way that businesses need. The highly sensitive see things in ways others cannot and are the world’s greatest innovators. These are the people you want running your businesses. You want them on your creative teams to help push your business to the cutting edge. With their influence, your business will stand out – by creating new ide … [Read more...]

ST. ALi Jakarta

Words: Rian Farisa Originally was published on One of the kings of Melbourne coffee shops finally opens its doors in J-town. Last year, ST. ALi sent forth its best envoys such as the world class barista Matt Perger and latte art champion Ben Morrow to introduce themselves with Indonesian crowd at Common Grounds of Citywalk Sudirman, Jakarta. Now in partnership with the latter, ST. ALi officially enters Southeast Asia for the first time and Indonesia’s capital becomes t … [Read more...]