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Indonesia plan to ban low-cost carrier operation regrettable Transportation Minister Ignasius Jonans plan to ban low-cost carrier operation in Indonesia is unfortunate as it will deprive consumers of cheap flight fares, said former Chairman of Indonesian Consumers Foundation Indah Sukmaningsih.

Posted in Accidents @ 09 January 2015 20:15 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Thousands of workers plan to mark May Day Thousands of workers from various regions planned to hold demonstrations for eight hours a day on May 1 and 2 in several locations in Jakarta.

Posted in General @ 30 April 2014 19:58 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


265 Indonesian migrant workers on foreign death rows Some 265 migrant workers from Indonesia are facing the death penalty in countries such as Malaysia, China and Saudi Arabia, Migrant Care founder Anis Hidayah said.

Posted in Crime @ 28 December 2013 20:16 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


297 hotspots for forest fires detected in Riau The Terra and Aqua satellite has detected 297 hotspots for forest fires throughout the Riau Province, according to the Pekanbaru meteorological, climatology, and geophysics station (BMKG).

Posted in Forest fires @ 27 August 2013 13:56 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Railway company to build Yogyakarta-Solo electric train lines The Indonesian Railway Company (KAI) is planning to build electric train (KRL) lines connecting Yogyakarta and Solo.

Posted in General @ 30 July 2013 05:56 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Kontras calls for protection for minority shiite community An outspoken non-governmental organization (NGO) urges the government to provide protection for the minority Shiite community who has been forced to flee their villages to live in refugee camps after a bloody conflict with non Shiite Muslim community in Sampang, Madura, East Java Province.

Posted in Religion @ 10 July 2013 11:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali transport operators seek a hike in rates The Jakarta Post (Bali Daily) reports that the Bali’s Tourist Transportation Association (Pawiba) is seeking to increase the tariff for tourism transport in Bali from levels that have remained largely static since 2005.

Posted in Travel @ 25 March 2013 09:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bulog ready to distribute rice to Riau flood victims The branch of the state logistics board (Bulog) in Riau province said it is ready to distribute rice for flood victims in several districts in Riau and Riau Islands provinces. "We are waiting for an order from the regional administrations to start extending the relief aid for the victims," Riau Bulog spokesman Saiful said here on Monday.

Posted in Flooding @ 18 February 2013 20:41 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Statistics agency: Number of poor population down The number of poor population in Indonesia drops by 0.54 million or 540,000 until September 2012, according to the National Statistic Agency (BPS).

Posted in Economy @ 02 January 2013 23:59 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Survey: 'Most Indonesians agree to have nuclear power plant' A latest survey shows that the majority of Indonesians agree with plan to develop nuclear energy to better guarantee power supply in the country.

Posted in Power supply @ 23 November 2012 16:32 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 3 reactions


Minister: 'Nuclear power plant establishment in East Kalimantan' Indonesia`s Research and Technology Minister Gusti Muhammad Hatta is in support of the East Kalimantan (Kaltim) Administration, to establish nuclear power plants (PLTN) in the region. "We hope Kaltim can be a pioneer in alternative energy, which is cheap and abundant," the Minister said in Balikpapan, on Wednesday (Nov 21).

Posted in Power supply @ 22 November 2012 16:11 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister asks anti-graft body to investigate state power firm State-owned Enterprise Minister Dahlan Iskan supported a proposal by lawmakers to have the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) review state electricity firm PLN`s losses of Rp37.6 trillion.

Posted in Corruption @ 13 November 2012 23:38 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Batavia Air flirts with AirAsia and fails Earlier in July this year, Batavia Air and AirAsia announced that Indonesia AirAsia would obtain an almost 80 percent share in Batavia Air. This lead to questions from the government as foreign companies are not allowed to own majority stakes in Indonesian companies. While this construction via an Indonesian investor are fully legal, it was an undesirable situation.

