August is my favourite month in Indonesia. The red and white which drapes the side of every street in Jakarta slowly grows at the end of July before reaching fever pitch on August 17 when the country celebrates Independence Day. The day is spent with communities coming together to play traditional games, share in food and reflect on the values and history that make this country great. This year also marks another milestone – the 50th anniversary of the formation of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. While ASEAN would be unrecognisable now to its founding fathers, the bloc is vital to the region. Indonesia was a founding member of the group and is rightly celebrating its place in history. This issue we take a look at the past – and the future – for ASEAN.
We’re excited to bring you the best places to treat yourself to an authentic Indonesian dish, celebrate at one of the country’s amusement parks or even stay in for some delicious home-made duck tacos. However you choose to spend your Independence Day holiday we wish you a happy one.
See you next time,