Galeri Nasional Indonesia: SEA+ Triennale 2016

SEA+ Trienalle 2016, ENCOUNTER: Art From Different Lands exhibition held in Galeri Nasional Indonesia (GalNas) connects the growth of Indonesian contemporary art in correspondence with the alike movements in both Southeast Asia and Internationally. The contemporary exhibition roars the endless development of our global social contexts.

The exhibition was a platform to allow visitors the freedom to perceive how different artists responded towards life experiences from different places, within its context of issues – Yet they still somehow connect, due to the unimposing nature of creating.


Amongst the 33 artists that exhibited their oeuvres, above are some of my bias pieces that I adore! Listing down the links to their profile/portfolio underneath if you’re interested for a further research:

Eugene Soh

Taufik Ermas

Dita Gambiro

Jabbar Muhammad

Zoe Walker

Neil Bromwich

Ingeborg Annie Kristine Lindahl

Julie Lluch

Matt Calvert





South Jakarta: Where Comfort is King

Juxtaposition, 03/14

Juxtaposition, 03/14

Jakarta is an evolving city of bustling crowds that of all the other cities in Indonesia; Break a new ground in pursuing the contemporaneous urban lifestyle. The prospect of new ideas is unimaginably boundless here: creative, liberal and resourceful- amidst the striking features that Jakarta has to offer.

It is to no surprise that the city rapidly blooms into a jungle piece of civilisations. From the sight of lavish heighten skyscrapers to the slums’ seamy side of life; one is quick to notice upon the visible  inequality between the classes distribution, and yet that’s just how it is living in a big scale Metropolis.

But at times when Jakarta madness seems eternal under the grey sky of smokes, there is one part of the city that bears a casual manner when faced to the infinite line of traffic congestions. Nothing alike to a prosaic cup of tea, the residents of South Jakarta started the day as early birds, often seen doing routines such exercising or taking the pet for a walk; having the access to a relatively greener environment- with quiet a mass amount of oxygen. 

Then, one find himself sipping a friendly cup of coffee at a shared veranda of this bijou looking café in the neighborhood, with a chance that he is about to meet another regulars having their morning rituals too. It is always nice seeing familiar faces, indeed being a part of others’ sphere of life feels like a riveting coincidence; that one may find hard not to notice the warm gimmick it has contributed to one’s morning.

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RUCI Art |Y:Collect| & Life Equation

RUCI Art Space, Jakarta

Showcasing over 29 artworks in profuse mediums that include; paintings, photographs, illustrations, sculptures, installations and new media art.

Violence Make Silent #1, by Eko Nugroho

Violence Make Silent #1, by Eko Nugroho

Y: Collect – is the fruit collection of 10 Young art curators, who have invested their souls and capitals on these supreme contemporary art pieces that are notably eye-catching and bold! The exhibition managed to highly accentuate their individual artsy-ness in various vivid uniqueness.



Life-size F1 car ' Democracy' by Pintor Sirait

Life-size F1 car ‘ Democracy’ by Pintor Sirait


1/4 The General Series, 2012 (my fave!), by Jim Allen Abel


Y- Generation: Adhia Absar Arryman, Junior Tirtadji, Kinez Riza, Marissa Soeryadjaya, Natasha Sidharta, Nicholas Tas, Resida Irmine, Aryadi Jaya, Tom Tandio, and Winda Malika Siregar.

This fearless generation really got the ocean-level passion in regards to ART, which totally earned my respect!

Venue: RUCI Art Space, Jl. Suryo No. 49

Art is life, and therefore it is limitless.

Observatory of the Self, ranting-kaca-motor-kabel, superb by Sara nuytemans

Observatory of the Self, ranting-kaca-motor-kabel, superb by Sara nuytemans

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Locale Souls & Fiesta Fatahillah!


This post is a long unpublished catalyst of mine which induced a state where art speaks louder than words. Guess I’ve been keeping it around for sometimes while waiting for the right moment!

