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 Indonesia to execute six drug convicts Indonesia's attorney general announced on Thursday, January 15, that the country is ready to carry out the execution of 6 people on death row on Sunday. "The preparations for the implementation (of the execution) are almost final," Attorney General H.M. Prasetyo announced in a press conference on Thursday afternoon.

Posted in Drugs @ 16 January 2015 02:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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


Papuan leader: 'Netherlands created OPM to oppose Indonesia' A Papuan community leader, Nicolaas Jouwe, said the Netherlands officers created the Free Papua Movement (OPM) in 1965, to oppose Indonesia and disturb the security of eastern Indonesias territory.

Posted in History @ 12 May 2014 23:20 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


PT PAL Indonesia to produce warship State-owned ship building company PT PAL Indonesia started building a Watchtower Missile Destroyer fregate on Wednesday to meet the ministry of defenses order.

Posted in Military @ 16 April 2014 19:08 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian navy joins search for missing Malaysian plane The Indonesian navy had deployed five ships and a helicopter to help search for a Malaysia Airlines plane that went missing early Saturday, Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Djoko Suyanto said.

Posted in Accidents @ 09 March 2014 22:23 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Seven Indonesians on board of missing Malaysia Airlines Seven Indonesians are reportedly on board of the missng Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on Saturday morning, statement from Indonesian Embassy in Kuala Lumpur said.

Posted in Accidents @ 08 March 2014 15:59 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia and the Netherlands strengthen defense cooperation The defense ministers of Indonesia and the Netherlands, Purnomo Yusgiantoro and Jeanine Hennis Plasschaert, signed an MoU to strengthen defense cooperation between the two countries in Den Haag, the Netherlands.

Posted in Politics @ 06 February 2014 19:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Record number of tourists for Bali in 2013 The foreign arrival numbers for Bali through the end of November 2013 are in totaling 2.97 million, surpassing, even before figures for December are in, the highest total for any year in the history of Bali arrival.

Posted in Tourism @ 06 January 2014 07:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia, Netherlands agree on island construction project The governments of Indonesia and the Netherlands have reached an agreement on the five islands construction project near the Tanjung Perak Port, Surabaya (East Java), for building the proposed industrial area.

Posted in Infrastructure @ 12 December 2013 16:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Netherlands asked to resolve palm oil export problems Indonesian Vice President Boediono has urged Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte to resolve obstacles in Indonesias palm oil exports. "Palm oil is a very important and sustainable industry in Indonesia. We hope that palm oil exports will increase again," Boediono said during Prime Minister Ruttes official visit at the Vice Presidential Palace here on Friday.

Posted in Economy @ 22 November 2013 17:11 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia, Netherlands agree to improve bilateral relations Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and visiting Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte agreed here on Wednesday to increase cooperation and improve bilateral relations between the two countries.

Posted in Politics @ 20 November 2013 23:21 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President Yudhoyono to receive Dutch Prime Minister President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is scheduled to receive Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte at the Merdeka Palace on Wednesday afternoon. The President will have a tete-a-tete with Rutte at 3:30 p.m., which will be followed by a bilateral meeting between the delegations from the two countries.

Posted in Politics @ 20 November 2013 12:19 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Dutch prime minister visiting Indonesia Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte will make an official visit to Indonesia from November 19 to 22, and will be accompanied by a business delegation.

Posted in Politics @ 19 November 2013 19:19 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


More than 4.8 million tourists visit Indonesia until July More than 4,872,260 foreign tourists visited Indonesia in the first seven months of this year, up 6.4 percent from the same period last year, Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Mari Elka Pangestu said.

Posted in Tourism @ 03 September 2013 00:43 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia suffers sixty floodings in a decade Indonesia has suffered sixty times of floodings as shown by data collected over a last decade and is thus recorded as one of the most commonly affected areas in South East Asia, an academician has said.

Posted in Flooding @ 11 May 2013 20:02 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


33 foreigners suffer from HIV/AIDS in Bali A total of 33 foreigners who once visited or stayed in the Indonesian tourist resort province of Bali suffered from HIV/AIDS, a local AIDS Commission (KPA) said here on Wednesday. Dr Mangku Karmaya, prevention working group coordinator of Bali`s KPA, said the data were collected from 1987 to 2013.

