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An Australian imprisoned for illegal possession of drug Joseph Julie Anne Karen Hope (32) of Australia was sentenced to 8 months imprisonment for illegal possession of drug. The presiding judge of the Mataram district court Bagus Iriawan said Joseph was guilty of drug abuse.

Posted in Drugs @ 03 March 2014 20:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


A military command chief replaced The Indonesian Army Headquarters has replaced Maj. Gen Hardiono Saroso as chief of the Diponegoro Regional Military Command IV following the raid of a prison in Yoyakarta by Army`s Special Forces (Kopassus) members recently.

Posted in Military @ 06 April 2013 16:59 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Military investigators in Yogyakarta over penitentiary killings A team of military investigators visited the Yogyakarta police command headquarters here on Wednesday in connection with the recent killings of detainees in a penitentiary in Sleman.

Posted in General @ 03 April 2013 17:02 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President sees penitentiary raid as attack on state authority President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said the raid last week on a penitentiary in Cebongan in the district of Sleman, Yogyakarta, was an attack on state authority.

Posted in Politics @ 26 March 2013 14:53 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister condemns prison attack in Sleman Law and Human Rights Minister Amir Syamsudin condemned the attack on Cebongan prison in Slaman, Yoyakarta, that killed four detainees at the wee hours on Saturday.

"The attackers are cruel people. They have damaged state facilities, attacked state apparatus and killed people cruelly," the minister said when he visited the prison on Saturday noon.

Around 17 armed men raided the Cebongan prison in the district of Sleman, Yogyakarta, early on Saturday and killed four inmates and wounded several wardens.

"As a minister of law and human rights I expressed my deep condolences to the victims` families and offered my apology for the failure of my personnel to protect them," he said when inspecting the penitentiary after the incident.

He expressed hope that law enforcers, in this case Yogyakarta police, would soon investigate and uncover the assailants who attacked wardens and cruelly killed four detainees. The minister said he had heard complete explanations on the chronology of the incident but he would not give details too far.

"We do not want to cause distortion in the (police) efforts to enforce the law. We only ask law enforcers to be serious and transparent. This is not a simple case as this happens for the first time in Indonesia," the minister said. He said law enforcers must investigate it first and no one may speculate on which group the perpetrators belong to.

"We hope that all sides would hold themselves and would not speculate," he said. The incident occurred following a clash in Hugo`s Cafe in the district days before that led to the death of a member of Army special force Kopassus.

The chief of the Yogyakarta regional police command, Brigadier General Sabar Rahardjo, said the four killed were "those involved in the clash in Hugo`s Cafe several days ago."

Posted in Violence @ 23 March 2013 21:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Victims commemorate second Bali Bombings Survivors and families of victims of the second Bali bombings in 2005 gathered to commemorate the tragedy here on Monday. In their message read out on the occasion they called on all community elements, including the government to prevent terrorism.

Posted in Terrorism @ 01 October 2012 17:28 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police take DNA sample of terrorist suspect family member Police have taken the DNA sample of a family member of one of the terrorist suspects killed in Bali recently, in their efforts to assure the identification of the suspects.

Posted in Terrorism @ 22 March 2012 15:10 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


More violence in Bounty Discotheque Following the shooting of a security guard at the Santa Fe Cafť on December 5, 2011 , violence has once again occurred on the streets of Kuta.

Posted in Violence @ 19 December 2011 02:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


agoda.com spotlight on Jakarta: hotels from USD 22! agoda.com, a leading global hotel booking site and part of Nasdaq-listed Priceline Group (Nasdaq: PCLN) today announced a chic selection of hotel deals in the exciting Indonesian capital of Jakarta.

Posted in Tourism @ 07 November 2011 12:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Australian brain damaged after drinking toxic cocktail An Australian nurse has fallen ill after drinking a toxic alcoholic beverage at an Indonesian resort island, local media reported on Wednesday. She is currently hospitalized after eventually suffering from brain damage and kidney failure.

Posted in Accidents @ 12 October 2011 06:29 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 5 reactions


Police: 'Suicide bomber was not alone' Police say that a number of findings indicate that the suicide bomber in Surakarta, Central Java, did not act alone. "The perpetrator needed communication. Although he was alone in the field, donít assume that he committed suicide all by himself," police spokesman Brig. Gen. I Ketut Untung Yoga Ana said.

