Monthly Archives: August 2014

Suwun from London!


On August 17th, a new concept store at London was launched to celebrate products which crosses the ideals between gender, fashion, and ethics. Duo owner, Tigana Sari and Egle Rutkausk in their recent introduction believes, “By focusing on non-gender specific products, we provide a welcoming and non-judgemental environment for anyone who believes that style is beyond gender.”

They have carefully curated products which personally speak to their interest in supporting independent artists, makers, and embraces the thought of consuming thoughtfully and ethically. The products are sourced by working with people and brands from London and around the world to advocate a discussion on producing ethically – in hopes it can also build connections between fellow creators.

If in London, be sure to make your way there and take a peek at the Tulisan products they have nicely displayed at their store.

Netil Market E8 3RL
13-23 Westgate Street
E8 3RL London, United Kingdom

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Text by Athina Ibrahim
Photography courtesy of Christa Holka 

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Kaki Lima: Her Morning Charm



KAKI LIMA: (Kaki = Feet/Leg; Lima = Five) In literal translation, Kaki Lima means five feet. In Jakarta, the term is often used to describe the ubiquitous street vendors who willingly push their three-legged cart with their strong two feet. With Tulisan, we take you to stroll and commute with us to the streets of the capital, to immerse in your senses and pay attention to the sight, sound, and scent beyond the cityscapes.

Her Morning Charm

The passing of days and the illuminating morning lights. She breathes the air of today and carefully zooms her attention towards the powerful play of vehicles. Loud voices of car honking, the rumble of motorcycles, and the clunking and tapping of morning preparations. Everything marching at haste towards different directions. 

She stays on her own pace as she gets on the next bus filled with the murmuring voices of the heart’s desires. She sits to enjoy her book, quietly flipping through the pages of sparkling possibilities. For a minute she pauses to think of what proceeded. As night has its way to keep our heads down, the peek of sunlight reminds us to not look upwards to the source of light but ahead towards the visible abundance at sight.   

As she strides towards her morning beginnings – she forgets about yesterday and makes no excuse for tomorrow.





Text by Athina Ibrahim
Photography by Gabriela Bhaskar

Bag Tulisan’s Gallery Tote in Luca Blue Note
Skirt by IKYK
Dilyana from Amore Models Jakarta 

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Mereka & Coretan | Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Sketch or drawing is a liberal realm, a comfort zone, a sanctuary of creativity that exist within the creative process. Yet, it is a crucial element and data in documenting the artistic and aesthetic progress of an artist. And they are S. Teddy D., Yustoni Volunteero and Farhan Siki who had done it in their works in this “Mereka dan Coretan” exhibition. They present the exploration of their preliminary sketches, doodles, drawings on canvas and display them to a wider audience.

opening by Ni Luh Sekar,
editor in-chief dewi magazine

Dia.Lo.Gue artspace 
jl kemang selatan 99a
jakarta 12730, indonesia

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A Little Fairy Tale | Saturday, 30 August 2014

In the world of figure theatre The Magical Little Theatre has become a household name in a short time and is attracting visitors from home and abroad. The Magical Little Theater has won many awards. Charlotte Puijk Joolen is the artistic genius of The Magical Little Theatre. She is not only the artistic director, but designs, makes and plays all the performances herself. She is specialized in puppetry.

Eramus Huis
Jl. H.R. Rasuna Said kav. S-3,
Kuningan, Jakarta

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Young and Old, Old and Young | Until 13 September  2014

This exhibition is a collaboration between the Indonesian photographer Rainer Oktovianus and the Dutch photographer Marco van Duyvendijk.

Dutch photographer Marco van Duyvendijk shows us a series of portraits of the young generation. As a photographer he always preferred working with young people. He likes their dynamics and sensitivity. On the contrary to the Indonesian photographer Rainer Oktovianus who shows us a series of portraits of the old generation. He captures people in general in daily motion and activities.

Eramus Huis
Jl. H.R. Rasuna Said kav. S-3,
Kuningan, Jakarta

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– Tulisan Chronicles Team

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Gift Essentials For Virgo

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Last year, we gave a quick choice for the Virgos born in the month of August 23 to September 22 and settled with our lofty Toy Box. As we know Virgo’s trait to focus on the  nitty-gritty of details. Be reminded Virgo’s are exceptional perfectionist. They may be practical but they yearn for finer things in life which they can neatly organize at any given moment.

