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FPI opposes Ahok as Jakarta governor Some one thousand FPI Muslim activists staged a protest rally on the premises of the Jakarta Legislative Council (DPRD), rejecting a plan to appoint Jakarta Deputy Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama (Ahok) as the Jakarta governor succeeding Joko Widodo.

Posted in Protests @ 24 September 2014 18:51 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


'Double-track railway construction should be accelerated' The construction of double-track railway in Java Island should be accelerated, the Vice Minister of Transportation Bambang Susantono reported here on Wednesday.

Posted in Infrastructure @ 10 September 2014 18:10 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


TV station slammed for reporting Jokowi is a communist The Jokowi-JK campaign has criticized a private television station for reporting that Jokowi is a communist. "The report is tendentious and unethical," the campaigns spokesman Hasto Kristiyanto said in a press statement received here on Thursday.

Posted in Elections @ 03 July 2014 23:27 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jokowi pledges to deal with Papua problems with 'heart' Presidential candidate of the opposition Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP) Joko Widodo said he would deal with all problems in Papua with "heart." "I dont like to promise too much. I am confident the Papua problem could be sorted out with heart and hard work not with promises," Jokowi, as he is known, said.

Posted in Politics @ 05 April 2014 19:05 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Two killed when police disperse Timika`s communal conflict Two residents were reported killed while police dispersed two groups of battling residents in Djayanti-Mayon, Timika, Papua, on Tuesday evening (March 11). Papua Police Spokesman Snr Comnr Sulistyo Pudjo Hartono identified the two dead victims as Joen Wandegau and Ekpinus Togime, when contacted Tuesday night.

Posted in Violence @ 12 March 2014 06:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Protesting workers block road to Batam airport Noisy crowd of protesting workers are converging on the Hang Nadim cross road seeking to close access to the Batam airport. The workers said they protested as Riau Islands Governor Muhammad Sani had failed to meet his promise to determine wages of workers.

Posted in Protests @ 28 November 2013 18:15 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Five hospitalized after Sinabung eruption in Tanah Karo Five people have to be hospitalized in the North Sumatra city of Kabanjahe after the eruption of Mount Sinabung on Sunday. Jhonson Tarigan, a spokesman of the Sinabung Disaster Control Agency said the five people suffered difficulty in breathing after inhaling volcanic ashes.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 16 September 2013 11:36 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


FPI Attempting to March on Bali Tempo.com reports that around 100 members of the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) from East Java are attempting to cross over on the ferry crossing from Ketapang, East Java to Gilimanuk, Bali. The group is reportedly intent on disrupting the Miss World Competition being held at Nusa Dua, Bali.

Posted in Religion @ 14 September 2013 01:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


The roundabout that 'eats' cars Don't be scared, it's less mysterious than it sounds. For those that know Jakarta a little bit, Bunderan HI, the roundabout in front of Hotel Indonesia, will most likely ring a bell. The roundabout has a pond with a statue that is known as Tugu Selamat Datang, built by then president Soekarno in preparation of the 4th Asian Games in 1962.

Posted in Accidents @ 24 August 2013 04:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Five airports get special security for upcoming holidays Transportation Minister EE Mangindaan said five international airports in the country would get special security in connection with Islamic post-fasting holiday of Lebaran.

Posted in Travel @ 01 August 2013 22:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police detain 20 asylum seekers from Afghanistan Siak police in Riau, have detained 20 asylum seekers or illegal immigrants from Afghanistan. They were in a bus when police stopped them in the sub-district of Mandau, in the Bengkalis regency on Wednesday, Siak police chief Adj. Sr. Comr Sugeng Putut Wicaksono said via telephone on Thursday.

Posted in Crime @ 01 August 2013 21:53 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Construction of new Bali prison halted over budget issues Plans announced by the government to commence the construction of a prison to house narcotics offenders in Bangli are now stuck, with only an empty field and walls for the prison occupying the designated site in Banjar Buungan in Desa Tiga.

Posted in Crime @ 26 January 2013 08:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Floods force operator to close a bus lane Heavy rain falls in Sunday morning which triggered a one-meter flood in Pesing sub-district, Kalideres, West Jakarta, caused the operator of the Trans-Jakarta Busway to close the bus lane to the Kalideres Terminal.

