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Indonesia expects coffee exports to reach US$1.4 billion Indonesia expects its coffee exports to increase to US$1.4 billion until the end of this year although exports were recorded at only US$333 million in the first semester.

Posted in Economy @ 14 August 2014 19:07 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Four killed as train rams into minivan in Demak Four passengers of a minivan were killed when a train rammed into it at a railroad crossing without a barricade in the Central Java provincial district of Demak on Thursday. The dead, all employees of a company marketing coffee and instant noodles, were identified as Triwibowo (driver), Putri Indah, Topik Noven Setiawan, and Jumiyati Nunik Suprihatini.

Posted in Accidents @ 10 July 2014 23:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police arrests terror suspects in West Nusa Tenggara The police arrested two alleged terror suspects on Thursday at 9:00 p.m. local time, in the Karang Bongot Village of the West Lombok District, West Nusa Tenggara Province.

Posted in Terrorism @ 24 January 2014 21:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President Yudhoyono to receive Harrison Ford President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is expected to receive Hollywood top movie star Harrison Ford and his team at the Presidential Office here on Tuesday.

Posted in Environment @ 10 September 2013 13:14 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Two persons missing in flash flood in C. Sulawesi Sigi Regional Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) has not found yet two bodies of a flash flood`s victims in Sigi District, Central Sulawesi Province on Monday.

Posted in Accidents @ 04 April 2013 16:44 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Pagaralam citizens find three ancient human statues The citizens of Curup village, North Dempo district, Pagaralam city, South Sumatra province, have found three statues of human heads, which are allegedly prehistoric relics from 4,000 BC.

Posted in History @ 01 January 2013 18:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


East Java police destroys meth worth Rp2 billion The Narcotics Investigation Directorate of East Java Police has destroyed 908 grams of shabu (methamphetamine) worth Rp2 billion. The drug is worth Rp2 million to Rp2.5 million per gram.

Posted in Drugs @ 26 December 2012 04:04 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Billionaire Liem Sioe Liong passes away Billionaire Indonesian Chinese Liem Sioe Liong passed away at the age of 95 in Singapore on Sunday evening, senior Liason Officer PT Bintan Inti Industrial Estate, Jamin Hidayat, confirmed.

Posted in General @ 10 June 2012 17:54 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


10 Indonesian hotels win ASEAN Green Award Ten hotels operating in Indonesia have won ASEAN Green Hotel Recognition Award 2012 for applying environmentally friendly principles to their operations. Indonesian Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy Mari Pangestu presented the award to representatives of the hotels here on Wednesday.

Posted in Tourism @ 14 January 2012 03:11 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian girl swept away by 2004 tsunami found alive An Indonesian girl who was thought to have died when a huge tsunami devastated the island of Sumatra in December 2004, has been found alive and reunited with her parents, local media reported on Thursday.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 22 December 2011 13:07 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Australian tourist dies of electric shock in Bali An Australian national died from accidental electrocution at Jalan Legian in Kuta on Saturday morning, police said. "The victim`s name is Jake Mitchell Flannery. He was electrocuted during a stroll on a sidewalk at Jalan Legian ," Chief of the Kuta Police Precinct Adjunct Commissioner Gede Ganefo said here on Saturday.

Posted in Accidents @ 28 November 2011 01:15 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Best Western opening another brand new hotel in Kuta Best Western International will soon be offering visitors to Bali the choice of a delightful new hotel, when Best Western Kuta Seaview opens in the popular tourist destination of Kuta.

Posted in Tourism @ 02 October 2011 11:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Air Force One inbound for Bali The 9th Udayana Military Command headquartered in Bali have declared their readiness to safeguard the visit of U.S. President Barack Obama in November 2011.

Posted in Politics @ 20 June 2011 12:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


To Yogyakarta with a little detour With two tickets Batam-Jakarta-Yogyakarta we made an effort to get to our final destination of the day quite early in the morning today. When I checked the news enjoying a fresh cup of coffee I found out that the airport of Yogyakarta was still closed and that this was likely to stay this way for some time to come. So no direct flight to Yogyakarta today.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 06 November 2010 16:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian rains to continue all year Unseasonally heavy rains will continue across Indonesia for the rest of this year, officials from the country's state weather agency said on Wednesday, after rains have damaged crops, hampered miners and boosted inflation.

