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Jakarta Police personnel secure churches for Christmas The Jakarta Metropolitan Police Command has stationed thousands of personnel to secure Christmas Eve service in churches on Wednesday.

Posted in General @ 24 December 2014 19:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


'Indonesia should scrap fuel subsidy' A number of business associations have called on the government to entirely scrap the fuel subsidy, instead of limiting consumption of subsidized fuel types in certain areas, in a bid to avoid a swell in state spending.

Posted in Economy @ 07 August 2014 09:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


President-elect Jokowi gains international recognition The newly elected Indonesian President Joko Widodo, better known as Jokowi, has gained international recognition with congratulatory messages trickling in from leaders across the globe.

Posted in Elections @ 24 July 2014 18:59 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jokowi to embrace all national elements Presidential candidate Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and his running mate Jusuf Kalla would embrace all elements in the country if they won the recent election, success team spokesman Hasto Kristiyanto said here, Saturday.

Posted in Elections @ 19 July 2014 18:27 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


TV station slammed for reporting Jokowi is a communist The Jokowi-JK campaign has criticized a private television station for reporting that Jokowi is a communist. "The report is tendentious and unethical," the campaigns spokesman Hasto Kristiyanto said in a press statement received here on Thursday.

Posted in Elections @ 03 July 2014 23:27 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Boat capsizes in Papua, 28 missing Twenty-eight inhabitants of Mamberamo Raya district, Papua province, went missing when their boat capsized after being hit by big waves. Their boat was hit by waves on the way home from Serui, Senior Commissioner Pudjo, a spokesman of the Papua police, stated here on Friday.

Posted in Accidents @ 11 April 2014 20:25 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


TNI commander warns against disrupting stability Defense Forces (TNI) Commander General Moeldoko warned here on Monday against disrupting national stability during the general elections this year, citing the consequences.

Posted in Military @ 24 March 2014 16:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President calls for heavier punishment for arsonists President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has called for heavier punishment for those who deliberately lit fires in forest, plantation and peat-soil areas. "The president has emphasized the importance of strict and indiscriminate legal enforcement. Light punishment for forest arson must be evaluated," the president tweeted on his account @SBYudhoyono on Monday.

Posted in Forest fires @ 17 March 2014 12:06 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Global Fund to hold meeting in Jakarta The Global Fund plans to hold its 31st meeting in Jakarta, on March 6-7, to further discuss its strategies and funding commitment towards fighting AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria in the world.

Posted in Health @ 28 February 2014 22:39 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Expert reminds Indonesia of Indian Ocean future prospects An international sea law expert has emphasized the importance of Indian Ocean as Indonesia's future economic and political prospects in view of its natural resources.

Posted in Economy @ 27 February 2014 23:43 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


TNI secures lava canal of Mount Kelud The Indonesian Military (TNI) soldiers have beefed up security arrangements around the lava canal of Mount Kelud in the Kediri District, East Java province, as it can be dangerous to the residents.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 18 February 2014 20:41 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President Yudhoyono sees bright future for Indonesia batik President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono predicts a bright future for the Indonesian batik, given the huge numbers of the middle class population and the nations batik-loving life style.

Posted in Culture @ 05 February 2014 21:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Northern main road Java blocked by floodwaters The northern coastal road from Jakarta to Surabaya, popularly known as Pantura, has been completely blocked by floodwaters in Pamanukan in the district of Subang. The fly-over in the heart of Pamanukan has been flooded on both sides and is submerged in about one meter of water. This main road is economically very important for transport over land.

Posted in Flooding @ 19 January 2014 07:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian, Australian foreign ministers hold meeting Indonesian Foreign Affairs Minister Marty Natalegawa meets with his visiting Australian counterpart Julie Bishop, here on Thursday at noon, to discuss ways to repair relations between both countries amidst spying allegations. The on going closed-door meeting is at the Indonesian Foreign Affairs Ministry office building.

Posted in Politics @ 05 December 2013 14:50 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Singer Agnes Monica becomes Blueberry owner Popular Indonesian singer Agnes Monica, or popularly known as Agnez Monica, has now become one of majority shareholders in Blueberry smartphones manufacturer PT Ninetology Indonesia.

Posted in Economy @ 30 October 2013 05:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono expresses shock at arrest of chief justice President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said he was shocked and deeply concerned upon hearing the arrest of the Constitutional Court`s Chief Justice Akil Mochtar by an anti-graft agency on Wednesday night.

Posted in Politics @ 03 October 2013 14:38 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President leads coalition meeting over draft of state budget President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono chaired a closed-door meeting with leaders of government coalition parties on Tuesday night to discuss recent economic developments as part of efforts to save the draft revision of the 2013 state budget.