Posted in Terrorism @ 27 September 2011 02:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia captures South Sumatra terror suspects ndonesian National Police on Tuesday announced the arrest of two terrorism suspects who are thought to be behind recent bomb blasts in South Sumatra.

Posted in Terrorism @ 16 August 2011 23:45 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta police on high alert over food poisoning terror plot The Jakarta Metropolitan Police on Monday said the agency is on a high alert due to a possible terrorist plot to carry out food poisoning attacks against police officers in the Indonesian capital.

Posted in Terrorism @ 13 June 2011 18:40 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


'Abu Bakar Bashir was banker for terrorists' Abu Bakar Bashir is suspected to have given money for the training of terrorists in Aceh province in Indonesia. The public prosecutor has announced this on the first day of the trial against Bashir, earlier today in the South Jakarta district court.

Posted in Terrorism @ 14 February 2011 08:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali governor calls for closure of illicit cafe's BeritaBali.com reports that governor Made Mangku Pastika has called on regional leaders to bring into line the numerous illegal cafes (kafes), oftentimes operating as fronts for prostitution, now operating across the island. Moreover, the governor is asking Bali regents to close those kafes not holding operating licenses.

Posted in Health @ 16 January 2011 04:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Man arrested for sexually abusing 12 boys Indonesian authorities on Wednesday arrested a 46-year-old man for allegedly sexually abusing 12 boys near an internet cafe in the southern area of Jakarta, officials said.

Posted in Crime @ 08 December 2010 15:18 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


The very dark side of Bali's night life Violence at a Kuta nightspot left one man injured and another dead on Wednesday, July 14, 2010. The tragic incident unfolded at the Red Room Bar on Jalan Dyana Pura where thugs brutally attacked the two men, beating them with blunt objects and stabbing them with knives.

Posted in Crime @ 18 July 2010 08:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


11 dead in Surabaya night club fire Eleven people were killed, including one Japanese and one Australian, and scores of others were injured after fire engulfed a night club in Surabaya, the capital of East Java province earlier Friday, officials said. Police officer at the scene named only Ngadiran told over the phone that one of the killed was a pregnant woman.

Posted in Accidents @ 26 June 2010 05:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Islamist creep in Indonesia When Indonesia passed a strict anti-pornography bill in 2008, many feared radical Islamic groups would use it to impose their values on the public at large. If the case currently hitting the headlines is any indication, they were right.

Posted in Politics @ 25 June 2010 05:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Idiot as minister: 'Internet a risk to nation' Indonesia's communications minister said a celebrity sex video scandal showed the internet was a threat to the nation and vowed to issue a decree to curb its use. "We want to minimize the negative impact from the internet as it will destroy this nation," Communication and Information Minister Tifatul Sembiring, from the hard line Islamic Prosperous Justice Party (PKS), told.

Posted in Politics @ 18 June 2010 02:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Early hours in NED During the long weekend of last week the island was flooded with Indonesian and foreign tourists that either want to shop cheaper, or want to do things that they can not do at home. Some prefer to get completely wasted on alcohol - more cheap here than in Singapore - in a matter of hours to he can take the boat back a few hours later, the other spends a night on the island to taste some of the forbidden fruits here.

Posted in Tourism @ 03 June 2010 07:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Singapore is just around the corner And that is something you notice when you have arrived on the island of Batam, at some 45 minutes by boat from Singapore. Jakarta is a western city already with a young population that is not that tight concerning the traditional adat in the country, but in Batam this is exaggerated even more.

Posted in Travel @ 01 June 2010 06:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A few hours in Jalan Jaksa I have been there before and I have written about it before. It is still a nice and not unimportant easy-to-reach destination for a quick lunch and a Large Bintang before you start the second half of the day. Just relaxing for a couple of hours, coming to terms after the first part of the day.

Posted in Travel @ 23 March 2010 09:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono: 'Alhamdulilah, wanted terrorist Dulmatin dead' President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has confirmed that one of the terrorists killed is indeed the wanted Dulmatin. He was shot and killed by anti-terrorism unit Densus 88 when he was in an internet cafe and tried to open fire at the approaching police.

Posted in Terrorism @ 10 March 2010 07:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


'Suramadu bridge causes increase of prostitution' While Batam is looking to legalize brothels, clerics in Bangkalan in Madura, East Java, have demanded prostitution be banned. Local clerics urged the provincial legislature on Friday for the passage of the draft ordinance banning prostitution and adultery.

