Wherever we travel to, the wonderful people we meet sometimes become our family. In Indonesia I met a wonderful person and he and his family have become
my family. Halim his wife and daughters have taught me that family isn’t always blood. It’s about the people in your life who want you in theirs; the ones who accept you for who you are. the ones who would do anything to see you smile and support
and care for you no matter what. It takes more than a blood relation to make a family. “Terima kasih keluarga saya” So today I will share a bit about their wonderful country and its fantastic gastronomy which is one of the most vibrant
and colorful cuisines in the world, full of intensive flavor.
There is a lot to experience in Indonesia with much to enjoy and an awful lot to
learn. Indonesia is known as the country with many ancient cultures, court dances and mysterious shadow puppet plays. Indonesia is the country of many Hindu and Buddhist temples dating back to the 9th century or even earlier. And the country is also famous
for its breathtaking views of volcanoes, green rice paddies and buffaloes pulling heavy plows through the muddy fields. Too many foreign tourists equate Indonesia with Bali, a major tourist destination with its wide and relatively quiet beaches and its magical
dances. The Kecak dance is probably the most well-known, but there are many other dances featuring the good lion Barong and the witch Rangda. They all come with the accompaniment of the enchanting whirling and cascading sounds of bamboo and metal xylophones,
gongs and bamboo flutes of the gamelan orchestra on tropical moonlit nights. With the silhouettes of palm trees in the dark of the night, one cannot help but feel the presence of spirits, witches and gods all around. Yet, Indonesia, as part of the
Far East, is much more than Bali.
To some, Indonesia conjures up the scent of incense, mysterious practices, dark backstreets and some-thing we may all be looking for
individually: our Shangri-La. Indonesia is all that and much more. You may find your Shangri-La here (most likely you will because there are several five star Shangri-La hotels), the romance, the fiction, the dream. You may also find the mysticism and the
mystery that is associated with the Far East. But whatever you see and experience, Indonesia is a rapidly developing country.