Working at the sharp end

Optimism for the future of Indonesia’s financial sector has motivated Rizal Satar to work for one of the world’s largest professional services firms. Aulia Rachmat reports. While breaking the fast at his state-of-the-art office in Jakarta during Ramadhan, PT PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) FAS president director Rizal Satar confided that he was reading a biography of US presidential candidate Barack Obama. He added that he would not be surprised to see him sitting in the White House Oval Office s … [Read more...]

When oil and music combine

For risk-taking businessman-cum-guitarist Hilmi Panigoro, nothing is impossible. He tells Aulia Rachmat about the risks he encountered while growing his oil and gas company. While welcoming The Peak to his comfortable office in Jakarta’s prime business district, PT Medco Energi Internasional Tbk chairman and president commissioner Hilmi Panigoro explains, with an avuncular smile, that his company is due to move to larger premises quite soon. Construction of a brand-new office block close b … [Read more...]

Silver-screen success

With no previous experience and background in entertainment industry, David Hilman has successfully led his Cineplex business to capture the market rapidly within two years of operation. He shares with Aulia Rachmat the recipe for success. Having a chat with the Chief Executive Officer of Blitz Megaplex in a southern Jakarta’s fine-dining eatery put a relaxing evening in a jovial mood. Rather laid-back in style, David is indeed an ambitious entrepreneur when it comes to innovating new i … [Read more...]

Dom Pérignon: Uncork the Sparkle

It was in the late 1600s that an old monk invented an effervescent table wine that is still bubbling until now. A label suggesting exclusiveness, the legendary Dom Pérignon is arguably the most iconic brand of champagne with worldwide recognition. Its 17th century designs of antique-looking label and distinctive bottle shape have for long time been a symbol of elegance for those appreciating the art of living. It stretches back to the mid 1668 in the tranquil Hautvillers Abbey in the Champagne … [Read more...]

Seeing bigger picture through CSR programs

Being a good corporate citizen means a company is committed to address not only the needs and expectations of its employees and shareholders, but also those of the society. Staying true to this understanding, PT HM Sampoerna’ corporate social responsibility programs are built on the company’s own “Three Hands Philosophy,” which balances the expectations of its consumers & business partners, employees as well as the society at large. In light with the philosophy, PT HM Sampoerna is seeking … [Read more...]

Silver Bird Vellfire: The New Meaning of Transportation

Enjoying movie while relaxing on executive power seat in a spacious cabin might sound rather hyperbolic for a cab. But the newest premium fleet from the city’s leading taxi company has, since last month, hit the road catering such luxurious service to customers seeking more than just a means of transportation. Launched on November 1 this year, Silver Bird Vellfire is designed to accommodate business people and family who are in need of more spacious room with top-notch facilities. Noni S … [Read more...]

Role of phonics in teaching children to read

In the area of English language programs for children, phonics is becoming established as a basic concept to teach kids to read. A number of schools using international curriculum have adopted phonics as the fundamental approach to teaching children to read. Nevertheless, how effective is phonics as a method to teach children to read?Phonics is a method of teaching beginners to read and pronounce words properly by learning the phonetic value of letters, letter groups and syllables. Phonics … [Read more...]

Can Your Child Read in English?

Many parents think that their children have possessed the adequate reading skills after spending a number of years attending international curriculum schools, particularly those that started in elementary school. How are the reading skills of their children? Despite the fact that there are international and national plus schools here using English as the language instruction, many students continue to struggle in terms of reading comprehension. Reading is not an automatic skill. It is … [Read more...]