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Indonesia demands trial of party responsible for MH17 tragedy Indonesia demands trial of the party responsible for the Malaysian Airlines MH17 flight downed in eastern Ukraine on Thursday (July 17), Indonesias Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York, Ambassador Desra Percaya stated.

Posted in Accidents @ 21 July 2014 10:20 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Malaysia Airlines confirms 12 Indonesians aboard MH17 There were 12 Indonesians among 298 passengers, who boarded flight MH17 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur that crashed in Ukraine on Thursday, Malaysia Airlines has confirmed.

Posted in Accidents @ 19 July 2014 18:55 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda launching new planes on new routes The national airline Garuda Indonesia is scheduled to commence direct non-stop daily service between Jakarta and Amsterdam in May 2014.The new service, bypassing traditional technical stops in the Middle East, will be made possible with the delivery of new Boeing 777-300s.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 16 March 2014 06:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda Indonesia to start flights to US from 2015 Bisnis.com reports that the CEO of Garuda Indonesia, Emirsyah Satar, confirms his airline is targeting to commence service the U.S.A. by the end of 2015.Said Emirsyah: “Garuda will be ready to fly to the US in 2015, because by that time we’ll have our B-777-300 ER fleet.”

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 23 September 2012 10:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's air traffic increased by 15 percent in 2011 Indonesia's Transportation Ministry on Wednesday announced that the country's passenger air traffic increased by 15 percent in 2011, when compared to the previous year, local media reported.

Posted in Travel @ 26 January 2012 02:21 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Amnesty Intl. wants new investigation in Munir case Those who gave the orders for the murder of Indonesian human rights activist Munir in 2004 have to be prosecuted. Amnesty International writes an open letter to the Indonesian prosecutor to ask for a new investigation in the murder case.

Posted in Crime @ 06 September 2011 04:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Construction of Jakarta light rail to kick off soon? Where most metropolis in the world - inclusive of those in virtually all third-world-countries - already are 'equipped' with at least one form of mass rapid transit, Indonesia has do do it the railroad tracks that were laid down during the Dutch colonial period and buses that were put on the road for the first time when Suharto just became president.

Posted in Economy @ 27 March 2011 07:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Late arrival of Boeing 777-300 planes for Garuda The new Boeing 777-300 planes that were ordered by Garuda Indonesia (GIAA), will not be delivered to Garuda as scheduled. The planes were due to arrive late 2012 or at latest early 2013, but Boeing now says that is will not be able to comply to this. There is a backlog at the Boeing plant in Seattle in the United States. Garuda expects that two out of the total order of 10 will be delivered in 2013.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 16 March 2011 01:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda reports strong loads on new Amsterdam route Bisnis.com reports that three weeks into the re-launch of Garuda Indonesia's Jakarta-Amsterdam service load factors are running at 70%. The commercial director of Garuda, Agus Priyanto, predicts that load factors on the new European route will reach 80% in July.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 27 June 2010 03:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda will spread its wings over Europe Garuda is preparing to once again become an international airline after a hiatus in which the national flag carrier shrunk to regional airline status. Buoyant with the resumption of service to Europe with its Amsterdam flight in June 2010, the technical and maintenance director of the airline told that service will be extended to include Italy, London, Paris and Frankfurt.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 22 June 2010 03:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Has Garuda lost the thread on heritage conservation? Garuda Indonesia is on a roll. The national carrier has returned to Europe with flights to Amsterdam; new aircraft are on order to make their already young fleet even younger; plans are in hand for more new routes, including resuming service to America's West Coast; the airline has re-established its safety certification with IATA and the EU; and, most importantly, the airline is turning a profit.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 12 June 2010 12:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda's Ambon route expected to boost Maluku's tourism The much awaited reopening of national flag carrier Garuda Indonesia`s Ambon route in June is expected to have a significant effect on tourism in Maluku. Starting June 1, there will be regular flights from Jakarta to Ambon.

