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Jakarta festivals lure rising number of foreign tourists The increasing number of cultural festivals held in the capital has managed to attract more foreign tourist to Jakarta, an official said on Monday. “A number of cultural festivals and tourism events held by Jakarta in 2013 has been proven to increase the number of foreign tourists visiting the city,” agency head Arie Budhiman said.

Posted in Culture @ 07 January 2014 09:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jockey 3-in-1 as sex-service in Jakarta For those who have been in Jakarta, they will most likely remember the never ending traffic jams and possibly also the zones that need some carpooling for private cars during busy hours. Knowing Indonesia, there is a solution for this, they care called jockey.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 25 December 2013 07:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Djoko Susilo receives much higher sentence in High Court The Jakarta High Court has handed down a heftier sentence to corruption convict Insp. Gen. Djoko Susilo, ordering him to serve 18 years in prison and refund the state Rp 32 billion ($2624,000) for his involvement in the graft-ridden procurement of driving simulators.

Posted in Corruption @ 19 December 2013 06:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police second most in public complaints to Ombudsman The second most frequent complaints received by the Indonesian Ombudsman from the public are against the countrys police. "Police have always second among the institutions complained most against by the public," Ombudsman member Budi Santoso said in a meeting here on Thursday with police.

Posted in General @ 07 November 2013 12:52 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police to impose steep fines for driving in busway lanes The Jakarta administration has agreed to raise fines to Rp 1 million ($90) for driving in designated bus lanes, police said on Tuesday. “If it’s not effective this month, it will be effective in November,” said Jakarta Police spokesman Sr. Cmr. Rikwanto. Motorcycle violators will face a fine of Rp 500,000.

Posted in General @ 31 October 2013 04:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police crack down on under-age motorists Jakarta police conducted a sweep operation in the national capital on Tuesday to identify and take action against under-age motorists. The head of the East Jakarta traffic police unit, Adjunct Senior Commissioner Supoyo, stated that the police had seized 35 motorcycles so far, which were being used by school students who were underage and did not have a license.

Posted in General @ 10 September 2013 20:39 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Former police general Djoko Susilo gets a decade in jail The former chief of Traffic Police Corps, Inspector General Djoko Susilo, was sentenced to 10 years in jail and fined Rp500 million for corruption linked to a driving simulator project.

Posted in Corruption @ 03 September 2013 20:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Riau`s chief drug dealer arrested The National Drugs Agency (BBN) has arrested a chief drug dealer and his two men who are members of the air force in Riau province.

Posted in Drugs @ 05 July 2013 15:32 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police general allegedly involved in money laundering The Corruption Eradication Commission summoned head of the police traffic corps Insp. Gen. Pudji Hartanto for questioning in a money laundering case with his predecessor Insp. Gen. Djoko Susilo, as a suspect.

Posted in Corruption @ 13 March 2013 22:45 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK questions four lawmakers linked to simulator graft case The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) is questioning four lawmakers as witnesses in the driving license simulator graft case with suspect police Insp. Gen. Djoko Susilo.

Posted in Corruption @ 28 February 2013 17:51 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


House possibly owned by corruption suspect confiscated The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has confiscated another house believed to be owned by police Insp. Gen. Djoko Susilo who is charged with money laundering in the driving license simulator corruption case.

Posted in Corruption @ 26 February 2013 23:05 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President calls for electric-powered public transport President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has called for the development of electric-powered public transport to improve the nation`s transportation system, according to Research and Technology Minister Gusti Muhammad Hatta.

Posted in General @ 03 January 2013 17:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Anti-graft commission summons Djoko again The Commission Eradication Commission (KPK) has once again summoned Insp. Gen. Djoko Susilo, a suspect in a corruption case involving the procurement of driving simulators for the National Police Traffic Corps in 2011.

Posted in Corruption @ 17 December 2012 16:02 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK confirms resignation of six police investigators The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) stated here on Friday that a total of six police officers have so far resigned from their posts as investigators in the agency. "This afternoon, another one resigned, namely Police Commissioner Egy Adrian Zues," KPK spokesman Johan Budi told the press at the KPK's headquarters.

