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President Yudhoyono to inaugurate Sail Raja Ampat President Susilo Yudhoyono is scheduled to open the international maritime event of Sail Raja Ampat on August 22, 2014, stated West Papua Governor Abraham O Atururi.

Posted in Culture @ 20 June 2014 13:19 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Biggest red light area in Indonesia permanently closed Dolly, Indonesias biggest red light area located in Surabaya city, East Java province, was permanently closed on Wednesday night (June 18).

Posted in Culture @ 19 June 2014 14:58 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Borobudur temple expected to be fully opened soon Borobudur temple, the worlds largest Buddhist temple located in central Java, is expected to be fully opened next week as the cleaning up work of the temple from Mount Keluds ash has reached 80 percent.

Posted in Culture @ 23 February 2014 13:25 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President Yudhoyono sees bright future for Indonesia batik President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono predicts a bright future for the Indonesian batik, given the huge numbers of the middle class population and the nations batik-loving life style.

Posted in Culture @ 05 February 2014 21:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta festivals lure rising number of foreign tourists The increasing number of cultural festivals held in the capital has managed to attract more foreign tourist to Jakarta, an official said on Monday. ďA number of cultural festivals and tourism events held by Jakarta in 2013 has been proven to increase the number of foreign tourists visiting the city,Ē agency head Arie Budhiman said.

Posted in Culture @ 07 January 2014 09:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions






Jakarta authorities set to impose penalty for littering The Jakarta administration is set to impose a penalty for littering, which is in violation of Law No. 3/2013 on Waste Treatment. "Those who litter will be fined. An individual fine could be Rp500,000, while a company could be fined Rp50 million," Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo (Jokowi) stated on Wednesday.

Posted in Culture @ 15 November 2013 13:39 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Buddhist students campaign for Borobudur preservation Buddhist students campaigned for preservation of Borobudur Temple on the sidelines of Vesak 2557 BE (2013) celebration in Borobudur Sub-district, Magelang District, Central Java Province, Saturday.

Posted in Culture @ 25 May 2013 15:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Noken museum to be built in Papua The Indonesian government is planning to build a museum dedicated to Papua`s woven bag, Noken, in Jayapura, the capital of Papua, in 2013, said a local official.

Posted in Culture @ 06 December 2012 14:23 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


First solo-album of Mas Paul launched on iTunes On the 9th of October the first Mas Paul-album was launched on iTunes. The title of this CD is 'Tempo Baru'. the music is composed, arranged and played by Dutch composer Paul Elbers. This keyboardplayer played with RK Veulpoepers BV (www.rkveulpoepersbv.com), Fanfare van de Eeuwigdurende Bijstand and MMWOPS for traveling festival 'Boulevard of Broken Dreams'.

Posted in Culture @ 06 November 2012 02:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ketawanggede site in Malang stunted by McDonald`s A historian and archaeologist from Malang University, Dwi Cahyono has claimed to have discovered the existence of Ketawanggede, an archaeological site from the megalithic era, and has blamed the local branch of McDonald`s for neglecting its importance in the Dinoyo area, Malang in East Java.

Posted in Culture @ 11 October 2012 19:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions






Tourists obliged to wear sarung at Javanese temples Central Java visitors to the ancient Hindu Monument of Prambanan, the Borobudor Temple of Borobudur and the Ratu Boko Palace are now required to wear a batik sarung.The new policy took effect from August 17, 2012.

Posted in Culture @ 21 August 2012 03:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia promotes local film to Indian investors Indonesia is promoting its tourism sector through local films to Indian investors, Vice Minister for Tourism and Creative Economy Sapta Nirwandar said here on Friday. "One of Tourism and Creative Economic Ministry`s efforts to promote Indonesian tourism sector in India is through local films," Sapta noted.

Posted in Culture @ 10 August 2012 21:31 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Borobudur temple recognised as largest Buddhist monument The Guinness World Records has officially listed Indonesia`s Borobudur temple as the largest Buddhist monument in the world.

Posted in Culture @ 04 July 2012 12:16 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Baliís rice terraces a part of world heritage The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has finally ratified the Subak irrigation system in Bali and including it on the word heritage list during its just concluded 36th assembly in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Posted in Culture @ 04 July 2012 11:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia seeks Malaysian clarification on tor-tor dance Indonesia has asked for a written explanation from Malaysia regarding its claim over the traditional Tor-Tor dance and the Gondang Sambilan musical instrument, deputy minister of education and culture Windu Nuryanti has said.

