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Dahlan Iskan wants to improve democrat party State-owned Enterprises Minister Dahlan Iskan has said he wanted to improve Democrat party from its negative image if he is permitted to do so. "Democrat, a middle party, is now corrupt but it can be improved. I will improve it if I am permitted to do so," Dahlan said here on Sunday.

Posted in Politics @ 25 August 2013 14:10 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Hillary Clinton in Indonesia for working visit US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived at Halim Perdanakusumah at around 6pm here on Monday for a working visit. She was welcomed upon arrival by US Ambassador to Indonesia Scot Marciel, the Commander of the Halim Perdanakusumah Air Base Commodore Adang Supriyadi and other officials.

Posted in Politics @ 03 September 2012 20:20 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Sukhoi lost contact 12 minutes after take-off The transportation ministry in a press statement here on Friday said Sukhoi Superjet 100 took off at 2.21 p.m. local time from the Halim Perdanakusuma air force base in East Jakarta and lost contact 12 minutes later, at 2.33 p.m.

Posted in Accidents @ 11 May 2012 10:08 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


It's emergency, help Every once in a time you probably receive an email that is clearly a form of scam. Often orginating from an known person that is trying to persuade you into sending 'a small amount of' money so he/she can claim a huge sum of money from a deceased family member or something similar.

Posted in Crime @ 04 August 2011 05:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


What's in the picture? #24 What is in the picture below and where to find it? It's just a cut-out of a larger picture that will be published on indahnesia.com tomorrow, but we give you some head start to guess what the picture might be. The exact name would be perfect, but a description of what you are seeing and where the location might is okay too. We will provide more details tomorrow when this picture is published in the picture gallery 'Seeing is believing'.

Posted in Picture guess @ 18 September 2010 04:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


This was in the picture! #23 A group of Papua-men, dressed in traditional clothing from that region, performs a traditional dance. Although residents of Papua nowadays have stopped head-hunting, other parts of their rich culture are still very alive. This sometimes leads to a tribal fight in remote regions in the easternmost provinces of Indonesia.

Posted in Picture guess @ 22 May 2010 07:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


What's in the picture? #23 What is in the picture below and where to find it? It's just a cut-out of a larger picture that will be published on indahnesia.com tomorrow, but we give you some head start to guess what the picture might be. The exact name would be perfect, but a description of what you are seeing and where the location might is okay too. We will provide more details tomorrow when this picture is published in the picture gallery 'Seeing is believing'.

Posted in Picture guess @ 20 May 2010 06:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


What's in the picture? #22 What is in the picture below and where to find it? It's just a cut-out of a larger picture that will be published on indahnesia.com tomorrow, but we give you some head start to guess what the picture might be. The exact name would be perfect, but a description of what you are seeing and where the location might is okay too. We will provide more details tomorrow when this picture is published in the picture gallery 'Seeing is believing'.

Posted in Picture guess @ 22 April 2010 08:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


What's in the picture? #21 What is in the picture below and where to find it? It's just a cut-out of a larger picture that will be published on indahnesia.com tomorrow, but we give you some head start to guess what the picture might be. The exact name would be perfect, but a description of what you are seeing and where the location might is okay too. We will provide more details tomorrow when this picture is published in the picture gallery 'Seeing is believing'.

Posted in Picture guess @ 11 April 2010 02:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


What's in the picture? #20 What is in the picture below and where to find it? It's just a cut-out of a larger picture that will be published on indahnesia.com tomorrow, but we give you some head start to guess what the picture might be. The exact name would be perfect, but a description of what you are seeing and where the location might is okay too. We will provide more details tomorrow when this picture is published in the picture gallery 'Seeing is believing'.

Posted in Picture guess @ 21 March 2010 01:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


This was in the picture! #19 A commemorative stone from the residents of Batavia (nowadays Jakarta) as a thank you to engineer H. van Breen which designed and constructed the flood canals around Batavia. The canal starts at the Manggarai gate, where this commemorative stone can be found. The gate in Manggarai was constructed in 1919.

