Today, the 17th of August, is the Independence Day of Indonesia, my beloved country where I was born. My beautiful country that I left 7 years ago to pursue a new life with Ryan in Canada.
To celebrate, I’d like to give a special mention to a time in my travels that reminded me of Indonesia the most.
Monaco shares an identical flag with Indonesia, except for the width:height ratio. It somehow brought a huge smile to me when I saw this familiar flag, a flag that in my childhood I celebrated hundreds of times through flag ceremonies every week, flying cheerily in the Monaco air, near the Monaco harbour, so far away from Indonesia. Such a sweet patriotic moment for me.
Indonesian flag on the historical Hotel Majapahit, Surabaya. Also called Hotel Oranje during the Dutch era, or Yamato Hotel during the Japanese era. This were where the famous flag incident occured: ripping the blue part of Dutch flag to create the Indonesian Red and White.
Happy birthday, Indonesia, Merdeka!
So, do your flag have a twin too? Or something that is similar enough to make you remember your country when you are abroad?