Paris of the Orient

Text & Images: Chris Andre Shanghai, the most sophisticated metropolis in China, strikes as a surprisingly affordable and beautifully urban holiday destination. For those who’ve never stepped a foot in mainland China, a trip to this part of the world could be a little bit daunting. The absence of Google (the browser, map and Gmail) and the experience of lost in translation are just two among many challenges you’d encounter right from very start. Thankfully, what Shanghai lacks in in … [Read more...]

Paris Van Java

By Aulia R. Sungkar. Originally published in Indonesia Design. In the historic city that retains a colonial and old world charm is a memorable resort lifestyle destination that brings back the glory days of Paris of Java. Only a few minutes away from Pasteur tollgate will take you to astrategic spot of Bandung’s hip and happening.For some people, Paris Van Java (PVJ) is a perfect place to shop ‘til you drop, whilst others love to immerse in its café culture. Or, simply spend quality ti … [Read more...]

Singapore Tourism Board launches ‘Passion Made Possible’

The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) has recently unveiled "Passion Made Possible", a new brand of Singapore designed to market the country internationally for both tourism and business purposes. The brand was launched by STB in Singapore on August 24, 2017. Indonesia being the top source market is among the first across 15 markets in the global roll out of the new brand over the next 3 months. The new brand captures the spirit and attitude of Singapore, and tells a fuller Singapore story beyond … [Read more...]

Writers vs Journalists – Two Different Breeds

By Alveo team Writing is this mesmeric process, which once you sink your teeth into, will grab hold of you fast, not wanting to let go until you are spent. It’s also an anathema many shy away from: How many high school or college students joyfully get immersed in the process of writing their paper, and not constantly glancing at the bottom of their screen to see if they’ve clocked in enough words to meet the requirement set by their teacher or lecturer? Highly probably not many. Nevertheless, … [Read more...]

The temples, art and beaches of Bali

Text: Ruth Ninajanty. Originally published in The Jakarta Post, August 24, 2017 Bali is one of Indonesia’s most popular holiday destinations as there is something for everyone on the island. From fun family rides to romantic honeymoon trips, with endless festivities and one-of-a-kind experiences, they are all spread over different parts of Bali. But first, let’s revisit the beaches. Bali’s shorelines are often categorized by what you want to enjoy. If you’re not a morning person and prefer … [Read more...]

A Day in Toulouse

Discovering France’s pink city on foot. Text & photos: Aulia R. Sungkar (published in The Jakarta Post/JPlus on Feb. 28, 2016). Toulouse gets a fraction of the visitors received by other cities in France such as Bordeaux, Nice or Lyon. However, the metropolis of about a half million souls has many charms, a crackling cultural scene and beautifully ancient buildings that will reward any traveler. The capital of the Midi-Pyrénées region is also known locally as La Ville Rose (The Pink C … [Read more...]

Yogyakarta & Beyond

Words: Gandi Faisal The Special District of Yogyakarta is packed with dozens of amazing less traveled tourist spots that promise wholesome holiday for all It’s been said that the soul of Yogyakarta is the soul of Indonesia. Located in the south of Central Java, the Special District of Yogyakarta is the seat of some of the most culturally rich regions in the country, where traditions of leadership under the kings and sultans are still strongly observed. Yogyakarta is a famous tourist d … [Read more...]

LADY DEWI SUKARNO: A Reflection of Beauty

Beauty is the artwork that creates the charming in life of the Indonesian former first lady. A warm chat with Lady Dewi Sukarno, widow of the late former Indonesian President Soekarno during a lunch was tied in a jovial mood. Born with the name Naoko Nemoto, the 70-year-old Lady Dewi surely looks much younger than look. Dressed in light blue, the get-up-and-go Lady Dewi reveals her recipe of what has made her stay fit and beautiful. “I believe beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but you s … [Read more...]