A Glimpse of ASEAN


ASEAN as international organization for Southeast Asian country has been an important part for Southeast Asian countries to develop. There are many values in this organization. Taking back to the history when it was established in 1967 .  ASEAN established based on Bangkok Declaration 8 August 1967 which has purpose to accelerate the economic growth, social progress and cultural development, to promote regional peace and stability, to promote active collaboration and mutual assistance, to promote Southeast Asian studies and enhance cooperation among the members.

In economic sector ASEAN has shown outstanding achievements. ASEAN has 227 companies that have revenue more than 1 Billion Dollar. ASEAN also the fourth largest exporting region in the world after EU, USA and China. ASEAN also become the world’s fish net. The data from ASEAN website, in 2010 Indonesia produce 10.83 million tones of fish and fisheries, Vietnam and The Phillippines produced 5.2 million tonnes and Myanmar 850,959 tonnes.

ASEAN act as an association that uniting all member states by many ways. One of the way is by establishing ASEAN Community. ASEAN Community has 3 important Pillars, first, ASEAN Political-Security Community. This pillar is focused on cooperation to counter any transnational crime such as trafficking as well as prioritize diplomatic and dialogue to solve the conflict among the members.  Second, ASEAN Economic Community. This pillar is focused on the economic cooperation and economic growth goods and services. This pillar also allow skillful people can work abroad in other ASEAN countries, which mean, there will be more competitive workforce and more opportunities. The third pillar is ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community. This pillar is a unique pillar since the culture is being important part to enhance diversity among the member states by conducting exchange culture events and studies.

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Even though ASEAN is regional organization that consists of 10 country members, ASEAN has respect to the member state by not interfering any conflict dispute within the country. It is written in ASEAN Charter in Article 2 (Principles) number 2 point (a) and (e) saying :

Point (a) : “Respect for independence, sovereignty, equality, territorial integrity and national identity of all ASEAN member states”

Point (e) : “non-interference in internal affairs of ASEAN Member States”

These points showing that ASEAN has respect towards each country’s independence and sovereignty. The ties of each member is based on the mutual respect and mutual understanding.


ASEAN had signed a cooperation with other countries in ASEAN Dialogue Coordinatorship. It began in July 2015 till July 2024. This cooperation is divided by 3 categories, they are Dialogue Partners which has 10 countries and organization as the partners namely Australia, Canada, China, European Union, India, Japan, Republic of Korea, New Zealand, Russia and United States. Sectoral Dialogue Partners has 4 countries; Pakistan, Norway, Switzerland and Turkey. While Development Partner categories only has Germany as the cooperated country.




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asean.org | Mckinsey & Co



Street Food You Don’t Want To Miss in Madrid

1. Erizo Relleno Sea Urchin

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Sea urchin or called as Sea hedgehogs is sea animal with small, spiny and has black colour. Sea Urchin can be processed with many different ways. But in Pescaderia Fish Shop, we can find the sea urchin that already being cooked but still in the shell. We can buy this Erizo Releno Sea Urchin for 4 euro

2. Pinchos

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Pinchos or Pintxo that has the name from Spanish Verb Pinchar, meaning “to poke or stab” is reflected the form of this food. Pinchos is a bite-size appetizer consists by bread, small cut of egg, small cut of vegetables and small cut of fish meat  or any food arranged beautifully with the toothpick pierced through the middle. We can buy it for only one euro.

3. Bocadillo de Calamares

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This food is basically a fried calamari and a bread, the simple taste of the food is what makes this food one of the good food to eat as street food in Spain, especially in Madrid. Simply because the price is affordable and the taste is great!

4. Tapas

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Tapas is actually similar with Pinchos, there is a small size of bread with small size of vegetables and meat on it with toothpick staked  in the centre. But Tapas is actually a company for a beer or wine. Sometimes the restaurant didn’t put it on the menu but we still can order it. There are two kind of Tapas, the small size that we call as Tapas and the larger size that we call Raciones.

5. Hot Chocolate and Churo

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In Chocholateria San Gines Madrid, one of the oldest chocolaterias in Madrid, they serve one great menu. That is one thick chocolate with churros. Churros is basically a fried dough with a finger shape and crispy. The combination of hot chocolate and churros make your relaxing day perfect as never before.

Note: Some Pinchos and Tapas can also be found here 100 montaditos

Recommended Accommodation [keeps listing..]

The most important aspect in finding accommodation in Madrid is the one that closes to Metro Station. Once you are there, Metro will take you anywhere, most places are reached by it and the rest of the places can be reached by changing to other public transportation (like Trains and Buses) which is integrated with Metro Station. Here are the list [will keep listing continuously] of recommendation we have so far.

  1. Hotel Nuevo Madrid
    4-stars hotel and the price range is from 50-80 EUR/night. The nearest public transportation to the Indonesian Embassy is Bus No. 70, and will take you for about 30 minutes (see the map). And Metro Line 1 will take you around 1-hour to La Corrala (see the map).
  2. Hotel Abba Madrid
    4-stars hotel and the price around 108 EUR/night. Bus No 200 will take you around 27 mins to get Indonesian Embassy (see the map); and It will take you around 35 mins to get La Corrala by Metro Line 5 (see the map).
  3. Urban Sea Hotel Atocha 113
    1-star hotel and the price is around 71 EUR/night per room. It will take you around 45 mins by Metro and around 11 mins by walking.
  4. Casa de Huéspedes Lourdes
    An apartment and the price range 48-55 EUR/night. To Indonesian Embassy will be around 1-hour by Bus No 53 (see the map); and will take you around 18 mins by Metro Line 5 to La Corrala (see the map).
  5. Hostal Victoria I & II
  6. Hostal El Pilar
  • Meet our accommodation consultant, Nurul. She can be reached by email at accomm@icoas.ppispanyol.org. Please kindly expect to have reply 2×24 hours maximum as she needs to double check the data (if necessary).
  • The prices above are only estimation and obtained from booking.com, which is obviously subject to change.
  • Check several online agents such as booking.com, airbnb.com, and many others and compare their prices including the one that accommodation offers.

Transportation in Madrid

Public Transport

Public Transportation in Madrid is integrated among Metro (Subway), Bus (EMT), Metro Ligero (Tram), and Renfe (Train).

The ticket is valid for all these transportation. However, the ticket is charged every time you change the mode of transportation, for example from Metro to Bus.

Prices of ticket

Single Trip of Zone A : 1.50 EUR

Unlimited Trip:


  • Día means day in Spanish
  • Zona A is the city centre or you can learn all Zonas here
  • More info and sources is from here

Upon arrival at the airport of Madrid, you can choose options of transportation to get you to the city.

Bus: You can get on the bus by 5 EUR to take you to the city. See the detail information about it here
Price: 5 EUR

Metro (Subway): in all terminals (1 -4) of Madrid Airport, you can take Metro Line 8 with the final destination: Nuevos Ministerios which is connected with Metro Line 6 and 7.
See the map of Metro here
Price: 4.50 – 5 EUR

Renfe (Train): If you are landing at terminal 4, you can take Renfe C1 with the final destination Principe Pio which is connected with Metro Line.
Price: 2.60 EUR
See the map of Renfe here

Taxi: If you carry a lot of stuffs, then probably taxi is the better choice.
Price: 30 EUR (Flat, including your baggage)