TOM PLATE WRITES – Exquisite food was only the half of it, but what a fabulous half it was. A multi-course lunch at Hermitage in Jakarta (www.hermitagejakarta.com/dining) set the table for Asia Media International’s first mini-reunion in Jakarta, Indonesia, where Loyola Marymount University has a lively and loyal alumni contingent – its largest in all of Asia.

Attending with flourish and class and ash were Mr Michael Komala ’13; Mr Dennis Slon, senior vice president, LMU External Affairs, LMU; Ms Elizabeth Soelistio ’17; Prof Tom Plate, Asia Media International Founder; Ms Erisa Takeda ’17; Ms Clara Panella-Gomez, a colleague of Ms Takeda; and Mrs. Moeko Takeda, Erisa’s mother.

Jakarta is a hugely important Asian capital for LMU. Mr Slon and Mr Plate visited with its alumns after meeting with alumns in Singapore earlier in the week.

The Hermitage address is Address: Jl. Cilacap No.1, RT.11/RW.5, Menteng, Kota Jakarta Pusat, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 10310, Indonesia, and it is very highly recommended. “One of the top ten worldwide in all my years of exhausting but appetite-enhancing global travel,” proclaimed a nicely sated Prof Tom Plate, formerly a columnist with the Los Angeles Times, currently a columnist with the South China Morning Post, and founder and editor in chief of Asia Media International, of the Bellarmine College of Loyola Marymount University (Dean Robbin Crabtree).

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