Posted in Culture @ 19 June 2012 15:45 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions






President Yudhoyono opens Bali festival President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, in the company of First Lady Ani Yudhoyono, opened the 34th Bali Arts Festival 2012 at Ardha Candra arts center here on Sunday night.

Posted in Culture @ 10 June 2012 17:52 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President witnesses cultural festival in Bali President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono here on Sunday witnessed a parade of ornamental vehicles to commemorate the 34th Bali Cultural Festival.

Posted in Culture @ 10 June 2012 10:10 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali welcomes Subak as a world cultural heritage The government and the people of Bali, especially the farmers, have welcomed the decision of the United Nations (PBB) to recognise subak, the Balinese traditional irrigation system in Dewata Island, as a World Cultural Heritage (WBD).

Posted in Culture @ 22 May 2012 08:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Two striptease dancers sentenced to one year in jail The district court in Padang, West Sumatra, has sentenced two girls to a year in jail for performing striptease dances at a cafe here in September last year. Silfi and Nofera, caught by city administration police officers while performing the dances, cried upon hearing the verdict.

Posted in Culture @ 11 March 2012 10:49 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


One Papua tribe extinct, two more to follow soon Unable to compete in the acculturation process with other groups, the Sebo tribe in Kayu Pulau, Jayapura, Papua, has become extinct, and two other tribes - the Tampoto and Dasim - are on the verge of extinction.

Posted in Culture @ 24 February 2012 13:15 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Crowd storms Cilik Riwut airport to bar FPI leader's entry Hundreds of people on Saturday forced their way on to the apron of Cilik Riwut airport to prevent the arrival of FPI (Islam Defenders Front) leader Habib Rizieq in Palangka Raya.

Posted in Culture @ 12 February 2012 04:06 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 2 reactions


Facebook blamed for higher divorce rate The social networking service Facebook has become quite popular in Indonesia but it is now believed to be a factor contributing to a rapid increase in the divorce rate, a local religious court official said.

Posted in Culture @ 21 January 2012 06:05 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


West Java Foundation to set up Batik Academy The West Java Batik Foundation (YBJB) is planning to set up a Batik Academy to train and prepare Batik professionals among youths.

Posted in Culture @ 01 December 2011 01:27 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Saman dance to be nominated as UNESCO world heritage Aceh`s Saman dance is to be nominated for recognition as an intangible world cultural heritage at the 6th session of the UNESCO Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage being held here from November 22 to 29, 2011.

Posted in Culture @ 25 November 2011 01:59 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


East Java governor wants to stamp out prostitution East Java governor Soekarwo has said that all brothels and red light districts in East Java province have to be closed down at latest in 2014. This news was brought by the Jakarta Post Wednedsay. "The earlier they are closed, the better. This kind of immoral behavior is no longer tolerated," said the governor.

Posted in Culture @ 23 November 2011 11:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia promoting medicinal herbs tonic scientifically The Indonesian government has made a strong commitment to develop and promote traditional medicine, especially jamu (medicinal herb tonic), with a view to integrating traditional medical treatment into the national health system, in which a number of regulatory frameworks had been published, including the development of jamu scientifically.

Posted in Culture @ 03 November 2011 07:25 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Found: a clean toilet in Indonesia! Yes, it's true, they have found a clean toilet in Indonesia and have awarded it a prize as well. Okay, this is the result of a survey held among a number of airports in Indonesia, but hey, you have to start somewhere. And ask yourself, do you also hate it when you have to visit a dirty airport toilet because the queue for the plane toilets was just too long just before landing?

Posted in Culture @ 28 September 2011 04:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Fatahillah Museum closed until 2014 The Fatahillah Museum of History in Kota Tua, the old city of Jakarta, will be closed for two years to allow for conservation work to be carried out on the badly damaged museum complex. Museum manager Enny Prihantini said many parts of the museum were beyond repair, including walls, flooring and windows.

Posted in Culture @ 09 July 2011 11:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Overloaded trucks destroying Bali's roads The poor state of many roads in Bali is blamed on the blatant disregard of maximum weight limitations by trucks traveling the island's thoroughfares. According to Beritabali.com, an estimated 90% of these trucks are in violation of the maximum weight limitations imposed on every vehicle.

