Dear Read­ers,

Indonesia Expat - - NEWS -

If you are like me, then you tend to get so wrapped up in work and day-to-day life in In­done­sia that the hol­i­days you once took for granted back home come to pass with­out much cer­e­mony in Jakarta. The fact that there are only two dis­cernible sea­sons in South­east Asia ( hot rain and dry heat) also warps the per­cep­tion of time pass­ing for ex­pats who are oth­er­wise used to four sea­sons. Back home, this was my favourite time of year. Af­ter rub­bing dirt and fake blood all over my­self and rip­ping up my T-shirt (the an­nual last-minute zom­bie cos­tume) on Oc­to­ber 31, I would count the days un­til a tryp­to­phan-in­duced turkey coma. Af­ter that, it’s all about ty­ing up loose ends at work be­fore tak­ing a much needed break to go snow­board­ing with friends and drink sin­gle malt scotch in the evenings be­cause, what the heck, there’s no work to­mor­row. It’s fam­ily time. With this in mind, our ed­i­tors want to re­mind you that even though you’re over­seas, the hol­i­days should still be spe­cial. In this is­sue, Kirsti­enne Toledo makes her de­but in In­done­sia Ex­pat with a roundup of the most im­por­tant news hap­pen­ings in In­done­sia dur­ing 2016. Caranissa Djat­miko shines the spot­light on five great hol­i­day re­treats in Bali but also muses on what an ur­ban hol­i­day re­ally means in Jakarta. Fresh-faced con­trib­u­tor Tin­nike Lie in­ter­views an ex­pat en­trepreneur who is per­ma­nently on hol­i­day in Ubud, while Grace Suse­tyo re­flects on her year of trav­el­ling across the coun­try. Angela Jelita is back with an in-depth ex­plo­ration of what 2016 has meant for In­done­sia and global warm­ing, as Ken­neth Ye­ung pro­vides in­sight into coun­ter­feit cash in the na­tion. Our team also chats with an ex­pert about how tech­nol­ogy has changed the way we travel – par­tic­u­larly dur­ing the hol­i­days. As the year winds down, sit back, kick off your shoes and em­brace the fes­tiv­i­ties. En­joy, my friends! Cheers, Leighton Cosse­boom

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