Phloey Suan Thai in Sudirman, Jakarta

Phloey (Suan Thai) Thai Restaurant Panin Center Building, Basement, Jl. Jend. Sudirman Kav. 11, Sudirman Jakarta, Indonesia I was invited to Phloey (Suan Thai) restaurant this evening by a group of friends, and this was perhaps the most enjoyable dining experience I've had so far in Jakarta. The range and quality of Thai food was excellent, the service exemplary, and the ambience of…

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Confessions of a coffee addict in Indonesia
Spinelli Coffee Company, Plaza EX, Jakarta

Confessions of a coffee addict in Indonesia

I admit it, I've got a stronger than average obsession with coffee. There's rarely a day goes by when I don't have several café lattés. If asked to associate a word with me, most friends, colleagues and clients would probably nominate 'coffee' first. And needless to say, I have strong preferences in this regard. For those of you who understand what I'm talking…

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Aston Bali Resort and Spa

Bali is a popular holiday destination for Australian families due to it's relatively close proximity and (potentially) low cost. If you've never visited Bali before, it pays to do your homework in advance and set your expectations accordingly. Bali is an entire island, and you have many options as to where to stay and visit. Your plane will land in Denpasar, but the…

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Fit n Fast Gyms employs creative social marketing

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I like it! Fit n Fast Gyms are a new player serious about making a huge impact in the fitness/gyms marketplace — and I reckon they could have a winning marketing formula. Using a combination of Facebook, Foursquare, and Twitter, they’re spreading the word through the power of personal social networks on what I imagine is a shoestring budget. Arrive at your gym, and Fit…

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Is Poverty a State of Mind?

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Are Australians living in poverty just as much as Filipinos? Is it not about how much money you have? During my visit to Davao City last week, I had the opportunity for several great chats with my good friend Glen Biggs, from Global Impact. One of our evening discussions involved late night coffee at an excellent, relatively new, coffee establishment just down the…

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Milton Friedman got corporate Social Responsibility wrong

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On my flight back from Kuala Lumpur to Melbourne yesterday, I took the opportunity afforded by flying AirAsiaX (sans onboard entertainment) to read another sizeable chunk of “Creative Capitalism: A Conversation with Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, and other Economic Leaders”. I guess I’m a bit slow in getting to the literature of leading global economists but I can now say I’ve read Milton…

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Whirlwind trip to Philippines is over again…

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The past two weeks have flown by, and although I’ve been constantly ‘on the go’ I was still unable to meet with everybody that I would like to have. I missed out on meeting with Mellany Ramos Stametalaky from Kids Hope this time around, and didn’t get to International Needs in Marikina. I didn’t see my friend Raffy Ilano, or Cha Cha del…

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3 different lives in Philippines — Part 3 — the unnamed poor

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When I started writing this mini-series of posts profiling different Filipinos I had a few different specific people in mind for the Part 3 feature. But in just 2 weeks I’ve encountered so many people in such a variety of circumstances, that I couldn’t decide upon just one person for this 3rd profile. In fact, I’d also encountered so many people who’s story…

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3 different lives in Philippines — Part 2 — Joy

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By the time I arrive at Dencio’s in the Trinoma mall, Joy has already started drinking cocktails. She’s seated squarely in the centre of the long bench seat behind a table large enough to seat six, and the waiters are attentively at hand any time she requires another drink. Joy has recently graduated from Law and is staying with family in Manila during…

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3 different lives in Philippines — Part 1 — Fred

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Fred owns a two storey house in Bulacan, about 40km north of Manila. Meandering through the quiet local streets to his home, the bustling traffic of EDSA and Cubao are forgotten, and the pace of life slows down alot. Fred’s pace of life mirrors his surroundings. Getting up in the morning, he shuffles around his home, gets his live-in girlfriend to make him…

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