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National health security to cover all Indonesians The Indonesian government will launch health security program to cover all Indonesians and expatriates after working in the country for at least six months.

Posted in Health @ 22 August 2013 18:10 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Aceh kidnappers set free British hostage A gang of armed criminals on Thursday set free an expatriate Marcom Primsore (62) from Britain after being held for two days in the forest of East Aceh.

Posted in Crime @ 13 June 2013 19:16 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Italian national dies in Central Java prison after bomb threat On Monday, February 11, 2013, the strange and twisting tale of Bali expatriate Andrea Geovani Soreti (earlier reported as Sorenti) ended in police custody at a Sleman, Central Java hospital where he died, aged 49, reportedly of dehydration, septicemia and kidney failure.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 16 February 2013 12:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Illegal expatriate workers in Bali Radar Bali reports that data from the Denpasar Manpower Department shows more than 500 foreign workers are currently registered with their office.

Posted in Economy @ 09 July 2012 05:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Foreigners checked for immigration documents on Bali The administration of Denpasar Ė Baliís capital city, is taking steps to prevent terrorism and other criminal acts by conducting sweeping raids and inspections, checking the identity of the cityís residents.

Posted in General @ 17 April 2012 02:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Illegal Bali villa's front for illegal foreign workers? Bagus Sudibya, a Bali tourism entrepreneur and the Honorary Consul for South Africa in Bali, told Bisnis Bali on Tuesday, April 3, 2012, that there are many expatriates in Bali operating illegal villas. He has called on the government to increase the scrutiny of those foreigner involved in operating illegal accommodation services.

Posted in Crime @ 09 April 2012 03:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Expat hotel owner jailed in Singaraja NusaBali reports that the expatriate owner of the Hotel Melka in Singaraja, Karl Gunther Meyer (52), is being held in the Singaraja prison in under suspicion of fraud or embezzlement involving billions of rupiahs allegedly taken from a business associate.

Posted in Crime @ 28 February 2012 08:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Americans, Indonesians among hostages in Nigerian oil rig attack Two Americans and two Indonesians among the seven foreigners currently being held hostage after a group of gunmen attacked an oil rig and support vessel in Nigeria on Monday, officials said Friday.

Posted in General @ 13 November 2010 09:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Another expatís home stormed in religious riot on Lombok A German man was the second foreigner to see his home destroyed in Lombok during the holy month after his complaints about damage to his property interrupted evening prayers. "He barged into the village chiefís house, accusing residents of destroying his statues, and questioned what kind of Muslims we were," Mustan said.

Posted in Religion @ 11 September 2010 02:31 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, the women of B.A.T.S. The later it gets the more clear it becomes that it is not all about the music, the band and the alcohol here. Pleasure is okay, but there is much more to get here that just that. The later it gets, a part of the people here starts to show more and more lowbrow attitude. In some areas you will see women hopping from one man to another. It could just be to greet them a 'bye bye', but all changes if you know better than that, because there is more to it.

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


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


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


A peek into Jakarta's nightlife It is just after six in the humid evening when Jakarta suddenly goes dark. It is Magrib, within a few minutes of the call for prayer performed by thousands of muezzin which create a true chaos of sounds throughout Jakarta, the evening arrives to the city that never sleeps. However many hundreds of thousands - mostly men - hurry themselves to a nearby mosque, life in the city continues as usual.

Posted in Nightlife @ 26 March 2009 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ramadan on Batam: everything closed down The first of September of this year was the official start of the Ramadan, the holy month of fasting for Moslems in Indonesia. In general this comes with all kinds of threats from - in general - radical elements in the society that some places should better shut down for the entire month or otherwise be visited by people that are not visitors or customers. Fortunately those people are not the majority nor the government in this country, thus the local government on Batam has decided that the two weeks of obliged shut-downs is to be limited to only four days; the first day of fasting, the 17th day and the days of Idul Fitri (also known as the Arabic term Eid-ul Fitr). This however is the official regulation, outside that it will still be different than people hoped for.

Posted in Ramadan @ 05 September 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's monorail struggles to get on track Gridlocked cars. Noxious traffic fumes. Indonesia's capital is crying out for a new transport network, but stop-start plans for a monorail illustrate the country's chequered efforts to build badly needed infrastructure. The idea of a gleaming monorail gliding above the congested tropical city of nearly 9 million people is an enticing one and proponents point to neighbouring Bangkok's Skytrain or Kuala Lumpur's monorail in at least easing equally grim transport woes.