Posted in Health @ 01 May 2013 20:18 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 3 reactions


Leiden Library urged to return Indonesian ancient manuscripts The Javanology Institute of the Sebelas Maret University (UNS) in Solo has continuously been seeking ways to get ancient Javanese manuscripts now kept in a Library in Leiden, the Netherlands, back to the country. These are believed to be the oldest Javanese manuscripts dating back to before the advent of Islam to Indonesia.

Posted in History @ 27 February 2013 20:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Observer: 'Bounty for arrest of president baseless' The bounty offered by separatist group Free West Papua Movement for the arrest of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono during his October visit to Britain has no legal basis, according to an observer.

Posted in Politics @ 20 September 2012 22:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister: 'Govt considering to freeze Greenpeace Indonesia' Justice Minister Amir Syamsudin said the government is studying the possibility of freezing Greenpeace Indonesia due to various violations it has made so far. "We will see the stages for it. We hope the bill on mass organizations could give the answer. In essence foreign organizations must submit to laws effective in our country," he said.

Posted in Politics @ 02 August 2012 22:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono: 'No need to worry about Leopard purchase plan' President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said Indonesians need not worry about the government`s plan to purchase leopard tanks from Germany because the tanks would only be used for defense purposes.

Posted in Military @ 10 July 2012 17:16 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 5 reactions


Jakarta police destroy Rp1.1 trillion worth of drugs Jakarta Police destroyed various types of previously confiscated illegal drugs worth Rp1.1 trillion near Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, in Tangerang, Banten province, on Thursday.

Posted in Drugs @ 05 July 2012 10:24 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Fokker-27 aircraft crashes near Halim airbase A Fokker F-27 aircraft belonging to Squadron 2 of the Indonesian Air Force crashed into a housing complex near Halim Perdana Kusuma airbase in East Jakarta on Thursday. "Yes, an Indonesian Air Force aircraft has just crashed near Halim," the Head of Information of Indonesian Air Force, Colonel Agung Sasongkojati, confirmed the news.

Posted in Accidents @ 21 June 2012 12:52 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Greenpeace Indonesia urged to be transparent Greenpeace Indonesia has been urged to open up or tell about its management of funds it has received from the public or donors. "Greenpeace Indonesia must be open and explain transparently to the people about the funds because they are collected from the public," the chairman of the Special Committee on Social Organizations Bill, Abdul Malik Haramain, said here on Monday.

Posted in Environment @ 11 June 2012 16:28 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Some 80 million residents own E-KTP, minister says Home Affairs minister Gamawan Fauzi has said that approximately 80 million people of Indonesia have completed their electronic identification cards (e-KTP).

Posted in General @ 01 June 2012 18:33 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Old Indonesian manuscripts located in Netherlands Around 26,000 old Indonesian manuscripts are currently held in the library of Leiden University in the Netherlands, Indonesian National Library spokesperson Sri Sulasih said here on Monday.

Posted in History @ 14 May 2012 16:06 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police confiscate 350,000 ecstasy pills from the Netherlands Jakarta police have confiscated 350,000 ecstasy pills from the Netherlands, allegedly from members of a big syndicate known as BS and SA. "The suspects obtained the ecstasy pills from IW from the Netherlands who has now been put on the wanted list," Jakarta Metropolitan Police spokesman Senior Commissioner Rikwanto said here on Tuesday.

Posted in Drugs @ 14 March 2012 14:51 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Former Indonesian ambassador to Netherlands passes away A former Indonesian ambassador to the Netherlands, Junus Effendy Habibie, passed away at Cipto Mangunkusumo Hospital in Jakarta on Monday morning. "The deceased will be buried at Tanah Kusir after ashar prayer time," Transportation Ministry spokesman Bambang S. Ervan said as quoted by kompas.com.

Posted in Politics @ 13 March 2012 02:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian Berlin embassy implements one-hour visa service The Indonesian Embassy in Berlin has implemented a one-hour visa service for tourists wishing to visit the country, Ambassador Eddy Pratomo said here on Friday.

Posted in Tourism @ 12 February 2012 04:23 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesians to get faster Schengen visa service Indonesians planning to travel to Schengen-visa countries in Europe are going to get faster visa application service, a press statement from the European Union office in Jakarta received here on Wednesday said.

Posted in Travel @ 25 January 2012 13:21 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta police bust drug trafficking ring Jakarta police have busted a methamphetamine trafficking ring by arresting nine people who were about to distribute 16 kilograms of the drug in the capital.