Posted in Corruption @ 02 November 2012 23:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police stop investigation of driving simulator case The national police said they have stopped the controversial process of investigation of the driving simulator corruption case involving police`s traffic corps. Police are ready to hand over the case and the suspects to the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), police`s chief spokesman Brig.Gen. Boy Rafli Amar said.

Posted in Corruption @ 22 October 2012 20:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK to summon Djoko Susilo again The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) will again summon Inspector General Djoko Susilo for questioning after the person concerned turned down its summons on Friday, KPK spokesman Johan Budi said. "KPK will summon DS again, perhaps next week," he said at KPK Building here on Friday.

Posted in Corruption @ 28 September 2012 20:30 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Anti-graft agency grills Brigadier General Didik The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) interrogated Brigadier General Didik Purnomo here on Monday, in connection with a graft case involving the purchase of driving simulators for the Traffic Police Corps.

Posted in Corruption @ 24 September 2012 21:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Military not taking part in running detention houses for KPK The military chief Admiral Agus Suhartono said the military only lends detention houses to the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), adding it would not be involved in running the place.

Posted in Corruption @ 18 September 2012 20:49 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police prepare substitutes for withdrawn investigators National Police Chief Gen. Timur Pradopo said that replacements have been found for 20 police investigators who had been withdrawn from the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK).

Posted in Corruption @ 17 September 2012 23:08 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK grills Temanggung police chief over simulator case Temanggung Police Chief Adjunct Senior Commissioner Susilo Wardono has confessed that the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) interrogated him in connection with a graft case involving the purchase of driving simulators for the Police Traffic Corps.

Posted in Corruption @ 06 September 2012 19:52 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police witnesses would comply with KPK summon Chairman of the Corruption Eradication Commission Abraham Samad said he is convinced witnesses among police officers would duly comply with the KPK summon for questioning over the driving simulator corruption case in police`s traffic corps.

Posted in Corruption @ 30 August 2012 21:27 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Over 900 people killed in accidents during Lebaran A total of 908 fatalities from road accidents have been recorded across the country during the traffic Ketupat Operation 2012, according to a national police spokesman.

Posted in Accidents @ 27 August 2012 18:40 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police general questioned as witness in corruption case Former chief of the police`s traffic corps Ins. Gen. Djoko Susilo was today questioned by police detective agency as witness in driving simulator corruption case in 2011 involving the traffic crops.

Posted in Corruption @ 24 August 2012 16:38 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


90 % of road accidents caused by negligence Some 90 percent of road accidents were caused by negligence, Dr Yosafra, a public transportation expert from the University of Andalas (Unand), said here Thursday.

Posted in Accidents @ 23 August 2012 16:41 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK begins investigation of evidence of driving simulator case The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) began investigation on Tuesday of goods held as evidence of alleged corruption in the procurement of police`s driving simulators.

Posted in Corruption @ 14 August 2012 21:35 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK grills more than 10 witnesses in simulator case Indonesia`s Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has questioned more than 10 witnesses in connection with an alleged corruption case in the National Traffic Police Corps.

Posted in Corruption @ 09 August 2012 23:04 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Health Ministry to set up more than 1,400 posts for travellers The Ministry of Health has planned to set up 1,468 health-care posts, with at least 65,000 paramedics, for home-bound travelers during Id-ul-Fitr, according to a minister.

Posted in Ramadan @ 09 August 2012 21:23 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


No conflict between KPK and police Presidential spokesperson Julian Aldrin Pasha has denied any conflict between the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) and the National Police (Polri) in connection with the investigation into alleged corruption during the procurement of driving simulators.

Posted in Corruption @ 07 August 2012 22:08 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Chief minister: KPK and police leaders to meet again Chief Minister for Security, Political and Legal Affairs Djoko Suyanto said leaders of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) and the national police would meet again to discuss the handling of an alleged corruption case in the police force.

