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Jakarta Post

Soydivision: Creative blends of Indonesian food, art and music

  • The Jakarta Post

Berlin, Germany   /   Thu, June 4 2020   /  01:00 am
A taste of Indonesia: Soydivision was founded by Ariel William Orah, who moved from Jakarta to Berlin in 2012. (Courtesy of Olivia Kwok/-)

When Ariel Orah first visited Berlin 13 years ago, it was love at first sight. Even though he was still based in Jakarta at the time, working as a corporate designer and part-time musician and DJ, he pinpoints this first weekend in the German capital as the moment that changed his life. “I made up my mind that someday I am going to move there,” he says with a laugh. Back in Jakarta, he realized that if he wanted to move forward with his career, he needed to sacrifice his activities in music. But it was more than that; life in Jakarta, Ariel says, had taken a toll on him. “You spend hours stuck in traffic jams every day, and when you want to spend some quality time, all you have are giant malls and overpriced entertainment goods,” he explains. After saving money and focusing on finding a way to move abroad, Ariel was granted a study-seeking visa and int...