[ 19 Apr 2015 | No Comment ]
Asia Africa Conference 2015 logo

Indonesia is hosting the 60th anniversary celebration of the Asian African Conference this week, with over 3,600 delegates and guests from 109 invited countries, including 34 head of states and head of governments, expected to flock to host cities Jakarta and Bandung. A series of key events are scheduled to run between 19 and 24April 2015, ending with a historical walk by country leaders to commemorate the original 1955 conference in Bandung. Amongst those expected to attend are Chinese President Xi Jinping, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and Jordanian King …

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[ 2 May 2014 | One Comment ]
Harris, Batam, Batam Canter

Front view of Harris Hotel Batam Center
If you are visiting Batam to spend one or two days of cheap shopping, spa, and seafood, you probably are also on the lookout for cheap accommodation at a convenient location. If that is the case, we would not hesitate to recommend you the Harris Hotel at Batam Center. The hotel has several big advantages compared to the competition, the first and biggest advantage being its location.

Batam Centre Ferry Terminal (left) and Mega Mall (right), as seen from Harris Hotel
With the hotel situated right …

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[ 18 Jun 2013 | No Comment ]
Tom Yum Kungfu, Singapore

Steamboat or Hot Pot is featured significantly in many Asian culinary traditions. Japanese ‘Shabu Shabu,’ for example, is a worldwide famed hot pot dish which requires no introduction. ‘Huo Guo’ on the other hand is well loved in China and different regions have developed their own variations. While not as famous as the first two, the Thais have their very own ‘Mookata’ (the name means ‘Pork Pan’ in English) which allows diners to cook raw meats and vegetables by dipping them into hot soup, as well as cook them by …

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[ 16 Jun 2013 | No Comment ]
midtown hotel Surabaya

Groovy Room at Midtown Hotel Surabaya
The Midtown Hotel is a relatively new 3 star business hotel located in Central Surabaya, barely five minutes walk from Tunjungan Plaza, the city’s largest shopping centre. Since its opening in early 2012, Midtown Hotel has steadily gained reputation as a reasonably priced alternative to higher star (and also higher priced) hotels such as JW Marriott and Sheraton, both of which are also located in the vicinity.
Our crew had the opportunity to visit the Midtown twice in mid 2012 and early 2013, and on both …

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[ 5 Mar 2013 | One Comment ]
Yet Con Chicken Rice Singapore

Yet Con Restaurant at Purvis Street
Tucked away amongst rows of colonial-era shophouses along Purvis Street is Yet Con, one of the oldest names in Singapore’s chicken rice business. We were recently informed that this is one of the few places on this little island that still serve chicken rice prepared in the traditional Hainanese way, and so that Saturday afternoon the crew visited to sample their renowned Hainanese chicken rice and some of the other highly recommended dishes on their menu.

The vintage exterior of the restaurant (above), and pillar engravings …

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[ 3 Jan 2013 | One Comment ]
New Year 2011

As we welcome the New Year, the crew would like to take one last glance at the year that had just passed. 2012 was a year of many challenges; economic uncertainty continued to be a major concern for people around the globe, and this has negatively affected the arts and culture scene.  For many European countries struggling to keep budget deficits manageable, deep budget cuts on the arts and cultural sectors seem unavoidable. Despite its present usefulness, these cuts in turn will adversely affect the development of arts and culture …