Destination Indonesia: Cycling

In the other articles, we explored the trend of the cycling hobby in indonesia. Now, let’s explore where to find the right spot and community for interested cyclists coming to Indonesia.

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Hey Startups, Indonesia Wants You

We have explored why Indonesia offers huge opportunities of success for businesses in a previous article, where there are more investors than companies looking for investment. We shall explore more on this topic, why startups should consider coming to Indonesia.

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Philiippine’s Meryenda is the Fourth Meal of the Day

Meryenda, and the light meals

Hello! This time I will talk about the Filipino popular tradition: Meryenda.

Meryenda, or “snacks” in English, is a light meal eaten after lunch and befire dinner, usually around 4pm. It is customary for us not only to satisfy our hungry bellies, but also cultivate this long-standing tradition that our ancestors have started decades ago. Since it is a very quick and light meal, it usually only takes 15-20 minutes for it. Filipinos, from every Philippine island and from all levels in the society, practice having meryenda in the afternoon, every single day.

This tradition was inherited from the Spanish colonization, including the type of food. The most common examples of this would be the local rice cakes, instant noodles and sandwiches. These food can be found almost anywhere, and you can eat them quickly. This is where Filipinos get their energy boost, especially when they still have a long day ahead of them. Otherwise, they would be even more tired, as hunger burdens their normal work.

However, not only working people practise this. It is observed by all Filipinos, whether if they are at home or outside. Even when they are relaxing, they still see to it that they take their meryenda. Also, this is practised outside the Philippines. Surely there are other countries who have meryenda too, even if they do not have a particular term for it. The term meryenda is uniquely Filippino, and that’s what makes it interesting than just normal snacks.

Philippine Correspondent

Indonesia and Japan now in Defense Agreement

Japan and Indonesia will celebrate as they have the 42nd anniversary of the ASEAN-Japan relationship, and the 57th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic relations. To have the two countries be closer, Indonesian Defense Ministry announced that it would soon sign a defense cooperation treaty with Japan.

A handshake of stronger friendship

According to Jakarta Post, the Defense Ministry spokesman said that the two countries had agreed to work together in several fields including humantarian assistance, disaster prevention and mitigation, and cyber defense.

The signing of cooperation between Japan and Indonesia

In disaster prevention and mitigation, under the planned agreement, Japan is expected to offer Indonesia amphibious aircraft and early warning system technologies.

Unconfirmed reports said that the draft of the MoU between Indonesia and Japan had yet to be signed because of a Cabinet reshuffle in Japan and a stormy political weather in Indonesia (even though the draft itself has been ready since last year).

Japan introduced a new law that would allow for a transfer of technology from the Japanese strategic industry to Indonesia under an umbrella cooperation agreement. Also, the defense partnership would improve Indonesia’s diplomatic standing, both in the region and at an international level.

Under the defense cooperation agreement, Indonesia could also import armaments and defense instruments from Japan. The Japanese government eased its stance on defense equipment transfer principles in April last year, allowing arms exports under certain circumstances.

Under the leadership of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, whom many consider a defense hawk, Japan has embarked on an overhaul of its national security strategy.

In an historic step, his Cabinet last year approved the export of military equipment and conducted a legal review that concluded Japan had the right to deploy its military power abroad to protect its citizens and defend allies under attack.


Indonesia Correspondent
Jakarta, Indonesia

How Filipinos Decide On A Trip To Japan


Ever since the Japanese Embassy announced that the visa approval for Filipinos who would like to travel to Japan will be relaxed, a lot of Filipinos have been flocking to Japan. The popular travel season for Filipinos because this is the time when the children are taking a holiday break from school. It is also a good time to visit Japan because of the cherry blossom season. Filipinos will buy their tickets way before they travel, probably around 6-10 months before so they can get a good deal for their tickets.

Next, they would look for places to stay. Since Japan is generally expensive, they would look for cheap accommodation. This is made possible by Airbnb, a service which users can use to look for accommodation rented out by the locals of their destinations.

After booking a place to stay in, Filipinos would research on where to go, what weather to expect, what clothes to bring and how much money to bring. Since the weather in Manila is very different from the weather in Japan, most Filipinos don’t have sweaters to keep them warm from the cold weather in Japan. They would then go shopping for their basic necessities like coat, gloves, boots and thermal wear. They would also exchange their Pesos to US Dollars or Japanese Yen before flying to Japan. All doing all these, they are most likely ready for their trip to the Land of tthe Rising Sun.


