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a bilateral meeting between Indonesian President Joko Widodo and Hungary Prime Minister Viktor Orban at the Presidential Palace, Jakarta, Indonesia. I Photo: Utami

Dan Jarak yang Membentang Diantara Kami


Lincoln, Nebraska.

06.00 AM

Sudah sebulan aku berada di negeri Paman Sam dan mengejar mimpiku. Setiap hari berlalu, aku merasa semakin terbiasa dan mulai familiar tinggal di kota yang terletak di bagian tengah Amerika Serikat ini. Kota yang dinamai dari Abraham Lincoln, salah satu presiden Amerika Serikat yang terkenal gigih menghapuskan perbudakan dan rasialisme di AS.

Hari demi hari, aku mulai menemukan keteraturan di ibukota negara bagian Nebraska ini.

Kota ini tidak sesibuk dan sebesar Jakarta. Penduduknya bahkan hanya 280.364 penduduk, menurut sensus penduduk dari the United States Census Bureau tahun 2016. (Bandingkan dengan Jakarta yang mencapai angka 10 juta penduduk). Namun, kota kecil ini ramah dan hangat seperti seorang teman baik yang selalu terbuka dan menerima kedatanganmu kapan saja dan dalam kondisi apapun.

Setiap hari, aku mulai akrab bepergian dengan moda transportasi mereka (tidak 24 jam) yang terbatas namun gratis sepenuhnya bagi mahasiswa, berjalan kaki selama 10 menit hingga satu jam dari kampus ke apartemen atau ke pusat kota Lincoln, bergulat dengan angin yang berhembus sungguh kencang dan seringkali mengacaubalaukan rambutmu, atau bajumu (Aku belajar untuk tidak pernah memakai rok selama di sini).
Aku terbiasa pula wara-wiri diantara udara dingin (seperti suhu malam hari di Puncak, Indonesia) yang membuatmu menggigil setibanya di apartemen, memakan pizza mereka yang tipis dan tanpa pinggiran tebal ataupun sajian menu Asia seperti Panda Express yang harganya cukup mahal bagi kantung mahasiswa, hingga berada di ruang perpustakaan kampus yang sungguh nyaman dan membuatmu betah berlama-lama membaca buku atau mengerjakan tugas di sana, khas mahasiswa.

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#Let’sCook! Chicken with Basil Sauce


Let’s Cook! kali ini kembali mengeksplorasi makanan ayam (coz I’m a really big fan of any chicken menu :P). Tadinya, aku berniat membuat ayam saus padang, tetapi tiba-tiba keingetan resep dari Chef Anjani di Foodie TV tentang chicken with basil sauce.

Menu ini memang bukan jenis makanan favoritku setiap kali berpetualang antar resto (actually I’m not that fond of any kind of pasta sauce or whatever), cuma penasaran saja pingin buat karena tampilannya yang menarik.

Kebetulan juga, bahan-bahan makanan di rumah cukup untuk dibuat menu ini. Jadilah, memasak ayam dengan baluran saus daun basil, yang merupakan salah satu menu khas western dan biasanya ditemukan di resto-resto yang menyajikan makanan seperti spaghetti, fettucini, dan sebangsanya… If you guys like pasta and friends, you should try one.

Oh ya, buat catatan, biasanya menu ini dimakan dengan pasangan kentang goreng atau mashed potato, tapi kali ini aku coba pasangin dengan garlic bread dan rasanya nyambung banget. Roti yang dipanggang jadi manis dan gurih selaras dengan rasa ayam daun basil yang gurih. Kalau mau coba pair yang lain silakan aja, lhoo… hehe.

Soooooo, here we go…..

