The year 2018 is one we all will definitely remember. Good memories, bad memories, memories that will last forever, and things you wished never happened are some of what went down this year. Let’s keep everything aside and talk about the unforgettable moments that took place this year in Indonesia. Ranging from the 18th Asian Games to major boost of love for the Indonesian cinema, this year saw it all. Let’s get started!
18th Asian Games
One event that got the whole country excited was the 18th Asian Games that took place in Jakarta and Palembang from August 18 to September 2. What’s even more interesting is that for the first time in history, the Asian Games took place in two cities at the same time. It was three weeks full of cheer, patriotism, and happiness throughout Indonesia with everyone keeping track of the games and cheering for their favourite athletes.
2018 AFF Championship & 3rd Asian Para Games
Athletes took over Indonesia this year with two more entertaining sporting events: the 2018 AFF Championship and the 3rd Asian Para Games. Let’s start with the 2018 AFF Championship.
This event was the 12th edition of the AFF Championship, which took place at the Hotel Mulia Senayan, Jakarta with a lot of placements of each team’s previous positions, with Team Garuda full of talent. Moving on, another exciting event was the 3rd Asian Para Games: a pan-Asian multi-sport event that took place in Jakarta. This event was for disabled Asian athletes to compete and making sure everyone got a chance to show off their talents. Indonesia hosted the Asian Para Games for the first time ever, and records of 16 world, 63 Asian, and 246 Asian Para Games were broken.
Romance, horror, and drama: 2018 saw everything in Indonesian cinema. Throughout the years, there has been no doubt that our country’s film industry has been growing positively, and 2018 saw some of the best films. We saw more than eight films that reached more than 1 million viewers this year, and some were definite must-watches. Another thing the industry saw was heaps of quality horrors, including Sabrina, Jailangkung 2, Asih, Suzzanna: Bernapas dalam Kubur and Danur 2: Maddah. Meanwhile, Si Doel The Movie, an entertaining drama remake, and Dilan 1990 showed us what true love really is. If you like to watch dramas, #TemanTapiMenikah showed us what true drama really is. This year also saw a current biopic with A Man Called Ahok played by Daniel Mananta. Lastly, another must-watch fantasy this year was Wiro Sableng Pendekar Kapak Maut Naga Geni 212.
Another magical thing we saw this year were the Indonesian celebrity weddings. #CoupleGoals Raditya Dika and Anissa Aziza tied the knot earlier this year and got the town talking about how gorgeous their wedding was. Meanwhile, a wedding that a lot of celebrities attended was the recent #BaPau wedding of Baim Wong and Paula Verhoeven, which looked like all things fun. The gorgeous Maia Estianty also tied the knot with business mogul Irwan D. Mussry in Japan. And last, but not least, the world was lucky enough to witness the crazy rich Surabayan wedding of Jusup Maruta Cayadi and Clarissa Wang that went insanely viral.
President Joko Widodo & Prabowo Subianto
Another special moment we came across that took place at the 18th Asian Games was when the president, Joko Widodo, and challenger to incumbent President Joko Widodo, Prabowo Subianto, shared a hug. This special moment took place when Indonesian martial arts athlete Hanifan Yudani Kusumah won the gold medal.
International artists music concerts
Every year, we have international artists flying to Indonesia to grace us with their respective talents and 2018 saw some of the best. With Fifth Harmony and The Chainsmokers taking over the city with their great tunes and The Script giving us chilled-out vibes, the concert parade continued with Katy Perry, who played in April and who also gave us a show of a lifetime. Other wonderful artists who charmed us this year included pop diva Mariah Carey, Charlie Puth, and the great Khalid.
The Rise of Indonesian Badminton Athletes
With badminton being the most beloved sport in Indonesia, we saw the rise of some strong and enthusiastic athletes in 2018. Jonatan Christie, nicknamed Jojo, was the 23rd gold medal winner in the Badminton Men’s Singles category at the 18th Asian Games. We also saw Anthony Ginting win the China Open 2018 where he played at the Olympic Sports Centre Xincheng Gymnasium. Last, but not least, it was a splendid year for “The Minions” Kevin Sanjaya and Marcus Gideon who won nine World Tour titles in 2018 and also took home the gold medal for men’s doubles at the 18th Asian Games.