Act On CO2 Program

A program from the British government to act on CO2 that "aims to help people save money, save energy and reduce their CO2 emissions. The campaign highlights how individuals can act to make a difference." Click the picture on the left to access to their website and to find out more about the program and eventually start to participate in saving our world. Alternatively you can click here.

Indonesia assumes Chairmanship Committee of Permanent Representatives of ASEAN 2011

Indonesia will chair the ASEAN during the year 2011 (after a swap with Brunei Darussalam) and the theme of the Indonesian chairmanship is “ASEAN Community in a Global Community of Nations”. For further information, please click here.

Tax Refund for Foreign Tourists in Indonesia

Foreign tourists will be entitled for a tax refund in Indonesia, if they have purchased goods for a minimum spending of Rp. 5,000,000 (a refund of Rp. 500,000) - click here for the exchange rate. This facility of tax refund is currently available at certain places, such as Soekarno Hatta International airport of Jakarta and Ngurah Rai airport of Bali for purchases made within one month prior to departure.

World's Biggest Indoor Theme Park in Bandung

Saturday, June 18th 2011, was a new day for residents in Bandung, where Trans Studio Bandung opened its door to the public. Trans Studio, which opened its first indoor theme park in Makassar, Sulawesi, built the biggest indoor theme park in the world in Bandung.

Located in Bandung Supermall complex, Trans Studio Bandung sets admission charges from Rp. 150,000 and open daily from 9am-10pm. For more details visit its website:

First Public Gym in Phnom Penh

Cambodia's first public gym was opened for the first time in Phnom Penh on 14 June 2011. It is located in the Riverfront area and has 12 modern equipments. The ideas of having the public gym are to improve public health and the enhance Phnom Penh's image. For further information please click here.

Tour de Singkarak 2011

Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) will run the 2011 Tour de Singkarak, from 9-12 June 2011 in Padang, West Sumatera, Indonesia. The routes will cover Padang, Bukittinggi and surroundings. This event will be participated by more than 200 racers from national and international teams. For further information, please visit: Tour de Singkarak.

Jakarta International Java Jazz Festival 2011

Said to be one of the best and largest jazz festival in the world, the Jakarta International Java Jazz Festival 2011 will be held at JIExpo Kemayoran, Jakarta on 4-6 March 2011. This annually held jazz festival begun in 2005. This year, it has a list of well known international artists going to perform there, such as Santana, George Benson, Joey Defrancesco, Sondre Lerche, Corinne Bailey Rae, Ed Motta, New York Voice, as well as well known Indonesian artists. For details please click its website:

Indonesia as the best participant in Reiseliv 2011

Indonesia’s pavilion awarded the best international participant of the Reiseliv 2011, the biggest Scandinavia Tourism exhibition, which was held in “Norges Varemesse” building, Lillestrom, Norway from 13-17 January 2011. For further information, please click here.

Tallest Christmas Tree in Asia Built in Manado

To celebrate Christmas 2010, Manado built a giant Christmas tree, which was believed as the tallest Christmas tree in Asia, standing at 50 meter tall. The locals built the tree for 2 months and named it as "Pohon Natal Kasih Sulawesi Utara 2010" or "Devoted Christmas Tree of North Sulawesi 2010". Visitors saw the tree standing tall in the Mega Mas Boulevard complex. It is said the tree was also made to symbolize North Sulawesi Province religious harmony.

Q&A: Why Do They Turn Off Airplane Cabin Lights Before Take Off?

If you noticed or remembered, whenever you are travelling at night, before taking off, you might hear your cabin crew saying "for safety reasons, we will be dimming the cabin lights..." What's the safety reason behind it? Well, try this in your room at night. Switch off your room light and count how long your eyes need time to adjust to the darkness, so that you 'can see' your furnitures and other stuff again.

Taking a bit of theory, the rods in our eyes, which play important roles in a dark environment, can take up to 30 seconds to fully adapt from a bright environment to darkness.

That is actually one of the main reasons why cabin crew has to turn off or at least dim your airplane cabin lights before taking off in a dark evening. In case of emergency, such as aborted take off followed by overshooting the runway (crashed) and lost of electric power, passengers' eyes should be already adjusted to cabin darkness, hence they should be able to see better their airplane cabin and help them evacuating the airplane faster.

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