Trading Places

The fabulous Four Seasons Resort, Jimbaran Bay was the place of choice for Mary Justice Croll and Lesley Campbell to host visiting foreign media that attended a recent press trip to the 22nd Annual Trade Expo in Jakarta that was opened by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and officially hosted by Minister of Trade Dr Mari Pangestu. The press dinner finale was a fitting end to their showcase, which celebrated the magnitude of exports out of Indonesia (did you know that 60 percent of the world’s Barbie dolls and 60 percent of the world’s zippers are made in Indonesia? – whatever would Ken think?) and particularly cemented the friendly international trade climate, ingenuity and craftsmanship of Indonesia as a whole. The poolside dinner party feasted on a delicious menu prepared by the resort’s Chef de Cuisine Bobby Wong, who created a sumptuous lineup of dishes, which included a Mediterranean Seafood Salad, Grilled Herb Marinated Beef Tenderloin (the truffle mashed peas were to die for), Seared Sea Bass Fillet and Prawn Tail and a Bittersweet Chocolate Parfait with warm orange and vanilla compote. Helping to end the press trip on a high note were Time magazine’s Jason Tedjasukmana, HK journalist Michael Taylor and Review Asia’s Tai Wai Land as well as local identities Muriel Ydo, Sophie Digby, Kelly Marciano, Louise von Munk and partner Feraldi Loeis.

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