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In the Mood For Kopitiam

Kopitiam, or Chinese coffee shops, are important to the lives of millions of people in Southeast Asia, but for Vema Novitasari of Surabaya, they have played a more particular role in her life.


When I’m Restless at One A.M., This is the Place I Go

The food at a burjo resto is easy enough to cook up. What draws Muhammad Nanda Fauzan is conversation and comedy.

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A Poetry-Filled Digital Detox, in a Lombok Alley

Julia Arungan, aspiring to be an author, waits with bated breath to hear what her mentor has to say.


Want to Bike Ride the Indonesian City? Prepare for Challenges 

In an urban milieu dominated by motorbikes, cars, trucks and buses, Ade Ubaidil orders a bicycle from Facebook Marketplace and bravely pushes off.