Posted in Culture @ 17 April 2011 11:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Theaters may stop screening imported films The uncertainty over the future of imported films in the country could cost filmgoers a chance to enjoy Academy Award nominated films such as Natalie Portmanís Black Swan, James Francoís 127 Hours and Jeff Bridgesí True Grit on the big screen.

Posted in Culture @ 20 February 2011 03:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia Southeast Asiaís richest in cultural heritage Cultural heritage in the form of old building in a number of cities in Indonesia does not function only as witnesses to the progress of the cities and their dwellers, but also a means to develop national solidarity, identity and pride, so that their existence has to be preserved.

Posted in Culture @ 12 September 2010 02:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


State railway launches 'women-only' carriages Indonesia's state railway operator PT Kereta Api Indonesia (KAI) on Thursday launched special carriages for women traveling between the capital, Jakarta, and the West Java city of Bogor. Transportation minister Freddy Numberi and women and child rights minister Linda Amalia Sari attended the launch ceremony at Depok train station in West Java.

Posted in Culture @ 20 August 2010 13:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Repairing the road in between rainstorms The first evening and night in Pangandaran were rain-soaked. Fortunately it had become dry when the early morning had started, although the day started with a completely covered sky so the wet clothes from the night before did not dry quickly. Only when I saw the first neighbors arriving in a truck a little bit of sunshine started to break open the cloud cover.

Posted in Culture @ 20 May 2010 02:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Dangdut is no porn!? Traditional Indonesian dances and clothing like the koteka, which is used in eastern Indonesia, are not pornography. Because they are not, they also are not bothered by the anti-pornography law that was adopted by the Indonesian parliament in 2008. The constitutional court has decided this yesterday.

Posted in Culture @ 26 March 2010 02:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Medan police searches hotels for prostitutes Dozens of prostitutes were arrested in the city of Medan, North Sumatra. This happened during a sweeping by local police in the city. Most of them were busted in so-called 'melati'-class hotels in the city of Medan, which are often used for other purposes than just sleeping overnight.

Posted in Culture @ 28 February 2010 05:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


More limitations for importing films to Indonesia A United States trade representative to Indonesia, Demetrios Marantis, has expressed his concern over a new decree that is currently considered by the Indonesian government. This decree will further restrict regulations over imports of foreign films to Indonesia. Marantis said that if the decree was accepted, it could disrupt bilateral relationship.

Posted in Culture @ 13 February 2010 07:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta International Java Jazz Festival 2010 For five years, Jakarta International Java Jazz Festival (2005 - 2009) was held at Jakarta Convention Center (JCC). It was a deeply memorable period for us, and the visitors of Jakarta International Java Jazz Festival. We surely still remember that it was in JCC that we first witnessed a festival which would later establish itself as one of the best and largest in the world, a festival that is the pride of Indonesians.

Posted in Culture @ 07 February 2010 04:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Angklung to be proposed as world heritage The Indonesian government has announced that it is to propose the traditional Sundanese music instrument angklung as world heritage to The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) later this year. A staff member at the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Junus Satrio Atmodjo, has said this.

Posted in Culture @ 11 January 2010 01:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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


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


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


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


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


Four nights of classic Balinese cinema in Ubud As part of its celebration of 20 years of operation, Bali's Amandari in Sayan, Ubud, is hosting 4 nights of classic Balinese cinema at their resort October 14-17, 2009. Presented in cooperation with Cinematheque De La Dance in Paris and The French Embassy in Jakarta, the showings are without charge with a cash bar available. Each film performance begins at 7:00 p.m. sharp.

Posted in Culture @ 12 October 2009 05:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


170 keris from Yogyakarta kraton on display Some 170 keris from Ngayogyakarta Hadiningrat are currently on display for the public in the nDalem Tjokrohadiningratan in Yogyakarta. The three-day exhibition started yesterday and will continue until tomorrow afternoon.

Posted in Culture @ 10 October 2009 03:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta to have a new batik museum The Textile Museum in Central Jakarta is preparing to open an additional part of the museum inside the current complex to house the ever growing collection of batik. This is also done to attract more visitors to the museum as well. The head of the museum, Indra Riawan, said that they were looking to complete the planning for the new museum before the end of the year.

