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Bali needs a HIV/AIDS care center HIV/AIDS activist in Bali have called on Bali's administration to establish a special rehabilitation center for people suffering from the disease.

Posted in Health @ 30 November 2009 01:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Religious idiot of the month: Tifatul Sembiring I don't know if it has to be something monthly, I am afraid that it will be something daily here in Indonesia. Still I am going to try it: putting down the most stupid religious talk from the mouth of an Indonesian person in this blog, so others with at least some common sense can 'finish him off' (proverbial that is).

Posted in Religion @ 29 November 2009 12:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


KRI Banjarmasin handed over to Indonesian Navy State shipbuilder PT PAL handed over a new warship to the Defense Ministry on Saturday and will produce a more sophisticated combat vessel, Antara news agency reported. The construction of the KRI Banjarmasin is part of a program to rejuvenate the Indonesian Navy fleet. Financial constraints have forced the Navy to keep many aging vessels operating, leaving them vulnerable to accidents.

Posted in Military @ 29 November 2009 08:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Beyond reality: 'Condoms are only for married couples' A person responsible for social welfare in the region of Papua, Indonesia's easternmost region, Lathifah Husna, has said that condoms should only be used by married couples. "The campaign promoting condoms does not explicitly say that sexual relations - and thus condoms - are only allowed within marriage. The focus in the campaign is only laid on the fact that condoms are safe," said Husna.

Posted in Health @ 29 November 2009 00:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


6.2 magnitude earthquake shakes East Nusa Tenggara A 6.2 magnitude earthquake scale hit the area southwest of the city of Waingapu in East Nusa Tenggara in the afternoon Saturday, which was immediately followed by a 5.1 magnitude quake - the fourth and the fifth quakes that hit the area on the same day. No injuries or damaged have been reported.

Posted in Earthquake @ 28 November 2009 14:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions






This was in the picture! #10 A stupa on the Borobudur temple in the neighborhood of Magelang in Central Java. The story goes that if you can touch the head of the Buddha-statue inside the stupa, this will bring good luck. The generally somewhat smaller Indonesians do have more problems touching the head than the average Westerner that tries it.

Posted in Picture guess @ 28 November 2009 13:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Landslide cuts road access in Minahasa A landslide coupled with falling trees have temporarily cut road access in some villages of Kombi district of Minahasa, North Sulawesi, on Friday. "Fortunately, we cleaned some sites, which means no more residents are isolated," Minahasa administration's spokesperson Vecky Tanor said in Manado.

Posted in Weather @ 28 November 2009 05:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Focus on earthquake preparedness, not prediction Predicting earthquakes is an inexact science - which is why disaster preparedness remains key to saving lives, scientists say. Experts have forecast that a long undersea faultline along Indonesia's Sumatra Island is due to produce a powerful and devastating earthquake in the next few decades.

Posted in Earthquake @ 28 November 2009 02:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Riau police stops 60 TKI from being sent abroad The police in the Riau Archipelago has successfully stopped 60 soon-to-be TKI (Indonesian Overseas Workers) that were about to be sent to Malaysia illegally. When the police came into action, some 60 people were safeguarded from being sent abroad. They were already in the international harbour of Batam Center, waiting for their boat to arrive.

Posted in Human rights @ 27 November 2009 12:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Case against KPK members to be dropped The Junior attorney general for special crimes, Marwan Effendi, has publicly said that the Attorney General's Office (AGO) is to drop the charges against the two suspended members of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), Bibit Samad Rianto and Chandra M. Hamzah. Marwan said that his office would issue a letter in which the prosecution would be halted as soon as possible.

Posted in Corruption @ 27 November 2009 03:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions






Constitutional court: 'Case against KPK members fake' The Constitutional Court in Jakarta says a possible fabrication of evidence was used to incriminate two Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) leaders following the revelation of a series of controversial wiretapped conversations involving businessman Anggodo Widjojo and top officials at the National Police and the Attorney Generalís Office (AGO).

Posted in Corruption @ 26 November 2009 06:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


What's in the picture? #10 What is in the picture below? It's just a cut-out of a larger picture that will be published on indahnesia.com tomorrow, but we give you some head start to guess what the picture might be. The exact name would be perfect, but a description of what you are seeing and where the location might is okay too. We will provide more details tomorrow when this picture is published in the picture gallery 'Seeing is believing'.