Posted in General @ 20 September 2006 14:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


RI's natural wealth, a blessing and curse The ongoing discussion about the urgent need to increase the education budget and Vice President Jussuf Kalla's irritation with Indonesian backwardness despite the obvious natural wealth of the country, as reported in this paper on April 5, highlights a problem that is not limited to Indonesia, but harms this country and coincidentally a number of other Muslim countries disproportionally.

Posted in Environment @ 20 April 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Calls grow for foreign property ownership Many long-term expatriate residents here cannot consider Indonesia a welcoming second home when they are barred from owning property here. "Property ownership is the core around which one builds one's life. Why should foreigners be handicapped here?" complains Robert Eskapa, a British businessman who has opened a pizza-chain in Indonesia.

Posted in General @ 27 February 2006 15:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


BI to limit role of foreigners at lending banks The central bank plans to limit the role of foreign employees at foreign-owned lenders in the country, an effort it says will provide more jobs for local workers and encourage the institutions to increase their credit to homegrown businesses. Bank Indonesia (BI) Governor Burhanuddin Abdullah said expatriate staff positions at the banks would be limited to middle-level management -- two levels below directors.

Posted in Economy @ 17 January 2006 07:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Formaldehyde food scare in Indonesia Indonesian authorities have, according to this story, raided street food stalls and restaurants after discovering that many were using formaldehyde as a preservative. Prime targets of police and Jakarta Food and Drug Office inspectors are food carts and roadside street restaurants - or warungs - which peddle tofu, noodles and salted fish to the capital's hungry millions.

Posted in General @ 10 January 2006 07:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Indonesia rated most corrupt Asian country Indonesia is ranked as the most corrupt country in Asia by foreign businessmen in the region, raising fears about how billions of dollars in post-tsunami aid will end up, a new survey showed on Tuesday. The Philippines, Vietnam, India, China and Thailand also came in at the bottom of the annual graft rankings by the Political and Economic Risk Consultancy Ltd (Perc), which listed Singapore, Japan and Hong Kong as the cleanest places for business.

Posted in General @ 09 March 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Hilton Hotels raise security in Indonesia Hilton Hotels Corp. tightened security Thursday at its three Indonesian properties after authorities ordered a nationwide security crackdown following warnings from foreign governments that terrorists were preparing to launch attacks against Western targets. Australia's warning was unusually specific, saying it had ``credible information'' that terrorists could be targeting the Hilton Hotel chain in the country. The United States, Britain, New Zealand and Japan also issued warnings but did not mention specific targets.

Posted in Terrorism @ 16 December 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia tourism won't benefit from visa policy It is welcoming news to see that our new State Minister of Culture and Tourism Jero Wacik is looking at extending the number of countries whose tourists will be eligible for a visa on arrival, albeit a visa that costs US$25 and is only valid for 30 days. Jero says he is undertaking a survey of major entry points to see what needs to be done to improve the performance of Indonesia's queue-up-and-pay visa policy.

Posted in Tourism @ 17 November 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


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

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


Well donít get scared or shocked after having a look at the pictures above because thatís not pics from Iraq, Somalia, Palestine or even Aceh. But from my most favorite military enthusiast club Code 4 where I myself am a member Ė a club that is very different from any sports club. A sport where one can almost feel the hardship, experience of a true fighting soldier in a fun simulated war situation.

Posted in General @ 28 April 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Public places beef up security after warnings As a bomb expert who once lectured in Yogyakarta remains at large, efforts to beef up security continues at possible targets for terror bombs. Among them are the Kem Chicks market in Kemang, South Jakarta, which is a favorite shopping spot for expatriate Jakartans and their families. "We had tightened security even before the media released the news on possible targets, as most of our guests are foreigners," said the store manager on duty on Friday, who requested anonymity. The source said additional security personnel have been deployed to safeguard the store once the police revealed it as a possible target.

Posted in Terrorism @ 15 November 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


'Corruption rampant in courts, police, govt' The lack of political will to combat corruption has once again positioned Indonesia as one of the most corrupt countries in the world, anticorruption activists say. Quoting a survey released by the Berlin-based Transparency International (TI) on Tuesday, Emmy Hafild said Indonesia was the second most corrupt country in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) after Myanmar, and the third in Asia after Bangladesh and Myanmar.

Posted in Corruption @ 08 October 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia braces for December attacks Indonesia is reported bracing for a massive terrorist attack against its international hotels during the busy holiday season. A new breed of homegrown "twentysomething terrorists" is poised to strike with a wave of suicide bombings in December, Singapore's Sunday Straits Times reported. International hotels in Jakarta, Surabaya and Medan will be targeted along with residential areas with large expatriate communities, the newspaper said.

