Save Money in Jakarta With Cashback and Mobile Apps

Mar 15, 2019 4:25:51 PM / by Michael Wu Gunawan posted in Jakarta, tips, work-life balance, guide, tech startups, industry insights, Mobile Apps, emoney, fintech, lifestyle

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Bank regulations, creditworthiness, and geographical challenges of an archipelago have strongly contributed to limited access to banking solutions in Indonesia. A staggering 66% of the population, or around 180 million Indonesians, are unbanked. Yet, there are many ways to engage the unbanked, like creating an alternative credit scoring system or digitizing private sector wage payments, but what took the center stage is e-money (electronic money). e-money is great because it's a very convenient way to top up, particularly for people living in the rural areas, it doesn't require a bank account to setup, and there's no monthly fee attached that's typically seen in banks. With a high mobile penetration rate among the unbanked (7 out of 10 people who don't own a bank account owns a mobile phone) and low usage of financial services among smartphone users in the country (less than 40%), Indonesia is a very attractive market for fintech (financial technology) companies to come in and provide alternative digital banking solutions and other services. Needless to say, entrepreneurs, banks, and conglomerates caught on pretty quickly and competition in the industry has become very intense, very quickly. Currently, there are over 100 apps more or less with an e-money/e-wallet concept in the market.

While they're fighting for market dominance, end consumers are reaping the benefits. Just by being informed and tech-savvy, you can exploit and leverage it to help you make the most out of your money! There are also other extremely practical apps that can potentially help you to save big on dining, entertainment, and fitness options in Jakarta that will be discussed further below.

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The Golden Triangle of Jakarta: Your Guide to Work-Life Balance

Feb 27, 2019 11:07:19 AM / by Michael Wu Gunawan posted in Jakarta, Coworking Space, work-life balance, guide, city guide, entertainment

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Golden Triangle of Jakarta or Segitiga Emas Jakarta is an area extending from Central Jakarta to South Jakarta. This imaginary area is enclosed within 3 main roads of Jakarta that form each side the triangle; Jalan Jenderal Sudirman/Thamrin, Jalan Gatot Subroto, and Jalan H.R. Rasuna Said/Kuningan. The Golden Triangle makes up the center of Jakarta and coincidentally also the main Central Business District (CBD) in the city. Aside from the skyscrapers and offices, the most prestigious shopping malls in Indonesia are also located within this area, making it the busiest region in the city and consequently also the most congested area in regards to the traffic. Discover everything you need to know as a professional working in Jakarta's Golden Triangle including the best dining options, fitness corners, bars, and other neat tips for ideal work-life balance!

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Bonifacio Global City: Your Guide to Work-Life Balance

Dec 14, 2018 5:00:00 PM / by Nicole Adarme posted in BGC, The Fort, Philippines, work-life balance, guide, city guide

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In the last decade, Bonifacio Global City in Taguig has become a new mecca for entrepreneurs to grow their businesses. It is one of Metro Manila’s fastest growing financial hubs with a 240 hectare world-class business development area that’s home to upscale shopping centers, hotels, condominiums, offices, and schools. 

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Workplace Wellness and Active Lifestyle in Coworking Spaces

Aug 24, 2018 6:28:53 PM / by Michael Wu Gunawan posted in Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Singapore, Southeast Asia, Coworking Space, work-life balance, coworking perks, Active Lifestyle, Workplace Wellness, flexible workspaces, industry insights

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Core Collective, Singapore

The link between employee wellness and productivity may not come as a surprise to most of us. After all this is a topic that has been extensively discussed (with scientific evidence) in the last decade. Significant aspects of employee wellness is achieved through regular exercise and a healthy diet. Aside from the obvious physical gains, there are also a whole range of cognitive benefits that can be gained by simply integrating exercise into your daily routines. 

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Remote Working: Doing it the Right Way!

May 25, 2018 6:14:17 PM / by Michael Wu Gunawan posted in Jakarta, Coworking Space, conference, work-life balance, remote working, Passport, Workplace flexibility, workspace environment, bali, industry insights

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Dojo Bali, Canggu

Remote working, or telecommuting, has become all the rage in recent years - with an increasing number of companies and employees embracing remote working culture. A 2017 Survey indicates that 52 percent of employees in US work remotely at least once per week. In another Survey conducted by Upwork, it's predicted that 38 percent of permanent, full-time employees will adopt remote working in the next 10 years.

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Top events in Jakarta Coworking Spaces: April Edition

Apr 6, 2018 4:42:24 PM / by Michael Wu Gunawan posted in Jakarta, Southeast Asia, Event Space, Coworking Space, work-life balance, events, Indonesia, Talk Show, Workshop, Professional, news and events

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EV Hive, Kuningan

Often times when people talk about coworking spaces it is accompanied by words such as community, learning, support, and networking, but what do these words really mean? Social gatherings and hosting events are great ways to help coworking spaces make sense of all that. In an increasingly competitive landscape, coworking space operators are constantly looking for ways to create added value.

Social gatherings are almost always present in a coworking space. GoWork regularly hosts monthly events such as Tasty Thursdays to provide fellow members a platform to build relationships, exchange their ideas and collaborate on projects over food and drinks. This helps to foster a sense of community which helps with retention of current members.

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Singapore Downtown Core: Your guide to work-life balance

Mar 2, 2017 10:00:00 AM / by Nicole Adarme posted in Singapore, work-life balance, guide, city guide

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As one of the most globalized economies in the world, Singapore is the perfect place to build a career or start your own business. It’s ranked first for ease of doing businesses because of its fast and efficient registration process and progressive tax system. It’s also rated as having the best labor force in the world, with local and foreign professionals that are known for their effectiveness and strong work ethic. 

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Ortigas CBD: Your Guide to Work-Life Balance

Apr 18, 2016 10:00:00 AM / by Nicole Adarme posted in Manila, Philippines, tips, work-life balance, guide, ortigas, city guide

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Located on the boundary line of three major cities in the Philippines, Ortigas is one of the most important business districts and financial centers in the country. The 100-hectare urban development area is home to many office buildings, shopping malls, condominiums, bars, restaurants, and entertainment centers.

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Marina Bay: Your Guide to Work-Life Balance

Apr 6, 2016 10:00:00 AM / by Nicole Adarme posted in Singapore, tips, work-life balance, marina bay, city guide

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Planning to forge a career in Singapore? What the country may lack in size, it makes up for with countless opportunities for you to seek your dream job and to be able to find a balance between your career and your personal life in the city-state. Singapore is one of the most progressive economies not only in Asia, but around the world. The ease of doing business here has provided startups with greater chances to launch their companies and find success in the region. The labor force in Singapore has been touted as one of the best anywhere in the world, with their specialized skills and strong work ethic. 

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Makati CBD: Your guide to work-life balance

Feb 22, 2016 10:00:00 AM / by Nicole Adarme posted in Manila, Makati, Philippines, southeastasia, work-life balance, city guide

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Dubbed as the financial capital of the Philippines, Makati is the premier destination for professionals looking to forge their career paths and companies that want to establish their businesses. This highly urbanized city is home to over 60,000 business enterprises ranging from financial institutions, retail and food establishments, real estate, manufacturing, I.T., BPO offices, and startups, among others. 

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