Best Self Improvement Books to Read in Pandemic by Bookmattic (Matt Hutson)

Back to (New) Normal / Chill

Matt Hutson, more commonly known as Bookmattic, shares with us 5 self-improvement book to improve your lives and well-being.


Kelas Pagi: Provide Non-Formal Education in Photography

Devotion / ChillDevotion / ChillSlideshow

As one of the most-anticipated photography classes, Kelas Pagi has produced many talented photographers for the past 14 years. The team shares the essential things to teach in their class and what makes Kelas Pagi distinct from the others.


Redefining Art Space with Keliling Art Space

Devotion / ChillSlideshow

Keliling Art Space defying the form of conventional art space and invites the art enthusiast to celebrate and appreciate local art collectively.


Where to Go: Museum Pendidikan Surabaya

Originality / Chill

A newcomer cultural spot in Surabaya exhibits educational artifacts that bring back school days memories, and of course, enrich historical knowledge at once.


Where to Go: Kampong Pabean

Originality / Chill

Explore the two legendary street food in one of the trading centers in Surabaya, Pabean.


Where to Go: Kampong Ampel

Originality / Chill

Although it’s been known as a historic and religious tourism in Surabaya, Ampel has more sides to offer. As we stroll along the path, we find places and stories that we certainly shouldn’t hold it to our self.


Where to Go: Local Independent Bookstores on Bustling Cities

Making A Scene / Chill

Call all the bookworms, because we have a list of local independent bookstore that you can visit to.


Biblioaction, Where You See Visual Literacy

Upping The Tempo / Chill

Two inspiring teachers from Institut Français d’Indonésie (IFI) Surabaya has a creative way to liberates children’s mind and bring them closer to literacy.


Basha’s Listicle: Creative Markets Around The World

Making A Scene / Chill

Dive into creative scenes from around the world as artisans and creators showing their creation. We give a list of different kind of international creative markets where you can see how creative business has got a lot bigger these days.


Where To Go: Pasar Sehat

Closure / Chill

Inside of refreshing and interactive one of the market events in Surabaya where you can find local cuisines and culinary products that supports balance of inside out.


Where to Go: Carik Cenik

Man With A Plan / Chill

Hidden away from the center of Malang, Carik Cenik is one of café that got our attention as it offers breeze and mild atmosphere. A perfect place to concealed our self from the crowd.


5 One-Sitting Creativity Book By Hestia Istiviani

Chair / Chill

Try to read these books and see how your creativity fired up.




Masa Depan Industri Kreatif: Bangkit untuk Pemulihan Ekonomi Kreatif

COVID-19 / Creative

Sebuah seri artikel bersama para pelaku kreatif yang membahas seberapa jauh situasi yang serba tidak menentu ini menguji pertahanan industri kreatif dan bagaimana eksistensinya kelak di masa yang akan datang. Bagian ketiga sekaligus bagian akhir seri ini menghadirkan pandangan dari Tirta Prayudha, Founder Big Alpha.


Masa Depan Industri Kreatif: Tetap Ada Asa Dibalik Perubahan

COVID-19 / Creative

Sebuah seri artikel bersama para pelaku kreatif yang membahas seberapa jauh situasi yang serba tidak menentu ini menguji pertahanan industri kreatif dan bagaimana eksistensinya kelak di masa yang akan datang. Bagian kedua seri ini menghadirkan pandangan dari Yoris Sebastian, Founder OMG Consulting dan Co-Founder Inspigo


Masa Depan Industri Kreatif: Bertahan dalam Ketidakpastian

COVID-19 / Creative

Sebuah seri artikel bersama para pelaku kreatif yang membahas seberapa jauh situasi yang serba tidak menentu ini menguji pertahanan industri kreatif dan bagaimana eksistensinya kelak di masa yang akan datang. Bagian pertama seri ini menghadirkan pandangan dari Gary Aditya, Founder Revolt Industry.


Mengkaji Tren Donasi Di Tengah Pandemi

COVID-19 / Creative

Di tengah krisis pandemi, Bagirata dan Kita Bisa Atasi lahir sebagai platform untuk menjembatani bantuan terhadap pihak-pihak yang terdampak. Inisiasi platform tersebut mengingatkan pada kita bahwa solidaritas dapat menguatkan di saat-saat seperti ini.


Make the Best Out of Absurdity

Make It Loud / Creative

Anggi Sonsen from Rekreasi Creative Playground, Jakarta-based agency, and Raka and Aswin from People Films, Surabaya-based production house tells us that absurdity is a part of creativity resides in an advertisement.


