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!