Posted in Travel @ 31 October 2012 04:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Malaysia`s Medical Center opens branches in Indonesia Malaysia`s Mahkota Medical Center (MMC) has opened 16 branches in Indonesia in an effort to provide cheap medical services for Indonesian patients, its executive said.

Posted in Health @ 14 October 2012 15:29 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Workers demand revocation of outsourcing system Thousands of workers took to the streets in many parts of the country on Wednesday to demand among other things revocation of outsourcing system they consider hurting workers.

Posted in Protests @ 03 October 2012 16:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jokowi pledges to start Jakarta development from slum areas Joko Widodo (Jokowi) pledged he would start Jakarta`s development from the slum area if he is elected governor of the capital city for the next five years.

Posted in Politics @ 15 September 2012 13:48 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Thousands of workers in Riau island to conduct strike Thousands of workers in Riau Island stated they will conduct a strike if the government doesn`t respond to their demand, a source said. "We want the government to abolish the outsourcing system, cheap wages and corruption," Chairman of Riau islands` Indonesian Metal Workers Federation (FSPMI) Otong Sutisna said here on Sunday.

Posted in Economy @ 02 September 2012 15:10 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia promoting nuclear power plant in Bangka The government continued campaigning about the benefits and security of a nuclear power plant among the population of Bangka island in the Sumatran province of Bangka-Belitung.

Posted in Power supply @ 21 April 2012 15:16 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister denies increase in food prices Chief Economic Minister Hatta Rajasa has denied that food commodity prices are increasing in the run-up to the fuel oil price hike scheduled on April 1.

Posted in Economy @ 30 March 2012 06:40 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister: Ideal fuel price hike 1000 to 1500 rupiah' Vice minister of energy Widjajono Partowidagdo has suggested what he believes are ideal figures for the hike in the price of subsidized gasoline on Monday. "Ideally, the rise should be between Rp1,000 and Rp1,500," he said.

Posted in Economy @ 27 February 2012 09:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


US satellite detects 61 hot spots in Sumatra The US National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Agency (NOAA) has detected 61 hot spots on Sumatra Island, according to the Ketaping Padang meteorology, climatology and geophysics agency (BMKG).

Posted in Environment @ 22 January 2012 01:33 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister: 'Poverty rate down to 11,7 percent in 2013' The government will lower the poverty rate from 12.36 percent in 2011 to 11.7 percent this year, Coordinating Minister for People`s Welfare Agung Laksono said. "It is expected the rate will drop to 11.7 by March 2013 and to achieve the target all parties need to work hard," he said in his new year speech here on Wednesday.

Posted in Economy @ 05 January 2012 05:04 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia earmarks Rp1.3 trillion to buy rice for poor Coordinating Minister for People`s Welfare Agung Laksono said that the government had allocated funds totaling Rp1.3 trillion to procure rice for the poor (raskin) to be provided in the 13th package.

Posted in General @ 15 December 2011 12:20 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


US to grant F-16 aircraft to Indonesia The US government will provide a grant of 24 units of F-16 fighter aircraft to Indonesia, US ambassador to Indonesia Scot Marciel said here Thursday. "The United States will provide the combat aircraft as an aid in an effort to improve the military equipment of the Indonesian government," he said.

Posted in Military @ 10 December 2011 04:11 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Move to end roaming fees within ASEAN ASEAN communication and information technology ministers are discussing a free-of-charge roaming policy in the region to facilitate voice-based and satellite-based communications. The policy will extend connectivity services in the region.

Posted in Economy @ 19 November 2011 11:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Lion Air flies to Kuala Lumpur Starting from June 26, 2011, Lion Air will fly to Kuala Lumpur. With departure at 09:05 local time from Jakarta, the two capitals are now linked by Lion Air as well. Fares are cheap also, starting from as low as just 25 euro, inclusive of luggage! Departure from Kuala Lumpur is at 13:00 local time.

Posted in Travel @ 11 June 2011 08:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


Indonesia: per capita income to rise to $5,000 in 3 years They Indonesian Economic Ministry on Friday said it is pushing to increase the country's per capita income to $5,000 by 2014 and eventually become one of the world's largest economies.

