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Terrorists to strike Bali in hours to come? The embassy of the United States in the Indonesian capital Jakarta has warned for a possible terrorist attack on the resort island of Bali. According to the embassy, people should take notice of the fact that there can be a terrorist attack later tonight.

Posted in Terrorism @ 31 December 2009 10:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Former minister Frans Seda (83) dead A former minister of Finance, Franciscus Xaverius (Frans) Seda, died earlier this morning. This was confirmed by one of the friends of the well-known Catholic person, Policarpus da Lopez. He told that he received a telephone call that confirmed the death of the former politician.

Posted in General @ 31 December 2009 08:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia sees tourist arrivals up 8.5 % in 2010 Indonesia aims to attract 7 million foreign tourists in 2010, up from about 6.45 million visitors this year, Tourism and Culture Minister Jero Wacik said on Wednesday. The minister said Indonesia had edged past it's target of 6.4 million arrivals for this year despite the global economic crisis and militant suicide attacks on two luxury hotels in Jakarta in July.

Posted in Tourism @ 31 December 2009 04:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Former president 'Gus Dur' dead at 69 Former Indonesian president Abdurrahman Wahid, popularly known as Gus Dur , died late this afternoon at the Cipto Mangunkusumo Hospital in Central Jakarta. His death was confirmed by his brother Sholahudin Wahid. Maman Imanulhaq from the National Awakening Party (PKB) said Gus Dur passed away after undergoing a dental operation at the hospital.

Posted in General @ 30 December 2009 14:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali government may reconsider taxi quota According to Beritabali.com, the government of Bali may reconsider its position on the issuance of new taxi licenses following demonstrations and protests by hundreds of taxi drivers opposed to more taxis being allowed to operated on the island.

Posted in General @ 30 December 2009 07:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions






Family of Noordin M. Top new targets Baridin Latief and Ata, the father-in-law and brother-in-law of Noordin M. Top, the high-profile terrorist that was killed during a raid on a house in the district of Surakarta last September, have become the next targets in the anti-terrorism drive in Indonesia. The police made public that they are now suspected of hiding a fugitive terrorist.
Posted in Terrorism @ 30 December 2009 03:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Fire in basement of Blok M Mall A fire broke out on the basement floor of the Blok M Plaza shopping center in South Jakarta. According to the fire department, it was likely that the fire was caused by a short circuit in one of the emergency power generators located on that floor. No people were injured in the fire as the mall was closed at the time when the fire broke out.

Posted in Accidents @ 30 December 2009 01:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Uh oh, Australian arrested with two grams of marijuana An Australian dad, Robert Paul McJannett (48) who flew to Bali with his 21-year-old son yesterday evening, has been arrested for possession of illegal drugs. This case however does not seem to be the standard smuggling case, but just 'bringing along personal belongings', since Robert Paul only brought two grams of marijuana.

Posted in Drugs @ 29 December 2009 04:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


If you can't compete, banish them Following accusations leveled by Kuta residents and widely reported in the Bali press that the newly opened Tune Hotel on Jalan Ciung Wenara in Kuta was contaminating ground water with fuel oil, the two low cost hotels in Bali affiliated with AirAsia have come in for more sharp criticism, this time by local legislators who question both the hotel's environmental practice and its destructive impact on the market mechanism.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 29 December 2009 01:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


Two Britons in jail over propery fraud Radar Bali carries news of yet another property transaction by foreign nationals attempting to secure land in Bali gone sour. U.K. nationals, Christopher James Forbes, 50, who list his address as the Bali View Apartment, Jalan Nakula 390 in Kuta, and Angus Knowles Jackson were arrested on Christmas Eve pursuant to a criminal complaint filed with the Bali police by Dmitry Chernikov, a Russian national.

Posted in Crime @ 28 December 2009 10:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions






Japanese woman killed in Bali A 41-year old woman from Japan was found dead in the house she rented in the resort town of Kuta on the popular holiday island of Bali. Hiromi Shimada was found naked with her legs tied together. She had multiple stab wounds according to Gede Sugianyar, a spokesperson for the police on the island of Bali.