Posted in Corruption @ 07 August 2012 21:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police arrest four suspects in driving simulator corruption case Three middle and high ranking police officers and a civilian have been arrested on charge of corruption, a police spokesman confirmed on Saturday. The move added to the heat of controversy over which of the country`s law enforcing agencies has the right to investigate the case .

Posted in Corruption @ 04 August 2012 14:50 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police name five suspects in procurement of driving simulators The National Police`s Criminal Investigation Department (Bareskrim) has named five suspects in an alleged corruption case in the procurement of driving simulators by the Traffic Police Corps (Korlantas).

Posted in Corruption @ 02 August 2012 22:06 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Army assures that violent members will be punished The army confirmed that the man committing violence in a video that went viral through YouTube recently was its member.

Posted in Military @ 02 May 2012 12:41 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia: 14 dead, 40 injured in West Java bus accident At least 14 people were killed on early Friday evening when a bus lost control and crashed into several vehicles in the Indonesian province of West Java, local media reported on Saturday. Dozens more were injured.

Posted in Accidents @ 11 February 2012 14:16 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Passenger bus plunges into ravine in West Java, killing 11 At least eleven people were killed on late Wednesday evening when a passenger bus was involved in an accident in West Java, Indonesian authorities said on Thursday. Several others were injured.

Posted in Accidents @ 03 February 2012 00:48 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police arrest three for carrying 35,000 ecstasy pills Police in Lampung, Sumatra, have arrested three residents of Medan, North Sumatra, for carrying 35,000 ecstasy pills at Seaport Interdiction area in Bakauheni, South Lampung.

Posted in Drugs @ 27 January 2012 03:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Woman on drugs kills 9 pedestrians in Jakarta A woman who drove her vehicle into a group of pedestrians in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta on Sunday morning has tested positive for drugs, officials said on Monday. The incident left nine people killed.

Posted in Drugs @ 23 January 2012 23:14 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


3 dead as bridge collapses in Kutai Kartanegara At least three people died and more than a dozen others were injured when Mahakam II Bridge, connecting Tenggarong and Tenggarong Seberang districts in Kutai Kartanegara, East Kalimantan, collapsed.

Posted in Accidents @ 27 November 2011 07:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Four killed in most recent Busway related accidents An accident involving public transportation left four people dead on Sunday, which an expert said was the result of a lack of discipline among road users. Ayuningtyas, a 17-year-old high school student, died after being run over by a Transjakarta bus on Jl. Jatinegara Barat, East Jakarta, early on Sunday.

Posted in Accidents @ 11 October 2011 03:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Four foreign tourists killed in bus crash Four foreign tourists were killed when their bus crashed into a hill in Subang, West Java on Friday. The bus departed from Bandung and was carrying 13 tourists from the Netherlands, Belgium and India and was en route to Ciater hot spring when its brakes gave way while it was driving downhill.

Posted in Accidents @ 07 October 2011 14:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia: Passenger bus plunges into ravine, killing 3 At least three people were killed on Wednesday when a passenger bus plunged into a ravine in East Java in Indonesia, officials said on Thursday.

Posted in Accidents @ 18 August 2011 05:48 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


At least 17 killed after bus falls into ravine in Central Java At least 17 people were killed after a bus carrying 47 people dropped into a ravine in Indonesia's province of Central Java, local media reported.

Posted in Accidents @ 08 February 2011 05:41 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Growing 'Christianisation' and religious intolerance in Indonesia Religious tolerance in Indonesia has come under increasing strain in recent years, particularly where hardline Islamists and Christian evangelicals compete for the same ground. Islamists use 'Christianisation' - a term that generally refers both to Christian efforts to convert Muslims and the alleged growing influence of Christianity in Muslim-majority Indonesia - as a justification for mass mobilisation and vigilante attacks.

Posted in Religion @ 25 November 2010 01:24 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


A fist look at Pangandaran Pangandaran has become a well-known - and of growing importance - tourist destination. Normally you will find hundreds of buses with thousands of passengers from the area of Bandung here. There are also foreigners though, several hundred of them are present at any time in this large village and some of them do actually live here.