Posted in Flooding @ 13 January 2013 15:44 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Toll road projects in Dumai remains in the pipeline The government`s plan to build a 16.3 kilometer toll road between Dumai and Pekanbaru in Riau remained in the pipeline. There has been no concrete step taken toward construction of the toll road until the end of 2012, head of Dumai land office Wan Fahrizal Noor told ANTARA News here on Sunday.

Posted in General @ 06 January 2013 17:38 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jokowi inaugurates East Jakarta mayor in slum area Jakarta Governor Joko “Jokowi” Widodo inaugurated East Jakarta Mayor H.R. Krisdianto and his deputy Husein Murad in the slum area of Kampung Pulo Jahe in Cakung on Thursday.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 22 December 2012 02:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police gives priority to Jakarta ahead of Christmas, New Year The National Police Headquarters will give top priority to the capital city of Jakarta in its efforts to ensure security across the country during Christmas and New Year celebrations, the Head of Security Maintenance Department of the National Police, Commissioner General Imam Sujarwo, said.

Posted in General @ 21 December 2012 20:23 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta no longer suitable for center of government Vice Chairman of the Peoples Consultative Assembly (MPR), Ahmad Farhan Hamid, has said that Jakarta should no longer be the center of government because of its many complex problems.

Posted in Politics @ 08 December 2012 18:40 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Marapi spews white thick smoke Mount Marapi in West Sumatra province spewed white thick smoke at around 07.00 a.m. on Saturday, a local resident said.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 27 October 2012 14:18 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Governor Jokowi observes densely populated areas The new Jakarta governor Joko Widodo (Jokowi) a day after being installed by Home Affairs Minister Gamawan Fauzi, on Tuesday observed Pademangan, one of the densely populated areas in the capital city.

Posted in Politics @ 16 October 2012 21:29 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali to develop tourist villages for elderly foreigners Bali Daily (The Jakarta Post) reports that Bali has plans to develop seven tourism villages catering to retired foreign visitors.

Posted in Tourism @ 13 October 2012 01:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Security brought under control after attack on Freeport office Security in Kuala Kencana city has been brought under control following an attack by a group of people on the office of PT Freeport Indonesia, company spokesman Ramdani Sirait said.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 22 September 2012 22:33 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


US closes embassy, offices close in anticipation of rallies The US Embassy in Jakarta, the US Consulate General in Surabaya, the American Presence Post in Medan, the US Consular Agency in Bali and the US Mission to ASEAN have been closed on Friday, in anticipation of rallies.

Posted in Politics @ 21 September 2012 20:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mt. Marapi spews volcanic ash on Sunday morning Mount Marapi in West Sumatra province spewed volcanic ash up to 500 meters into the sky on Sunday morning. "The volcano spewed volcanic ash for about 10 minutes starting at around 08.30 a.m.," Mubarak, who lived on the slope of the volcano said on Sunday.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 17 June 2012 06:32 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Unknown man attacks public prosecutor Sistoyo Public prosecutor Sistoyo was attacked by an unknown man after attending a session as a defendant at a corruption court in Bandung, West Java, around 10 am on Wednesday. Sistoyo is tried for having allegedly received a bribe.

Posted in Crime @ 01 March 2012 10:05 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Two Indonesian policemen burnt to death in North Sumatra Two Indonesian police officers were burnt to death on the island of Sumatra after locals attacked forces trying to arrest a suspected illegal gambling operator, officials said on Monday.

Posted in Violence @ 28 February 2012 01:32 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 1 reaction


Flash flood destroys hundreds of houses in W Sumatra A flash flood triggered by heavy rains destroyed at least 113 houses at Nagari Simpang, Pasaman district, West Sumatra, on Wednesday evening. About ten houses were washed away, spokesman of the Pasaman district administration Budi Hermawan said on Thursday.

Posted in Flooding @ 24 February 2012 02:57 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Crowd storms Cilik Riwut airport to bar FPI leader's entry Hundreds of people on Saturday forced their way on to the apron of Cilik Riwut airport to prevent the arrival of FPI (Islam Defenders Front) leader Habib Rizieq in Palangka Raya.

Posted in Culture @ 12 February 2012 04:06 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 2 reactions


Indonesia cracks down on 'train surfing' with concrete balls Railway staff in Indonesia have begun hanging concrete balls above railway lines in an effort to try to stop commuters from riding the roofs of trains, the Jakarta Globe reported on Wednesday.

Posted in General @ 18 January 2012 05:30 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Amnesty Int'l urges Indonesia to protect Shiite minority Amnesty International has urged the Indonesian government to provide protection for hundreds of Shiites who have been forced to return to their village in East Java after being evicted from their homes in Madura by an anti-Shiite mob.

