By THÉRÈSE MARGOLIS
With covid-19 restrictions finally beginning to ease in Mexico City (thanks to a drop in infection numbers), Indonesian Ambassador to Mexico Cheppy T. Wartono and his wife Santy Triprakoso Wartono were among the first diplomats stationed here to venture back into the world of official social gatherings, offering a 18-person, sit-down dinner at their residence on Friday, March 5.
The occasion for the dinner was a farewell for Norwegian Ambassador to Mexico Rut Krüger Giverin and her family.
After a three-year stint in Mexico, Krüger Giverin will be leaving the country in August to assume the head of her government’s chancellery in Jakarta.
A career diplomat, Krüger Giverin was previously posted in Indonesia, and said she was excited to be going back to that country, now as chief of mission.
In her honor, Wartono offered a lavish traditional Indonesian meal, replete with chicken satay, bakso meatball noodle soup and banana-wrapped fish.
And to entertain his guests, Wartono enlisted the assistance of his three teenaged daughters, Chelsea, Cherylia and Chesa, who performed a graceful rendition of a classic Javanese butterfly dance.
Also attending the dinner were Malaysian Ambassador to Mexico Muzafar Shah Bin Mustafa and his wife Najwa Binti Zainal and Egyptian Ambassador to Mexico Khaled Abdelrahman Abdellatif Shamaa and wife Radwa Abdelaziz.
…March 8, 2021