Exactly like the Oscars.
In the event it was quite a small gathering last night at Ya Udah in Jalan Jaksa, but a pleasant time was had by all and dreams were made.
There was Bill Guerin from Jakarta Eye
, The Reveller
, Avin of A Long Legacy of Athletic Excellence
and your social correspondent.
Best wishes were sent by Indonesia Anonymus
who are out of town this weekend.
Amongst the topics under discussion were why Paras Indonesia
, whose ace expat writer Roy Tupai got lost on the moebius strip that is the busway, is against SBY. Apparently it's a renegade online outpost of Megawati's PDI-P which was the last administration.
We also wondered why the Jakarta Post recycles its links on a daily basis thus forcing their stories deep into the non-user friendly archives and when there would be reasonable internet access provided by the Indonesian ISPs, Telkom and Indosat.
One positive outcome could be a Jakarta-specific site, balancing the politics and parties. After all, too often we get reviews of events which if we'd known were in the offing we might have gone to. (So I'd better give a quick plug to the Jakarta International Film Festival
which has just started.)
There is no centralised information portal for Jakarta and there's far too much for we few bloggers to comment on and both Avin and the Reveller are versed in setting up sites. Watch this hyperspace for future developments, to coin a hackneyed phrase.
Meanwhile, in the wider blogosphere, voting has started for the best Asian blog
, and others. Although the Indonesian blogoshere has developed substantially over the past year, in both English and Indonesian, not one of us has been nominated.
Mind you, to quote Simon
who is on the list and will probably get my vote, "These awards don't do much more than stroke the blogger's ego in a high-school style popularity contest; they are a desperate attempt to garner recognition and respect of peers for the insecure, self-doubting, paranoid types that run blogs. Exactly like the Oscars.