Posted in Crime @ 28 December 2009 01:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tax rebates for foreign visitors The government will introduce tax incentives for international tourist visitors to Indonesia, effective April 1, 2010. To be put into operation at a number of Indonesia's international airports including Bali, the incentives will offer cash refunds for tax expenditures by tourist against certain pre-set limits.

Posted in Economy @ 27 December 2009 03:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sexy and Indonesian #9: Five times Marissa Here is Marissa Frank Lee, who is normally called just Marissa. She's born in Surabaya on June 18, 1983, which makes her 26 years young at the moment. She went to school in Surabaya and is currently a model for several magazines and has played in some sinetron (Indonesian for 'soap'). Below is the results of her length of 1.68 meters and weight of 42 kilograms.

Posted in Sexy @ 27 December 2009 02:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


6.7 magnitude earthquake hits Maluku An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.7 on the Richter Scale has shaken parts of eastern Indonesia a while ago. The earthquake in the southern Molucca region had place at 17:57 local time and was located under the sea-floor at a depth of some 67 kilometer and an epicenter of 152 kilometers southwest of the island of Tual. There were no immediate reports of injury or damage.

Posted in Earthquake @ 26 December 2009 11:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


This was in the picture! #13 The 'Gili Islands' - which is in fact a strange name because the word 'Gili' already means 'island' - are a series of small islands off the western coast of the island of Lombok which have become very popular in recent years. The islands are known as very free; drugs are said to be widely available. Unfortunately, possession and use of drugs in Indonesia is usually punished with many years behind bars.

Posted in Picture guess @ 26 December 2009 08:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions






Gunung Bagging: a new website for hikers Indonesia is a hiker’s paradise, but sometimes it can be tough just knowing where to start. A new website aims to help you take the first step. Dan Quinn makes lists. He makes lists of things to do. He makes lists of things to buy. And he’s made a list of mountains to climb. “Without a list,” he says, “I don’t get things done.”

Posted in Others @ 26 December 2009 08:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Five years after the tsunami: Waiting for permanent homes According to the World Bank, the Indonesian government has shown tremendous leadership in coordinating the US$7 billion reconstruction effort. Thousands of homes, schools, government offices and hospitals were rebuilt by the tsunami reconstruction agency, which wound up its work in April.

Posted in Earthquake @ 26 December 2009 07:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Saving turtles in Bali Bali's negative reputation as a center for the slaughter and sale of turtles is slowly changing, due to a number of heroic efforts such as the establishment of the Bali Turtle Education and Conservation Center established on Serangan Island five years ago.

Posted in Environment @ 26 December 2009 02:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Father-in-law of Noordin M. Top arrested The National Police confirmed that they had arrested Bahrudin Latif alias Baridin, the father-in-law of slain Malaysian terrorist Noordin M Top. "We confirmed the information about Baridin's arrest. The police nabbed him in Garut regency, West Java, on Thursday morning, at 5 a.m," deputy police spokesman Insp. Gen. Sulistyo Ishak told.

Posted in Terrorism @ 25 December 2009 14:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Merry Christmas! From my normal working environment located in that beautiful tropical country we know as Indonesia, I wish all visitors, readers and watchers of indahnesia.com Merry Christmas. That the food will be good, the visitors go home soon and the roads are not too slippery. In the mean time we might just be able to think about the origins of this important holiday for many.

Posted in Website @ 25 December 2009 02:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The mess at PLN Cikarang #5 After a month of 'uncertainty' I headed for the local office of PLN once more late last week. I was still hoping to be able to pay my electricity bill. It was the fifth time I was here, just to pay the bill for the power that I had consumed since the time I moved in here last June. Earlier attempts to pay failed because of several reasons, see the related blog articles for that.

Posted in Lippo Cikarang @ 24 December 2009 08:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


What's in the picture? #13 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 @ 24 December 2009 08:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


UNESCO eyeing Bali for three new cultural heritage sites Beritabali.com says three areas in Bali are targeted for designation as "Cultural Heritage Areas" by the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 2010. The three areas singled out for the recognition on the island are: the rice terraces of Jatiluwih near Tabanan; the Pakerisan river valley in Gianyar; and the "subak" or traditional water irrigation system at Taman Ayung in Badung.