Ingredients:

1/2 potong ayam broiler (sekitar 5 bagian). Potong satu bagian menjadi dua.

krim masak (bisa pakai Anchor liquid whipped cream)

5 siung bawang putih diparut

air kaldu ayam secukupnya

tepung terigu secukupnya. buat dua adonan ya. Basah dan kering. lumuri ayam dengan adonan basah dan kering bergantian

lada secukupnya

garam secukupnya

Chopped basil leaves, alias daun basil rajang halus

Garlic Bread:

Roti tawar, atau roti gandum, sesuai selera

mentega

olive oil

bawang putih diulek halus

Cara membuat:

  • Oke, first of all, ayam yang sudah dipotong dan dicuci, dilumuri dengan parutan  bawang putih, lada dan garam. Tunggu 2 menit, kemudian baluri ke atas tepung terigu kering dan basah. Setelah selesai dibaluri tepung, lalu goreng hingga cokelat muda. Sisihkan
  • Rebus air bersama ayam untuk membuat kaldu ayam. sisihkan
  • Masak di atas api kecil krim masak. sisihkan
  • Masukkan kaldu ayam di atas wajan, lalu krim masak, daun basil dan aduk terus hingga mendidih.

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  • Setelah mendidih, masukkan ayam tepung dan tnggu hingga agak mengental, baru masukkan daun basil.
  • Tambahkan lada hitam dan garam secukupnya. Setelah kental banget, matikan api.
  • Olesi sisi atas dan bawah roti dengan campuran: mentega, ulekan bawang putih, minyak zaitun dan parsley. Panggang hingga cokelat tua.
  • Sajikan ayam saus basil dengan garlic bread, yaaa…..
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Sacred Dagger


Sacred dagger

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Jalak Buddha

Utami Diah Kusumawati, Contributor, Jakarta | Culture | Tue, May 06 2014, 12:41 PM

Kris have been forged from iron by master craftsmen, known locally as empu, for hundreds of years.

Creation of the daggers, sacred to people in Indonesia, Malaysia and even parts of the Philippines, involved complex rituals to boost their connection with the spirit world and to put magic power into the hands of those who carried them.

Today, however, many view a kris as a work of art, divorced from the local wisdom and philosophy of the empu. The Panji Nusantara kris community would like to change that, according to Toni Junus, the author of Kris: An Interpretation.

Toni said that the local wisdom embodied in kris remained under threat. Religious fanaticism, for example, has led some separate the sacred daggers from the spiritual values infusing those who made or owned them.

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Property market experiences slowdown in Q3


Property market experiences  slowdown in Q3

The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Headlines | Wed, October 09 2013, 9:41 AM
 
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The property market slowed down in the third quarter (Q3) from the previous quarter this year due to the weakening rupiah and fuel-price increases, which altogether affected people’s purchasing power, 
a study says.

Real estate advisor Colliers International Indonesia associate director and real estate research advisor Ferry Salanto told a press conference on Tuesday, however, that the condition would be fleeting. 

“Investors are in wait-and-see mode, especially after increases in [subsidized] fuel prices in June and the weakening of rupiah [against the US dollar],” he said.

He added that Colliers highlighted the market in four main property sectors, namely offices, apartments, retails and industries.

The four sectors showed a mixed picture of Indonesia’s property prospects in the third quarter.

Ferry said annual office supply and demand had continued to dwindle, starting from the second quarter.

According to Colliers data, annual office space absorption in 2011 and 2012 could reach around 300,000 to 400,000 square meters (sqm), while total office space being absorbed was around 110,000 sqm year-to-date. The released data, however, did not reveal the level of office space absorption on a quarterly base.

Sudirman, Gatot Subroto and Rasuna Said are the prime areas for offices, according to Ferry. 

“Indonesia’s recent economic upheaval may have contributed to the recent decrease of office space absorption,” he said.

He forecast that some old office buildings in Jakarta, including those in Rasuna Said and Sudirman, would continue to be demolished until 2016, to be rebuilt with more floors to increase developers’ revenues.

Meanwhile, the apartment sector had shown an increase of supply and demand in the third quarter, he said. 

In the third quarter, the cumulative supply of strata-title apartments increased 3 percent to 128,353 units from the previous quarter. The 3 percent increase represented the completion of five towers of two apartment projects in Jakarta.

