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The holy month of Ramadan is upon us and if you are new to Jakarta, may be unsure about what to expect. We turned to Colliers International, resident experts and ANZA Gold Sponsors to help us answer the most frequently asked questions.
What is Ramadan?
Ramadan is the a period of fasting observed by Muslim adults to celebrate the Muhammad receiving the Quran. It falls in the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. The exact date is set according to the sighting of the moon.
What happens during Ramadan?
During Ramadan, Muslims fast during the hours of daylight, meaning they will not consume anything from sunrise to sunset (food, drink, cigarettes). As well as fasting, they undertake extra prayers and worship, as a means to grow closer to Allah.
Iftaar is when families and friends gather together at sundown to break their fast. Many eat with their family, but occasionally may share meals at mosques, charity iftaars and halal restaurants.
What is Idul Fitr?
This marks the end of Ramadan and the beginning of the next Lunar month.
How many days off are staff entitled to?
Government regulation states that all employees are entitled to 14 days off over the one year period. This year however the government has announced that even though June 15 and 16th are the official holidays, that “collective leave” will be taken on June 13th and 14th and again 18th and 19th. This means that all offices are expected to remain closed during this time. For domestic workers, normally they will want to take at least a week off during this time, but they may take longer as it may be that they cannot get bus or train tickets home to their village on the days that they want to travel due to the amount of people that are trying to travel during this holiday period.
Which household staff do I have to tip/give a bonus to? How much?
Normally anyone that works for you and you pay a salary to, will be expecting a bonus. It is government regulation that “all employees are entitled to a 13th month salary which should be paid at the latest 10 days prior to the Idul Fitri celebration which this year is on June 15th”. (This can be prorated if they have not been working for you for at least one year). You will however, be asked from other people that you do not pay, for a “donation” as well. This may include your paper boy, your garbage collector, hansip (neighborhood security guys). These people will be expecting that each house “contribute” to their “bonus”.
Normally they will have a list of everyone in the neighborhood and a column as to how much each house “contributed”. Let those amounts be a guide, but if they do not show you this list, normally IDR 50,000 – IRD 100,000.- per household would be expected. The Idul Fitri holiday is a time of reflection for most Muslims, but also a time of generously to help others that are less fortunate. Even though you may not personally celebrate this holiday, your generosity towards it is expected.
Hampers and Sembako (Basic Needs) boxes.
In the stores, you will start to notice many hampers for sale and in the supermarkets, there will be many boxes that contain “Sembako” (Sembilan Bahan Pokok / Nine Basic Needs). Many people will send these types of hampers to family and friends as a gift. The Sembako boxes are more suited for people of lower income level such as maids and driver who for sure will be able to use the contents. Even though most of the population is fasting during the day, a lot of socializing, entertaining and food consumption happens in the evening. Any type of food gifts is always well received.
Are restaurants open?
For the most part, even during the fasting month, most restaurants will remain open. Malls for sure will remain open during the entire month of fasting. Most years the malls will close for half day on the first day of the holiday (morning of June 15th) and they will open again in the afternoon. There may be some smaller stand alone restaurants that will close for a few days as most of their staff will want to go home to their villages. There might be some restrictions regarding the selling of alcohol, and you might be served a beer in a coffee mug. Some restaurants will put up curtains in their windows during the day so that people from the outside can not see the diners in the restaurants, but generally speaking, most restaurants will remain open and operate as normal.
Many restaurants will offer special Iftaar menus, which non-Muslims may also enjoy. It is always best to book well advance for these.
Do I have to wear more conservative clothing during this time?
No. Some Muslim ladies who don’t normally wear a headscarf may elect to wear a scarf during the fasting month to respect their colleagues who are fasting, however there is little or no change in what everyone else wears.
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Colliers International is well known for its property services, helping expats find the right home for their time in Indonesia. However, they also offer a wealth of knowledge when it comes to the lifestyle and cultural aspects of living in Jakarta.
Their residential experts are fellow expats who have lived in Indonesia for many years and understand the challenges in relocating to a new country and new culture. If you are planning a look-see then be sure to get in touch with Colliers.
We thank Colliers International, ANZA Gold Sponsors for supporting our efforts to provide a welcoming community for expats in Jakarta.
ANZA will be hosting a Newcomers Morning Tea in late August. It is free to attend and offers an opportunity to get your questions answered and meet fellow newbies. Sign-up here to receive information.
On behalf of the 2017 Mains Committee, I would like to sincerely thank everyone that participated in this year’s AGM. It is an important day for our organisation as we recognise the efforts of the 2017/18 Committee and welcome aboard the 2018/19 team.
2017 was a year of learning for many of us on the Committee and there were a lot of new ideas implemented in terms of events and administration of ANZA. ANZA has been in existence for more than 40 years and we want to honour the organisation’s traditions while adapting to changing market conditions.
We have had positive feedback on our new house activities like swim classes and bootcamp and for events like tropical nights. Our major events - ANZA Ball, Melbourne Cup and End of Year Bazaar - were well attended. We are going into our 2018/2019 calendar of events and activities with some valuable lessons and great excitement.
At the start of 2018 we had a few key Committee Members resign their positions due to leaving Jakarta or increased travel commitments. It is the nature of expat life and we are forever grateful for their contributions.
I would like to personally thank the remaining and new team members for filling those vacancies, ensuring that we could keep ANZA ticking along.
To the 2018 Committee, welcome! Thank you for stepping up to help and I look forward to working with you.
To our members, sponsors and community partners, I hope we can count on your continued support. ANZA is a community that is fun, inclusive and most importantly cares about those less fortunate.
Let’s make 2018 another successful year.
The Committee will continue to work with our valued volunteers to serve our members and the broader community.
