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Australian man found hanging in his Bali home An Australian man was found hanging in his house in Dalung residence of Badung District, Bali, on Saturday. Thomas Rick Michael (34) was found lifeless by his wife Restu Wilujeng at 6.39 am local time (GMT+7) in their rented house in Banjar Dukuh, Dalung Village, North Kuta, Badung District.

Posted in General @ 05 July 2014 16:43 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jokowi reads Pancasila in first campaign Presidential candidate of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP), Joko "Jokowi" Widodo read the text of Indonesian ideology Pancasila or five principles in his first campaign here on Sunday (March 16).

Posted in Elections @ 16 March 2014 15:36 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Tangerang mayor: 'My wealth comes from God' South Tangerang Mayor Airin Rachmi Diany remained philosophical on Wednesday after digesting the news that her husband, Tubagus “Wawan” Chaeri Wardana, would be charged with money laundering over his alleged involvement in a crooked medical equipment procurement scheme. “One’s job, wealth and challenges all come from Allah and belong to Allah,” she said.

Posted in Corruption @ 16 January 2014 03:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono: 'Corruption real threat to development' Corruption is a real threat to development, stated President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono here, on Monday, in the wake of the Anti-Corruption Day commemoration. "Corruption is still happening in Indonesia. It is a real threat to the development of this nation," Yudhoyono noted.

Posted in Corruption @ 09 December 2013 18:49 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta to impose curfew on students The Jakarta provincial government is gearing up to impose a special curfew on students across the capital to prevent them from loitering in the city after midnight.

Posted in General @ 12 September 2013 18:50 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Two Germans missing on Mount Merapi Two German mountaineers reportedly went missing on Sunday (Aug. 11) while climbing the southern slope of Mount Merapi, passing through Kinahrejo, Sleman district, on the border between Central Java and the Yogyakarta special administrative region.

Posted in Accidents @ 12 August 2013 16:41 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mountt Rokatenda in East Nusa Tengara erupts Mount Rokatenda in Palue island, East Nusa Tenggara province, erupted early Saturday, spewing ash onto a number of villages on the island. The eruption, which occurred at nearly 01.00 a.m., also was accompanied by earthquakes, local resident Bertolomeus Pelle said.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 10 August 2013 18:10 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


130 countries join Sail Komodo 2013 About 130 countries have registered as participants of Sail Komodo 2013 and the total number is still counting, the Head of Tourism and Culture Agency of East Nusa Tenggara Abraham Klakik said here on Monday.

Posted in General @ 08 July 2013 17:38 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Health minister: 'Maternal mortality rate still high' Health Minister Nafsiah Mboi said cases of stillbirth and the death rates of mother in the process of delivery are still high in the country. The high mortality rate is attributable to bleeding, mother being too young to give birth, and high frequency of giving birth, Nafsiah said here on Friday.

Posted in Health @ 15 February 2013 19:41 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt denies having no guts to raise subsidized fuel prices Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Hatta Rajasa has denied a media report that the government does not have the guts to raise the prices of subsidized fuels. "I don`t like somebody saying the government does not have the courage to raise the fuel prices. As a matter of fact, we have raised them repeatedly," he said.

Posted in General @ 28 January 2013 21:33 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Heroin smuggled from Malaysia seized The customs officers of Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali have foiled an attempt to smuggle 372 grams of heroin, worth Rp855 million, from Malaysia into Indonesia.

Posted in Drugs @ 08 January 2013 22:25 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jokowi will be inducted as Jakarta governor Monday The induction of Joko Widodo or Jokowi and Basuki Tjahaja Purnama as Jakarta governor and vice governor respectively will be held on Monday (Oct 15), the city administration official has said.

Posted in Politics @ 12 October 2012 00:58 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jokowi named as Jakarta's new governor today Jakarta`s General Election Commission here on Saturday announced that Joko Widodo (Jokowi) and Basuki Tjahaja Purnama (Ahok) have been elected the province`s new Governor and Vice Governor for 2012-2016.

Posted in Elections @ 29 September 2012 15:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Russian tourist drowns on Ketewel Beach A 48-year-old Russian tourist has drowned while swimming on Bali’s east coast, at Pantai Gumicik, Ketewel. Algrei Ilarioshoki drowned on Saturday, September 22, 2012, when he was swept out to sea by strong currents while swimming at the beach.