Posted in Travel @ 16 May 2010 10:28 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


Survey: 'Buildings on shaky ground in event of another quake' Indonesia’s West Sumatra province, recently hit by a deadly 7.9 magnitude earthquake, is likely to experience an even bigger quake, and buildings need to be constructed to withstand this, experts say. The 30 September earthquake, which struck off West Sumatra’s coast, hit the provincial capital of Padang, killing more than 1,100 people and leaving numerous collapsed and damaged buildings.

Posted in Earthquake @ 21 November 2009 03:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


No shortage of stupid cops Not the first time and most likely also not the last time that I was 'aught in a 'trap' when on the road. This means that all motorcyclists are stopped by police to check their paperwork. Drivers of motorcycles should always bring a valid STNK ('license plate registration') and SIM C ('driving license for motorcycles') with them.

Posted in General @ 27 October 2009 12:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


More trains and higher prices during mudik PT. Kereta Api will put in service three extra trains to absorb the large number of passengers during mudik this year. The three extra trains will total a number of 30 wagons. The trains will be added to the normal train schedule on the island of Java and will all be ekonomi class trains.

Posted in Ramadan @ 20 August 2009 04:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Iron from new Suramadu brigde stolen Staff of the Highway Patrol (PJR) on the recently opened Suramadu bridge between Surabaya and Madura have caught a thief which had just stolen a piece of iron used to break the waves around one of the towers in the middle of the bridge. It is not the first time that iron has been stolen from the bridge, and stealing already started even before the bridge was officially opened.

Posted in Crime @ 14 August 2009 10:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Thirteen f*cking demonstrations in Jakarta today One demonstration causes irritation, two demonstrations cause a traffic jam, three demonstrations is still quite normal in Jakarta. Four is okay as well, but the one who gave a permit for all thirteen demonstrations held today alone should be publicly humiliated by driving him through Jalan Thamrin at lunchtime a few times. Too stupid for words, all those demonstrations on just ONE single day in one of the most congested cities on this planet.

Posted in Protests @ 12 August 2009 03:54 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


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

Posted in Travel @ 01 August 2009 09:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


500.000 motorcycles a month PT Astra Honda Motor, one of the biggest sellers of motorcycles in Indonesia, has anounced that it expects to sell some 500.000 motorcycles in July. Last June they sold 'only' 485.000 motorcycles in the country. The rise in sales figures for the company are mostly related to the fact that the Indonesian central bank has lowered the interest rate to only 6.75 percent. Marketing director Julius Aslan also told that the upcoming Idul Fitri holidays - after the Ramadan month of fasting - will lift sales even further.

Posted in Culture @ 27 July 2009 04:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A trip by bus from Kampung Rambutan to Karangbawang At the end of a Sunday afternoon we left from Lippo Cikarang in the direction of Kampung Rambutan, a bus terminal at the edge of Jakarta. From here we would take the bus later today. We would take the one headed for Cilacap at the southern coast of Central Java to bring a visit to the family of my girlfriend. The trip to the bus terminal took about one hour, which was only a small leg in the entire trip.

Posted in Travel @ 16 June 2009 07:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A peek into Jakarta's nightlife; Aphrodite It is a humid night - like most nights in Jakarta indeed - after some light rain when I sit in a taxi on my way to meet two female friends. First something to eat and then enjoying the nightlife until the early hours of the next day, that was the deal we made by SMS during the course of the day. SMS-ing is much more convenient than calling each other all the time because connections are often not optimal. Another important thing is that SMS-es can be read again in case you forgot something.

Posted in Nightlife @ 08 April 2009 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Denpasar police crack down on shirtless motorcyclists In addition to issuing tickets to motorcyclists lacking driver's licenses, vehicle title and helmets, NusaBali reports that Denpasar's traffic police will soon also be taking actions against drivers, presumably male, cruising Bali's roads bare-chested. Declared "Operation Sympathetic" and focused primarily on the streets of Kuta, a police official confirmed that special attention would be given to foreign male tourists driving motorcycles while not wearing a shirt.

