Officials in Indonesia announced that the country will be sending 79 containers of hazardous materials back to the UK, the US, Australia, and New Zealand at the end of January this year. The Foreign Ministry had already called the envoys of the four nations to notify them about the plan and that Indonesia will doContinue reading ““Take It Back!” Indonesia to Send Waste Back to Four Nations”
The recent corruption cases involving the previous two ministers, (the Ministry of Social Affairs and the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries) left the mentioned positions vacant. This forced President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) to find replacements as the country’s covid-19 cases reached a critical point. Addition to the cabinet’s underperformance, it proved to be aContinue reading “Jokowi Announces End-of-Year Cabinet Reshuffle”
Authorities in Jakarta asked people who violate mask-wearing rules (apparently super hard to follow for some people 🤷🏻♂️) to lay inside a mock-up coffin and contemplate where their actions went wrong. The media reported that people caught without a facemask in certain districts were told to spend some time in mock-up coffins as passers-by takeContinue reading “Facemask or Play Dead”
The people of Thailand have taken to the streets of Bangkok and other major cities in the country to defy a harsh crackdown against the pro-democracy movement that is currently challenging both the Thai king and the prime minister. As the people continue to stand against the police water cannons, rallies have started to spread across Thailand in the past few months asContinue reading “Thai in Thousands”
This viral photo showing a Komodo dragon facing a construction truck sparked concerns about a “Jurassic Park themed” attraction being built on an Indonesian island. The much talked about multi-million dollar site is a part of the government’s plans to boost tourism in Komodo National Park. However, the viral image left many people to questionContinue reading “Indonesia’s ‘Jurassic Park’”
Earlier this week, the first batch of the COVID-19 vaccine produced by China’s Sinovac Biotech arrived in Indonesia. A total of 1.2 million doses of the vaccine have now been stored in a warehouse of the Indonesian state-owned pharmaceutical company PT Bio Farma. Reports state that Indonesia will be expecting to receive 15 million dosesContinue reading “Sinovac Vaccine Arrives in Indonesia”
Only when I came back home to Jakarta a year after where I reexperienced all the cultural norms, the subtle barometer that a collective holds, and genuinely felt the pressure to be performing do I fully grasp the totality of it. So, this is my best attempt of understanding Baudrillard’s theory through the ‘object’ and lifestyle that I am most exposed to Upperclass Chindo Lifestyle.