Dear Read­ers,

Indonesia Expat - - CONTENT - Edo Frese

As we bid farewell to the for­eign ath­letes who took part in the highly suc­cess­ful and crit­i­cally ac­claimed 18th Asian Games in Jakarta and Palem­bang, I would like to con­grat­u­late the In­done­sian ath­letes who rep­re­sented their coun­try with such dis­tinc­tion. It is also with great re­spect and ad­mi­ra­tion that I note their gen­eros­ity to­wards the vic­tims of the re­cent earth­quakes in Lom­bok. Many of the medal win­ners have pledged part of their bonus to the re­lief ef­fort, and oth­ers have do­nated their jer­seys, rack­ets and other equip­ment to be auc­tioned to raise funds. Our friends at Sin­ga­pore Na­tional Academy are also do­ing their part to help and de­tails of their ap­peal can be found in their reg­u­lar col­umn in this is­sue. Please help if you can. In­side you will also find help nav­i­gat­ing some of the is­sues that face ex­pats on a reg­u­lar ba­sis, in­clud­ing a clar­i­fi­ca­tion of the rules when work­ing in In­done­sia on a stay per­mit spon­sored by a spouse, things to think about if you are ex­pect­ing a child in the coun­try and even how to bar­gain when shop­ping in Bali. All of this sits along­side our reg­u­lar and pop­u­lar Top 10 and Scams col­umns, and I am sure you will find some­thing to ed­u­cate or en­ter­tain you as you ex­plore these pages. With this is­sue we also in­tro­duce the Ex­pat Ad­ver­tiser as an ex­pan­sion of our reg­u­lar clas­si­fied ads sec­tion, and we in­tro­duce the Ex­pat Priv­i­lege Club, which is free to join for all pro­fes­sional ex­pats liv­ing and work­ing in Jakarta and of­fers many and var­ied ben­e­fits to mem­bers. Look for Ex­pat Priv­i­lege Club on Face­book or go to www.ex­pat­priv­i­lege­ to join. De­tails of ben­e­fits and priv­i­leges will fol­low shortly. Please let me know if there is any­thing you would like us to add to our of­fer­ing or just please let us know what you think by email at let­ters@in­done­si­a­ex­

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