Posted in Culture @ 24 December 2009 07:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


11,000 police ready to safeguard Christmas The province of Central Java has informed that some 11,000 police officers are prepared to guard the Christmas and New Year celebrations in the province. The provincial head of police, Alex Bambang Riatmodjo told yesterday.

Posted in General @ 24 December 2009 01:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


New Metro departement store collapsed in Jakarta A number of people is trapped after a building belonging to Metro department store partially collapsed in Tanah Abang in Jakarta. The new building was built only three months ago. Hundreds of people are currently looking for people trapped under the rubble of the building. The place was crowded with people looking for last-minute Christmas sales when it collapsed.

Posted in Accidents @ 23 December 2009 05:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


6.1 magnitude earthquake hits West Sumatra An earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter Scale rocked Padang, West Sumatra, at 8:11 a.m. on Wednesday. There was no immediate report of injuries or damage. The quake's epicenter was located at around 56 kilometers southeast of off coast Siberut, Mentawai, at a depth of 10 kilometers below sea level, according to data from the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency.

Posted in Earthquake @ 23 December 2009 03:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Condom drive sparks protests by conservative Muslims A campaign to encourage Indonesians to use condoms as part of national HIV/AIDS prevention efforts has drawn criticism from conservative Islamic groups, who say it promotes promiscuity. "Rather than curbing AIDS, promoting condoms will only further spread the disease," Ismail Yusanto, a spokesman for Hizbut Tahrir, a conservative Islamic group.

Posted in Religion @ 22 December 2009 02:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Garuda to open 10 new routes in 2010 National News Agency Antara reports that Garuda Indonesia plans to open at least ten new domestic, regional and international routes in 2010, once 23 new airplanes join the national carrier's armada. Pujobroto, a spokesman for Garuda, told press in Bima on the island of Sumbawa, "following the realization of 18 new domestic routes this year, next year we will open 10 more routes."

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 22 December 2009 02:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Wings Air plane skids over runway and breaks down An old McDonnell Douglas plane from airline Wings Air has finally broken down. This happened at the Syamsuddin Noor airport near the city of Banjarbaru in South Kalimantan. The plane arrived from Surabaya at 18:15 when it skidded over the runway and broke down right away. The 160 passengers and crew were all safe but were panicked by the incident.

Posted in Accidents @ 22 December 2009 01:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Merpati Boeing bursts tire on landing strip A Boeing 737-300 plane, belonging to Merpati Nusantara airline, saw it's tire burst when the plane touched down at the Sultan Hasanuddin airport of Makassar in South Sulawesi earlier this morning. No people were injured, but because the plane stopped on the landing strip, two other flights were eventually delayed to later on the day.

Posted in Accidents @ 21 December 2009 05:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Komodo Island drops to 17th place in voting Komodo Island has slipped to the 17th place in the race for a place among the world’s new seven wonders of nature. Tourism and Culture Minister Jero Wacik said Sunday concerns about security in the country might have caused the decline.

Posted in Environment @ 21 December 2009 02:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Hotels on Lombok island almost full for holiday season The upcoming Christmas and New Year holidays have caused 80 percent of all hotels on the island of Lombok, just east of the resort island of Bali, to report completely fully booked weeks. Bookings are made by Indonesians as well as foreigners. On the famous Gili Islands almost all hotels and homestays are fully booked already.

Posted in Tourism @ 20 December 2009 13:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bandung subway? No way! Plans for an eight kilometer long subway in the city of Bandung, the capital of West Java Province, seem to be nothing more than a dream. A Chinese investor that apparently showed some interest in constructing the first 'tube' in Indonesia eventually was not that interested and withdrew itself from the plans. Constructing the eight kilometer of underground train track should cost around 1.2 trillion Rupiah (850 million euro)

Posted in Economy @ 20 December 2009 02:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Panorama pictures from Indonesia A nice piece of work, panoramic pictures made on many locations in Indonesia. The best part of it is that you can view them and even place them on your own website like the example below. On the website itself are over 100 locations in Indonesia in full panorama waiting for you. Take a look from Monas in Jakarta, Gedung Sate in Bandung or other locations from your very own lazy chair. Who doesn't like that?

