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Sampang police detain 76 Rohingya refugees Sampang police detained 76 Rohingya refugees from Myanmar in Tanglok seaport, Madura Island, East Java Province, on Saturday evening. "The arrest happened last night and right now they are in the Pamekasan immigration office," Sampang Police Chief Adjunct Senior Commissioner Solehan said here on Sunday.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 21 April 2013 15:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister Suswono questioned as witness at KPK Agriculture Minister Suswono came to the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) here on Monday following a summons from the agency for questioning as a witness over a corruption case.

Posted in Corruption @ 18 February 2013 21:11 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK arrests three suspects in high profile bribery case The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has arrested three suspects involved in an alleged high profile bribery case implicating a political party chief.

Posted in Corruption @ 31 January 2013 14:40 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


One dead, seven injured in Aceh earthquake One dead and seven injured following an earthquake measuring 6 on the Richter scale that hit Pidie district, Aceh Provice, at 05.26 am on Tuesday. "A nine-year old girl died after her house collapsed due to earthquake," Aceh province`s Chief of Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) Jarwansyah said here on Tuesday.

Posted in Earthquake @ 22 January 2013 10:45 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Australiang motorcycle gangs set up links on Bali The Sydney Morning Herald has run an investigative article by Michael Bachelard examining how Australian motorcycle gangs are establishing business links in Bali.

Posted in Crime @ 31 December 2012 08:01 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


Two striptease dancers sentenced to one year in jail The district court in Padang, West Sumatra, has sentenced two girls to a year in jail for performing striptease dances at a cafe here in September last year. Silfi and Nofera, caught by city administration police officers while performing the dances, cried upon hearing the verdict.

Posted in Culture @ 11 March 2012 10:49 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bird flu deaths raise red flags in Indonesia Two recent deaths from bird flu in Indonesia highlight the need for continued vigilance against a possible resurgence of the deadly virus, an official and health expert warned. According to WHO, the latest fatalities brought the death toll from avian influenza in the country to 152, out of 184 confirmed cases since 2006.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 28 January 2012 01:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


10-year old girl eaten by crocodile in Indonesia A crocodile has eaten a ten-year old girl that was playing in a river in Indonesia. This is the second child to be eaten at the same location in the past two months. This according to a spokesperson of the district of Lembata in eastern Indonesia.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 21 January 2012 01:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian girl swept away by 2004 tsunami found alive An Indonesian girl who was thought to have died when a huge tsunami devastated the island of Sumatra in December 2004, has been found alive and reunited with her parents, local media reported on Thursday.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 22 December 2011 13:07 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Sumatran tiger kills 5-year-old in western Indonesia A young girl was killed during the weekend when she was attacked by a Sumatran tiger while playing outside her house in western Indonesia, local media reported on Monday.

Posted in General @ 07 November 2011 11:40 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Four foreigners arrested for carrying meth in W. Kalimantan West Kalimantan police have arrested four foreign nationals hailing from Kuching, Sarawak, for carrying 4.0229 grams of methamphetamine into the country.

Posted in Drugs @ 04 November 2011 14:43 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Teacher arrested for sexually abusing six children An Indonesian teacher has been arrested on suspicion of sexually abusing at least six young girls on the island of Sulawesi, local authorities confirmed on Thursday.

Posted in Crime @ 04 November 2011 01:52 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Ex-terrorist is now comic book hero The real life adventures of former al-Qaida-linked terrorist Nasir Abas have become a new comic book in Indonesia, chronicling his transformation from militant to invaluable ally in the fight against terrorism.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 10 September 2011 09:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police searching for sexy striptease dancer The Indonesian police is looking for a striptease dancer. They are not interested in the 18-year-old Lilis to have her performed for them though, but more because she is to appear in court in Bandar Lampung over what she did; doing a striptease act.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 30 May 2011 05:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Family blames Indonesian police for son's death The family of a man who reportedly died after hanging himself in police detention said Friday Indonesian officers were involved in the incident. The Jakarta Globe reported that Susanto, 19, died after attempting to hang himself in his cell on Monday evening. He was taken to the Luwuk Hospital, but he died after arrival.