Posted in Economy @ 21 May 2011 00:33 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to prioritize geothermal energy development The government of Indonesia on Thursday said it is prioritizing the use and development of geothermal energy due to its 'huge potential,' according to Indonesia's Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT).

Posted in Power supply @ 06 May 2011 00:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


The TransJakarta busway as a good example Earlier I wrote about the TransJakarta busway as a bad example of how things should be taken care of if implementing public transport. But this system does not only have negative sides of course, so TransJakarta also deserves a more positive piece of writing if you ask me.

Posted in Travel @ 26 March 2011 04:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Cheap food? To Yogyakarta! Since I lived in Yogyakarta for some two years - yes I do see this as a privilege because most people are not able to do it, thus missing a lot of the real atmosphere of the city, I didn't always keep in mind the fact that Yogyakarta is in fact fairly cheap in several areas of business.

Posted in Tourism @ 01 February 2011 12:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The TransJakarta Busway as wrong example With currently at least a dozen routes throughout many parts of Jakarta it is possible to travel around the city for just 3,500 Rupiah per person. It doesn't even matter how many transfers you make. The oldest routes have their own lanes through dense traffic conditions in many parts of the city, but elsewhere the big buses have to compete with a few million other road users.

Posted in Travel @ 12 December 2010 12:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Half of Lebak residents still not connected to power grid Half of all residents in the Lebak district of Banten province still have to live without a connection to the national power grid as of today. The government therefore has started a regional project that should give all residents in the area access to power, one of the most important needs.

Posted in Power supply @ 05 December 2010 05:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


What's in the picture? #24 What is in the picture below and where to find it? It's just a cut-out of a larger picture that will be published on indahnesia.com tomorrow, but we give you some head start to guess what the picture might be. The exact name would be perfect, but a description of what you are seeing and where the location might is okay too. We will provide more details tomorrow when this picture is published in the picture gallery 'Seeing is believing'.

Posted in Picture guess @ 18 September 2010 04:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Burger King to stop buying oil from Sinar Mas Environmentalists on Saturday praised Burger King's decision to stop buying palm oil from an Indonesian company accused of destroying rainforests. The U.S. hamburger chain giant said Friday that it was canceling its contract with PT Sinar Mas Agro Resources and Technology over concerns it had not adopted sustainable farming practices.

Posted in Environment @ 05 September 2010 01:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Busiest travel period ahead in Indonesia: book your plane tickets now! Starting from September 10 it is Idul Fitri in Indonesia again, the end of the holy month of fasting, also known as Eid-ul-Fitr. Tens of millions of Indonesians will use any means of transport to get home in the days before that date to celebrate this important holiday with their families back home, so the many forms of transport in the country will be severely put to the test.

Posted in Travel @ 17 June 2010 15:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Paying taxes not for Batam Because of the relative closeness of the free world - everything is relative - that is called Singapore, you will find all kind of products on Batam up for the grabs. Of course you should make sure that you are buying the real stuff, but generally spoken you will, but without the hefty import duties Indonesia puts on luxury imported goods.

Posted in Economy @ 17 June 2010 06:49 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


What's in the picture? #23 What is in the picture below and where to find it? It's just a cut-out of a larger picture that will be published on indahnesia.com tomorrow, but we give you some head start to guess what the picture might be. The exact name would be perfect, but a description of what you are seeing and where the location might is okay too. We will provide more details tomorrow when this picture is published in the picture gallery 'Seeing is believing'.

Posted in Picture guess @ 20 May 2010 06:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


What's in the picture? #22 What is in the picture below and where to find it? It's just a cut-out of a larger picture that will be published on indahnesia.com tomorrow, but we give you some head start to guess what the picture might be. The exact name would be perfect, but a description of what you are seeing and where the location might is okay too. We will provide more details tomorrow when this picture is published in the picture gallery 'Seeing is believing'.

