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Anti graft commission arrests district chief from Papua The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) on the night of June 16 arrested Biak Numfor Districts chief with the initials YS in a hotel in Jakarta, KPKs spokesman Johan Budi said here on Tuesday. "We have arrested him and five other people last night during a raid in a hotel in Jakarta," Johan added.

Posted in Corruption @ 17 June 2014 19:05 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Fire razes block 3 of Jakarta's Senen Market A fire razed the second and third floors of Block 3 of Senen Market, Central Jakarta, Friday, prompting Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo to visit the scenes. The Jakarta fire brigade deployed more than 30 fire trucks to extinguish the big fire that has been razing for hours since around 4 am local time.

Posted in Accidents @ 25 April 2014 11:06 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Anti-graft body seizes documents from Home Ministry The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) seized several electronic documents while searching the offices of the home affairs ministry and private company to probe the alleged corruption charges in procuring electronic identification cards (e-KTP) on Tuesday.

Posted in Corruption @ 23 April 2014 15:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jokowi meets with Nasdem leader The presidential candidate from the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP), Joko Widodo, better known as Jokowi, met with National Democratic (NasDem) party general chairman Surya Paloh on Saturday.

Posted in Politics @ 12 April 2014 14:25 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Navy halt treasure raider ship in Riau Islands The Indonesian warship, KRI Teluk Gilimanuk 531, of the Navy Western Fleet (Koarmabar) halted a local flagged KM Trianis ship carrying treasures salvaged from a shipwreck in the Mapur waters, Bintan District, Riau Islands.

Posted in History @ 08 January 2014 22:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Helicopter falls from hospital building in Medan A helicopter, identified as PK-DAL Derazona, fell from the third floor of the Efarina Etaham Hospital building in Jamin Ginting, Kabanjahe Street, North Sumatra, on Monday, at 10 a.m. local time, a spokesman stated.

Posted in Accidents @ 30 December 2013 23:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


New Bali airport terminal in use The renovated Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali when completed will be able to handle a yearly flow of 16 million passengers, more than doubling its former estimated capacity of 7.7 million.

Posted in Travel @ 14 October 2013 12:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 1 reaction


KPK searches office of Ratu Atut`s brother The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has searched the office of Banten Governor Ratu Atut Chosiyah`s younger brother, Tubagus Chaeri Wardana, in connection with his alleged involvement in a bribery case.

Posted in Corruption @ 08 October 2013 15:32 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Flooding submerges 80 houses in Benenain Heavy rain had triggered widespread flooding in the regency of Malaka of East Nusatenggara. At least 80 houses in the village of Umatoos in the the sub-district of Malaka Barat were inundated forcing the people to move to safer areas.

Posted in Flooding @ 25 June 2013 20:56 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Flood inundates thousand houses in Jatiasih Flood water has inundated more than one thousand houses in three housing complexes in the Jatiasih sub-district in Bekasi, West Java, after heavy rain poured the area from Wednesday evening to Thursday morning.

Posted in Flooding @ 18 April 2013 17:58 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Leiden Library urged to return Indonesian ancient manuscripts The Javanology Institute of the Sebelas Maret University (UNS) in Solo has continuously been seeking ways to get ancient Javanese manuscripts now kept in a Library in Leiden, the Netherlands, back to the country. These are believed to be the oldest Javanese manuscripts dating back to before the advent of Islam to Indonesia.

Posted in History @ 27 February 2013 20:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Four dead due to electrocution during flood in Semarang A family consisting of a father and three children were found dead in their house in Semarang city on Wednesday (Jan 16) at 8 P.M after being electrocuted in flood. The four victims, identified as Agus Susanto (50), Regina (18), Nicolas (12) and Alexandro (10) were found by Regina`s boyfriend Rico Hastono (18) who visited the family on Wednesday night.

Posted in Accidents @ 17 January 2013 09:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Floods put three villages under water in Madiun Big floods flowing down the slope of Mount Willis hit three villages in the regency of Madiun, East Java , following heavy rain on Thursday until early Friday.