Posted in Culture @ 29 September 2009 02:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Underage marriages still common practice The Commission for the Protection of Indonesian Children (KPAI) has expressed concerns about the high number of marriages involving underage children. According to the National Development Planning Board (Bappenas) some one third of all marriages taking place in Indonesia each year involve at least one person that is under the age of 18.

Posted in Culture @ 12 September 2009 01:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Brand new from the roadside It is quite difficult to get them, those new 2,000 Rupiah bank notes. And it gets even more difficult when you want to have a bundle of 100 notes, like they are issued by Bank Indonesia. You would say that bringing a visit to a branch of Bank Indonesia to change these bank notes, but that is not entirely true.

Posted in Culture @ 07 September 2009 06:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Order your Indonesian escort girl online now! Ever wondered how to order your Indonesian girl online? Well, for those who though that you have to get out of your house life has just become easier today! A website , hosted by Google, so probably not online for too long. The site starts with a lot of information about different sexual actions and eventually closes of with the way of booking; by email or mobile Indonesian phone number.

Posted in Culture @ 02 September 2009 07:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Prostitutes arrested in Indramayu sweeping The regional police of Indramayu, West Java Province, has sweeped a number of places where prostitutes work. These locations are located along the main road along the northern coast of the island, which is now getting more crowded every day because people are going home to celebrate the Lebaran holidays.

Posted in Culture @ 31 August 2009 05:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Record company: 'Malaysian anthem belongs to Indonesia' To stir the current cultural war between Indonesia and Malaysia, an Indonesian record company has reacted to the recent mishap with the traditional Balinese Tari Pendet showing up in an video commercial for Malaysia. Allthough Discovery Channel has said they made the mistake, and were sorry for it, the fire is burning once again.

Posted in Culture @ 29 August 2009 03:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The changing face of Bali n article below was originally published in The Jakarta Post on Tuesday, August 4, 2009. Written by Balinese Ketut Kartika Inggas, it underlines impact the tourism industry is having on the island's culture and traditional life style. Inggas is an alumnae of University of East Anglia, England (MA in Development Studies), curently working in Bangkok:

Posted in Culture @ 26 August 2009 05:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Discovery Channel put Tari Pendet in Malaysia ad Just a few days after it all started, it became very clear where it went wrong with the "Enigmatic Malaysia" tourism campaign. It was not Malaysia that put in the traditional Tari Pendet dance from Bali, but it was Discovery Channel that made the mistake when creating a trailer video for their tv-series about Malaysia, which are broadcasted around the Independence Day of that country.

Posted in Culture @ 25 August 2009 04:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Don't touch our Tari Pendet, Malaysia! Indonesia has reacted furiously about a traditional Indonesian dance which is used in a new Malaysian tourist campaign "Enigmatic Malaysia". The dance is not related to Malaysia at all, but is being used to promote Malaysia anyway. The Tari Pendet is a traditional Balinese dance, normally performed by for or five young girls.

Posted in Culture @ 24 August 2009 08:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Prostitution zones in Blitar regency to stay open during Ramadan Prostitutes in the regency of Blitar don't have to worry any longer now the regional government has decided that not all prostitution areas in the district have to be closed down during the Ramadan this year. One of the three locations will stay open this year, so people that serve customers can go to that one place in the district of Selorejo. The red light areas in Talun and Ponggok will be closed however.

Posted in Culture @ 16 August 2009 09:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


August 17, Liberation Day Every August 17th, the Indonesians celebrate the fact they threw out the Dutch in 1945. Merdeka! Now wait a second, they had to wait a few years more for that to materialise, so officially the day is called Hari Proklamasi, the day they proclaimed the Republik Indonesia. Whatever, it is a national holiday anyway, and it is celebrated all over Indonesia.

Posted in Culture @ 11 August 2009 05:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A 'just-in-time' invitation Do you plan things as much as possible if you have the chance? That is what I do. Some of you will tell me that I should not live in Indonesia for that matter, but I think it's quite possible generally spoken. Others know that I have to do my own things and dropping by without informing me first is no problem as well, even if the door is not opened because I am not at home at the time they decide to visit me.

Posted in Culture @ 07 August 2009 09:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


High-class illegal brothel in Surabaya closed down A high-class illegal brothel has been closed down by the East Java police. During the raid, Kok Jiang was arrested for being pimp. Nine of his 'children' were arrested as well. Kok Jiang posted messages on advertisement pages of newspapers in and around Surabaya looking for people who want to assist bringing customers to him. He also asked for new girls to join in working in his 'massage parlor'. When girls started working for him, he also required them doing 'extra services', locally known as pijat plus-plus.