Posted in General @ 20 February 2010 11:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Dozens of prostitutes arrested in Pangandaran As much as 23 prostitutes have been netted in a police raid in the area of Pangandaran in the district of Ciamis in West Java province early this morning. Police also reported some chasing around as some of the sexworkers did not want to just sit down and be arrested. Civil police Satpol PP brought a nightly visit to a number of cafe's and night spots in the area of Pasar Wisata, which is a well-known place for prostitution.

Posted in Crime @ 07 January 2010 09:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Exotic dancers to be prosecuted in Bandung Authorities in the city of Bandung will prosecute four exotic dancers arrested at clubs on New Year's Eve for allegedly violating a new anti-pornography law, a police spokesman said Wednesday. The female dancers and two male club managers were detained in Bandung, in West Java province, a few days ago.

Posted in Crime @ 07 January 2010 01:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


'Striptease cafe' in Bandung closed by police The city government Bandung in West Java, is planning on asking the owner of Kafe Bell Air in the Paskal Hyper Square shopping mall along Jalan HOS Tjokroaminoto what was going on in his place. It is expected that the place was offering striptease acts when celebrating New Year a few days back. If there indeed was a striptease act, the permit of the cafe can be suspended for that.

Posted in General @ 03 January 2010 02:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 6 reactions


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

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


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

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


Crackdown on illegal hotels and clubs Community enforcement officers have finally begun to take decisive action against Badung regency accommodation and night entertainment venues who have failed to secure required licenses and permits in support of their operations.

Posted in Tourism @ 07 October 2009 10:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Playing fire chief in Jodoh It is something that children do, as well as adults. For adults it is a full-time job or volunteer job and not something you just do incidentally. But that last one is what happened two nights ago. It was just after six in the evening when a Dutch friend and I were having a beer in one of the many cafe's in the Jodoh area on the island of Batam. One of the Australians that entered before we did walked outside but came right back in. "There is a fire," he said with a normal voice.

Posted in Accidents @ 03 October 2009 04:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


30 arrested for raiding night spots in Makassar The police in Makassar, South Sulawesi, has arrested some 30 members of the Front Pemuda Bersatu (United Youth Movement, FPB) who were raiding night spots in the city. The members of the movement were raiding places as billiard halls, karaoke and cafe's. They entered the places holding a speech that they did not have the decency to close down during the Ramadan period. It is however not allowed to hold raids and the night spots that are still open should have permits.

Posted in Ramadan @ 02 September 2009 03:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ramadan in Jalan Jaksa; too much alcohol It was a Saturday yesterday. As usual I got up on time and after breakfast, mandi and a quick look on the internet I grabbed my stuff for a short trip to Jakarta, which is still about one hour from here. The bus at ten in the morning was one bus later than I had planned on taking in the first place, but well, that's how things go. No big deal.

Posted in Ramadan @ 30 August 2009 09:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


FPI doesn't agree with how it goes - again The head of the FPI (Front Pembela Islam, 'Islamic Defenders Front') has said that the current Cipta Kondisi operation held by the police during the holy month of Ramadan is provocative. Habib Rizieq Shihab said that the operation by the police was like terrorism and intimidate religious persons like in the time of Suharto. "It violates human rights and the constitution," he said in an SMS while he was in Samarinda, Kalimantan.

Posted in Religion @ 30 August 2009 02:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


An old-fashioned Saturday night in Jogja It was an old-fashioned Saturday evening in Jogjakarta. A part of my life that I left behind for a new life a few hundred kilometers away. I didn't miss a thing about it in the last two months, but when I am 'submerged' in it once again, it is fairly easy to pick up the old rhythm again. That is exactly what I did, together with my girlfriend and a number of friends in town.

Posted in Travel @ 02 August 2009 15:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


Back to Jogja as a tourist It has been two months ago that I left from Yogyakarta to move to my new house in Lippo Cikarang. Now everything has settled down - for some time already by the way - it is about time to go back to the city where I spent almost three years of my life. As I told before, I did not move from Yogyakarta because I had to, so returning is not a big problem for me.

Posted in Travel @ 01 August 2009 09:54 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


A peek into Jakarta's nightlife It is just after six in the humid evening when Jakarta suddenly goes dark. It is Magrib, within a few minutes of the call for prayer performed by thousands of muezzin which create a true chaos of sounds throughout Jakarta, the evening arrives to the city that never sleeps. However many hundreds of thousands - mostly men - hurry themselves to a nearby mosque, life in the city continues as usual.

