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Several major airlines have canceled hundreds of flights due to the ongoing forest fires across Sumatra and Kalimantan which continues to generate toxic smog across the Straits of Malacca all the way to  Malaysia. The seasonal forest fires began to spread in July and have deteriorated rapidly this month, affecting more than 300 thousand hectares of land, with Central and West Kalimantan getting hit the worst.  Neighbor Malaysia is pressuring Indonesia to address the wildfires and step up enforcement to prevent future illegal burns. Our heart goes to those whose lives affected by the fire and hopes that these catastrophic fires can be mitigated once and for all.

Back in Jakarta, this week sees a list of exciting culinary events: from Bali's Sang Saka, a buzzing restaurant characterized for its wide range of woods and charcoal to create unique dishes mimicking the distinct flavors from around the archipelago, Chef Maxie Millian’s will share his creativity at Raffles Jakarta's The Dining Room for a limited time, tonight and tomorrow (18-19 Sept.) For more information, click here or call (+62) 21 2988 0888 and email

Just like any other years for the past 30 years, Aryaduta Jakarta takes an early start for our favorite Bavarian festivity: the 31st Oktoberfest is coming this Thursday and Friday (19 & 20 Oct). Celebrate this fun and most awaited party filled with non-stop flow of beer, authentic German food, and all night long singing and dancing. Get your tickets now because they're selling like hot pretzels! Alternately, Lippo Mall Kemang is also hosting their own Oktoberfest this Saturday (21 Oct), featuring also The Garmisch Partenkircher Musikanten, Bavarian buffet, and free-flowing beer. 

To burn all the calories join the Garmin Run Indonesia 2019 this Sunday and take the route around Bintaro Jaya Xchange with thousands of other runners for 5k or 10k. Run in a pace group to try to solve your PB or try the distance available for the first time. Click here for more info.

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Stay grand, Jakartans!


Jessica Januarty


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