Posted in Terrorism @ 28 September 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Paddy's Bar, bombed 10 months ago, reopens Paddy's Bar, one of the nightspots attacked nearly 10 months ago by suicide bombers on Indonesia's Bali island, reopened over the weekend, staffed by several waiters who were working on the night of the attack. Hundreds of mostly Australian tourists and expatriates on Saturday night packed the bar, which was reopened in a building 100 metres up the street from its original site. "Tell the terrorists we are back," shouted one Australian who identified himself only as Mike.

Posted in General @ 04 August 2003 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Canadian Embassy warns of attacks in Indonesia Terrorists are planning imminent attacks on a range of targets - including churches and hotels - in four Indonesian cities, the Canadian Embassy has warned. 'The embassy has received credible information that terrorists may be planning attacks in Jakarta, Manado, Balikpapan and Batam soon,' an embassy circular to its citizens, dated Friday but obtained here yesterday, said.

Posted in Terrorism @ 30 December 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Despite fear, Indonesia marks Christmas in peace Christians flocked to churches in Muslim countries across Asia on Wednesday for Christmas services that have passed peacefully despite concerns over possible bomb attacks by Islamic militants. In Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation, the mood was festive but sombre in the wake of violence that has bedevilled the country, such as church bombings two years ago that killed 19 people and October bomb blasts in Bali that left almost 200 dead, mostly foreigners.

Posted in General @ 25 December 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Terror fears grip Jakarta schools Leading international schools in Jakarta are to remain closed until Indonesian authorities upgrade security following warnings of a possible terrorist attack, it was announced today. The US, British and Australian embassies will approach city police later today to seek greater security and will ask for assistance from the military if the police cannot oblige, principals said.

Posted in Terrorism @ 18 November 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Nightlife in Dili bustling after independence It is 9 p.m. in Dili. Cafes and restaurants that have mushroomed along the streets in the heart of the city, where the beach-view presidential palace stands, are packed with hundreds of expatriates hanging around late into the night. Internet cafes owned by Australia's Telstra which has been given an exclusive contract by the UN Transitional Administration of East Timor (UNTAET) for mobile and fixed line services, have sprung up over the past couple of years. These places, too, are a favorite meeting place.

Posted in Nightlife @ 24 May 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


At first it was the crunchy salad at The Legian's pool bar. It arrived resting on a large dish with a chunk of charcoal-grilled salmon cradled in its lush, green lap. Seasoned with the subtle aromatics found only on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, it became essential to find out the root of these fine-flavored leaves.

Posted in Environment @ 09 April 2002 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Deluge brings flood of looters hieves have taken advantage of the forced evacuation of thousands of people from their homes and businesses during the past week's flooding, prompting police to deploy about 1,000 officers yesterday to safeguard homes and shopping centres.

Posted in Flooding @ 05 February 2002 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Let's just use the word "foreigner" in discussing mixed marriages as some people get so upset with the use of bule (it can be either a blatant insult or a harmless naive term) The "f" word also carriesmore general meanings; it embraces all types of non-Indonesians -- Caucasians, Africans, Chinese and other races. If you asked normal, well-educated, healthy state of mind people why theydecided to have a foreigner as their spouse, they probably would give you an acceptable answer. But who needs other people's approval or acceptance anyway? What are the acceptable terms? That people marry their partners based on mutual love despite the difference of their skin color? It's sweet, true, absolutely the smart and the right answer -- though it soundscorny.

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


A visit to a shopping mall always has the potential to become ugly for "Bill" and his wife, "Sita". There are the stares, the double-takes and, frequently, the hurtful comments, spoken in a stage whisper so the American and his younger Indonesian wife will be sure to hear.

Posted in General @ 05 November 2000 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt addresses expatriate taxation concerns The Directorate General of Taxation has insisted that expatriates in Indonesia have to register with local tax offices and file tax returns in line with the a new income tax law that will come into force in January but assured them of a smooth implementation of the ruling. The ruling was reaffirmed by Director General of Taxation Machfud Sidik and other senior tax officers at a meeting with tax consultants and representatives of foreign chambers of commerce here last week.

Posted in General @ 15 October 2000 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The number of hotels and entertainment places in the capital adopting different rates for services for local and foreign customers has been growing since the economic crisis hit the country in 1997.

Posted in Tourism @ 12 June 2000 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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