Posted in Nightlife @ 26 March 2009 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 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


Ramadan in Yogyakarta: Sahur! Sahur! Sahur! It is around half past two in the early morning at a random Sunday in the holy month of fasting Ramadan. For a big part of the population this is the time to enjoy a nice meal, a part of the people leaves the nearby nightclub Republic for the lesehan* at Jalan Malioboro. A colorful group of young women in short skirts, high heels and often quite a lot of make-up and proper young men in a blouse quickly fills up the lesehan. They have just over one hour to eat their meal and enjoy a cigarette before the call to open the fasting for this Sunday is made by the imam from the mosque almost next door to the nightclub.

Posted in Ramadan @ 26 September 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ramadan on Batam: 'You wanna fuck nice girl?' I probably have to stress once again that it was broad daylight when I walked around in the nightlife district of Batam - which is better known as 'Kampung Bule' indeed. However I have to be honest that I don't know what is usually going on at night here, I could imagine certain aspects of nightlife here from stories and Googling for certain keywords of course. Not directly what I am looking for, and maybe because of that reason I just explored the area during broad daylight to see what is going on here. From the Nagoya Hill shopping mall I walked to a local warnet (internet cafe) to check some things out and to make my walk around the district.

Posted in Ramadan @ 13 September 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Ramadan on Batam: everything closed down The first of September of this year was the official start of the Ramadan, the holy month of fasting for Moslems in Indonesia. In general this comes with all kinds of threats from - in general - radical elements in the society that some places should better shut down for the entire month or otherwise be visited by people that are not visitors or customers. Fortunately those people are not the majority nor the government in this country, thus the local government on Batam has decided that the two weeks of obliged shut-downs is to be limited to only four days; the first day of fasting, the 17th day and the days of Idul Fitri (also known as the Arabic term Eid-ul Fitr). This however is the official regulation, outside that it will still be different than people hoped for.

Posted in Ramadan @ 05 September 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police: Terror suspects planned tourist cafe attack Indonesian police say 10 terror suspects arrested in Southern Sumatra this week were involved in a plot to bomb a cafe visited by tourists. The Bedudel Cafe is the most popular cafe for foreign tourists visiting Bukitinggi in West Sumatra. Australian tourists are among the most common visitors to the cafe.

Posted in Terrorism @ 04 July 2008 15:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia; a country without Playboy and porn In between breakfast and lunch yesterday, Indonesian lawmakers gave their support for a law that is officially named 'Electronic Information and Transaction Law'. This indirect anti-porn legislation will be effective two days from now. Because of the quick pace this new monster against (press-)freedom was pushed ahead, there is little attention for it in mainstream Indonesian media. It almost looks like something that happens every day here, but it is completely absurd that a law that has been approved yesterday will become active in a matter of days, especially a law that has as many implications as this one. In theory that is.

Posted in General @ 28 March 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Militant inmate escapes from prison An Indonesian Islamic militant serving 20 years in prison for plotting a deadly cafe explosion in 2004 has escaped from jail in South Sulawesi province, an official of the prison said on Monday. Jasmin Bin Kasau used a rope to climb a wall of Guning Sari prison on last Friday night after a mass prayer, the official named only Rusdini said.

Posted in Terrorism @ 24 September 2007 14:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


10% of Bali's prostitutes HIV positive The Indonesian-language DenPost reports that HIV positive cases have increased 30% in the space of just two years. There are an estimated 4,041 people in Bali currently testing positive for HIV, up from the 3,000 cases recorded in 2005. Local experts report that new cases are dominated by infections via sexual contact, primarily via contact with female prostitutes. This is a change for past patterns of new infections when 40-50% of old cases were blamed on the share use of needles among intravenous drug users.

Posted in Health @ 09 September 2007 02:26 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


Tourists are back again Sometimes you have those days that you want to enjoy the evening after a day of traveling around. This enjoying will work perfectly having a cold beer and some company. Earlier that day I had enjoyed the celebrations of Independence Day in and around Yogyakarta and after that I headed for Jalan Malioboro to do some shopping. That has to be done as well, and to combine it with something good, I decided to look for a place in one of the many bars or restaurants in the first small street off Jalan Malioboro, Jalan Sosrowijayan.

Posted in Tourism @ 20 August 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Clove Marlboro launched in Indonesia Philip Morris International has launched 'Marlboro Mix 9', a Marlboro cigarette in Indonesia flavored with clove, seeking to boost sales in one of the world's biggest markets where smokers in Europe and the United States stop smoking. The company, a unit of New York-based Altria Group, last year bought a controlling stake in cigarette manufacturer Sampoerna for 5.2 billion US dollar. It was the largest foreign takeover in Indonesian history.