Posted in Crime @ 23 April 2011 03:57 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


'Anti-porn' lawmaker quits after ... watching porn! Indonesian anti-porn lawmaker Arifinto on Monday announced his resignation after being caught viewing pornography last week during a House of Representatives plenary session. Arifinto is one of the founders of the Justice Party that later merged with the Prosperous Justice Party that has advocated for Indonesia's 2008 Anti-Pornography Law.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 12 April 2011 01:32 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Four police linked to gang rape and torture of underage girl in Papua Four police officers have been linked to the gang rape and torture of an underage girl in Papua, Indonesia, officials said Tuesday.

Posted in Crime @ 02 March 2011 02:18 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian man admits to raping nearly 100 children A 33-year-old Indonesian toy salesman has confessed to raping 96 boys after local authorities arrested and questioned the man, local media reported on Friday.>Sartono, reportedly from Cirebon on Java Island, was arrested last Sunday as initial reports indicated that he had raped 39 boys.

Posted in Crime @ 14 January 2011 04:36 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Teenage girl expelled from Indonesian school after giving birth A 16-year-old student was expelled on Thursday after giving birth in the high school's clinic in Madiun, Indonesia, the Jakarta Globe reported.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 16 December 2010 22:20 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 6 reactions


51% of teenagers has sex before marriage The Population and Family Planning Agency BKKBN has released the results of a large survey held in several locations in the country. Statistics show that 51 percent of the teenagers in Jabodetabek (Greater Jakarta) has sex before marriage. The survey gave similar results in other areas of the country as well.

Posted in Health @ 28 November 2010 08:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Pop star faces 12 years in prison for sex tape scandal Indonesian pop star Nasriel Irham on Monday appeared in court after two homemade sex tapes released on various websites resulted in him being charged under Indonesia's 2008 Anti-Pornography Law.

Posted in General @ 22 November 2010 17:25 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Serial child rapist faces 15-year prison term An Indonesian man is facing a 15-year prison term for a series of child rapes carried out in the island of Bali, prosecutors said Wednesday. Mochammad Davis Suharto, also known as Codet, which translates to Scarface, 30, allegedly raped five elementary school girls in Bali, aged 9 to 12, between February and April, as well as another six girls, aged 5 to 11, in Batam, Riau Islands.

Posted in Crime @ 11 November 2010 03:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Indonesian Muslim cleric charged for marrying 12-year-old A wealthy Muslim cleric is being charged with violating the country's Child Protection Act for marrying a 12-year-old girl and sexually abusing her, prosecutors said on Thursday. Wisiyanto claimed that under Islam, this unofficial marriage, which is his second, is acceptable. However, the news has outraged Indonesians nationwide.

Posted in Religion @ 22 October 2010 01:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Jambi province wants to test virginity schoolgirls Girls that are no longer a virgin, could be banned from school. A number of representatives in the province of Jambi on Sumatra is thinking about a decree. Before a girl is registered at high school, they will have to have themselves tested for their virginity. According to the representatives, this should 'solve' the problem of 'free sex' among teenagers and young adults.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 25 September 2010 03:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister Numberi embroiled in affair scandal Transportation Minister Freddy Numberi has denied rumors romantically linking him with an unnamed TV news reporter. The hearsay has been circulating after online news portal Rakyat Merdeka Online on Wednesday broke the story, in which Freddy’s wife, Anni Numberi, allegedly confirmed her husband was having an affair with a newswoman.

Posted in Politics @ 03 September 2010 02:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Islamist creep in Indonesia When Indonesia passed a strict anti-pornography bill in 2008, many feared radical Islamic groups would use it to impose their values on the public at large. If the case currently hitting the headlines is any indication, they were right.

Posted in Politics @ 25 June 2010 05:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia pop star arrested in sex tape scandal Indonesian police have arrested pop star Nazril "Ariel" Ilham for his involvement in sex videos that allegedly feature himself and two other top Indonesian celebrities. The singer was named a suspect after the police questioned the three celebrities and expert witnesses over the last two weeks.

Posted in General @ 24 June 2010 05:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Teen prostitution on the rise in Bandung The Bandung authority is at loss to uncover cases of covert prostitution involving junior and senior high school students, whose number continues to rise in the West Java capital. Eli, a sex worker advocacy program mentor from the Rumah Cemara Group in Bandung, said it was hard to provide advocacy to teenagers involved in covert prostitution since most were not receptive.

