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.


Monday, 30 April 2018

La Dolce Tenun: All Roads Lead to Rome

"... Rome, by all means Rome,
I will cherish my visit here in my memory as long as I live"
(Audrey Hepburn in her Oscar winning role in "Roman Holiday")

My first encounter with the city of Rome is through "Roman Holiday", my Mother's beloved movie. JET was only 4 years old when Mom used to turn on the video (vhs) -yes, we didn't have the DVDs in the 80s :-). I remember I would sit in a small chair and waiting patiently for the movie to be played. 

The story revolves on the Royal Visit of Princess Ann, a character immortalized by the enchanting Audrey Hepburn, to the Eternal City. The Princess met a dashing reporter, Gregory Peck and realized there was a connection between them. At the end of the movie, the Princess returned to her country after saying a proper royal good bye. To Hepburn, it was the movie that gave her First Oscar. To JET, it was an eye-opening experience of Rome. 

I remember visiting the capital of Italy finally as an adult and found that the city is more enchanting than the one depicted in the Hollywood blockbuster. For those who have not visited the capital of Italy, I must admit that it is not difficult to fall in love to this city. 

Built on 753 BC, myth says the historical city owes its existence to twin brothers of Romulus and Remus who were breastfed by a fox. Rome grew more and more powerful as well as prosperous at the age of Caesars, including the well-known Julius Caesar. 

Each corner of Rome holds a memento to a glorious past as the current city is established upon an ancient city. Rome became not only a capital to the Caesars but also to the Popes. Long before the Papal State Vatican was incepted, Rome has been the seat of Popes. Since Saint Peter to Pope Francis, all Popes call Rome their home. 

Being a Catholic, I always long to return to Rome. Indeed, visiting Rome means having a pilgrimage to the Vatican. Visiting Saint Peter's Basilica in the heart of Holy See, attending a Sunday mass inside the Basilica, praying in front of the final resting places of late Popes and getting mesmerized by the priceless works of art inside the Basilica, including Michelangelo's Pietàstatue. 

So, when the occasion arose recently, I was deeply grateful to be able to walk in the steps of the Popes in Rome. A pilgrimage visit to Vatican requires a good preparation, including fashion preparation. Surely one does not wish to look shabby inside the House of God. I choose to wear a hand-crafted Tenun (hand-woven) knee length jacket not only as a sign of respect to Basilica of St Peter as the Mother Church of all Catholic churches in the world, but also as an ode to the Catholic women of East Nusa Tenggara province in Indonesia who crafted the Tenun cloth. 

See more of JET's vivid documentation in Instagram (@JETANDJUNG) as well as Facebook Page (JET's Fashion Diplomacy). 

Catatan Kecil Untuk Rekans Diplomat dan Sahabats Fashionista:

Jangan pernah ragu mengenakan busana buatan dalam negeri di luar negeri. Bahkan pada saat sedang berziarah. Salah satu cara memperkenalkan khazanah budaya Indonesia adalah melalui busana. Selama berziarah di Vatikan, JET banyak didekati sesama peziarah dan turis yang mengagumi coat Tenun Maumere yang dikenakannya. 

There was once a classic saying that when in Rome, eat, drink and dress like the Romans (saat sedang berkunjung di Roma, biasakanlah makan, minum dan berbusana ala bangsa Romawi). Well, it is not against the law to do so, but JET prefers to dress in his very own signature attire, hand-crafted from Indonesian traditional textile. After all, the man may travel out of Indonesia, but Indonesia shall always remain in the man's heart and soul as seen by his appearance. 

Further, by showcasing the Tenun coat, JET did not only pay respect to St Peter's Basilica as the Mother Church of all Catholic churches in the world but also an ode to the Catholic women in Maumere who have meticulously crafted the Tenun cloth.  

"Bellisimma Tenun!" (Beautiful Tenun) or "Che Bello!"(How handsome!) were uttered by pilgrims and tourists alike who saw the Tenun coat.

Coat designed by Dana Duryatna for Priya(IG: @priyabydana).

The ever graceful and charming H.E. Madam Esti Andayani, Indonesian Ambassador to the Republic of Italy, Malta, Cyprus, San Marino and FAO, IFAD, WFP, Unidroit.