Posted in Culture @ 07 August 2009 03:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Old and dirty money; how to get rid of it You will all probably have experience with it. You have just paid in the local supermarket and your change is a pile of banknotes that are just a few euro cents in value. If you are lucky enough, they will add a handful of aluminum coins with even less value than those uang kertas ('paper money') as well.

Posted in Culture @ 06 August 2009 15:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The little ones are back again! I had to do without them for quite some time as they were very rare in Yogyakarta. The last time I remember receiving one of them must have been more than two years ago by now. Not because they are not needed, it's just because making them is costly enough. Distribution is another problem, because of the sheer weight when you need to distribute a lot of them throughout the country.

Posted in Culture @ 28 July 2009 07:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


500.000 motorcycles a month PT Astra Honda Motor, one of the biggest sellers of motorcycles in Indonesia, has anounced that it expects to sell some 500.000 motorcycles in July. Last June they sold 'only' 485.000 motorcycles in the country. The rise in sales figures for the company are mostly related to the fact that the Indonesian central bank has lowered the interest rate to only 6.75 percent. Marketing director Julius Aslan also told that the upcoming Idul Fitri holidays - after the Ramadan month of fasting - will lift sales even further.

Posted in Culture @ 27 July 2009 04:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Create your own international driver license Almost all of you travelers to Indonesia which have used a car or motorbike know that the police in general is quite corrupt and will do anything to get a few Rupiah's into their pockets when you are stopped for whatever reason. Money gone, but most will think that it doesn't really matter. That is true, because what is 20.000 Rupiah for not bringing your SIM (drivers license) in Yogyakarta or 50.000 Rupiah for not wearing your helmet in Jakarta?

Posted in Culture @ 22 July 2009 05:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


Pickpocketed at the Busway It was about to happen of course. But for the first time in ten years Indonesia it happened on a place where I could expect it the most. On the Jakarta Busway. It was a rush hour trip from Halte Bunderan HI to terminal Blok M. I traveled during rush hour because I had a scheduled birthday to attend in southern Jakarta at seven. I would not make it, but that was less of a problem.

Posted in Culture @ 28 June 2009 03:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Not detected or too lazy to detect? How could the tourist that was infected with Mexican Flu still enter Indonesian territory without being detected by the recently installed body temperature scan equipment at the international airport of Denpasar, Bali? Of course the equipment functioned, according Ms. Decease Comes from Outside Indonesia, Siti Fadhilah Supari.

Posted in Culture @ 27 June 2009 02:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Why are you showing off on Friendster? Now the East Java department of the Council of Islamic Scholars in Indonesia (MUI, Majelis Ulama Indonesia) is talking about the fact that some websites can possibly have a bad influence on young people it is time for us to select a random picture from one of those so-called dangerous websites, Facebook, Myspace, Friendster and other social networking websites.

Posted in Culture @ 29 May 2009 13:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


From cappuccino to Coca Cola Jack Daniels in one nights' out (II) The later it gets, the more clear it becomes that Kedai Kopi Jakal - Jakal is a subtraction Jalan Kaliurang, the street where the coffee house is located - has become a real gathering place. After ten in the evening the first groups of people decide to go out already. They will most likely be headed for one of the several nightclubs that Jogja has to spend the rest of the evening. Empty seats are filled up again in quite a short time, but they brought their laptop this time, so most likely they will be around for some time to come. That should not be a problem as well because they serve you until three in the morning of the next day.

Posted in Culture @ 12 January 2009 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


From cappuccino to Coca Cola Jack Daniels in one nights' out (I) It is still fairly early in the afternoon for a nice evening, but still life slowly comes out of the starting blocks. It isn't a nightclub, where the doors will be kept closed until around ten in the evening. It now happens in other locations in Jogja where preparations are made. All across the city students and young adults have created meeting points to start their Saturday evening together. One of those meeting points, to say it bluntly, is Kedai Kopi Jakal. This is the name that the place has earned already, because it is not the official name.

Posted in Culture @ 09 January 2009 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


Queueing up to pay your electricity bill It is nothing more than a monthly returning event if you look at it; paying your electricity bill. Somewhere in the last two days of the month an employee from the Indonesian state-run electricity company PLN (Perusahan Listrik Negara) comes to write down the current meter reading on the card and also enters these numbers in his handheld computer. After that he walks through the garden to the neighbors to continue his way.

