Social/Culture/Education

Trip Advisor Rates Bali #1 Asia Travel Destination

The popular web-based travel organization, Trip Advisor, rated Bali #1 in Asia and #5 in the world as a travel destination. Its description is: “Bali is a living postcard, an Indonesian paradise that feels like a fantasy. Soak up the sun on a stretch of fine white sand, or commune with the tropical creatures as you dive along coral ridges or the colorful wreck of a WWII war ship. On shore, the lush jungle shelters stone temples and mischievous monkeys. The “artistic capital” of Ubud is the perfect place to see a cultural dance performance, take a batik or silver-smithing workshop, or invigorate your mind and body in a yoga class.”

No Food and Drinks on New Subway

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo inaugurated on Sunday the first phase of the Jakarta Mass Rapid Transit – vital infrastructure e     xpected to reduce some of the world’s worst traffic congestion.
The 16-kilometer transit line, built at a cost of Rp 16 trillion ($1.1 billion) funded through a soft loan from the Japan International Cooperation Agency, connects Lebak Bulus in South Jakarta to the Hotel Indonesia traffic circle in the downtown area of the capital. The Jakarta MRT is served by 16 six-car trainsets that can transport a total of up to 130,000 passengers per day. There are 13 stations along the 16 km route, which takes 30 minutes to complete.

“Today marks a new era we will have with the first phase of the MRT being operational,” President Jokowi said in his keynote address. “Be patient and make sure you follow the queue. Don’t jostle with each other. Be disciplined, by making sure you know the schedule. Don’t let yourself get stuck in the door when the doors close,” Jokowi said in a joking tone. Additionally the MRT will attempt to enforce a no food or drink policy. Fares are heavily subsidized as they are on most mass transit systems worldwide.