Saturday, 18 August 2018


"... Walaupun banyak negri kujalani 
Yang masyhur permai dikata orang
Tetapi kampung dan rumahku
Disanalah kurasa senang
Tanahku tak kulupakan 
Engkau kubanggakan
(Excerpts from Ibu Sud's Song "Tanah Airku" or "My Homeland")

17th of August 1945 was the day that President Sukarno proclaimed the independence of Republic of Indonesia. Since then, there has been annual flag raising ceremony all across the country to celebrate Indonesian independence.

On August 17, 2018, Indonesians celebrate the 73rd anniversary of Indonesian independence. This year's celebration is particularly special to JET as it marks my first attendance in Foreign Ministry's ceremony upon returning from Australia in late 2017. 

Traditionally, the Independence Day is celebrated in Indonesia's Foreign Ministry through the holding of Upacara Bendera-flag raising ceremony- hosted by Foreign Minister. Today, the ceremony is even more special than the previous ones as all attendees were invited to wear their very own traditional attires.

From Sabang to Papua, Indonesian diplomats and civil servants proudly wear their traditional attires to attend the ceremony held in Indonesia's Foreign Ministry.

Taking into account that Indonesia is the fourth most populous country in the world and the largest archipelago in the world consisting of more than 17000 islands with hundreds of tribes, these attires cannot be seen as mere outfits as they also embody the message of Indonesia's Unity in Diversity national motto (Bhinneka Tunggal Ika). 

Traditional sarong, sash and head piece from Sumba is JET's preferred choice of wear for the celebration. Each piece is hand-crafted by craftswomen in Sumba, East Nusa Tenggara. Find this handsome collection in Handy Hartono's boutique (IG: @handy.hartono). 

See more of the lively celebration and the beauty of Indonesian traditional textile worn by Indonesian diplomats in Instagram (@JETANDJUNG) as well as Facebook Page (JET's Fashion Diplomacy). 

Catatan Kecil Untuk Rekans Diplomat dan Sahabats Fashionista:

Suatu kehormatan dan kebahagiaan tersendiri untuk mengenakan busana daerah pada Peringatan HUT Kemerdekaan RI ke-73. Dari mana pun kita berasal, banggalah untuk mengenakan dan mempromosikan busana daerah kita.

Lebih dari fungsi penutup tubuh, busana daerah menampilkan kebhinekaan Indonesia, terdiri dari rajutan suku bangsa yang bersatu untuk membangun Tanah Air tercinta, untuk mewujudkan Indonesia nan jaya. 

One tiny yet effective message, do not forget to smile when one is wearing traditional outfits. Firstly, those colorful and beautifully designed outfits require us to put on our best smile, unless you wish to be photographed in a dull or angry face. Secondly and most importantly, it is our Independence Day, let's celebrate, be merry and proud to Indonesians!


JET wears Handy Hartono's stunning and premium collection of Tenun (hand-woven cloth) and head piece from Sumba, East Nusa Tenggara. Find his mens and womens collection in IG (@handy.hartono). 

For centuries, Tenun (hand-woven textile) in Sumba is valued highly. For centuries, the textile in this area is collected by foreign and local aficionados looking for the most exclusive textile with rich tradition. The weaving tradition is passed from Mothers to theirs daughters and grand-daughters. The textile is made from cotton planted in the area, while colors are produced from natural vegetal dye.

Bhinneka Tunggal Ika (Unity in Diversity)

Director General for Legal Affairs & International Treaties, Dr. iur. Damos Agusman, with Madam Ermita Damos and Directors with Foreign Minister, H.E. Retno Marsudi, and Mr Agus Marsudi -both dressed in traditional Javanese-.

Vice-Foreign Minister, H.E. Dr AM Fachir, dressed in Banjar traditional outfit & Madam Yasmin Fachir wore Kutai's signature outfit from Kalimantan.