Posted in Drugs @ 31 December 2011 02:28 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta police uncover Dutch-supplied narcotics ring Police have uncovered a drug distribution operation believed to have been supplied from the Netherlands in Jakarta`s Mangga Dua business district and arrested a suspect involved in it.

Posted in Drugs @ 22 December 2011 11:21 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Netherlands apologizes for Rawagede tragedy The Netherlands through its ambassador in Jakarta, Tjeerd de Zwaan, here on Friday apologized for a Dutch military operation in Rawagede village in 1947 that killed numerous civilian locals.

Posted in History @ 10 December 2011 09:51 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Four foreign tourists killed in bus crash Four foreign tourists were killed when their bus crashed into a hill in Subang, West Java on Friday. The bus departed from Bandung and was carrying 13 tourists from the Netherlands, Belgium and India and was en route to Ciater hot spring when its brakes gave way while it was driving downhill.

Posted in Accidents @ 07 October 2011 14:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to monitor Dutch compensation for 1947 massacre The Indonesian government will monitor developments around a Dutch court ruling on the 1947 Rawagede massacre, a presidential spokesman said on Thursday.

Posted in History @ 16 September 2011 03:27 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Dutch government has to pay for Rawagede widows The Netherlands is responsible for the damage that survivors suffered during the killing spree on the village of Rawagede by Dutch soldiers during the Second World War. A court in The Hague confirmed that the Netherlands should pay damages to seven widows of victims.

Posted in History @ 15 September 2011 03:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Improvement to website speed and accesibility In recent weeks and months more and more problems showed up with the speed and the availability of several websites in our network, among them indahnesia.com and ticketindonesia.info. Because these problems grew larger - partly because our websites are more frequently visited nowadays - something had to be done about this really fast.

Posted in Website @ 20 August 2011 05:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia FM: first time negotiating with Somali pirates Indonesia's Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa on Thursday said the government had never negotiated with Somali pirates, which are currently holding hostage 22 Indonesian sailors after hijacking their ship last month.

Posted in Crime @ 22 April 2011 00:15 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia sends troops to free hostages from Somali pirates Indonesia's National Defense Forces (TNI) on Friday announced that it had deployed troops to rescue the 20 nationals that were captured by Somali pirates last month.

Posted in Military @ 16 April 2011 01:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia prepares rescue operation against Somali pirates Indonesia's National Defense Forces (TNI) on Thursday announced that it is prepared to deploy security forces to rescue the 22 nationals captured by Somali pirates last month if negotiations remain unsuccessful.

Posted in Military @ 14 April 2011 14:12 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Witness gives inconsistent testimony at Susno trial A key witness in the Susno Duadji trial provided testimony wherein details given failed to match those already provided by convicted case broker, Sjahril Djohan. The witness, police officer Adj. Sr. Comr. Syamsul Rizal, testified at the South Jakarta District Court that he met Sjahril at the residence of former National Police detective chief Comr. Gen. Susno Duadji on Dec. 27.

Posted in Corruption @ 22 December 2010 04:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono postpones visit to the Netherlands President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has postponed his plan to visit the Netherlands after the commemoration of the 65th anniversary of the Indonesian Military (TNI). The President was originally scheduled to leave for the Netherlands from the Halim Perdana Kusumah airport in Jakarta at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Posted in Politics @ 05 October 2010 11:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian ambassador: PVV voters are terribly scared The Indonesian ambassador to the Netherlands. Yunus Effendi Habibie, has said that those who voted for the PVV (Freedom Party) may have contracted 'a terrible form of scaredness'. He also said that the Indonesian president would most likely not visit the Netherlands if the PVV was to form a cabinet. The Indonesian ambassador said this to the Dutch newspaper het Financieele Dagblad.

Posted in Politics @ 24 September 2010 06:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Truck crashes into Garuda plane on Schiphol airport A plane belonging to Garuda Indonesia was hit by a truck when it was about to depart from Schiphol airport in the Netherlands. Because of the accident, the plane had to be evacuated which caused long delays for the 125 passengers on board. 70 other passengers who were waiting in Dubai, to be picked up at a stop-over, were also delayed.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 04 September 2010 02:15 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


Government may free political prisoners in Papua Justice and Human Rights Minister Patrialis Akbar said Sunday he planned to release a number of Papuan political activists jailed for campaigning for separation from Indonesia. The minister said during his visit to Papua that he would discuss the plan with President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and Coordinating Minister for Political and Security Affairs Widodo AS.