Posted in Picture guess @ 01 March 2010 01:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


What's in the picture? #19 What is in the picture below? It's just a cut-out of a larger picture that will be published on indahnesia.com tomorrow, but we give you some head start to guess what the picture might be. The exact name would be perfect, but a description of what you are seeing and where the location might is okay too. We will provide more details tomorrow when this picture is published in the picture gallery 'Seeing is believing'.

Posted in Picture guess @ 26 February 2010 04:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


This was in the picture! #18 The Barack Obama statue has soon become a controversial addition to the city of Jakarta after it was publicly revealed late 2009. The funders of the statue, mostly wealthy residents of the up-class Menteng area in central Jakarta, just wanted to express their happiness with the fact that the little boy Barry has become president Obama of the United States decades later. While others say he has done nothing for Indonesia and thus placing a statue of him in a public space is not appropriate.

Posted in Picture guess @ 14 February 2010 01:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


What's in the picture? #18 What is in the picture below? It's just a cut-out of a larger picture that will be published on indahnesia.com tomorrow, but we give you some head start to guess what the picture might be. The exact name would be perfect, but a description of what you are seeing and where the location might is okay too. We will provide more details tomorrow when this picture is published in the picture gallery 'Seeing is believing'.

Posted in Picture guess @ 12 February 2010 05:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


This was in the picture! #17 The beach of Kuta on Lombok. This beach in the southern part of the island - just like in Bali - is one of the most well-known beaches of the island. It is a nice white sand beach, but the sand is larger in size than that of the southern beaches in Bali. A project to develop this region into another tourist destination failed to materialize, which leaves this area only with a Holiday Inn hotel and houses of local residents. It is a completely different world than the Kuta some 150 kilometers away.

Posted in Picture guess @ 07 February 2010 00:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


What's in the picture? #17 What is in the picture below? It's just a cut-out of a larger picture that will be published on indahnesia.com tomorrow, but we give you some head start to guess what the picture might be. The exact name would be perfect, but a description of what you are seeing and where the location might is okay too. We will provide more details tomorrow when this picture is published in the picture gallery 'Seeing is believing'.

Posted in Picture guess @ 04 February 2010 02:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


What's in the picture? #16 What is in the picture below? It's just a cut-out of a larger picture that will be published on indahnesia.com tomorrow, but we give you some head start to guess what the picture might be. The exact name would be perfect, but a description of what you are seeing and where the location might is okay too. We will provide more details tomorrow when this picture is published in the picture gallery 'Seeing is believing'.

Posted in Picture guess @ 21 January 2010 02:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


What's in the picture? #15 What is in the picture below? It's just a cut-out of a larger picture that will be published on indahnesia.com tomorrow, but we give you some head start to guess what the picture might be. The exact name would be perfect, but a description of what you are seeing and where the location might is okay too. We will provide more details tomorrow when this picture is published in the picture gallery 'Seeing is believing'.

Posted in Picture guess @ 11 January 2010 09:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


What's in the picture? #14 What is in the picture below? It's just a cut-out of a larger picture that will be published on indahnesia.com tomorrow, but we give you some head start to guess what the picture might be. The exact name would be perfect, but a description of what you are seeing and where the location might is okay too. We will provide more details tomorrow when this picture is published in the picture gallery 'Seeing is believing'.

Posted in Picture guess @ 01 January 2010 11:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


What's in the picture? #13 What is in the picture below? It's just a cut-out of a larger picture that will be published on indahnesia.com tomorrow, but we give you some head start to guess what the picture might be. The exact name would be perfect, but a description of what you are seeing and where the location might is okay too. We will provide more details tomorrow when this picture is published in the picture gallery 'Seeing is believing'.

Posted in Picture guess @ 24 December 2009 08:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


What's in the picture? #12 What is in the picture below? It's just a cut-out of a larger picture that will be published on indahnesia.com tomorrow, but we give you some head start to guess what the picture might be. The exact name would be perfect, but a description of what you are seeing and where the location might is okay too. We will provide more details tomorrow when this picture is published in the picture gallery 'Seeing is believing'.