Our recommendation this month, falls to our reliable Journalist Tote. A handy complementary feat to the busy Virgo who work their way through disorganization with their notebooks, journals, or documents in tact and other life’s valuable carried on constant mobility. The journalist tote you can choose comes in the color Fuchsia Dessert which suit Virgo’s birth color, Sapphire or select the Smokey Plum Journalist Tote which shines their birth element, Earth, with the ideal feature of the Marigold flower.

– Athina Ibrahim 

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Discovery: Chicory European Patisserie


On having one piece of Madeleine dipped in his tea, renowned French philosopher Marcel Proust shared the profound discovery the pastry had to his palate, “An exquisite pleasure had invaded my senses, something isolated, detached, with no suggestion of its origin.”


This statement is suggestive to us that food when made well has the ability to evoke a certain emotion and awaken a recalling memory. It should be able to amuse our sensory experience.


Craig and Pricilla of Chicory European Patisserie intend to explore this notion. The two well-versed chefs first met during their days residing in Perth, Australia. While Craig specializes in cuisine and Pricilla in pastries, both have dedicated their time and hand to the relatively new Patisserie based in Jakarta. 


The charm is seen towards their concentration on detail. The outside of their Patisserie is covered with raw brick walls reminding us of the inviting feature of suburban homes. As Craig mentions is ideal in maintaining an intimate place where they can converse with customers at ease.


Inside, as you immerse yourself with a dose of sunlight, the walls are painted in a welcoming Pistachio Green with the Tegel Kunci tiles complementing the overall timelessness of their ambiance. The main focus however is immediately directed to the murals influenced by a classic children story illustrator.


The pastries are refined to say the least, having to carefully procure their ingredient from the best sources. They have constantly experimented with flavors in hopes it can delicately intrigue customers to explore their taste buds. The chocolate tart, “Flavors of Persia” balances an aromatic fuse of its rose petals and pistachio without having the bite of the chocolate’s sweetness overwhelm you. Their savory “Asparagus Tart” also dedicates same balance of opening up to new juices of flavors upon each bite.


As dedicated artisans of their craft, Craig and Pricilla puts their best interest to value the practice of process in serving variety and the very best. Technology-wise, the couple admits on being behind the pacing wave of digital marketing, although they have proven well when it comes to favorable delicacies, word-of-mouth is still their best scheme.

Chicory European Pattiserie
Jl. Sumenep, No. 9, Menteng,
Central Jakarta,
p, 62-21/3192-5799.
Hours: Mon-Sat 8am-6pm.

– Athina Ibrahim
Photography courtesy of Chicory European Patisserie 

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ARTHOUSE CINEMA Der Himmel über Berlin | Monday 18, August 2014

Wim Wenders turns Berlin into a metaphysic place where loneliness, desperation, love and hope melt into a pathetic and cryptic composition. As a represent of New German Cinema and one of the founders of the Filmpublishing of Authors, he was awarded with the European Film Price as well as with the Price for the Best Direction at the International Film festival Cannes in 1987.

Film starts at 7 PM

Jalan Sam Ratulangi No. 9-15
Menteng, Jakarta Pusat
Free Admission

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Korea-ASEAN 25th Anniversary | Until 07 September 2014

The exhibition New Icon: Pop in Asia will introduce the works of Asian artists which were inspired and influenced by pop culture. The artists will assimilate images and mechanisms in the mass media and transform them into variety of styles. This exhibition will not only explore the differences in style and sensibility of each artist, but also improve the relations and cooperation between them equal.

Working closely with Salihara Community, Arts Center and Community Management (ARCOLABS), University of Surya, Tangerang, they have worked on this exhibition as an international exchange program of the first annual. ARCOLABS also work closely with the Mission of the Republic of Korea for ASEAN to celebrate 25 years of dialogue relations between ASEAN and the Republic of Korea.

Teater Salihara
JL. Salihara 16,
Pasar Minggu,
Jakarta Selatan

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A Festival About Coffee | Saturday – Sunday, 23 – 24 August 2014

This is a two-part event: the first part is a celebration of our local specialty coffee community — including booths, seminars, and workshops from some of the finest innovators in Indonesian coffee, from the farmers to baristas.

The second part is the Southeast Asian premiere of A Film About Coffee. After sweeping through festivals and winning rave reviews across the United States, A Film About Coffee is coming to Jakarta, with the invite-only premiere on Saturday, August 23rd and two completely free screenings on Sunday, August 24th.

