Mass Crowds Gathered in Tanah Abang: A Mix of Responses

Southeast Asia’s largest textile market, Tanah Abang, has always been a popular place to visit ahead of Eid celebrations. With Eid coming in just a few days, pictures and videos showing how swarmed the market place was on the 2nd of May went viral. Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan confirmed that an estimated 87,000 people visitedContinue reading “Mass Crowds Gathered in Tanah Abang: A Mix of Responses”

My Thoughts on Christian Youth and Their Perception Towards Social and Political Issues

Every Christian is called to be a witness of God in this world. Being a witness of Christ means knowing the work of Christ, that is of God the Father who loved us, sinful humans, to the point that He would sacrifice His Only Son, Jesus Christ to die on the cross to save us.Continue reading “My Thoughts on Christian Youth and Their Perception Towards Social and Political Issues”

A Pandemic Perspective: Should Billionaires Exist?

By 2026, Jeff Bezos is set to become the first “trillionaire” on earth. According to Comparisun, Bezos’ wealth is on the verge of increasing by so much that he’ll pretty much be leapfrogging the other contenders of the ‘soon-to-be-trillionaire club’  quickly. Putting that into perspective, Bezos is now 36% richer than the British monarchy andContinue reading “A Pandemic Perspective: Should Billionaires Exist?”

Birdwatch: Fact Checking will Need to be the Future of Social Media

Social media platforms (primarily Facebook and Twitter) have faced mounting pressure to better their efforts in combating misinformation, particularly after the US 2020 presidential elections. At the end of January this year, Twitter introduced its Birdwatch program to users in the US. The community-backed program is meant to tackle misinformation on the platform by lettingContinue reading “Birdwatch: Fact Checking will Need to be the Future of Social Media”

“Take It Back!” Indonesia to Send Waste Back to Four Nations

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”

Don’t be a Dic(k)tator, Man

In the first few weeks of September, the country of Belarus has seen violent clashes between thousands of protesters and police after a rigged election resulted in another victory for Alexander Lukashenko. Otherwise known as Europe’s last dictator, Lukashenko has been in charge for 26 years now. (Wtf) As European Union leaders and a majorityContinue reading “Don’t be a Dic(k)tator, Man”

Facemask or Play Dead

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”

Thai in Thousands

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”

Trump and TikTok: Now What?

In early September, The Trump administration announced that it would be banning the Chinese-owned mobile apps TikTok and WeChat from US app stores. This was an escalated move in the US’ tech clash with China. The restrictions were scheduled to go into effect on TikTok within the first weeks of November unless the company couldContinue reading “Trump and TikTok: Now What?”

Twitter can be the Best and the Worst Place on the Internet

What I love about Twitter the most is just the sheer speed of how information and content is being shared and how fast you can follow a trend. Depending on who you follow of course, the content you get is catered to you in various ways (that’s just how algorithms work). Sadly, with every positive side of things, there are always a few negatives. Weirdly enough, because information and content is shared so quickly, Twitter to me is a good mix of being both the best and the worst place on the internet and here’s a short rant on why I think so.

Upperclass Chindo Lifestyle Examined Through Baudrillard’s Theory of Simulacra

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.