Posted in Picture guess @ 22 April 2010 08:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


It's your call: promo tickets or flexible tickets Because ticketindonesia.info is always working on serving our customers as well as they can, it is now possible to tell us whether you want to have promo tickets (cheap, but no changes possible) or more flexible tickets that you can change if needed. Of course we will still look for the cheap flexible tickets for you.

Posted in Travel @ 19 April 2010 09:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A short break in Taman Menteng At a normal weekday I took a reasonable early air-conditioned bus to Jakarta. I regularly make this trip because it enables me to travel cheap as well as fast - as fast as traffic allows the bus to go - to downtown Jakarta.

Posted in Travel @ 16 April 2010 15:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


What's in the picture? #21 What is in the picture below and where to find it? It's just a cut-out of a larger picture that will be published on indahnesia.com tomorrow, but we give you some head start to guess what the picture might be. The exact name would be perfect, but a description of what you are seeing and where the location might is okay too. We will provide more details tomorrow when this picture is published in the picture gallery 'Seeing is believing'.

Posted in Picture guess @ 11 April 2010 02:20 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


What's in the picture? #20 What is in the picture below and where to find it? It's just a cut-out of a larger picture that will be published on indahnesia.com tomorrow, but we give you some head start to guess what the picture might be. The exact name would be perfect, but a description of what you are seeing and where the location might is okay too. We will provide more details tomorrow when this picture is published in the picture gallery 'Seeing is believing'.

Posted in Picture guess @ 21 March 2010 01:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


What's in the picture? #19 What is in the picture below? It's just a cut-out of a larger picture that will be published on indahnesia.com tomorrow, but we give you some head start to guess what the picture might be. The exact name would be perfect, but a description of what you are seeing and where the location might is okay too. We will provide more details tomorrow when this picture is published in the picture gallery 'Seeing is believing'.

Posted in Picture guess @ 26 February 2010 04:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Eight dead after drinking oplosan alcohol Eight men have died after drinking so-called oplosan alcohol in Yogyakarta. Oplosan is alcohol that has been mixed with ethanol and then sold cheap for those who want to get drunk quickly. The local police is currently investigating the case. The first death occurred on Sunday, with the others following on Monday, according to a Yogyakarta police spokesperson.

Posted in Crime @ 09 February 2010 14:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


Back to Yogya: twelve hours by bus How to get to Yogyakarta? Of course the plane is a good solution from Jakarta, but we didn't want to. My plan was to catch the bus in the morning, so we would arrive in Yogya in the evening, but as we found out there were no morning buses departing for Yogya from Cikarang, so we just took the bus departing in the evening, because we wanted to go to Yogya anyway.

Posted in Travel @ 14 November 2009 05:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Direct flights to Phuket from Medan and Jakarta with AirAsia Budget airliner AirAsia has opened up two new routes that link the Indonesian cities of Medan in North Sumatra and the capital city of Jakarta with the popular beach resort town of Phuket in Thailand. AirAsia is the first airline to fly direct flights between the locations, which will be flown by new Airbus A320 planes belonging to Thai AirAsia.

Posted in Tourism @ 04 November 2009 11:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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


Hoping for the hereafter with Wings Air It has been quiet a while that I flew with Wings Air. This company is a 100% daughter of Lion Air, but that does not mean that they offer the same services. Services may be similar, it is mainly the planes belonging to Wings Air that are the problem, while those planes are quite important in the industry.

Posted in Travel @ 14 October 2009 13:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Some luxury with Batavia Air After flying with AirAsia resulted in a slight disappointment I tried to fly with Batavia Air more often. They also have a number of new planes and offer regular fares which are attractive enough to give it a try as well. Fares are not that much different than those of AirAsia, but AirAsia just knows how to play the pricing game better.

Posted in Travel @ 13 October 2009 03:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


AirAsia plays with passengers Every once in a while I do get to fly short distances in Indonesia. Because I don't fly to very exotic destinations which can only be reached once every few days, I often have the choice between several operators. That puts back the fun in flying a little bit, because looking for the right tickets is part of the travel already.