Posted in General @ 19 December 2009 11:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sexy and Indonesian #8: Indonesian female police Who thinks that Indonesian police are only elderly smoking, overweight, males are wrong. Because of the war on corruption in Indonesia, joining the police is not just paying a lump sum of money anymore. This makes it possible for average Indonesians to joing the police, a true representation of the Indonesian society with as results the pictures below.

Posted in Sexy @ 19 December 2009 05:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 8 reactions


Construction of Pejagan - Pemalang to start in 2010 After years of negotiating, the construction of the Pejagan-Pemalang has finally reached an important milestone. Construction of the the 57,5 kilometer long toll road will start early 2010 after funds to purchase all land needed to construct the toll road are finally ready. The total cost of buying the land from the current owners is estimated at 114 billion Rupiah (8.6 million euro).

Posted in Economy @ 19 December 2009 04:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali's governor Pastika committed to culling dogs In a decision certain to anger Bali's animal rights groups who argue the elimination of stray dog populations is an ineffective way to halt the spread of the rabies, the governor of Bali, Made Mangku Pastika, has directed that the extermination of stray dogs continue and be accelerated.

Posted in Health @ 19 December 2009 01:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ex-health minister faces prison for alleged embezzlement Former health minister Achmad Sujudi is facing a long jail term in an alleged corruption case. During his term in office, a procurement project has cost the state some 105 billion Rupiah (7,7 million euro). Achmad Sujudi was involved in a corruption scheme together with the general director of PT. Kimia Farma, Gunawan Pranoto and director of PT. Rifa Jaya Mulia, Rinaldi Yusuf.

Posted in Corruption @ 18 December 2009 09:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Conservationists report mud flow case to KPK The non-government environment protection organization Walhi (Wahana Lingkungan Hidup) has reported a possible case of corruption in handling the well-known Sidoarjo mud flow in East Java province. A spokesperson of Walhi, Erwin Usman, said that state funds were misused. The report has been made based on an audit done by the Financial Control Board BPK in 2007.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 18 December 2009 02:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Pilot of Garuda plane crash free after court decision Marwoto Komar, the pilot convicted of criminal negligence in the death of 21 passengers, including 5 Australians, in the March 2007 crash landing of a Garuda Boeing 737 at Yogyakarta's airport, is a free man now that the appeal courts in Indonesia have quashed his conviction and a 2 year prison sentence.

Posted in Accidents @ 18 December 2009 01:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Soekarno-Hatta: World's second most on-time airport As airlines continue to charge customers more while offering fewer services, at least the world's busiest airports are showing signs of improved performance. That's according to data published by FlightStats, an Oregon-based company that tracks historical and real-time flight information for airports and airlines around the world.

Posted in Travel @ 17 December 2009 02:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Papua separatist Kelly Kwalik killed by police Kelly Kwalik, the leader of the separatist movement in the easternmost region of Papua in Indonesia has been shot dead by the Indonesian police in a shootout. Kwalik was shot when he tried to escape during a police raid in the town of Timika in the province. Kwalik was on the most-wanted list in Indonesia for many years.

Posted in Human rights @ 17 December 2009 02:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


This was in the picture! #12 On the picture was the current city hall of the city of Malang in East Java province. The building, built in the Dutch colonial time, was almost entirely destroyed during the struggle for independence but was later completely rebuilt. Nowadays it is one of the many remarkable buildings from the Dutch colonial time in the city.

Posted in Picture guess @ 16 December 2009 11:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Strong bookings for KLM's Amsterdam to Bali service On Monday evening, December 7, 2009, flight KLM 835 touched down at Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport, marking the resumption of an air bridge abandoned by KLM twelve years ago.

Posted in Travel @ 16 December 2009 00:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Batam hopes to lure 500,000 Malaysian tourists in 2010 Batam island expects to attract at least 500,000 tourists from Malaysia during Visit Batam Year 2010. The director of the tourism and culture department, Guntur Sakti, said the target was achievable because in recent years Malaysian tourists were the third highest to visit Batam, about 45 minutes by ferry from Johor Baharu.

