The stunning Nia Ramadhani Bakrie is our cover girl for this November issue. Adorned with Hublot watches, Nia posed gracefully from one outfit to another in our cover story shoot. After that, she sat down to give us some insight into her life as a wife and a mother of three.
For most Indonesians, Nia Ramadhani Bakrie needs no introduction. The bubbly, all-around girl next door was one of our most popular TV personalities before she slowly retreated from the limelight after marrying the love of her life, Anindra Ardiansyah Bakrie, in 2010.
Prestige caught up with her at The Hermitage, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel, in Menteng. Right on time, she showed up with two friends in a casual outfit, tank top and shorts, to get her makeup and hair ready. She warmly greeted everyone in the room and sat down immediately with the glam team.
It has been a while since we saw 29-year-old Nia on TV or the silver screen, apart from occasional appearances on talk shows. But nearly a year ago, last December, she started her own TV show with her dearest friend Jessica Iskandar. The talk show airs every Saturday and Sunday at 10 am and is called Ngopi Dara. The light and fun talk show follows the two hosts doing fun activities with guest stars, from sharing stories and journeys, travelling diaries, a tour inside the guest star’s house, cooking experiments to game challenges.
“Every episode has its own theme and a guest star, most of the time,” she says. “But if we have no guest, we usually just talk about our own lives and share exciting and fun stories with the audience. The show is quite fun and relaxed, there’s no real script of what you have to say. We are just given points on what to talk about and we work our way around that. It’s really about us being ourselves in each other’s company. It’s not so serious, it’s quite a fun show.”
What about her other businesses? We heard that she is running two other business with her team “Rarai Coffee is one of my businesses, and it’s actually a partnership with my friend. It’s not too time-consuming these days because we now have more people to help us. Besides, everything is run online in this day and age, so we don’t really have to be in the office anymore. Most of the things can be done online.” Another business, Roti Mama Nia, is on hold as “we’re looking for new recipes to improve the overall quality.”
Her “real work” happens at home with her husband and three children: 7-year-old Mikhayla Zalindra Bakrie, 4-year-old Mainaka Zanatti Bakrie and 2-year-old Magika Zaladrie Bakrie. Nia is a devoted mother and she is really happy to work at home. It is interesting to talk about motherhood with her because she got married at quite a young age. She reminisces about when she was going to have her first-born.
“When I had just got married, I honestly was so worried about everything. It was quite nerve-wracking, because no matter how many books you read or videos you watch, every experience is unique, every kid is different.”
After the birth, the parents’ main work has just started. Charming and bubbly as she is, Nia is perhaps surprisingly quite strict about her children’s education, especially for Mikhayla. “After school, she has more lessons and extra-curricular activities as well. It’s one of the things I’d like to instil when they are very little, which is that you need to work hard and you can’t just lay around then the money will come to you.”
Earlier this year, Mikhayla won three gold medals at a gymnastics competition in Bangkok. “Other than the fact that she really likes her gymnastics, I think international competition is really good for her. We’re so proud of her achievements. And all the days of me insisting her not to skip practice and not to give up, it ends up with her finally winning the prize,” Nia adds with a laugh.
Besides formal education, Nia teaches her daughter moral precepts. “I think we all can agree that she will have a lot of privileges growing up. She has so much already and I always remind her to always be kind to her peers and other people. She needs to understand that she is really lucky to have this life right now and that not everyone grows up as fortunate as her. I teach her to share and not to be selfish with her possessions. Humility, too, as it’s one of the most important qualities someone can have.
Sometimes, I feel so bad that she has so many activities in a day, but we do have fun times together as well. She really likes to try on my clothes. There might be an inner fashionista within her. And the way I see it, we do all this for her future’s sake.”
How does she balance all of her activities and having a family at home? “It has been almost 10 years and I think now I know how to properly manage my time so I don’t ‘forget’ my family at home. We kind of have a rule that I must arrive home before my husband (laughs). But I really don’t see it as a burden, you know. I’m happy to do it because I want to. I think I’m quite lucky in life and I really don’t want to just stay at home doing nothing. Well, I have kids, so I will always have something to do and someone to take care of.
“I think, at the end of the day, as a working mother you just have to manage your time well and maybe hire an assistant – anything to keep your time organised. To me, after everything is done in the house, then I can go out to socialise, shop or just enjoy quality time with my girlfriends. With Ngopi Dara now, we do have an exact schedule to shoot and it airs only two days a week, so I don’t think it will take up too much of my time. But usually around 2pm I would be back at the house. Three kids later, I think it’s safe to say I can manage my time and juggling it between my children and myself.”
Nia spends her free time doing a lot of things with her friends, especially karaoke. “It’s one of the most fun things I could do, even though I don’t have a really good singing voice,” she laughs. “Apart from playing with my kids, I like to go out with my friends. For travelling, I usually do it together with my husband and children. There was one time I went travelling with my girlfriends. It was like a girls’ trip, and it was really fun.”
One hobby she’s currently enjoying is equestrianship, and her adventures are all over her social media posts. “I like trying new things, and riding horses is one of them. I was invited by Adinda one day, and it was quite fun actually.” Recently, she and her husband have been spending a lot of time together after a trip to Los Angeles. “We like to spend time together and we both love doing karaoke. It’s such fun, and we can really do crazy things together without being judged.”
Nia shares her hopes and dreams for her future and the children. “Of course, I want to preserve and continue everything that we have right now, my family, my children. And for my upcoming project to be launched by next year, it’s something that’s very important to me. I will do this project on my own, without the help of anyone, even my husband. So, hopefully, everything will work out.
“As for my children, I really want them to be successful human beings. Because to me, being successful parents is defined by how successful they are in what they do. Not just in terms of material possessions, but being a good person, being kind and humble.”
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