Lotte Shopping Avenue
Jalan Professor Doktor Satrio No.5,
South Jakarta

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We The Fest | Sunday, 24 August 2014

Following the massive success of Djakarta Warehouse Project in 2013, Ismaya Live returns with the debut of their newest festival. We the Fest 2014 will feature an eclectic musical line-up including Ellie Goulding, Azealia Banks, Mayer Hawthorne (DJ Set), Jessie Andrews, BANKS, Havana Brown, and many more!

Parkir Timur Senayan,
Jakarta 10270.

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– Tulisan Chronicles Team 

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A Tulisan Woman: Nadine Zamira Sjarief

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“You have to start with your closest surroundings. You have to be a testament to change by being consistent in what you believe in” – Nadine Zamira

Change is a difficult quest. When you have built a life surrounded by daily comforts, it is hard to bring yourself down and plunge back into what is considered bare necessity. The participation of change is often faced with resistance to the unfamiliar and the tremor of fear as it tempers with your consciousness  often creating a resonance of doubt to your beliefs.

Change comes with a price. A price Nadine Zamira courageously convince will be for the better. She once posted in her instragram account, the wisdom of Socrates, “The secret of change is to focus your energy, not fighting the old, but on building the new.” An adage she has genuinely strived for in advocating for the environment.


From a relatively young age, Nadine Zamira has been exposed to the great outdoors. The value of appreciating nature was quickly instilled to her family through her experiences of hiking, bird watching, to urban farming. These constant interactions were pivotal in her life and have since molded her sensitivity to be cautious to the environment.

“It is a way of life,” she often exclaims. Today, foreseeing the lack of awareness towards environmental conservation in Indonesia, Nadine has developed her start-up as both her cause and personal pursuit for living. She has built a Public Relations agency specializing in environmental communication she names LeafPlus – proudly marking the agency to be the first of its kind locally.

“I was only fulfilling my destiny.” She once mentioned to me, when I first asked of her motivation to pursue this field.


My first encounter with Nadine happened three years ago when we were first introduced by a former co-worker. From our initial meetings to the experience of traveling to a global lecture series in Ubud, I had developed an understanding that balance was a great priority for her. She is bold, smart, and equally masters an eye for anything aesthetic pleasing. Her love for beauty and observing nature evolved into her appreciation towards arts and design. Her exquisite charm and slender figure can easily mistake her for a model, but as the popular saying goes, Nadine carries both “beauty and brain” with much admiration.

A good challenge for both the mind and body is something she does not back down to. Other than once being the former contestant of Miss Earth, becoming guest speakers in seminars or writing multiple essays on her cause, she has been involved in activities which give her an adrenaline kick, she joined the Amazing Asia Race with her closest friend and have previously been an active member of a cross-fit gym. Both activities that require not only a mental drive but also a strong physique.



Breaking old habits is a difficult task for anybody, especially, when the habits involve is for a greater cause. Habits may be changed psychologically, but to be consistent requires the right emotional trigger. I asked Nadine, in offering a service that promotes people to reevaluate their behaviors, what her trigger would be:

“One of the most effective ways is really being exposed to nature, social problems, and the needs of people that are less fortunate.  I know it sounds simple, but ironically a lot of people do not go out of their bubble – they stay in their comfort and convenience and they do not think they feel they have any other responsibilities beyond that.”


Meanwhile in terms of influencing her team members and clients, she instill a “client-in-training” concept, where she digs deep to ask the core questions of why they feel obliged to associate with these issue and why their involvement is important.

The key very much lies in focusing on being a role model, “I do what I do because I believe in something so much, and I focus on that. I really believe it [and] I do hope to influence or inspire them.” As a leader, she has discovered realization of becoming a leader who manages and nurtures at equal measures. “The hardest things I see with employees, I think they are in conflict with themselves as well, because they want to achieve something else for themselves.” What Nadine encourages is to grow together, be intuitive, and change their roles to maintain a level of exploration and enjoyment.



“Sustainability itself is a concept to protect human interest, we propose this balance and equilibrium, but the main agenda is to protect humans so we can still thrive.”

While implementing a thoughtful living has been ingrained in her, getting people on the same wagon proves to be a challenge. Nadine mentions time and again, the problem in an urban setting is the act of consuming without thinking. Although there is an apparent and healthier shift to promote a slow and less wasteful living, many are still dubious on what Sustainability is for their own self.

