WW: Asian Games 2018

Indonesia is the Host of the Asian Games 2018

The whole nation was super excited indeed.

We have Asian Games fever here and there.
We are welcoming the delegates and displaying Asian-Games -related displays.
Like these colourful led display at Ancol, North Jakarta. 

Meet Bhin Bhin, Atung and Kaka

I personally love the mascots, Bhin Bhin, Atung and Kaka
They are cute, as you see here.

We also have Bhin Bhin, Kaka and Atung beautifully displayed in my office.
And we keep posing in front of it :).

As part of the opening ceremony of the Asian Games 2018, our one and only President, H.E. Mr. Joko Widodo or famously known as Jokowi, gave a surprise to all the audience.
Watch the video I attached here from YouTube :)
And google it for the whole Opening Ceremony for top-notch performances which stayed at no. 1 trending topic in Twitter on August 18, 2018.

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The 73rd Anniversary of Indonesia's Independence

Happy 73rd Anniversary of Indonesia's Independence!

Posing with Lampungnese traditional attire against the backdrop of our First President, Ir. Soekarno, declared Indonesia's Independence

August 17 is celebrated as the national day for my beloved Indonesia.
Soekarno and Mohammad Hatta, the founding fathers of Indonesia, proclaimed Indonesia's independence on this day after being colonised by the Dutch for around 350 years and by Japanese for around 3.5 years.

After celebrating it in New York City for the last 4 years, we are now celebrating it at home!
In our beloved Indonesia!
We were super excited.

My office invited all of its staff to join the flag-hoisting ceremony starting at 7.15 AM.
My kids already had the similar events a day before as their schools were off on the D-day.

Happy Independence Day, Indonesia. Picture from pixabay

I went to my office for the flag-hoisting ceremony that morning and we were requested to wear Indonesian traditional costumes. As Indonesia is indeed rich in cultural heritages, being a proud home of more than 700 traditional tribes (or may be even more!), we believe that showcasing those traditional costumes during our national day will be a perfect occasion to deepen our love and respect towards our historical roots and independent struggles. 

The ceremony started at 7.15 AM and we finished at around 8 AM, as the Minister needed to be at the Palace to join the celebration with the President of the Republic of Indonesia, which started at 10 AM.
The ceremony was conducted in a semi-military arrangement, with flag-hoisting team marching to the flag pole and hoisting Merah Putih, our national flag, while the participants sang Indonesia Raya, our national anthem, together.
It was such a solemn and proud moment, as we all continue fighting for Indonesia's priorities and needs, wherever we are.

As you probably know very well, I chose to wear the wedding attire of Lampung, where I was born and raised. 


You don't know how proud I was wearing the almost-3-kg Siger or the traditional crown as well as the complete set of the costume which includes 2-kg Tapis Lampung or the hand-woven traditional fabrics from golden threads. 
It was indeed a great experience, considering that it was a hot and humid morning :).

Siger Lampung
The Siger, traditional crown of Lampungnese bride
The flag-raising ceremony is taken place in so many parts of Indonesia as well as the representatives of Indonesia all over the world.It is usually followed by Pesta Rakyat or people's party, packed with sports and fun contests as well as endless entertainment. While we were in NYC, we never missed the ceremony as well as the Street Festival conducted in the following weeks.

Long story short, the ceremony in my Office in Jakarta was solemnly done and afterwords, we had fun photo sessions here and there, as always.
I even took the photo near the mascots of Asian Games 2018, Bhin Bhin, Atung and Kaka.

Enjoy some pictures I took with my phone during the ceremony and once again,


Maju terus, Indonesiaku tercinta

Wonderful Wednesday with Oh My Heartsie Girls

Days in Jakarta just went by!
Two weeks and how time flew indeed.
we are still adjusting with almost everything but I do love going back home.

We will soon celebrate the 73rd Anniversary of my beloved country and my institution, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as well as the opening of the Asian Games 2018!

Yes, Indonesia is proud to be the host of the upcoming Asian Games and it will be open on August 18, 2018.
Super excited!

For sure, we will then continue with Lampung Krakatau Festival in Lampung, my hometown.
Around the same time, we will celebrate Eid ul Adha, or the sacrifice.
Well, I'm super excited!

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