Perceiving Loudness on a Canvas

Make It Loud / Creative

Among the local talents, Iabadiou Piko is one of the young artists who deserve to be celebrated for his achievements and creations. Through the paintings he created, Iabadiou spells out his thoughts and emotions to be seen with the naked eye. Here, he tells a glimpse of his journey and the reasons behind his choice to become an artist.


HAHAHA Corp: A Connection of Good Comedy and Creation

Make It Loud / Creative

Comedy is a serious business, and HAHAHA Corp offers a home for comics to push them beyond their limits. Here Dipa Andika, Co-Founder of HAHAHA Corp, talks about the journey and how far the local comedic scene has grown.


Anton Ismael: About Communication, Compromise, and Devotion

Devotion / Creative

One of the distinguished creators, Anton Ismael, unveils the essential lessons that he had learned throughout his career in the industry and how they bolster his success aside from his expertise.


Yajugaya: A Word to The Wise Through T-shirt

Starting Point / Creative

Specialized in wordy quotes, Yajugaya’s founder, Randhy Prasetya, reveals what makes Yajugaya stand out than others.


Get Out of Digital with Macramé

Originality / Creative

Learn the basic of Macramé with Maria Maretta, the owner of The Art of Macramé. Get lost in it and away from any digital disruption.


Artist On The ‘Rise’: Bernadet Putri

Man With A Plan / Creative

Our light-insightful conversation with the talented and yet still humble illustrator, Bernadet Putri revealing what it’s like to be illustrator nowadays in local creative scene.


Heritage, Still Relevant, or Not?

Closure / CreativeSlideshow

Heritage is the topic that often to slips away from daily conversation. Here Ayos Purwoaji, an independent curator shows his bravery to redefining the meaning of heritage and find its relevancy to our life.


Sociocrafterpreneur: Craft Meets Nobility

Originality / Creative

Crafter of Alv.Studio and LEGAM, Alvinska Octaviana tells us about being a sociopreneur and her story on preserving Indonesian culture and its resource through her craft.


A Tale of Success with Peggy Hartanto

Originality / CreativeSlideshow

Surabaya-based fashion designer, Peggy Hartanto talks about her passion, journey, and what values should be hold as it takes her successfully engraving her name in global fashion world.


So, What’s The Line Between Copied and Inspired?

Originality / Creative

Even though it’s not a world war, but the war against plagiarism can’t be underestimate. As artisans established astounding works, there’s always a following creation that should be questioned. Is it copied or inspired?


Trapping Imagination in Motion

Upping The Tempo / Creative

Imagination has many forms and for Yuwanda Bagus it’s good keeping it in motion graphic. Along with it, he shares about what makes him fell deep with motion graphic and how his passion to raising the bar for local motion designers.


Inspirachair: A Place to Discover Your Ideas

Chair / Creative

There are tons of way to find an inspiration and we give you the simplest to get your creative head back on track.


Celebrate The Creative Era

Originality / Creative

Our first debut article. An intro to fuzz and buzz of creative industry and why should we celebrate it. Enjoy!




Acaraki: Raising Appreciation for Jamu

COVID 19 / Culinary

Founder of Acaraki, Jony Yuwono, shares his insight behind jamu, our traditional herbal drink that’s been overlooked for years, and how jamu became the buzz since the pandemic crisis.


Surabaya’s Legendary Foods That You Should Eat

Devotion / Culinary

Being established for decades doesn’t make these Surabaya’s street foods lost their taste. As we take a bite for the first time, we learn why they deserve to become a legend.


Time Traveling Tofu

Closure / Culinary

From all the trendy and hip foods around you, there’s always one that stays in your heart. Follow the story of two loyal customers who’s coming back for more to their favorite culinary spot.


It Is The Right Time To Go Wild Over Djawa

Upping The Tempo / Culinary

Established from the ashes of a legendary place, Kopi Toko Djawa hasn’t change the trademark one bit. It still gives you nostalgic feeling in the midst of Bandung’s modern site with beverages that comforts your heart.


PURA Indonesia: Locally Made, Pure as Nature

Closure / Culinary

When most of the foods offer goodness in taste, PURA Indonesia combined it with goodness inside. Meet one of the local brands that make sure you can’t resist healthy lifestyle.


Easy Peasy Cheesy: Halloumi Recipe

Chair / Culinary

A superb-easy cheese recipe provided one of the local brands: Buono Cheeze. It’s simple even for those of you who can’t cook.




Masker Untuk Indonesia: Assembling the Creative Forces to Normalize Mask-Wearing

Back to (New) Normal / CreativeBack to (New) Normal / Lifestyle

Supporting the #MaskerUntukSemua campaign, Masker Untuk Indonesia rise as a movement to normalize mask-wearing. Getting help from local creators, artists, and creative talents to design the masks, Masker Untuk Indonesia is trying to boost the non-medical mask distribution and foster appreciation for local creativity at the same time.