Posted in Travel @ 12 October 2009 05:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tourists staying shorter and spending less Despite growing tourist arrivals to Bali, recent information released by Bank Indonesia show that the amount being spent by tourist visitors to Bali is on the decline. Ida Bagus Viraguna Bagoes Oka who heads the Bali branch of Bank Indonesia, pointed to the changing composition of Bali visitors now dominated by Asians who stay for shorter periods and spend less on a per day basis while holidaying in Bali.

Posted in Tourism @ 04 October 2009 15:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Smirnoff priced at 22 Singapore dollar Ever wondered if there was any cheap alcohol in Indonesia? Of course there is, but what you will find first is the locally brewed kind, varying from arak (rice wine) as well as fake branded liquor in small bottles in most parts of Indonesia to real wine - and of good enough quality as well - on the island of Bali. The wine however is not cheap with some 100,000 Rupiah (7.50 euro) per bottle or more. The locally produced and fake branded liqor (Jack Daniel's and other well-known brands) are sold for somewhere between 15,000 and 30,000 per 0.25 liter.

Posted in Travel @ 29 September 2009 07:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


14,000 kilograms of sugar seized The regional police of Bengkayang, which belongs to the city of Pontianak on the island of Kalimantan, has seized 286 bags of illegally imported sugar from Sarawak, Malaysia. The sugar was imported via Jagoi Babang. The police did not have an eye on any suspects yet.

Posted in Crime @ 25 August 2009 05:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Demonstrate to get deported from Saudi Arabia! Indonesians that desperately want to find their way out from Saudi Arabia have found a new way to do so. A few hundred peaceful Indonesian demonstrators that organized a rally in front of the Indonesian consulate general in Jeddah were arrested for... well demonstrating peacefully and are now waiting to be deported. Most of the demonstrators stayed the country illegally after their haji or umroh or stayed there while their contract stopped in the hope of a better future there.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 22 August 2009 12:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Riau governor asks to pray for rain Forest fires are once more disturbing the normal way of life for many people in Riau province on the island of Sumatra. Forest fires, lit by people to clear land for agriculture or by people who want to hide that they actually stole wood from the forest, are causing a dense haze over the area which even reaches as far as peninsular Malaysia.

Posted in Forest fires @ 09 August 2009 04:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 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


New Lion Air website even more crappy than before It has been quite some time ago since I last flew with Lion Air. This is caused by the fact that Wings Air is a 100% daughter-company of Lion Air. Lion Air itself is currently renewing it's fleet with Boeing planes, but Wings Air is the trash can of Lion Air. They still operate two MD-82 planes built in 1982 which are in poor condition; PK-WIL and PK-WIK are just too dangerous to fly with if you ask me. It's amazing that they didn't crash already.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 04 June 2009 08:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Muslim clerics ban gossiping, flirting on Facebook Muslim clerics in Indonesia's East Java province Friday banned the faithful from gossiping and flirting on social networking websites such as Facebook and Friendster. The clerics also urged Facebook and Friendster to curb what they called "lewd and pornographic" content and warned that they would request the government to block the sites if their call went unheeded.

Posted in Religion @ 22 May 2009 14:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 6 reactions


Indonesia to shut down all airlines with under 10 planes Indonesia will shut down all airlines that do not have at least 10 planes by 2012, a Transportation Ministry official says. The new regulation is part of efforts to improve the country's safety record following a string of deadly accidents including a Garuda Indonesia plane crash at Yogyakarta airport in March 2007 that killed 21 people, including five Australians.

Posted in General @ 14 April 2009 09:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


MD82's; the Wings Air trash bin for air transport At the end of last year I was able to experience how it was to fly a brand new plane as well as a very old one in just a matter of days. That very old one was a short domestic flight from Jakarta to Yogyakarta with Indonesia Air Asia, while just several months earlier I had traveled from Yogyakarta to Kuala Lumpur with Air Asia in one of the newest planes - at that moment - in use with the airline. It was the new plane that fascinated me most, while I only thought about the old one a few months later.