Padangnese and Javanese attire

Secretary General, Mr Mayerfas, handsomely dressed in Padangnese and Madam Virna Mayerfas, beautifully dressed in Javanese kebaya and Batik sarong. I am ecstatic to welcome my dearest friend, Indah Nuria Savitri, who just returned from New York few days ago. Together we’ll promote fashion diplomacy 🇮🇩🇮🇩🇮🇩 

Royal Acehnese traditional attire is elegantly worn by Dr. Yayan Mulyana, Head of Center for Education and Training, and Madam Irene Mulyana. 

Traditional attires from South Sulawesi, Lampung, Kalimantan, Java, Jakarta are presented by these amazing Directors and colleagues of JET.

Ms Lefianna H. Ferdinandus with her two Deputies, Mrs Hesti and yours truly, JET. 

Madam Sari Percaya, Chair of ASEAN Women Committee and spouse of DG Desra Percaya. 

Elegant ladies & JET

With spouses of DG and Directors from DG for Legal Affairs and International Treaties

With Madam Tantri Anshor, spouse of DG for American and European Affairs, and the spouses of Sekdilu Batch 17 officers.

Two handsome seniors

With Mr Hendra Halim (Director for European Region II), JET and Mr Riaz Saehu (Director for ASEAN Social and Cultural Cooperation)

H.E. Mr Jose Tavares (DG for ASEAN Cooperation) dressed in East Nusa Tenggara textile and Madam Rennie Wibowo-Tavares in Javanese kebaya and Batik

Mr Cecep Herawan (DG for Information and Public Diplomacy) and Madam, Mrs Dewi Wahab (Expert Staff to Foreign Minister), Mrs Anita Luhulima (Secretary to DG for Multilateral Affairs)

Two Manadonese

Yet, the left one is dressed in traditional Minahasa (North Sulawesi) attire, and the right one dressed in East Nusa Tenggara's one. 

Sekdilu Batch 28 wishes you all "Happy 73rd Indonesian Independence Day".

Papuan traditional dress is proudly worn by this smart and beautiful colleague, Renita Moniaga. 

Spouses of Director Generals showcasing a rainbow of traditional Indonesian dresses (First Echelon).

The line of Directors dressed to the nines in elegant one-of-a-kind outfits (Second Echelon).

Real live choir Sekdilu 40 (the newly enrolled Indonesian diplomats).

Sekdilu 40 with Head of Center for Education and Training and Madam Irene Mulyana. 

With the Head of Bureau for Legal Affairs and Administration for Ministry and Missions, Mr Okto D. Manik, and Madam. Both of them wear Bataknese traditional Ulos from Medan. 

The mascots of forthcoming Asian Games 2018 in Indonesia, namely: Bhin bhin (Cenderawasih/Bird of Paradise from Papua), Atung (deer from Bawean, East Java), Kaka (one-horned rhino from Ujungkulon) and yours truly would like to wish you all once again:

Dirgahayu RI dan KEMLU ke-73


Friday, 1 June 2018

DWP Foreign Ministry Hosted Women Move Up Event

If you educate a woman, you educate a family, 
if you educate a girl, you educate the future
(Queen Rania of Jordan)

Prior to the Moslem Holy Month of Ramadhan, Dharma Wanita Persatuan (Spouses of Civil Servants Organization in Indonesia) in the Foreign Ministry in cooperation with Kartini magazine, hosted an event titled Easy Way to become Successful Entrepreneur in Spare Time (#WomenMoveUp). Truthful to its title, the event aimed to introduce several members of the organization who have succeed in becoming entrepreneurs. 

In her welcoming remarks, Madam Yasmin Fachir (spouse of Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs) emphasizes that aside from being wives and mothers, women also have other roles in society. The event, therefore, could serve as a forum where spouses of civil servants motivate as well as inspire one another to become entrepreneurs. 

H.E. Mr Mayerfas, Secretary General of Foreign Ministry, who officially opened the event underlines that women play central role in developing the nation's character through their children. In addition, women also contribute in elevating Indonesia's economy. Female entrepreneurs will enhance their family's income. 