Posted in Flooding @ 27 December 2012 19:39 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Convicted terrorist escapes wearing niqab Roki Aprisdianto (29), a convicted terrorist held at the Jakarta Metropolitan Police detention centre, has escaped disguised as a woman in niqab, according to the police.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 07 November 2012 20:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Judge arrested for involvement in drugs party A judge has been arrested for being involved in a drugs party with friends and female entertainers.

Posted in Drugs @ 17 October 2012 21:39 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


Fire destroys central market in Bangli The Kidul Market in Bangli, northwest Bali, was heavily damaged by fire on Monday, September 9, 2012. The fire, which started at 2:30 pm, destroyed 104 shops, threatening both the livelihoods of the shop owners and the distribution network that drives a large part of the Bangli economy.

Posted in Accidents @ 18 September 2012 11:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Minister Dahlan sits on floor with newsmen at palace State Enterprises Minister Dahlan Iskan has again surprised many as he sat on the floor while answering questions from newsmen at the presidential palace here on Thursday.

Posted in Politics @ 19 April 2012 11:39 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Tsunami alert issued after 8.5 magnitude Sumatra quake A tsunami watch was issued for countries across the Indian Ocean after a massive earthquake hit waters off Indonesia on Wednesday, triggering widespread panic as residents along coastlines fled to high ground in cars and on the backs of motorcycles.

Posted in Earthquake @ 11 April 2012 12:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tsunami buoy launched south of Bali Following a breakdown in 2007 linked to equipment failure, The Agency For The Assessment And Application of Technology (BPPT) in cooperation with the government of Australia, has re-launched a tsunami detector in the seas south of Bali.

Posted in Earthquake @ 01 December 2011 02:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Adhi Karya to build 100-floor tower in Jakarta After the rights issue in the first semester of 2012, PT Adhi Karya Tbk (ADHI) planned to build a 100-floor tower in Jakarta, Minister of State Companies Dahlan Iskan said at his office on Monday night.

Posted in General @ 17 November 2011 02:10 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


8 arrested in Malaysia over murder of Indonesian woman Malaysian police have arrested eight Bangladeshi men in connection with the murder of an Indonesian woman whose mutilated body was found last week in the western state of Selangor, the Jakarta Globe reported on Wednesday.

Posted in Crime @ 10 August 2011 22:10 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Firefighters rescue seven from burning building in Jakarta Seven people were rescued from a burning building in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta on Tuesday evening, the Jakarta Globe reported on Wednesday.

Posted in Accidents @ 10 August 2011 02:17 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


Fatahillah Museum closed until 2014 The Fatahillah Museum of History in Kota Tua, the old city of Jakarta, will be closed for two years to allow for conservation work to be carried out on the badly damaged museum complex. Museum manager Enny Prihantini said many parts of the museum were beyond repair, including walls, flooring and windows.

Posted in Culture @ 09 July 2011 11:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Boskalis gets contract for Indonesian submarine power cables Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. has signed a contract with Samsung for the construction of a cable laying ship. The vessel will have a length of over 100 meters and a loading capacity of 5.000 tons. It is expected that the vessel will be delivered in the second half of 2012. Royal Boskalis Westminster B.V. has also won a contract with a value of 20 million euro for two submarine cables between the island of Java and Bali in Indonesia.

Posted in Economy @ 25 May 2011 10:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian maid found dead in Singapore water tank An Indonesian migrant who had been working as a maid in Singapore was murdered and found dead in a water tank at a high-rise building complex, officials said Tuesday.

Posted in General @ 18 May 2011 00:21 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


State secrets might be stolen from S-Korea hotel room The Indonesian Foreign Ministry on Sunday confirmed that one of the hotel rooms belonging to Indonesian envoys during a state visit to Seoul, South Korea was broken into.

Posted in Politics @ 21 February 2011 01:06 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Kuta nightlife seen as less safe after yet another murder The stabbing death of a 19-year-old Balinese, that was according to one report committed by a drunken security guard at the Bounty Disco, has once again contributed to Kuta's reputation for danger and criminality. Beritabali.com carried two versions in circulation regarding the incident that cost the young man's life.

