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Roaming: How Much Data Do You Need?

Now that Summer is here and travelers are trying to find the best way to optimize their resources, it’s best to discuss how much data do you really need for your Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube.


The best way is to calculate which of the social media platforms you often use, which you can calculate here.

Browse 3,000 webpages
Send 1,500,000 WhatsApp messages
Upload 4,000 photos
Send 10,000 emails
Watch 310 minutes of YouTube
Listen to 160 songs on Spotify

1GB (or 1024MB) of data lets you send or receive about 1,000 emails and browse the Internet for about 20 hours every month.

In Indonesia, most of the 3 major networks: Telkomsel, Indosat, and XL offer roaming services that are reasonable enough for you to avail without having to change to a new sim to your country of destination, especially if it’s within Southeast Asia and/or within the territories covered by their telco agreements.

A Land Called Sayang

By N Mark Castro
I said this before and I say it again, especially in light of yet another meaningless celebration of EDSA I, and Esquire Philippines’ take on the Martial Law.
My problem with this is simple:
1. We kicked out the Marcoses because of the dictatorship and all the corrupt and abusive practices incurred over the years.
2. They’re supposed to be the worst family ever that has raided the country’s coffers and deprived the nation of its growth.

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Political Communications Fail: Crafting the OIC Message

By N Mark Castro

Can’t believe they fed President Jokowi to such an awkward situation.

Whoever encouraged the president to be embarrassed this way should be shot.

They made him ban ALL ISRAELI PRODUCTS YET MANY OF HIS OWN ISLAMIC BROTHERS DID NOT FOLLOW HIM. Other fellow Islamic leaders didn’t even send their leaders to the Extraordinary Summit.

Couldn’t there have been a quiet polling conducted prior to this?

To assess how the support would go?

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The Philippine SSS Dilemma: A Failure of Political Communications

By N Mark Castro


One of the biggest news that came out of the Philippines recently was the sudden adjournment of the 16th Philippine Congress that was supposed to deliberate on overriding the veto of President Noynoy Aquino. Public clamor for the SSS (Social Services System) hike was on the table after Congress initially approved the bill and submitted it to the president for signature; however, the president vetoed it, citing that it would eventually drain the funds of SSS.

The dilemma of the president vetoing the bill is that his own allies and team did not prep him well enough.

In return, so as not to embarrass him with a congressional override of the veto, his congressional allies just decided to railroad the last session. Read the rest of this entry

Jakarta Multiple Blasts 2016

Not since the 2009 Ritz Carlton and JW Marriot bombings has there been such an attack in Central Jakarta.

As of this writing, 4 people have been reported killed, including a police officer.

So far, reports have it that seven explosions happened across the city with 2 suicide bombers responsible for the explosion across Sarinah Mall and police have engaged accomplices in gunfight.

I hope this isn’t related to the jailed radical Islamic cleric Abu Bakar Bashir who appealed 2 days got to have his conviction for funding a terror training camp overturned, arguing that his support for the camp was an act of worship.

The 77-year-old leader of the Jemaah Islamiyah militant network filed a judicial review of his 2011 conviction, when he was sentenced to 15 years in jail for setting up the camp in Aceh province. A higher court later cut the sentence to nine years.

More than anything else, I think it’s time to revisit the Ministry of Defense and Ministry of Security if additional assistance can be provided.

Why not appoint Gen Prabowo?




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The Weak and Pathetic Jose Angel Honrado

By N Mark Castro

12170679_1002452669796583_1419062016_nOne day, not long from now, I hope that this post would reach you. I hope that when it does, you would hate me from the bottom of your feet, for criticizing you the way that I would, in a place that I chose, because of your insistence to allow a crime before your nose and for being an instrument in covering such stench.

Remember this piece, remember this day, remember this woman.

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La Quadriga in Indonesia

There are only two of these Murano glass masterpieces crafted by Pino Signoretto. One is owned by a European and the other by an Indonesian businessman.

For enquiries and private viewing …

Nokia 3210: The Classic Turn of the Century Phone

By N Mark Castro

For all intents and purposes, as cliches go, Nokia’s ascent as the top mobile phone manufacturer on earth was also the reason for its decline.


It rested on its laurels, became complacent, and was late to innovate. It was dead even before the coffin came and was in denial that it was dead. The value kept decreasing because it had diversified so much looking for niche or a new target market when there was a time that they lorded it over everyone and was sold to everyone. Read the rest of this entry

Sate Haji Kelik: A Neighborhood Cafe


By N Mark Castro

What I find so refreshing in Indonesia is the presence of restaurants and cafes that offer traditional Indonesian hawker food using either native interior design or even modern and cozy set up. It’s like seeing a Philippine canteen offering bola-bola in one of those Greenbelt cafes.

And that’s exactly how Sate Haji Kelik’s 24-hour branch in the recently-refurbished Pasar Festival.


What I love about the ambiance is that it’s practically al fresco with no air-conditioning but the sturdy ceiling fans provide enough breeze together with air ventilation. It was one of the first things I noticed even when they were still setting up the place and figured that it would be a hit among hip-hop kids that seem to take up residence in Plaza Festival, especially during at nights.

Which gives lazy Saturday afternoons free for oldies like me.

DSCN0112The inviting couch is a good place to chill and listen to…

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