Posted in Tourism @ 16 December 2009 00:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


What's in the picture? #12 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 December 2009 04:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Four new hotels on indahnesia.com We have added some new hotels again at indahnesia.com. At the moment you can book over 675 hotels in Indonesia directly from our website. We currently offer hotels in 49 different regions and cities across the Indonesian archipelago, with over 300 unique hotels on the resort island of Bali. For your comfort we have even listed Bali's famous tourist destinations.

Posted in Website @ 15 December 2009 02:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Antasari framed into murder case? A forensic expert testifying in a murder trial involving former anti graft leader Antasari Azhar said Thursday the police had asked him to manipulate the autopsy of murder victim Nasruddin Zulkarnaen. Not long after he submitted the autopsy report to the police, Abdul said he had received two calls from an officer from City Police's forensic laboratory center and its detective deputy chief.

Posted in Crime @ 14 December 2009 10:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Carriages of Argo Bromo train derails in East Java Five carriages from the Anggrek Agro Bromo train on route from Jakarta to Surabaya derailed on Sunday night. The accident happened in the village of Blongsong in the district of Baureno, Bojonegoro in East Java province. Five of the carriages of the train packed with travelers derailed.

Posted in Accidents @ 14 December 2009 08:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Back to the 'real' tourism for Bali? According to respected Indonesian elder statesman, Prof. Dr. Emil Salim, although Bali has manage to become the icon of Indonesian tourism, it is destined to lose its true bearings as a religious, cultural and nature destination which will result in a decline in the quality of international tourists drawn to the Island.

Posted in Tourism @ 13 December 2009 00:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


Trading XL for Simpati Something remarkable to me is the limited number of SMS messages or telephone calls that I received. That seems to be coincidence, but it isn't. Most people don't even know that I am pulang kampung, but the main reason is the simple fact that the network of my provider XL is not available for most time here. At some moments when the weather is good - so the wet season like now is an even worse time - I can barely send or receive an SMS here now. Making a telephone call is simply not possible.

Posted in Travel @ 13 December 2009 00:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Hazardous e-waste needs regulation A lack of regulations is hampering Indonesia's efforts to manage electronic waste, leaving communities exposed to health hazards from the toxic chemicals, officials and experts say. The UN Environmental Programme (UNEP) estimates that the world produces 50 million tons of electrical and electronic equipment waste - e-waste - every year.

Posted in Health @ 12 December 2009 02:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Should Indonesia get a second Jakarta? President Yudhoyono is the third president that coined the idea of creating a new capital away from Jakarta because that city is choking with people, traffic jams and waste. He said that plans to develop a new capital were welcome, but the government itself does not lay focus to creating a new Jakarta elsewhere, that would be up to others.

Posted in General @ 12 December 2009 01:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


It is really quiet in the rice fields If you have already made the trip to the rice fields you will notice that it is extremely quiet here when you take a break yourself. Some people are most likely working somewhere nearby, but they are only producing sounds that are not overstemming more natural sounds, as long as they don't use a chainsaw to cut down an old coconut-tree that is.

Posted in Travel @ 11 December 2009 14:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sexy and Indonesian #7: Luna Maya Luna Maya, born on August 26, 1983 in Denpasar on the resort island of Bali, is an actress known from Indonesian tv and big screen. She started her carrier as a catwalk and advertisement model. Back in 2004 she featured in her first film, 30 Hari Mencari Cinta which put her on the map. She now owns a clothing line and restaurant as well.

Posted in Sexy @ 11 December 2009 01:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Dukun promises money; takes it for himself Some 20 million Rupiah (1,450 euro) that belonged to Suyono (41), is gone. He trusted a person named Mat Rokim (28) and named himself as a person that was able to make money for the victim. The two met at a meeting in Wringinanom and after that the victim was tricked into paying money, apparently to make more money.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 11 December 2009 00:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


To the gunung The word gunung means mountain, but that doesn't always mean that this mountain really is a mountain. A stretch of land that runs upward also is named a mountain. After this was clear, we - my girlfriend, her dad, a niece and me - went 'up the mountain' to bring a visit to the recently purchased rice fields where a gubug ('resting house') has been built as well by now.

