• Lontong for Idul Fitri

    Every Hari Raya, one thing that excites Chef Fazil Shahreen Ahmad is returning to his hometown of Ipoh, Perak, and tucking into his mum's special lontong (a soupy dish with compressed rice cake).

  • Philippine Internet slowest in Asean

    Rosemarie Pendon, 24, lives in Lagro, Quezon City and has mobile broadband sticks from three different telecommunications networks (telcos) but none can provide the sufficient signal for her to connect to the Internet while inside her home.

  • Politics, Indonesia & the art of the meme

    Amid the flourishing harsh and deceitful political pictorials around the social media sphere, Indonesian netizens turn to wit and humor for relief.

  • Urban Chat: The soothing sounds of spirit

    Ramadhan is in full swing, which means the whole kit and caboodle is on display — mall décor, endless events for breaking the fast, as well as the ubiquitous religious songs on TV, radio, in building lobbies and, sometimes, elevators.

  • Another side of Singapore

    Just slightly smaller than the Indonesian capital — Singapore spans 716.1 square kilometers, Jakarta 740.3 — the Little Red Dot is an advanced and wealthy nation that has attracted millions of people to one of the most dynamic economies in the region.

  • Cinema, candidates & would-be presidents

    Election films are not limited to presidential candidates.

    Around the time of Jakarta’s last gubernatorial election, Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama, then running for the No. 2 spot under Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, became the subject of Jadi Jagoan Ala Ahok (Fight like Ahok), a short documentary that followed him during his run for the House of Representatives in 2009.

  • One day of Ramadhan in Jakarta

    As the country with the world's largest Muslim population, roughly 209 million Indonesians are observing the holy month of Ramadhan, which this year started on June 29.


  • The making of a president

    The world’s third-largest democracy has elected a new president.

    The nation should pause and give itself credit where credit is due: A grueling and contentious presidential election was held without incident on Wednesday, despite the enthusiasm and emotion of the last several months.

  • Hydrating properly during Ramadhan

    Water makes up around 60 percent of the human body and is an essential element in maintaining metabolism.

  • The embryo of Islam in Gorontalo

    A noon breeze blows gently. While the sun blazes outside, cool air pervades an old mosque. This makes many of the people inside fall asleep on the floor. Some are reciting Koran verses, while others gather in a small circle, discussing Islamic teachings.