Ancient banking in Indonesia

On Thursday I visited a bank museum ((Museum Mandiri) in Jakarta. Clearly the building has a hard time obscuring its Dutch heritage. Of course, it used to be owned by the Nederlandsche Handel-Maatschappij. Being Dutch and from a post-colonial generation, it felt strange to see such familiar signs in a distant country like Indonesia.

The building itself is very interesting. The museum shows the history of banking in Indonesia. It also displays a number of coin counting machines, an enormous amount of old type writers.
From the electronic age it also has some ancient ATMs and computers.

A flock of ancient ATM machines

These computers, such as IBM’s S/390, were certainly not designed to be on your lap, as the one I am now writing this post on.

S/390 IBM computer panel

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If you’re in the neighborhood, its worth a short visit: Museum Mandiri

So, that was Singapore #ACPC17

Yesterday, the Asian Conference for Political Communication ended.
I arrived a few days early to get acquainted to the city again.
The conference venue (the Shangri-La Hotel) was nice. My room was on the 17th floor, having a nice view of the city.

As for the conference, having done two presentations and sat in four panels in four sessions, I was quite tired. But I met some interesting people, and rekindled old friendships, with Carol Soon, Han Woo Park, and Marko Skoric.

A big thank you for the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung for inviting me.

Travels to Asia, again

Yep, on the the road again (hence the smiling face in the picture). This time I will travel from Amsterdam to Singapore, invited by the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung. The KAS organizes the Asian Conference for Political Communication ( on the 5th and 6th of September. They invited me to give a presentation or two, and attend a few panels as well. Looking forward to be in Singapore again.

After the conference, I’ll fly to Jakarta, Indonesia, where I’ll spend a few days doing some sightseeing and enjoying the food. Well, after that – yes I know science is a hard job but somebody’s got to do it – I’ll leave for Bali. Do some work in a stimulating environment.

Then, basically two weeks after I left the Netherlands, the main part of my journey to Asia starts. From Bali, I’ll fly to Tokyo, Japan to work at University of Tsukuba. Having written and submitted a proposal to the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS . To my pleasant surprise, the proposal was selected. The JSPS then invited me to conduct research on politics and news on social media.
I’ll be in Japan for five months: mid September 2017 – end February 2018. I might have to buy that winter coat. I am looking forward to collaborate with dr. Leslie Tkach-Kawasaki and to meet the students at her faculty. I also hope to be able to connect with other academics working on social media, political communication and journalism. Japan is no stranger to me :-), having visited it already a few times. So, I’m sure I’ll have a great time.
Keep a watch on my blog ( for further updates.
That’s it for now, while I wait for my connecting flight in Helsinki to Singapore.