Posted in Travel @ 10 December 2009 23:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Commission: 'Scrap discriminating shariya-based bylaws' The National Commission on Violence Against Women urges the government to include the reviewing of a number of sharia-based bylaws deemed discriminative against women as part of its first 100-day program.

Posted in Religion @ 10 December 2009 07:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


5.9 magnitude quake hits Aceh An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.9 on the Richter Scale has struck parts of Aceh earlier this morning. There are no reports of damage or injuried from the area yet. According to the Climatological, Meteorological and Geophysical Agency BMKG, the earthquake took place at 04:28 local time in the morning.

Posted in Earthquake @ 10 December 2009 01:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Waiting for the umbilical cord to fall off I didn't tell anything yet about the fact why we are in the kampung all of a sudden. In fact there is not much to tell since there is only one reason why we are here now and that is the birth of a new member of the family. A nice gave birth. She gave birth to a two-kilogram weighing, but healthy, son named David on December 3.

Posted in Culture @ 10 December 2009 01:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono renews pledge to lead fight against corruption Referring to corruption as a common enemy, on Tuesday President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono reasserted his pledge to lead a jihad (holy war) against corruption in Indonesia. In a televised speech on the eve of International Anti-Corruption Day, Yudhoyono asked the public to work together to fight graft, saying he wished to create a clean government as his legacy by the end of his term in 2014.

Posted in Corruption @ 09 December 2009 06:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A night of rain and thunder It is after six o'clock in the morning when I decide to get up. Outside it is still raining, weather that started the afternoon before with heavy thunder and some rain as well. During the night, this weather came and went continuously, but for the daily life here that doesn't matter at all, remarkably enough.

Posted in Travel @ 09 December 2009 06:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


This was in the picture! #11 Christ Blessing is a statue of Jesus Christ in the city of Manado, North Sulawesi, Indonesia. The statue stands 50 meters tall and consists of 20 meters of pedestal and 30 meters of statue. It is made of 25 tonnes of metal fiber and 35 tonnes of steel, and is located at the peak of the CitraLand residential estate. This statue has become a new icon of the city of Manado and is currently one of Asia's tallest Jesus Christ statues.

Posted in Picture guess @ 09 December 2009 06:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Small victory for Yudhoyono: Bibit and Chandra back to work Interim Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) deputies Waluyo and Mas Achmad Santosa have handed over the leadership posts back to Bibit Samad Rianto and Chandra M. Hamzah ealier this afternoon. This is a small victory for president Yudhoyono. It was his fight against corruption that moved the Indonesian police earlier to arrest both over a alleged case in which the two were involved.

Posted in Corruption @ 08 December 2009 11:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda Indonesia and KLM to cooperate Airliner KLM has signed a cooperation with Garuda Indonesia. General director of KLM, Peter Hartman, and his Indonesian colleague Emirsyah Satar, signed the agreement on the Indonesian resort island of Bali earlier. Separate from this agreement, earlier this year KLM already announced that it was to start flights to Bali again.

Posted in Travel @ 08 December 2009 07:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


That water is really cold! However I don't see myself diving into the river to wash myself, it is still common practice here in the desa ('rural village'), especially for the children, to wash themselves when they are playing in the water they are already in. It doesn't get more easy, so why not just enjoy it? That is what they do indeed.

Posted in Travel @ 08 December 2009 06:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


More power outages for Bali Despite earlier promises that the irritations accompanying electrical blackouts would end on December 6, 2009, the state-owned power company PLN has announced that repairs on the Gilimanuk generating station will take longer than expected and consumers should expect blackouts to continue at least until January 15, 2010.