Posted in Religion @ 16 January 2012 07:07 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian police arrest 27 after violent wage protests At least 27 people have been arrested after two consecutive days of violent protesters in the Indonesian province of Riau Islands, police said on Saturday. Around 20 people were injured.

Posted in Protests @ 26 November 2011 14:22 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Two fans trampled to death during SEA Games soccer final Two people were trampled to death on Monday evening when anxious crowds of soccer fans rushed into a stadium to witness the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games soccer final in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta, local media reported on Tuesday.

Posted in Accidents @ 22 November 2011 16:10 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Umar Patek returns to Bali for Bali Bomb reenactment Umar Patek, the terror suspect arrested in Pakistan in January 2011 and returned to Indonesia, was brought to Bali by Indonesian police to Bali on Thursday, October 20, 2011, to visit five locations linked with the 2002 Bali bombing.

Posted in Terrorism @ 23 October 2011 12:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Stampede kills 8, injures 60 aboard Indonesian ship A passenger ship carrying more than 750 people caught fire off of East Java in Indonesia on early Wednesday morning, officials said, causing a deadly stampede among the passengers.

Posted in Accidents @ 28 September 2011 15:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


One dead in Klungkung clash over temple ground More than forty are reported injured, seven are in police custody and one dead after clashes broke out on Saturday, September 17, 2001, between the villagers of Kemoning and Budaga in Klungkung regency, northeast Bali.

Posted in Violence @ 21 September 2011 02:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Welcome to the Hotel Kerobokan The current prisoner population for Bali’s Kerobokan prison stands at 1,056 convicts living in a facility originally constructed to house only 323 people. Overcrowding by 327% is due mainly to narcotic-related offenders and those awaiting trial on drug offenses.

Posted in Crime @ 05 September 2011 03:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Car accident kills nine Indonesians in eastern Malaysia Nine Indonesians were killed on early Thursday morning when their car collided head-on with a truck in eastern Malaysia, police said. Two others were injured.

Posted in Accidents @ 18 August 2011 03:14 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Light sentences for Ahmadiyah killings spark condemnation A wave of condemnation greeted the verdicts imposed on Thursday against 12 people accused of killing three members of the minority Ahmadiyah group in Indonesia.

Posted in Crime @ 28 July 2011 23:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Powerful earthquake hits parts of western Java Parts of southern West Java have been shaken by a strong earthquake with a magnitude of 5.5. The epicenter of the quake was located at about 86 kilometers southwest of the city of Sukabumi and had a depth of 30 kilometers under the sea floor.

Posted in Earthquake @ 24 July 2011 13:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Expert: Delays at Lion Air are management problem Bisnis.com writes that the Indonesian carrier Lion Air needs to urgently improve its internal management systems in order to reduce the frequency of delayed flights, if they do not wish to loose market share.

Posted in Travel @ 12 June 2011 03:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Premier Jiabao and Pres. Yudhoyono to boost bilateral ties Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Friday met and discussed bilateral relations and cooperation in various sectors including trade and education.

Posted in Politics @ 29 April 2011 15:54 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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


One dead, many injured in chaos in Aceh after tsunami rumor One person on Friday died and many were injured in the chaos that stemmed from tsunami rumors in Aceh, northwestern Indonesia, the Jakarta Globe reported.

Posted in Earthquake @ 18 March 2011 21:47 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Muslim mob attacks Indonesia churches after blasphemy trial A Muslim mob on Tuesday destroyed at least three churches and clashed with Indonesian police in central Java after a Christian man was sentenced for blasphemy against Islam, the daily Kompas reported.

Posted in Violence @ 08 February 2011 17:06 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Video shows Ahmadi corpses stoned, beaten Video recordings of the clash between local residents and Ahmadis in Banten on Sunday show dozens of people stoning and beating two almost-nude corpses. The videos were played at a press conference held by representatives of dozens of NGOs. Ahmadiyah Indonesia spokesperson Zafrullah Ahmad Pontoh attended the press conference.

Posted in Religion @ 07 February 2011 14:11 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


More commuter trains for travelers in Greater Jakarta Seen the ever increasing number of passengers on the KRL commuter trains in Greater Jakarta, the state-owned company running the trains, PT KAI Commuter Jabodetabek, will increase the number of trains as soon as possible. As early as next year, more trains will be running on the routes operated by the KRL commuter trains.