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#TinglingUrban casts back to her drop in at Kota Tua, A local gem where the colonies from the past remain untouched. The area seemed to be constantly bursting with crowds in many good occasions especially during the weekend! Diversity was patent in sight, from local school field trips to travelling foreigners along with the lining of pedagang asongan to complete the ensemble.

That day the area was teeming in a bigger horde following recent boom over the newly-open for public Contemporary Art exhibition by Jakarta Art Space nestling in Kantor Pos Fatahillah. The brilliant concept of introducing Contemporary Art breathed a fresh new air to curious art enthusiasts, as it managed to draw in much bigger local mass into the area.

That time I was in the vigour of a budding romance with the magic of gallery visits. A situation when the whole world doesn’t fit quiet rightly inside of your arm, and a large-scale fisheyed image of various urban theory and perceptions were placed in sight to reflect.

Very enlightening, which is why this post is the perfect inception for #TinglingUrban.



Twas not my first gallery trip, but it was the first time I experience artworks coming to life.


To grip on that gusto feeling, I think being BRAVE to Experience is the key.

One might want to steal a little while to unravel feelings and emotions locked behind an artwork– Yes! it is okay, even if you interpret it to a whole new stage of revelations, enlightenment, and maybe extract hardly anything out of it. you must’ve had those moments of doubt where you questioned your own competency to gauge on an art piece. I do too! At one point of time I really felt insecure to have genuine opinions toward an artwork, especially when it comes to criticising it – honestly I got a big zero balls on that! And right now I believe that kind of modestly will lead you nowhere, for

ART itself is Subjective.

Artists never plot to instil a fixate message to society, essentially the authentic ones enhance their personal sentiments disregard of the social expectations. And later grant subjects the freedom to experience the concealed feelings behind art on their own. In short artists exhibit their artworks with the desire to inspire, never about the price but the values and journey it hold.

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Tingling Urban


 | The Urban ID holder state of mind |



Are you an urban ID holder?

Setting: cityscape and skyscrapers dangled upon you.

Living in a city surely brings a handful of colourful palette to one’s journey. There is this visible social bonding discerned from the way people conduct living, where it prompted a fervent sense of belonging that warmly adheres to the perky city-spirits. As to me personally, I love standing in the middle of a dashing mega throng who actually do chase after time! Instead of runnin’ around chasing the wind and get lost in space a.k.a the cotton canday dreamers. As free as a seagull they serve a living by exploring boundless circumstances and embracing its daily challenges.

Therefore LIFE in urban is filled with purposes, bigger hopes, ambitions, and likely the least of such monotonous more 🙄

model jendela // da creeper (?)

The Idea behind #TinglingUrban 

You see, but you don’t observe.

Ever heard of it? A peculiar remark made by none other than the genius consulting detective-Sherlock Holmes, a very bias fictional character of mine. 

It most sensibly describes the city’s heedless population that are constantly amounted by frantic schedules. Drowned in restless nights, there is this long living maxim that says when life is passing by, changes are hardly notice. Sounds pretty affixed to Capital J being the epicentre of urbanised cultures and social reforms, to whom is conventionally accustomed with this upbeat lifestyle. Throw in a dash of controversy with a lil treble– and call it a normalcy! To see it as it is, in the city- surely life goes on.

The impetus behind #TinglingUrban is to keep tabs and get familiar with our J-domain, not basing it on mere general facts but through a real interlock with the one-stop living. With quick daily updates on wut’s up Jakarta, I’m trying to implement a breathing space in the course of these ambiguous cultures and social affairs that fleet around Jakarta. Call this an act of recollection in the midst of rapid movements; cheers to the vogue and hooked feelings– oeuvres on what should not be forgotten 🙂

Devoured in the city’s sole enticing charm, #TinglingUrban seek to unfold her spells by encouraging people to observefeel, and get involve with its sequence, rather than being so clueless about everything out of their comfort.

That way you have lived by authenticating your degree as an Urban ID holder.



