Obama: Thank you for the bakso, nasi goreng, emping, krupuk

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In his brief speech during the state dinner, Obama said, “First of all, thank you for the bakso, the nasi goreng, the emping, the krupuk. Semuanya enak! (All are delicious!)”
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Merapi Eruption Updates

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Latest updates on Mount Merapi eruption. Tourists and residents in Yogyakarta and nearby areas are strongly advised to stay indoor and avoid unnecessary outdoor activities due to volcanic ash. For those who need to go out, they need to wear protective masks, glasses and fully protective clothes (long sleeves, long pants/jeans and shoes).
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Pray For Indonesia

Pray For Indonesia

Indonesia, the world’s most diverse country and largest archipelago, is currently in mourning.

The country is now dealing with natural disasters: flood in Wasior, West Papua, earthquake and tsunami in Mentawai, West Sumatra and Mount Merapi eruption in Yogyakarta. Hundreds of people were killed, injured, displaced and separated from their families.

If you are reading this post, spend a moment to PRAY FOR INDONESIA!
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Ayam Penyet

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Ayam penyet is an Indonesian smashed fried chicken served with spicy sambal, vegetables, rice and poya (a brown-colored powder of fried garlic mixed with shrimp crackers). The name originates from Indonesian words ayam which means chicken and penyet which means flattened or smashed.
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Es Teler

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Es Teler is a popular Indonesian mixed fruit drink, a concoction of jackfruit, young coconut and avocado enriched with condensed milk, crushed ice and special secret syrup. The drink was invented by Murniati Widjaja who won the first prize in the traditional Indonesian drink competition in Jakarta in 1982.
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Indonesia Aims to Attract 7 Million Foreign Tourists in 2010

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Indonesia aims to attract 7 million foreign tourists in 2010, Tourism and Culture Minister Jero Wacik said on Wednesday.

The country has about 6.45 million foreign visitors this year and has surpassed its target of 6.4 million arrivals for despite the global economic and financial crisis, militant suicide attacks on two luxury hotels (JW Marriott and Ritz Carlton) in Jakarta in July and concerns over possible violence during parliamentary and presidential elections in 2009.
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UNESCO Declares Batik Originates from Indonesia

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The Indonesian government announced that UNESCO would soon name batik as an intangible cultural heritage. The listing, which will give the age-old batik tradition some degree of protection under the UNESCO charter, will be made official at an event in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates, 2 October. In the past, Malaysia, in its tourism promotion campaign/advertisement, claimed the ownership of batik.
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Bakso

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Bakso is the Indonesian word for meatball. Bakso also refers to a popular Indonesian dish which consists of bakso (meatballs) usually served in a bowl with soup, noodles or vermicelli (called bakmi or mi), beancurds (called tahu), siomay, pangsit and vegetables.
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Dangdut

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Dangdut is a genre of music originated from Indonesia, partly derived from Arabic, Indian and Melayu (Malay) tunes. It developed in the 1960s, and has grown very rapidly especially in the 1990s. Modern dangdut is also influenced by rock, Latin, house music, hip-hop, R&B, reggae and even Western classical music. Due to its distinctive rhythm and melody, dangdut is easily differentiable from other music genres. In addition, dangdut is closely associated with a unique dance movement called goyang or joget.
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Obama Shows Off His Indonesian

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The US President, Barack Obama, who formerly lived and studied in Indonesia during his childhood, showed off his Indonesian (Bahasa) during an informal session with the staff at the State Department. A State Department staffer named Charles Silver, knowing the President once lived in Indonesia, shouted out, “Selamat siang Bapak!” (Good afternoon Sir!) in the local language. The two then chatted briefly about Menteng, the neighborhood Obama once lived in. Silver later acknowledged and told the press that Obama spoke a “very good” Bahasa Indonesia.
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