Posted in Picture guess @ 26 November 2009 05:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Reducing immigration lines at Bali's airport On Sunday, November 15, 2009, Indonesia's Minister of Culture and Tourism, Jero Wacik, and the Minister of Law and Human Right, Patrialis Akbar, conducted a snap inspection of the visa-on-arrival (VOA) procedures at Bali's Ngurah Rai Airport.

Posted in Travel @ 26 November 2009 01:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


First aid and disaster training in Papua On November 1, 2009, a project to expand training in first aid and disaster relief began in the city of Jayapura. Papua, the easternmost province of Indonesia, is regularly shaken by earthquakes. The regions around the cities of Jayapura, Biak, Manokwari and Nabire are the worst affected.

Posted in Earthquake @ 25 November 2009 03:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


43 kilograms of marijuana seized at Medan airport The customs at the international airport of Polonia near Medan have seized some 43 kilograms of marijuana that was about to be smuggled into the country via the city in North Sumatra. The head of the narcotics brigade at the airport, Jukiman Situmorang, confirmed the big catch. He added that the marijuana was detected when it went through the x-ray machine at the airport.

Posted in Drugs @ 25 November 2009 01:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions






New hotels available for booking on indahnesia.com We have added some new hotels again at indahnesia.com. At the moment you can book over 650 hotels in Indonesia directly from our website. We currently offer hotels in 49 different regions and cities across the Indonesian archipelago, with almost 300 unique hotels on the resort island of Bali. For your comfort we have even listed Bali's famous tourist destinations.

Posted in Website @ 24 November 2009 10:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The new Gajayana between Malang and Jakarta #3 I woke up again early in the morning when we already had made a short stop in Cirebon before departing again. Slowly a new day started and the first people were already working on their rice paddies. The colorful fields range from fresh green young plants to the brown colors of a newly harvested field and the left-overs on the dry fields.

Posted in Travel @ 24 November 2009 05:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Displaced mudflow victims to get aid from foreign agencies Over three years after the start of the 'Sidoarjo mudflow', thousands of displaced residents of Porong, near Sidoarjo in East Java, now start receive aid from foreign agencies. A humanitarian organisation sponsored by Norway has started to give free medication and medical treatments for the hundreds of refugees in shelters at the Pasar Baru market in Porong.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 24 November 2009 02:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jogjakarta awarded 'Best Travel Destination 2009' Jogjakarta has been awarded the award for Best Travel Destination 2009 by the Indonesian Tourism Award 2009 (ITA 2009). It is the first time that the award has been given by Indonesian Ministry of Culture and Tourism in cooperation with SWA Magazine. Nine other cities, Denpasar, Malang, Surabaya, Tana Toraja, Manado, Kutai Kertanegara, Badung, Solo and Lombok also received awards.

Posted in Tourism @ 24 November 2009 01:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


'Illegal' tickets gets officials family killed in ferry sinking Batam administration secretary Agus Suhiman said Monday that an official at the administration, Bram Sujatmiko, was believed to be among the victims of the ill-fated Dumai Ekspress 10 which sank off Karimun island in Riau Islands on Sunday.

Posted in Accidents @ 23 November 2009 08:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


26 dead, 250 rescued after ferry sinks in Riau Eventually 26 people were killed while 250 others were rescued from waters near the Riau Archipelago after a ferry that linked the area with mainland Sumatra sunk on Sunday afternoon. The Dumai Express 10 was sailing from Batam to Pekanbaru when it hit bad weather and sunk off the island of Karimun near Singapore in the northern part of the archipelago.

Posted in Accidents @ 23 November 2009 01:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ferry with 210 aboard sinks in Riau waters Rescue teams are moving in the direction of the location where the Dumai Express 10 has reportedly sunk earlier this afternoon. The ferry is said to have sunk in the waters off Tukong Iyu, near the island of Karimun in the Riau Archipelago. There were 213 adults and 15 children on board of the boat, but there is no report on their faith yet.

Posted in Accidents @ 22 November 2009 10:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta expects to earn Rp1.6 trillion from tourism The administration of Jakarta is upbeat over it's target earn some 1.6 trillion Rupiah (115 million euro) from tourism alone this year. A number of regions, including Surabaya, have organized a Jakarta Tourism Expo 2009 this year.