Posted in General @ 04 July 2007 10:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


'Gay NGO worker and partner tortured, sexually abused in Aceh' A 32-year-old GO worker and his partner from the same sex were allegedy brutally tortured and sexually abused by the police in Banda Aceh while in custody last January. This was said by the Hong Kong-based Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC). AHRC has named the NGO officials as Hartayo and Bobby. The motive behind the detention, torture and sexual abuse is because they are homosexuals, says AHRC in an 'urgent action' appeal.

Posted in Human rights @ 18 March 2007 01:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 14 reactions


Indonesia plans to tighten internet surveillance The government wants to tackle internet crime by tightening supervision of it's web surfers. This was told by an official earlier today. "The aim is to minimize the misuse of the Internet, including for criminal activities," Gatot Dewa Broto, spokesman for Indonesia's telecommunications regulator, told.

Posted in Politics @ 14 March 2007 03:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Smoking ban gradually vanishing into thin air Clean air campaigners were careful about selecting a smoke-free dining establishment as the venue for a public discussion in Cikini, Central Jakarta, on Thursday. The waitresses, however, had gone about placing ashtrays on every table, encouraging some participants to light up. "It's a fact, the smoking ban is not effective. I don't know why the management of this cafe allows people to smoke," said the moderator of the discussion, Tubagus Haryo Karbiyanto, who chairs the air quality division of the Jakarta Caucus for the Environment.

Posted in General @ 17 November 2006 09:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia marks 2002 Bali bombing anniversary ndonesians on Bali marked the fourth anniversary of deadly bombings by Islamic extremists on Thursday by unfurling white cloth symbolising peace through the resort island's streets.

Posted in General @ 12 October 2006 04:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Dozens of masked people raid cafe's in Yogyakarta About fifty people dressed in black and white wearing a full-face mask raided a number of cafe's that stayed open in this Ramadhan month in Yogyakarta Saturday evening (7 Oct). A representative of the local police in Yogyakarta, Asep Taufik, told that a number of cafe's - among them Made Kafe and Ruwis Kafe in Jl. Parangtritis, anur Kafe in Jl. Mergangsan and Bamboo Resto in Jl Veteran - had become victim to a group raiding them. "A group of people that arrived on motorbikes broke tables, windows and available bottles of drinks in these cafe's".

Posted in Ramadan @ 09 October 2006 04:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 56 reactions


Ceremony honours Bali blasts victims WHITE frangipani flowers and red rose petals were cast across Jimbaran Bay's gentle waves by weeping survivors of suicide bombs that ripped through its beachfront cafes a year ago. Twenty innocent people died in the blasts in the second attack on Bali by the terrorist network, Jemaah Islamiah. Yesterday morning 40 Australian survivors and victims' families joined about 50 local victims and dignitaries to commemorate the first anniversary.

Posted in Terrorism @ 02 October 2006 01:38 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


Bomb explodes in Poso A home-made bomb went off near a cafe in Indonesia's restive town of Poso late Friday, injuring no one, the national Antara news agency reported Saturday. The blast occurred at 11:47 p.m. (1600 GMT) and was heard in a distance of one kilometer, said the report. There were no immediate reports of casualties but the blast damaged a nearby garden.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 19 August 2006 14:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Pangandaran beach resort closed to visitors Pangandaran beach resort in Ciamis regency of West Java province, which was recently devastated by a tsunami following a strong quake in the Indian Ocean, has been temporarily closed to the public as of July 20. The looting of hotels, cafes and houses in the tsunami-stricken tourist resort has prompted the Ciamis authorities to close the area temporarily, Ciamis police chief Adj. Sr. Comr Samsudin Janiep confirmed on Friday.

Posted in General @ 21 July 2006 14:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Makeup led to woman's branding as prostitute Every humiliating moment of that day is etched in Lilies Lindawati's memory. She still smarts at the indignity of being branded a prostitute as she stood before a jeering crowd in a "show trial" for Tangerang's new prostitution bylaw. "I felt like I was being raped in front of those people who laughed at me after the judge ruled I was a prostitute, simply because the law and order officers found a makeup compact and a lipstick in my bag," a tearful Lilies told The Jakarta Post in her rented home in Tangerang.