Posted in Travel @ 14 May 2010 03:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Travelers from Indonesia affected by Europe ash cloud Indonesia and Asia are increasingly feeling the impact of the volcanic ash cloud hanging over Europe, with airlines forced to cancel dozens of European flights for a third day on Sunday and warning that the chaos could last up to a week, at a cost of tens of millions of dollars.

Posted in Travel @ 19 April 2010 04:47 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


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


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

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


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

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


Garuda flies to Amsterdam again from June 2010 Garuda Indonesia has announced that it will resume flights between Jakarta and Amsterdam as of June 1, 2010. A daily flight between the destinations will be made with an Airbus A330-200 plane, which makes a short stop in Dubai.

Posted in Travel @ 17 October 2009 06:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


What is 'newcomer' KLM going to do? Although KLM is flying to destinations like Jakarta and Surabaya in Indonesia through a 'detour' - by codeshares with Malaysian and Singapore Airlines for example - they will also fly to Bali with their own blue swans three times a week later this year. This means that three plane loads of Dutchmen can fly to Bali to celebrate their holidays without leaving the Netherlands behind during their long flights.

Posted in Travel @ 15 October 2009 12:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Only two pilots in simulator, training a success The first reaction from Indonesia on the ban to fly to countries of the European Union for all Indonesian airliners was as clear as it could be. Furious they were, because there were no structural problems at all in the airline industry in the country. President Yudhoyono even canceled a visit to the Netherlands because of the ban. And all this even when there was not a single Indonesian airliner flying to Europe, since Garuda Indonesia had stopped flying to Amsterdam late 2004 already.

Posted in General @ 04 September 2009 06:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda Indonesia will fly to Amsterdam directly Once more Garuda Indonesia has announced that it will start with direct flights to the Netherlands again. Their last flight from Amsterdam was late 2004, and because of the current ban for Indonesian airliners to land in countries of the European Union, Garuda has to hold out a little while longer.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 30 August 2009 07:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


EU lifts travel ban for some Indonesian carriers The European Union (EU) has lifted its restriction on four Indonesian air carriers from entering its territory, Director of Air Transport of Indonesian Transport Ministry Herry Bakti quoted EU ambassador to Indonesia Julian Wilson as saying here on Tuesday. The four carriers are leading carrier Garuda Indonesia, Mandala Airlines, Airfast Indonesia and Prime Air, Bakti said. All of them have potential to open routes to Europe, according to the ministry.

Posted in General @ 15 July 2009 03:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda Indonesia likely allowed to fly to Europe soon The European Union will soon partially lift a blanket ban on Indonesian airlines, imposed in 2007 after a series of deadly air accidents, the Indonesian Transport Ministry said Saturday. The EU's Air Safety Committee has recommended that the bloc drop the ban on national carrier Garuda Indonesia and three other airlines which are deemed to have met EU's safety standards, said Bambang Ervan, a spokesman for the ministry.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 05 July 2009 02:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Welcome in Indonesia! Do you have chocolate? 'Welcome back in Indonesia' is what I first thought when I arrived from Kuala Lumpur with AirAsia flight AK 392. Before that I was in the air for another 12 hours on a flight from Amsterdam, but flying with KLM does not give me any sensation that I am actually flying towards Asia, that feeling only came when I walked out from the plane.

Posted in Travel @ 01 June 2009 03:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Dutch tourist on Bali tests negative for Mexican Flu The Dutch tourist that was brought to the Sanglah general hospital yesterday after she was identified as a possible suspected case of Mexican Flu, Michele van Dorsen (32), has been sent home by the hospital earlier today because the tested negative for the H1N1 virus. She was released from the isolation room about half past eight this morning. "According to a lab test she is negative for H1N1," said a hospital spokesperson.

Posted in Mexican flu @ 12 May 2009 09:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda Indonesia continues to operate in the black Garuda Indonesia is targeting a net profit of Rp. 518 billion (38.4 milion euro) for the year 2008, an increase of 100% over the Rp. 259 billion profit booked in 2007. The CEO of Garuda, Emirsyah Satar, told Bisnis Indonesia that he is optimistic that the targeted profit can be achieved against forecasted income for the year of Rp. 17 - 18 trillion (1.29 billion euro).