Posted in General @ 31 January 2011 06:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Merapi volcano victims turn to tourism to rebuild their lives The crowds of Indonesians eager to glimpse the destruction wrought by their country's most active volcano are providing business opportunities amid a tragedy. People left homeless by volcanic eruptions in Indonesia last year have turned to tourism as a form of income, charging entry fees and selling graphic DVDs to hundreds of visitors a day.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 15 January 2011 01:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia beats Malaysia 2-1 but loses AFF Cup final Despite losing 2-1 in the second leg in Jakarta on Wednesday, Malaysia secured the 2010 Asean Football Federation (AFF) Cup with an aggregate victory of 4-2 over Indonesia.

Posted in Sports @ 30 December 2010 03:44 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Malaysia beats Indonesia 3-0 in first leg of AFF Cup final Indonesia's national football squad was beaten 3-0 by Malaysia in the first leg of the Asean Football Federation (AFF) Cup final on Sunday.

Posted in General @ 27 December 2010 09:39 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia closer to Asean Cup final after defeating the Philippines The Indonesian National Football team defeated the Philippines 1-0 in the first leg of the semifinal in the Asean Football Federation (AFF) Suzuki Cup on Thursday.

Posted in Sports @ 17 December 2010 15:48 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Thousands protest against governor elections in Yogyakarta Thousands of Indonesians hit the streets of Yogyakarta province on Monday in protest of a bill that would force residents to elect a governor instead of the Sultan to serve in the position.

Posted in Politics @ 13 December 2010 16:35 CET by Blog Bot · 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


Thousands return to slopes of Mount Merapi Thousands of villagers returned to ash-covered homes along the slopes of Indonesia's most volatile volcano Monday, after the government said some areas well away from the fiery crater appeared out of danger from another eruption.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 16 November 2010 07:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The breathtaking view and sound of a pyroclastic cloud Two days ago, also soon after our breakfast, we got on our motorcycle to make the trip towards Klaten. Since all roads directly north of Yogyakarta were sealed off, and Cangkringan was one of the worst-hit areas, I wanted to go east as far as possible before driving back to the Mount Merapi volcano again. There were relatively little problems in that area, which was also easy to reach.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 10 November 2010 05:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Volcanic material reaches rivers in Yogyakarta city Volcanic material has reached the city of Yogyakarta via a number of rivers in the area. Because of rainfall in the region, these rivers have swollen as well and they are flowing faster than normal. One of the rivers is the Code River which runs directly through the heart of Yogyakarta. It is currently transporting volcanic debris and parts of trees with it's raging currents. The river also threatens to burst it's banks.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 05 November 2010 14:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian police open fire against protesting crowds Indonesian police opened fire against protesters on Wednesday following the adoption of the controversial "shoot-on-sight" law, which allows police forces to use live ammunition to control riots and other anarchic situations, local media reported.

Posted in Violence @ 21 October 2010 02:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rights group: 'video shows Indonesian military torturing Papuans' Recent video footage from Indonesia's West Papua allegedly show the torture of indigenous Papuans by the Indonesian military, the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) said on Monday.

Posted in Human rights @ 20 October 2010 01:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Villagers flee as Mount Sinabung volcano erupts again The Sinabung volcano, which lay dormant for 400 years erupted again on Friday, shooting a mushroomed-shape plume of smoke 3 km into the air and prompting the second evacuation of terrified residents. This eruption, the third this week, was three times stronger than the initial one recorded last Sunday. A second eruption followed on Monday.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 03 September 2010 08:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Six hours of traffic jam in Puncak The main road through the Puncak area in West Java had to handle extreme volumes of vehicles yesterday, caused by Indonesians that wanted to celebrate their holiday. The travelers got stuck, as is not uncommon in this area, on the sole main road through the mountains. This time the traffic jam reached a length of six hours and reached as far as Taman Safari Indonesia.

Posted in Tourism @ 05 July 2010 01:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Eight dead in train derailment near Madiun A packed passenger train derailed in Indonesia on Tuesday, killing eight people, an official said. The train was heading from Purwokerto to Jember in East Java province when it went off the tracks, transport ministry spokesman Bambang Ervan told.

