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Indonesians to pay higher Schengen visa fees next year

Indonesian citizens will be required to pay a higher fee when applying for a Schengen visa starting Feb. 2, 2020.

According to SchengenVisaInfo.com, the fee will increase from €60 (US$67) to €80 for adults and €35 to €40 for children.

Additionally, new rules will be applied for Indonesians planning to visit European Union countries next year. Among them are permission to submit an application up to six months in advance of departure, instead of three months; and a more "harmonized approach" to the issuance of multiple entry visas with longer validity for travelers who have "a positive visa history."
i am wondering if this is caused by trade tension between Indonesia and EU in these past few months.
 

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The Sacobia Bridge - New Clark City

Construction Update: The Sacobia Bridge, which runs across the Sacobia River in Bamban, connects New Clark City to other districts of Clark, reducing travel time to about 15 minutes.

It is measured at 894 meters long and 29.5 meters wide with six lanes and will be open to motorists in Q1 2020.

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R10 Caloocan Interchange Manila (Construction update)

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Will link Metro Manila skyway system with harbor link skyway system








 

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Metro Manila Major Interchanges (Aerial View)

May not be as fancy as other Asean majors. But it keeps getting better as more elevated expressways are being built. To help fix Manila's deteriorating Infra .











 

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Nope, all countries get the same treatment, they need to pay €80 for Schengen visa next year except the waiver countries
Correct.

This is part of wider Schengen visa reform policy.

https://www.iol.co.za/travel/travel-news/south-africans-to-fork-out-more-for-schengen-visa-from-feb-2020-39402875

On the other hand, nationals who are not required to obtain visa to Schengen area will need to apply electronic travel authorisation (ETIAS), in 2021.

https://www.ibtimes.com/why-travelling-europe-will-require-extra-step-2021-2877438

It seems more and more countries shifting towards electronic authorisation rather having than full visa-free access, like New Zealand ETA. In addition, more countries beginning to phase out passport stamps too, like Singapore (exit stamp for air passengers no longer needed).......following other examples in Australia, Hong Kong, Macau, South Korea.....even Taiwan (exit stamps no longer available).

The EU plans do away with passport stamps for Schengen area in 2022.

https://www.schengenvisainfo.com/news/new-eu-system-that-replaces-passport-stamps-to-start-operating-by-2022/
 

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Singapore Changi Airport being top transit / connecting airport in ASEAN

https://www.anna.aero/2019/12/09/singapore-airlines-top-20-connecting-routes-hong-kong-jakarta-1/

Singapore Airlines’ top-20 connecting routes; Hong Kong – Jakarta #1

Almost 13 million connected in Singapore with Singapore Airlines and subsidiary SilkAir (hereafter just Singapore Airlines) in the year to September 2019. The top-five inter-regional markets were:

Southeast Asia – Europe (est. 963,000)
Southeast Asia – Northeast Asia (945,000)
Southeast Asia – Australasia (900,000)
South Asia – Australasia (866,000)
Europe – Australasia (811,000)
These five had around 35% of the airline’s total connecting passengers.

Hong Kong – Jakarta #1 airport-pair

Australia, India, and Indonesia are of crucial importance to Singapore Airlines. They account for around 5.7 million of the 13 million. Their significance is shown in the top-20 airport-pairs, with Australia featuring nine times, Indonesia ten and India four. The Kangaroo Route is alive and well, with London Heathrow – Australia taking most of the top-five spots. But it is Jakarta – Hong Kong that leads. Across all airlines, an estimated 605,000 flew between them. Of this, Singapore possesses a 13% share.


From the chart above, it seems many Jakarta residents transiting through SIN to northeast Asian destinations (like China, Japan and South Korea).
 

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Singapore Changi Airport being top transit / connecting airport in ASEAN

https://www.anna.aero/2019/12/09/singapore-airlines-top-20-connecting-routes-hong-kong-jakarta-1/





From the chart above, it seems many Jakarta residents transiting through SIN to northeast Asian destinations (like China, Japan and South Korea).
It depends...
If an airline transit in SG gives lower price, then we take it and Changi will be the transit airport...

Usually, Jakartans (and travelers from Java Island) transit in Changi or KLIA, meanwhile from Sumatra tend to transit in KLIA, a few choose to transit in BKK
 

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Indonesia launches B30 biodiesel to cut costs, boost palm oil

(Reuters) - Indonesia on Monday launched biodiesel containing 30% palm-based fuel, the highest mandatory mix in the world, in a bid to slash its fuel import bill and boost domestic palm oil consumption.

President Joko Widodo said so-called “B30” biodiesel would allow Indonesia to cut its fossil fuel imports by 63 trillion rupiah ($4.5 billion) a year, up from 43.8 trillion rupiah saved in 2019 from existing B20 fuels.

“This will improve our current account deficit and increase our import substitution,” Widodo said at the launch.

Indonesia, the world’s biggest palm oil producer and exporter, has been gradually increasing the bio content of its biodiesel, aiming to absorb growing supplies of palm oil while also trimming costly fuel imports.

Since late 2018, bodiesel sold across Indonesia has had a mandatory 20% bio mix, using fatty acid methyl esters (FAME) made from palm oil.