Jobhun: The Emergence of Online Learning

Back to (New) Normal / Lifestyle

Online learning, in particular, has gained traction as an alternative way to learn new skills and maintain productivity. But is it just a fad, or is it here to stay? Cynthia Cecilia, Founder of Jobhun, has something to say about it.


dr soap: Kilas Balik Situasi di Awal Pandemi

COVID-19 / Lifestyle

Kembali ke awal masa pandemi, Eunike Selomith menceritakan bagaimana brand yang dinaunginya – dr soap menghadapi situasi saat itu serta perubahan signifikan yang terjadi setelahnya.


Follow The Passion or Be Patience?

Devotion / Lifestyle

To follow the passion or just let it slide away has been the ultimate dilemma for the job seeker and career chaser. We interviewed Afinnisa Rasyida, a Psychology Lecturer at Universitas Surabaya, to uncover the solution.


Long Live The Freelancer

Devotion / LifestyleSlideshow

Even with the free-work hours and owning the authority power for ourselves, freelancing is far beyond as fun or secure as it’s seen. Here we try to reveal the truth behind the deceitful myth of being a freelancer.


Climate Change: Are We in Crisis?

Starting Point / LIfestyle

Discussing the term climate change that’s been swirling on global conversations and its association with the natural crisis we’ve been dealing in a few past years.


Take A Deep Breath and Write with Reza Gunawan

Man With A Plan / Lifestyle

For a long time, we have perceived writing as a method for delivering a message to others. However, for Reza Gunawan, there’s more benefit from writing that’s going to help our self.


What We Love: Flower Creation by Onni House

Originality / Lifestyle

Showing what we love for this month and we couldn’t be more excited for the flower power.


To Be Young and Stoic

Closure / Lifestyle

Abolishing the worries and starts to enjoy the blooming youth ahead of you with one of the oldest philosophy lessons.


First Impression On Zero Waste Most Likely Leads to Misconception

Making A Scene / LIfestyle

Zero waste become the uprising movement among the lifestyle goers today. However, people often misunderstood about the essence of zero waste and Zero Waste Indonesia here to clear that up.


How to Live Well in The World Full of Hassle

Digital Escape / Lifestyle

Understand the true meaning of slow living and leave all the fallacy about it.


Specimen Lab: Home for Peculiar Plants

Man With A Plan / LifestyleSlideshow

Weird but dazzling, a charm that makes Danis Sie widen his portfolio in plant territory, specifically the peculiar ones. For Danis, collecting it wasn’t enough without preserving its life.


By Lizzie Parra: The Game Changer of Local Beauty Brands

Upping The Tempo / Lifestyle

In her busy schedule, Lizzie Parra took her time to open up about how her brand, BLP (By Lizzie Parra) Beauty has grown into one of the anticipated local beauty brands. Through BLP Beauty, she gives her voice and changing the idea of what beauty is.


Upscale Your Home with Art Pieces

Man With A Plan / Lifestyle

The guide of applying art pieces to decorate your house with art pieces and see what experts said about it.




Visiting The Infamous Indonesian Love Tales

Devotion / TravelOriginality / Travel

Besides the picturesque view, these local majestic and exquisite cultural sites preserved romantic tales that perhaps been forgotten. Discover the love story behind these locals’ infamous site destinations and how it adds profound meaning.


Travel Diary: Traveling from The Eye of David Praharsa

Devotion / TravelSlideshow

In this episode of Travel Diary, David Praharsa, the man behind Depepedia, shares his opinions about travel and how he treats it more than just as an occupation.


You Have The Right to Chill with Nuvantara

Man With A Plan / Travel

A story of Nuvantara – travel partner that offers tranquility and intimate experience for those who seek short escape from daily lives.


Travel Diary: Wamena, Papua by Barry Kusuma

Making A Scene / TravelSlideshow

Take a peek on Barry Kusuma’s travel diary in Wamena as he discovered lessons and culture that simply can’t get without experiencing itself.


You Are Invited to Travel As It Is

Sitting On The Chair / Travel

Yes, you can go traveling wherever and whenever you are, and we’re giving you the list to prove it.


Japanese Spots Doppelgänger

Originality / Travel

Good news for all photo spots hunter: we find some spots to help you create your own Japanese photo ambience without even bother going on a trip to Japan.


You’ll Never See an Endearing Journey until You Met Everything in Between

Man With A Plan / Travel

Our conversation with two spirited young people whose cycling across the world from Netherland to Indonesia with endearing purpose for the people, animal and trees.