Posted in Violence @ 08 December 2010 10:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Borobudur temple to be reopened later this month Earlier this year the Borobudur temple complex near the town of Magelang in Central Java was closed due to an eruption of the Mount Merapi volcano. Soon, this complex should be reopened to the public, at least partly. Reopening is scheduled for later this month.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 07 December 2010 03:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Earthquake near Yogyakarta causes panic An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.6 on the Richter Scale has caused some panic among residents in the city of Yogyakarta. The earthquake struck during a heavy eruption of the Mount Merapi volcano, so it was not immediately clear for residents what was happening at that very moment.

Posted in Earthquake @ 09 November 2010 09:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


At least 113 dead after tsunami hits Mentawai Islands Navy ships packed with medicine and food and rescuers in helicopters headed to remote Indonesian islands on Tuesday that were pounded by a 3-meter tsunami, sweeping away villages and killing at least 113 people.

Posted in Earthquake @ 27 October 2010 10:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Almost funny effort by firefighter to rescue person from burning building The video below shows you how Jakarta firefighters, encouraged and helped by dozens if not hundreds of witnesses that do not want to know how to keep a safe distance, tries to rescue a member of the cleaning crew trapped on the fourth floor of a burning building in downtown Jakarta.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 07 August 2010 07:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Huge undersea volcano mapped off Sulawesi Scientists on a deep-sea expedition off Indonesia have discovered a towering volcano: It rises 10,000 feet (3,000 meters) from the ocean floor, yet remains far from sight at the water's surface. U.S. and Indonesian researchers, using a powerful sonar system and a robotic vehicle with high-definition video, are exploring terrain off Sulawesi island in hopes of getting a glimpse into complex and little-known marine ecosystems.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 13 July 2010 05:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


11 dead in Surabaya night club fire Eleven people were killed, including one Japanese and one Australian, and scores of others were injured after fire engulfed a night club in Surabaya, the capital of East Java province earlier Friday, officials said. Police officer at the scene named only Ngadiran told over the phone that one of the killed was a pregnant woman.

Posted in Accidents @ 26 June 2010 05:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Three dead, damage after Papua earthquakes A series of powerful earthquakes rattled Indonesia on Wednesday, killing at least three people, triggering landslides and demolishing dozens of homes. A tsunami warning sent panicked residents fleeing buildings to high ground.

Posted in Earthquake @ 16 June 2010 14:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


6.0 magnitude earthquake strikes south of West Java A magnitude 6.0 earthquake as shaken parts of West Java province around 19:00 local time this evening. The earthquake was located at 147 kilometers southeast of Sukabumi in the same province and was located 13 kilometers under the sea floor. The quake was felt as far away as Jakarta on the northern side of the island.

Posted in Earthquake @ 18 May 2010 14:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Strong earthquake hits northern Sumatra An earthquake with a potential of triggering tsunami jolted Aceh around 1 p.m. on Sunday, stirring panic among residents. The quake, measuring 7.2 on Richter scale, shook the western coast of Aceh, with epicenter of the temblor located at 66 kilometers southwest of Meulaboh at a depth of 30 kilometers beneath the see floor, according to the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency.

Posted in Earthquake @ 09 May 2010 17:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta blast caused by meteorite? Police and astronomers are investigating Thursday’s blast from a falling object that damaged three homes in Duren Sawit, East Jakarta, which witnesses claim was a meteorite strike. Police ruled out earlier speculation that the incident was a gas canister exploding.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 01 May 2010 02:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Construction of Sunda Strait bridge costs 8 billion euro The planned bridge between the islands of Sumatra and Java, the Sunda Strait Bridge, will not be just a bridge. The bridge will have three lanes for vehicles in both directions, even outside the separate lanes for motorcycles. The bridge will also house a double track railroad. It seems that everyone forgot to take a look at the cost of such a project, because it is estimated that such a bridge will cost up to eight billion euro.

Posted in Economy @ 17 February 2010 06:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Fire in basement of Blok M Mall A fire broke out on the basement floor of the Blok M Plaza shopping center in South Jakarta. According to the fire department, it was likely that the fire was caused by a short circuit in one of the emergency power generators located on that floor. No people were injured in the fire as the mall was closed at the time when the fire broke out.