Posted in Accidents @ 24 September 2012 07:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia guarantees food stocks, prices during Idul Fitri The government will guarantee the availability of food stocks, as well as ensure their prices remain reasonable during the post-fasting Idul Fitr festival, a minister said.

Posted in Ramadan @ 15 August 2012 18:56 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Two S. African citizens arrested for bringing in meth Two South African nationals have been arrested in Manado, North Sulawesi, for allegedly bringing in almost six kilograms of methamphetamine.

Posted in Drugs @ 11 August 2012 14:37 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Attorney General`s Office team arrests 21 fugitives The Attorney General`s Office (AGO) team has, up until early June 2012, caught 21 fugitives, Attorney General Basrief Arief said here on Monday. He expressed appreciation for the performance of the team that successfully caught the fugitives. "I thank the team for carrying out its task well by catching the fugitives," Basrief said.

Posted in Crime @ 09 July 2012 17:29 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Dukono spews volcanic ash Mount Dukono in North Maluku province spewed volcanic ash on Tuesday, after showing signs of decreased activity in the past couple of weeks. "The volcanic ash spread to as far as Tobelo, the capital of North Halmahera district," head of the North Halmahera district natural mitigation board (BPBD) Yudhi H. said on Wednesday.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 13 June 2012 16:55 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Gamkonora erupts Mount Gamkonora, in North Maluku province, erupted on Wednesday afternoon, forcing hundreds of residents living on the volcano`s slope to evacuate to safer areas.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 13 June 2012 14:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


162 houses in Langkat ravaged by whirlwind Some 162 houses in Babalan and Sei Lepan subdistrict, Langkat regency, North Sumatra had been raged by a whirlwind causing hundreds of millions of rupiahs in losses.

Posted in Weather @ 07 May 2012 13:52 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Former GAM minister elected as Aceh governor Former Free Aceh Movement (GAM) foreign affairs and health minister Zaini Abdullah has been elected Aceh Province governor in the regional election on April 9, 2012.

Posted in Elections @ 17 April 2012 17:38 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


BMKG detects drop in number of hot spots in W. Sumatra The Ketaping Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) in West Sumatra said that in the last week there had been a drop in the number of hot spots in the area monitored by the satellite.

Posted in Forest fires @ 27 March 2012 05:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Observer: state budget increasingly comes under pressure The 2012 state budget will increasingly come under pressure from soaring fuel subsidy due to a rise in global crude price, an economist said. "With the global crude price reaching US$126 a barrel, the fuel subsidy may soar to Rp238 trillion," Ikhsan Modjo of Brawijaya University in Malang, East Java, said on Sunday.

Posted in Economy @ 26 March 2012 13:18 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Heavy rain predicted for central and eastern Indonesia The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) predicts that heavy rain will be falling until next week in a number of areas in Indonesia`s central and eastern areas.

Posted in Weather @ 15 March 2012 02:27 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Marapi spews volcanic ash twice on Sunday Mount Marapi in West Sumatra spewed volcanic ash twice on Sunday respectively at 11:10am and 11:18am Western Indonesian Standard time (WIB), a Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation Agency official said.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 04 March 2012 14:05 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Facebook blamed for higher divorce rate The social networking service Facebook has become quite popular in Indonesia but it is now believed to be a factor contributing to a rapid increase in the divorce rate, a local religious court official said.

Posted in Culture @ 21 January 2012 06:05 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


021-29918200: Air Asia malpractice It is a normal working day when I was called quite early in the morning, around eight, by the local number 021-29918200. I did not recognise that number, so I did not answer it. It often happens here that people dial the wrong number and then start asking all kinds of questions, even calling back to continue asking and making sure that I am not the one they are looking for.

Posted in Crime @ 02 January 2012 03:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian officials call for laws to slow population growth Indonesian officials are calling on the government to introduce new laws in an attempt to slow down the population growth rate in the country, local media reported on Tuesday.

Posted in General @ 30 November 2011 00:57 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


WikiLeaks cable: U.S. believed 2007 Jakarta election 'rigged' A newly-released confidential cable from the U.S. Embassy in Indonesia shows that U.S. officials believed the historic 2007 gubernatorial election in Jakarta was rigged.