Posted in Accidents @ 30 June 2010 04:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta's slums struggle with sanitation In Jakarta's northern Muara Angke coastal area, a lack of access to piped water has forced people to bathe and wash clothes using murky grey water from fish ponds. "I don't feel disgusted at all. I’ve gotten used to it," Ibu Nunung, who shells mussels for a living, told IRIN outside her house in Muara Angke Blok Empang, a slum in the area.

Posted in Health @ 17 April 2010 02:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Lion Air is going to move at Jakarta airport Lion Air has decided that they want to move to terminal 1C with their operational activities before the end of the year. This should eventually lead to more clarity among travelers and cost-savings as well. The last airline that occupied terminal 1C was AirAsia, which has since moved to the new terminal 3 building at the airport.

Posted in Travel @ 03 April 2010 02:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister: 'Indonesia's legal system still not well organized' Indonesia's legal system is bad and negatively affecting its detention center management, according to Law and Human Rights Minister Patrialis Akbar. Indonesia's detention centers were in general overcrowded, he said.

Posted in General @ 28 March 2010 10:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Solution for overcrowded terminal 1A in sight? Both Lion Air and Batavia Air both have plans to move from the overcrowded terminal 1A at the international airport of Soekarno-Hatta near the Indonesian capital Jakarta. Both airlines have the desire to move to another location in the same terminal, so terminal 1C is to be the new crowded place after Air Asia left that place for the new Terminal 3 last year.

Posted in Travel @ 06 March 2010 10:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's tourism - a National tragedy Anak Agung Gde Agung is one of Indonesia's most distinguished and well-informed senior statesmen. He is a graduate of Harvard and Leiden universities. He as attended the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in the United States and served as social services minister during the administration of President Abdurrahman Wahid.

Posted in Tourism @ 02 February 2010 01:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Overcrowding fuels TB in prisons Serious overcrowding, a shortage of medical staff and a lack of funding are thwarting Indonesia's efforts to tackle tuberculosis (TB) in prisons, experts say. Indonesia's 422 prisons hold more than 140,000 inmates, even though they were designed for 80,000, according to the Justice Ministry.

Posted in Health @ 27 January 2010 05:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Grandpa dead during seemingly exiting sex Sanusi, a 63-year old man, enjoyed the times when he was able to bring a visit to women that could pleasure him for money. The resident from Semolowaru in Surabaya got out yesterday afternoon as well, just to visit a prostitute. This visit however, was to be his last one, because he died in a shack along Jalan Dinoyo Tenun in his own city, in the presence of a woman that professes her profession laying down.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 11 January 2010 08:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


New Metro departement store collapsed in Jakarta A number of people is trapped after a building belonging to Metro department store partially collapsed in Tanah Abang in Jakarta. The new building was built only three months ago. Hundreds of people are currently looking for people trapped under the rubble of the building. The place was crowded with people looking for last-minute Christmas sales when it collapsed.

Posted in Accidents @ 23 December 2009 05:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Hotels on Lombok island almost full for holiday season The upcoming Christmas and New Year holidays have caused 80 percent of all hotels on the island of Lombok, just east of the resort island of Bali, to report completely fully booked weeks. Bookings are made by Indonesians as well as foreigners. On the famous Gili Islands almost all hotels and homestays are fully booked already.

Posted in Tourism @ 20 December 2009 13:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Should Indonesia get a second Jakarta? President Yudhoyono is the third president that coined the idea of creating a new capital away from Jakarta because that city is choking with people, traffic jams and waste. He said that plans to develop a new capital were welcome, but the government itself does not lay focus to creating a new Jakarta elsewhere, that would be up to others.

Posted in General @ 12 December 2009 01:20 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


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


The new Gajayana between Malang and Jakarta #3 I woke up again early in the morning when we already had made a short stop in Cirebon before departing again. Slowly a new day started and the first people were already working on their rice paddies. The colorful fields range from fresh green young plants to the brown colors of a newly harvested field and the left-overs on the dry fields.

Posted in Travel @ 24 November 2009 05:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


26 dead, 250 rescued after ferry sinks in Riau Eventually 26 people were killed while 250 others were rescued from waters near the Riau Archipelago after a ferry that linked the area with mainland Sumatra sunk on Sunday afternoon. The Dumai Express 10 was sailing from Batam to Pekanbaru when it hit bad weather and sunk off the island of Karimun near Singapore in the northern part of the archipelago.