Posted in Power supply @ 08 December 2009 01:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Public holidays in Indonesia in 2010 Every year, Indonesia has a number of public holidays that are a collection of religious holidays from various religions and some additional national holidays. Here’s the list of public holidays in Indonesia for 2010:

Posted in General @ 07 December 2009 10:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


What's in the picture? #11 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 @ 07 December 2009 08:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Back to the quiet of the desa After a completely messed up trip with a DAMRI bus from Jakarta we have arrived in the rural area of Java in the area of Cilacap. We have landed in the desa of Binangun in the kampung Sidamulya to be more precize. Most likely there are much more places named Binangun, but that doesn't really matter.

Posted in Travel @ 07 December 2009 07:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


State-owned power company turns of Serang street lights The state-owned power company PLN has turned off all street lights in the city of Serang, Banten province, yesterday. PLN said that the city of Serang has not paid the electricity bill for their city lights for four months now, and said that there was no other option for them but to cut power. The total debt for the city of Serang is 2.1 billion Rupiah (160,000 euro).

Posted in Power supply @ 07 December 2009 05:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Waiting along the toll road It is half past ten in the evening and the DAMRI bus that left the Kampung Rambutan bus terminal around half past seven in the evening has stopped and is on the emergency lane of the toll road between Jakarta and Bandung. Just short of three hours of traveling in the direction of Cilacap and engine problems already forced us to stop. What the exact problem is, is not known. There are bottles of water and the driver and kenek (from the Dutch word 'knecht', helper) are looking for a solution.

Posted in Travel @ 06 December 2009 15:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Hundreds of illegal logs seized by Aceh police The regional police of Aceh Singkil, in the province of Aceh, has seized hundreds of illegaly processed logs from several different types of wood that were ready to be sold. Two persons were arrested by the police as well.

Posted in Environment @ 06 December 2009 07:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


General manager nightclub named suspect The North Sumatra Police, investigating a nightclub fire that left 20 people dead, has placed three suspects in custody Saturday to facilitate its investigation. The provincial police chief detective, Agus Andrianto, said the M City entertainment center’s general manager, a supervisor and another employee, none of whom were named, were undergoing intensive questioning in connection with the fatal blaze.

Posted in Accidents @ 06 December 2009 04:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


At least 20 dead in Medan nightclub fire At least 20 people have died in a fire that gutted popular nightclub M City in the North Sumatra capital of Medan on Friday night. As of 23:00 local time, rescue workers were struggling to find more people feared trapped in the building, particularly on the third and fourth floors, news portal kompas.com reported.

Posted in Accidents @ 05 December 2009 01:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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Posted in Website @ 05 December 2009 01:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


More problems for Batavia Air in Surabaya Passengers waiting for their flights to Kupang and Jakarta with Batavia Air have been delayed for many hours. Most of them are still stranded at the international airport of Juanda near Surabaya. The plane in the direction of Kupang in East Nusa Tenggara, should have departed yesterday afternoon, but has not departed as of earlier this afternoon.

Posted in General @ 04 December 2009 11:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Don't sell your wife! Looking for hard cash, a resident of Sukabumi in West Java, sold his own wife to a person from Saudi Arabia for a so-called 'contract marriage'. Muhtar, the husband in question, and his friend Humidi, eventually ended up at the local police station of Cibadak in Sukabumi where he admitted that he had sold his 19-year-old wife Lia.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 04 December 2009 05:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Volunteers NU hand out condoms in prostitution zones Volunteers of the second largest Muslim movement in Indonesia, Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) handed out hundreds of condoms in a number of prostitution zones along the northern highway near the city of Tegal in Central Java. The volunteers also handed out leaflets with information about the dangers of HIV/AIDS at several points of the national highway.

Posted in Health @ 04 December 2009 04:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Construction of nuclear power plant 'to start next year' Once more the Indonesian government has recently picked up plans to start the construction of the first nuclear power plant in the country. Met with protests and controversy earlier, the power plant should still be constructed on the Muria Peninsula in Central Java. The Minister of Research and Technology, Suharna Surapratana, has said yesterday that the blueprints for the plant were to be finished soon.