Posted in Picture guess @ 15 December 2009 04:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


What's in the picture? #11 What is in the picture below? It's just a cut-out of a larger picture that will be published on indahnesia.com tomorrow, but we give you some head start to guess what the picture might be. The exact name would be perfect, but a description of what you are seeing and where the location might is okay too. We will provide more details tomorrow when this picture is published in the picture gallery 'Seeing is believing'.

Posted in Picture guess @ 07 December 2009 08:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


What's in the picture? #10 What is in the picture below? It's just a cut-out of a larger picture that will be published on indahnesia.com tomorrow, but we give you some head start to guess what the picture might be. The exact name would be perfect, but a description of what you are seeing and where the location might is okay too. We will provide more details tomorrow when this picture is published in the picture gallery 'Seeing is believing'.

Posted in Picture guess @ 26 November 2009 05:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


What's in the picture? #9 What is in the picture below? It's just a cut-out of a larger picture that will be published on indahnesia.com tomorrow, but we give you some head start to guess what the picture might be. The exact name would be perfect, but a description of what you are seeing and where the location might is okay too. We will provide more details tomorrow when this picture is published in the picture gallery 'Seeing is believing'.

Posted in Picture guess @ 15 November 2009 09:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


What's in the picture? #8 What is in the picture below? It's just a cut-out of a larger picture that will be published on indahnesia.com tomorrow, but we give you some head start to guess what the picture might be. The exact name would be perfect, but a description of what you are seeing and where the location might is okay too. We will provide more details tomorrow when this picture is published in the picture gallery 'Seeing is believing'.

Posted in Picture guess @ 08 November 2009 01:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


What's in the picture? #7 What is in the picture below? It's just a cut-out of a larger picture that will be published on indahnesia.com tomorrow, but we give you some head start to guess what the picture might be. The exact name would be perfect, but a description of what you are seeing and where the location might is okay too. We will provide more details tomorrow when this picture is published in the picture gallery 'Seeing is believing'.

Posted in Picture guess @ 31 October 2009 10:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


What's in the picture? #6 What is in the picture below? It's just a cut-out of a larger picture that will be published on indahnesia.com tomorrow, but we give you some head start to guess what the picture might be. The exact name would be perfect, but a description of what you are seeing and where the location might is okay too. We will provide more details tomorrow when this picture is published in the picture gallery 'Seeing is believing'.

Posted in Picture guess @ 22 October 2009 11:35 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


Search for survivors halted Rescuers are refocusing their efforts on survivors now that hopes of finding anyone alive under the rubble of destroyed buildings in the capital, Padang, were slim, officials said. Most people missing in Padang city were buried under heavy concrete and it is unlikely they could survive for five days, said Priyadi Kardono, a spokesman for the National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA).

Posted in Earthquake @ 06 October 2009 02:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


What's in the picture? #5 What is in the picture below? It's just a cut-out of a larger picture that will be published on indahnesia.com tomorrow, but we give you some head start to guess what the picture might be. The exact name would be perfect, but a description of what you are seeing and where the location might is okay too. We will provide more details tomorrow when this picture is published in the picture gallery 'Seeing is believing'.

Posted in Picture guess @ 02 October 2009 12:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


What's in the picture? #4 What is in the picture below? It's just a cut-out of a larger picture that will be published on indahnesia.com tomorrow, but we give you some head start to guess what the picture might be. The exact name would be perfect, but a description of what you are seeing and where the location might is okay too. We will provide more details tomorrow when this picture is published in the picture gallery 'Seeing is believing'.

Posted in Picture guess @ 24 September 2009 09:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


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

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


What's in the picture? #3 What is in the picture below? It's just a cut-out of a larger picture that will be published on indahnesia.com tomorrow, but we give you some head start to guess what the picture might be. The exact name would be perfect, but a description of what you are seeing and where the location might is okay too. We will provide more details tomorrow when this picture is published in the picture gallery 'Seeing is believing'.