Posted in Tourism @ 22 November 2009 07:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sexy and Indonesian #5: ME model Baby This sexy young lady listens to the name Baby and has been modeling for some time now. She has modeled for the well-known Indonesian men's magazine ME, which is similar to the Indonesian Playboy, but they have stopped publishing after being forced to do so. Fortunately there are still plenty of other magazines in Indonesia.

Posted in Sexy @ 22 November 2009 02:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Bali health officials ask money for free vaccin Bali's worsening rabies epidemic was scandalized further last week when it was discovered that both the human vaccine and canine inoculations that are supposed to be provided free-of-charge by the government were in fact being sold in the north Bali regency of Buleleng.

Posted in Health @ 22 November 2009 01:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The new Gajayana between Malang and Jakarta #2 The information panel above the LCD-television even indicates where the train is. We have just passed Kepanjen station and are headed for Blitar at a reasonable pace. Thanks to a power outlet in the wall of the train at every couple of seats and the mobile internet connection I always use, I can now even continue writing and internetting following my own biorhythm.

Posted in Travel @ 21 November 2009 13:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Survey: 'Buildings on shaky ground in event of another quake' Indonesiaís West Sumatra province, recently hit by a deadly 7.9 magnitude earthquake, is likely to experience an even bigger quake, and buildings need to be constructed to withstand this, experts say. The 30 September earthquake, which struck off West Sumatraís coast, hit the provincial capital of Padang, killing more than 1,100 people and leaving numerous collapsed and damaged buildings.

Posted in Earthquake @ 21 November 2009 03:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Smokers stand trial in Surabaya The district court in Surabaya has tried residents disobeying the smoking bylaw for the first time since it became in effect last year. Smoking in public areas has since been forbidden. One of the smokers that was convicted was disappointed about his trial, while he only had to pay 40,000 Rupiah (2.85 euro) in fines, where the maximum penalty has been set at 50 million Rupiah (3,571 euro).

Posted in Crime @ 21 November 2009 01:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Banyuwangi starts culling dogs from Bali The ministry of Agriculture in the region of Banyuwangi, East Java, is to cull some 40 dogs that were discovered after they were transported from the island of Bali. The animals are currently in quarantine in Ketapang. They are culled to prevent rabies from spreading to the region after all of Bali is now officially a rabies-zone.

Posted in Health @ 20 November 2009 09:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


List of most influential Muslems: Congratulations Indonesia! Congratulations! Indonesia did not win again. They did not loose either, but are just playing a small role in this case. Most likely that is the best solution as well. Huh? What? Not winning is still okay? For sure, since it is all about the small representation of Indonesians in the list of 500 most prominent Muslems in the world.

Posted in Religion @ 20 November 2009 08:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The new Gajayana between Malang and Jakarta It has been a year ago that I used the Indonesian railroad services. That was a trip from Yogyakarta to Jakarta with a dirty, cold and old-fashioned train. Trains like that are still widely available on Java. It normally is really cold on board of one of these trains, which makes traveling with them not the best option available.

Posted in Travel @ 19 November 2009 12:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Release Papuan flag-raisers Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono should exonerate three Papuan men convicted of rebellion on November 12, 2009, for raising a pro-independence flag, Human Rights Watch said today.

Posted in Protests @ 19 November 2009 06:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tough laws needed to curb people-smuggling Indonesia has become a key transit point for illegal migrants in the region, but efforts to curb people-smuggling are being hampered by a dearth of stringent laws to punish offenders, officials say. Eko Daniyanto, head of the people-smuggling unit for the Indonesian national police, said international people-smuggling syndicates had operated in Indonesia since 2005.

Posted in Human rights @ 19 November 2009 02:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


''Dutch druglord in Indonesia executed soon' Dutchman Ang Kiem Soei, who is convicted to death in Indonesia for running an ecstasy factory, is most likely to be executed next month. He also was a part of an international organization of drug traders. Soei has been in prison for over seven years now and his legal options have run out.

Posted in Drugs @ 18 November 2009 08:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 7 reactions


Passengers Singapore Airlines can fly to Yogyakarta and Makassar Singapore Airlines will bring passengers that are flying to Jakarta to Yogyakarta and Makassar by cooperating with Garuda Indonesia. The airline has announced this earlier. Passengers that fly to Jakarta via Singapore will make a short stop before the last leg of their trip to Jakarta with Singapore Airlines. From there, passengers will use Garuda Indonesia planes and services to continue their trip.