Posted in Corruption @ 05 September 2011 05:45 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 1 reaction


Two Aceh couples caned for extramarital affairs Two Indonesian couples on Friday were publicly caned for having had extra marital affairs in a conservative Muslim province in Aceh, the Jakarta Globe reported.

Posted in Religion @ 08 April 2011 23:48 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Democrat Party lawmaker Roy Suryo kicked off plane Democratic Party lawmaker Roy Suryo was kicked off a Lion Air flight on Saturday morning for taking seats reserved for two other passengers for himself and his wife. A Lion Air passenger posted on his Twitter account @ernestprakasa that he was surprised to find his and his friend’s seats had been occupied by the couple when he boarded the plane.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 26 March 2011 09:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


More suspected terrorists raided before Ramadan As in previous year the police has been busy netting suspected terrorists. This just days before the official start of the holy Islamic month of Ramadan. The police has already apprehended two suspected terrorists in Jakarta earlier this week. The government wants to make clear that they are in control and that terrorism is not tolerated in this country.

Posted in Terrorism @ 08 August 2010 06:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


We are moving In the coming week until early July, we will move the following websites to a new server with the same hosting provider: indahnesia.com, indonesiepagina.nl, kamus-online.com and ticketindonesia.info. We are doing this to prevent growing pains from becoming visible like they did earlier this year and avoid these in the future as well.

Posted in Website @ 25 June 2010 07:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


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 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


This was in the picture! #21 A gangway over the shallow tropical sea brings you towards a viewpoint with some kind of restaurant. Although it doesn't look that steady, it is safe enough for visitors and couples that go here to enjoy the afternoon sun and the sound of the waves. This picture was made at Pulau Galang at the 'end' of the Barelang chain of bridges towards the south from Batam Island.

Posted in Picture guess @ 12 April 2010 11:50 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


Medan police searches hotels for prostitutes Dozens of prostitutes were arrested in the city of Medan, North Sumatra. This happened during a sweeping by local police in the city. Most of them were busted in so-called 'melati'-class hotels in the city of Medan, which are often used for other purposes than just sleeping overnight.

Posted in Culture @ 28 February 2010 05:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sharia police arrested over rape case A serious blow to the credibility and morality of Sharia police in Aceh province, has occurred after several members were detained for an alleged gang rape in Langsa regency. Police in the regency said Tuesday they had arrested two Sharia police officers, or Wilayatul Hisbah, for reportedly raping a female detainee at the Langsa Sharia Police Station.

Posted in Religion @ 13 January 2010 09:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 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


To the gunung The word gunung means mountain, but that doesn't always mean that this mountain really is a mountain. A stretch of land that runs upward also is named a mountain. After this was clear, we - my girlfriend, her dad, a niece and me - went 'up the mountain' to bring a visit to the recently purchased rice fields where a gubug ('resting house') has been built as well by now.

Posted in Travel @ 10 December 2009 23:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Beyond reality: 'Condoms are only for married couples' A person responsible for social welfare in the region of Papua, Indonesia's easternmost region, Lathifah Husna, has said that condoms should only be used by married couples. "The campaign promoting condoms does not explicitly say that sexual relations - and thus condoms - are only allowed within marriage. The focus in the campaign is only laid on the fact that condoms are safe," said Husna.

Posted in Health @ 29 November 2009 00:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Landslide cuts road access in Minahasa A landslide coupled with falling trees have temporarily cut road access in some villages of Kombi district of Minahasa, North Sulawesi, on Friday. "Fortunately, we cleaned some sites, which means no more residents are isolated," Minahasa administration's spokesperson Vecky Tanor said in Manado.

Posted in Weather @ 28 November 2009 05:34 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


The mess at PLN Cikarang #3 Last contact with PLN dated back to July this year. Indeed I was not called back or did I receive information in any other way from them. So until that very moment I did not have a clue about what was going on and how I was able to pay for my monthly electrical bill.