Posted in Human rights @ 04 May 2006 09:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 95 reactions


Malls main target of smoking ban check It's getting down to the wire for owners of buildings that house cafes and restaurants to install exhaust fans and post no-smoking signs. On Thursday, the city administration will deploy a task force to enforce sanctions against smoking-ban violators. The main targets of Thursday's raid are 14 buildings in five municipalities, most of which are malls.

Posted in General @ 05 April 2006 11:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Travel warning part of Australia's propaganda against Indonesia Australia's travlel advisory that terrorist attacks would occur in Indonesia on Sunday, April 2, which was not true, constitutes part of Australia's propaganda against Indonesia, according to an observer. The travel warning is categorized as C3 rather than A1, meaning that the truth of the warning needs rechecking, Wawan H. Purwanto, an intelligence observer and a lecturer at State Intelligence Institute (IIN), said here Monday.

Posted in Politics @ 04 April 2006 10:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


Muslims, minorities and the state in Indonesia Indonesian Islam will remain moderate and tolerant by and large, but problems and challenges will continue to exist. The future of Indonesia depends on the ways in which the government and various Muslim groups actually act in public life. While violence, discrimination, and grievances are still felt among the minorities, especially non-Muslims, the Muslim majority continue maintaining the tolerant, moderate character of the country. A small number of hard-liners and terrorists will be disproportionately influential, but the tolerant, moderate majority and the government will not be silent.

Posted in Religion @ 30 December 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Policeman fired after FPI raid A middle-ranking police officer here was removed from his post on Wednesday, a day after FPI (Muslim hard-liners) raided at least two local restaurants and destroyed hundreds of bottles of alcoholic beverages. The dismissal of Adj. Comr. Zaenal Arifin was for his failure to prevent the Muslim extremists from taking the law into their own hands, said a top Surakarta police officer. Zaenal is believed to be the first police officer in the country to receive such stiff punishment for failing to prevent an attack of this type during Ramadhan.

Posted in Ramadan @ 20 October 2005 07:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 14 reactions


Police in Bali make first arrest Indonesian police have arrested a man who allegedly shared a rented room with one of three suicide bombers on Bali before this month's deadly attacks on crowded restaurants on the island, the national police spokesman said Tuesday. The arrest of the construction worker, identified only as H.S., could be the first major breakthrough in their probe into the Oct. 1 bombings that killed 23 people, including the attackers.

Posted in Terrorism @ 11 October 2005 11:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Police: Bali mastermind escapes raid Alleged Bali bombing mastermind Noordin Mohamed Top narrowly escaped capture Friday after he fled a remote village hours before a pre-dawn raid by anti-terror police on his hideout, police said. Noordin and his close aide Azahari bin Husin are two of Southeast Asia's most wanted men and believed to be key members of the al Qaeda-linked Jemaah Islamiyah -- the group suspected in last weekend's suicide bombings on Bali island.

Posted in Terrorism @ 08 October 2005 10:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia calls on religious leaders to help fight terrorism Religious leaders must condemn terrorism in the world's most populous Muslim nation, Indonesia's vice president said Friday, after police warned that a new generation of Islamic militants were behind the latest suicide bombings on Bali island.

Posted in Terrorism @ 08 October 2005 09:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Millions in Indonesia celebrate Ramadan After waking early for pre-dawn meals and prayers, Muslims across Indonesia began the fasting month on Wednesday, with many pausing to reflect on the countryís latest terrorist attacks blamed on Islamic militants.

Posted in Ramadan @ 05 October 2005 09:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Police seek five over Bali attacks Indonesian police are searching for five men from the far western Javanese province of Banten over suspected involvement in Saturday's deadly bombings on the holiday island of Bali. Banten Police Chief Senior Commissioner Badrodin Haiti told Indonesia's official Antara news service the five were members of a ring led by Imam Samudra, who has been sentenced to death for his role in the 2002 Bali bombings.

Posted in Terrorism @ 05 October 2005 08:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Funerals of Bali blast victims begin Funerals were taking place today for victims of three suicide bombers who killed at least 22 people and wounded more than 100 in Bali on Saturday. Hundreds of mourners crammed into the narrow streets close to the house of a waiter killed in the attack on Raja's restaurant in Kuta. In a traditional Hindu ceremony, chanting mourners beat gongs as they accompanied the body of Gusti Sedana, 33, which was carried on a golden yellow float before being cremated.

