The love for one’s country is not limited to just several things, such as appreciating the holidays, celebrating Independence Day or rooting for your home sports teams. Our patriotism to the country should also come purely from the heart, and is to be reflected in every little thing that we do.
Let's consider ourselves lucky that nowadays, to express our love for our country doesn’t have to involve physical sacrifice. As a matter of fact, you can contribute to Indonesia through your love for the simplest things, including traveling! In this special month for Indonesians, check out these 5 small acts of nationalism that you can do while traveling :
The recent fire that swept across the hills on the small island in Komodo National Park has brought an awareness that probably many of us haven’t even thought about before. The disaster was said to have devastated the entire island. It was also rumored that the fire was started by a bunch of careless travelers and in turn, enraged and saddened many of the traveling communities.
Whether or not it is true, being a responsible traveler can be the simplest act of nationalism that we all can aspire to do when traveling (and in our daily life!). Never litter, reduce your carbon footprints, and stay away from damaging the wonderful nature - they are all a simple start to a better ecotourism in Indonesia.
Indonesia is simply beautiful and worth to be explored to every corner, from Sabang to Merauke. Promoting the beauty of our country gets very easy nowadays with technology aka your social media. Think of it as a way to encourage people to understand Indonesia better, what amazing things the country holds and how Indonesia truly is a destination worthy for every kind of vacation.
Other than visiting local destinations, your small act of nationalism can continue all the way by supporting its local business.
Instead of dining at an international burger chain, order a traditional gudeg sold by humble local residents; forget your cappuccino for a day and try a local brew of Kopi Luwak instead; or maybe shop local with all the amazing arts and crafts, fashion clothing, and other endless quality items that are made right here in our home country.
If there is one simple yet fashionable thing we can do to show our love to the country, then it’ll be the gorgeous batik prints. Include a little something in your traveling wardrobe, from a scarf to a pair of casual batik pants that are perfect for a peaceful stroll around the beach.
If you’re going somewhere on the long weekend due to a national holiday, then celebrate it like you mean it! Have a celebratory dinner, put on a touch of red and white, or dedicate a post of appreciation while you’re posing againts the beauty of its nature - anything that works for you is always better than nothing at all!
So, how will you be celebrating Indonesia's independence day this year?
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Among the Indonesian Christian community, Sidney and Etha Mohede are extremely popular. Sidney is best known as an award-winning gospel singer-songwriter and one of the pastors of a Jakarta-based megachurch, while Etha is a social media influencer. This Christmas season, we had the opportunity to talk with The Mohedes about their Christmas tradition, how they're going to spend this year's Christmas, and the importance of photography for their family.
We think our family's Christmas is just like any other family's. When we're in Jakarta, on Christmas morning we'd wake up and open our Christmas presents. But, since these couple of years we spent our Christmases traveling overseas, we'd open the presents before we fly off.
Also, we like to think that the trip itself is the present for the entire family, and we are happy to enjoy the trip together, just us and our three children.
Our family's Christmas dinner usually happens on the Christmas Eve, with simple dishes and no special table decorations. We always like to finish up all the hassle before Christmas Day itself. On Christmas Day we'd usually just eat simple take outs and just enjoy our time together.
However, we think that our family's dinners–be it Christmas or not–is a tradition in itself. We want to make sure that every family member sit around the table at dinner time. We see nowadays in modern families, at dinner time everybody's still busy with their own things; the kids watching videos on their tables, the parents still busy with their gadgets... We don't want that in our family. We make sure that everyone sits around the table and really enjoy our time together, including on Christmas dinners.
This year we'll be going to Europe, namely Italy and the Netherlands. This would be our first time in Italy, and it's a 3-families trip. We're flying off to Dusseldorf, then we'll travel to Milan and meet the other 2 families there. Then we'd spend 7 days in Italy and 7 days in Netherlands, so in total it would be a 14 days trip.
As for the detailed itinerary, we honestly have no clue, but we've already booked a car to drive around. We want to try a road trip-style holiday this time around, and we think it would be fun! It's going to be an adventure!
Of course! For me (Sidney) personally, I love photography because it is a way I can express my passion easily. I was an art major in university, and my first passion was drawing and painting. But drawing something takes a lot of time. With a camera, I can capture the beauty of what I was seeing wherever I go with a single snap. I can still use my brain and eye for the compositions and colours, and I can express my visual arts passion in an easy way, without having to spend more than 30 minutes to draw one picture.
Which is why, we also love SweetEscape very much, because the idea of not being the one who takes the photographs and actually being photographed once in a while is really fun! Honestly, I'm (Sidney) not a big fan of being photographed, like most guys, I believe. But for a family photo, it's always nice to have, since most of the times we'd have to take turns taking pictures with the kids, or resort to selfies. With SweetEscape, we don't have to worry about this, and all five of us can be in the picture together!
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