Good day from Bali!
This week the country gears up to a nation-wide celebration of Hari Merdeka or Indonesia’s Independence Day, where cities, will deck and decorate its streets and buildings with red and white. Throughout the island, you will see some fun celebrations such as kids marching for a Hari Merdekaparade, local competitions such as the Panjat Pinang and small entertainment. Definitely a chance to check out one of the country’s biggest celebrated traditions, other than the religious holidays.
Indonesian airlines are now allowed to fly to the US after a safety ban lasting nearly a decade got lifted, officials announced Monday (15/8). The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has upgraded Indonesia’s aviation safety rating after various assessments determined that the industry has met international standards. The announcement was made just as national carrier Garuda Indonesia plans to open services between Jakarta and the US cities of New York and Los Angeles in 2017, TTG Asia reports.
An Australian-based study, commissioned by the Australia-Indonesia Center at Melbourne’s Monash University found 87 percent of Indonesian participants in 2013 said the neighbor is prosperous, progressive, beautiful, highly educated and clean, with a strong economy. Meanwhile, 47 percent of Australians reported unfavorable views of Indonesia, saying the country is “unclean” and dangerous, The Jakarta Globe reports.