Posted in General @ 05 February 2009 10:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 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


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


The wet season arrived with thunder and rain It didn't last another five minutes again before I felt the first rain coming down. And it wasn't water thrown up by the tires of trucks and buses but rain. I assumed that I drove too far for the passing rainstorm, but that was an illusion. The real situation was much more wet than those few drops of rain, but it would only be clear later on. Since the rain was intensifying I decided to take a break somewhere along the road - no idea where - to drink a glass of hot jeruk hangat (hot water with a small orange squeezed in it) and a Sampoerna cigarette. Just to get oversight about the situation.

Posted in Weather @ 10 October 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Members of FPI run into police raid in downtown Jakarta Dozens of members from the FPI (Islamic Defenders Front) who were headed to Istana Negara - the state palace - ran into a police raid in the Semanggi area. The group dressed in mainly white which used cars and motorbikes were stopped for not wearing helmets and not being able to show their driving licenses. Furthermore the group was stopped for bringing flags and other attributes because it endangered other road users.

Posted in General @ 27 August 2008 07:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Straight through the 'Big Durian' by car What is the fastest way to get from the north of Jakarta to somewhere in the southern part of the city? That is a question which is hard to answer for a city like Jakarta. With some 15 million residents and several hundreds of square kilometers of city it often is such a big unorganized situation that you will not be able to just go somewhere to buy groceries or to pick someone up.

Posted in Travel @ 18 June 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Destruction of Sumatra forests driving global climate change and species extinction Turning just one Sumatran province's forests and peat swamps into pulpwood and palm oil plantations is generating more annual greenhouse gas emissions than the Netherlands and rapidly driving the province's elephants into extinction, a new study by WWF and partners has found.

Posted in Environment @ 28 February 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Holiday traffic kills 112 people in Indonesia Holiday traffic has killed 112 people and wounded another 144 others during accidents throughout the country since October 6, according to police. Most deadly road accidents took place in the provinces of Central Java, East Java and North Sumatra. Chief of the Indonesian police Public Information Service, Bambang Kuncoko, said. "Although the death toll has exceeded 100, in general traffic is relatively safe for holidaymakers for Muslims' Idul Fitri," said the spokesman on Friday.

Posted in General @ 13 October 2007 10:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia stays confident about growth in 2007 Indonesia is confident to meet its annual growth target of 6.3 percent this year due to stronger investment, higher domestic consumption and growth of exports, according to the Minister of Trade on Sunday. "At the moment, exports and investment are what is driving growth but resumption of consumer confidence especially since the last quarter of 2006 has also been important," told Mari Pangestu to reporters at a news conference in the Philippine capital.

Posted in Economy @ 26 August 2007 02:15 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


Biking on Saturday afternoon It was a Saturday afternoon as any other, but sometimes I just feel the need to get out for a while. This is not always possible, but when there is a possibility and there are no other appointments in the agenda, then it just might happen that after lunch I decide to grab my stuff for a trip on the motorbike. It's not too far away, within the borders of the province of Yogyakarta, but at least I can get away from the daily life for a while. Helmet, keys and a wallet is enough. To store some of the memories I have I also bring a camera with me and within a matter of minutes I leave the area. Where do I go then? Ooh, I felt like having a drink in Wonosari, so that became my first destination, knowing that most likely it would be something in that direction, but that doesn't really matter.

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


Traveling between Yogyakarta and Malang It's not really difficult go get up on time, around seven in the morning, so for that matter it's a nice service that it's possible to get a minivan in front of the door within the hour when I'm making a trip to a destination at a bigger distance than just in the city or nearby. That kind of minivan is called a travel here, and plies a fixed route a few times a day, for example from Yogyakarta via Solo, Madiun and Malang to Surabaya. Of course you can also travel the other way around, if you like you can go as far as Jakarta, but from Yogyakarta that is such a big distance that I rather prefer taking the train or a plane. Trains often depart or arrive at the most strange times possible, but that's a matter of looking what you personally most like.