Posted in Travel @ 18 November 2009 04:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Obama promises to visit Indonesia next year At the sidelines of the APEC summit held in Singapore, president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono met with president Barrack Obama yesterday. Both heads of state spoke in a private meeting for less than one hour in the Shangri-La Hotel in Singapore, where Obama spends the nights during his visit.

Posted in Politics @ 18 November 2009 02:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Saving Bali's Serangan island The government of Denpasar is targeting to restore the badly damaged natural environment of Serangan island by establishing a turtle refuge as part of plans to create the island into a marine sports center.

Posted in Environment @ 18 November 2009 01:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


This was in the picture! #9 Two orang hutans are posing for the camera in a resort for their species on the island of Sumatra. The animals are still poached while government and NGO's are making efforts to prevent the species from becoming extinct.

Posted in Picture guess @ 17 November 2009 07:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Thank you for the emails After over one day without internet in Yogyakarta we left for Malang yesterday in the early afternoon. We used a travel (small bus that will bring you to your final destination right away, 100,000 Rupiah per person) to travel between these cities. We arrived here early in the evening. At that time I tried to connect to the internet but it still didn't work. I then suspected my modem was most likely not working anymore.

Posted in Travel @ 17 November 2009 06:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


MUI: Muslems should not watch '2012' A chapter of the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI), the highest Muslim authority, called on all Muslims Monday to not watch 2012, saying that the Hollywood movie was misleading and against Islamic belief. Produced by Sony Pictures, Roland Emmerich's 2012 is a new movie about the Mayan doomsday starring John Cusack.

Posted in Religion @ 17 November 2009 03:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda invited to resume flights to the U.S.A. Bisnis Indonesia reports that the U.S. Government has invited Garuda Indonesia< to re-open its long-abandoned direct flights between the U.S.A. and Indonesia with assistance from the U.S. Federal Aviation Agency (FAA). Garuda terminated its flights to Los Angeles in mid-1998 that operated on a route that traveled in both directions between Jakarta - Bali - Biak - Honolulu - Los Angeles.

Posted in Travel @ 17 November 2009 02:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


What's in the picture? #9 What is in the picture below? It's just a cut-out of a larger picture that will be published on indahnesia.com tomorrow, but we give you some head start to guess what the picture might be. The exact name would be perfect, but a description of what you are seeing and where the location might is okay too. We will provide more details tomorrow when this picture is published in the picture gallery 'Seeing is believing'.

Posted in Picture guess @ 15 November 2009 09:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Promoting use of condoms difficult in Indonesia After she made a commercial to promote a brand of condoms, Julia Perez has now become an official ambassador of the condom brand Sutra during the National Condom Week that was launched in Jakarta a few days ago. Perez told that it was very hard to organise such a campaign in Indonesia.

Posted in Culture @ 15 November 2009 09:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Back in Yogya: crowds in the streets I moved from Yogya some five months ago now. I don't have any feeling that resembled homesickness, but it is not bad at all to be back here again for a few days. A few days back already I woke up when the bus had already left the area of Semarang, which meant that it was less than three hours traveling before the bus would drop us at one of the big intersections along the southern ring road of the city.

Posted in Travel @ 15 November 2009 09:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Government to clean 11 rivers The central government has announced plans to restore some 11 heavily poluted rivers as part of the governments actions on climate change. A spokesperson for the Department of Environment said that the program would be one of the highest priorities of the newly installed government.

Posted in Environment @ 15 November 2009 08:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A bigger and much improved airport for Bali PT Angkasa Pura I (PAP), the State-owned company that manages Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport, recently outlined the major renovation and upgrading work at Bali's only airport soon to get underway. Quoted in Beritabali.com, the general manager of Angkasa Pura I, Heru Legowo, said the total cost of the planned modifications at Bali's airport is budgeted at Rp. 1.6 trillion (110 million euro).

Posted in Travel @ 14 November 2009 12:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda shopping for more aircraft The Jakarta Post reports that Garuda Indonesia has allocated US$100 million (70 million euro) for expenditure in 2010 as the first of five yearly installments that will increase the airline's present fleet from 67 to 116 aircraft. Garuda's finance director Eddy Purwanto told the press, "We plan to spend $100 million in capital expenditure in 2010 to buy more planes as well as to fulfill Garuda's other operational expenditure."