Posted in Lippo Cikarang @ 06 November 2009 09:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali tourists robbed by airport staff Staff at the international airport of Ngurah Rai on the resort island of Bali again have found a way to extort money for unknowing tourist that are leaving for home. This time it's fake tax duties that are filling up pockets of crooked employees at the airport. Where Indonesia does not see internet as a way to advertise, Australians know how this works and use email to tell others their story.

Posted in Crime @ 26 October 2009 08:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


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

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


Toll Soekarno-Hatta to Cikarang: +500 Rupiah However tariffs of toll roads throughout many parts of Java and parts of Sumatra and Sulawesi have indeed been increased late last month, price hikes are not as drastic as they were first portrayed. Most users will hardly have any increase at all, since tariffs for higher road classes were among those increased most. This means that an entire Indonesian family stuffed in one oversized SUV still pays almost nothing to use the toll roads.

Posted in Travel @ 08 October 2009 05:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Five-minute 'porn movie' spreads in Kediri A couple of schoolchildren of one Kediri high school have become actors in their own porn movie. In the last week, this movie has been spreading quickly under mostly minor students of the school and the city. The five-minute porn movie is a big hit in the city. The video is easily transferred from one mobile phone to another using Bluetooth connection.

Posted in General @ 05 October 2009 04:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two men and one couple busted for 'being together' Residents of the village of Ngrowo in the district of Bojonegoro last night entered a room of a boarding house after they suspected that the people inside were doing something that God has forbidden. When the villagers noticed that two men entered the room around eight in the evening, they did not suspect anything. After nine in the evening - normal visiting hours are until that time in Indonesia - however the second young man had not left yet.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 29 September 2009 03:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mud leak appear in Sukahening village Just a few days after the heavy earthquake of September 2, 2009, the village of Sukahening in the district of Tasikmalaya has become the scene of a new natural event, a mud leak. Based on observations by television station Metro TV, the mud is pushed out of the earth in a hole with a diameter of up to two meters. The village of Sukahening is some 25 kilometers away from the city of Tasikmalaya.

Posted in Earthquake @ 07 September 2009 03:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Batam police chief does not know his staff is raiding hotels Hotel operators in Batam have complained about raids on their hotels by local police. They say it hurts tourism more than it improves safety or anything else. The raids started with the start of the holy month of fasting, Ramadan, but the Association of Indonesian Hotels and Restaurants' (PHRI) on the island has said that the national police is no moral police.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 31 August 2009 10:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Poll: Miss Indonesia Zivanna Letisha Siregar most popular The Indonesian contestant currently competing in the Miss Universe competition, Zivanna Letisha Siregar, leads the online poll sponsored by the event. In the poll, in which tens of thousands of visitors have voted for their favorite woman, the Indonesian is followed by Brazilian Larissa Costa and Guatemalan Lourdes Figueroa.

Posted in General @ 23 August 2009 13:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Three 'naughty couples' disturbed in their activities Three 'naughty couples' were not even safe having sex in different hotels in the city of Depok last night. At two different locations Satpol PP, the civil police, came into action. The first couple was caught in Hotel Uli Arta and two others in Hotel Genggong in the city. The places were raided during an operation against liquor and prostitution in the run up to the Islamic holy month of fasting which starts next week.

Posted in Ramadan @ 16 August 2009 03:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

Posted in Terrorism @ 25 July 2009 04:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Facebook can help you out of jail Complain about the bad service you received and you can end up in jail for a couple of years and pay a fine of 261 milion rupiah. A 32 year old mother with 2 children complained about the service from the Omni international hospital by email to a friend. This email was send to several blogs and the hospital made a justice case of it because of disgrace. She lost the case and has to pay 261 million rupiah.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 11 June 2009 07:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Protestant clergyman and wife killed with machetes Police found Rev Frans Koagow, 64, and his wife Femy Kumendong, 73, at their home, dead, killed with machetes. The couple lived in Manado, capital of North Sulawesi province, where a majority of Sulawesi Island Christians live. Most local Christians are Protestant.

Posted in Violence @ 28 April 2009 07:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A peek into Jakarta's nightlife, the women of B.A.T.S. The later it gets the more clear it becomes that it is not all about the music, the band and the alcohol here. Pleasure is okay, but there is much more to get here that just that. The later it gets, a part of the people here starts to show more and more lowbrow attitude. In some areas you will see women hopping from one man to another. It could just be to greet them a 'bye bye', but all changes if you know better than that, because there is more to it.