Posted in Accidents @ 23 November 2009 01:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


MUI: Muslems should not watch '2012' A chapter of the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI), the highest Muslim authority, called on all Muslims Monday to not watch 2012, saying that the Hollywood movie was misleading and against Islamic belief. Produced by Sony Pictures, Roland Emmerich's 2012 is a new movie about the Mayan doomsday starring John Cusack.

Posted in Religion @ 17 November 2009 03:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Ten million tourists in 2014? The minister of Culture and Tourism, Jero Wacik, has said that Indonesia would plan on attracting ten million visitors to the country in 2014. Although targets are often set in Indonesian tourism, they are rarely met, but this does not refrain the minister, just inaugurated for his second term, from setting high goals for his department.

Posted in Tourism @ 24 October 2009 12:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 9 reactions


Rescuers struggle to reach Sumatra quake victims Rescue workers are battling to save scores of people trapped in collapsed buildings after two earthquakes struck Indonesia's West Sumatra Province, with aid supplies being flown in and NGOs mobilising helpers.

Posted in Earthquake @ 02 October 2009 12:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The biggest baby of Indonesia born in Sumatra The biggest baby ever born in Indonesia draws crowds to the general hospital in Kisaran in North Sumatra. The baby - named Akbar, which means 'great' in Arabic - was born with a weight of 8.7 kilograms. Akbar Risuddin was born from a diabetic mother during a cesarean delivery which was quite hard to round off because of high unusual weight and size.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 25 September 2009 09:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Busway in Bandung launched today Bandung is the next city to get some form of new public transport in the form of Trans Metro Bandung (TMB) rapid mass transport. After a long period of protests by other bus operators the new system will be put in use today. The head of the TMB operating company, Yadi Haryani, told that the mayor of Bandung already issued a decree on the official launch.

Posted in General @ 24 September 2009 02:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Made in Chian - for sale in Indonesia I was shopping earlier today and when queuing up the cashier - it was crowded because it is still Idul Fitri - I noticed a small pack of fireworks. Attracted to everything that burns, I grabbed it to take a closer look. I did not have the intention to buy it, since I am supposed to be an adult now, not playing with fireworks like I did when I was ten.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 23 September 2009 03:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Fifteen dead in Halmahera boat accident High waves have caused a wooden boat to sink in the waters of the island of Halmahera in North Maluku. 15 passengers were killed in the accident while 15 others are still missing, according to the Indonesian navy. 29 of the 59 passengers and crew on board of the boat were rescued soon after the boat went down Monday late in the afternoon.

Posted in Accidents @ 22 September 2009 11:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Buka botol in B.A.T.S. It was a regular Friday night on which my girlfriend and I decided to go clubbing. Not that same night because that would mean we had to hurry to go out, something that is not really beneficial and something I don't want to do at all. So not tonight, but the next night, the malam minggu (the evening before Sunday, so Saturday night) we would go to Jakarta.

Posted in Nightlife @ 16 September 2009 12:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Prostitutes arrested in Indramayu sweeping The regional police of Indramayu, West Java Province, has sweeped a number of places where prostitutes work. These locations are located along the main road along the northern coast of the island, which is now getting more crowded every day because people are going home to celebrate the Lebaran holidays.

Posted in Culture @ 31 August 2009 05:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Train tickets around Lebaran almost sold out However the holy month of fasting has not even started, most have already made plans to go home to celebrate the end of it. Yesterday all tickets for all classes in trains from Jakarta to various cities throughout Java were sold out. Tickets for departure five days before the end of the Ramadan were even sold out completely.

Posted in Ramadan @ 19 August 2009 04:10 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


Life in Jakarta back to normal after bombings It was just a short visit to Jakarta, just one night, but it took place after the first bombing in a number of years in Indonesia. Where media all want to talk about the results for Indonesia - as if the country is as small as Luxembourg or Brunei, and even that is still too big - locals seem to go on with their lives as they did before. While the area around the two hotels, J.W. Marriott and Ritz Carlton was still partly closed off, the rest of Jakarta looked like a Saturday morning when it was Saturday morning.

Posted in Terrorism @ 19 July 2009 12:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali's longest staying guests prove hard to handle Bali Police officials' attempts to undertake a drugs and narcotics sweep of Kerobokan prison on Thursday, June 19, 2009, collapsed when angry inmates refused the order of armed police personnel to return to their cells. According to local press reports, some of the prisoners verbally abused and threw stones at the contingent of three truckloads of armed police drawn from the police's mobile brigade together with narcotics and intelligence officers from the Bali police headquarters.