Posted in General @ 20 June 2010 09:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Paying taxes not for Batam Because of the relative closeness of the free world - everything is relative - that is called Singapore, you will find all kind of products on Batam up for the grabs. Of course you should make sure that you are buying the real stuff, but generally spoken you will, but without the hefty import duties Indonesia puts on luxury imported goods.

Posted in Economy @ 17 June 2010 06:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Islamic figure as rapist That you should not be amazed about many things in Indonesia is something we all know, but sometimes an effort is made to move boundaries even further with a big failure as result. An ustad (Islamic community figure) in the village of Babakan Cikao near the city of Purwakarta. This very religious person was eventually found to be a marijuana smoking rapist.

Posted in Crime @ 05 June 2010 02:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Early hours in NED During the long weekend of last week the island was flooded with Indonesian and foreign tourists that either want to shop cheaper, or want to do things that they can not do at home. Some prefer to get completely wasted on alcohol - more cheap here than in Singapore - in a matter of hours to he can take the boat back a few hours later, the other spends a night on the island to taste some of the forbidden fruits here.

Posted in Tourism @ 03 June 2010 07:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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


A short break in Taman Menteng At a normal weekday I took a reasonable early air-conditioned bus to Jakarta. I regularly make this trip because it enables me to travel cheap as well as fast - as fast as traffic allows the bus to go - to downtown Jakarta.

Posted in Travel @ 16 April 2010 15:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Dutch man arrested for allegedly molesting girl Willem Johan Stegenus, a 65-year-old Dutch citizen, was arrested for allegedly molesting a 16-year-old girl. Karangasem Police chief Jr. Com. I Gede Mustika confirmed that Stegenus had been named a suspect based on reports filed by the girl's parents.

Posted in Crime @ 09 April 2010 11:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


' ... and I am Christian' Most lights were still on after the short introduction video of a 25-year-old ethnic Chinese who told that he was able to work hard. He worked at a well-known national bank and has his own car. He likes to spend his spare time traveling. This kind of description often lures a row of women that would like to take the gamble of creating a relationship with this person.

Posted in Religion @ 30 March 2010 13:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


A few hours in Jalan Jaksa I have been there before and I have written about it before. It is still a nice and not unimportant easy-to-reach destination for a quick lunch and a Large Bintang before you start the second half of the day. Just relaxing for a couple of hours, coming to terms after the first part of the day.

Posted in Travel @ 23 March 2010 09:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


In court because of a bee-sting A court in Indonesia has decided not to sentence a boy after he stung a class-mate with a bee. The now nine year old David Yusuf could be sentenced to three years in prison for severe abuse, but the judges decided to let him walk. The case dragged on for almost a year.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 02 February 2010 01:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sexy and Indonesian #10: Sales promotion girl This young woman is called an SPG in good 'Indonesian', it means Sales Promotion Girl and what they do is indeed promoting. They promote all kinds of products from popular vitamin drinks, to cigarettes, cars and computers and everything in between. They are a well-known and popular sight in Indonesia, as every self-respected company has a bunch of them roaming over markets, in malls, in traffic jams and on trade expo's.

Posted in Sexy @ 05 January 2010 09:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


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

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


Waiting for the umbilical cord to fall off I didn't tell anything yet about the fact why we are in the kampung all of a sudden. In fact there is not much to tell since there is only one reason why we are here now and that is the birth of a new member of the family. A nice gave birth. She gave birth to a two-kilogram weighing, but healthy, son named David on December 3.

Posted in Culture @ 10 December 2009 01:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Back to the quiet of the desa After a completely messed up trip with a DAMRI bus from Jakarta we have arrived in the rural area of Java in the area of Cilacap. We have landed in the desa of Binangun in the kampung Sidamulya to be more precize. Most likely there are much more places named Binangun, but that doesn't really matter.

Posted in Travel @ 07 December 2009 07:12 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


The umbrella-kids near the bridge Yesterday in the late afternoon I was still in Jakarta. Not entirely according to my own planning, but those things are very hard to plan in this country, and even then there is not a real problem, because there is always another way to enjoy yourself and to get home as well.

