The Indonesian culture has been long shaped and influenced by the interaction between original indigenous customs and multiple foreign influences. Located centrally along ancient trading routes between the Far East, South Asia, and the Middle East, this resulted in many cultural practices that make Indonesia a one-of-a-kind nation. With more than 200 million people still living in it, Indonesia is filled with more than 300 ethnic groups making it the most diverse in the world.
Bali is filled with many magical things that can take your breath away. But did you know? Behind all of these beautiful places lies a place that not a lot of people dare to step on to. On this issue, we take you to dig deeper into Trunyan, a place with its own beliefs when it comes to the dead. And to see the beautiful Plataran Menjangan through the eyes of one of Indonesia's brightest stars, Nicholas Saputra.
Being a small island filled with beaches, waterfalls, mountain and countless eateries makes Bali just the perfect place to let your urge for adventure loose. We got you some worthy adventures from Ubud to Nusa Dua, and talked to international fashion and travel icon Elly Lam.
We don’t seem to talk about the three smaller islands of Nusa Lembongan, Ceningan and Penida as much as we’d like to. That’s too bad. Because those triplets are gorgeous. Pristine waters, natural cliffs, lush forests and some out of this world sceneries all around. Our cover story is serial hunk and hardcore traveller Richard Kyle, and he will share with us about his deep connections with the three Nusas.
What would we be without fashion? And what more suitable to grace our cover in this special issue than someone who knows more about style and beauty more than the rest of us? In this issue we talk to the amazing Heddy Kandou — from stories about her beauty empire to her guide for eternal youth. Also not to miss is the return of our Fashion Spread — featuring Bali's most stylish!
The Influencer Issue: Welcome to the era when technology takes over the world and influencers are crowned on social media! And as ones of top Indonesia’s influencers, Maria Rahajeng and Elizabeth Rahajeng spill the facts of their lives as public figures, as twins and as individuals. Read the real sides of the twins on our Main Story to figure that everything is not always as perfect as those pictures on their Instagram handles.