Posted in Picture guess @ 16 September 2009 05:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


What's in the picture? #2 What is in the picture below? It's just a cut-out of a larger picture that will be published on indahnesia.com tomorrow, but we give you some head start to guess what the picture might be. The exact name would be perfect, but a description of what you are seeing and where the location might is okay too. We will provide more details tomorrow when this picture is published in the picture gallery 'Seeing is believing'.

Posted in Picture guess @ 09 September 2009 11:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


This was in the picture! It was indeed Danau Kelimutu that was on the picture. No prize as said before, but Anne Mieke will have the honor to have guessed the first picture. I hope I can publish a picture like this every week or so. If there are people that want to donate a picture, you are very welcome!

Posted in Picture guess @ 02 September 2009 01:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


What's in the picture? What is in the picture below? It's just a cut-out of a larger picture that will be published on indahnesia.com tomorrow, but we give you some head start to guess what the picture might be. A name is enough, but a description of what you are seeing is okay too. We will provide more details tomorrow when this picture is published in the picture gallery 'Seeing is believing'.

Posted in Picture guess @ 01 September 2009 01:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 8 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


Plonco, Ospek, Hazing The death of IPDN student Cliff Muntu is not surprising. In Indonesia, seniority is very much embedded into local education culture. I began to sense this when I enter junior high school, and as I moved up onto higher education in Indonesia, the sense of seniority is felt even more.

Posted in Human rights @ 02 September 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Chickens rule the world Earlier this month it finally came through - Jakarta was to forbid all chickens in, on, around, below and besides houses, huts and other structures - but since then not much happened elsewhere to reach the same effect. Of course that will not be easy. Not outside Jakarta but also not within the city limits of a city of 15 million souls. Whether the city is flooded or not, chickens will always be there. Just recently a small group of people started to understand that chickens and humans can be a dangerous combination. This are probably people which already lost someone dear to this disease with incredibly high mortality rates. For all the others they can't care less, they have to make some living from it. Without chickens no food and that is what the local government realizes.

Posted in Health @ 10 February 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Fate of Adam Air plane carrying 102 remains mystery Adam Air Flight KI-574 took off on New Year's Day with 102 people. An hour into what should have been a short hop between islands, the pilot reported heavy winds. Then the plane vanished, sparking a massive search. Thousands of soldiers battled rugged jungle terrain, a fleet of aircraft took to the skies and ships scoured the sea for a third day Thursday, spanning a 28,000-square-mile area - roughly the size of Ireland, or the U.S. state of California. But by nightfall they had found no trace of the Boeing 737.

Posted in Accidents @ 05 January 2007 05:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Weeks of net chaos expected in Indonesia It is expected to take between two and four weeks for Internet capacity to recover in Indonesia after it dropped to 17 percent Tuesday following the earthquake in China 's Taiwan. "The question of when Internet connections will recover, regretfully, lies in the hands of external parties," the Jakarta Post daily on Friday quoted Basuki Yusuf Iskandar, director general of posts and telecommunication at the Communications and Information Ministry, as saying at a press conference.

Posted in General @ 30 December 2006 09:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indecency, Indonesian-style I do not have any official role within the Indonesian judicial system. But I do feel like I can provide an important advisory service in the trial of Erwin Arnada, editor of the new Indonesian edition of Playboy, who faces up to 32 months in prison for putting out a magazine with indecent pictures. I may not know much about the law or Islam, but I do know an awful lot about indecency.

Posted in General @ 19 December 2006 11:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Top Golkar official quits over sex video A senior official of the ruling Golkar party resigned from his post after being linked to a sex scandal that tarnished the image of the party. Mr Yahya Zaini, 42, the head of the religious affairs committee in Golkar's Executive Board, had been identified as the man seen in a steamy video cavorting with a singer in a hotel room.