Posted in Culture @ 01 December 2009 10:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The new Gajayana between Malang and Jakarta #2 The information panel above the LCD-television even indicates where the train is. We have just passed Kepanjen station and are headed for Blitar at a reasonable pace. Thanks to a power outlet in the wall of the train at every couple of seats and the mobile internet connection I always use, I can now even continue writing and internetting following my own biorhythm.

Posted in Travel @ 21 November 2009 13:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


15-year-old raped until she passes out In, a 15-year-old, has most likely become the victim of abuse and rape last Monday. Until now she is out of consciousness in the emergency room of the Raha hospital in Southeast Sulawesi. Parts of her body, like her hands and her left foot, show injuries by sharp objects.

Posted in Crime @ 21 October 2009 14:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian child bride? No problem! Always had the desire to take a very young girl as your second wife but never found parents that wanted to sell their child and find a place where such actions are allowed? Indonesia might very well be the solution for this problem as it seems.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 16 October 2009 05:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Cleric cleared of sex abuse over child bride An Indonesian court has acquitted controversial Muslim cleric Pujiono Cahyo Widianto over child sexual molestation charges for marrying an underage girl, aged 12 last year. Widianto risked up to 15 years in jail, had he been convicted of the charges. Prosecutors said they would appeal the court ruling. The girl is his second wife.

Posted in Religion @ 15 October 2009 05:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


AirAsia plays with passengers Every once in a while I do get to fly short distances in Indonesia. Because I don't fly to very exotic destinations which can only be reached once every few days, I often have the choice between several operators. That puts back the fun in flying a little bit, because looking for the right tickets is part of the travel already.

Posted in Travel @ 12 October 2009 05:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


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

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


Order your Indonesian escort girl online now! Ever wondered how to order your Indonesian girl online? Well, for those who though that you have to get out of your house life has just become easier today! A website , hosted by Google, so probably not online for too long. The site starts with a lot of information about different sexual actions and eventually closes of with the way of booking; by email or mobile Indonesian phone number.

Posted in Culture @ 02 September 2009 07:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Abu Jibril: 'Densus 88 is not really polite' Abu Jibril, the father of fugitive terrorism suspect Mohamad Jibril, has said that the arrogance of which anti-terrorism unit Densus 88 executed their task. A 20-man team of Densus 88 searched the house of Abu Jibril last night. According to the father of eight children - yes the one who was pictured on this blog with a gun yesterday - they don't have any politeness in their guts.

Posted in Terrorism @ 26 August 2009 10:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Don't touch our Tari Pendet, Malaysia! Indonesia has reacted furiously about a traditional Indonesian dance which is used in a new Malaysian tourist campaign "Enigmatic Malaysia". The dance is not related to Malaysia at all, but is being used to promote Malaysia anyway. The Tari Pendet is a traditional Balinese dance, normally performed by for or five young girls.

Posted in Culture @ 24 August 2009 08:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Prostitution zones in Blitar regency to stay open during Ramadan Prostitutes in the regency of Blitar don't have to worry any longer now the regional government has decided that not all prostitution areas in the district have to be closed down during the Ramadan this year. One of the three locations will stay open this year, so people that serve customers can go to that one place in the district of Selorejo. The red light areas in Talun and Ponggok will be closed however.

Posted in Culture @ 16 August 2009 09:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Another hour of delay Before you know it you are in another boarding room. In this case on the airport of Hang Nadim. Back to Jakarta indeed, but the Batavia Air plane has not arrived yet so the minutes of delay start to count already. In contrary to the airport of Jakarta, there are no boards with information about the recently introduced laws on the protection of passengers in case of delay. Most people don't know about the fact that they have the right to a snack and a drink if there is a delay indeed.

Posted in Travel @ 16 August 2009 09:12 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


Two foreigners wanted as pedophiles extradited from Bali After sitting behind bars at Bali's Kerobokan prison for nearly eight months, a man on Interpol's Most Wanted List, 46 year-old Christian Burger, is now in France to face child sexual abuse charges. Burger, who has both French and Swiss citizenship, was placed on a plane to Paris on Wednesday, August 5, 2009, following the issuance of a letter agreeing to his extradition signed by Indonesia's President Yudhoyono. He has issued the needed letter last Monday, as was confirmed by Public Prosecutor I Ketut Sujaya, SH.