Philippines Correspondent

3 most popular mobile apps in Malaysia


Looking at your phone screen, there’s no shortage of great mobile applications, either free or paid waiting at your fingertips to be installed. Technology has evolved our lives together with the impact of the internet, and is definitely not the same as 50 years ago. Mobile devices can be considered as the pen and paper of our time. Even 2 years old kids can now play mobile games before learning their ABCs! Forgetting your phone might as well be forgetting your wallet. Certain apps have becomed essential, and you use them every day, and everyone knows their names. Here are 3 of Malaysian favourite apps, although all of it fall under Social Networking Sites.

  • Whatsapp 

Sending pictures, free calls and instant messages all of this can be done without charges through Whatsapp. The only requirement for it is connectivity. Using a phone number as its unique user identifier, people of all ages have been using Whatsapp as their choice communication medium. “Free and Fast” is the key factor that make it most popular.

  • Facebook 

If you didn’t know what is Facebook, gosh! You might be classified as an ancient fossil! The applications for Facebook is almost infinite. Acting as a medium of communication, publicity, business, media, and many more ranging from important to mundane can be done using Facebook! However, many Malaysians felt that the standalone Facebook Messenger app was unnecessary. That doesn’t make it a bad app, or not useful in its own way. Facebook is very good for family photos and videos, personal updates, chronicling life changes, and sharing interesting links.

  • Twitter 

Who says only birds can tweet, nowadays even human do tweeting! Yes! Twitter is a powerful social media. Instant news, site updates, breaking news, and quick links are just some of the many of the wonders of Twitter. Working late at night and not able to watch your favourite football team? Open your Twitter, get real time updates, and you’ll be able to get the results of the match in the blink of an eye. As one Community writer puts it, “Twitter does its best work five minutes after a disaster, and its worst in the twelve hours after that.” Some even said that your Twitter is your personal reflections. You need to be careful with that!

Technology is changing every second. Today’s most popular might become obsolete tomorrow, or worst, like it never existed before. Still, despite of the apps’ advantages and weaknesses, to be able to communicate with our loved one is definitely something that we cherished.

Malaysia correspondent

3 Japanese product and services most wanted in Malaysia



Hello! I am Nurul from Malaysia.

From a convenience store elaborate welcoming ritual to the hotel’s nearly uncanny sense of meeting guest needs, Japan could be said has perfected the culture of hospitality. The land of the rising sun’s impressive service culture is acknowledged by the world.

Thanks to Malaysian Fourth Prime Minister, Dr. Mahathir vision which is “Look East Policy”, Malaysian people has long before admires Japan work ethic and culture. Japanese product and services are also well accepted and are even listed in the wish list! So what are the 3 most wanted Japanese products and services in Malaysia. Let’s have a look, shall we?

1.Retail Service

Aeon is not only famous in Japan, but also in Malaysia. Previously, goes by the name Jaya Jusco, Aeon is well known among Malaysian residents. Anything you want from A to Z is available at Aeon Shopping Centre. Jusco is one of the government efforts in “Look East Policy” which results in joint corporations between Aeon Company Japan to further enhance and modernize the retail service in Malaysia. Aeon is the best leading retailer in Malaysia. Their recent accomplishment is Carefour take over which are now called Aeon Big. “Daiso”, “the 100 yen shop” or were called the “RM5 shop” in Malaysia are also most wanted. The competitor, Hinode is beginning to lose their popularity to Daiso. Due to the abundance of creative and fun product sold, Daiso has gain place in the heart of Malaysian.





2.Automotive Service

Among male driver in Malaysia, nearly all of them are a fan of Japanese Built Car. Named it, Toyota, Nissan, Mitsubishi, Honda and others, all of it are the favorite among guys and Mazda are exceptionally famous among women! Even though Japanese vehicles are very expensive in Malaysia, due to the tax applied, “Initial D” is not a factor that can make the car “otaku” ignore the huge price they need to pay and worship the car to the point of calling them “Wifey”. The factors that matter here are definitely because of the high quality and the car awesome technical performance. To nominate just one brand as the most wanted is definitely a crime!


3. Beauty Product

Deem as an exclusive beauty product and maintain on top of the wish list of almost every women. SKII is a dream beauty product to behold!! This product are also somehow magically managed to attract metrosexual male consumer. The secret key, “pitera” is founded in the “sake” brewing factory. Act as anti-aging and can make the skin become smooth, fairer and younger looking, which are scientifically proven effectives are probably the factor that gains it trust from consumer. However, due to the expensive price, some can only admire from far and keep putting an effort to put a hand on these exclusive items. Perhaps, that is also one of the factors for why it is called a miracle, as miracle is not easy to obtain and is a rare occurrence.

To be able to experience Japanese services culture somehow can be considered as paradise on earth. The feeling that we get from the working staff which is full with courtesy, respect and honesty are priceless and heart-warming. Hopefully, Japan Service Culture will continue to survive in this modernization and westernization era and remain sacred and full of arts.




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