Posted in Culture @ 12 March 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


When life is made impossible Together we are sitting below a blue plastic cover that is used as roof for a bed and some personal possessions. That is all that Kudasi has left. Together we look back at the earthquake that struck some one and a half year ago first. It caused the death of several thousand people and tens of thousands ended up in the same situation as he is in now. He was lucky then, in Parangtritis, a village at the southern beach directly south of the city of Yogyakarta, damage was limited. Now however he became one of the victims, but not from an earthquake. It were the 'new colonials' as he describes it. It is a commonly used term to represent a government that is pushing it's own ideas forward not listening to the people they ought to represent.

Posted in Culture @ 04 February 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The bare breasts of Djarum It has to be said that it is somewhat strange to see when you are browsing the internet and you end up looking at a number of pictures where some women with bare breasts advertise an Indonesian cigarette-brand. In this case it was Djarum that was doing its best in Hungary to have their brand settled in the local market. Whether the clove-cigarette-producer will be able to build a brand as strong as it is in Indonesia, I can't tell, but would having women with their breasts bared have any positive impact in this entire story?

Posted in Culture @ 09 September 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 7 reactions


Merdeka! Merdeka! With just over two weeks to go, Indonesia is slowly turning into a more colorful country than usual. Independence Day is coming - the 17th of August. That will be celebrated as well. Of course the red and white flags will be everywhere around, but the celebration is more than just raising a flag in the early morning. Like I wrote a year ago, cleaning is done as preparation. Things that haven't been cleaned for almost a year are now cleaned to be finished just a few days short of the 17th - so they don't have to care about it for another year as well.

Posted in Culture @ 31 July 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


No more parking mafia! You know them, the ever friendly people who always know where to find that parking space you need. If not on the pavement, in front of an entrance or on a dead-end part of the highway system in Jakarta. There is always place for just one more car, motorbike or bikes, which are folded together near a trash can or tree. No problem at all and we are all happy that we can park at a distance less than ten meters from where we want to go. Nothing wrong with paying a little extra on top of the set prices. Gladly even, because 'better be lazy than tired', is something you have to pay for. Of course we are not talking huge amounts here and for hat few thousand Rupiah's you won't push aside cars yourself, I won't believe that.

Posted in Culture @ 05 July 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Alun-alun Lor; a nice green heart It hasn't been that long that it was a sunny and very hot day in Yogyakarta when I made a short walk around the so-called alun-alun lor, the northern square belonging to the kraton, the palace of the family of the sultan. The green grass - during the wet season the grass often is green, in the dry season it more resembles hay - reached until half a meter in some places. Not well maintained as we should expect at a palace, but at least there was an open space in the city which offered the opportunity to blow of some steam. This blowing steam you should not do at times that I generally visit this kind of locations, no it's much better in the early hours until seven in the morning and after five in the afternoon again. The salespeople along the edge will offer you something to drink or eat if you like.

Posted in Culture @ 24 February 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The nowhere people Fitriyah was 14 when her mother left their Java village to work as a maid in Saudi Arabia. There were two letters from Sulastri after she arrived in Riyadh, and then a silence for seven years: no calls, no letters, and no money. When Fitriyah saw her mother again, she was dead. The autopsy stated that Sulastri had died from insect bites. But there was no explanation for the bruises covering the body when it was returned. "For seven years, I had no idea what had happened and why she didn't write. Now, at least, I can understand her silence," she whispers.

Posted in Culture @ 24 December 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Fear subsides for ethnic Chinese community It wasn't so long ago that Chinese writing was banned from public places here and Chinese schools and newspapers were prohibited. But walk into the former office of Suharto, the retired Indonesian strongman who maintained these laws in an effort to integrate the ethnic Chinese community, and a large decorative poster of Chinese characters greets visitors.

Posted in Culture @ 17 December 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Anarchy reigns in West Lombok Back to Lombok after almost two years - my last visit to this beautiful and quiet island east of the messy Bali dates back to January 2005 - I noticed that certain things had changed, and too bad not only for the good of the island. It has nothing to do with increased tourist numbers to the island or the fact that big positive points are to be awarded.