Posted in Terrorism @ 03 October 2005 19:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 9 reactions


Security tightened after Bali suicide bombings Security was tightened across Indonesia Sunday after suicide bombers detonated a string of explosions at tourist hot-spots on the island of Bali, killing 19 and injuring at least 132. The attacks -- two at cafes near Jimbaran and one at a restaurant in Kuta's main square -- came less than two weeks ahead of the third anniversary of 2002's deadly nightclub bombings in Bali.

Posted in Terrorism @ 03 October 2005 07:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 9 reactions


Suicide bombers carried out Bali attacks Suicide bombers have once again targeted the Indonesian tropical resort of Bali with coordinated attacks on Saturday that devastated three restaurants packed with foreigners, killing at least 25 people.

Posted in Terrorism @ 02 October 2005 09:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 9 reactions


Some hotels have their stories Over about seven years of travelling to Indonesia, I have spend many of my nights at houses with relatives in Jakarta, Bali and Yogyakarta, but as a traveller it's not possible to forget all about the hotels, even if you want to. But in fact, most hotel guests won't mention their stay there when talking about their holiday with friends and family. Probably because hotels are a need and not a desired place of stay during their holiday. Why stay in a hotel when you have all the luxury at home? That is holiday of course.

Posted in Travel @ 23 July 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Muslim militants attack cafe in Kemang Muslim militants in Indonesia's capital vandalized a cafe in an area popular with foreigners on Saturday because it was serving beer during the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan, police and one of the militants said. Around 300 members of the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) ordered customers at the Star Deli in South Jakarta to leave, before smashing the building's windows and doors, said Alawi Usman, a spokesman for the group.

Posted in Violence @ 23 October 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police defend Bali bomber's Starbucks outing Indonesian police Thursday confirmed that a convicted Bali bomber was allowed to visit a branch of Starbucks in Jakarta, defending the move as a "proper procedure". Ali Imron, who has been sentenced to life for his role the October 2002 attacks which left 202 dead, was spotted relaxing in a cafe in an upmarket city center shopping mall on Wednesday in the company of a senior police officer. The incident is likely to generate outrage among relatives of victims of the blasts, blamed on the al-Qaeda-linked Jamaah Islamiyah terror network.

Posted in Terrorism @ 03 September 2004 00:02 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 itís 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. Itís just one of those experiences I should not forget about.

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


Militant gets 19 years for McDonalds bombing An Islamic radical has been sentenced to 19 years behind bars for his role in the December 2002 deadly bombing of a McDonald's restaurant in Makassar, South Sulawesi province. Judges at Makassar District Court on Thursday (12/2/04) said Wirahadi (21) had transported and hidden the bomb before it was taken to the McDonaldís outlet on December 5. Three people were killed and 15 wounded when the bomb exploded.

Posted in Terrorism @ 12 February 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Cafe bombing kills four in Sulawesi A bomb blast has killed four people at a cafe on Indonesia's Sulawesi island and wounded at least three others, police and hospital sources say. It was not immediately clear who was responsible for the attack, the latest in a number of bombings to hit Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation, in recent years.

Posted in Terrorism @ 11 January 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Suspects may get life sentences Prosecutors demanded life sentences on Monday for two men charged with helping assemble the deadly bomb that killed at least 202 people last year in Bali. They said the defendants, Sarjiyo, alias Sawad and Suranto Abdul Ghoni, alias Umar or Wayan, should be declared guilty of an "extraordinary crime against humanity" on Oct. 12, 2002, which killed many innocent people and caused a massive economic downturn for Bali and the country.

Posted in Terrorism @ 30 December 2003 00:02 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


I didnít have a clue what to expect from Lombok, as I have already told before. I have never been there, and outside that itís a part of Indonesia, and most people are muslem, there is nothing special about it that I know. My website features some information about Lombok, but thatís not written by me, nor had I visited the island before. My previous story tells a lot about Lombok, in future stories, I will probably write more about it, but now Iím going to write about another Indonesian island, which is seen as an island that belongs to Lombok.

Posted in Travel @ 29 August 2003 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


"Oh, you have to visit Lombok, it's very different from other islands in Indonesia, and Bali. It's much more quiet and the people are more friendly." That was what I was told when I told people there was a small chance I would go to Lombok. A very definate 'must see' island.

Posted in Travel @ 24 August 2003 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Arriving at Yogya by train and getting too little sleep over the last week, would come back to me, I was already preparing for that, and I was hoping to prevent it by getting to bed much more early than the days before. Unfortunately the night became all friendly and nice, which caused it to be a late night againÖ What a shame.