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 14 November 2009 11:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Back to Yogya: twelve hours by bus How to get to Yogyakarta? Of course the plane is a good solution from Jakarta, but we didn't want to. My plan was to catch the bus in the morning, so we would arrive in Yogya in the evening, but as we found out there were no morning buses departing for Yogya from Cikarang, so we just took the bus departing in the evening, because we wanted to go to Yogya anyway.

Posted in Travel @ 14 November 2009 05:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


32 children die from malnutrition At least 32 children have died of malnutrition in the province of West Nusa Tenggara this year alone. Some 675 children were recorded to be malnourished. 260 others are being treated in local health centers and hospitals in the province, while others have recovered already.

Posted in Health @ 14 November 2009 04:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


LIPI: Cut a tree, plant ten new trees In a survey that has cost some 250 million Rupiah (195,000 euro), the botanic garden in Cibodas and LIPI (the Indonesian Institute of Sciences), has concluded that for every tree that is cut down, at least ten new seedlings have to planted to replace it. The seedlings should be put in the earth before the tree is actually cut, realizing that Indonesians normally don't tend to clean up their work after they have started.

Posted in Environment @ 13 November 2009 05:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Counterfeit money network uncovered The local police of East Bandung in West Java have uncovered a counterfeit money network in the area. Five people involved were arrested by the police after an investigation. One of those arrested is currently seen as the mastermind of the group, but further investigation is still ongoing. The police investigated several reports of fake money circulating in the area before making the arrests.

Posted in Crime @ 13 November 2009 04:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Construction of Sunda Strait bridge starts in 2014 Djoko Kirmanto, former minister of Public Works, has said that the government expected to start construction of the 40-kilometer long Sunda Strait bridge between the islands of Java and Sumatra at latest in 2014. The government is currently wrapping up a pre-feasibilty study and is to form a national team of representatives from related institutions.

Posted in Economy @ 12 November 2009 12:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


W. Sumatra earthquake damages 65 cultural heritage sites Some 65 cultural heritage sites in the province of West Sumatra have sustained damage in the 7.9 magnitude earthquake that hit the province on September 30, 2009. The head of the cultural heritage conservation for West Sumatra, Riau and Riau Island, Fitra Alda, told that old and historically important buildings were damaged in the city of Padang.

Posted in Earthquake @ 12 November 2009 02:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


20 percent of residents Mimika illiterate More than 22 percent of the population of the Mimika regency in Papua, or about 40,000 people there, are illiterate. Mimika, with a population of 175,000, ranks fifth in terms of the illiteracy rate in the province, after Wamena, Merauke, Paniai and Nabire regencies, said Yesaya Sombuk, head of Mimika Education Agency, on Tuesday.

Posted in General @ 11 November 2009 08:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The mess at PLN Cikarang #4 Just a few days after I had reported myself to the offices of PLN (the state-owned energy company_ two men reported to the house on a Friday afternoon. They were from PLN, at least that is what they said, because they did not bring a company car nor was there any logo on their clothes to prove they were indeed sent by PLN.

Posted in Lippo Cikarang @ 11 November 2009 01:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Status of Mount Batur volcano raised to 'careful' The Mount Batur volcano, located on the island of Bali shows signs of renewed activity. The first recorded eruption of the volcano was in 1804. Since then it erupted at least 28 times with intervals of between one and 39 years. Normally the 1,717 meter high volcano erupts in a strombolian eruption where lava just flows out of it's crater. The last eruption as on July 7, 2000.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 11 November 2009 00:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Thirteen killed in Palopo landslide A landslide that occurred in the district of Wara Barat of the city of Palopo in Central Sulawesi has killed 13 residents. Directly after the landslide occurred, other residents in the area scrambled to the location to look for victims under the debris, but only bodies were pulled from the rubble.

Posted in Weather @ 10 November 2009 03:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


This was in the picture! #8 The right answer was not given this week. So what was on the picture then? The rectorate of the Andalas University. The Andalas University ('Universitas Andalas') is the oldest university in Indonesia outside of Java. The university consists of nine faculties, with most located at the main campus Limau Manis, twelve kilometers from the center of Padang, West Sumatra. The campus occupies five square kilometers, at an elevation of about 100 meters.