Posted in Accidents @ 30 December 2009 01:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


6.7 magnitude earthquake hits Maluku An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.7 on the Richter Scale has shaken parts of eastern Indonesia a while ago. The earthquake in the southern Molucca region had place at 17:57 local time and was located under the sea-floor at a depth of some 67 kilometer and an epicenter of 152 kilometers southwest of the island of Tual. There were no immediate reports of injury or damage.

Posted in Earthquake @ 26 December 2009 11:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


5.9 magnitude quake hits Aceh An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.9 on the Richter Scale has struck parts of Aceh earlier this morning. There are no reports of damage or injuried from the area yet. According to the Climatological, Meteorological and Geophysical Agency BMKG, the earthquake took place at 04:28 local time in the morning.

Posted in Earthquake @ 10 December 2009 01:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


General manager nightclub named suspect The North Sumatra Police, investigating a nightclub fire that left 20 people dead, has placed three suspects in custody Saturday to facilitate its investigation. The provincial police chief detective, Agus Andrianto, said the M City entertainment center’s general manager, a supervisor and another employee, none of whom were named, were undergoing intensive questioning in connection with the fatal blaze.

Posted in Accidents @ 06 December 2009 04:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


At least 20 dead in Medan nightclub fire At least 20 people have died in a fire that gutted popular nightclub M City in the North Sumatra capital of Medan on Friday night. As of 23:00 local time, rescue workers were struggling to find more people feared trapped in the building, particularly on the third and fourth floors, news portal kompas.com reported.

Posted in Accidents @ 05 December 2009 01:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The new Gajayana between Malang and Jakarta It has been a year ago that I used the Indonesian railroad services. That was a trip from Yogyakarta to Jakarta with a dirty, cold and old-fashioned train. Trains like that are still widely available on Java. It normally is really cold on board of one of these trains, which makes traveling with them not the best option available.

Posted in Travel @ 19 November 2009 12:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


7.3 magnitude earthquake hits Maluku Residents of Saumlaki, and some other cities in the Maluku archipelago panicked and alarmed their traditional alarms when a 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck their area at 23:40 local time (GMT+9) last evening. Residents fled their houses and sounded the alarm to indicate to others that they had to flee to a safe place told Mouthy Siwabessy, a resident of Saumlaki.

Posted in Earthquake @ 25 October 2009 01:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Quake survivors struggle with trauma Daniel Himawan, 11, stood silently on the front porch as his mother swept the floor of their house, which was damaged in the earthquake that devastated Indonesia's West Sumatra province. "I'm scared that another big earthquake will hit again," said Himawan, a sixth-grader.

Posted in Earthquake @ 07 October 2009 11:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Playing fire chief in Jodoh It is something that children do, as well as adults. For adults it is a full-time job or volunteer job and not something you just do incidentally. But that last one is what happened two nights ago. It was just after six in the evening when a Dutch friend and I were having a beer in one of the many cafe's in the Jodoh area on the island of Batam. One of the Australians that entered before we did walked outside but came right back in. "There is a fire," he said with a normal voice.

Posted in Accidents @ 03 October 2009 04:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


52 bodies recovered from collapsed hotel Until this moment, 52 bodies have been pulled from the rubble of Hotel Ambacang, one of the biggest hotels in the city of Padang that was flattened during the earthquake of September 30. Eight people were pulled out the rubble alive after some two days of fighting to stay alive in between the rubble of the hotel.

Posted in Earthquake @ 03 October 2009 03:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Smoke from burning factory Cileungsi visible It is a nice and clear Monday morning with some slight cloud cover along the skies. Nothing special to be seen from the window on the first floor. However, there is something strange actually. In the first place it looks just like a cloud hovering above the earths surface at low altitude, but it originates from a vertical column. Smoke. And where there is smoke, there is fire indeed.

Posted in Accidents @ 21 September 2009 05:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Injuries and damage after quake strikes off Bali The earthquake that struck some 100 kilometers south of the resort island of Bali has caused some injuries and damage, according to a spokesperson of the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency BMKG. No tsunami warning was issued, but the shaking was felt strongly throughout most parts of the island.

