Come Aug 17, Indonesia celebrates its independence day! And guess what, I'm right here in the country with many islands.
After 16 years, I'm visiting Jakarta again - the last when they had their Visit Indonesia Year.
The red-white (merah putih) can be seen in parts of the city. And I've also seen words Dirgahayu - my first time hearing these words.
This is my first time being in a nation when it celebrates its birthday and it does feel good. At least to soak in the atmosphere, though I'm actually here for a friend's wedding.
And talking about Indonesia, I managed to watch the superb performance in the Olympics semi finals for the men's doubles - Indonesia's Markis Kido and Hendra Setiawan. I guess the mood is high now that they are in the finals... imagine what a 'gift' to the nation it will be if they strike gold!
More on Indonesia to come :)