Posted in Politics @ 12 June 2013 11:40 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Chopper crashes during training at army air base Indonesian military training helicopter Huges 300C crashed during a training at the Army air base at Ahmad Yani Airport here on Tuesday. Major Toni Safrudin, the chief of the Ahmad Yani Army Air Base Security Section said that the accident occurred at around 08.30 am (GMT +7) and there were no casualties.

Posted in Accidents @ 11 June 2013 15:28 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


PKS says corruption case due to zionist conspiracy The statement of high party members of the Islamic PKS party that a zionist conspiracy was created against the party which it caused to be involved in a huge corruption scandal has been made without any evidence backing it up. "It's just pure speculation, there is no evidence at all," said Habiburohkman, of the Union of Spokespersons.

Posted in Corruption @ 03 February 2013 09:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali governor: 'Lindsay's death sentence fair' Bali governor Made Mangku Pastika said the death sentence for British national Lindsay June Sandiford was fair. "We must honor the court`s ruling. They must have calculated consequences in narcotic crimes," he said here on Wednesday.

Posted in Drugs @ 23 January 2013 17:48 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Leading environmentalist attacked on Bali The Bali police have established a special task force to investigate a brutal physical attack suffered by Gendo Suardana, a leading environmental activist in Bali that occurred on Monday, November 5, 2012.

Posted in Crime @ 17 November 2012 05:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia`s military spending at 0.7 pct of GDP Indonesia`s military spending is still very small recorded at only 0.7 percent of its gross domestic product or far below that of other countries in the world, Vice President Boediono said.

Posted in Military @ 07 November 2012 16:25 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Batavia Air flirts with AirAsia and fails Earlier in July this year, Batavia Air and AirAsia announced that Indonesia AirAsia would obtain an almost 80 percent share in Batavia Air. This lead to questions from the government as foreign companies are not allowed to own majority stakes in Indonesian companies. While this construction via an Indonesian investor are fully legal, it was an undesirable situation.

Posted in Travel @ 31 October 2012 04:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Suspects in east flood canal project not yet named The Jakarta higher prosecutor office has not yet named any suspects in the alleged marked-up funds for the construction of East Jakarta`s Flood Canal (BKT) project.

Posted in Corruption @ 30 October 2012 14:35 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Nine Al-Qaeda Indonesia members detained Police have formally detained nine Al-Qaeda Indonesia members for their alleged involvement in terrorist activities across the country.

Posted in Terrorism @ 01 October 2012 21:05 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Billionaire Liem Sioe Liong passes away Billionaire Indonesian Chinese Liem Sioe Liong passed away at the age of 95 in Singapore on Sunday evening, senior Liason Officer PT Bintan Inti Industrial Estate, Jamin Hidayat, confirmed.

Posted in General @ 10 June 2012 17:54 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


All civil servants to be required to report wealth Administrative Reform Minister Azwar Abubakar said all civil servants would be required to report their wealth to anticipate the recurrence of cases of civil servants having huge bank accounts.

Posted in Politics @ 01 March 2012 12:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia finds agreement over minimum wage for Bekasi The government has found a settlement over the dispute on minimum wage for Bekasi district that has caused a huge demonstration and blockade of a key toll road to and from Jakarta recently.

Posted in Economy @ 29 January 2012 01:22 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Pondok Pesantren Laki-laki As-Sodomiyah Last week it made some headlines, but I didn't have the time to get back to it right away. Well, that should be special new then, right? Unfortunately it doesn't seem to be that special. Hardly any attention was given to it in Indonesia, at least not of the stone-throwing and firebombing kind of attention that we should expect with this kind of news.

Posted in Religion @ 24 January 2012 07:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's halal food exports increasing Export of halal Indonesian food commodities to many Muslim and non-Muslim countries such as Japan, China and Singapore has increased. According to Trade Ministry data, halal Indonesian food exports to Japan was up 25 percent, to China and Singapore 23 percent higher.

Posted in Religion @ 18 January 2012 00:52 CET by Blog Bot · 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


Yudhoyono asked G20  not to forget initial goal At the recent G20 summit in France, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono had told world leaders not forget the initial goal of the group`s formation despite the current economic crisis in the Euro zone.

Posted in Politics @ 05 November 2011 14:45 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK: Rp 152 trillion in state funds restored The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) confirmed that since 2003 it had managed to recover up to Rp 152 trillion (US$17 billion) in state funds from foreign companies in the oil and gas sector.

Posted in Corruption @ 05 November 2011 00:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jasa Marga to construct first Bali toll road PT Jasa Marga has plans to construct the first toll road on the island of Bali. This toll road, with a planned length of 11 kilometers, will partially be constructed above the sea to ease traffic in the area between Denpasar and Nusa Dua.