Posted in Travel @ 15 August 2003 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


What intrigues me about the 'old Indonesia' is the Dutch part. Maybe because I'm Dutch myself, but mainly because there is fairly little I know about it actually. If I think about how little information I got in school over the years I actually was in school. I wrote about this earlier, and about the facts that the Dutch maybe aren't proud of what they did in the Far East. But now the other side, there is no denying that the Dutch actually have been in Indonesia if it only were for that they left behind in buildings only.

Posted in History @ 04 February 2003 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Aftershocks on Bali At 11pm last Saturday a powerful explosion in the entertainment district of Kuta on the Indonesian island of Bali razed a number of buildings to the ground. At least 200 people died. Hundreds more are lying injured in hospitals in Indonesia and Australia. The hunt for the perpetrators has begun, and the consequences can be felt all over Bali.

Posted in Terrorism @ 18 October 2002 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


42 dead in nightclub inferno The death toll from a fire that gutted a popular nightclub rose to 42 on Monday, though police said it was likely more bodies would be found inside the building. Some people leapt to their deaths from the top of the four-floor karaoke bar in the provincial capital of Palembang as flames engulfed the roof Sunday night, police Capt. Arum Prioyono said. Crews also blew a hole in a wall of the karaoke bar to allow desperate patrons to escape.

Posted in Accidents @ 09 July 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Lombok is the perfect alternative to its more crowded and busier neighbor, Bali. When you visit Lombok island, you will see a mixture of the cultures of Bali and Lombok, but if you visit only Bali island you certainly cannot view the culture of Lombok. Home to Sasak people, who migrated to Lombok from East Java as the Hindu Majapahit Empire fell at the end of the 14th century, the island is rich in natural and cultural treasures, which have not yet been exploited for tourism.

Posted in Tourism @ 27 May 2002 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Nightlife in Dili bustling after independence It is 9 p.m. in Dili. Cafes and restaurants that have mushroomed along the streets in the heart of the city, where the beach-view presidential palace stands, are packed with hundreds of expatriates hanging around late into the night. Internet cafes owned by Australia's Telstra which has been given an exclusive contract by the UN Transitional Administration of East Timor (UNTAET) for mobile and fixed line services, have sprung up over the past couple of years. These places, too, are a favorite meeting place.

Posted in Nightlife @ 24 May 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


At first it was the crunchy salad at The Legian's pool bar. It arrived resting on a large dish with a chunk of charcoal-grilled salmon cradled in its lush, green lap. Seasoned with the subtle aromatics found only on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, it became essential to find out the root of these fine-flavored leaves.

Posted in Environment @ 09 April 2002 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Kebayoran Baru, the first housing complex Living in Kebayoran Baru area remains just a dream for most Jakartans. The area not only offers luxurious housing but also hang out spots such as malls, hotels, cafes and the like. However, history has shown that Kebayoran Baru needed years before developing itself into an "attractive" neighborhood. In the 1950s, it was still an "unwanted" living area as it was located eight kilometers from the city center, considered quite far at the time. In addition, road access to the area was inadequate as the housing was built on a plantation.

Posted in General @ 18 August 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


It's the road from nowhere, but it's surprisingly busy. Mafalda Florindo and Isabella Antonine walk along it, smiling betel-stained grins as they talk about cloth they had just bought for a good price. A little farther, Alicin Soares, a rice grower, maneuvers his truck along the dusty track. His vehicle is filled with people, some of them smoking, and five jerricans of gasoline. Later Antonio Serrano arrives in a van filled with Coke and Fanta, 50 cases in all, to be sold at a tidy profit of $1 a case. He does the trip every day.

Posted in Politics @ 08 August 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


When I was in Indonesia for the second time, I also knew thet I was sure to go the third time as well. Back them I already got the chance to look for nice tickets. That does not only means cheap, because cheap is not always good. At that time I was looking for good and familiair names in the business.

Posted in Travel @ 27 March 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Internet users expected to double to 4 million in 2001 The number of Internet users in Indonesia will double to four million in 2001, even if e-commerce is only picking up slowly due to problems with online payments, the Indonesian Association of Internet Service Providers (APJII) says. APJII Chairman Heru Nugroho explained that his optimistic projection was based on the rapid growth of the Internet industry in Asia, including Indonesia, over the past two years.

Posted in General @ 02 January 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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