Posted in Earthquake @ 19 September 2009 03:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ramadan in Jalan Jaksa; too much alcohol It was a Saturday yesterday. As usual I got up on time and after breakfast, mandi and a quick look on the internet I grabbed my stuff for a short trip to Jakarta, which is still about one hour from here. The bus at ten in the morning was one bus later than I had planned on taking in the first place, but well, that's how things go. No big deal.

Posted in Ramadan @ 30 August 2009 09:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


6.9 quake shakes Mentawai region An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.9 on the Richter scale has shaken the Mentawai islands around 14:38 local time. The quake was felt as far as the city of Padang. According to the Geophysics and Meteorological Agency, the quake occurred at a depth of 32 kilometers under the sea floor. The earthquake was fairly big, but there was no possibility of a tsunami.

Posted in Earthquake @ 16 August 2009 12:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Four dead when fire destroys house in Jakarta Four people were killed in a fire that destroyed a house in the Manggarai area in South Jakarta. The fire broke out at 02:00 local time (19:00 GMT). All four people that were killed in the fire were guests of the owner of the house that were spending the night there. The four are identified as Melina (24), Ririn (24), Salma (50), and Edi Wijaya (56).

Posted in Accidents @ 28 July 2009 02:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Malaysian eyed as possible suspect in twin bombings International suspicion focused Friday on a Malaysian accountant-turned-bombmaker as the instigator of a pair of blasts at Western hotels in Jakarta that may have signaled the re-emergence of deadly attacks by Southeast Asian groups affiliated with Al Qaeda, according to counterterrorism officials and analysts.

Posted in Terrorism @ 18 July 2009 09:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Pickpocketed at the Busway It was about to happen of course. But for the first time in ten years Indonesia it happened on a place where I could expect it the most. On the Jakarta Busway. It was a rush hour trip from Halte Bunderan HI to terminal Blok M. I traveled during rush hour because I had a scheduled birthday to attend in southern Jakarta at seven. I would not make it, but that was less of a problem.

Posted in Culture @ 28 June 2009 03:38 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


Moving? Yes, but not to the Netherlands After I wrote an article recently, some people thought that I was about to return to the Netherlands. Indeed I was in the Netherlands and indeed I was about to move. Whether I put these two facts in one article on purpose or not, it were two things that played an important role at that moment. Both of them have been rounded off properly though and it wasn't that hard after all.

Posted in General @ 14 June 2009 06:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Giant volcano discovered off Sumatra island Scientists scouring the ocean floor to study the nature of tsunamis discovered a massive underwater volcano off Indonesia's western coast. The 4,600m high mountain spans 50km at its base, Yusuf Surachman Djajadihardja, a marine geologist with the government's Agency for Assessment and Application Technology, said on Friday. Its discovery was 'completely unexpected,' he said.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 29 May 2009 10:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 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, Stadium However the name might look like you are attending a game of soccer when you enter this piece of 'paradise on earth', it is not anything like it. It could at best be a nice confusion of words if you are smart enough, so you will not be caught for lying when you are telling in all honesty that you went to the stadium, but keep it in English then. The building that calls itself 'Stadium' is not just a club, it is a center of pleasure and entertainment, 24 hours a day, almost all days of the year.

Posted in Nightlife @ 29 April 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


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


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

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


Vice-President ends Bali airport depate Indonesia's Vice President Jusuf Kalla has apparently brought to an end the long-standing debate on the future of Bali's international airport by instructing that a Rp. 1.2 trillion (80 million euro) expansion must be completed by 2011. As reported by Bisnis Indonesia, the Vice President issued his instructions following an inspection visit to the airport over the Christmas/New Year period. He was accompanied on his visit by the Minister of Communications Jusman Syafii Djamal and the Minister of Culture and Tourism Jero Wacik.

Posted in Economy @ 11 January 2009 04:14 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


Indonesian coral reefs predict large quake within 20 years Researchers reported Thursday that a study of reefs in Indonesia found that corals record cyclical events in the environment, and that these events could foretell a considerable earthquake in the eastern Indian Ocean within the next twenty years. Scientists at the California Institute of Technology's Tectonics Observatory studied corals off Indonesia's Sumatra island, and found them to include annual growth rings, similar to those in tree trunks, which document cyclical events such as earthquakes.