Posted in Economy @ 05 November 2011 00:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta's recreational parks ready for waves of visitors Three of Jakarta`s favorite recreational centers - Ragunan Zoo, Beautiful Indonesia in Miniature Park (TMII), and Jaya Ancol Dreamland - are ready to admit huge numbers of visitors during this year`s Lebaran holidays.

Posted in Tourism @ 27 August 2011 05:41 CET by Jeroen · 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


Indonesia to prioritize geothermal energy development The government of Indonesia on Thursday said it is prioritizing the use and development of geothermal energy due to its 'huge potential,' according to Indonesia's Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT).

Posted in Power supply @ 06 May 2011 00:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Construction of Jakarta light rail to kick off soon? Where most metropolis in the world - inclusive of those in virtually all third-world-countries - already are 'equipped' with at least one form of mass rapid transit, Indonesia has do do it the railroad tracks that were laid down during the Dutch colonial period and buses that were put on the road for the first time when Suharto just became president.

Posted in Economy @ 27 March 2011 07:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The TransJakarta busway as a good example Earlier I wrote about the TransJakarta busway as a bad example of how things should be taken care of if implementing public transport. But this system does not only have negative sides of course, so TransJakarta also deserves a more positive piece of writing if you ask me.

Posted in Travel @ 26 March 2011 04:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


More commuter trains for travelers in Greater Jakarta Seen the ever increasing number of passengers on the KRL commuter trains in Greater Jakarta, the state-owned company running the trains, PT KAI Commuter Jabodetabek, will increase the number of trains as soon as possible. As early as next year, more trains will be running on the routes operated by the KRL commuter trains.

Posted in General @ 31 January 2011 06:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


India to invest $12 billion in Indonesia India is planning to invest around $12 billion in Indonesia as the country's President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is set for his three-day visit to India, the Jakarta Globe reported on Sunday.

Posted in Economy @ 24 January 2011 04:04 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


The TransJakarta Busway as wrong example With currently at least a dozen routes throughout many parts of Jakarta it is possible to travel around the city for just 3,500 Rupiah per person. It doesn't even matter how many transfers you make. The oldest routes have their own lanes through dense traffic conditions in many parts of the city, but elsewhere the big buses have to compete with a few million other road users.

Posted in Travel @ 12 December 2010 12:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


More hot ash clouds as Mount Merapi seems to cool down The Mount Merapi volcano is currently showing signs of cooling down somewhat, especially compared to the deadly eruption it caused one week ago. During that eruption, huge amounts of ash were exhausted and almost 200 people died. The volcano is still very active however, and is also still exhausting hot ash clouds.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 12 November 2010 11:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


To Yogyakarta with a little detour With two tickets Batam-Jakarta-Yogyakarta we made an effort to get to our final destination of the day quite early in the morning today. When I checked the news enjoying a fresh cup of coffee I found out that the airport of Yogyakarta was still closed and that this was likely to stay this way for some time to come. So no direct flight to Yogyakarta today.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 06 November 2010 16:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia claws its way to economic superpower status Indonesia is one of the "rising stars" of emerging Asia and some economists believe this vast nation will one day become a regional superpower, behind only China and India, as global economic activity increasingly shifts towards east Asia, away from the faltering developed nations of the west and Japan.

Posted in Economy @ 03 October 2010 03:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indictment: 'Ex-tax officer amassed Rp 885 billion' Former senior tax officer Bahasyim Assifie went on trial on Thursday in connection with a multimillion dollar money laundering case between 2004 and 2010. In their indictment read out at the South Jakarta District Court, state prosecutors said Bahasyim, former chief of the Jakarta tax office for Koja and Palmerah areas, had amassed a whopping Rp 885.15 billion (73 million euro).

Posted in Corruption @ 01 October 2010 01:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Threat of break out of Sidoarjo mud flow Once again the mud from one of the large basins around the mud volcano near Sidoarjo in East Java province threatens to break out. One of the temporary dams, which have been in place for many years now, is leaking mud which can eventually lead to a burst of the dam and flooding of the nearby railroad and main road.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 08 August 2010 04:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt: 'No price hikes in airline sector during Lebaran' The government has confirmed that prices of airline tickets during the Lebaran period - the end of the month of fasting Ramadan - will not be increased. "There will be no hike," said the head of the Air Transport department of the Ministry of Transport, Herry Bhakti. He said this after he was asked about possible price hikes during this busy travel period.