Posted in Travel @ 22 January 2009 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


AirAsia Indonesian style With a flight in the afternoon I departed from Yogyakarta to the capital of Indonesia, Jakarta. For the first time I was to fly this route with AirAsia. It is called AirAsia here, but in fact it's a separate company that listens to the name Indonesia AirAsia. This difference is subtle, but if you know that AirAsia uses airline code AK, and Indonesia AirAsia QZ, it all becomes clear.

Posted in Travel @ 29 November 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Petrol price to be cut by six percent next month The Indonesian government says it is cutting petrol prices by more than six percent from the first of next month, in a bid to ease inflation and spur economic growth. The finance minister, Sri Mulyani Indrawati, says while the government is responding to public demand for cheaper fuel, diesel and kerosene prices will not be altered.

Posted in Economy @ 07 November 2008 04:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


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


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


More fuel price hikes can not be ruled out The Indonesian government can not rule out any new fuel price hikes before the presidential elections in 2009. This was said by Purnomo Yusgiantoro, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources. The current fuel subsidies have a big impact on the state budget, which should be reduced. The government raised fuel prices of subsidized fuels with almost 30 percent last month, which sparked protests throughout the country.

Posted in General @ 03 June 2008 04:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Need for fuel does not decline with higher prices For most Indonesians it came as unexpected as ever. With a shortage of foreign news, strictly regulated by the Indonesian government, it was not in the line of expectations of the average man in the street that fuel prices might just be hiked with one third all of a sudden. However almost the entire population of this planet knows what the current market price of a barrel of crude oil is - somewhere about 130 US dollar - Indonesia assumed that everything was fine. Use of fuel would decrease, prices would come down and nationwide production was to rise as well.

Posted in General @ 31 May 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


Long rows at gas stations ahead of expected price hike Queues are emerging ahead of the announcement from the government to increase fuel prices. In many parts of the country people are looking for a way to buy the now still cheap fuels in larger quantities than normal. In cities like Palangkaraya, Banjarmasin (Kalimantan), Jambi and across the island of Java people are queuing up. Some gas stations have even limited the amount sold to one customer.

Posted in General @ 11 May 2008 07:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The southern edge of Yogya: Rice farmer becomes onion farmer In the soaring heat of the countryside just north of the southern beaches near Yogyakarta I was driving towards the east on a small countryside road. This road is the only way out for the area directly west of the Opak River which causes the area to be fairly quiet until today. There are no main roads here, no buses and trucks but palm trees, open rice fields, parked bicycles and a strait black asphalt road which seems to disintegrate into water in the remote distance because of the scorching hot sun.

Posted in Travel @ 20 April 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Day and night at the alun-alun in Malang During the last year I regularly brought a visit to Malang. There I visited a Dutch friend who had stayed in Indonesia some years more than I did, and please read that 'some' as a big understatement. It doesn't really matter in fact, however someone who has lived here for so many years can be a huge source of information about many subjects. He sure is for me at least. Every once in a while I can learn from specific situations which still make me go 'huh?'. Outside that I like to spend some of my time there at a somewhat crowded place. Like in many cities and villages that is the central square or alun-alun. Often a nice place to submerge yourself entirely in the local situation and current events.

Posted in Travel @ 22 December 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Thousands of angkot-drivers strike in Bekasi Thousands of angkot (public transport) drivers in Bekasi, near Jakarta in West Java province are on strike. They choose to demonstrate in front of the Transportation Department offices of the regency of Bekasi instead. This protest is aimed at the so-called 'black-plate' angkot. Public transport in Indonesia uses yellow license plates, black ones are for privately owned cars. Using a black license plate is cheaper, illegal and causes losses to the official angkot operators.

Posted in General @ 10 December 2007 13:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The luxury of a swimming pool in your hotel After the trip by train and a nice glass of teh hangat (see "Lodaya Malam to Bandung, trains run on time") it was time to continue our trip. We didn't reach our goal for the day, however it wasn't that far anymore. We had to end up at the Jayakarta hotel which was located in the northern part of Bandung. We realized that a free nights' stay in the hotel would not come totally free of course. I can admit - without any feeling of shame - that I don't want to spend my money on that kind of hotels. The 'free' part is a very important part in this story.