Posted in Earthquake @ 12 December 2008 04:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A world of snow and ice in Yogyakarta Yeah, the title looks like pure fraud, but that doesn't seem to be completely true though. For some time now, about one and a half year, Yogyakarta has its own ice rink for those who want to skate some rounds or just want to do crazy on two of those thin metal strips under your feel. That is at least what they say in advertisements for the ice rink. That reality is slightly different than in those advertisements, is not really amazing. However the leaflet got in a pile 'still to do' somewhere on my desk, I already had the chance to have a look what the fuss was all about.

Posted in General @ 08 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 last minutes of the dry season It is October 8, 2008 in the morning when I prepare myself for a trip to the neighboring city of Solo. I do this because there are still some stamps missing in my albums. I do not collect points here, converted to money they are worth almost nothing and that 50 Rupiah discount on a bottle of iced tea of 3.500 Rupiah is something I am not waiting for as well. Those stamps however, I would like to have, so it occasionally occurs that I have to do some more effort for them than just the short trip to the local main post office downtown, at the other side of 'Malioboro'.

Posted in Weather @ 09 October 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ramadan on Batam: Really closed down? The afternoon after that, the second day of Ramadan, I made a walk through the town of Nagoya, which is the most important place on the island outside the industrial estates and shipyards which are spread on other parts of the island. Nagoya Hill is the biggest shopping center of the island. Entirely according to Indonesian standards this shopping center - also called 'superblok' - features a big Hypermart supermarket, a Matahari department store, half a floor of mobile communication and one floor of food court of mixed quality. It is directly noticeable that it is an entirely different world than outside. Restaurants outside behave themselves as chameleons by acting they are closed, while they are still open.

Posted in Ramadan @ 09 September 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Overcrowded buses in Jakarta Overloaded they are and it is not just only on 'Halte Harmoni' where the situation is not really clear. There are even bigger exchange stops. One of the largest might just be 'Halte Senen', a little more to the north. This stop is situated directly at one of the corners of a busy intersection, directly under a fly-over. This is also the meeting point of a number of routes and transferring here is made difficult by hundreds of people that are finding their way here. That is not the only thing however what makes it a mess here.

Posted in Travel @ 11 July 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian beaches ravaged by 2004 tsunami still eroding The catastrophic damage of the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake was mostly done within a few hours, but that was just the beginning of a different process that may take up to a decade or more to complete - the stabilization of new beaches and landforms in areas ravaged by this disaster. In continued studies, researchers at Oregon State University and the U.S. Geological Survey are finding that the beaches may continue to shift and change for several more years, as the lands adjust both to the tsunami impacts and the sudden drop of some nearby land by three to six feet.

Posted in Earthquake @ 21 January 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Bali cleans its beaches after high waters recede The high waters that washed ashore two days ago have left a lot of trash at some of the southern beaches which has to be cleaned up. In the last two days, many people have started gathering the trash - wood, plastic and others - on big piles on the beaches of Jimbaran, Kuta, Legian and Seminyak. In some places with the help of heavy equipment because the trash that washed ashore consists of wooden logs.

Posted in Weather @ 29 December 2007 11:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Seawater rises to one meter in North Jakarta suburbs The flood of seawater in Muara Baru, Penjaringan, North Jakarta gets worse again. Water levels in the area of Jalan Muara Baru Raya are rising. Flood waters entered the houses around 07:00 local time (GMT+7). The floodwaters hit over 800 houses with heights between 50 and 100 centimeters. Some of the houses were damaged when the flood occurred.

Posted in Flooding @ 09 December 2007 10:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Airport building Medan burned down A terminal building of Polonia airport in Medan, northern Sumatra, was engulfed by flames last night around 20:30 local time (GMT+7). The fire destroyed the entire departure terminal for domestic flights. Until this moment the fire is still burning and the airport is closed. All flights to and from the airport have been canceled until further notice.