We still have a few vacancies on the Events team, ANZA Berita Team and House Manager position, as well as non-Committee roles. Please feel free to approach any of our committee members or email firstname.lastname@example.org should you be interested in volunteering or wish to discuss ANZA’s programs and activities for the year ahead.
Dear members, sponsors and friends of ANZA
Following the departure of some key members of ANZA’s Main Committee from Indonesia over the Christmas period, we would like to announce a number of recent changes to the ANZA leadership team:
The remaining committee members will be appointed and announced following the ANZA Annual General Meeting to be held on 9 March 2018 at ANZA House. We look forward to continuing to work with you throughout 2018 and beyond and welcome your ongoing engagement with our committee and volunteers.
For more information about ANZA or to contact the Committee please email email@example.com
A little party never killed nobody, but a big party as this year's ANZA Ball may have left a few sore heads. Now that we have had a few days to recover, the ANZA team would thank everyone who has supported this year’s ANZA Ball.
All funds raised from this event will go to ensuring that our Social Welfare Program can continue to reach the poorest communities in and around Greater Jakarta.
Everyone really embraced the Prohibition Ends Here theme and looked absolutely fabulous. It was very difficult to choose our best dressed winners - Congratulations to Stephanie and Jeremy.
Printed event photos will be available at ANZA House from this Friday ( 6 October) and you may just spot yourself in our upcoming issue of ANZA Berita magazine
Congratulations to all our raffle prize and silent auctions, who received some fantastic prizes including:
Special thanks to all of our sponsors, your generosity and support helped make this event a great success.
We are also very grateful to our dedicated team of volunteers, in particular our ANZA Ball Committee, for pulling off a fun and fabulous event.
Main Event Sponsors: Commonwealth Group ~ Colliers ~ Asian Tigers Mobility
Silent Auction and Raffle Sponsors:
Alila Seminyak ~ Vie for Living ~ Jeeva Beloam Beachcamp ~ NOW! Jakarta ~ Coca-Cola Amatil ~ DeHair ~ Adila Bali Guesthouse ~ Prestige Hair and Beauty ~ Ethnicraft ~ Good Practice ~ Beca ~ AVIA Villa - Gili Meno ~ Heineken ~ Ranch Market ~ Puriartha ~ Swiss-Belhotel International ~ Canting Batik Craft ~ Valintino Restaurant ~ Beervana ~ Komunal 88 ~ Nusa Indonesia Gastronomy ~ Ken Pattern ~ Pazir's Carpets ~Persona Frames ~ Melbourne the Photographer ~ Tugu Hotel - Bali Spa ~ Menorca Sandals~ Tarra's Salon ~ House of Diamonds ~ Zara Tentriabeng Designs ~ Rosalie Cheese ~ Grand Sahid Jaya
ANZA Jakarta Main Sponsors: Commonwealth Group ~ PWC ~ Coca-Cola Amatil ~ Colliers ~ Asian Tigers Mobility ~ International SOS ~ Vie for Living ~ Herbert Smith Freehills~ ACG School Jakarta ~ Australian Independent School
If you are interested in sponsoring or volunteering at ANZA Ball 2018 or any of our other upcoming events, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Today we hosted our first ever Easter Egg Hunt at ANZA House. It was a clear, sunny morning perfect for the children to run around the backyard.
Our Easter Basket decorating table was busy with budding artists preparing before the main event - the Big Egg Hunt. The children were very excited to get out and collect the chocolates scattered around the garden. The under-5s had a slight head-start before the older kids raced around.
It was all over in a matter of minutes. Unfortunately, some of the eggs softened in the warm weather, but that didn't seem to bother the kids as they filled their baskets.
While the kids were mainly focused on gobbling their chocolate, the adults enjoyed a tasty morning tea.
Congratulations to our raffle winners who took home some fantastic prizes from our event sponsors, including:
We hope all our guests enjoyed their morning and the sugar rush wore of quickly. Thank you to our guests and sponsors for their support and our volunteer helpers. The funds raised from this event will go towards our medical and student sponsorship programs.
Look out for more photos in our next issue of ANZA Berita magazine.
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March 8 is International Women's Day. A global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.
The theme for #IWD2017 is #beboldforchange - a call to action for accelerating gender parity.
Here are three ideas our ANZA members can #beboldforchange:
For example: textiles by House of Diamonds, who employ at risk women giving them a path out of poverty.
Read more about House of Diamonds in ANZA Berita.
3. Donate your unwanted goods to support
We are supporting a number of projects that are in need of donated items. f you can help with any of these requests please drop the items into the donations basket at ANZA House or contact our Social Welfare team for more information.
It is often difficult to find a day and time when the University & College students currently sponsored by the ANZA Student Sponsorship Program can meet up with the SSP Team for the usual admin purposes (collecting fee payments, organising photos for the new school year, and handing over reports), so today the students were invited to ANZA House for a special pizza lunch.
As well as getting all the necessary admin done, it was a great opportunity for the students to meet up and swap handy tips and ideas, and for the SSP Team (Santi, Sylvia & Louise) to get to know them better too.
Many thanks to ANZA for the use of the House, the students were delighted to visit and see ANZA's centre of operations, even if it was on a Sunday when all is quiet!
Today the students at Dian Kasih School in Kalideres, West Jakarta, held an Open Day and an International Day rolled into one and invited ANZA to join them, as proceeds from the Australia section will be donated to the ANZA Student Sponsorship Program.
The school was decorated with beautiful murals representing all the countries, the students organised games and activities as well as all the on stage entertainment, and their parents helped to provide a wide variety of tasty global food choices.
Many thanks to all the students, parents, staff and visitors for an exciting and enjoyable day!
Article by Louise Kennedy, ANZA Student Sponsorship Coordinator
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