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


Indonesia rents helicopters to douse haze fires Indonesia has rented two helicopters to cope with the returning forest fires which cause a haze over the region regularly. "The government has brought in two helicopters to overcome the forest fires," said Malem Sambet Kaban, forestry minister. He said that the two rented helicopters, Russian Kamov Ka-32A helicopters rented from South Korea, will be used in West and Central Kalimantan, the two provinces that were most affected.

Posted in Forest fires @ 26 September 2007 17:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Annual haze disrupts flights in Indonesia Smoke from land-clearing forest fires disrupts flights serving the Indonesian part of Borneo as the country enters the dry season, according to a local official on Sunday. The haze covered the city of Pontianak in the western part of the island for the last two days, delaying flights on Sunday morning because of the reduced visibility, reported local airport chief Syamsul Bachrie.

Posted in Forest fires @ 15 July 2007 16:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


There she is, the Indonesian Playboy However I have been asked for it several times before, I didn't own my very own Indonesian version of the very well-known magazine for the male part of the population. Until today, because I happen to run into a brand new one today, partially hidden behind other well-known names like FHM, Cosmo and Maxim. Directly I picked the dark-colored cover with gold-colored print from the top shelf. The beautifully thick glossy cover has been sealed in a thin plastic cover; if you want to see inside you first have to pay 50.000 Rupiah for it. Free is not for Playboy, you can pick any other magazine with a more 'modest' cover; a women just as pretty as the one in Playboy, but then wearing a Jilbab to cover her long black hair.

Posted in General @ 30 June 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Cheap medicine fror the masses Indonesia has launched a program that sells quality medicines for prices as low as 1,000 Rupiah (8 eurocent) to benefit the poor people in the country. Health Minister Dr. Siti Fadilah Supari said that the medicines will be provided in adequate quantities throughout Indonesia.

Posted in Health @ 13 May 2007 02:44 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


Yudhoyono asks state-owned enterprises to compete President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono asked the state-owned enterprises (BUMN) to improve their competitiveness so that goods and services produced will be cheaper, faster and have better quality. “BUMN must be capable of competing with national, foreign and multinational companies,” he said during the opening speech of the State-Owned Enterprises Forum at the Jakarta Convention Center.

Posted in Economy @ 14 April 2007 03:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Condoms for women to be subsidized The National Commission for Fighting AIDS will do it's best to ask the government to allocate funds to subsidize women's condoms. The reason for this action is that these kind of condoms are much more expensive than 'normal' condoms for men. “Now we are discussing the subsidy method. We hope in 2008 there will already be a subsidy for women's condoms,” said Nafsiah Mboi, chairperson for the commission.

Posted in Health @ 10 April 2007 13:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Railway industry waits huge overhaul if bill passed The government is preparing a bill on rail transportation that will effectively end the state's monopoly of the industry. It also required an audit of state railway company PT Kereta Api (PT KA). When the bill - scheduled for 27 March - is passed, the government and PT KA are required to hold a technical audit as a step towards rehabilitating all facilities and networks on Java and Sumatra.

Posted in General @ 18 March 2007 15:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia signs rice import deal with Thailand and Vietnam Indonesia has agreed to sign a preliminary agreement with Thailand and Vietnam to import some 400,000 tonnes of rice via government-to-government deals. This was reported by a senior trade ministry official on Friday. These agreements on rice imports are part of the governments prevously announced plans to buy up to 1.5 million tonnes of rice this year alone to bring stability to prices in Indonesia. “We will import 400,000 tonnes of rice via government-to-government deals and we have a Memorandum of Understanding with Vietnam and Thailand,” said Diah Maulida, director general of foreign trade at the trade ministry.