Posted in Nightlife @ 22 April 2009 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Six arrested over deadly beating in Bounty Discotheque A 23-year-old New Zealand man, Sean Headifen, died on Sunday, April 12, 2009, after being brutalized by six men at the Bounty Discotheque in Kuta. The man died from head injuries in the early morning hours of Sunday after allegedly being physically set upon by staff of the discotheque with whom he had a verbal altercation after reportedly throwing a bottle at a staff member. The brutalization that followed took place both inside the popular night spot and in outside premises.

Posted in Crime @ 18 April 2009 11:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Mysterious ‘yawning fish’ discovered in Maluku Until January 2008, no one knew it existed, or if they did, they weren’t talking. A husband and wife team who were part owners of a dive shop in Ambon City, Indonesia, along with the shop’s dive guide, took the first known photos of the fish. They shared the photos with Ted Pietsch, a marine scientist at the University of Washington in Seattle, who said last year that the critter appeared to represent an unknown family (in the biological-classification sense) of angler fish.

Posted in Environment @ 25 February 2009 04:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia urges Australia to back global crisis fund The Indonesian Trade Minister has expressed hopes that Australia will support a key Indonesian proposal at the G20 meeting in April. Mari Pangestu says she would like Canberra to canvass rich nations to commit to a fund to support developing countries through the global financial crisis at the G20 talks in London.

Posted in Economy @ 19 February 2009 13:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Pine tree forest near beach used for 'free sex' A pine tree forest near the beach of Samas, in the district of Bantul in the province of Yogyakarta, which is planted to reduce the impact of natural events like tsunami's, is currently being used for other purposes. On weekend days and during holidays, the location becomes an area where couples have sex with each other. This has been a well-known 'secret' in the area.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 21 January 2009 04:25 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


Higher train ticket prices during coming holiday season During the year-end holidays, prices of train tickets will be hiked about 50.000 Rupiah per ticket on a one-way stretch. The raise in fares is mainly for executive class tickets for travel between December 19, 2008 and January 5, 2009. All executive class trains will have higher fares during this period.

Posted in General @ 10 December 2008 06:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


UPDATED: online dictionary kamus-online.com In the last couple of days, the online dictionary of kamus-online.com has been updated with some 2500 phrases and example sentences. Updates at the dictionary are an ongoing process of processing searches performed by visitors and paid members of the website.

Posted in Website @ 01 December 2008 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Masked robbers steal three million Rupiah 'money for the poor' Two masked robbers have robbed two houses in the village of Cimaja, in the district of Sukabumi early yesterday morning. Besides stealing two motorbikes, the robbers also took away money that was handed out via the 'Rice for the Poor' scheme (Raskin) and some money that was meant for paying taxes.

Posted in Crime @ 25 November 2008 11:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Stamps 'Environment Care' now available online The newest issue of stamps from Pos Indonesia is available for sale online starting today via our indahnesia.com store at eBay.com. The issue of these new stamps is related to environment care, in Indonesian 'Peduli Lingkungan'. It is a set of two stamps and a souvenir sheet with two stamps as well. The set of two is also available in a mini sheet of 20 stamps.

Posted in General @ 12 June 2008 08:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Schoolgirl arrested by civil police after kissing in public A female high school student was arrested by civil police (Satpol PP) in the city of Kediri when she was kissing her partner. She was arrested during school hours as well, so she should be in class anyway. The girl was arrested in the natural tourist object of Goa Selomangleng, earlier to day. Outside learning about nature, the couple decided to explore each other as well, still in school uniforms.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 11 June 2008 12:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


When life is made impossible Together we are sitting below a blue plastic cover that is used as roof for a bed and some personal possessions. That is all that Kudasi has left. Together we look back at the earthquake that struck some one and a half year ago first. It caused the death of several thousand people and tens of thousands ended up in the same situation as he is in now. He was lucky then, in Parangtritis, a village at the southern beach directly south of the city of Yogyakarta, damage was limited. Now however he became one of the victims, but not from an earthquake. It were the 'new colonials' as he describes it. It is a commonly used term to represent a government that is pushing it's own ideas forward not listening to the people they ought to represent.