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 12 October 2008 03:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Former intelligence official arrested over Munir case The former deputy head of Indonesia's top intelligence body has been arrested, for alleged involvement in the murder of a prominent human rights activist four years ago. Muchdi Purwo-prandjono was arrested as a key suspect in the murder of Munir, the co-founder of Imparsial and Kontras, two groups critical of the military and its methods of quashing dissent and separatism.

Posted in Crime @ 20 June 2008 07:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Former Indonesian airline boss jailed in Munir case The former executive director of Indonesia's national airline Garuda, Indra Setiawan, has been sentenced by a Jakarta court to one year in jail for assisting in the killing of the human rights activist Munir Said Thailib. The court found him guilty of falsifying documents to help the killer travel on Mr Munir's flight.

Posted in Crime @ 11 February 2008 14:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


 Former Garuda Indonesia pilot jailed for activist’s murder Indonesia’s supreme court has sentenced a former Garuda Indonesia airline pilot to 20 years in prison for the 'politically' motivated murder of one of the country’s leading human rights activist, it was announced on Friday. A court spokesman said the judges found Pollycarpus Priyanto killed Munir Thalib by poisoning his drink at Singapore’s Changi airport on September 7, 2004 while they chatted during a stopover of Munir’s flight from Jakarta to Amsterdam.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 25 January 2008 14:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Wet feet in North Jakarta, 1 Traveling by minibus we arrived in Jakarta from Bandung with a large detour via Soekarno-Hatta International Airport we were dropped at our destination, a boarding house in Pluit, a neighborhood in the far north of Jakarta. A friend of us also stayed in the boarding house, so it seemed like a nice idea to spend several nights there, also because there was a nice shower and air-conditioning of course. Without both it would be a pretty sweaty adventure in the always sticky city of Jakarta. In this case preventing is better than having to look for a cure later on, so we preferred a room in the boarding house. After we dropped our bags we ate something, because lunch time had already passed. After lunch we had a quick look around to see where we had ended up after all.

Posted in Flooding @ 12 January 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda Indonesia to return to The Netherlands? Despite the current blacklisting of all Indonesian registered commercial aircraft from European airspace by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the Indonesian national flag carrier Garuda Indonesia appears adamant in its desire to resume service to Europe, planning to recommence service to Amsterdam in 2008.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 04 October 2007 11:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


EU bans flights by Indonesian airlines All airlines that have their base in Indonesia will be banned from flying to the European Union because of safety concerns. This information has been released by the European Commission. "Once more, the EU blacklist will prove to be an essential tool not only to prevent unsafe airlines from flying to Europe and to inform passengers traveling worldwide but also to make sure that airlines and civil aviation authorities take appropriate actions to improve safety," said Jacques Barrot, commission vice president in charge of transport.

Posted in General @ 28 June 2007 14:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


Two new suspects questioned in Munir case The former head of Garuda Indonesia and another official of the same airline have been arrested in connection with the murder of a human rights activist who was poisoned during a flight from Jakarta to Amsterdam. Munir Thalib, known for his cricital views on the Indonesian military was murdered in 2004.

Posted in Crime @ 15 April 2007 05:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia frees activist murder suspect The only suspect in the poisoning death of Indonesia's most prominent human rights activist was freed from prison after receiving a month's reduction in his sentence as part of Christmas celebrations, a prison official said Tuesday. Pollycarpus Priyanto, a 45-year-old pilot, was originally sentenced to 14 years on charges of putting a fatal dose of arsenic in Munir Thalib's food while the human rights campaigner was on a flight from Jakarta to Amsterdam two years ago.

Posted in Human rights @ 26 December 2006 12:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia rejects inquiry call over activist poisoning The defence minister today rejected calls for a UN inquiry into the death of Indonesia's leading human rights activist, amid mounting pressure on authorities following the acquittal of the only suspect in the poisoning death. Munir Said Thalib, who gained a reputation for exposing abuses by the Indonesian military in the late 1990s, was given a massive overdose of arsenic on a flight from Jakarta to Amsterdam in 2004.