Ferry said the strata-title apartment market was very active during the third quarter as middle- to upper-class people were looking for a safe place to keep their money from depreciating.

The rupiah has weakened 16 percent year-to-date.

“They thought it was better to buy apartments rather than keep their money in banks,” Ferry said.

In the industrial estate sector, 77.65 hectares of industrial land were sold in the third quarter, down from 83.92 hectares in the second quarter this year and from 117.37 hectares in the same quarter last year.

The drop, Ferry said, was attributed to the weakening rupiah and fuel-price increases, which kept businesspeople from investing in industrial estate.

However, industrial land prices would remain high, he said, despite the sales decline because industrial players preferred areas with better infrastructure as offered in industrial estates.

The cumulative supply for sale in the retail sector has been relatively stagnant since 2009 and is forecast to remain at that level until 2016.

“With no new shopping centers operating in Jakarta, the cumulative supply did not change and was recorded at 4.3 million sqm in the third quarter,” the study said.

Colliers International Indonesia managing director Mike Broomell said that despite the slowdown, Indonesia was still currently the most attractive place in the industry.

“In terms of Asian countries, Indonesia has lower property prices. That’s why many investors are still looking at Indonesia to spend their money and invest in the long-term,” he said. (tam)

Museum Di Tengah Kebun grows with passion


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Among the greens: A Ganesha statue welcomes visitors to the Museum di Tengah Kebun (Museum in the Middle of the Garden) in Kemang, South Jakarta. The museum recently won the Museum Awards 2013. JP/Utami Diah Kusumawati

Finding attractive museums in Jakarta is difficult due to their unwelcoming appearance and limited collections. But Museum di Tengah Kebun (Museum in the Middle of a Garden) in South Jakarta is appealing to visitors due to its unique environment and variety of exhibits.

The museum, which recently won the Museum Awards 2013 as the best private museum in town, is built on a 4,200-square plot and the building stands in the middle of a vast garden brimming with local plants. The grounds of the museum, on Jl. Kemang Timur, boast fern, suji, pandan, coconut, palm and other local trees. A number of archeological statues, including a Ganesha from Central Java, welcome visitors to the museum.

According to museum coordinator Mirza Djalil, the museum offers 1,744 exhibits from 63 countries and 21 provinces in Indonesia. The exhibits include valuable archeological artifacts from France, England, China, Japan and Mexico. There is also silverware and ceramics from Asia, Mediterranean antiquities, 19th century furniture and bronze statues from Europe and America.

The museum is divided into 17 rooms with historical names such as Dewi Sri (Goddess Sri), Buddha Thailand, Mari Jepang (Japanese Mari), Kaisar Wilhem (Wilhem Caesar), Cirebon,  Loro Blonyo, Dinasti Ming (Ming Dinasty)  and Singa Garuda (Garuda Lion). Each room represents a particular theme.

“In the Dewi Sri room visitors can find kitchenware utensils from the past,” he said.

Mirza told The Jakarta Post that his uncle, Syahrial Djalil, did not intend to build a museum.

In 1987, Syahrial, who was then running an advertising company, wanted to build a house where he could spend the rest of his. He chose Kemang because at the time the area was like a country village.

“Syahrial thought this place could bring a sense of serenity he coveted,” Mirza said.

Syahrial told architect Timmy Setiawan to build a house that would be suitable to display his archeological interest.

Syahrial’s interest in archeological materials grew well after being acquainted with PK Ojong, one of the co-founders of Kompas daily, who imparted much knowledge about archeology and history.

Mirza said that Syahrial used old materials to create the nuance of antiquity when building the house.

“Syahrial, for example, used 19th century red bricks for the walls and bought ornaments from a women’s prison in Bukit Duri, South Jakarta, to be put on all the doors,” he said, adding that visitors said the ornaments produced an old Batavia feel.

Syahrial filled his house with antique products bought from the flea market on Jl. Surabaya in Central Jakarta.

“At that time, many original old things were sold at the flea market. So, my uncle liked to buy antique pieces there,” Mirza said.