Posted in General @ 07 December 2006 03:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 17 reactions


Secrecy, speculation surrounded prizes A Finn who helped mediate peace in Indonesia is tipped to win this year's Nobel Peace Prize, while bookmakers favor a Turkish novelist for the literature award. But in the hyper-secretive world of the panels that have spent much of the year sifting through hundreds of nominations, it's all a guessing game until the announcements start tumbling out onMonday.

Posted in General @ 30 September 2006 15:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia mudflow breaks barriers, injures six Barriers built to control a torrent of mud gushing out from an exploratory oil well in Indonesia failed to hold late on Monday, injuring six workers and inundating nearby villages. Several experts have said the mudflow, which started to spurt in late May, could have been triggered by a crack about 6,000 feet (1,800 metres) deep in East Java province's Banjar Panji well.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 26 September 2006 11:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A visit to the Indonesian embassy It has been a short while, but still I think about that one day that I was headed for the Indonesian embassy in Kuala Lumpur. Because I had obtained a nice booklet of maps of the city, and I also bought a monthly card for the LRT (city trains), I would be able to drop in there to bring my paperwork. The embassy opened at nine o'clock in the morning, like usual, so if I would get up at around eight o'clock I would have enough time to prepare myself. That is what happened. Half past eight the alarm of my telephone went off and I took a short shower. The train station of Chinatown - that's the place where I found a nice little hotel for the week - was located at about 300 meters from the hotel. I waned to the central station of Kuala Lumpur (KL Sentral) because you can take the monorail from there. This route brought me in the direction of the Indonesian embassy, however I still had to walk quite some distance. With a bottle of water that should be possible however. I also got the chance to use the monorail trains, because waiting until the one in Jakarta is finished would mean I was able to go to Kuala Lumpur a few more times, because that one won't be ready for some time being, if I read the stories about that.

Posted in Travel @ 25 September 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


To Kuala Lumpur shortly It was about time for me to get a new visa. Because of regulations it's not possible to extend a certain kind of visa - tourist visa. Also you can't apply for a new visa when in Indonesia as well. You will have to go to an Indonesian embassy. Where that embassy is doesn't really matter, so there are a lot of options left to look around for a holiday-hobbyist. And so I got to plan my first 'visa trip' to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Someone I know from the internet lives around there as well, so I also created the opportunity to meet. That should not be a problem because I would stay there for one entire week. I wasn't in a hurry - I didn't have to go back to Indonesia the same day or so - so I could look around there while my passport would be updated with a new sticker which permits entry into Indonesia again.

Posted in Travel @ 15 September 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Children from Mblali On a late afternoon late last week I was to receive a short text message. I get a lot of them here as it is a cheap way to communicate here during the day, but this one was more special, or more important however you want to call it. It was from a foundation that has done emergency response after the earthquake in Central Java - today two months ago - as well as to tsunami-stricken Pangandaran just a while ago. They are still active in the area of Mblali, a village where people from other villages have found shelter after the earthquake. As one of the few they have maintained their outpost on the local field there, while most other organizations have already wrapped up their 'on-the-spot' emergency efforts.

Posted in General @ 27 July 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt wants non-Muslims tried by Islamic court in Aceh The government insisted Tuesday that Muslims and non-Muslims alike in Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam should be tried by the planned Islamic Court in the predominantly Muslim province. State Secretary Yusril Ihza Mahendra told the special committee deliberating a bill on the province's administration that non-Muslims accused of committing ordinary crimes, such as theft and adultery, would be tried under the sharia-inspired bylaws (qanun).

Posted in Religion @ 26 April 2006 21:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


M'sian model proud to be featured in Indonesiaís Playboy Malaysian model Amber Chia said she is proud to appear in the inaugural edition of Playboy in Indonesia, even though her mother thinks she looked sexier in photos featured by other magazines, a newspaper reported on Sunday.