Posted in Weather @ 15 August 2010 05:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Civet cat dung coffee may be haram Indonesia's top Islamic body says it may forbid followers from drinking the world's most expensive coffee - extracted from the dung of a civet cat - over concerns it is unclean. Kopi Luwak is made from hard beans that have been eaten by the nocturnal critters and then fermented in their stomachs before being pooped out and roasted.

Posted in Religion @ 20 July 2010 12:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia wants to be large producer of crops Following Brazil's trail, Indonesia is encouraging foreign and local investors to lease huge swathes of fertile countryside and help make the country a major food producer. "Feed Indonesia, then feed the world," was the recent call from President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono after the government announced plans to fast-track development of vast agricultural estates in remote areas like Papua and Borneo.

Posted in Economy @ 22 February 2010 04:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The new Gajayana between Malang and Jakarta #2 The information panel above the LCD-television even indicates where the train is. We have just passed Kepanjen station and are headed for Blitar at a reasonable pace. Thanks to a power outlet in the wall of the train at every couple of seats and the mobile internet connection I always use, I can now even continue writing and internetting following my own biorhythm.

Posted in Travel @ 21 November 2009 13:48 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


Another hour of delay Before you know it you are in another boarding room. In this case on the airport of Hang Nadim. Back to Jakarta indeed, but the Batavia Air plane has not arrived yet so the minutes of delay start to count already. In contrary to the airport of Jakarta, there are no boards with information about the recently introduced laws on the protection of passengers in case of delay. Most people don't know about the fact that they have the right to a snack and a drink if there is a delay indeed.

Posted in Travel @ 16 August 2009 09:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


One hour delay at Soetta I have just arrived at 'Soekarno-Hatta International Airport of Jakarta', or short just 'the airport' or even shorter Soetta. Later this afternoon, at 16:20 local time, my flight should depart. When I got out of the taxi about half an hour ago I first bought a cup of iced tea at A&W. Not the best choice in the area, but I needed over an hour to reach the airport and had already spend an hour in the bus. Two hours without drinking is far from good for me.

Posted in Travel @ 14 August 2009 10:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Trafficking fuels commercial sex work Among the alleyways of Dolly, in Indonesia's second-largest city, it is not difficult to find thousands of young women lured by the prospects of a better life working as commercial sex workers (CSWs). "I never chose to be a prostitute. It just happened," Isah, 19, told, describing her tenure in one of Southeast Asia's largest commercial sex venues.

Posted in Human rights @ 11 August 2009 03:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


A goodbye to the kampung After a day or four, which was a few days back by now, it was time to go back home to the 'civilized world', however that is a wrong choice of words if you ask me. My girlfriend and I decided that four days was enough, above all it was a 'mere' eight hours shaking by bus and 55.000 Rupiah to get here, so it was not something impossible if you want to go.

Posted in Travel @ 22 June 2009 09:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The easy life in the kampung The long trip by bus lay behind us when we arrived at what we called home at half past three in the night. Most of the family stayed awake to greet us, so not to be rude I sat down on the wooden bench to eat something. After that it was soon time to excuse me to catch some sleep. I just wanted to go along with the rest here, so getting up early is something obligatory. Of course there is the understanding that I didn't have much sleep, so I could get some sleep without any problems.

Posted in Travel @ 17 June 2009 12:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


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

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


Wet feet in North Jakarta, 2 All of a sudden I got a rush that I would be able to find a bajaj - a terrible orange noise factory on three wheels - driver who was to drive me around through these 'floods', the water was less than 30 centimeters high, so it didn't seem that terrible through my untrained eyes. My girlfriend wanted to join me as well, but not directly because she wanted to see it, but mainly because I had a stupid idea like this once again. Safety was the main reason I guess, however I would be able to save myself here. If water levels would reach high enough which was pretty unlikely given the fact that the sea was less than a kilometer away with a flat landscape - I would be able to swim home as well. That is the worse-case-scenario however, I prefer to stay as dry as possible.

