Birth­day Wishes

Bring­ing to­gether In­done­sia Tatler’s an­niver­sary is­sue with a bang are three so­cial and en­tre­pre­neur­ial sweet­hearts who grace our pages decked out in Her­mès. Maina A. Har­jani shares their sto­ries

Indonesia Tatler - - Contents - Pho­tog­ra­pher: Robin Al­fian Stylist: Alva Susilo Make-up artists: Shina Cho­pra and Zainal Abidin Hair: Ran and Prana Wardrobe: Her­mès

Three of so­ci­ety’s best share their suc­cess sto­ries for our an­niver­sary is­sue

Mar­li­enna Suwito, the mas­ter­mind be­hind the lo­cally pro­duced 7 Stars Pre­mium Bird’s Nest and Heav­enly Nest, a healthy drink made from bird’s nest con­cen­trate, is look­ing at im­prov­ing the lives of oth­ers around her from a new per­spec­tive.

Other than de­vel­op­ing her flour­ish­ing busi­ness, whose prod­ucts are now be­ing ex­ported to the US, Hong Kong, and Main­land China, Mar­li­enna also has hopes of be­ing an agent of change for in­mates at the Women and Youth De­ten­tion Cen­ter in Tangerang in Jakarta, as well as other un­der­priv­i­leged women in the com­mu­nity.

“I would like to be able to pro­vide th­ese peo­ple with a workplace as well as en­cour­age them to be mo­ti­va­tors and build lives bet­ter than those they had be­fore,” she ex­plains.

Mar­li­enna also hopes to fi­nally make her life­long dream of build­ing an aged-care fa­cil­ity for un­der­priv­i­leged peo­ple in the coun­try come true. True suc­cess, for her, lies in the hap­pi­ness she sees in those around her with what she has cre­ated. “It gives me so much plea­sure to know that I have made a dif­fer­ence in some­one else’s life,” she tells us.

As part of our an­niver­sary spe­cial, In­done­sia Tatler also spoke to ac­tor and pro­ducer Yoshi Su­darso, who be­lieves that suc­cess is all about taking life one step at a time and mak­ing pos­i­tive strides to­wards in­tended goals.

Based in Los An­ge­les, Yoshi was in Jakarta for a few months re­cently pro­mot­ing his lat­est pro­duc­tion, Buf­falo Boys. He has also just fin­ished film­ing Milly & Mamet and is now help­ing pro­duce and star in three short films in the US.

With no long-term thoughts in the pic­ture, Yoshi is very sure of the three things he is most proud of and wishes to share: “Be con­sis­tent, be per­sis­tent, and be real­is­tic,” says the man who de­scribes Her­mès as “clas­sic with a mod­ern twist”.

Mean­while, “Her­mès is al­ways a clas­sic favourite!” ex­claims Vanessa Kalani Ong, CEO and Co- Owner of Jamu Jamu Co. as well as the newly de­vel­oped Nona Kalani Turmeric Latte and Mixes se­ries, which are per­fect for those al­ways on the go.

In be­tween cu­rat­ing a variety of flavours and de­signs as part of her work, Vanessa en­sures that she squeezes in some me-time, in­clud­ing med­i­ta­tion, a jog, or some weights, as well as a shot of her favourite kun­yit asam be­fore her day piles up with meet­ings, emails, and pa­per­work. “I usu­ally spend time with my loved ones af­ter work and sit up late through the night, be­cause that’s when my brain­storm­ing and cre­ative ideas pop up,” she tells us.

In five years’ time, Vanessa hopes to still be trav­el­ling and un­earthing cul­tures she has yet to come across, and, of course, ex­pand­ing, in­no­vat­ing, and im­prov­ing her prod­ucts as well as her jamu line. She hopes to spread the mes­sage of the ben­e­fits of In­done­sia’s lo­cal herbal drink.

Sim­i­lar to Mar­li­enna, Vanessa shares with In­done­sia Tatler the true mean­ing of suc­cess as she de­fines it: “When you have made it on your own by lis­ten­ing to your­self and see­ing a great and pos­i­tive out­come—that, in it­self, is suc­cess to me, es­pe­cially when the out­come has a won­der­ful im­pact on oth­ers.”


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