Flags from Brazil, France, Argentina, Germany and other World Cup countries line the streets of Manado, the capital city of the North Sulawesi province of Indonesia.
That was just days before Indonesians, who make up the world's third-largest democracy, went to the polls to vote for a new president on July 9 and a sign perhaps that soccer rather than election fever gripped the region.
Intermingled with the World Cup flags however, are election posters and the importance of the vote on this remote part of Southeast Asia's biggest economy cannot be underestimated.
The roads in Manado are full of potholes, as are many others in the province, slowing down journeys. Access to electricity is also limited, making infrastructure one of the biggest issues local residents would like the country's new president to address.
"The need for good infrastructure – electricity, water, roads – are all important here," said the owner of tourist villas on the edge of the Tangkoko National Park who goes by the name Oudy.
"The next president has to pay more attention to infrastructure in the east. We have no trains here and it's very expensive for farmers to get their products to market," he added.
Indonesia has a creaking infrastructure that both presidential candidates, Jakarta Governor Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and ex-general Prabowo Subianto, have vowed to fix.
Jokowi and Prabowo have both claimed victory based on quick counts of votes conducted by private agencies and the official election results are expected around July 22. The new president is not due to take office until October 1.
A good infrastructure network not only supports trade and manufacturing, but also boosts productivity and can help ease supply bottle necks that fuel inflation. Without decent infrastructure – roads, airports, electricity supply – an economy cannot reach its full potential, economists say.
Indeed, Indonesia is not the only country in Asia with an infrastructure issue – India, which recently elected a new prime minister, also faces a pressing need to fix its infrastructure.
Total infrastructure investment from the past decade by the central government, sub-national governments, state-owned enterprises and the private sector, is less than 4 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) – about half of what is needed, the World Bank said in a June report on Indonesia's economy.