Posted in Flooding @ 13 January 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Mystics: 'Mount Kelud to erupt in a week' Volcanologists apparently are unable to determine the exact time of an eruption of the Mount Kelud volcano. It might be because of that reason that villagers have turned to local mystics ans soothsayers for their opinion. However their predictions are varied as well, they all agree on one thing; the volcano will erupt in the next week. An elder in the village of Sugihwaras, Mbah - which is Javanese to politely address a revered and older person - Mulyasih, 62, prepared twelve cups of hot coffee on Wednesday afternoon. These cups of coffee, and a pack of cigarettes, were meant for the spirit guardians of the mountain. Once a week she travels ten kilometers to the crater of the Kelud volcano and offers them there.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 08 November 2007 03:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Evacuees wait for Mount Kelut to erupt The threat of an eruption of Mount Kelut (or Mount Kelud), one of the deadliest volcanoes in Indonesia, remains very high despite a slump in activity over the last dy or so. Frustration under tens of thousands of villagers which were forced to flee is also growing. Last week the status of the volcano was raised to the highest level after several warning signs. But since Saturday there hasn't been any major activity according to Surono, a government volcanologist. This makes it really difficult to convince evacuees to remain in their shelters.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 22 October 2007 15:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mud flow causes living room geyser Large amounts of water have been shooting out of the ground in homes and a restaurant hundreds of meters away from the submerged area of land near the mud volcano in Eastern Java. Experts tell that these bursts are caused by underground pressure linked to the flow of mud flowing out of a drilling site near Sidoarjo, just south of Indonesia's second largest city of Surabaya.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 20 June 2007 15:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Indonesia to restrict Carrefour, Matahari expansion Indonesia is planning to introduce a law that will restrict new stores for hypermarket operators including Carrefour SA and PT Matahari Putra Prima as soon as next month in a bid to protect small retailers, said Mari Pangestu, Minister of Trade. Hypermarket operators will have to obtain clearance from the Ministry of Public Works before being allowed to open new stores, told Mari in an interview in Kuala Lumpur.

Posted in Economy @ 29 May 2007 10:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Drinking coffee in the kampung, part 1 However it wasn't Saturday for sure, but a Tuesday, still I had the feeling that I had to take my motorbike for a nice day of traveling. Where it would bring me? At least as far as Purworejo. To my amazement and some shame I had never been there before, so that became the primary target. I at least had to go there so I could honestly say that I had been there. Furthermore there were no plans, like usual. It was already late in the morning, so it was not really supposed to become a long trip. Maybe after Purworejo it was time to find my way back. That also depended on what I would find along the way of course. Seen the distance and the road conditions it was to take about one and a half hour to get there. My modest estimation.

Posted in Travel @ 17 May 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Starbucks denies coffee report, Nestle says sorry Giant multinational coffee-shop chain Starbucks denied a World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) allegation Thursday that it purchased illegally-planted coffee in Lampung province, while Switzerland-based food producer Nestle said it regretted buying the beans. Ratih Gianda, head of investor relations for PT Mitra Adi Perkasa, Starbucks' Indonesian partner, said in a written statement sent to The Jakarta Post that the WWF report alleging that Starbucks had bought illegally-planted coffee from the Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park in southern Sumatra was inaccurate.

Posted in Environment @ 19 January 2007 10:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


WWF: Illegal coffee growing risks Sumatra tigers Illegal coffee bean growing in an Indonesian wildlife park could wipe out already endangered local tigers, elephants and rhinos within 10 years, the WWF conservation group warned on Wednesday. The coffee growers are clearing vegetation in Bukit Barisan Selatan park, a World Heritage Site on the southern tip of Sumatra Island, to make room for the crop which brings much needed export revenue to the impoverished region.

Posted in Environment @ 17 January 2007 07:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


What a garden does to people However we approach the end of the year, it may be clear that my garden here in the tropics still looks fairly green. Some of you may have been following that via internet and probably you enjoyed the always green garden. However green is relative, when I don't give extra water during the dry season, that green will be gone pretty quick.

Posted in General @ 11 December 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia beckons A1 racers For the second time in two weeks, the A1GP series returns to South East Asia. This time, the series will set up camp at the Sentul circuit on the Indonesian island of Java, 42km from the capital Jakarta, for round five of the 12-round season. The Sentul circuit is located in the wealthy region of Bogor, a popular summer resort and centre of trade for products of the surrounding region including coffee, tea and assorted spices.

Posted in Sports @ 07 December 2006 03:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia: ''El Nino may endure through next year' Indonesia may be affected by "moderately intense'' El Nino weather conditions that could last right through next year, parching Southeast Asia's largest economy, the meteorological agency said. Floods may follow. The events, caused by warming of equatorial waters in the Pacific Ocean, occur every two to seven years and shift normal weather patterns worldwide. Authorities would begin cloud- seeding, an official at the agency said at a briefing today.