Posted in Accidents @ 02 December 2007 03:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Three days of flooding in South Jakarta A flood still covers hundreds of houses in the area of Kampung Sawah, Petogogan, Kebayoran Baru in Southern Jakarta. Heavy rains lashed the Jakarta area and rainwaters from Bogor caused the flooding which now already lasts for three days. In some places the water level reached half a meter. Residents are still in their houses until Sunday evening, but the water level is said to be still rising.

Posted in Flooding @ 12 November 2007 06:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Kelud crater lake heats up even further Mount Kelud, the 1,731-meter volcano with a history of deadly eruptions, is still about to erupt, keeping tens of thousands of residents in refugee shelters. A scientist at one of the monitoring posts around the volcano said that the water in the 15-meter deep crater lake reached 39.0° C on Saturday morning, that is just below the 40.0° C before it's last eruption in 1990.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 28 October 2007 03:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Strong earthquake hits off Sumatra island A strong earthquake with a magnitude of 7.1 on the Richter Scale has struck off the island of Sumatra. There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties. A tsunami-alert was issued briefly as well. The US Geological Survey said that the quake took place 135 kilometer southwest of Bengkulu, where people woke up from their sleeps early on Thursday.

Posted in Earthquake @ 25 October 2007 03:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two neighbors but a completely different world It is a completely random day at the end of August. Time to catch a plane to head for a new destination. Fortunately I know what is waiting for me on the other side. This is, for me personally, a lot less stress. I tend to arrange everything into the smallest details, and that from someone that tries to build a life in Indonesia. Yeah, I know, it sounds strange, but until now it was relatively easy for that matter. The bright red AirAsia plane touches down after about two hours of flight. The environment still is tropical and green. It is clouded, that is the only thing I notice directly. That means that here at least I can see what kind of weather it is, because that is a big difference than just two hours ago. Because Jakarta is always covered under a thick layer of brown smog and other lethal stuff.

Posted in Travel @ 06 October 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Second tsunami-detection system to launch in Indian Ocean A second tsunami-detection system for the Indian Ocean will launch from Jakarta, Indonesia, September 19, part of the $1 billion U.S. recovery, restoration and technical contribution to the region after the 9.1-magnitude earthquake and tsunami that devastated the area in 2004.

Posted in Earthquake @ 19 September 2007 03:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Search underway for black box Adam Air plane A salvage ship operated by the United States has arrived in Indonesia to hunt for the black box of an Adam Air plane that crashed into the sea on New Years' day, killing 102 passengers and crew. The Boeing went missing off South Sulawesi and sparked a massive search in the early days of this year. The body of the plane is thought to lay on the floor of the Makassar Strait. No bodies have been found until today.

Posted in Accidents @ 23 August 2007 14:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


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


One dead, three missing as burned out ferry sinks The burned out Indonesian ferry Levina I, which caught fire last Thursday, sank yesterday. 16 people on board had to jump in the water, one cameraman from Lativi was killed and three others went missing. Just after midday Jakarta time the remaining hull of the Levina I turned over without any warning. Sixteen people from the national safetey commission, the forensic laboratory and local media were on the third floor. They started panicking and jumped in the sea from windows.

Posted in Accidents @ 26 February 2007 04:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Alun-alun Lor; a nice green heart It hasn't been that long that it was a sunny and very hot day in Yogyakarta when I made a short walk around the so-called alun-alun lor, the northern square belonging to the kraton, the palace of the family of the sultan. The green grass - during the wet season the grass often is green, in the dry season it more resembles hay - reached until half a meter in some places. Not well maintained as we should expect at a palace, but at least there was an open space in the city which offered the opportunity to blow of some steam. This blowing steam you should not do at times that I generally visit this kind of locations, no it's much better in the early hours until seven in the morning and after five in the afternoon again. The salespeople along the edge will offer you something to drink or eat if you like.

Posted in Culture @ 24 February 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


HFH Indonesia to start house rehabilitation for Jakarta flood victims Habitat for Humanity Indonesia has put its wheels into motion with a fast response to rehabilitate 1,000 flood-damaged homes in Jakarta in three months. HFH Indonesia kicked off the project on 17th February with the rehabilitation of five houses in Sukakarya, Bekasi, one of the most affected areas. This will involve mostly repairs of the houses' earth flooring. Come next week, Habitat will start rehabilitation works in Jakarta.