Posted in Politics @ 21 May 2010 01:34 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


At least 120 new species of plants and animals discovered At least 120 new species of plants and animals have been discovered in the tropical rain forests of Borneo in the last three years. Several of the remarkable findings were done by Dutch. Evolutionbiologist Menno Schilthuizen and his Malaysian student Liew Thor-Seng found a new kind of snail with a tail that is three times as long as his head for example.

Posted in Environment @ 23 April 2010 02:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia out of race to host World Championship 2022 Indonesia is no longer participating in the race to host the World Championship Soccer in 2022. The FIFA has announced this after the Indonesian government failed to comply to regulations. According to the FIFA, Indonesia has not submitted a number of documents, among them are letters of guarantee.

Posted in Sports @ 20 March 2010 01:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Unilever and Nestle ban palmoil giant Sinar Mas After Unilever, Nestle also decided to ban Indonesian palmoil giant Sinar Mas as a supplier for their factories. The world's biggest food producer has done this after pressure from environmental organisations like Greenpeace, which accuse Sinar Mas of destroying the Indonesian rain forests.

Posted in Environment @ 19 March 2010 05:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia and The Netherlands working together on CO2-problem The Netherlands is about to participate in four projects in Indonesia in order to reduce it's production of CO2 gas. One project will use natural gas while three other projects will be aimed at retrieving gas from trash that can be used as energy.

Posted in Environment @ 05 March 2010 11:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Death penalty for three convicted Dutchmen approaching The death penalty that is being prepared against three Dutchmen in Indonesia is currently negotiated about at a high diplomatic level. For one of the three men a review has been submitted a short while ago. The other two will have their reviews submitted in a short period of time as well.

Posted in Drugs @ 19 February 2010 01:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Nicolaas Jouwe: 'Papua is an integral part of Indonesia' Nicolaas Jouwe (85), the founder of the Organisation for an Independent Papua, Organisasi Papua Merdeka or OPM, has said that Papua now is a part of the unitary state of Indonesia. He also apologises for the violence he ordered against the Indonesian army and the police. Jouwe also said that he had already forgiven the violence of the Indonesian army in the region where he was born.

Posted in Human rights @ 12 January 2010 06:15 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


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


No shortage of stupid cops Not the first time and most likely also not the last time that I was 'aught in a 'trap' when on the road. This means that all motorcyclists are stopped by police to check their paperwork. Drivers of motorcycles should always bring a valid STNK ('license plate registration') and SIM C ('driving license for motorcycles') with them.

Posted in General @ 27 October 2009 12:20 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


Fraud with my credit card For everything is a first time. Yesterday I was SMS-ed from the Netherlands with the request to check my email. No company asked me to do that, but my contact person in the Netherlands which can be contacted by the Rabobank in case it is needed. I checked my email right away and found out that the Fraud Prevention team of the Rabobank had blocked by credit card because they suspected that my card was used by others.

Posted in Crime @ 30 September 2009 11:54 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


'If trains go faster, people reach their destination earlier' The Minister of Transport has finally seen the light. He stated earlier today that the time needed to travel between Surabaya and Banyuwangi could be shortened from six hours, the current time a train needs, to only three hours. He has come up with a very inventive way to get this done properly:

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 28 August 2009 13:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


RMS nowadays just wants autonomy Indonesia is has reacted positive to the Maluku government in exile when they announced that they no longer fight for an independent state. The Indonesian ambassador to the Netherlands, Junus Effendi Habibie, told this to Wereldomroep. According to the ambassador there already is autonomy in the Maluku region, so the situation doesn't have to be changed anymore. A complete independence is rejected straight away.

Posted in Politics @ 18 August 2009 04:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


362 cases of Mexican Flu in Indonesia Indonesian authorities announced 19 more cases of H1N1 Mexican flu yesterday, putting the total number of infections in Indonesia to 362. Two of the 19 newly reported cases concerned foreigners who were traveling to the country. Six of the Indonesians had a recent history of traveling to Saudi Arabia, Australia, Japan, Morocco, the Netherlands and Singapore a short while ago.