Posted in Crime @ 08 August 2009 13:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


High-class illegal brothel in Surabaya closed down A high-class illegal brothel has been closed down by the East Java police. During the raid, Kok Jiang was arrested for being pimp. Nine of his 'children' were arrested as well. Kok Jiang posted messages on advertisement pages of newspapers in and around Surabaya looking for people who want to assist bringing customers to him. He also asked for new girls to join in working in his 'massage parlor'. When girls started working for him, he also required them doing 'extra services', locally known as pijat plus-plus.

Posted in Culture @ 07 August 2009 03:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Indonesia reports third death of H1N1 Mexican flu A two year-old Indonesian girl has died after contracting the H1N1 Mexican flu virus, putting the total death by the virus in the country to three out. A total of 662 persons are infected, according to the Department of Health. The girl underwent treatment in a hospital when she showed respiratory problems, pneumonia and a fever before she died on August 3.

Posted in Mexican flu @ 05 August 2009 09:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


24-year old dies of Mexican Flu in Jakarta A patient infected with the H1N1 flu died on Sunday after being treated for several days at the Persahabatan Hospital in Jakarta. She died due to severe complications and was being treated for the H1N1 virus for at least one week. She also suffered from pneumonia before she was infected with H1N1. The doctor said the complication then caused bacteria to enter her lungs which caused her to die of heart failure.

Posted in Mexican flu @ 03 August 2009 13:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


An old-fashioned Saturday night in Jogja It was an old-fashioned Saturday evening in Jogjakarta. A part of my life that I left behind for a new life a few hundred kilometers away. I didn't miss a thing about it in the last two months, but when I am 'submerged' in it once again, it is fairly easy to pick up the old rhythm again. That is exactly what I did, together with my girlfriend and a number of friends in town.

Posted in Travel @ 02 August 2009 15:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


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


First death related to Mexican flu in Indonesia A six-year old girl who had tested positive for the H1N1 virus has died in a hospital. The girl, who has other health problems including pneumonia in the last recent years died on July 22. She was brought to the hospital with flu-like symptoms as fever, coughing and difficulty breathing.

Posted in Mexican flu @ 26 July 2009 01:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


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 goodbye to the kampung After a day or four, which was a few days back by now, it was time to go back home to the 'civilized world', however that is a wrong choice of words if you ask me. My girlfriend and I decided that four days was enough, above all it was a 'mere' eight hours shaking by bus and 55.000 Rupiah to get here, so it was not something impossible if you want to go.

Posted in Travel @ 22 June 2009 09:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The easy life in the kampung The long trip by bus lay behind us when we arrived at what we called home at half past three in the night. Most of the family stayed awake to greet us, so not to be rude I sat down on the wooden bench to eat something. After that it was soon time to excuse me to catch some sleep. I just wanted to go along with the rest here, so getting up early is something obligatory. Of course there is the understanding that I didn't have much sleep, so I could get some sleep without any problems.

Posted in Travel @ 17 June 2009 12:30 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


Indonesia Bisa! They stole my motorbike already It was just my second night in my new neighborhood of Lippo Cikarang when I woke up and found out that something was wrong. As I was preparing to go to Jakarta by bus - a one hour drive to Komdak bus shelter - I wanted to get my motorbike from the parking space which is fenced off with an iron fence. I wanted to get the key first, but no key at the place where it should be. And then; no motorbike there. Oops, what had gone wrong and where is the thing?

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 08 June 2009 12:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The bare necessities of Kuta nightlife Responding to numerous complaints from the local community and suggestions that agitated neighbor were getting ready to take matters into their own hands, a team of district and village officials - backed up with a cadre of local citizenry, swooped down on a Kuta night spot rounding up scantily-clad exotic dancers and the bars' management for a late-night "meeting" at the Lurah or Sub-district chief's office.

