Embrace January by keeping your new year’s resolutions, feasting on endless culinary delights, watching concerts and many more.
Happy New Year, Honeys! 2018 has just begun and there are already lots of exciting things to do in Jakarta to kick-start the year. There’s no shortage of excitement going on with martial arts matches, unmissable concerts and Hot New Table openings. As they say, “New year, new you,” and there’s no time like the present to improve yourself while having fun along the way. Learn a new skill like calligraphy or baking, and get re-organized to set the tone for the rest of the year.
1. Keep your new year’s resolution
The New Year is about new beginnings, and new year’s resolutions are a great way to keep motivated all year long. Sure, you may dislike the cliched idea of making a resolution just for the sake of new year, and some of us may even break those resolutions within a day or two. But these positive goals are a great way to keep us in check for the rest of the year. Here’s a tip to keep your resolutions: start by creating mini, short-term goals instead of an ambitious goal that might be too overwhelming. At the end of the day, mini goals will eventually lead to bigger goals, won’t they?
2. Join Skyefit classes overlooking the stunning view of Jakarta from Skye’s outdoor terrace
If living healthier is one of your new year’s resolutions, you’ll be glad to find out that Skye has launched Skyefit – a series of yoga, pilates, pound and Zumba classes – held atop the outdoor rooftop bar. This is not your regular fitness class, as sessions are held at 56 levels high, so expect a refreshing session with a stunning view of Jakarta! Follow @skye_56 on Instagram to find out when the next sessions are.
3. Get organised with new notebooks for 2018
No more excuses in 2018! Jot down all your upcoming plans, personal resolutions and goals, and never miss a single meeting again this year by writing them all down on a 2018 agenda. If you’re wondering where to get them, here are some of our favourite picks of chic notebooks and journals.
4. Check into the newly opened Hotel Monopoli
The latest child of Syah Establishment who’s also behind The Gunawarman, Hotel Monopoli is the new hip place you need to check out in Kemang for a short weekend staycation or simply to dine out with your friends. The luxury boutique hotel has a restaurant at the lobby and a cocktail lounge-slash-club at the basement. If you want some air, head to their rooftop beer garden instead, where you can have a mini getaway within the city by their rooftop pool.
5. Spend the weekend over Sunday brunch at C’s Steak
Sundays have never been better with C’s Steak and Seafood Restaurant’s new Sunday Brunch offer, where you can enjoy the creations of Chef Hugo such as bone in roast beef ribeye, barbecue buffalo short ribs, Alaskan King crab legs, lobster and Timika crab. Available from 7 to 31 January, the Sunday Brunch is priced at IDR 480,000++ per person. For reservations, call +62 21 2992 1234 ext. 3400 or email email@example.com.
6. Enjoy one of the oldest pasta at Caffe Milano during the Cavatelli Month
Did you know that it’s Cavatelli Month at Caffe Milano? Cavatelli, also known as Little Hollows, is one of Italy’s oldest types of pasta, and Chef Luca is cooking up all sorts of special dishes this month. Highlights include the creamy Cavatelli Alla Carbonara topped with an oozy poached egg and aromatic shavings of black truffles and the Veal Ragù with pork sausage. For reservations, call +62 21 2358 0638.
7. Try the new Blue Terrace Café at Ayana Midplaza Jakarta
This month, Ayana Midplaza Jakarta’s newest dining spot Blue Terrace Café finally opens its doors. Be among the first to try the newly opened café, which combines the concept of nature, health and style through their healthy food and dessert, relaxed garden setting and daily live cooking demonstrations. For reservations, call +62 21 251 0888.
8. Book into the Mejekawi x Attarine Jakarta 5-course Indonesian dinner
Enjoy an appetizing dining experience at Attarine Jakarta, which will present Executive Chef Ben Cross of Kudeta Bali and Head Chef Stephen Moore of Mejekawi for a special two-night dinner series on 11-12 January. The two chefs will create a 5-course dinner of Indonesian dishes using contemporary culinary techniques with lightly smoked raw tuna, sop buntut, squid ink noodle and 48-hour organic beef short rib.
9. Sing along to Andien’s hit singles at Andien Metamorfosa Showcase
Join Andien as she celebrates her 17 years of singing career in Indonesian music scene and the release of her new album “Metamorfosa” at Andien Metamorfosa Showcase. Held at Ecology Bistro and Lounge on 12 January, the intimate showcase will have the singer interpreting what Metamorfosa personally means to her by singing her latest singles “Belahan Jantungku”, “Indahnya Dunia” and many more.