Posted in Human rights @ 01 November 2006 14:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


'Yudhoyono faltering on Human Rights' After two years at the helm, Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has drawn praise for ending the 30-year war in Aceh. Yet, human rights activists do not share the same enthusiasm when it comes to reforming the powerful military and solving human rights cases.

Posted in Human rights @ 23 October 2006 04:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rights advocates deplore murder acquittal in Indonesia The acquittal of an Indonesian pilot convicted in the murder of one of the country's most respected human-rights advocates has unleashed a storm of protest from critics of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and his government. The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that there was insufficient evidence to support a lower court's verdict that the pilot, Pollycarpus Budihari Priyanto, had murdered Munir Said Thalib, a human-rights lawyer who investigated abuses by the Indonesian military.

Posted in Crime @ 09 October 2006 02:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A handful of tickets, 5 Looking back in a bunch of old airline tickets, entrance ticket and whatever more, I again found some 'remarkable' items. A part of a boarding pass for a flight with Garuda Indonesia, which haven't been flying to the Netherlands for quite some time now. Also an entrance ticket to the Prambanan temple complex as well as a lunch in the Via Via Cafe in the well-known Jalan Prawirotaman in Yogyakarta. Several months after the earthquake I happened to be there accidentally because I was looking for something completely different. Still a reminder to get on my motorbike and see what became of the place. Especially going there for that one thing didn't have to, because I would go there anyway for renting a car for some friends coming over from Bali.

Posted in Travel @ 09 September 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia pilot jailed for murder of activist A Jakarta court on Tuesday sentenced an off-duty Indonesian pilot to 14 years in jail for planning the murder of a top human rights activist during a flight on the national carrier Garuda last year. Human rights groups have said the trial over the killing of Munir Thalib was a litmus test of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's promise to build a more open and accountable Indonesia after decades of authoritarian rule and rights abuses.

Posted in Human rights @ 20 December 2005 08:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 7 reactions


Prosecutor demands life sentence in Munir case An Indonesian prosecutor has recommended that a court sentence a pilot to life in prison for his alleged murder of leading human rights activist, Munir. The call for has been greeted by applause from Munir's widow and dozens of his supporters inside the courtroom. Garuda Indonesia airline pilot, Pollycarpus Budi Hari Priyanto, is accused of planning and implementing the poisoning of Munir during a flight from Jakarta to Amsterdam last year.

Posted in Crime @ 01 December 2005 14:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


A year later, Munir’s killers evade justice One year after a leading Indonesian human rights activist was murdered after boarding a flight from Jakarta to Europe, the Indonesian government has failed to properly investigate and prosecute those behind Munir Said Thalib’s death, Human Rights Watch said today.

Posted in Politics @ 08 September 2005 07:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


One day aboard KRI Dewaruci It was about a week ago, at a Saturday morning, that I was thinking about whether I should to all the way to Amsterdam to have a look at some boats, because that's in fact wat Sail 2005 had to offer, a long line of boats, moored to the city's cays. Most of them open for public, so ordinary people were also able to take a look aboard. One of those ships was the Indonesian tall-ship KRI Dewaruci, a ship that is used by TNI-AL (The naval forces of the Indonesian Army) for training purposes. I hadn't seen the ship before, but going there just for that is a little too much. A quick look at their website and I wrapped up my stuff to go out anyway.

Posted in Military @ 29 August 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia arrests new suspect over murder of rights activist Indonesian police have reportedly arrested a new suspect in the poisoning death of a leading human rights activist. Munir died on a Garuda flight from Jakarta to Amsterdam last September. An autopsy found a lethal dose of arsenic in his body. The Koran Tempo daily newspaper says Ery Bunyamin, a business class passenger on the same flight has been arrested.