Posted in Culture @ 05 November 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


Writers fest highlights poverty and human rights Freedom and human rights are common themes which persist across international literary festivals around the world. The third annual Ubud Writers and Readers festival which closed last week was no exception. The five-day event featured workshops, seminars and panel discussions on topics ranging from the effects of globalization to understanding of Islam in the modern world.

Posted in Culture @ 14 October 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The conmen of Parangtritis What should have been a nice day driving around, became a very funny little adventure. Especially about some remarks that would be made in Parangtritis. Thinking back to this in fact ridiculous fact where four people can laugh about for a long time, it's time to do some efforts to go back writing a little bit. We go back just two days. Not too early the four of us get in the rental car (license plate starting with AB, so we are just like real Yogyakartans), to drive around for the afternoon; some beach, a little bit of disaster area south of Yogyakarta and then simply back home to eat.

Posted in Culture @ 25 August 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Independence Day preparations With several days left until the annual celebration of the independence of Indonesia, 17 August 2006 exactly 61 years ago, the daily view in the streets has changed pretty much. Not that it has become more crowded or more quiet, because that doesn't realy matter this time of year, this day is commonly celebrated with the neighbors in the neighborhood. Many of the central fields in villages and cities will be the stage of small games at the 17th, especially old Dutch games with a Indonesian flavour added to it.

Posted in Culture @ 14 August 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Soccer on Friday Just back from a couple of days in Malang it's about time to turn on the computer again and to clean the keyboard. Since the short holiday to Bali I didn't see any chance to write something down, but that is going to change now. The few days in Malang were a pleasant difference with the somewhat more normal life in Yogyakarta. The garden has been watered and the windows are open, though there is not too much wind. Several days back, back to Friday to be more precise. Soccer club Arema (Malang) has to play a game that day.

Posted in Culture @ 13 August 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Playboy tests tolerance in Indonesia When Erwin Arnada, editor in chief of Playboy magazine in Indonesia, answered a summons at the police headquarters in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, he turned up smiling, behaved like a good citizen and, in turn, was treated politely during nearly six hours of questioning. The parrying, he recalled, went something like this:

Posted in Culture @ 26 July 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Who is afraid of Gunung Merapi? When in Yogyakarta it is hard not to notice the Gunung Merapi volcano, towards the north. The majestic 2900 meter volcano may not be the highest one around, that's for sure, but the volcano is active almost constantly, not only scaring the hell out of the people living on it's slopes, but also offering nice views in the early morning, late afternoon and many other parts of the day when the weather allows you to. Most of the time at this time of year - it's the dry season - there are small clouds in the sky, also (partially) blocking your view on the volcano.

Posted in Culture @ 15 July 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The Tengger of Bromo: Magic, mystique and modernism Legend has it that the Tengger ethnic group in the Bromo-Tengger-Semeru area of East Java is descended from the ancient Majapahit royal family. The name "Tengger" itself is said to be an acronymic derivation of two legendary figures from the region, Rara Anteng and Jaka Seger. As it has been long told, during a time of chaos for the Majapahit kingdom, Princess Rara Anteng took refuge in the area around Mount Bromo. While she was being evacuated, Rara Anteng met Jaka Seger, the son of a priest from the kingdom of Kediri, which was also in great turmoil. Their meeting was the beginning of a love story, and the area was later christened after their combined names.

Posted in Culture @ 28 May 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Myths and mysticism that surround Merapi Discussion on Mt. Merapi volcano, expected imminently to erupt, would be considered incomplete unless it included the myths and mysticism that surround it. Reaching magnificently up to the sky on the border between Yogyakarta and Central Java provinces, the 2,968-meter volcano is believed, by the traditional Javanese communities that live in its vicinity, to be a sacred place.

Posted in Culture @ 12 May 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


No smoking, please Finally, the 2005 Jakarta gubernatorial decree banning smoking in public places has been implemented, after a two-month delay. The decree, an auxiliary regulation to the 2005 bylaw on air pollution control, is expected to end any arguments about people's right to breathe clean air.

Posted in Culture @ 08 April 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ousting demons to usher in new year It has been unnervingly quiet on the tourism front in Bali of late - many have been laid off or put on part-time - giving the Balinese more time at home, more time to just be ... Balinese.

Posted in Culture @ 02 April 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Implications of pornography bill and Islamic law In the past few months much has been in the local Press about Sharia regulations in regions of Indonesia as well as the frequently cited Pornography Law being deliberated on in the House. These clippings in the press have been anything but flattering of Sharia which to a practicing Muslim is the crux of his daily interactions. Sharia has been labeled oppressive to women and minorities of other faiths, a step backwards for Indonesia, and an inhibitor to the economy.

