Dear Read­ers,

Indonesia Expat - - CONTENTS -

We would like to ex­tend our sin­cere con­do­lences to all those af­fected by the re­cent earth­quakes in Lom­bok. Our thoughts are with all the vic­tims and their fam­i­lies and friends at this dif­fi­cult time.

Also on a som­bre note, it is with heavy hearts that we say good­bye to one of Indonesia’s best known ex­pats and film-mak­ers Gary Hayes, who passed away on July 11. Gary was a very pop­u­lar fig­ure on the ex­pat scene and in his nearly 30 years in Indonesia he made many close friends in his per­sonal and pro­fes­sional life. His pass­ing is a sad loss to the In­done­sian film in­dus­try and he will be greatly missed by his friends and col­leagues. You will find an ar­ti­cle about his life and work on page 11.

The Asian Games are upon us and we hope you will find the time to en­joy some of the amaz­ing sports that will be on dis­play. In the cen­tre of this is­sue you will find your per­sonal pull-out guide to the games, in­clud­ing sched­ules etc and where to buy tick­ets. We wish all the ath­letes com­pet­ing the very best of luck and we look for­ward to an ex­cel­lent dis­play of sports­man­ship and fair play in the time-hon­oured tra­di­tion of the games. Of course we hope that Indonesia’s ath­letes will per­form to the very best of their abil­ity in front of the home crowd, and we look for­ward to see­ing them on the podium col­lect­ing their fair share of the medals – or maybe more!

As usual this is­sue con­tains a wide se­lec­tion of ar­ti­cles from our writ­ers de­signed to give you more in­sights and ideas while en­ter­tain­ing you. To co­in­cide with the Asian Games and as a fol­low up to his ar­ti­cle on Indonesia’s lead­ing fe­male ath­letes in Is­sue 218, Ken­neth Ye­ung tells us all about the top male ath­letes Indonesia has pro­duced over the years. You may be sur­prised to find out ex­actly how many world cham­pi­ons Indonesia has pro­duced!

Un­til next time,

Edo Frese

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