Posted in Mexican flu @ 27 July 2009 05:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Second Dutch death in Jakarta bombings confirmed A Dutch man who went missing after the bombings in Jakarta just over a week ago, has certainly be killed in those bombings. The Department of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands has told. The man is the second Dutch victim in the bombings. Most likely he is the husband of the Dutch woman who was confirmed to be killed in the bombings as well.

Posted in Terrorism @ 25 July 2009 04:03 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


Dutch boy suspected of having contracted Mexican Flu A student from the Netherlands which is visiting Maumere in the district of Sikka, East Nusa Tenggara province, is suspected of having contracted H1N1 Mexican flu. A medical team has already isolated the 13-year old in a special department of the T.C. Hillers general hospital. The identity of the boy has not been released. According to a doctor, the boy was brought to the hospital last Saturday.

Posted in Mexican flu @ 13 July 2009 09:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Moving? Yes, but not to the Netherlands After I wrote an article recently, some people thought that I was about to return to the Netherlands. Indeed I was in the Netherlands and indeed I was about to move. Whether I put these two facts in one article on purpose or not, it were two things that played an important role at that moment. Both of them have been rounded off properly though and it wasn't that hard after all.

Posted in General @ 14 June 2009 06:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Indonesia Bisa! Thoughts on a Thursday morning It is just past eight in the morning local time when the tukang arrive. They were indirectly hired by me to take care of packing all my stuff. You can assume from me that it is quite a lot that has to be moved to Lippo Cikarang, my new living environment in a few days from here, so I am glad that there are some people helping me here.

Posted in General @ 04 June 2009 05:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Time for something new; goodbye Jogja It has been three years this coming July that I left for Indonesia with a 'single trip' Singapore Airlines. You can not enter Indonesia officially when you only have a single trip indeed, but that was the feeling I had back them. Moving from the Netherlands to try and see whether I could spend three months in that country. Of course I assumed that everything would be fine, otherwise I would not just try it for.

Posted in General @ 30 May 2009 10:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 10 reactions


A peek into Jakarta's nightlife; Aphrodite It is a humid night - like most nights in Jakarta indeed - after some light rain when I sit in a taxi on my way to meet two female friends. First something to eat and then enjoying the nightlife until the early hours of the next day, that was the deal we made by SMS during the course of the day. SMS-ing is much more convenient than calling each other all the time because connections are often not optimal. Another important thing is that SMS-es can be read again in case you forgot something.

Posted in Nightlife @ 08 April 2009 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Dutch journalists arrested in Indonesia Four Dutch journalists have been arrested in the Indonesian province of Papua, Dutch news wire ANP reported Tuesday. The four were arrested in the city of Jayapura while reporting on a rally calling for Papua's independence. Dutch international radio Wereldomroep confirmed that the incident involved three of its freelancers and a correspondent for the leading Dutch daily newspaper NRC Handelsblad.

Posted in General @ 25 March 2009 01:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Exiled Papua rebel leader returns home A former Free Papua Movement's leader, Nicolaas Jouwe, who has been in overseas exile for years returned to Indonesia for a visit on Thursday and planned to meet with the country's President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono before visiting his birthplace of Papua. Co-founder of the movement arrived here on Thursday and he met with Indonesian Minister of People Welfare and Poverty Alleviation Aburizal Bakrie at his office here Friday.

Posted in General @ 21 March 2009 03:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


EU extends flight ban on Indonesian airlines The European Union (EU) has extended flight restriction on Indonesian airliners at its recent meeting in Brussels of Belgium, Indonesian Transport Ministry said here Tuesday. The group has forbidden all 51 Indonesian airliners, from entering its territory since July 6 last year following a rampant air accidents that claimed more than 300 of lives.

Posted in General @ 26 November 2008 01:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Parliamentary commission agrees Indover rescue Indonesia's central bank may bail out a failed subsidiary in the Netherlands to avoid a possible sovereign credit rating downgrade, lawmakers said on Friday, in a deal that local media estimated could cost nearly $700 million. A Dutch court in early October froze assets and liabilities of Indonesische Overzeese Bank NV (Indover), a subsidiary of Bank Indonesia that is active in the interbank market, at the request of the Dutch central bank (DNB) amid the global credit crisis.

