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Words of the Year 2016

Oxford Dictionaries: XenophobiaCambridge Dictionary: ParanoidMerriam-Webster: Surreal

Lost Hotels of Indonesia Part II: Bali Beach InterContinental Hotel

InterContinental Bali Beach Hotel (BBIH) was built in 1962 at the suggestion of the Indonesia President, Bung Karno, before the completion of the Tampak Siring Palace. Development funds obtained from the spoils of war in the Japanese colonial era, but strangely the construction was done by a Japanese contractor, Taisei Construction, together with PT. PP Indonesia.
The project was completed when Bung Karno had resigned from his post in 1966. The hotel was subsequently inaugurated by Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono IX and operational management was handed over to the InterContinental Hotels InterContinental Hotels -at that time is a luxury hotel chain established by PanAm as accommodation for the crew and the aircraft cabin also for the tourists who fly traveled using PanAm.
Located right on the waterfront with views of Mount Agung and the Nusa Lembongan island, the hotel is laid in an area of ​​over 40 hectares of which are equipped with the best facilities in Bali at the time. BBIH is also th…

Bali Throughout the Years

Lost Hotels of Indonesia Part I: Hotel Indonesia

Almost all Indonesians know Hotel Indonesia; a hotel whose name is borrowed from the most famous roundabout in Indonesia. Hotel Indonesia was built in conjunction with the Welcome Monument (HI Roundabout) and both were completed at about the same time in August 1962. Hotel Indonesia was inaugurated by the President of Indonesia at the time, Bung Karno. Both structures were built in order to welcome the 1962 Asian Games held in Jakarta. Jembatan Semanggi, Senayan Sports Arena complex and Gelora Bung Karno (with initial capacity of 100.000 spectators after completion), and the widening of Jalan MH. Thamrin are another projects which were built in the framework of the 1962 Asian Games.
Bung Karno appointed Danish-descent American architect, Abel Sorensen, to design the hotel that promote modern minimalist design. The hotel consists of two main wings, namely Ramayana wing (15 floors) and Ganesha wing (8th floor). Each wing was positioned in different direction with the aim of providing a f…

Best of 2016

Best ReadsFractured Lands: How the Arab World Came Apart. Written by Scott Anderson for The New York TimesIs Travel Broken? Written by Chip Conley for AirbnbWhy Don't We Grieve for Extinct Species? Written by Jeremy Hance for The GuardianThe Last Word: Noel Gallagher on Oasis Rumors, Manchester Pride. Interview by Andy Green for Rolling StoneInterview: Four Seasons CEO on the U.S. Election, Loyalty and Scale. Interview by Deanna Ting for SkiftMeet John Knoll, the Creative Genius Behind Rogue One. Written by Robert Capps for WiredThe Third Transportation Revolution. Written by John Zimmer on MediumDavid Bowie Obituary. Written by Adam Sweeting for The GuardianHow Amazon Innovates in Ways that Google and Apple Can't. Written by Timothy B. Lee for Vox9 Tricks to Appear Smart in Brainstorming Meetings. Written by Sarah Cooper on MediumHow Google Analytics Ruined Marketing. Written by Samuel Scott for TechcrunchWhen Does an Artificial Intelligence Become a Person? Written by Corin …