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NIKI revives songs from her YouTube channel for new album ‘Nicole’

  • Indonesian singer-songwriter NIKI released her highly anticipated 12-track album “Nicole” on Friday.
  • The album features previously released songs “Before, “Oceans and Engines” and “High School in Jakarta.”
  • It also marks the return and reimagining of old original songs NIKI took down from YouTube after being signed.
  • NIKI’s short film “But I’m Letting Go,” which will be released on Amazon Music and Prime Video on Aug. 18, features a storyline inspired by her own life.
  • She is set to join the lineup of headliners at this month’s 88rising Head In The Clouds music festival at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.  
  • Starting on September 8 in Vancouver, NIKI will go on her first solo North American tour.

Indonesian singer-songwriter NIKI released her highly anticipated album “Nicole” on Friday.

The album contains 12 songs in total and features three previously released ones: “Before,” “Oceans and Engines” and “High School in Jakarta.” The entire album was written by NIKI and notably acts as a showcase of original songs she took down from her YouTube channel, previously named nzee24, after being signed. 

Wealthy 65-year-old man in Indonesia divorces 19-year-old wife after 2 months of marriage

  • A wealthy Indonesian man, 65, reportedly divorced his 19-year-old bride after two months of marriage.
  • The two previously went viral in May following the news of their relationship and the age gap between them.
  • The 19-year-old bride had a dowry of RM 149,346.15 (approximately $33,599), and the man bought her a house and car.
  • A neighbor of the 65-year-old claimed that the man has been feeling “sick” following the divorce.

A wealthy 65-year-old Indonesian man and his 19-year-old bride have allegedly divorced after two months of marriage.

The man, Haji Sondani, and his bride, Fia Barlanti, got married on May 18 in West Java, Indonesia. Haji had also bought Barlanti a house and car, reported Kompas. 

88rising announces Head in the Clouds festival in Jakarta

  • 88rising took to social media today to announce the dates and venue for the upcoming Head in the Clouds music festival in Jakarta, Indonesia.
  • The event will take place on Dec. 3 and Dec. 4 at Jakarta's Community Park PIK2.
  • The Asian-focused music company previously made plans to host a festival in Jakarta, but these plans were canceled in 2020 due to COVID-19.
  • An official lineup announcement has yet to be announced, but an 88rising tweet from March hinted at possible appearances from Indonesian singer-songwriter Niki and Indonesian rapper Rich Brian. 
  • 88rising’s Head in the Clouds at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, will take place later this month on Aug. 20 and Aug. 21.

88rising took to social media today to announce the dates and venue for the upcoming Head in the Clouds music festival in Jakarta, Indonesia. 

The event will take place on Dec. 3 and Dec. 4 at Jakarta’s Community Park PIK2.

Europe’s consumption of frog legs from Indonesia is ‘driving species to extinction,’ nonprofit says

  • Non-profit Pro Wildlife and French NGO Robin des Bois said in an article published in June that the consumption of frog legs, a delicacy in France and Belgium, is “driving species to extinction.”
  • Charlotte Nithart, the president of Robin des Bois, said that not only does the frog legs trade directly affect the species' population, but it also affects the overall biodiversity and ecosystem health.
  • According to the report, Europe imports as many as 200 million frog legs yearly, with Belgium taking up most of it at 70%.
  • France consumes as much as 4,000 tons – equivalent to 40 blue whales – of frog legs in a year.
  • Indonesia is reportedly responsible for 74% of frog legs exported to European countries, followed by Vietnam with 21%, Turkey with 4% and Albania at 0.7%, the Pro Wildlife report noted.

The consumption of frog legs, a delicacy in France and Belgium, is “driving species to extinction,” a German conservationist group said in a report last month.

Non-profit Pro Wildlife and French NGO Robin des Bois co-wrote an article published on June 23 warning that the population of frog species in the wild is dwindling as a result of continuous consumption of the delicacy in some European countries.

Indonesia’s parliament passes landmark bill aimed at tackling sexual violence

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  • Indonesia’s parliament passed a landmark bill on Tuesday in an effort to fight sexual violence and seek justice for victims of sexual abuse.
  • A majority of lawmakers supported the passing of the bill at a plenary session after it was expedited in January by President Joko Widodo.
  • Despite an increasing amount of sexual violence complaints in Indonesia, these crimes are often complicated to prosecute for several reasons, including victims being shamed during questioning.
  • The bill enacts a punishment of up to 12 years in prison for physical sexual abuse regardless of marriage status and 15 years for sexual exploitation.

