Dear Read­ers,

Indonesia Expat - - NEWS -

Con­grat­u­la­tions, we made it! Wel­come to 2017. Af­ter tak­ing a cou­ple of weeks off to spend time with fam­ily and en­joy the hol­i­days, I know I’ve had a chance to re­assess and reaf­firm my own per­sonal goals, and I hope you have as well. A new year brings a new sense of pur­pose and drive for many, and of­ten a re­vi­tal­iza­tion of what we con­sider the im­por­tant things in our lives.

Surely, res­o­lu­tions have been made and tar­gets have al­ready been set. How­ever, some of us may still be com­ing off a long and much-needed break. So with this in mind, our first is­sue of the year car­ries the theme of New Me, New You. We hope it can in­spire you this month to try some­thing new, whether it be join­ing a cause, ex­pand­ing your busi­ness deal­ings or just pick­ing up a fresh hobby. As we col­lect our used cham­pagne corks up off the floor, we in­vite you to pon­der self-rein­ven­tion.

We’ve got a unique set of sto­ries for you this time around. Heru Naing­golan gives us the skinny on how the gov­ern­ment plans to bet­ter con­nect In­done­sian cities this year with planes, trains and au­to­mo­biles. I spoke to a cou­ple of savvy in­vestors to get an idea of what the best spa­ces to put money into will be this year, while Nadya Joy Go­zon Ador shares in­for­ma­tion with ex­pats about what it means to marry a lo­cal. Free­lancer Tin­nike Lie vis­ited the newly opened Four Sea­sons Ho­tel in Jakarta for a re­view. She also rounded up a list of five new tech com­pa­nies for in­vestors to keep an eye on in 2017. Our new free­lancer David Kin­caid shares in­sights about an eco-re­sort in the Raja Am­pat area that is pro­tect­ing a trove of bio­di­ver­sity, while food critic May Tien gives us a long awaited re­view on The Face Bar in down­town Jakarta.

Happy New Year!

Leighton Cosse­boom

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