Tailor shop in Kemang Timur

Arnaldo Pellini Photographs

There is this small tailor shop nearby where I live in Jakarta. There are three tailors working in it. It is open in the early morning when I bike to work. It is still open when I bike back form work in the late afternoon. Sometimes, it is still open when I go to the supermarket to buy stuff we need for dinner. I do not know why, but the green colour of the walls, the fabric spread across the whole shop, the fluorescent neon lights, the fact that the shop is right on the street, they all remind me of Nepal.

Tailor Kemang Timur Tailor shop in Kemang Timur

Tailor Kemang Timur Tailor shop in Kemang Timur

Tailor Kemang Timur Tailor shop in Kemang Timur

Tailor Kemang Timur Tailor shop in Kemang Timur

Tailor Kemang Timur Tailor shop in Kemang Timur

Tailor Kemang Timur Tailor shop in Kemang Timur

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Jakarta Jottings

nomadicpaths

When visiting a foreign city, it’s customary to focus on the notable sights and experiences, the ones recommended by guidebooks, tourist brochures and tours. Yet to confine a visit to just those features can create a distorted impression that ignores the realities of life for many of the city’s residents.

Jakarta has extremes of wealth and poverty. Liveried doormen greet luxury cars that disgorge their owners and passengers at marble shopping malls where the world’s luxury brands are displayed in air conditioned comfort while a few kilometres away, scavenging for discarded plastic bottles can provide an income of sorts.

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The photo was taken in Angke an old suburb near the sea. A walk in the neighbourhood is a reminder of the city’s Chinese community, with a stroll past Confucian temples, through the Muslim community by the mosque where the labryrinthine lanes are just wide enough to allow two people to walk abreast…

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Publik Night Out with Panama!

The Perks of Being 20

Last Saturday brought me back to my memorable early 20s when I was still working as a music journalist. Yeap, long before I knew how to write fashion articles, movie scripts, company profiles, etc, I first found my grip on writing about music.

Reviewing the new released albums from several record labels, interviewing musicians, attending concerts and parties were mainly my job desk. I was so into it, I climbed the corporate ladder from journalist to – probably – the youngest Chief Editor in this country. You can read some of my early writings here. I was surprised and emotional to find that a pdf copy of this magazine is actually available online (sadly, the magazine was terminated in 2010.)

Anyways, back to the story of last weekend. Thanks to Ismaya Live, DR and I got the chance to watch Panama at Publik Night Out, a celebration to Publik Markette’s first anniversary.

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My bookclub in Jakarta

28 anni d'espatrio

Leggi in italiano
fotoOne of the things that turned my Jakarta experience into a happy one, is definitely the book club I lead with a group of Italian-speaking women (and one man). In every country I lived, I took care of finding a book club and joining it. I  have glorious memories of the one in Brazzaville, where we discovered a lot of African authors, and the one in Jerusalem, whose discussions started from the book and went on to explore all possible life issues, like human relationships, sex and of course, the israeli occupation of Palestine.

The one in Jakarta is special, though. To start with, I did not have to insist and push and call people to participate. It was born very spontaneously one morning I had invited a bunch of friends to my place, to donate some books I had read and wanted to share. The discussion…

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Sponsor Update: O Comic Con

Project Cosplay

Project-Nerd, LLC and Project Cosplay are pleased to welcome O Comic Con (Omaha) as a Platinum Level Sponsor for the event.

O Comic Con

O Comic Con is a delightful three-day annual event that brings people together to enjoy pop culture fandom through guests and programming from the world of entertainment. There are fun and informative panels to attend, vendors who sell all kinds of fun geek-related merchandise, and cosplay programming that encourages attendees to dress like their favorite character from comics, TV and film, or books. It’s just as much fun for the casual attendee as it is for the hardcore fan. It’s also a family-friendly environment where folks are encouraged to bring their kids along for the fun.

Project Cosplay is drawing a large interest from not only Colorado, but also the Kansas City and Omaha areas where Project-Nerd has a strong presence. O Comic Con is just an 8 hour…

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Astrofest 2016

Messier Quest

My quest to become an amateur astronomer kicked off with a visit to Astrofest 2016. As I work in London this wasn’t too arduous a trip, but I was constrained to only visit the exhibition.

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Venezia during famous annual carnival

Dolce Vita In Italy

Gondolas from Venezia Venezia gondolas

Canal Grande of Venezia with a bird Canal Grande of Venezia with a bird

Canal Grande of Venezia Canal Grande of Venezia

Canal Grande in Venezia during annual famous carnival Canal Grande in Venezia during annual famous carnival.

Ponde di Rialto crossing Canal Grande in Venezia Ponde di Rialto crossing Canal Grande in Venezia.

Canal of Venezia Canal of Venezia

Venezia canal with boats Venezia canal with boats

Healthy lifestyle in Venezia Healthy lifestyle in Venezia

Venezia life Venezia life

Venezia canal Venezia canal

Venezia cakes during the famous carnival The cakes of Venezia

Piazza San Marco in Venezia Warm Piazza San Marco in Venezia during carnival

Venezia near Grand Canal during carnival time Venezia near Grand Canal during carnival time

The Basilica on the campo San Giovanni e Paolo. The Basilica on the campo San Giovanni e Paolo.

Venezia street during famous carnival Venezia street during famous carnival

Venice street during annual famous carnival Venezia street during annual famous carnival

Streets of Veniezia during carnival Streets of Veniezia during carnival

Venezia near Grand Canal during carnival time Venezia near Grand Canal during carnival time

Street of Venezia Street fo Venezia

Sultan of Venezia during the famous annual carnival Sultan of Venezia during the famous annual carnival

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And the winners are…

On The Glo

So exciting! Our #‎Valentines‬ ‪#‎Giveaway‬ came to a close midnight last Thursday and it was a total success! So many of you participated: we had more than 200 entries! ‪

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Thankfully the winners are chosen automatically and we don’t have to draw out of a hat! To make more than 200 tickets would have been hard! We have decided to draw one winner per day, to keep the excitement (yours AND ours!) going.