10. Catch Jakarta Mega Wedding Festival if you’re a bride-to-be
Are you planning a wedding this year? We know how stressful it can get with all the tiny little details needed to be organised, so if you’re one of those brides-to-be (and grooms-to-be too!), don’t miss Jakarta Mega Wedding Festival, which claims itself as the biggest and the most complete wedding and jewelry exhibition in the city. Held at Hall D JIExpo Kemayoran on 12-14 January, the festival will also offer various gifts for every transaction and a total grand prize of IDR 250 million for lucky winners.
11. (Finally) watch Liam Gallagher’s first concert in Jakarta
The wait is over! After postponing his solo concert in Jakarta for five months since last August, Liam Gallagher will finally perform for the first time in Indonesia on 14 January at EcoVention Hall in Ancol. The former Oasis and Beady Eye front-man will certain sing the songs from his first solo album “As You Were” and some old songs from his Oasis days.
12. Learn about entrepreneurship on a sharing session with Renee Tang
Dreaming of being an entrepreneur? Then learn about entrepreneurship directly from a successful figure like Renee Tang, Director of Pacific Place Jakarta, on a workshop with Mau Belajar Apa at GoWork Coworking and Office Space. Held on 16 January, the session will have her sharing about her journey and the lessons she’s learned from being in the retail and real estate industry.
13. Learn about Indonesian film industry at the Evening Lectures Series
Get educated about the Indonesian film industry and how to preserve the country’s film archives by joining “Fragile Memories: Preserving Indonesia’s Film Archives”, where you can hear views from Orlow Seunke of IdFilmCenter Foundation and Amanda Huntley of Huntley Film Archives and get involved in a panel discussion with the Director General of Culture, Dr. Hilmar Farid, and Director of Senimatek Jakarta, Adisurya Abdi. Held at Erasmus Huis on 16 January, the discussion is part of the Evening Lectures Series by the Indonesian Heritage Society.
14. Give coworking a try at GoWork’s stylish new expansion
Looking for an office space or a place to co-work in Jakarta? Get excited because GoWork, the chic coworking space and private office in Thamrin, has finally launched its expansion this month! To celebrate, they will hold the GoWork Launch Fest on 16-21 January, where you get to tour around the space and join lots of workshops and sharing sessions with Mau Belajar Apa and Mana Class. Located just one level below their flagship space at Chubb Square, GoWork Thamrin 2.0 has more facilities available with an even bigger and cosier space plus a new bar with Woodpecker as their coffee operator. Follow @lets.gowork for further info or call +62 21 3000 6718.
15. Watch “The Golden Muse” trunk show by Sebastian Red
Catch Sebastian Gunawan and Cristina Panarese as the designers showcase their Sebastian Red collection on an exclusive trunk show at Hotel Mulia Senayan. Inspired by the 19th century Austrian painter Gustav Klimt’s splendor and eye for romantic beauty, the collection is themed “The Golden Muse” and will be held at Cascade Lounge on 17 January.
16. Stuff yourself silly at Go-Food Festival
If you missed Go-Food Festival in December, don’t worry because it’s still happening this month until 19 January at Pasaraya Blok M. The first event held by Go-Jek, it has a Food Eatery area where you can find over 30 popular Go-Food merchants like Ayam Geprek Wong Sugih, Sec Bowl, Kwetiau Sapi 78 Mangga Besar, Sate Padang Ajo Ramon and Mom Milk. There are also lots of other entertainments like movie screening, live music and fun competitions, so make sure you don’t miss out on all the fun!
17. Watch the orchestra at Aula Simfonia Jakarta during their New Year 2018 Concert
To celebrate the new year, Aula Simfonia Jakarta will hold the New Year 2018 Concert on 20 January. Conducted by Dr. Stephen Tong, the concert will have Jakarta Simfonia Orchestra performing Toy Symphony by Leopold Mozart, Leonore Overture No. 3 by Beethoven, Military March by Schubert, Waltz from “The Sleeping Beauty Suite” by Tchaikovsky, Symphony No. 100 “Military” by Haydn and Symphony No. 4 by Beethoven.
18. Catch the most exciting martial arts championship at One: Kings of Courage
A fan of martial arts or simply want a thrilling weekend entertainment? Don’t miss One: Kings of Courage, a martial arts championship presented by ONE Championship. Held on 20 January at Jakarta Convention Center, the main event will see Tiffany “No Chill” Teo from Singapore facing “The Panda” Xiong Jing Nan from China on the inaugural ONE Women’s Strawweight Word Championship. They will also be joined by undefeated Indonesian hero Stefer Rahardian who will challenge Muhammad “The Spider” Imran for the ONE Flyweight World Championship.
19. Make your own DIY Pop Up Frame
With Valentine’s Day coming up, why not make something handmade to gift your loved one? Mau Belajar Apa and Scrappypopwork are hosting a DIY Pop Up Frame workshop on 20 January at Diskusi Kopi, where you will be taught to make a personalized card with a 3D photo of yourself.