Hatching the concept of #TinglingUrban

It is ART. Through art, that I experienced different kind of pauses. I can feel myself drenched in others’ state of despair, rebellion, apprehension, ecstasy, grief and even those that are impalpable to comprehend. With art as a medium, those jolt of emotions were made true to me as a passing bystander. Experiencing the strings of sentiments that were not mine to begin with, also opened up a pathway to break-free from my selfish nature, as I slowly grew a keen interest towards the local updates on cultures, passions and social demurral. A small perk of curiosity which later developed into #TinglingUrban.

 When art speaks louder than words, you no longer see life as it is but acknowledge its being.


When art speaks louder than words, you no longer see life as it is but acknowledge its being.


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What to be expected in the future? 

*Exzitement!* Will be posting under #TinglingUrban about my life account in Jakardomain! The focus will be set on the captured perspectives and inspirations that I have accumulated throughout my time as a wanderess in this enigmatic city 💡 Basically, more exposures on quirky muse that represent my being, with stances denoting my status as an urban ID holder 🐻

Now gotta bid my adieu! Please look forward to my next post!♥


 An account to my first (ever) gallery visit, the Genesis to my lasting appreciation of Modern Art.




Social Spot: Antipodean Cafe



Cafe experience has been the central fabric of life in the European society ever since it first appeared in the midst of the 17th century. It stands as a focal point where the meeting of fellow parties take place, allowing men to satisfy their cravings of sweet engagements with family, friends, and lovers at a more casual setting, rather than meeting up at a fancy restaurant with certain etiquettes and dress codes that require them to fulfil.

The flourishing Cafe Culture among society

The flourishing Cafe Culture among society

From then onwards, the laid-back concept cafés provide, have been receiving countless positive responses from fellow patrons, and since then Cafe Culture is seen as a significant component in running the modern society.

With it’s popularity sky rocketing Cafe Franchises have begun to emerge around the capitol, my review today has landed on my all time favourite sunday brunch cafe in Kemang: where i spend numerous insignificant moments just chillin my ass on a lazy sunday morning, while having a plate of ala Kiwis home-cooked breakfast.

And the place is none other than the Antipodean Cafe.



It had been a regular place i used to visit as a kid and is still one of my favourites till today. Since I was young I had always been infatuated with the name Antipodean. I thought it was some sort of creative made-up name to begin with. However to my surprise recently i discover that it actually is a real word, it is even written in the Dictionary…And so of course my curious mind began to explore the origins of the chosen name just like what i did with Pipiltin Cocoa.

And here’s a little backdrop on the story behind the opt for ‘Antipodean’ as a tag:

Cafe establishment by 3 young Italian Immigrants

Cafe establishment in Australia by 3 young Italian Immigrants

Antipodean is commonly used to informally address Australians. Yet its initial meaning actually refers to regions that are situated diametrically opposite to one another on the earth’s surface. And well since Australia (well not exactly) is the antipodes of UK, it ended up justifying the logic behind the calling. So asides from their geographical location, i assumed that the name ‘Antipodean Cafe’ also has something to do with the spread of cafe cultures by European immigrants who migrated across the continent due to the post horror of world war II. They soon perceive that their cafe rave was nowhere to be found on their newly settled land! And the idea of evangelising the Cafe culture gained many supporters thus it began traveling fast all across the regions, which began to showcase the bewitching influence of cafe experience in the society even towards the exterior shell of Europe.


In which the basis behind Antipodean Cafe’s establishment here in Jakarta is to expand cafe experience all across the globe, by preserving the authenticity of the original cafe experience. Antipodean Cafe takes its very soul from the cafes that have gone before it, not only in the Kiwi land, but also in Europe by becoming the focal point connecting locales and expatriates simply under a cup of distinct aromatic house brew coffee and the ranges of luscious all day breakfast solution.

Just like how cafe culture was introduced for the first time to the antipodes, antipodean cafe strives to expand the local influence it has back home and introduce their koala chefs’ renown recipes to the Indonesians.


