Traveloka: Caught in a boycott of logic

Deliberate misunderstandings and righteous piety seems to be the order of the day in Indonesia’s poisoned and acrimonious political setting.

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The latest flap involves a call to boycott travel site Traveloka and uninstall their mobile app following a walkout by detractors when newly installed Governor Anies Baswedan delivered the keynote speech at Canisius College’s 90th anniversary on November 11. Read More

Did Jokowi say the P word as reported by CNN?

These are sensitive times. Since newly installed Jakarta Governor made his Protect Pribumis speech at his inauguration the P word has gained new political impetus.

One thing about the internet is that what is old can be made new again, with a new twist. Responding to the widespread criticism against their leader, Anies Baswedan’s supporters trotted out CNN Indonesia’s report on 22 June saying that he was not the only Pribumi champion and the cue was actually set by Jokowi.
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Bangkok Maverick (Love) Story

I fell in love with Bangkok after watching a Thai romantic comedy titled Bangkok Traffic (Love) Story, about a thirty-year-old woman feeling desperate on being last among her friends to marry, and her relationship with a cute engineer working on the Bangkok Skytrain system. The film was hilarious (watch it now if you haven’t). It was one of the highest-grossing Thai movies that won many awards.

The film portrayed Bangkok as a super fun city and made me desperately want to visit. And who would have thought that after joining Maverick for only a month my bosses said I was invited to the company’s annual outing—that happened to be conducted in Bangkok? Read More