20. Bake a heart-shaped sweet pastry for Valentine’s Day
Another thing you can make as a gift for Valentine’s Day is a delicious baked treat, and luckily you can learn how to bake a heart-shaped strawberry and blueberry pastry with Mau Belajar Apa and Cream Whisk Academy. Held on 21 January at Milan Ceramics Gallery in Hayam Wuruk, this workshop will teach you the techniques of making pate sucre and hand pies.
21. Catch The xx at their “I See You” tour in Asia
Another concert you totally shouldn’t miss this month is The xx, who will bring back their “I See You” tour to Jakarta for the first time ever on 23 January. The British indie pop trio will hold their first Indonesia concert at JIExpo Kemayoran, where Romy, Oliver and Jamie will perform their hit songs such as “Intro”, “Crystalised”, “I Dare You” and “On Hold”.
22. Watch the last installment of Maze Runner: The Death Cure in cinemas
Are you a fan of the Maze Runner saga? Get excited because the movie’s epic finale, Maze Runner: The Death Cure, will be out in cinemas starting 26 January! Catch Thomas as he leads his group of escaped Gladers on their final and most dangerous mission through the Last City, which may turn out to be the deadliest maze of all.
23. Dance the night away with Irish DJ John O’Callaghan at Colosseum
Celebrate the end of the work week at Colosseum Club on 26 January, where you will enjoy performances by Six Pratama, Mythalogyc, Marquee, MC Joey and Royal Angels before reaching the main event, where John O’Callaghan, the popular Irish musician and DJ will headline and entertain you through the night.
24. Go on a weekend getaway to Singapore for the Laneway Festival
You must have heard it by now that Laneway Festival will be back to Singapore on 27 January. Lucky for us, we live just an hour flight away from this neighbour of ours, so it gives us enough excuse to pack our bags and go on a weekend getaway to Singapore! The country’s most popular indie music festival will be held at Gardens by The Bay, and joining its stellar lineup are Mac Demarco, Anderson. Paak, Slowdive and many other groundbreaking acts from the region.
25. Learn the basic technique of modern calligraphy
While it is not usual to write letters anymore, more people are now showing enthusiasm to go back to writing on paper by learning calligraphy. If you’re one of them, join Mau Belajar Apa’s workshop with Kuromopi on 27 January at Hebrews Coffee Corner in Pantai Indah Kapuk, where you will be able to learn the basic technique of modern calligraphy in a 3-hour workshop. Using the art pointed pen, you will be guided through demonstration, discussion and practice sessions of writing basic strokes and uppercase and lowercase letters.
26. Make your own ceramic mug set
Another thing you can learn at the start of the year: how to make your own ceramic mug set! If you love pottery or just eager to learn how, this workshop will be perfect for you, as you will be taught by the Dwel Pottery about how to make a mug set using the hand building technique. The class is held on 27 January at Diskusi Kopi & Ruang Berbagi in Setiabudi.
27. Catch the Place of Belonging exhibition at Ruci Art Space
Art lovers should not miss the “Place of Belonging” exhibition. Featuring works by Abenk Alter, Glenda Sutardy and Mark Schdroski, the art showcase is held at Ruci Art Space until 28 January, exploring each of the artists’ views on their physical environment and state of belonging through paintings.
28. Make your own flower arrangement for Valentine’s Day
Valentine’s Day is just a month away by now, so rather than spending all that hard-earned dough on expensive florists, why not learn how to make your own flower arrangement? Whether you’d like to gift it to your loved one and want to use the opportunity to sell flower bouquets to lovebirds for the special occasion, don’t miss Mau Belajar Apa’s upcoming workshop on 28 January, where you can learn to make your own Korean-style heart-shaped bouquet. Taught by Michelle Latif of Michelle’s Flowery, the workshop will be held at 101Plus Juice in Pluit.
29. Catch the legendary rock band Padi as they reunite for Padi Reborn concert
After a seven-year-long hiatus, the legendary Indonesian rock band Padi has reunited for the Padi Reborn concert. After a series of tours across cities in Indonesia at the end of last year, the band will perform in an intimate show in Jakarta on 31 January at The Pallas, which will be part of the lounge’s “Wednesday is a Lovely Day” event series.
30. Last chance to join our Club Alacarte free annual membership giveaway
If you love reading Honeycombers, we bet that you love eating out as much as we do! While we enjoy dining out, we hate to see those money running away from our wallet, but thanks to Club Alacarte, we can now save big in 2018. This nifty money-saving mobile app gets members buy-one-get-one dining offers at the best restaurants in Jakarta, and because we love our readers, we’d love to give away FREE annual memberships to 20 lucky readers. Click here to enter the giveaway by 31 January!