The cafe itself is a perfect depiction of a cosy, unpretentious home kitchen. Walking in through the entrance door we can immediately see the entire confines of this tiny little cafe from a cusp of an eye to the other end while doing a 180 degree flick. Dark oak coloured wooden chairs and 8 square-tables cover the entire space behind the kitchen bar along with a touch of vibrant purple burst placed on top of each table; complementing the ‘supposedly’ dull vibes.


the bijou scale of the interior can be a mind boggling challenge on making use of every corner to its maximum advantage. Yet the cramped area of the cafe, was never a barrier to prevent creativity from exploring to it’s utmost potential! Down below you can see how they had turned one side of the wall into a humongous black chalkboard along with the listed written menu divided into three sections: Drinks, Breakfast and Lunch. ( beware! No handbook menu provided, better take your specs with you since it will be extremely awkward if you keep squinting and enlarging your eyes just to be able to read the menu x_x->of course to the guests sitting beside the wall)


small bites and fresh seasonal fruits are also available here!

The black and red walls. (unseen due to my grayscale photography)
I see that they’re trying to enhance the shady ambience of the dark walls X dark furniture by adding a resonant combination of red. I personally don’t think the contrast colours work out that well, I prefer a more neutral colour…hmm maybe white? As the perfect match to the dim surrounding.Though credit is still given for creating the lively and spirited ambiance! 😀

 look of a Turkish delight!

look of a Turkish delight!

Moving on to the…. Does anyone notice those beautiful TURKISH Tiles?! I really really really Adore their pick of tiles! Looking at the detailed patterns, it’s just so eye catching and very artsy. I can’t help but stare at it with both eyes soaking in admiration. (please don’t mind my tendency on being too overly captivated by something….and yes the floor pretty much sums up the whole interior as one hybrid design in merging minimalist styles with a hint of classic-traditional ornament to create the ideal warm comfy yet sophisticated place that we may call home.


Antipodean Cafe uses local beans from Indonesia under the brand MERDEKA. They have ranges of bean choices available for purchase (Originating from Java, Sumatra, Sulawesi and etc. all with different acidity levels and bitterness values according to the soil type, altitude, processing method, and the aging time).


Ice Latte

Hot Latte

Hot Latte

Many claimed that Antipodean cafe serves one of the best yum cup of coffee in town (In Reference to Tripadvisor) And I myself as a fan of caffeine just couldn’t agree more! It has a balance weight in terms of flavour and gives a long lasting finish to the mouth. And of course the rare distinct taste can only be achieved by the use of local beans:)

And we finally arrive to the savoury all day breakfast that they offer there in the house, I just love the way they present it as if there is no prohibition on eating breakfast at any time circumstances like many others are doing these days in order to create an extensive menu of their own. Both the Croissant scrambled egg w/ sausage and french toast w/ berry compote are under the breakfast menu.


The french toast is no doubt my all time favourite: generous in size, the combination of a slight crisp on the outer layer and an extremely fluffy inside layer, work out really well for me along with the zest of fresh unsweetened raspberry compote at the side. This is what I always order whenever me and my Pop decide to avoid my mom’s cooking for a lil western style brunch.

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The croissant scrambled egg with sausage is also something to try here: the scrambled egg has an addictive ‘just right’ creamy texture of butter and milk fused into the mixture. Eggs are always cooked  freshly in this open kitchen, along with the fresh veges who always manage to win the heart of customers…Well it would be shameful if they served ugly vegetable since they’ve got one big ass supermarket as their neighbour xP



Lastly ordered was the open shredded chicken sandwich: see the overindulgent amount of ranch dressing they placed on top of my open sandwich? This would be a huge jackpot for those who LOVE Mayonnaise, but Nay for me! Honestly I’m just really not a big fan of mayo, it can makes me feel bloated and aside from that imagine the chunk of calories the dressing itself contains!! Haha i am simply a calculative person on this matter. And other than the excessive dressing I’d have to say the dune amounts of shredded chicken balance out the dish. And their use of a thin layer of wheat bread at the bottom justify the fact that it is not as heavy as it looks.

Well then what are you waiting for!! Hurry pay the cafe a visit xP it sure will worth every single dime spent, at the same time adding more entry to your Cafe experiences in town! (:



Antipodean Cafe

Jl. Kemang Selatan 1

Kemang Hero Complex

Jakarta Selatan

Phone: +6221 719 2364


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