Behind us is the world famous Peter Paul Rubens's The Triumph of Eucharist tapestry which dated for a few centuries. The panel is one of Indonesian Embassy's stunning artworks collection. 

President Sukarno, First President of Indonesia, in front of Rubens's masterpiece in Indonesian Ambassador's residence. (Source: Indonesian Embassy, Rome) 

With the smart and kind-hearted senior of mine, Mr George Lantu, Deputy Chief of Mission of Indonesian Embassy in Rome. 

With my inspiring senior, Ms Carolina Tinangon, Counsellor on Political Affairs, Indonesia  Embassy in Rome. See our outfits and you know how in love we both are with Batik and Tenun. 

SAngel alias Selfie with Angel! Where else but Vatican provides us with so many cute cherubs and beautiful angels. :)

And then some down time in Trevi Fountain with my dear colleague, Ms Conny Tinangon.

"Totus Tuus" is Saint John Paul II's apostolic motto during His papal years. It is a Latin phrase meaning "totally thine" (totally Yours, God) and expressed his personal Consecration to Mary based on the spiritual approach of Saint Louis de Montfort and the Mariology in his works.

Saint John Paul is one of the longest serving Popes and to date, the second Pope to set foot in Indonesia. During his visit to Indonesia, he met the then President Suharto and led a number of masses in Jakarta as well as in other Catholic regions. 

Angels we have heard on high. Look at baroque style of the Basilica's frescoes, they all add splendour to this Mother of all Churches.

The Basilica centers around the Papal Altar -behind JET- where only the Pope celebrates Mass. It was consecrated by Clement VIII, June 5, 1594, on top of several other altars. Rising above the altar is the 95 feet canopy which is titled Baldacchino, Bernini's masterpiece and first work in St. Peter's. The ancient tomb of St. Peter lies directly below the altar.

Meet Saint Peter bronze statue which the Basilica is named after, Basilica di San Pietro (Saint Peter's Basilica). Each pilgrim would say a prayer and rub or kiss his feet. His feet has been rubbed by millions of pilgrims that they look glossy.

Since it was carved from a single slab of marble, Michelangelo Buonarotti's Pietà-a statue depicting Christ when He was recently deceased and his body is held by his Mother, Blessed Virgin Mary- has been attracted public for centuries. Art critics consider the statue as Michelangelo's best work, even better than fresco of Sistine Chapel and David statue in Firenze.

They adore my Tenun, I adore their printed African Batik. Meet the amazing pilgrims from Nigeria whose Batik outfits display the solemn image of Mother of Perpetual Help.

Learn more about all deceased Popes who are listed in this memorial tablet. From Saint Peter, the First Pope, to Pope John Paul II.

Majestic tombs of the Popes lie at the Grottoes of St Peter's Basilica. 

One of the most visited pilgrimage destinations in Vatican: The tomb of Saint John Paul II. Previously placed in the grotto (underground) where the Pope's remain is placed next to other Popes, this tomb was recently elevated following the canonization of the much-loved Pope. 

Regardless of the drizzling rain, JET and Mbak Conny remain in the St Peter's Square with the thousands of believers waiting upon the appearance of Pope Francis. 

Appearing from His Holiness's window, Pope Francis delivered his Angela Coeli message on Sunday. His voice so tender bringing peace to everyone, even those living in all corners of the Earth. 

Sun-soaked crispy Italian artichoke is served! The fertile land of Italy is home to numerous agricultural products, including the artichokes. 

Piazza di Spagna, or the Spanish Steps, is one of the most famous squares in Rome. The name derived from Palazzo di Spagna, seat of the Embassy of Spain to the Holy See. Nearby is the famed Column of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Piazza di Spagna has always represented a hub for cultural and tourist life in the city of Rome. Artists and scholars have been hanging out here since the 16th century.

Damai Kristus!
Le Paix du Christ!
Peace be with you all. 
Carrera marble and granite are sculpted meticulously to execute this stunning peace bearer for millenniums: the white dove. 

From Rome, with Love, to all JET's friends and families.