Happy Independence Day, Indonesia!

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.

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Monaco flag in Monaco harbour, reminding me of my beautiful country, Indonesia.


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.

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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?

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9 Responses to “Happy Independence Day, Indonesia!”

  1. vewe
    18 August 2010 at 12:21 am #

    Nice one Din,

    So Monaco remind you of Indonesia huh (I meant the flag), You should go to Monaco more then if not coming back to Indo ;)

    Happy Independence Day to Indonesia and you :)

    • Dina
      24 August 2010 at 8:50 am #

      Haha, yes. Just the flag though, haha. Numerous Indonesian people and food in Sydney also reminds me of Indonesia, easily :)

  2. Jennifer Barry
    19 August 2010 at 7:01 pm #

    The almost twin of Texas’ state flag is Chile’s flag. That was neat when I visited.
    Jennifer Barry´s last post…Ghost Stories from Historic Southport- NC

    • Dina
      24 August 2010 at 8:51 am #

      I just checked it out, wow! They are so similar indeed! On the first sight, I even thought it was identical!

  3. tempo dulu
    20 August 2010 at 6:06 am #

    You can always come back for a holiday – so much has changed!
    tempo dulu´s last post…Indonesia- land of the smiling people- but are they really happy

    • Dina
      24 August 2010 at 8:54 am #

      The changes there always surprise me anytime I came back! From the hang around places, buildings, new restaurants, and…… prices!! (Good thing my favourite warung sate kerang in front of my hugh school in Surabaya is still there)

  4. Michael
    20 September 2010 at 12:47 pm #

    Neat, I never noticed Texas flag was that similar to Chiles
    Michael´s last post…Three Days of Independence

    • Dina
      21 September 2010 at 12:54 pm #

      Hehe :) Are you from Texas/Chile?

  5. Jill - Jack and Jill Travel The World
    16 November 2010 at 11:48 pm #

    This post makes me just a tad homesick, it’s a good thing we’re going home this year. Yay!

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