Posted in Nightlife @ 27 May 2009 20:42 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, 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


Indonesian cleric arrested over underage marriage Police arrested a Muslim cleric in Indonesia's Central Java province for marrying a 12-year-old girl in violation of the country's child-protection law, an officer said Wednesday. Pujiono Cahyo Widianto, 43, revealed in August that he had taken the girl as a second wife in a traditional Islamic wedding ceremony, sparking criticism from child-protection groups.

Posted in Religion @ 18 March 2009 09:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


15-year-old girl kidnapped to work as whore in Malaysia The police has discovered a network in which people get kidnapped before they are 'sold' when they are sent to neighboring countries as an Indonesian foreign worker. A young girl from Lampung, South Sumatra, was forced to work as nothing more than a sex slave in Malaysia. This case only became known when the victim, only known as S.S., was able to escape before reporting the situation to the Pontianak police in West Kalimantan.

Posted in Crime @ 23 January 2009 11:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Bird flu; situation in Indonesia, update 31 Two people have died from bird flu near the Indonesian capital of Jakarta. According to the country's health ministry, the victims were a 29-year-old woman who died in December and a 5-year-old girl who died earlier this month.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 22 January 2009 02:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Papua earthquakes drive thousands into tent camps Disaster relief officials say the number of people in tent camps more than doubled to 17,400 after a pair of powerful earthquakes in remote eastern Indonesia. Authorities warned many people who fled their homes already suffered from malaria or respiratory illness and could become sicker. A 10-year-old girl had already been reported crushed to death in the West Papua capital, Manokwari.

Posted in Earthquake @ 08 January 2009 13:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Girl in Islamic boarding school pregnant twice by rape leader A leader of a Islamic boarding school (Pondok Pesantren) is accused of raping two of his students and is currently in a police cell in the district of Malang. The leader, only known as N.H., was arrested by the regional police of Malang in a rented house in Pare, in the district of Kediri. N.H. is also the leader of a boarding school in the village Kaumrejo, sub-district Ngantang in the district of Malang. There he has allegedly raped two of his students. The two girls, both 17, are from the village of Ngawensari, sub-district Ringin Anom, district Kendal in Central Java.

Posted in Religion @ 23 November 2008 06:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bird flu; situation in Indonesia, update 30 Health officials in Indonesia say a 15-year-old girl has died of bird flu in central Java, bringing the country's death toll from the disease to 113. The girl died last week after being treated at a hospital in the Central Javanese city of Semarang.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 13 November 2008 00:48 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: 'You wanna fuck nice girl?' I probably have to stress once again that it was broad daylight when I walked around in the nightlife district of Batam - which is better known as 'Kampung Bule' indeed. However I have to be honest that I don't know what is usually going on at night here, I could imagine certain aspects of nightlife here from stories and Googling for certain keywords of course. Not directly what I am looking for, and maybe because of that reason I just explored the area during broad daylight to see what is going on here. From the Nagoya Hill shopping mall I walked to a local warnet (internet cafe) to check some things out and to make my walk around the district.

Posted in Ramadan @ 13 September 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


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


Bird flu; situation in Indonesia, update 29 Avian Influenza virus has hit Indonesia killing three people with 13 others admitted to hospital with symptoms. Residents in Asahan district of North Sumatra province say last week, villagers began showing symptoms of avian flu after a large number of chickens died suddenly. A baby boy and a seven year old girl were transferred early this morning to a bird flu isolation unit at Adam Malik hospital in the provincial capital of Medan.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 08 August 2008 16:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Executions are the new hype in Indonesia Two members from one family, mother Sumiarsih (59) and son Sugeng (43), were executed earlier this month after they had been on death row for an astonishing twenty years. They were sentenced to death in the 1980's over a murder on five members of their own family out of vengeance. After twenty years in prison, they names - and their story - reappeared in the news once again. The end of their story was clear for almost twenty years already, but it just did never materialize. Probably someone did not like cleaning his office, so these two death row candidates were only executed by firing squad earlier this month.

Posted in Crime @ 25 July 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


Indonesia executes 'shaman' for killing 42 women Indonesia has executed a man who strangled 42 women and girls, and then drank their saliva, a spokesman for the Attorney General said earlier today. The serial killer, Ahmad Suradji, was sentenced to death by a court in 1997 after he was convicted of killing the women and girls on the island of Sumatra.