Led by Madam Virna Mayerfas (Chair of Dharma Wanita Persatuan in Foreign Ministry), the Dharma Wanita has hosted a number of events focusing on current issues faced by the spouses of civil servant and women at large. It is impressive to see that this event is a full house one, as it does not only attract the spouses of civil servants but also female civil servants and diplomats. 

After the opening, the attendees of the event were enthusiast in listening a number of excellent discussions featuring impressive array of experts. These experts were invited to share their ways in order to be at the top of their enterprises, while at the same time still cater as good homemakers to their spouses and offspring. 

Later in the afternoon, the attendees of the event got pampered with some make up demo by Indonesia's top make-up artist and stylist from Lakme cosmetic. 

Now that's what I can a truly well planned and managed event! Bravo DWP Kemlu!

Check out IG (@JETANDJUNG) and Facebook Page (JET Fashion Diplomacy) to see photos of this charming event as well as scroll at the elegant styles of spouses of Indonesian diplomats and civil servants of Indonesian Foreign Ministry. 

Finally, to my Moslem brothers and sisters, I wish you all a blessed Ramadhan. May the holy month bring out the best in all of us.

Ps. Catatan Kecil untuk Sahabats Fashionista dan Rekans Diplomat

Menjelang bulan suci Ramadhan, Dharma Wanita Persatuan Kementerian Luar Negeri menyelenggarakan seminar dan mini workshop "Cara Mudah Jadi Pengusaha UMKM Sukses di Waktu Luang". Selaku bagian dari gerakan #WomenMoveUp , kegiatan tersebut bertujuan untuk mendorong peran wanita dan memotivasi pemberdayaan wanita di bidang kewirausahaan. Selaku warga Kemenlu, amat membanggakan melihat sejumlah anggota DWP Kemlu yang merupakan istri pegawai negeri sipil dan diplomat Indonesia sukses sebagai wirausaha. Proud seeing these amazing women proudly and elegantly showcased their kebaya and Batik/Tenun sarong at the event. Once again, big congratulations to DWP Kemlu, advised by Ibu Yasmin Fachir and chaired by Ibu Virna Mayerfas, for this impressive eye opening event to Indonesian women. Sukses DWP Kemenlu! Maju terus Perempuan Indonesia! 

Madam Yasmin Fachir (spouse of Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs of Indonesia/Advisor to Dharma Wanita Persatuan Kemenlu RI) delivered her welcoming remarks. 

H.E. Mr Mayerfas (Secretary General of Indonesian Foreign Ministry) delivered opening statement. 

H.E. Mr Mayerfas, in a handsome Indonesian Batik shirt, and JET.

H.E. Mr Mayerfas with Madam Yasmin Fachir (Advisor DWP Foreign Ministry) and Madam Virna Mayerfas (Chair DWP Foreign Ministry) with the speakers at the event. 

Madam Ermita Damos (spouse of Director General Legal Affairs and International Treaties) and JET.

JET wears a pinkish lilac colored hand-woven Balinese Tenun Endek shirt, produced by Nogo Bali Ikat Center in Sanur, Bali (

Spouses of Civil Servants Organization in Foreign Ministry delivered a lovely song titled Kartini

The ladies of DWP in Directorate General for Legal Affairs and International Treaties, Ibu Ermita Damos, Ibu Bertha Amrih, Ibu Delly Suhendar and Ibu Loegeng. 

Background: "The Serimpi Dancers" by Jeihan Sukmantoro. A state of the art collection of Foreign Ministry

With these amazing women, Madam Sari Desra Percaya and Madam Senny Syahfinar Yusuf. 

Meet Chitra Irawan, spouse of my colleague in Foreign Ministry. 

Through establishing an enterprise focused on making crispy baked brownies, Chitra is an example of a home maker who succeed in becoming an established entrepreneur.

Lakme Makeup corner at the event. Lakme is a cosmetic line proudly made in Indonesia.