Sustainability is a rational concept, to sustain is to think of longevity. As people strive on short-term thinking, a sustainable life requires sensibility in thinking for a long and productive life. With this harmonious desire for balance of human and nature, Nadine shares her own interpretation:

The overreaching value for Sustainability for me is respect. Respecting others, respecting living beings in the planet by creating a balance. The overall mission of Sustainability and with I am trying to do is achieve happiness. Rest assured, whatever you are doing is not compromising the well-being of other people in the planet.”

In order to achieve that ideal happiness, “you need to create your own reality,” Nadine mentions. She has chosen to contribute to something bigger than her own self by ploughing consistently with care. As history has proven that change takes on the side of courageous, Nadine Zamira thrive on her belief with a fundamental spirit, “I want to prove I can do this.”

– Athina Ibrahim
Photography by Gabriela Bhaskar 

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ARTHOUSE CINEMA Der Mann der über Autos sprang | Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Der Mann der über Autos sprang is the first feature film by German filmmaker Nick Baker-Monteys. The magical roadmovie was, inter alia, awarded with two prizes at International Film Festival Aubagne 2011 (Best Film, Best Film Score) and also distinguished with the title “Extremely Valuable” by German Film- and Media-Evaluation.

Film starts at 7 PM

Jalan Sam Ratulangi No. 9-15
Menteng, Jakarta Pusat
Free Admission

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A Lecture Session: Indonesia After Reformation | Tuesday, 12 August 2014

This public lecture aims to discuss Indonesia’s political system after the Reformation, after the state disappeared, held hostage by multiparty and factional interests. In addition, it will discuss whether the people’s voice is still effective today.

Marsillam Simanjuntak, the featured speaker of this public lecture, has held various governmental positions at various points of his career, such as Minister of Justice, Attorney General, and Chairman of Unit Kerja Presiden Pengolahan Program dan Reformasi [The Presidential Working Unit for the Management of Programs and Reformation]. As an activist, he was involved in Malari. He was amongst the opposition during the New Order regime, and helped found Forum Demokrasi. He published a book Pandangan Negara Integralistik (1994).

Teater Salihara
JL. Salihara 16,
Pasar Minggu,
Jakarta Selatan

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Anime Festival Asia (AFA) Indonesia | Friday, 15 August 2014

The first two Anime Festival Asia (AFA) Indonesia in 2012 and 2013 attracted over 40,000 attendees per year, ending in a resounding success. Thanks to the popularity of Japanese pop culture, AFA is back in Indonesia for the fourth consecutive year. Anime fans will enjoy an electrifying line-up of anisong (anime songs) stars direct from Japan. They can come face-to-face with Japan’s top talent and latest offerings, complete with premium original anime merchandise, movie screenings, maid-and-butler café and cosplay-related activities. For all you anime enthusiasts, this is one opportunity you shouldn’t miss. Visit for more details.

Jakarta Convention Center
Jalan Gatot Subroto

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– Tulisan Chronicles Team

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Hong Kong Express


Big cities are home to the dynamic, the ever-glistening city lights of hopes, longings, and often the lonely. As we pulsate our lives towards the recognition of our dreams, cities with its sky-high ideals have grown expansively in size but have also pushed people to reconcile with their own mind and stray a little from the everyday connection.


Hong Kong stands somewhere in between.

Even though Hong Kong director, Wong Kar Wai have time and again romanticized the dormant city life. Enveloped in the swirling pace and mood, he brilliant encapsulates what Hong Kong is about: strong locality embracing the force of global influences and changes at a very rapid pace.


During our express business trip, my team member, Krishni and I were able to spend a few days exploring the city. As we spend our very short days on foot, we quickly took notice that Hong Kong is everything any publications or movies have told us about the city – it is highly dense. Temples, skyscrapers, gardens, shopping malls, stand against each other calling for attention. The immense billboards of local scriptures were quickly covered by names of international brands at every corner.


The people itself had a very nonchalant character about them. They are direct individuals who converse with a purpose. Maybe symbolizing a little of what the city is like. Although closely set to each other, the infrastructure of the city is well planned. Efficiency of transportation links everyone through land, sea, or air. Visually, you will notice a thorough graphic identity at the subways or city signs orienting each individual or even tourist like we were at ease.



As we spent our days hopping from one station to the next, we saw a glimpse of order intertwining with chaos. A stage of character paired with the uniformity of standardisation. The high energy, the missed connections, all carried together with the expansive romanticized ideals.

While we may had little time to truly try the local food, we hope this quick introduction will bring us back to this vibrant city.


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– Athina Ibrahim
Photography by Athina Ibrahim

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