Posted in Culture @ 04 February 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Wet feet in North Jakarta, 3 It didn't get better when I carefully lifted the plastic flap and reached outside with my head. A driver on a motorbike which was in some kind of a hurry could hardly avoid me. In front of us a long row of red lights in the streets. Between the vehicles I could mainly see water and more nearby I heard the water gush out of the draining canal onto the pavement and the street. Ooh well, it must be raining heavily somewhere close, because it was quite an amount of water that came rushing towards us. Slowly the three wheels of the bajaj disappeared under water. I was hoping that the water would not reach too high at the end, because after over half an hour in this kind of transport, sitting becomes quite uncomfortable.

Posted in Flooding @ 14 January 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Fauzi Bowo new governor of Jakarta Fauzi Bowo and Prijanto have become the first directly elected governor and vice-governor of the capital of Indonesia. After a day of voting, the vice-president of Indonesia, Jusuf Kalla, sent his congratulations to the couple. Although there are no official results yet, quick counts by various independent parties all show a victory for Fauzi Bowo and Prijanto, with around 58 percent of the votes.

Posted in Elections @ 08 August 2007 16:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Railway near Sidoarjo flooded again Mud coming out from a Lapindo Brantas gas well covered the railway track again. This time the flooding occurred in the village of Ketapang Keres, Porong. The mud reached a height of some 20 centimeters and was able to flow onto the track after one of the dams that has been built in a hurry to stop the flow of mud, gave way and collapsed partially. The mud has covered some 600 meters of railway track.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 17 April 2007 09:06 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


Jakarta flood victims face stinking garbage, mud Thousands of residents of the Indonesian capital began returning to their homes on Wednesday as flood waters receded, but they faced a huge task clearing up streets and homes caked in stinking garbage and mud. The death toll from the floods, the worst for at least five years, rose to 50 people, a health ministry official said.

Posted in Flooding @ 07 February 2007 09:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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


Adam Air flight KI-574 passenger and crew list Adam Air has released a list of names of people on board of the still missing flight KI-574 operated by Adam Air. Four members of the Indonesian Navy (TNI AL) and a newly-wed couple were among passengers of missing Adam Air plane plying Jakarta-Surabaya-Manado route on Monday, reports said. Two of the four military personnel were middle-ranking officers who were tasked in Manado naval base, Eastern Fleet command`s spokesman Lt. Col. Tony Syaiful said.

Posted in General @ 02 January 2007 02:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Search continues for Indonesia ferry survivors Indonesian navy ships on Monday renewed efforts to reach survivors of a ferry disaster who spent a third night on the open sea as continuing rough weather hindered the search for hundreds still missing. "Navy ships are still searching now. We're still trying the best we can," Central Java navy commander Colonel Yan Simamora told AFP.

Posted in Accidents @ 01 January 2007 11:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Militant sentenced for harboring top terrorist leader An Indonesian militant has received a life sentence for harboring a top terrorist, and another man was sentenced to six years in jail for his links with terrorists. An Indonesian court sentenced Subur Sugiarto to life in prison Wednesday for harboring one of Southeast Asia's most wanted fugitives, Noordin Top.

Posted in Terrorism @ 23 November 2006 02:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister to inspect preparations for Aceh regional chief elections Indonesian Home Affairs Minister M Ma`ruf left Jakarta for Aceh Province on Wednesday to inspect preparations made for the upcoming implementation of the Aceh direct regional chief elections scheduled for December 11, 2006. Minister Ma`ruf is expected to visit several districts in Indonesia`s northernmost province of Aceh, to monitor the preparations made by the regions.

Posted in Elections @ 08 November 2006 05:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Anarchy reigns in West Lombok Back to Lombok after almost two years - my last visit to this beautiful and quiet island east of the messy Bali dates back to January 2005 - I noticed that certain things had changed, and too bad not only for the good of the island. It has nothing to do with increased tourist numbers to the island or the fact that big positive points are to be awarded.

Posted in Culture @ 05 November 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


Yudhoyono to visit Japan President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and entourage are scheduled make a state visit to Japan from November 26 to 29, 2006. The Culture and Information Office of the Japanese Embassy here told the press recently that while in Japan the President and his wife Mrs Ani Yudhoyono will pay a courtesy call on the Japanese Emperor and his consort.