Posted in Politics @ 12 August 2005 20:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda pilot faces poison trial A pilot for national airline Garuda Indonesia went on trial Tuesday over the alleged murder of a prominent human rights activist who was poisoned last year on a flight to Amsterdam. The high-profile case is seen as a crucial test of the government's willingness to crack down on rogue elements within Indonesia's powerful security forces, who for years have operated with impunity.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 09 August 2005 14:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Spy agency linked to murder Indonesia’s main intelligence agency has been implicated in the murder of the country’s leading human rights campaigner after an investigation found the main suspect was in contact with an unnamed intelligence official. The finding renewed speculation authorities had a role in the poisoning of Munir Thalib Said, with President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono promising to speed up the investigation.

Posted in Politics @ 20 May 2005 09:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Koninginnedag and 'Kantjil 2 go' Sometimes, just sometimes when I'm walking around, having a cold drink on a nice Dutch spring day, I have the feeling that I'm on holiday. One of those days was just barely a week ago, when I was on my way to Amsterdam. I'm going there a few times a year to meet with friends or my travel agent, but this time they would be stuck in traffic elsewhere in the city or, in case of the travel agent, they would be closed. Ooh well, what's the deal then? It was 'Koninginnedag', or Queens day. Every 30th April the birthday of former queen Juliana is celebrated. Queen Beatrix, the current queen, didn't want to change that date to her own birthday to honour her, and so it happened that every 30th April is a national holiday with celebrations virtually everywhere. Cities, towns and villages have their own live bands playing on their squares and the biggest cities have one day of local markets on which everyone is - almost - free to sell what they want.

Posted in Travel @ 05 May 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Phuket Air still in trouble Phuket Air expects to resume its Bangkok-Amsterdam service within days, following a ban of the service by the Dutch civil aviation authorities after it was discovered that an aircraft serving the route had a faulty emergency lighting system and a Phuket Air pilot was found not to have a necessary medical certificate.

Posted in Tourism @ 04 May 2005 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda 1Q operating loss surges to IDR139B National flag carrier Garuda International's operating loss almost doubled year-on-year to IDR139 billion ($14.5 million) in the first three months of 2005, the Jakarta Post reports. Rising fuel costs and intense market competition contributed to the loss, the report says, citing the carrier's chief executive Emirsyah Satar.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 02 May 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia widens air murder probe Indonesian police have named two more employees of the country's national airline as suspects in the death of prominent rights activist Munir. They are Oedi Irianto, who was working in the galley during the flight Munir died on, and stewardess Yeti Susmiarti.

Posted in Politics @ 05 April 2005 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt widens Munir enquiry Munir was poisoned during a Garuda flight last SeptemberIndonesian police plan to scrutinise the bank details of the national airline's outgoing chief, in an inquiry into the death of a rights activist. Munir, a prominent campaigner, died of arsenic poisoning on a Garuda flight to Amsterdam last September. A fact finding team has also urged the police to investigate several members of the National Intelligence Agency. But there has been no formal evidence linking Garuda, the security forces and the death of Munir.

Posted in Politics @ 23 March 2005 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Munir investigation stalls in Netherlands The National Police's commitment to thoroughly investigating the suspicious death of rights campaigner Munir is likely to soon be put to the test, with the police team now in the Netherlands apparently at a loss to know where to start with its probe. The team's primary objective of collecting the original autopsy report appears unlikely to be fulfilled as the Dutch government says it will hand over the document only if the investigating team can produce a formal request from the Indonesian government.

Posted in Crime @ 22 November 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Kontras interviews Garuda employee on Munir's death Activists are interviewing an employee of national flag carrier Garuda Indonesia to find clues about Munir's mysterious death aboard a GA 974 flight from Jakarta to Amsterdam in September. They also suspect that Munir, who was found dead two hours before his plane was due to land in Amsterdam on Sept. 7, may have been poisoned on the flight from Jakarta to Singapore on Sept. 6.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 19 November 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda flight cutbacks raise concern Garuda Indonesia's bid to halt its flights to Amsterdam and cut back on the number of flights to Guangzhou has raised concerns about the health of the national airline. The Amsterdam service has sentimental and historic value as it is one of Garuda's earliest overseas destinations. On the other hand, Guangzhou is one of China's most dynamic industrial centres and many wealthy Chinese-Indonesians whose ancestors came from the area have returned as investors.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 18 August 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


