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Monday, October 09, 2017

Cho Tai-young: Learning Indonesian from Songs

While many Indonesians have gone wild for K-pop, South Korean Ambassador Cho Tai-young is a big fan of Indonesian music. The ambassador knows 18 Indonesian songs by heart, from Indonesia Pusaka by Ismail Marzuki, Tak Ingin Sendiri (Don’t Want To Be Alone) popularised by Dian Piesesha, to Cinta Ini Membunuhku (This Love is Killing Me) by D’Masiv. He has also memorized three church songs in Indonesian, including Yesus Sayang Padaku…

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Monday, January 08, 2018

Java Holds the Key

HASTO Kristiyanto stopped for a moment as he was about to take a sip from his mineral water in Tempo’s editorial meeting room last Friday. The Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) secretary-general apologized for his petai, or stinky bean, breath. "Last night I was served stinky-bean fried rice by the President.