We have contacted winner number 1 and 2 and we hope to hear back soon! And we have one more name, the last, to draw today! As soon as you acknowledge your win, we will disclose to everyone who the three lucky winners are!

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Alexandra Bracken Event Recap!

Aloof Books

A few days ago, or last Friday, I attended an Alexandra Bracken signing at my local Barnes & Noble’s–and it was SO great! That’s why I decided to talk about it a bit on here. I’m so happy I was able to go because I had such a great time and I already know this event is going to make my highlights of the month. 🙂

But first off–let’s introduce Alex! If you don’t know, Alexandra Bracken is the author of The Darkest Minds trilogy, Passenger (the first book in a duology), and Star Wars: A New Hope.

 

Even though I haven’t finished The Darkest Minds trilogy, since I read the first book a year and a half ago, I really enjoyed it and I was really looking forward to this event. I also was REALLY excited for Passenger because everyone loves it–and I’m currently reading it now and…

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National Libraries Day 2016 – completing the set

Julia's Blog

Extremely busy weekend: looking at all the wonderful and diverse things going on in libraries across the country, gathering examples of where colleagues and members of the Libraries Taskforce are visiting, and doing my own library tour!

You’d think after spending all week immersed in library news I might like to take a break at the weekend (you know, watch some rugby, go out for a lazy lunch? – its OK, managed to fit that in too!) but National Libraries day is an opportunity too good to miss. I checked the website  and discovered no particular events planned for my home area, but Kent Libraries were offering activities, so we started the day by heading over to Snodland library.

Snodland

Snodland library Snodland library

Their library is in the High Street, and besides library services there is also a space for the local borough council to offer surgeries. There was a book sale so…

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Design Icons Amsterdam

Hotspots in Amsterdam

On February 13th and 14th dealers of interior design objects from all over Europe will come together in Amsterdam-Noord (de Overkant, with a nice industrial atmosphere). During these two days you can buy design objects from the 1930s-1980s from several famous designers. The entrance fee is 10 euros on Saturday and 5 euros on Sunday. More information: http://www.design-icons.com/information

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Kahitna Anniversary “Love Festival” [Coming Soon]

A Girl At Crossroads

It’s less than a week to watch Kahitna Anniversary “Love Festival”. One of the biggest event in this month, will be held my Indonesian favorite group, Kahitna. To celebrate their 30 anniversary, a concert with love theme will be held on February 13th 2016 in Jakarta Convention Center (JCC).  This concert is promoted by Berlian Entertaiment and major sponsored by Bank BTN.

What’s special in this concert?

It won’t be like ordinary concerts or previous Kahitna’s concert when there were only one stage and few guest stars. It will be more than that! There are four stages : LOVE, DREAM, HOPE and PASSION, where the main stage is LOVE. In each stage, there will be a lot of singers or musicians (mostly famous Indonesian)  who will sing their songs and the concert will be started around 2 P.M. The main stage, LOVE, will be fill up by Kahitna and the show in there will be…

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Dreign Single and Lyrical Video Launch – Dreign x Rad Apparel Shirt Launch

METALISLAND

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Dreign Single and Lyrical Video Launch – Dreign x Rad Apparel Shirt Launch!
Friday, February 19 at 7PM – 1AM.
Revamp Carwash CAFE.
BLK 136 LOT 29 MINDANAO AVE EXT CASA MILAN, FAIRVIEW.

Performances by:
Dreign,
Kontra,
Talata,
SkyChurch,
Maria’s Diary,
Defecator – Olongapo,
Hampas,
Payback,
Whitewalkers,
Bought by Blood,
Man Monster Machine,
Atthismo.

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1453513431345809/

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Agribusiness Association Showcase & Conference Feb 9 & 10

Iowa Technology Blog

You Are Invited!
“On behalf of the AAI leadership, I invite your attendance to the AAI Showcase & Conference to be held February 9 & 10 at the Varied Industries Building / Iowa State Fairgrounds, Des Moines.
This is the 7th year of the conference at this location, and I’m pleased to report a record number of exhibitors and a sold out trade show.
I particularly want to encourage your attendance to our Senior Leadership Forum and the AAI All Members Meeting that will be held on Tuesday, February 9th, including the events that follow. We are still taking reservations for the Leadership Forum and would welcome your attendance to this great line up of speakers! Please feel free to call the AAI office at 515-262-8323 for questions.”
Joel Brinkmeyer
AAI CEO
Leadership Keynote Speaker
Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds
 
Kim Reynolds, a former state senator and…

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Recap: Rogers Centre Tour

CAFP Ryerson

On January 27th, CAFP members were given a tour of the Rogers Centre, home of the Toronto Blue Jays, and venue for concerts, monster truck shows and trade fairs! We saw first hand the foodservice operations behind the tasty food and snacks offered at the Rogers Centre. Aramark’s management team graciously hosted us, offering delicious snacks and take-home souvenirs from the 2015 Blue Jays postseason ceremonies!

The tour began with an introduction by Aramark’s general manager, Jeff Curley on Aramark’s presence in the foodservice industry and their history with the Rogers Centre.  We learned the secrets behind their success in hosting the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2015 Pan Am games, and the rise of the Blue Jays season in 2015, all while catering to a global palette. Their executive chef, Elizabeth Rivasplata (a Season 2 Top Chef Canada Contestant!) walked us through their menu planning process and their interesting twists on local…

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