From Jogja, it’s just a short trip by motorbike to Solo, also known as Surakarta. Short is relative, because it takes about as long as a train ride from my current hometown of Eindhoven to Amsterdam, somewhere between 75 and 90 minutes. The road to Solo is quite easy. In fact it’s one long road which starts near the Tugu monument, in downtown Jogja. Travelling to the east the road is named Jl. Jend. Sudirman, Jl. Urip Sumoharjo, Jl. Adisucipto and finally Jl. Solo, starting outside the Jogja outer road, which can bring you to any side of Jogja in a matter of 30 minutes by motorbike.

Posted in Travel @ 13 August 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda Indonesia to suspend Amsterdam, Seoul and other routes Garuda Indonesia is planning to reduce or halt a series of services in the upcoming winter season, among them flights to Amsterdam and Seoul. The moves are "adjustment steps taken in line with the medium-term programmes of the company," a press statement by the state-owned airline said. It said that for the winter season Garuda Indonesia will "temporarily close the route to Amsterdam at the end of October 2004."

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 03 August 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


On my motorbike, enjoying the beauty of the Indonesian landscape – preferrably outside the cities – I see a lot of strange things. At least, they are strange in my western point of view. Some things make me wonder how they even got there.

Posted in Travel @ 11 July 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


Airports are fun, not only in Indonesia, but everywhere on the world. After flying to Indonesia several times I have seen the airports of Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Zurich, Singapore, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Jogjakarta, Denpasar, Surabaya and Makassar. Not an impressive number, but it’s still growing longer. However the remote destinations always seem more attractive for me, a local flight in Indonesia, from Makassar to Jogja, with a short stop at Surabaya made me smile while thinking of it just recently. It’s just one of those experiences I should not forget about.

Posted in Travel @ 31 May 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


In a series of short stories I will shine a light on things I have seen, I have done, I have smelled and touched in my three weeks stay in Indonesia (Jogjakarta and Sulawesi) in March 2004. Many things tend to fade away as soon as you are back home, picking up your daily life. Luckily I had a little booklet for some daily remarks. That will be my guide for this stories and stories to come.

Posted in Travel @ 04 April 2004 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 ‘the real Indonesian krupuk’ (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


In the early hours of 2003, the very early hours, I decided it was about time to expand my world of Indonesia on the world wide web. Since about 4 years I have maintained a Dutch links-website under Startpagina ( indonesie.pagina.nl, Startpagina.nl ). I’m doing fine with that one, collecting more and more visitors over the year. Most are still Dutch, and that’s the big reason why I made the second step in uniting the Indonesian-loving community in the Netherlands. I started a forum, which was offered by Startpagina for quite some time, but I didn’t want to start because I was busy working on my websites.

Posted in General @ 15 June 2003 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Armed with an M-16 machine gun, Sergeant Juwono was—literally—cornering the market. The Indonesian soldier stood along a main road in war-torn Aceh province selling bumper stickers commemorating the country’s upcoming Aug. 17 Independence Day. He stopped every car driving north and gave a simple but effective sales pitch: buy a sticker or else.

Posted in Military @ 26 August 2002 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Blood shed to the ground. A big black buffalo is just slaughtered to dead. But its soul is now ready to accompany the soul of its deceased master on his future journey in the realm of the death. "So blessed be thy buffalo in Tana Toraja as here, thy become the most important of all animals. Thy is the status symbol and plays a part in many myths, even ancient warriors look upon thee as example of bravery".

Posted in Tourism @ 26 May 2002 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Most railway stations in Jakarta still have their original Dutch architecture, it is just sometimes difficult to detect because of the generally poor condition of the stations. This 81st article on old Batavia looks at the history of rail travel in the city. The state railway company might be advised to follow the practice of its Dutch predecessors in averting bad luck and accidents.

Posted in History @ 06 July 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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