Posted in Picture guess @ 10 November 2009 01:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Protests over culling of dogs on Bali Bali animal rights groups are barking mad at the current policy of widespread culling of stray dogs as part of the Bali government's response to the outbreak if rabies on the island. BAWA or the Bali Animal Welfare Association are circulating petitions and letting local officials know their displeasure with what they view as the "ineffective" anti-rabies program of killing all stray dogs fund in local communities.

Posted in Health @ 10 November 2009 00:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Malaysia Airlines: KL - Bali flights three times a day Malaysia Airlines have increased to three flights a day its services between Kuala Lumpur and Bali. Tourist visitors traveling from the Malaysian capital have the choice of three departure times at 08:45, 12:25 and 15:20. The additional flight, increasing from twice to thrice the number of daily flights, will remain in effect until December 31, 2009.

Posted in Travel @ 10 November 2009 00:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Transmigrants from Gunungkidul move to Jambi and Gorontalo The Social Office for Work and Transmigration (Dinsosnakertrans) in the district of Gunungkidul in the province of Yogyakarta will send a number of so-called transmigrants to areas like Jambi in Sumatra and Gorontalo in Sumatra. Transmigrants are Indonesians that are being moved from one island to another for a better economic future.

Posted in Economy @ 09 November 2009 10:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


6.7 magnitude earthquake hits Nusa Tenggara An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.7 on the Richter Scale has hit the area of Raba on the island of Sumbawa in Nusa Tenggara ('the Lesser Sunda Islands'). The quake took place at 03:41 local time in the morning. The earthquake was not powerful enough to cause a tsunami, but was felt as far as the resort island of Bali and the city of Makassar in South Sulawesi.

Posted in Earthquake @ 09 November 2009 00:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali's rabies saga continues Confirmed cases of rabies now stretch to all four corners of Bali with rabid dogs now detected in two communities at Sambirenteg, Tejakula in the Buleleng regency, North Bali. Officials in Buleleng are responding by educating the local community on preventive steps to stop the further spread of the disease.

Posted in Health @ 08 November 2009 07:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Parts of Jakarta and Tangerang still blacked out Some parts of Jakarta and Tangerang will see power outages in the weeks to come. A number of problems that occur at transmission stations belonging to the state-owned power company PT Perusahaan Listrik negara (PLN) are still not solved completely. Late September, problems occurred at the Kembangan and Cawang transmission stations, which caused the supply of power to diminish.

Posted in Power supply @ 08 November 2009 07:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


What's in the picture? #8 What is in the picture below? It's just a cut-out of a larger picture that will be published on indahnesia.com tomorrow, but we give you some head start to guess what the picture might be. The exact name would be perfect, but a description of what you are seeing and where the location might is okay too. We will provide more details tomorrow when this picture is published in the picture gallery 'Seeing is believing'.

Posted in Picture guess @ 08 November 2009 01:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sexy and Indonesian #4: Nine pictures of Julia Perez This time not just one picture, but set of pictures of a well-known Indonesian woman, Julia Perez. She is known from Indonesian television, where she acts and presents. The also is a dangdut singer and also a model, as you can see below. Because of her relation with Damien Perez she was able to feature as a model in FHM and Maxim magazines in France, so she is not only known in Indonesia.

Posted in Sexy @ 07 November 2009 12:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 6 reactions


Video: Eruption of Mount Karangetang volcano The Mount Karangetang volcano on the island of Siau in North Sulawesi has erupted again early this morning. The volcano started erupting last Thursday, but the intensity of the eruption is still growing. The volcano shot lava and molten rock as high as two kilometers in the air. Authorities have started to organise emergency shelters for those living on the slopes of the volcano.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 07 November 2009 09:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


35 million gone in two minutes A businessman in sugar cane from Sumber Sari in the district of Nganjuk became the victim of a robbery on Friday afternoon. Sutrisno (56) picked up his identity card that he forgot from the Sugar Cane Farmers Corporation (KPTR) in the district of Patianrowo when his car was approached by two people using a motorcycle.