Posted in Weather @ 09 November 2006 02:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


To Kuala Lumpur shortly It was about time for me to get a new visa. Because of regulations it's not possible to extend a certain kind of visa - tourist visa. Also you can't apply for a new visa when in Indonesia as well. You will have to go to an Indonesian embassy. Where that embassy is doesn't really matter, so there are a lot of options left to look around for a holiday-hobbyist. And so I got to plan my first 'visa trip' to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Someone I know from the internet lives around there as well, so I also created the opportunity to meet. That should not be a problem because I would stay there for one entire week. I wasn't in a hurry - I didn't have to go back to Indonesia the same day or so - so I could look around there while my passport would be updated with a new sticker which permits entry into Indonesia again.

Posted in Travel @ 15 September 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


'Sharia-based bylaws violate Constitution' Tangerang is firmly in the spotlight after the issuance of a controversial bylaw to eradicate prostitution in the municipality. It also issued another bylaw that bans liquor. Syafi'i Anwar, executive director of the International Centre for Islam and Pluralism (ICIP), shared his views with Ridwan Max Sijabat >on what is happening in the region.

Posted in Religion @ 04 May 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A religious conflict tamed Despite a flurry of warnings about possible violence over the holidays, residents in this capital of Central Sulawesi Province, thought the bomb blast that ripped through a nearby pork-selling market on New Year's Eve was an earthquake. They were convinced, like so many others in the region, that the communal tensions that erupted into deadly clashes between Muslims and Christians five years ago were a thing of the past. Even after finding out it was a bomb, they condemned it as simply the work of a small group of "terrorists."

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 11 January 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia halts mudslide rescue efforts Indonesian rescuers have ended days of searching for bodies buried in mud from landslides that hit two separate areas on Indonesia's Java island. The combined death toll from the disasters is 137. Soldiers, police and volunteers have toiled to clear mud and rubble of flattened homes in East Java and Central Java.

Posted in Flooding @ 08 January 2006 15:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Indonesia landslides death toll hits 120 Rescuers searched on Friday for more bodies buried under tonnes of mud after massive landslides in Indonesia, and the president said he would investigate whether environmental degradation was to blame. Soldiers and police used excavators to clear mud and logs off flattened homes after torrential rains sent landslides crashing into several villages on Java island this week. The combined official death toll stands at 120.

Posted in Flooding @ 06 January 2006 11:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Jember flood death toll rises to 77 The death toll from flash floods that devastated villages in Indonesia's East Java province has risen to at least 77, as the search continued for more victims, officials said Thursday. A helicopter dropped food supplies and moved survivors as well as corpses from isolated, mud-soaked areas in Jember regency, local government spokesman Suhartomo said.

Posted in Flooding @ 05 January 2006 11:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Torrent too strong to fight: Survivor Screams and tears were all that marked the evacuation of flood survivors on Tuesday from their village in Rambipuji district, which had been isolated after a bridge connecting it with the outer world was shattered by the raging water and mud. But at last it was a cry of relief as the survivors escaped from the seclusion that had tormented them since the flashflood swept their village on Sunday night.

Posted in Flooding @ 04 January 2006 07:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Central Java landslide kills 10, many more feared dead A landslide triggered by heavy rains crashed into a village in Indonesia's Central Java province on Wednesday, killing at least 10 people and trapping many more under muddy debris, an official said. The pre-dawn landslide, the latest in a series on Java island that killed 71 people earlier this week, smashed into hundreds of houses in a mountainous village of around 700 residents.

Posted in Flooding @ 04 January 2006 07:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Java flood death toll hits 59, villages cut off Hundreds of rescue workers and soldiers struggled to reach villages devastated by floods and landslides in Indonesia's East Java on Tuesday as the death toll from the disaster climbed to at least 59. Eddy Susilo, head of the Information Ministry branch in the town of Jember, not far from the scene, said the bodies of 57 villagers had been found. Two rescue workers had also drowned in swollen rivers on Tuesday, he added.

Posted in Flooding @ 03 January 2006 07:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Starbucks will open two new outlets in Jakarta Indonesia's PT Sari Coffee, a unit of listed PT Mitra Adi Perkasa, will open two Starbucks outlets later this month in Jakarta, an official with Sari Coffee said Tuesday. Sari Coffee will open an outlet at a new upmarket shopping mall in the southern Jakarta satellite town of Pondok Indah, and open its first drive-through store along the busy Jakarta-Cikarang toll road, said Kiki Soewarso, the company's public relations manager.

Posted in General @ 02 August 2005 10:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tsunami rebuilding effort stalls Political squabbling, donor demands and government indecision have stalled the building of roads, water treatment plants and nearly 180,000 homes for survivors of last December's tsunami.