Posted in Politics @ 02 November 2006 03:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A lesson from Malaysia One more time I would like to look back to Malaysia a little bit. However I was only there for a week, I still had time to look around more than enough to get back to it for (maybe) one more time. Maybe it's just that I have too much time here, but I think it's rather because I would like Indonesia to have something of it as well. They will have to do most of the work however, I don't have much to tell here of course. I can at least tell about my ideas a little bit on the internet, to get it of my list and probably to never get back to it.

Posted in General @ 06 October 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mudslide could last 100 years, say scientists Mud, gas and boiling water that have been gushing out of the ground in East Java since May, submerging half a dozen villages and 20 factories, could continue for a century with "catastrophic consequences", European experts said on Monday. Efforts to seal the channels through which the mud is escaping are unlikely to succeed, and it is impossible to tell how much fluid remains underground, according to a University of Oslo geology team.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 26 September 2006 11:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


The conmen of Parangtritis What should have been a nice day driving around, became a very funny little adventure. Especially about some remarks that would be made in Parangtritis. Thinking back to this in fact ridiculous fact where four people can laugh about for a long time, it's time to do some efforts to go back writing a little bit. We go back just two days. Not too early the four of us get in the rental car (license plate starting with AB, so we are just like real Yogyakartans), to drive around for the afternoon; some beach, a little bit of disaster area south of Yogyakarta and then simply back home to eat.

Posted in Culture @ 25 August 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Independence Day preparations With several days left until the annual celebration of the independence of Indonesia, 17 August 2006 exactly 61 years ago, the daily view in the streets has changed pretty much. Not that it has become more crowded or more quiet, because that doesn't realy matter this time of year, this day is commonly celebrated with the neighbors in the neighborhood. Many of the central fields in villages and cities will be the stage of small games at the 17th, especially old Dutch games with a Indonesian flavour added to it.

Posted in Culture @ 14 August 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Soccer on Friday Just back from a couple of days in Malang it's about time to turn on the computer again and to clean the keyboard. Since the short holiday to Bali I didn't see any chance to write something down, but that is going to change now. The few days in Malang were a pleasant difference with the somewhat more normal life in Yogyakarta. The garden has been watered and the windows are open, though there is not too much wind. Several days back, back to Friday to be more precise. Soccer club Arema (Malang) has to play a game that day.

Posted in Culture @ 13 August 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Fire smoke blankets city on Sumatra Smoke from raging ground and forest fires has blanketed Pekanbaru, the capital of Riau province on Indonesia's Sumatra island, local meteorology and airport officials said on Friday. Marzuki, an offcial of the meteorology agency, said that the visibility had decreased to the range of 6 to 7 kilometers. The normal is from five to ten kilometers. "This morning the visibility was extremely down to between 30 meters to 50 meters," Marzuki told Xinhua by telephone.

Posted in Forest fires @ 29 July 2006 05:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali foreseeing an end to tourists' fears Hotels are opening, a new condominium hotel and elite villa projects are enticing buyers and a new selection of chapels is available to couples who want an island wedding surrounded by bright blue seas. That is how Bali always wants it to be. But growth in the commercial property segment has been slow and painful, coming against the backdrop of two tragedies: the bombing in October 2002 that killed 202 people, mostly Australian tourists, and a second one in October 2005 that killed 26.

Posted in Tourism @ 20 July 2006 15:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Gusdur leaves for Tuban after mass riot Chief patron of the National Awakening Party (PKB), Abdurrahman "Gus Dur" Wahid was scheduled to leave for Tuban district, East Java, on Sunday following the mass riots broke out in the district after the direct election of the district head on Thursday. "Yes, he will leave for Surabaya today and proceed to Sidoarjo district for having dialogue with labors in the Sidoarjo`s sport-hall, after that he will visit Jombang district and will end his trip in Tuban district," chairman of East Java chapter of PKB, Imam Nahrawi said here on Sunday.