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


A handful of tickets, 6 Quite a lot back in time, about two-and-a-half to three years already, but when I found these bills again there were certain memories returning to my mind. It's time once more to write down some of them here on this virtual paper, so I can reduce my current heap of entrance- and parking tickets and other useless prove of payment. I always keep all of them, just in case. But there is never a just in case until I find them again, like today.

Posted in Travel @ 01 January 2007 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


US, Indonesia sign pact to fight illegal logging The United States has signed a pact to help stop illegal logging in Indonesia, home to most of the world's orangutans and many other endangered species, the U.S. Trade Representative's office said on Friday. "A core part of our international trade agenda must be combating illegal trade, including protecting endangered species," U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab said in a statement. "The United States and Indonesia are partnering to combat illegal logging and the trade associated with it."

Posted in Environment @ 18 November 2006 02:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Shocking climate impact of wetland destruction in Indonesia Wetlands International and Delft Hydraulics present shocking information on climate change caused by wetland destruction in Indonesia. Huge areas of wet peatland forests are drained and logged. Drainage starts a rapid process of decomposition, made worse by annual peat fires that last for months. Together they contribute large amounts of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere. Recently calculated emissions of greenhouse gases unexpectedly reveal that Indonesia has the third largest emissions of the world.

Posted in Environment @ 04 November 2006 04:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Power line breaks, causes accident on Cipularang highway Traffic at the Cipularang toll road came to a grinding hold on Friday evening when a high-voltage power cable (Saluran Udara Tegangan Ekstra Tinggi, SUTET), which crossed the road here, broke of and came down in the Sadang area, district of Purwakarta. The cable just missed the cars on the road below. After the cable broke, several small accidents occured. Three cars were damaged and two people were reported to have injuries. The power cable broke around 19.00 local time (WIB), in the middle of the busy time directly after Ramadhan month of fasting.

Posted in Accidents @ 28 October 2006 03:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia turns to greener motorised rickshaws For years, their acrid fumes have been as much a part of the Indonesian capital as the distinctive smell of the country's clove cigarettes. Now the Jakarta city government hopes the old smoke-belching motorised rickshaws or bajajs, which Indonesians pronounce as "budge eye", may finally be able to rattle off into the sunset.

Posted in General @ 25 September 2006 08:37 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


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


Rising radicalism, intolerance threaten Indonesia's diversity Fifty years ago, Clifford Geertz wrote: " ... archipelagic in geography, eclectic in civilization, and heterogeneous in culture, Indonesia flourishes when it accepts and capitalizes on its diversity and disintegrates when it denies and suppresses it". The comment, part of Geertz's assessment of the political situation in Indonesia in the late fifties, also anticipates the future of Indonesia.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 08 June 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A handful of tickets, 2 For the second time I look back at a handful of tickets that is in a box or plastic bag in my room. They are laying there, some of them already for about seven years now. Time to give them some attention and have a talk about hem. This time some attention to tickets of Taman Safari in Prigen, near Malang in east Java. Some attention as well to the parking tickets craze that seems to rage in Indonesia. Sometimes it's kind of funny where you will get tickets for however.

Posted in Travel @ 09 April 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sutiyoso set on busway launch, ignores backseat drivers Despite the technical problems during the trial run last year, Governor Sutiyoso insists the new busway corridors will start limited operations on Jan. 15. But the buses driving the new routes may still be powered by diesel, rather than cleaner compressed natural gas (CNG). And the full quotient of buses won't come into service until April. "I don't see any significant obstacles (to the launch of the new busway project). We will go ahead with the plan to have our maiden ride on Jan. 15," Sutiyoso said at City Hall on Tuesday.