Posted in Economy @ 25 October 2008 10:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


The last minutes of the dry season It is October 8, 2008 in the morning when I prepare myself for a trip to the neighboring city of Solo. I do this because there are still some stamps missing in my albums. I do not collect points here, converted to money they are worth almost nothing and that 50 Rupiah discount on a bottle of iced tea of 3.500 Rupiah is something I am not waiting for as well. Those stamps however, I would like to have, so it occasionally occurs that I have to do some more effort for them than just the short trip to the local main post office downtown, at the other side of 'Malioboro'.

Posted in Weather @ 09 October 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Daydreaming about a toll road over Java The road between Yogyakarta and Malang consists mainly of a reasonably maintained two lane road. That is what they call jalan raya ('big road') here, but it's not that big after all. The two most widely used roads for traveling from west to east and the other way around on the island is one road that is virtually on the beach, the Pesisir. The second is a road that runs through the Javanese heartland and brings you to Bandung, Yogyakarta, Surakarta (popularly known as Solo), Madiun and Malang. The road from Yogyakarta to Malang is some 375 kilometers - not in a direct line of course - and has different levels of maintenance in different areas. The road in nice condition in the province of Yogyakarta are in sharp contrast with the bad situation near Madiun.

Posted in General @ 19 August 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia: Release peaceful demonstrators in Papua The Indonesian government should immediately release more than a dozen Papuans detained for raising the Papuan "Morning Star" flag in Fakfak, a major city in western Papua, Human Rights Watch said today. Human Rights Watch called on the Indonesian government to launch an investigation into the excessive use of force by the Indonesian police, who beat and kicked the activists during the arrests on July 19, 2008. "Once again, the Indonesian authorities have stopped Papuans from peacefully expressing their political views," said Elaine Pearson, deputy Asia director at Human Rights Watch. "The police should not resort to violence to suppress political activism."

Posted in Human rights @ 29 July 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Six people arrested in Tangerang for smuggling ecstasy A spokesman for the Anti-drugs department of the Metro Jaya regional police in Jakarta, Arman Depari, just announced the initials of the six people that were arrested in Ruko Mutiara Palem, Cengkareng, Tangerang, while the full names of those arrested were already known to the reporters at the press conference. The people arrested were Siegfried Mets (Dutch), Ong Tiong Yoh (Singapore), Chen Hoa Yi (Taiwan), Tzu Chiang (Taiwan), Li Hao Yi (Taiwan) and Alek alias Alexander (Indonesia).

Posted in Drugs @ 28 February 2008 05:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Destruction of Sumatra forests driving global climate change and species extinction Turning just one Sumatran province's forests and peat swamps into pulpwood and palm oil plantations is generating more annual greenhouse gas emissions than the Netherlands and rapidly driving the province's elephants into extinction, a new study by WWF and partners has found.

Posted in Environment @ 28 February 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Wilders endangers his fellow countrymen all over the world Many are waiting for the moment - unfortunately a big part of the people is only waiting for it for negative reasons - the short move made by Dutch politician Geert Wilders about the Koran, the holy book for Muslims. He wants to show the world that Islam is a religion of violence and that 'their book' - the Koran indeed - is a source of fascism in the religion. That is the very short story and I'm sure other aspects of Islam will be highlighted as well. It is expected that that won't be too positive as well, which is causing that negative feeling. Such a kind of straight-forwarded attack on Islam - or any other religion for that matter - will provoke strong reactions and these will not be limited to the area that we know as The Netherlands.

Posted in General @ 22 January 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 29 reactions


Visa-free facility proposed for ten countries Travel Trade Gazette's (TTG) Mimi Hudoyo reports that the Indonesian Department of Culture and Tourism is seeking agreement to change current visa regulations to permit visa-free short visits from 10 countries.

Posted in Tourism @ 20 January 2008 07:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Grammatical error in Tourism 2008 campaign to be fixed A grammatical error in the 'Visit Indonesia 2008' campaign - to be found on airplanes, websites and advertisements - has to be fixed, said an official at the Ministry of Tourism on Wednesday. The slogan of the campaign reads 'Celebrating 100 years of nation's awakning'. 'Nation's', in correct English, should read 'national' or has to be preceded by a definite article.

Posted in Tourism @ 20 December 2007 12:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian president likely to visit the Netherlands next year The Indonesian president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono will likely bring a visit to the Netherlands next year. He will then sign a wide development agreement with Dutch prime-minister. This was announced by minister Bert Koenders (Development Cooperation) on Monday in the Indonesian capital. Koenders is on a visit in Indonesia and had conversations with vice-president Yusuf Kalla and others.