Posted in Crime @ 07 November 2009 07:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


1,000,000 supporters for KPK deputies on Facebook Over one million people from across the globe, but mainly from Indonesia, have joined a group on the social networking website Facebook to show their support of the two deputies of the Corruption Eradication Commission KPK that were arrested by the police last week. Both are suspected of being involved in a bribery and extortion scandal that has rocked Indonesia.
Posted in Corruption @ 07 November 2009 05:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Stones thrown at PLN office because of power outages The offices of state-owned power company PLN in Ternate, Maluku province, has once again become the target of angry people. The office was the target of stones thrown by angry people because power outages have hit the area for quite some time now. A number of windows of the building located along Jalan A. Yani has been scattered.

Posted in Protests @ 07 November 2009 01:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Karangetang in North Sulawesi erupts The Mount Karangetang volcano on the island of Sitaro in North Sulawesi has just started erupting. The volcano exhausts hot lava and volcanic debris from it's crater. The volcano rumbled to life two days ago but the intensity of the eruption was still increasing.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 06 November 2009 11:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Batavia Air flies to Singapore from Jakarta and Semarang The Indonesian airline Batavia Air has announced that they will start with two new routes. They will fly direct daily between Jakarta and Singapore as well as Semarang in Central Java and Singapore. The flight between Semarang and Singapore is fairly remarkable, as national flag carrier Garuda Indonesia ceased operations on that same route.

Posted in Travel @ 06 November 2009 09:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The mess at PLN Cikarang #3 Last contact with PLN dated back to July this year. Indeed I was not called back or did I receive information in any other way from them. So until that very moment I did not have a clue about what was going on and how I was able to pay for my monthly electrical bill.

Posted in Lippo Cikarang @ 06 November 2009 09:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police insists on accusing KPK leaders The national police chief in Indonesia, Bambang Hendarso Danuri, said that investigators had solid evidence in the bribery and extortion case involving two officials of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK). He said there was evidence that businessman Anggoro Widjojo was implicated in the case as well.

Posted in Corruption @ 06 November 2009 06:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


West Sumatra quake survivors lack water and sanitation Thousands of survivors of an earthquake that devastated Indonesia's West Sumatra Province are still grappling with a lack of clean water and adequate sanitation more than a month after the disaster, relief workers say.

Posted in Earthquake @ 06 November 2009 01:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Flood submerges hundreds of homes in Medan A huge flood has submerged hundreds of houses and public facilities in some parts of Medan, North Sumatra, as of Thursday afternoon. Students of the elementary school in Sei Mati village were forced to leave the school while some employees did not go to work.

Posted in Flooding @ 05 November 2009 15:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


18 civil servants fired for data manipulation Eighteen civil servants (PNS, pegawai negeri sipil) of the Labuhan Batu district in North Sumatra have been fired after it was found out that they manipulated their data to become civil servants in the first place. After the regional council received information about what the 18 had done, a meeting was convened as soon as possible.

Posted in Crime @ 05 November 2009 02:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Direct flights to Phuket from Medan and Jakarta with AirAsia Budget airliner AirAsia has opened up two new routes that link the Indonesian cities of Medan in North Sumatra and the capital city of Jakarta with the popular beach resort town of Phuket in Thailand. AirAsia is the first airline to fly direct flights between the locations, which will be flown by new Airbus A320 planes belonging to Thai AirAsia.

Posted in Tourism @ 04 November 2009 11:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Advertisements everywhere: the ATM receipt Advertisement in Indonesia is just like the average Indonesian: to be found everywhere but in general you will not have a problem with it. Normally spoken I am not bothered by advertisements that you will find everywhere in the daily life in Indonesia. Everywhere there are advertisements. I am happy most of them are not interactive ones, but mainly billboards, banners and stickers.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 04 November 2009 07:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Release of wiretaps fuels corruption debate Yesterday, hours of recorded wiretaps were broadcasted live on Indonesian television when showed in the Constitutional Court after months of accusations between the national police and the corruption watchdog KPK. The tapes involve key law enforcement officials and put even more pressure on president Yudhoyono to defend his anti-graft credentials.

Posted in Corruption @ 04 November 2009 05:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali named 'number two' by Lonely Planet Bali has been named one of the best regions in the world to visit in a new Lonely Planet travel guide. The famed Island of the Gods came in second behind Alsace in France, and ahead of Fernando de Noronha in Brazil. Lake Baikal in Russia was the other Asian region to make the top 10 list.

Posted in Tourism @ 04 November 2009 02:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


 The mess at PLN Cikarang #2 Early July, I headed for the local office of PLN in Lippo Cikarang, located almost besides the local post office, so that was not too difficult to find. I expected it to be a short visit, but that would turn out to be a completely different. My address was not found in the system of the cashier as well and I was not able to pay my bill here as well for the time being.