Posted in General @ 24 February 2007 03:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


15 dead in ferry fire At least 15 people have died in a fire earlier today on a ferry which was located in Jakarta Bay. A navy official reported that the fire was extinguished and that the 300 odd passengers were in the proces of being evacuated from the ferry. The Levina I was en route to Bangka Island, near Sumatra, when it caught fire just after dawn, 80 kilometers from Tanjung Priok, Jakarta's port. The fire has probably started in a truck parked on the car deck.

Posted in Accidents @ 22 February 2007 07:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia withholds vital bird flu data Indonesia, the country worst hit by the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus, has stopped sharing human genetic samples of the highly pathogenic illness with foreign laboratories, raising fears it could slow international efforts to prepare for a pandemic. Officials say Indonesia stopped providing samples internationally last month, hindering efforts to confirm whether the virus killing its citizens is H5N1 and limiting production of vaccines to help prevent its spread.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 06 February 2007 00:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Is Lombok the next Bali? As the tropical monsoon clouds roll in, obscuring the towering volcanos along the Bali coastline, the pristine neighboring island of Lombok seems a world away from Indonesia's premier tourist destination. In fact, it almost is.

Posted in Tourism @ 18 January 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Pilots concerned over Indonesia airlines Four years ago, young pilots lined up to join a new contender in Indonesia's booming aviation industry. But at least 20 left Adam Air within months, citing concerns that poor maintenance, corruption and rule-bending could lead to a crash - charges the airline denied. "I didn't want to wait until I had lost my friends," said Feisal Banser, 30, a former Adam Air flight captain who knew several crew members on a passenger jet that crashed Jan. 1 with 102 people on board.

Posted in Accidents @ 17 January 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


Piece of missing jet found off Sulawesi A fisherman found a piece of a Boeing 737 that disappeared more than 10 days ago, the first hard evidence that the plane carrying 102 people had crashed into the sea off Sulawesi, a top search official said Thursday. The piece of tail from Adam Air Flight KI-574 was recovered Wednesday in the Makassar Strait, 185 miles off Sulawesi Island's coast, said Eddy Suyanto, the head of search and rescue operations.

Posted in Accidents @ 11 January 2007 03:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Indonesia plane pilot said to alter path A jetliner with 102 people aboard that disappeared after encountering 80 mph winds over northern Indonesian waters twice changed course, an official said, as authorities widened the search Friday for the Boeing 737. A U.S. National Transportation Safety Board team arrived to help investigate the apparent crash of Adam Air Flight KI-574, which disappeared from the radar Monday near the Sulawesi coastal town of Majene without issuing a mayday.

Posted in Accidents @ 06 January 2007 02:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Fate of Adam Air plane carrying 102 remains mystery Adam Air Flight KI-574 took off on New Year's Day with 102 people. An hour into what should have been a short hop between islands, the pilot reported heavy winds. Then the plane vanished, sparking a massive search. Thousands of soldiers battled rugged jungle terrain, a fleet of aircraft took to the skies and ships scoured the sea for a third day Thursday, spanning a 28,000-square-mile area - roughly the size of Ireland, or the U.S. state of California. But by nightfall they had found no trace of the Boeing 737.

Posted in Accidents @ 05 January 2007 05:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia crash brings safety of budget airlines into question The proliferation of budget airlines across Asia has made air travel affordable for millions, but this week's aircraft disaster in Indonesia has underlined the challenge for governments to ensure safety standards are met. Analysts say there is no hard evidence that budget airlines are more accident-prone than full-service carriers, but admit they have a harder job convincing the public they are not cutting corners as well as costs.

Posted in General @ 04 January 2007 12:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


[Update] 12 survive Adam Air jet crash; 90 dead [Update] 02 January 2007 20:37 WIB - Senior Indonesian officials said on Tuesday reports that an airliner with 102 people on board had been found on Sulawesi island were wrong, and the plane was still missing. Officials had earlier said that wreckage of the Adam Air plane had been found after it had crashed into the mountains in heavy rain. There were reports 12 people had survived the crash.

Posted in Accidents @ 02 January 2007 04:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 11 reactions
    
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