Posted in General @ 10 April 2006 07:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 11 reactions


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

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


Details still fuzzy on changes to porn bill Following a visit by legislators to Bali, Batam and Papua to gauge public opinion on the pornography bill, it's still a guessing game whether there will be major changes to the controversial bill. While House of Representatives special committee chairman Balkan Kaplale promised people in Batam there would be major changes to the draft of the bill, legislator Rustam E. Tamburaka said in Bali that "there may be some exceptions in the bill for Bali and Papua".

Posted in Politics @ 06 March 2006 09:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A handful of tickets Traveling in Indonesia, whenever you attempt to do this, you will notice the vast amount of small paper - sometimes even like toilet-paper - tickets you get. On virtually every occasion you will get at least one. Not one, but one for your car, motorbike, your friends, your family, your kids. And it gets even worse, since you don't get tickets for everyone, but also for everything. This becomes clear when you take the ferry. It doesn't matter which ferry, but you will get a ticket to enter the seaport, for parking, for boarding the boat, for bringing your car and to be insured during your trip. This results in a handful of tickets, and then you only got onto the ferry.

Posted in Travel @ 15 February 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Back to Bali: Bombs, cocktails and surfers I managed to hop over to Bali for a few days last week in order to both soothe my metro madness and also to see how the old island was faring after the recent bombings. Lion Air did the honors for about Rp 900,000 return, which is pretty good value, I guess, although anyone hovering around the six-foot-tall mark will have a few comfort issues to deal with when trying to squeeze into their cattle-class seats. After 90 minutes with my knees around my chin we touched down at Ngurah Rai airport in the rain and a taxi whisked me down to Legian.

Posted in Terrorism @ 04 December 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


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

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


Indonesia admits slow response to quake Indonesia's government today admitted that it had been slow to deliver food and water to victims of Monday's earthquake. As rescuers continued to pull survivors from the rubble left by the disaster, Bachtiar Chamsyah, the country's social affairs minister, was confronted by angry residents of Gunung Sitoli, the main town on Nias island, to the north of Sumatra.

Posted in Earthquake @ 31 March 2005 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Just outside Sengkang we brought a visit to some houses with traditional weaving installations under their house. In this way they are protected from the sunís direct heat and they are working close to home. Itís nice to see the fabrics being produced in front of your nose, too bad itís nothing for me to buy something like it. If you ever want to buy something like it, you can choose from all kinds of natural dyes. If you which they can put real gold in it as well. Everything is for sale, however the people producing it, do wear it themselves as well.

Posted in Travel @ 13 November 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


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

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


Golkar vows not yo repeat Suharto-era blunders The chairman of Indonesia's former ruling Golkar party has promised not to repeat the mistakes it made as former dictator, Suharto's political vehicle. Akbar Tandjung, who is also parliamentary speaker and a presidential-hopeful, insists that his party is committed to reform. The party has been using the economic stability of the Suharto-era as a ticket to garner more votes. As Indonesians go to the polls in legislative elections on Monday, April 5th, analysts are saying that voters are now concerned with electing a party that can bring about economic prosperity.

Posted in Elections @ 13 April 2004 00:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


In a series of short stories I will shine a light on things I have seen, I have done, I have smelled and touched in my three weeks stay in Indonesia (Jogjakarta and Sulawesi) in March 2004. Many things tend to fade away as soon as you are back home, picking up your daily life. Luckily I had a little booklet for some daily remarks. That will be my guide for this stories and stories to come.

Posted in Travel @ 10 April 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Old forces contest election The General Elections Commission (KPU) announced on Sunday 24 political parties eligible to contest the 2004 polls, with analysts expressing concern of the possible revival of the New Order. Daniel Sparringa of the Surabaya-based Airlangga University warned that New Order pedigrees would take over the lead in the fight for reform as parties that claimed to promote the spirit of democracy wasted the momentum.