Posted in Culture @ 25 March 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The noisy young demons of Tegalalang The quiet of the afternoon was shattered when hundreds of children stormed out of the majestic gates of Duur Bingin Temple into the streets of Tegalalang village. In terms of sheer volume, five children are enough to outscream an entire supermarket floor filled with busy adults. Imagine what an uproar a group of some 700 children can make in a quiet village!

Posted in Culture @ 19 January 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


HIV-positive Dolvince keeps spirit of life aflame The mere mention of the term "PLWHA" (person living with HIV/AIDS) will make people's imagination immediately form the image of a frail person characterized by a severe inferiority complex and a strong urge to keep himself aloof from society. This is a common image about a PLWHA because the people in this country, generally, still find it difficult to accept them.

Posted in Culture @ 01 December 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Keeping a collection of rare and banned books The dimness inside the Room of Rarities at the library of Surabaya's Medayu Agung Foundation gives way to brightness when Oei Hiem Hwie enters the room and turns on the main lights. Rows of neatly arranged books can be seen through the glass doors of a wooden cabinet ornamented with Jepara carving. "You will soon find out why this room is called the Hall of Rare Collection," Oei told The Jakarta Post.

Posted in Culture @ 17 September 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bakso Belanda Back home for a week, leaving me with lots of work at the office, at home and in Indonesia. Maybe it's just good that I'm working hard right from the day I'm home, because I'm quite sure I would be missing Indonesia like hell when I was bored to death here. It was just 6 days ago, on an early Sunday morning at six, that the Singapore Airlines plane touched down on Schiphol Airport, ending my longest trip to Indonesia.

Posted in Culture @ 22 January 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Uncluttered by tenses, prepositions and grammatical quirks, Indonesiaís national tongue was once a gift to travellers who quickly grasped the basics. Now a bizarre passion for acronyms is threatening to engulf the language, leaving visitors and even locals lost in translation.

Posted in Culture @ 06 September 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Borobudur temple rises in an immense dark stone pyramid from a fertile volcanic plain, a spiritual monument at the centre of a battle over tourism and commerce.

Posted in Culture @ 10 June 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


There are no actual proof in the existence of ghosts. When approaching claims made by people who have seen ghosts, we should approach those claims with skepticism. Before we accept those claims to be true, we should consider every single aspect of those claims from every different angle until there's no room for doubts, which in this case, is unlikely.

Posted in Culture @ 23 January 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta, a city which is famous for its night life, discos, pubs has also a hidden unmasked Zorro's which we call gigolos who never show up them selves freely in normal daily life.

Posted in Culture @ 21 January 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Superstition, facts and fantasy are a very common daily chit-chat life in our own metropolitan city Jakarta. Real Stories from Jakarta s own streets are a proof for this fact or fiction.

Posted in Culture @ 14 January 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions




Posted in Culture @ 07 December 2003 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The time has come that I have to look for my own stuff here in Eindhoven. I have been living here for quite some years now, and I know my way around here pretty good (maybe with the help of an internet guide). But only a little while ago I discovered there are more people here who were looking for the same products, Indonesian products that is. After my first holiday to Indonesia, back in 1999, I had the need to shop for Ďthe real Indonesian krupukí (shrimp-crackers) and I found that in a shop named Toko Murah in the one shopping mall Eindhoven has. I only went there for some krupuk and kue lapis, that was also enough for me.

Posted in Culture @ 06 December 2003 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ever since my first experience with Indonesia, back in 1999, I also had the experience of being together with a woman. Itís not that I have had that experience before in my life, but being together with a woman here is totally different as being together with a woman in The Netherlands, and Iím not mentioning some form of a fixed relation like engagement or marriage. Hey, Iím still young, not yet okay?

Posted in Culture @ 21 September 2003 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


As more things in Indonesia, things are different than in Holland. A warnet (warung internet, internet cafe) is something that we donít know in Holland, in the way is exsists here. But over the last four years, five holidays, I have learned how to cope with several hardships which I have encountered in different warnets in different places. This story will give you a look in several different Ďkindsí of internet cafeís as they excist and how it could be.

Posted in Culture @ 09 September 2003 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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