He said his uncle also collected more valuable items from all over Indonesia.

“He even hunted out Indonesian archeological pieces sold at international auction houses,” Mirza said.

“Many items were bought through Christie’s, an internationally renowned auction house,” he said.

Mirza said that Syahrial, who has no children, decided to open the house as a public museum in 2009, when he realized he was too old to continue his collective interests.

“My uncle realized […] he wanted to share his collection with the public and pass on his knowledge to the next generation,” Mirza said, adding that his uncle hoped visitors would be as passionate as he had been.

“He does not over promote the museum but expects those who want to understand history will come here,” said Mirza. (tam)

Home shelter struggles to improve street kids’ changes


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Making his own bed: Twelve-year-old street singer Nanang is tidying up his bed in the Ciliwung shelter in Manggarai, South Jakarta, before going for work. (JP/Utami Diah Kusumawati)

Twelve-year old Nanang looked quite timid and hid in his 4 square meter room when new people visited him at the Ciliwung home shelter in Manggarai, South Jakarta, on Monday.

He came out from his small room awkwardly after his caretaker, M. Hafidzudien, a social worker from the Jakarta Social Affairs Agency, called him.

“What are you doing, Nanang?” Hafidzudien asked the boy, who answered that he was planning to go to work that evening. The boy said that he preferred working to going to school.

“I get Rp 200,000 [US$21] per day from street singing and taking a car ride (joki) for payment,” he said smiling, adding that by working he could help his parents make a living.

In fact, Nanang is merely one of many street children who refuse to go to school and prefer to work in the street. According to the data from the Jakarta Social Affairs Agency, there were 7,315 street children in Greater Jakarta in 2012. They worked as shoe polishers, street singers, beggars and itinerant traders without ever going to school.

In 2010, the government tried to reduce the number of street children by introducing Child Social Welfare and Joint Enterprise Group programs for both street children and their parents. Under the programs, the government provided financial support for street children’s education and for their parents.

To implement the programs, the government cooperated with non-profit organizations for children’s social welfare and home shelter foundations.

“The government, represented by the agency, provided the financial support for the children and their parents through the organizations and foundations,” Hafidzudien told The Jakarta Post on Monday, adding that each of the children received a savings account worth Rp 1.5 million for schooling per year and 
his/her parents Rp 1 million for doing business.

According to the chairman of the Communication Forum of Jakarta Home Shelters, Agusman, 23 home shelters and seven non-profit organizations took care of 6,818 street children in 2012.

The programs, however, did not run very well as many of the street children preferred to skip school for work, he said.

The director of the Indonesian Street Children Organization, Meriah Tinambunan, said that only four out of 40 street children assisted by the foundation in 1999 had graduated from senior high schools, while the other 36 preferred to work.

“It is very hard to prevent them from going back to the street,” she said.

The problem, she said, was with the parents. Most of them did not want their children to go to school because their income depended on the children.

“By working, the children can earn up to Rp 200,000 per day. So, they order their children to work for them,” she said, adding that the government’s programs, therefore, could not solve their problems.

Meriah said that to make the parents aware of the possibility of improvement of their future welfare, her organization had established a parenting communication forum to educate them on the importance of education for the children and making a change in their paradigm of parenting responsibility.

“We have given them understanding that children are not allowed to work and it is the parents who should go to work,” she said.

Meanwhile, Anwar, the staff member of the Ciliwung home shelter said that many of the street children were not interested to come to his shelter.

“We have difficulties in bringing street children to the home shelter. Only a few of them come to the training that we organize,” he said, adding that the shelter lacked human resources to go to the street children’s houses and to organize training for them.

Hafidzudien, who assisted at the Ciliwung home shelter, agreed on that matter. He acknowledged that his agency provided only a small number of social workers to assist the street children in Jakarta.

“My partner and I take care of 238 street children in areas like Blok M, Mampang, Manggarai and Fatmawati, all in South Jakarta. It is too much, actually,” he said. (tam)