Posted in Elections @ 08 December 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tutut's comeback may have a boomerang effect The return of Soeharto's eldest daughter to the political stage may backfire if the issue of the former president's ability to speak, and to face the law for charges of corruption, comes into question, an analyst says. Daniel Sparingga from the Surabaya-based Airlangga University was referring Sunday to reports quoting a founder of a new political party, which is asking Siti Hadiyanti Rukmana to be its presidential candidate.

Posted in Elections @ 08 December 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ever since my first experience with Indonesia, back in 1999, I also had the experience of being together with a woman. Itís not that I have had that experience before in my life, but being together with a woman here is totally different as being together with a woman in The Netherlands, and Iím not mentioning some form of a fixed relation like engagement or marriage. Hey, Iím still young, not yet okay?

Posted in Culture @ 21 September 2003 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


In fact it was two days of doing nothing. Well, doing nothing is nothing for me, so thatís not exactly what I did. I was driving around on my motorbike with Cabe, and thatís something which is a little bit more than doing nothing. Not too early in the morning we left for a drive around the city again. First we would have a look at Gunung Merapi again, since that can be viewed in the morning, because fog tends to spoil the view somewhere in the afternoon. When we arrived at around eleven oíclock, there was nothing to see anymore. The clouds had already taken over the view over Gunung Merapi. We decided not to continue the trip, and to head back for Jogja for lunch and something else, no plans made yet.

Posted in Travel @ 20 August 2003 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Recently been in Bali, and with my head still full of things I always wanted to tell you, I'm now finally writing them down. Currently I have a longer holiday because I have finished my school, and after that I will have a job, a real job. A job for grown-ups and no more working at the supermarket, though I liked it. It's about time to look back over four years of Indonesia-travel, starting with the latest experience, staying in a hotel for over two weeks.

Posted in Travel @ 18 July 2002 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Susilo replaced in hasty reshuffle President Abdurrahman Wahid added further suspense to the unfolding political drama by catching everyone by surprise on Friday with his announcement of a Cabinet reshuffle which included the replacement of his top political and security minister. The reshuffle was not so much a case of ushering new faces into the Cabinet as one of musical chairs, as three of the five new appointments were those of people already serving in his administration.

Posted in Politics @ 02 June 2001 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Dolar, dolar, dolar !!! - I can imagine very well, the shouting of traders in Rupiah and 'Dolar Amerika Serikat', the US Greenback. Not in the JSX, where 16 people got killed last year, but just in the streets, at markets downtown Jakarta and far outside. People who can afford to buy foreign money actually will, those who cant, are already too late. The Rupiah tipped 11,500 to the US$ before BI(1 intervened, and two days after we are seeing levels around and just below the 10,000 mark. That's still dramatically below levels that were targeted by the Indonesian government for the economical year 2001, which lasts to 31 december 2001.

Posted in Politics @ 15 March 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A story that I wrote a long time ago, but I never finished. Right now I finished it, and the texts that dates back from August 2000, I didn't change. Some information ( personal that is ) is already outdated, unfortunately.

Posted in Travel @ 05 March 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Back in May 1998 I wrote that ďthe departure of Suharto as President Indonesia will very probably be followed by the emergence of new political forces and the disappearance or decline of old established forces.Ē I had no inkling at that time that there would be 98 political parties trying to win the trust of the people and competing for seats at the national, provincial, and district parliaments. I also had no foreboding that the competition for seats in the executive offices would so truculent and create the culture of ďmoney politics.Ē I was also entirely unprepared for a new political game that at the end made a winner become the big loser, while a collection of losers become the winner.

Posted in Politics @ 11 December 2000 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Security guards protect footbridge near Le Meridien Anyone using the footbridge in front of the Le Meridien hotelon Jl. Sudirman in Central Jakarta will notice the presence of several security guards, each equipped with a combat knife and stick, standing by the bridge. At a glance, people might think that the guards, who wear light blue uniforms, gray berets and an armband that reads Polda Metro Jaya (Jakarta Police), are policemen. But they are actually employed by a private security company hired by thehotel management to watch the bridge.

Posted in General @ 25 September 2000 16:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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