Posted in Earthquake @ 16 May 2005 09:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Indonesia coffee supply tight despite higher price Supply disruption caused by a series of natural calamities in recent months and labor shortages that followed have driven Indonesian coffee prices significantly higher, but production hasn't kept pace with rising demand. The situation has been made worse by farmers hoarding coffee in the hope that prices would rise further, market participants said.

Posted in Economy @ 12 May 2005 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Just outside Sengkang we brought a visit to some houses with traditional weaving installations under their house. In this way they are protected from the sun’s direct heat and they are working close to home. It’s nice to see the fabrics being produced in front of your nose, too bad it’s nothing for me to buy something like it. If you ever want to buy something like it, you can choose from all kinds of natural dyes. If you which they can put real gold in it as well. Everything is for sale, however the people producing it, do wear it themselves as well.

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


For the first time in history, Indonesia has a president who was directly elected by the people. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and Jusuf Kalla, or more popularly known as SBY and JK, will have taken oath this morning, as the country's new president and vice president. Hopes are high that the pair can make a difference and bring about a better future.

Posted in Politics @ 20 October 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt expels two Malaysians, American from Aceh The government Tuesday expelled two Malaysians and a U.S. citizen after they illegally entered the restive province of Aceh which remains under a state of civil emergency, an official said. "This morning we expelled the three foreigners," said Imron Zubandi, of the Aceh provincial immigration office. Authorities identified the two Malaysians as Jumat bin Majid, 31 and Ong Kung Wai, 44, and named the American as Blanchet Sean Kehoe, 21.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 29 June 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


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 again… What a shame.

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


ACEH UNDER MARTIAL LAW; WAR LOOMS Indonesia's president put Aceh province under martial law Sunday and gave the green light for a major military assault against separatist rebels after last-ditch peace talks in Tokyo collapsed. In a decree read out by an aide, President Megawati Sukarnoputri said the refusal of Free Aceh Movement (GAM) rebels to accept Indonesian sovereignty over Aceh had endangered the province, requiring the imposition of martial law, effective immediately.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 18 May 2003 00:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Poland offers Indonesia military cooperation Poland on Thursday offered visiting Indonesian President Megawati Sukarnoputri extensive cooperation in the military field. "We are proposing a vast cooperation in the military and arms domain," President Aleksander Kwasniewski told a joint conference with Megawati at the outset of her 48-hour visit. "We discussed political, economic, trade, military and tourism cooperation," Megawati said.

Posted in Military @ 25 April 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Members of the Penan tribe of northeastern Borneo know that Batu Lawi, a 2,000-m sheer limestone pinnacle, is a demon-haunted place to be avoided at all costs. To Bruno Manser, however, Batu Lawi represented everything he loved about the untouched forest of the region. He almost perished trying to reach its summit in 1988. As he told friends, he spent 24 hours hanging from a rope, unable to reach the rock face. Only a desperate swing brought him within grabbing distance of the rock.

Posted in Culture @ 01 September 2001 00:00 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


RI to retain 40,000 tons of coffee to prop up prices Indonesia plans to retain up to 40,000 tons of coffee until August this year as part of its commitment to prop up falling coffee prices in the world, Minister of Agriculture Bungaran Saragih said on Monday. The minister said that the decision to join the coffee retention program initiated by the Association of Coffee Producing Countries (ACPC) last year was taken in October, 2000.

Posted in Economy @ 23 January 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The prosperous, tree-lined streets of Bandung hearken back to an era earlier this century when the city was known as the Paris of Java. Dutch colonial administrators at that time enlisted European architects and town planners to transform Bandung into an elegant holiday destination dotted with Art Deco buildings and other designs of the day. This heritage, along with cool mountain air, makes the city of 1.8 million people the envy of other large Indonesian centers. Hotels are packed with crowds fleeing Jakarta during weekends. "A lot of government big-shots like to come here and whoop it up," says Rus Edi, a taxi driver.

Posted in General @ 06 June 2000 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Gus Dur reveals coup attempt The uneasy relationship between President Abdurrahman Wahid and the Indonesian Military (TNI) was again highlighted on Tuesday with the revelation of a coup attempt by some regional military commanders.Speaking on state TVRI's "Coffee Morning with Gus Dur", broadcast live on Tuesday morning, the President said he was not worried at all about the generals' rebellion attempt, saying the majority of the people remained fully behind him.

Posted in Politics @ 15 March 2000 10:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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