Posted in Nuclear power @ 04 December 2009 02:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Batavia Air plane breaks down on landing strip A Batavia Air plane on the route Denpasar - Surabaya broke down at the landing strip of the international airport of Ngurah Rai on the resort island of Bali earlier today. Technical failure struck the plane when it was heating up the engines for departure. Four passengers or crew were injured in the incident when they exited the plane by emergency procedure. The plane is slightly damaged.

Posted in Accidents @ 03 December 2009 09:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The pregnant umbrella-girl During rainstorms, children gather at pedestrian bridges, bus stops and other crowded places to be able to rent out their oversized umbrella's to those who rather stay dry then soaking wet before they reach their destination or hop into a taxi without being soaked with rain in a matter of seconds.

Posted in Culture @ 03 December 2009 04:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 22 reactions


Habitat and SCTV rebuild West Sumatra On November 24th 2009 morning, the groundbreaking of West Sumatra Disaster Response was organized by Habitat for Humanity Indonesia. The groundbreaking ceremony was attended by Deputy of Self-supporting Housing- Indonesia Ministry of Housing, Mr. Kriya Arsjah,Vice Head District of Padang Pariaman Mr. Drs.H Ali Mukhni, Habitat for Humanity Indonesia National Director Mr. Tri Budiardjo and Director of Pundi Amal SCTV Mr. Risanggono. The ceremony was also attended by the local government representative, non profit organiations that operates in West Sumatra and Habitat's main donors: DBS Bank, General Motors , and Rajawali Corporation. Electronic cinema actor and actress, Iqbal Pakula and Donita, were also turned up in this event.

Posted in Earthquake @ 03 December 2009 02:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Merpati plane makes emergency landing at Kupang airport A Fokker 100 plane belonging to Merpati Nusantara with flight number MZ 5840 has made an emergency landing on the El Tari airport of Kupang in East Nusa Tenggara province. The plane made the landing last night. After the landing a number of passengers was in shock and a few had passed out.

Posted in Accidents @ 03 December 2009 01:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Over 400 illegal TKI sent home by Malaysia Just over 400 illegal TKI (Indonesian Overseas Workers) have been sent back from Malaysia because they lacked the proper documents. They were sent to Tanjung Priok in North Jakarta. All of the 407 deported Indonesians didn't have a passport. Some of the illegal overseas workers now say that they have been abused by the Malaysian police.

Posted in Human rights @ 02 December 2009 07:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sexy and Indonesian #6: Agnes Monica The now 23-year-old Agnes Monica is a phenomenon in Indonesia. Like many well-known Indonesian artists she is active in numerous activities, which makes her known as a singer, dancer, actor, songwriter and producer. Her first CD "..And the Story Goes" sold 30.000 copies in just three days back in 2003, which put her right in the spotlights. Her success has brought her fame not only in her homeland, Indonesia, but also in neighboring Asian countries such as Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, Philippines and in the Netherlands.

Posted in Sexy @ 02 December 2009 02:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


North Sumatra governor questioned by KPK The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has summoned the governor of North Sumatra, Syamsul Arifin yesterday. He was questioned in relation to the possible embezzlement of regional budgets of Langkat regency between 2000 and 2007. "Syamsul is being quizzed in his capacity as former Langkat regent,” said KPK spokesman Johan Budi.

Posted in Corruption @ 02 December 2009 01:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The umbrella-kids near the bridge Yesterday in the late afternoon I was still in Jakarta. Not entirely according to my own planning, but those things are very hard to plan in this country, and even then there is not a real problem, because there is always another way to enjoy yourself and to get home as well.

Posted in Culture @ 01 December 2009 10:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Illegal levies sought at Bali's Tourism Office NusaBali has broken a story indicating large-scale unofficial payments being made to the Badung Tourist Office (Dispar Badung) in connection with the issuance of licenses for hotels, restaurants and bars in the regency.

Posted in Corruption @ 01 December 2009 07:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rail connection Bogor - Sukabumi still closed after landslide The rail connection between Bogor and Sukabumi has been closed for over a month now, but progress has been made and the route is slated for reopening early next week. A landslide wiped out the track over a distance of several hundred meters near a bridge over the Cigombong river. In the first planning, reconstruction should only take a week though.

Posted in Weather @ 01 December 2009 04:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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
    
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