Loving life and living love
Gracing our month-of-love cover are Christian Soeseno Boenarso, Adinda Kuntadi, Jovita Widjaja, Ramadhania Bakrie, Vannya Istarinda, Arsyah Rasyid, and Maudy Ayunda. Read how this diverse set of socialites and business people balance their lives and careers—and totally love what they do—in “Full Hearts”. This, happily, is a neat transition into talking about matters of the heart. Love certainly is a many-splendoured thing: did you know (says the Internet) that there have been more love songs written than the number of stars visible in the night sky? In “Love is in the Air”, we talk to three star-crossed couples about their relationships and what keeps them ticking. The answers may surprise you, especially those who feel that the art of romance is dead in this era of Tinder and hasty hook-ups.
We also take a foodie’s trip around the ancient Kingdom of Khmer at SaigonSan—which draws inspiration from all around the region Thailand, Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, and Singapore—and all set in a fabulously regal setting, hence the article’s title, “Kingly Cuisine”. While on a culinary theme, don’t forget to check out our tale of best pals Dita Soedarjo and Angela Tee bonding over Chinese New Year and Valentine’s Day cuisine at PASOLA at The
Ritz-Carlton Jakarta, Pacific Place. You may also want to stop by “Atlantic Record” and dip your toes into the icy waters of what it takes to run a Michelin-starred restaurant in one of the coldest places you’re likely to set foot in.
We also chat with pop legend Engelbert Humperdinck, dubbed “The King of Romance” by coincidence, who is due to perform here next month. The 82-year-old has sold more than 140 million records worldwide, earned four Grammy nominations, and a Golden Globe. His 1967 single “Release Me” went into the Guinness Book of Records for achieving 56 consecutive weeks on the charts and was number one in 11 countries. Impressed? Read our exclusive interview in “Lifetime Legacy”.
There’s so much more, so dig in and surprise yourself. Happy reading and love and hugs to all of you all this February.
—Millie Stephanie Lukito
CEO and Bureau Chief