Posted in Politics @ 11 December 2007 12:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia seizes 3.4 million euro worth of ecstasy Indonesian authorities have seized ecstasy tablets with an estimated value of 3.4 million euro. Five people - among them were two Malaysians - were also arrested during raids in several locations of Jakarta. About half a million pills were confiscated from several apartments in Jakarta, told Indradi Thanos, the director of the narcotics department from the national police.

Posted in Drugs @ 24 November 2007 12:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


There is the wet monsoon First some lightning and later with a rolling thunder from the south, a bunch of dark clouds heads towards the north. After two rainshowers yesterday afternoon it is very likely that it will rain again today. A clear sign that the wet monsoon finally will kick of. Somewhat late, but with half a year of virtually no rain at all, every single drop of rain is a gift from God for farmers and people with their own garden. Yesterdays rain was just a reminder of the arrival of the wet monsoon and also cleaned the streets from the dust that had been gathered in all possible and impossible places during the last six months.

Posted in Weather @ 29 October 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Two neighbors but a completely different world It is a completely random day at the end of August. Time to catch a plane to head for a new destination. Fortunately I know what is waiting for me on the other side. This is, for me personally, a lot less stress. I tend to arrange everything into the smallest details, and that from someone that tries to build a life in Indonesia. Yeah, I know, it sounds strange, but until now it was relatively easy for that matter. The bright red AirAsia plane touches down after about two hours of flight. The environment still is tropical and green. It is clouded, that is the only thing I notice directly. That means that here at least I can see what kind of weather it is, because that is a big difference than just two hours ago. Because Jakarta is always covered under a thick layer of brown smog and other lethal stuff.

Posted in Travel @ 06 October 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Dutch made corvette for Indonesian Navy to arrive mid-august The Indonesian Navy is expected to receive a Sigma-class corvette in the next few weeks. "We expect the corvette to arrive mid August. It is currently on its way from the Netherlands to Indonesia," head of the Indonesian Navy`s Information Service Commodore Sugeng Darmawan said here on Friday.

Posted in Military @ 03 August 2007 14:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The quiet kampung; the daily life It is a very normal Thursday afternoon when I sit down on the veranda. A light rain shower crosses my path here after a long and humid day on which it didn't want to raining the first place. The rain was not enough to clean the humid air and so tomorrow will be another of those warm and slow days. Last year the wet season only lasted until the middle of March, but now there is still rain on a regular base. Not a changing climate, but just a slight change in ocean temperatures. As far as on the other side of the world this impacts tropical areas as well, because weather here isn't that monotonous as it looks like when you see those holiday pictures with a blue sky. For sure there is much sun, but there are clouds as well and rain of course, even during the dry season. Maybe it's just a different type of rain, more light instead of a complete tropical downpour.

Posted in Travel @ 08 June 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Nine get death penalty for producing ecstasy in Indonesia Indonesia's Supreme Court sentenced nine men, including Chinese, French and Dutch nationals, to death Tuesday for producing millions of pills of the illegal recreational drug Ecstasy. The punishment for the foreigners was harsher than that rendered by a lower court last year which had ordered the execution of just the two alleged Indonesian ringleaders.

Posted in Drugs @ 30 May 2007 09:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Asia rises while European arrivals seek past glory As reported on balidiscovery.com, total foreign arrivals during the first four months of 2007 totaled 472,082 - representing an improvement of +38.38% over the same four months in 2006 and the strongest start to any year on record. The graphics presented here in 'Bali by the Numbers' examining Bali's top four source markets for the first four months of each year from 2000 - 2007 show:

Posted in Tourism @ 28 May 2007 14:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Drinking coffee in the kampung, part 2 First time to have a drink. I looked in the direction of the only warung that I could find here at the moment. I didn't really want to look for another one. Fortunately there was someone to serve, in the form of a Javanese women which sat on a bench in front of the house. Probably waiting for a customer. A bemo passed. That stopped and the driver got out. Hopefully he didn't bring any passengers, otherwise they had to wait. I wasn't the only one there when I walked into that direction. The driver ordered an iced tea and sat down. I just had picked up the nice idea to drink a coffee here. It had been a long time that I drunk a kopi tubruk actually. That is nice for a change. I found a nice spot at the one big table available.