Posted in Crime @ 11 July 2008 12:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Missing Malaysian girls believed to be in Indonesia Many Malaysian girls reported missing by their families have ended up in Indonesia, PAS vice-president Datuk Husam Musa said. Husam through his non-governmental organisation Kijang Care and in collaboration with other NGOs, has traced two Malaysian girls who were taken to Lombok, Indonesia, without the consent of their families.

Posted in General @ 08 May 2008 06:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bird flu; situation in Indonesia, update 26 Two children have died from bird flu, a health ministry official said on Monday, taking the confirmed death toll in the country worst affected by the virus to 107. A 15-year-old boy from Subang, in West Java, died on Wednesday in an area where chickens had died, said Nyoman Kandun, director general of communicable disease control at the ministry.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 31 March 2008 12:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia: 'No concern over re-assortment of avian, human flu virus' Indonesia dismissed fears of a virus re-assortment between avian and human seasonal influenza strains in a 2007 human death involving bird flu infection, the country's health ministry senior official said here. Director General of Communicable Diseases I Nyoman Kandun said the possibility of re-assortment between the avian influenza virus and other flu viruses was always possible, but had not yet happened.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 21 March 2008 08:00 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


Day and night at the alun-alun in Malang During the last year I regularly brought a visit to Malang. There I visited a Dutch friend who had stayed in Indonesia some years more than I did, and please read that 'some' as a big understatement. It doesn't really matter in fact, however someone who has lived here for so many years can be a huge source of information about many subjects. He sure is for me at least. Every once in a while I can learn from specific situations which still make me go 'huh?'. Outside that I like to spend some of my time there at a somewhat crowded place. Like in many cities and villages that is the central square or alun-alun. Often a nice place to submerge yourself entirely in the local situation and current events.

Posted in Travel @ 22 December 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The luxury of a swimming pool in your hotel After the trip by train and a nice glass of teh hangat (see "Lodaya Malam to Bandung, trains run on time") it was time to continue our trip. We didn't reach our goal for the day, however it wasn't that far anymore. We had to end up at the Jayakarta hotel which was located in the northern part of Bandung. We realized that a free nights' stay in the hotel would not come totally free of course. I can admit - without any feeling of shame - that I don't want to spend my money on that kind of hotels. The 'free' part is a very important part in this story.

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


Lodaya Malam to Bandung, trains run on time It is half past two in the afternoon on a warm Tuesday afternoon at the start of the wet monsoon. No guarantee for rain however, it has been strange weather for over a week now in Yogyakarta and elsewhere in Java it seems to be more of the same. The wind blows from the wrong direction I was told. Maybe that is just good, because that would mean I could have a dry trip to Bandung. However using the train is less reliable on the weather than flying, it is still prone to various delays.

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


Bird flu; situation in Indonesia, update 15 A 3-year old boy has been hospitalized in Jakarta with bird flu, according to the Health Ministry yesterday. Nyoman Kandun, director of disease control for Indonesia's health ministry, informed that two separate laboratory tests confirmed that the boy has the H5N1 bird flu virus. Reuters press agency reported that the boy only had minor symptoms however. This case is the 111th case of bird flu in Indonesia.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 31 October 2007 03:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bird flu; situation in Indonesia, update 14 The Minister of Health in Indonesia, Siti Fadilah Supari, has confirmed that the death of a 10-year-old girl in the province of Riau was caused by bird flu. This brings the total death toll to 89 in Indonesia alone. "Yes, the girl tested positive for bird flu," she told reporters at the State Palace in Jakarta.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 22 October 2007 09:50 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


Bird flu; situation in Indonesia, update 7 A 17-year old girl from Jakarta has died of bird flu, which takes the country's total death toll from the virus to 83. The girl's death comes just a few days after a 29-year-old woman living on Bali died from the disease. The girl died two days ago after falling ill with high fevers last week.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 16 August 2007 14:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bird flu; situation in Indonesia, update 6 A woman has died of bird flu in Bali, the first human death from the virus on the resort island. An official from the Health Ministry told earlier today that a 29-year-old woman from West Bali died one day earlier in a hospital suffering from high fever.Her five-year-old daughter died recently after playing with chickens, but it was not clear if the girl died of bird flu.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 13 August 2007 10:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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