Lawmakers in Indonesia passed a long-awaited bill on Tuesday in an effort to better seek justice for sexual violence victims.

The landmark bill was first proposed and submitted in 2016 by the National Commission on Violence Against Women (Komnas Perempuan) and civil society groups. Earlier this year in January, President Joko Widodo had asked that the process be expedited to secure more convictions for sexual abuse victims.

Pizza Hut Indonesia releases dim sum pizza – no, it’s not an April Fools’ joke

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  • Pizza Hut Indonesia released a dim sum pizza topped with chicken, mozzarella, onions, mushrooms, red peppers and tartar sauce last month.
  • The highlight of this new pizza is its crust, which consists of dumplings filled with shrimp and fish.
  • The dim sum pizza is only available in Indonesia and costs 123,000 Indonesian rupiah (approximately $8.56).

Pizza Hut Indonesia is selling an exclusive dim sum pizza that features a crust made of dumplings.

The new pizza, which was released on March 14 and sells for 123,000 Indonesian rupiah (approximately $8.56), comes with a tartar sauce base and is topped with chicken, mozzarella, onions, mushrooms and red peppers.

Indonesian groom gives liter of cooking oil to bride as dowry for their wedding

indonesian man gives cooking oil dowry
  • An Indonesian man gifted cooking oil to his new wife as her wedding dowry.
  • Muslim dowries traditionally include a prayer rug, gold jewelry and a Quran.
  • In Indonesia, where there is a severe shortage of palm-based cooking oil, the gift is considered to be of high value.
  • In addition to the oil, the groom gave his bride a cash dowry of 1 million Indonesian rupiahs (approximately $64.46).

An Indonesian man gave cooking oil to his new bride as her wedding dowry last week.

Supadi, a 60-year-old groom from East Java, gave his wife-to-be, 54-year-old Sumariati, a liter of cooking oil for her dowry during their wedding ceremony on Feb. 22, reported Mashable

Indonesia accepts dozens of Rohingya refugees stranded at sea after initially rejecting them

Indonesia Rohingya

Indonesia will accept a boat of Rohingya refugees – mostly women and children – after initially sending them to Malaysian waters and giving them supplies, according to local authorities. 

Change of heart: Indonesia’s security ministry said ​​the Southeast Asian country will allow nearly 120 people, including 60 women and 51 children, to take refuge after the situation gained domestic and international attention.

Ground-level witness videos of Mount Semeru eruption show devastation of Indonesian villages

Mount Semeru’s volcanic eruption

Dozens have either gone missing, become injured or died after Mount Semeru’s volcanic eruption over the weekend devastated the Indonesian island of Java.

Unexpected videos: Indonesians living near the volcano in Lumajang Regency recorded the disastrous event and uploaded footage of plumes of rising smoke, ash that looks like snow and streams of flowing hot mud to TikTok, reported Vice.

President Widodo calls for Indonesians to rid themselves of ‘inlander, colonized mentality’

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Indonesian President Joko Widodo has spoken out against the “inlander mentality” of inferiority that some Indonesians still possess.

Colonial mentality: Speaking at the 10th year celebration of the ruling National Democratic (NasDem) party, Widodo urged Indonesians to let go of culturally reinforced inferiority complex, especially when interacting with foreigners, reported Coconuts.

Think you have a difficult name? Indonesian boy’s name is made up of 19 words

19 names for kid

A couple from East Java, Indonesia, was unable to obtain the birth certificate of their 3-year-old son after authorities said they could not print his name on the document because it was too long.

What’s in a name: The child’s name, which contains 19 words, or 115 letters, is significant to the history of the Islamic civilization, his father, Arif Akbar, explained, according to World of Buzz.

TikToker makes a meal out of her husband’s lucky Asian arowana pet fish to teach him a lesson

Asian arowana fried

In a recent viral TikTok, an Indonesian woman can be seen cooking her husband’s expensive pet fish to protest against his laziness.

A wife’s frustration: In the video posted on Oct. 8, TikTok user Mia Kurniawan (@miakurniawan01) is seen scaling and seasoning the arowana fish, which can go for as much as $300,000, before deep-frying it to teach her husband a lesson.