Posted in General @ 04 January 2006 10:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali bomb site becomes car park Survivors of the Bali bombings have been shocked at the sight of cars driving over memorials to the dead. The site of Paddy's Bar in Kuta has been turned into a car park. There are also plans to transform the neighbouring Sari Club site, which also hosts shrines and tributes, into a car park. Both nightclubs were destroyed in the October 2002 bomb blasts that killed 202 people, 88 of them Australians.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 28 December 2005 07:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Indonesia likely to change economic team President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's plan for a long-awaited Cabinet reshuffle has fueled expectations of changes in his government's economic team. It is likely that "one or two" ministers will be out of their current jobs after a long-promised evaluation of their performance, Yudhoyono said Wednesday, without elaborating.

Posted in Politics @ 13 November 2005 10:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Three officers charged with buying stolen car The Jakarta Police announced on Wednesday there was sufficient evidence to charge three police officers with receiving a stolen vehicle. West Jakarta Police chief Sr. Comr. Safaruddin said Chief Brig. Samsi from the Semanan Police station in Tangerang and Chief Brig. Budi Utomo and Adj. First Insp. Endang from the Lebak Police precinct, also in Tangerang, had been detained since Tuesday.

Posted in Crime @ 10 November 2005 07:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A boat trip from Bali to Lombok Only for the first time since 1999, I was about to make some boat trips. After planning a trip by motor from Yogya all the way to Sumbawa Besar (yes, on Sumbawa island), I soon discovered there was no road all the way, but there were some stretches of sea to cross as well. By plane was one option, but then I had to check in my motorbike several times. I didn't even think about using a plane, since it was most likely a lot of work arrange six flights to and back from some of Indonesia's eastern islands.

Posted in Travel @ 19 September 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


African polio found in Indonesia Medics said today they had detected a case of the crippling polio virus in Indonesia, the world's fourth most populous country, indicating that an outbreak rooted in Africa has leapt the Indian Ocean.

Posted in Polio @ 03 May 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


HM Sampoerna 1Q Sales IDR4.6 Tln Vs IDR4.0 Tln PT Hanjaya Mandala Sampoerna, Indonesia's third-largest cigarette maker, said its first-quarter sales ended March 31 rose 15% year-on-year to IDR4.6 trillion from IDR4.0 trillion, because of higher sales volume. During the quarter, Sampoerna sold 11.3 billion sticks of cigarettes, up 14% from 9.9 billion a year earlier.

Posted in Economy @ 19 April 2005 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


One night in Banyuwangi On my trip from Yogyakarta to the east, to Bali, Lombok and even Sumbawa, I was scheduled to make a stop-over in Banyuwangi, the last city before I was to enter the boat to Bali to enter a completely different world. After driving a good 1000 kilometers on my brand new motorbike it was time to find a place to sleep for the night. Though Banyuwangi itself is not a harbour city, Ketapang is, however it close to each other, so it doesn't really matter.

Posted in Travel @ 10 April 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Deadly ground Alinda-Jane Hannah, a New Zealander living in Phuket, was nearly killed by the Dec. 26 tsunami. Driving along a road in the beachside town of Kamala, she and her 3-year-old daughter Nakita-Rose were almost washed away by the waves as they swamped the eastern coast of the island. A sharp intimation of mortality revisited Hannah last week when a loudspeaker in a nearby mosque woke her shortly before midnight, warning of another tsunami on the way. Hannah fled to higher ground, together with tens of thousands of other locals and tourists. Now, she says, after three months of trying to forget the terror of Dec. 26, "all the awful thoughts are back."

Posted in Earthquake @ 06 April 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ministery: Govt to hike fuel prices starting Tuesday Indonesia's government will implement long-planned fuel price increases starting Tuesday, including a 32% increase in the price of gasoline, Minister of Energy and Mines Purnomo Yusgiantoro told reporters late Monday. The price increases will result from a reduction in massive fuel subsidies that have crippled the government's ability to fund economic development and have prompted illegal imports of petroleum products, Purnomo told a special press briefing attended by top government ministers.

