• Urban Chat: The dawn of the age of hospital amenities

    If you’re keeping up with current health news, you’ll notice that dengue fever has returned with a vengeance this year, with Jakarta alone recording 1,042 cases, including its governor and little old me.

  • Comedian Olga Syahputra passes away in Singapore

    Yoga Syahputra, more popularly known as Olga Syahputra, passed away Friday in Singapore after a battle with meningitis, Antara news agency reported on Friday.

  • 'Slumdog' author is India's new foreign ministry spokesman

    Diplomat Vikas Swarup, whose bestselling debut novel was turned into the Oscar-winning movie "Slumdog Millionaire", has been appointed India's new foreign ministry spokesman, reports and a source said Thursday.

  • Picasso valued at $140M heading to NYC auction

    A radiant masterpiece by Pablo Picasso from the 1950s will lead an auction in May where it could top US$140 million.

  • Hopes of preserving Cherokee language rest with children

    Kevin Tafoya grew up hearing Cherokee all around him — his mother, a grandmother and grandfather, aunts and an uncle all spoke the language that now is teetering on the edge of extinction.

  • Angelina Jolie undergoes further preventive surgery

    Oscar-winning actress Angelina Jolie revealed Tuesday that she has undergone more preventive surgery, having her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed in hopes of reducing her risk of cancer.

  • ‘Father of contemporary music’ Slamet Abdul Sjukur dies at 79

    Contemporary music composer Slamet Abdul Sjukur died on Tuesday morning in Surabaya, East Java, after suffering from a bone fracture since March 9.

  • Guess what?: Kelly Tandiono seeks challenges in acting

    Kelly Tandiono says that she’d like to trade the catwalk for the silver screen.

  • Guess what?: In secret, Beckham shoots in Singapore

    Superstar soccer player David Beckham was recently in the Lion City shooting a commercial for the Marina Bay Sands — in secret, amid more than 100,000 daily visitors, according to his director, Anthony Mandler.

  • E-Cigarettes: Heroes or Villains?

    When racer Rally Marina set up her electronic cigarette business last year, she brought a promise of curing people from their nicotine addictions, like the one she used to have.

  • No screaming when love is a bird

    Birders from across the archipelago will flock to East Java on March 22 for the Arema Cup V — a major national contest staged by the Ornithological Society of Indonesia.

  • Uluru, the land of giant rocks

    No one can deny the charm of Uluru, a massive reddish rock in the center of Australia.

  • Guess what?: Dhani undecided over mayoral bid

    Despite loving the idea of leading his hometown, singer-songwriter Ahmad Dhani says he is still unsure whether or not to go along with Gerindra Party’s intention to nominate him as the mayor of Surabaya in East Java.

  • Guess what?: Agnes rumored to be dating LA personal trainer

    Social media is abuzz with hashtag #Devinez after a Los Angeles personal trainer, Devin Wiggins, uploaded his romantic photos with singer Agnes Monica, popularly known as Agnez Mo, on his Instagram account.

  • Indonesian literati demand a translation center

    An ongoing project to translate the works of Indonesia’s literary masters into English and German has been welcomed by publishers and authors.

  • Frankfurt Book Fair: A stepping stone for the Indonesian publishing world

    Billed as the world’s largest cultural event, the Frankfurt Book Fair in Germany will give Indonesian authors and publishers a chance to go international at its next iteration in October.

  • bookWORM: I Wayan Karja: Thinking in the abstract

    As abstract painting has always been full of complexity, Balinese artist I Wayan Karja says he likes to read widely to fully understand the subject.

  • Urban Chat: Missing the magic of a Fashion Week

    As you’re reading this column, Paris Fashion Week is in full swing. Closer to home last weekend, the fourth annual Indonesia Fashion Week was also in full swing.

  • A glimpse at retro looks

    Fashion constantly evolves and changes, yet it always returns to previous themes to inspire current trends.

  • Guess what?: Nowela gets fit for success

    Nowela, the winner of the US-franchised Indonesian Idol, goes to the gym to make sure she gives standout performances on stage.

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