Posted in Flooding @ 22 February 2007 04:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rains bring fresh floods to Jakarta Residents working in waist-high mud salvaged family photos from washed-out neighborhoods as fresh rains Thursday triggered more flooding, compounding the misery for hundreds of thousands forced from their homes. A week after the Indonesian capital was struck by the worst floods in recent memory, waters had receded in many middle-class districts, but conditions remained grim in narrow riverside alleys where the city's poor live.

Posted in Flooding @ 08 February 2007 15:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


More rain adds to misery in Indonesia's capital Overnight downpours sent storm waters coursing back into some low-lying areas Tuesday, as authorities warned of the threat of diseases and anger mounted at the government's response to the disaster that has killed at least 44 people in the capital.

Posted in Flooding @ 06 February 2007 13:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Floods hit some 75% of Jakarta, 25 killed Flooding in Jakarta has affected around 75 percent of the city, an official said Monday as the death toll from the disaster hit 25. Some 340,000 others have been forced from their homes. Storm waters that inundated scores of residential areas and shopping districts late last week were still three meters deep in places, witnesses and an official say.

Posted in Flooding @ 05 February 2007 11:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


High water level halts evacuation of flood victims High level of water from the ground and fast water flows have halted the efforts of rescuers to evacuate flood victims, who are still trapped on the roofs and second floors of their inundated houses in the capital.

Posted in Flooding @ 05 February 2007 09:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Floods strike Jakarta, West Java, thousands stranded Torrential rain triggered floods in the capital, Jakarta, on Friday, blocking roads and trapping residents in their homes as torrents of muddy water reached a depth of 2m, police and witnesses said. Floods during the rainy season in Indonesia are common, but the heavy rains this week have caused chaos on roads and shut some train lines around Jakarta, police said.

Posted in Flooding @ 03 February 2007 02:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia needs foreign help to lift crashed plane black boxes Indonesia will ask technological support from Japan, the United States and France to lift black boxes of the missing Adam Air plane from the sea floor in Majene water, Sulawesi, local press said Monday. Local authorities said the government had no equipment to pick up the cabin voice recorders from the sea bed at a depth of 1,700 meters, reported major national newspaper The Jakarta Post's website.

Posted in Accidents @ 30 January 2007 05:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


7.3 earthquake off coast of Ternate 7.3-magnitude earthquake struck Sunday about 30 miles under the Molucca Sea in northeastern Indonesia, the U.S. Geological Survey said. The epicenter of the major quake was about 80 miles from the city of Ternate, in north eastern Indonesia, it said. It had a depth of more than six miles below the ocean floor.

Posted in Earthquake @ 21 January 2007 13:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Is Lombok the next Bali? As the tropical monsoon clouds roll in, obscuring the towering volcanos along the Bali coastline, the pristine neighboring island of Lombok seems a world away from Indonesia's premier tourist destination. In fact, it almost is.

Posted in Tourism @ 18 January 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Some 431 Indonesian hajj pilgrims die in Saudi Arabia A total of 431 Indonesian Hajj pilgrims died in the Holy Land until late Monday (Jan 8) at 10 p.m. Saudi time, according to information from the Hajj Media Center of the Indonesian Religious Affairs Ministry on Tuesday. Up to Sunday (Jan 7), about 404,569 Hajj pilgrims from various countries left Saudi Arabia via the Abdul Aziz International Airport in Jeddah and the Prince Mohammad bin Abdul Aziz Airport in Madina.

Posted in Religion @ 09 January 2007 05:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Hundreds found alive after ferry sinks off Java Bloated bodies washed up along Indonesia's coastline days after a ferry sank in stormy weather leaving 400 people missing, but rescue teams refused to give up hope with survivors still being found in life-rafts, some desperately waving their arms. Transport Minister Hatta Radjasa said Monday nearly 200 had been found alive and vowed to keep up search and rescue efforts for at least a week, as an air force plane dropped food and water to some survivors stranded in the Java Sea.

Posted in Accidents @ 02 January 2007 02:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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