Posted in Protests @ 30 April 2006 12:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Couple told to support boy they adopted in Indonesia The Irish-Azerbaijani couple who adopted a two-month-old Indonesian boy in 2001, and two years later handed him over to an orphanage, have been ordered by the High Court in Dublin to support him until he reaches 18. Carol Coulter, Legal Affairs Correspondent, reports.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 24 February 2006 07:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Four more suspected cases of bird flu Four people showing symptoms of bird flu have been hospitalised in Indonesia, with doctors saying they became ill after coming into contact with sick chickens, hospital officials said. Three members of the same family were transferred to the Sulianti Saroso hospital for infectious diseases in Jakarta on Sunday from the west Java town of Cirebon, said hospital spokesman Ilham Patu.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 13 February 2006 19:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mourners reflect on the year since tsunami Mourners returned to battered shorelines Monday to mark one year since the Indian Ocean tsunami crashed ashore in a dozen countries, laying waste to coastal communities and sweeping away at least 216,000 lives. Under a clear sky and before a gentle sea, survivors, friends and relatives of those who died and world leaders commemorated those lost in one of the worst natural disasters the modern world has experienced.

Posted in Earthquake @ 26 December 2005 09:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia under threat of 'lost generation' Her name, Sasih, in Sundanese means 'month'. Over the past 14 years, Sasih has given birth to five children -- two boys and three girls -- with the youngest being barely two years old. Along with husband Kadmira, a bajaj driver, the family of seven occupies a two-meter by two-meter rented room in a slum corner of Pejompongan, Central Jakarta.

Posted in Economy @ 14 December 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Post-tsunami baby boom on the horizon Giggling women swarm outside a little gray tent in Block D of a sprawling refugee camp. The attraction is one tiny miracle — 2-month-old Asmaul Tzuchina, swaying peacefully in a cloth hammock. The baby simply known as Tzuchi, which means “pure” in Acehnese, represents new life and hope for the women who lost children to the earthquake-spawned tsunami nearly a year ago.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 11 December 2005 12:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Gunmen shoot and wound Christian couple in Sulawesi Police in Indonesia say masked gunmen have shot and wounded a Christian couple in the latest violence to hit the Province of Central Sulawesi. The say university lecturer and his wife were shot as they made their way home from a church service on a motorcycle in the provincial capital Palu.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 20 November 2005 12:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Susilo starts selection of new Cabinet members President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has started interviewing several people as candidates for members of his new Cabinet team, a source at the State Palace said. The source, who requested anonymity, was quoted by the online news service of Kompas daily on Sunday as saying that the interviews had been conducted over the past few days.

Posted in Politics @ 07 November 2005 18:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tour d' Indonesia: Third stage dominated by Giant Asia Racing Team The Giant Asia Racing Team continued its domination of the Dji Sam Soe Tour d'Indonesia Wednesday, winning the third straight stage of the race and retaining control of the yellow jersey. This time it was the turn of Giant rider Iranian rider Hossein Askari to take the spotlight - he soloed into Jogjakarta for the stage win and took over the race lead from his teammate Paul Griffin.

Posted in Sports @ 14 September 2005 16:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tour d' Indonesia: Irishman David McCann wins second stage Irishman David McCann won the second stage of the 2005 Dji Sam Soe Tour d'Indonesia Tuesday in a time of five hours, two minutes and fifty-one seconds. McCann attacked his Indonesian breakaway companion in the final metres of the race to take the win on the streets of Purwokerto. The stage showcased the impressive strength of McCann's team, Giant Asia Racing, which managed to place all of its' riders in the decisive move of the day. Giant rider Paul Griffin finished third on Tuesday, while his Iranian teammates Hossein Askari and Ghader Mizbani finished in fifth and ninth place on the stage, respectively. Griffin and Askari now hold down first and second positions in the general classification.

Posted in Sports @ 13 September 2005 17:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


15.000 posts at the indahnesia.com forum In the last couple of hours, the 15.000th post was posted at the indahnesia.com forum. With over 1.300 members contributing to this fact, this forum is becoming larger and larger every month. Recent statistics show that more people has subscribed to the forum in the last couple of months than ever before. "With 15.000 posts the forum is getting a decent one, but of course it's still a small one compared to the many specialized forums concerning (mainly) Bali", Jeroen, webmaster of indahnesia.com told.

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