Posted in Lippo Cikarang @ 03 November 2009 06:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Men join in the fight against polygamy Indonesian pro-polygamy groups are not only facing protest from angry housewives and women's rights activists; a new group of men calling themselves the Menís Coalition against Polygamy (Kolmi) has also joined the struggle. Kolmi spokesman Abdul Hamim Fauzie said via a statement in the capital Jakarta on Sunday that the coalition considered the practice of polygamous marriage degrading, not only to women, but to men as well.

Posted in Religion @ 03 November 2009 03:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Kuta Beach shoreline eroding again The investment of substantial sums in recent years to reclaim and protect Kuta's shoreline has done little to prevent severe erosion in the last days of October 2009. A major stretch of Kuta has lost 15 meters of beach depth along a stretch 200 meters long. A member of Commission B of Bali's House of Representatives (DPRD), Wayan Puspa Negara, said the erosion damage was severe and has been taking place over the past several months.

Posted in Weather @ 03 November 2009 01:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


More aid for West Sumatra quake victims Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), the country's largest Muslim organization, and the Australian government agency AusAID have extended relief aid worth A$250,000 for victims of the magnitude 7.9 earthquake that devastated much of West Sumatra last month.

Posted in Earthquake @ 03 November 2009 00:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


This was in the picture! #7 The right answer was not given this week. So what was on the picture then? It was a phallic symbol in Candi Sukuh, a Hinduist temple in the village of Sukuh in Karanganyar regency in Central Java. The temple is located at some 40 kilometers east of the city of Surakarta on the slopes of Gunung Lawu ('Mount Lawu'). To view the picture in our new large format, please visit the picture gallery 'Seeing is believing'.

Posted in Picture guess @ 02 November 2009 04:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Eight dead in bus-truck collision Eight passengers of a bus died, while 13 others were wounded when their bus collided with a truck in the village of Socorejo, Tuban regency yesterday. All victims were residents of Sumber Mulyo village in the regency of Purbolinggo. They were among 65 people on board of a bus that was heading for a graveyard in the city of Kudus.

Posted in Accidents @ 02 November 2009 03:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali reports hotter than usual weather Tourists and residents across the island are complaining that temperatures on the island are exceptionally hot. According to Kompas.com, Bali's hotter-than-normal-heat-wave have seen sunbathers, who used to spend the entire day on Kuta Beach, abandoning the shoreline at 9:30 a.m. to escape the escalating heat.

Posted in Weather @ 02 November 2009 00:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali's rabies crisis spreads to new areas Radar Bali confirms that Bali's rabies epidemic has now spread to five of the island's nine regencies and metropolitan areas. According to Ida Bagus Alit, the Head of Bali's Animal Husbandry Department (Dinas Peternakan) confirmed that Karangasem and Bangli now have confirmed cases of the deadly disease in their dog populations, while previously cases of rabies were confined to Denpasar, Badung and Tabanan.

Posted in Health @ 01 November 2009 09:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Stamp release: Joint issue Indonesia - Singapore Indonesia and Singapore have issued a set of stamps together on October 31, 2009. The Indonesian part of the issue contains a mini sheet with eight stamps, four full sheets with stamps, a first day cover with one set of stamps and a special presentation pack. On the stamps are images of well-known places in Indonesia and Singapore.

Posted in Website @ 01 November 2009 06:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Muslim residents almost force Bashir to leave The leader of the Islamic boarding school in Ngruki, Abu Bakar Bashir, was almost forced to leave a village near the city of Serang in West Java early this morning. Some fifty residents of Kaujon village visited the residence of Mamah Suhaemi, a former leader of the Mujahidin Council of Indonesia, where Bashir spent the night.

Posted in Religion @ 01 November 2009 02:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sancaka train derails near Nganjuk The Sancaka train on route from Surabaya to Yogyakarta derailed near the village of Awar-Awar, Wilingan, in the regency of Nganjuk in East Java last evening. The cause of the derailment is not known yet. The train left from Surabaya at 17:00 local time, and should arrive in Yogyakarta around 23:00. Many people on several stations were stranded because of the derailment.

Posted in Accidents @ 01 November 2009 00:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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