“Indonesia is recorded as the first country to implement B30 in the world,” the energy ministry said on Monday, noting that its use will be mandatory from Jan. 1.
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The European Union concluded in March that palm oil causes excessive deforestation and plans to effectively phase it out as a fuel for transport. Indonesia has filed a complaint at the World Trade Organization.

“We will not be dependent on other countries who want to buy our CPO (crude palm oil),” Widodo said. “If you don’t buy it, I can use myself... Our bargaining position is stronger.”

The use of B20 is generally accepted for new vehicles. Supporters of higher blends have dismissed concerns raised by some industry groups that using more FAME could lead to engine problems, potentially increasing maintenance costs.

Indonesia aims to conduct road tests for biodiesel with 40% palm-based fuel next year, a senior minister said earlier this month.
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It's good for the economy but it could be better or worse for the environment.
 

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It depends...
If an airline transit in SG gives lower price, then we take it and Changi will be the transit airport...

Usually, Jakartans (and travelers from Java Island) transit in Changi or KLIA, meanwhile from Sumatra tend to transit in KLIA, a few choose to transit in BKK
Wow SQ should rewards its Indonesian flyers with some tickets at giveaway prices
 

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From Jay-Z to Serena Williams, celebrities invest in local coffee chain Kopi Kenangan
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Billionaire rapper Jay-Z and tennis star Serena Williams are among global public figures who have invested their funds to back the growth of Indonesia’s homegrown coffee chain Kopi Kenangan, the chain’s CEO confirmed on Monday.

“Kopi Kenangan has the vision to take [the brand] internationally on the global stage. That’s why we decided to find investors that could help us with such brand-building,” Kopi Kenangan cofounder and CEO Edward Tirtanata told The Jakarta Post.

Edward said the deal had been sealed last week.

Williams invested through her venture company, Serena Ventures, while Jay-Z made the investment through his venture firm Arrive, a subsidiary of entertainment management company Roc Nation Company, Edward explained.

Arrive cofounder and president Neil Sirni said his team was “inspired” by Kopi Kenangan’s “tenacity, vision and ability to execute”, citing the coffee chain’s rapid expansion to 18 cities, 200 stores and over 1,800 employees since its debut in 2017 as proof of such qualities.
Harbolnas exceeds sales target by Rp 1 trillion: Nielsen
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Online shoppers spent over Rp 9 trillion (US$644.2 million) on National Online Shopping Day (Harbolnas), which took place Dec. 11 to 12, exceeding the Rp 8 trillion target of the highly anticipated event, a recent Nielsen Indonesia survey showed.

The figure indicates strong appetite for online shopping in the country, where homegrown e-commerce unicorns such as Tokopedia and Bukalapak reign supreme.
 

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Massachusette Institute of Technology (MIT) Sloan School of Business, Kuala Lumpur Campus


Prominent economists and Bank Negara Malaysia and the U.S. have combined to launch the world's first comprehensive degree course in central banking, in an effort to help the banks keep pace with the rapidly evolving international financial system.
https://asia.nikkei.com/Economy/Asian-and-US-schools-launch-first-degree-course-for-central-bankers



The exterior design includes a combination of patterned metal and glass panels that are formed to create a texture referencing the woven patterns of the Malaysian songket. The symbolic songket, unique to Malaysia, represents the collaborative mesh of vibrant cultures that make up Malaysia.


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Today, Bangkok's loop line is completed, full service will commence by March 2020:
Trial-run services on MRT Blue Line between 23 December 2019 - 29 March 2020 (as of November 2019)
  • Tha Phra (BL01) ⇋ Tao Poon (BL10)
  • Service hours between 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Service headway of 8 - 10 minutes (approximately)
  • Free of charge*
  • Passengers required to change train at Tao Poon to further the journey.
*Tha Phra (BL01) and Tao Poon (BL01) are considered as part of the commercially operated section of the line. Passengers travelling through the extended stations to or from Tha Phra / Tao Poon, therefore, will be charged a base fare of 16 Baht while being omitted the incremental distance-base fares.



Source: https://www.facebook.com/ThaiRailNews/posts/2617761401639169



Source: https://www.facebook.com/Bangkokpulse/posts/2569118459874841
MRT Blue line extension





By Somphol Choocheep



By Anwar Abdulrahman



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Southeast Asia's LONGEST BRIDGE @ 32km :cheers:

Temburong bridge in Brunei at 30km in length is the current longest bridge in ASEAN region.

Philippines approves 12 infra projects

The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Board’s Investment Coordination Committee (ICC) approved additional infrastructure projects for key cities across the country.

Following the examination of the economic as well as financial viability and benefits of these new projects submitted for NEDA-ICC’s considerations, members of the Cabinet Committee gave their green light for the implementation of 12 infrastructure projects.

The Bataan-Cavite Interlink Bridge (BCIB) project costing US$3.5 bln at 32 km in length has been approved by the NEDA-ICC. :banana: The bridge will serve as an alternative to EDSA, Manila's main highway, in connecting northern and southern tips where two (2) mega airports - San Miguel International Airport (North of Manila @ US$15bln) and Philippine Airline International Airport (South of Manila @ US$10bln) - are located.





 

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Southeast Asia's LONGEST BRIDGE @ 32km :cheers:

Temburong bridge in Brunei at 30km in length is the current longest bridge in ASEAN region.

^^ drawing only? :nono: really gonna happen? hmm.. well To see is too believe.
 
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