Posted in Crime @ 26 June 2009 03:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


A peek into Jakarta's nightlife; Dragonfly Along one of the main streets of Jakarta is the anonymous Graha BIP, a office building like others along the same street. It is just a little stroll to the Kartika Chandra Hotel and the offices of government agencies like LIPI and BKPM are just around the corner as well. No clear indication that the basement of Graha BIP is home to a place that is currently known as Dragonfly.

Posted in Nightlife @ 13 May 2009 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A peek into Jakarta's nightlife, CJ's Anther club is located at just a stones throw distance from the hotel discusses earlier, Shangri-La, and offers the same line of entertainment. The atmosphere however is slightly different than that of B.A.T.S., something that is caused by a different type of visitors that visits this place. In B.A.T.S. it is mainly Western expats, here the area is full of Koreans, Japanese, Indians and Africans from 'south of the Sahara', which is the politically correct name now I suppose.

Posted in Nightlife @ 06 May 2009 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A peek into Jakarta's nightlife; B.A.T.S. From Aphrodite in Taman Rasuna we took an 'Express' taxi which brought us to the lobby of the five-star Shangri-La Hotel in just a matter of minutes - all of a sudden it went quick because of a lack of vehicles on the protocol-roads of Jakarta. I was happy that I dressed myself decently and also brought enough clothes for the coming days, however an extra blouse with long sleeves would be welcome, but that was something to be taken care of later on.

Posted in Nightlife @ 15 April 2009 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesians ignore religious edicts against smoking, yoga Indonesia's most powerful Islamic scholars weren't looking for a debate when they handed down their latest fatwas on how to be a good Muslim. But they still got an argument and, perhaps worse, a chorus of "Who cares?" after decreeing that it is haram, or forbidden, to smoke in public, or for children and pregnant women to have a puff of tobacco anywhere.

Posted in Religion @ 07 February 2009 12:10 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


The bus trip from Surabaya to Malang Sitting in a bus is not something that I do with the greatest love. However every once in a while I will still do something that I don't want to do every single day. After the flight from Yogyakarta to Surabaya in the early morning, I didn't reach my final destination for the day - by far. But fortunately I had already taken that into account when I booked the ticket. At that time I decided to use only public transport to find my way to Malang, which was my final destination for the day.

Posted in Travel @ 23 December 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Juanda, a beautiful new airport near Surabaya Several years ago I was there for the last time - at that time it was the first time as well - at the airport of Surabaya. A small building which was far too small for the number of passengers that had to be served from the airport there. A common problem at airports, especially in the western part of Indonesia where the airline industry has grown incredibly in recent years following the startup of a number of new routes flown by several different airlines.

Posted in Travel @ 17 December 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A Wings Air flight in the early morning I had to get quite early this time, around four o'clock in the morning. That time is better known here as subuh, about the time at which the first prayer of the day for Muslims is held. However the alarm from my cell phone - no need for a buzzer or watch - was set at exactly four o'clock, I woke up just a few minutes earlier. In the background I could already hear some mosques uttering their first call for prayer at this early time. However that is no reason for me to get up this early, catching a plane is.

Posted in Travel @ 14 December 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A deserted Kuta in November I have to admit, it is somewhere far outside any holiday season in the middle of November, maybe that will help create the almost deserted Kuta around this time of year. It was a short trip of about one hour from the beating cultural and religious heart of Bali, Ubud. With a virtually blue sky I left the spiritual village on a rented Mio (scooter), heading for the hot lowlands and crowds of Southern Bali. That crowd was a relative thing here, but seen from Ubud almost everything in the outside world looks crowded.

Posted in Travel @ 25 November 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Quicker opening of Jakarta airport toll road PT Jasa Marga will open an extra stretch of new toll road later this month. This is done to anticipate upcoming high tide and floods that usually hit the area as a result of this. The general director of Jasa Marga, Adityawarman, said that at the moment the stretch of new and elevated toll road has to be finished earlier than scheduled before. The stretch of toll road with a length of eight kilometers costs 600 billion Rupiah (40.5 million euro) to build.

Posted in General @ 18 November 2008 08:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rihanna cancels concert in Indonesia amid safety concerns Just a day before she was set to take the stage, pop singer Rihanna has canceled a concert in Indonesia amid concerns about her safety. The Bajan beauty was scheduled to perform in front of a sold-out crowd in the capital Jakarta on Friday.

Posted in General @ 14 November 2008 00:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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