There is no job in the world as important as being a mum. It is also the most challenging of occupations. When women state that their job is being a housewife, we and all of society should not be too quick to judge that such women “have it easy”. In Indonesia, many women are supported not only by staff, but also by extended families and a network of close friends. This is how it should be: family is everything, and we need to do all we can to ensure that our children are taken care of and appreciate their families.
But many women in this country and elsewhere do not have the same support system that we may enjoy. Many not only raise their kids well, but also run households and support working husbands. Indeed, many are single mothers who have to do all this and juggle a job, too.
Thus, we salute you, mothers of the world, because for every successful, intelligent, kindhearted and hard-working soul, there is usually a loving mother behind them. So, this issue, we talk to a selection of wonderful mums and look at their relationships with their children, asking them about their approaches to fostering tomorrow’s leaders, entrepreneurs and, of course, eventually mothers (and fathers) themselves.
Elsewhere in this May edition of Indonesia Tatler, we take a trip to Tokyo, one of Japan’s most vibrant cities and a recommended must visit for all our readers. Our top tip? Head for the Imperial Hotel, Tokyo, which has been opening its doors to VVIPs since 1890. Later redesigned by the legendary American architect Frank Lloyd Wright, this stunning hotel really lets you rest in the lap of luxury.
And speaking of all things beautiful, legendary and amazing, we also chat to the ravishing supermodel, entrepreneur and philanthropist Petra Nemcova. Petra spills the beans on how to have it all in an interview that reveals insights into one of the most challenging times of her life. Last, but by no means least, we shine a spotlight on one of the most glamorous mums around: our cover girl, Dian Sastrowardoyo.
There is so much more in this issue, of course, but I’ve run out of space, so enjoy the surprises and happy reading!