Posted in Travel @ 19 May 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Biking on Saturday afternoon It was a Saturday afternoon as any other, but sometimes I just feel the need to get out for a while. This is not always possible, but when there is a possibility and there are no other appointments in the agenda, then it just might happen that after lunch I decide to grab my stuff for a trip on the motorbike. It's not too far away, within the borders of the province of Yogyakarta, but at least I can get away from the daily life for a while. Helmet, keys and a wallet is enough. To store some of the memories I have I also bring a camera with me and within a matter of minutes I leave the area. Where do I go then? Ooh, I felt like having a drink in Wonosari, so that became my first destination, knowing that most likely it would be something in that direction, but that doesn't really matter.

Posted in Travel @ 09 May 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Traveling between Yogyakarta and Malang It's not really difficult go get up on time, around seven in the morning, so for that matter it's a nice service that it's possible to get a minivan in front of the door within the hour when I'm making a trip to a destination at a bigger distance than just in the city or nearby. That kind of minivan is called a travel here, and plies a fixed route a few times a day, for example from Yogyakarta via Solo, Madiun and Malang to Surabaya. Of course you can also travel the other way around, if you like you can go as far as Jakarta, but from Yogyakarta that is such a big distance that I rather prefer taking the train or a plane. Trains often depart or arrive at the most strange times possible, but that's a matter of looking what you personally most like.

Posted in Travel @ 19 April 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


What if I was a terrorist Just over one week ago it all happened. At walking distance one person was killed, some were arrested and after that the party was over as quick as it started. It wasn't a criminal shootout and n drugs were found as well. It was nothing more than busting some terrorism-suspects by an anti-terror squad from the Indonesian police (Densus 88); they were simply overwhelmed in their hide-out. The one that tried to flea, was directly given some bullets and didn't survive the event. Seven others were arrested. In fact that could be the entire story, but it was just not to happen that way. It proved to be the start of what currently looks like a terror cell uncovered. Within two weeks after the first shooting several more police actions were held. Police is scarce with giving information, but in recent days is became clear that most likely a part of the Southeast Asian terror network Jemaah Islamiyah has been found.

Posted in Terrorism @ 07 April 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


Situation report: Floods Jakarta, Bekasi, Tangerang and Banten The UN HC/RC Office in Indonesia based on information provided by the National Coordinating Board for the Management of Disaster (BAKORNAS PB), the Provincial Coordinating Unit for the Management of Disaster (SATKORLAK PB) Jakarta, the Indonesian Red Cross (PMI), the Meteorology and Geophysics Agency (BMG), and media reports has prepared this report.

Posted in Flooding @ 09 February 2007 01:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A handful of tickets, 6 Quite a lot back in time, about two-and-a-half to three years already, but when I found these bills again there were certain memories returning to my mind. It's time once more to write down some of them here on this virtual paper, so I can reduce my current heap of entrance- and parking tickets and other useless prove of payment. I always keep all of them, just in case. But there is never a just in case until I find them again, like today.

Posted in Travel @ 01 January 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


First A1 victory for New Zealand on Sentul track New Zealand secured its first-ever victory in the A1 Grand Prix series on Sunday with a dominant lights-to-flag drive from Jonny Reid in the sprint race at the Sentul circuit, Indonesia. Team Mexico's Salvador Duran put Reid under pressure in the closing laps of the race to finish a fighting second ahead of Great Britain's Robbie Kerr.

Posted in Sports @ 10 December 2006 13:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Independent Papua flag raised in PNG The Morning Star flag of Papua has been raised in Port Moresby to commemorate a 1997 proclamation of independence by activists opposed to the region being part of Indonesia. Around 120 people gathered in the Papua New Guinea capital for the raising of the flag and to hear a message read from West Papua New Guinea National Congress president Michael Kareth now living in exile in the Netherlands.

Posted in General @ 27 November 2006 05:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Censors ban Aceh film from festival Indonesia has banned a documentary on the once volatile Aceh province from being screened at an international film festival on the grounds that it could disturb security, the festival's organizers said. "The Black Road", a documentary by American freelance journalist William Nessen who was banned from entering Aceh in April, tells the story of the nearly 30-year separatist conflict in Aceh that killed some 15,000 people.

Posted in General @ 25 November 2006 14:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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