Posted in Economy @ 28 February 2005 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A police experience in Bali and Yogyakarta A different world of course, since Bali is located about 500 kilometers east of Yogyakarta. It's another island, another culture and whatever more, but one thing I encountered amazed me the most, but in fact I only realised it when I was home again, bringing back memories with some friends and beers. This is about the difference in approach, if you can call it that, of the local police concerning 'traffic violations'. For a start I would like to admit that I do actually make mistakes. Probably nothing close to a miracle.

Posted in Travel @ 20 February 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's economy grew 6.7% in 4th quarter Indonesia's economy expanded at its fastest pace in at least four years in the fourth quarter as the cheapest credit since 1998 spurred consumers to increase spending on goods including cars, motorcycles and mobile phones. Southeast Asia's largest economy grew 6.7 percent in the three months ended Dec. 31 from a year earlier, the statistics office said in Jakarta. The economy expanded 5.1 percent last year, the most since 1996.

Posted in Economy @ 16 February 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Yogya from the air It's not the world as I know it, an aerial view over the city. Normally I will only see cities from the roads I drive on by motorbike. It's much more cheap to do so, because using a helicopter to have a look in town is not for the average man. Still I had the chance to make some pictures from the window upon arriving in Yogyakarta in December last year. Since the airport is close to the city and the weather was clear, I made a handful of pictures.

Posted in Travel @ 14 February 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bakso Belanda Back home for a week, leaving me with lots of work at the office, at home and in Indonesia. Maybe it's just good that I'm working hard right from the day I'm home, because I'm quite sure I would be missing Indonesia like hell when I was bored to death here. It was just 6 days ago, on an early Sunday morning at six, that the Singapore Airlines plane touched down on Schiphol Airport, ending my longest trip to Indonesia.

Posted in Culture @ 22 January 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


As soon as Tana Toraja was introduced to me, it was taken away as well. I still remember the fact that I agreed on those meagre four days in Tana Toraja ‘because my schedule is too tight’, as it always is. In the van, just leaving the hotel for the last time, I was asking myself when I would really stop taking about schedules at all. Probably never, because I will always have to take an airplane in and out Indonesia again, but the time between those fixed points is merely a collection of things to do and things done in the past. For now, I was on my way to Makassar again, this very same evening I would have dinner with the owner of Caraka Travelindo, which has provided me with this wonderful trip.

Posted in Travel @ 27 November 2004 00:00 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


On several different occasions, I travelled by train over Jawa. Some of the trips were made in the evening or at night, so there wasn’t much to see except some white lights from distant villages and every once in a while a train station where we made a short stop to let other trains pass, since most of the rail network still is single-lined.

Posted in Travel @ 30 October 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Constructing the Indonesian presidency Presidency has been defined, among others, as the collective administrative and governmental entity operating in a presidential office. Presidency varies from one state to another and from one period to another in a single country. Sukarno's presidency differed from Soeharto's, B.J. Habibie's, Abdurrahman Wahid's and Megawati Soekarnoputri's.

Posted in Elections @ 25 October 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Locals, riders enjoy Tour d'Indonesia Edwin Raats was brought in only four days before the race, and was expected to be a reinforcement for the Benteng Muda Tangerang team during the ongoing Dji Sam Soe Tour d'Indonesia cycling race. However, the 33-year-old Dutchman has had a hard time making his mark on the race and finds himself languishing in 70th place overall in 1,503-kilometer, nine-stage tour completed, with five stages to go.

Posted in Sports @ 04 October 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Video reveals suicide van's path to the embassy gate These photographs are from the 29 seconds of footage obtained from two closed-circuit television cameras that filmed the Daihatsu Zebra light truck, which contained the explosives, as it drove past, and then returned to bomb, the Australian embassy.

Posted in Terrorism @ 12 September 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


An informed electorate could cost Megawati Heavyweight political parties have long held sway in Indonesia, but the emergence of a new breed of voter more likely to listen to the media or even mystics for guidance has robbed them of their former dominance, analysts say. Despite this shift from the days when parties extended influence into the lowest echelons of society, President Megawati Sukarnoputri has gambled on her credibility to win the backing of political titans ahead of September presidential polls.

Posted in Elections @ 24 August 2004 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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