Posted in Travel @ 28 July 2010 08:33 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


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


Road near Sidoarjo mud flow to be raised The main thoroughfare in Porong, closed several times already because of mud from the mud volcano nearby, will be raised with some 80 centimeters to avoid future problems with mud flowing onto the road. A stretch of road with a length of one kilometer will be raised as soon as possible.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 07 May 2010 03:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


At least 120 new species of plants and animals discovered At least 120 new species of plants and animals have been discovered in the tropical rain forests of Borneo in the last three years. Several of the remarkable findings were done by Dutch. Evolutionbiologist Menno Schilthuizen and his Malaysian student Liew Thor-Seng found a new kind of snail with a tail that is three times as long as his head for example.

Posted in Environment @ 23 April 2010 02:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali tourism will suffer from higher alcohol taxes BisnisBali reports that high taxes in the form of customs and excise tax applied on imported alcohol are a great concern for Bali business people. Threatened tax increases of as much as 300 percent have the potential of damaging Bali tourism where the consumption of alcoholic beverages is an important part of a holiday visitors experience.

Posted in Tourism @ 11 April 2010 03:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


Lion Air is going to move at Jakarta airport Lion Air has decided that they want to move to terminal 1C with their operational activities before the end of the year. This should eventually lead to more clarity among travelers and cost-savings as well. The last airline that occupied terminal 1C was AirAsia, which has since moved to the new terminal 3 building at the airport.

Posted in Travel @ 03 April 2010 02:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia wants to be large producer of crops Following Brazil's trail, Indonesia is encouraging foreign and local investors to lease huge swathes of fertile countryside and help make the country a major food producer. "Feed Indonesia, then feed the world," was the recent call from President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono after the government announced plans to fast-track development of vast agricultural estates in remote areas like Papua and Borneo.

Posted in Economy @ 22 February 2010 04:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's tourism - a National tragedy Anak Agung Gde Agung is one of Indonesia's most distinguished and well-informed senior statesmen. He is a graduate of Harvard and Leiden universities. He as attended the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in the United States and served as social services minister during the administration of President Abdurrahman Wahid.

Posted in Tourism @ 02 February 2010 01:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


MUI: Muslems should not watch '2012' A chapter of the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI), the highest Muslim authority, called on all Muslims Monday to not watch 2012, saying that the Hollywood movie was misleading and against Islamic belief. Produced by Sony Pictures, Roland Emmerich's 2012 is a new movie about the Mayan doomsday starring John Cusack.

Posted in Religion @ 17 November 2009 03:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Flood submerges hundreds of homes in Medan A huge flood has submerged hundreds of houses and public facilities in some parts of Medan, North Sumatra, as of Thursday afternoon. Students of the elementary school in Sei Mati village were forced to leave the school while some employees did not go to work.

Posted in Flooding @ 05 November 2009 15:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sancaka train derails near Nganjuk The Sancaka train on route from Surabaya to Yogyakarta derailed near the village of Awar-Awar, Wilingan, in the regency of Nganjuk in East Java last evening. The cause of the derailment is not known yet. The train left from Surabaya at 17:00 local time, and should arrive in Yogyakarta around 23:00. Many people on several stations were stranded because of the derailment.

Posted in Accidents @ 01 November 2009 00:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Being gay in Aceh now punishable by sharia law In another huge step backwards, the regional government of Aceh, in the northern tip of Sumatra, has accepted the new - far more strict - Islamic laws. The ones now in place just tell people how to dress and obliges Muslems to pray, but the laws now accepted include a prison term of eight years for just being gay and being stoned to death if you decided to have sex with someone else then your spouse.

Posted in Religion @ 14 September 2009 13:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


15 dead in quake; reports from huge damage area The 7.3 magnitude earthquake that shook big parts of western Indonesia has caused widespread damage in big parts of western Java. At least 15 people were killed in the quake in various locations hit by the earthquake. Priyadi Kardono, the head of the National Disaster Management Agency, said 15 people were dead in several locations. Earlier, Priyadi said six died in Cianjur alone because of a landslide that was triggered by the massive earthquake.

Posted in Earthquake @ 02 September 2009 14:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The changing face of Bali n article below was originally published in The Jakarta Post on Tuesday, August 4, 2009. Written by Balinese Ketut Kartika Inggas, it underlines impact the tourism industry is having on the island's culture and traditional life style. Inggas is an alumnae of University of East Anglia, England (MA in Development Studies), curently working in Bangkok:

Posted in Culture @ 26 August 2009 05:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Air Asia passengers take employee hostage over delay A full planeload of passengers - about 180 of them - which should have been flying with Air Asia from Medan to Jakarta last night, were faced with large delays at the airport of Polonia near Medan yesterday evening. The huge delay of flight number QZ 7497 caused a number of passengers to get very angry. Eventually one staff member of the airline was taken hostage. All the passengers wanted was an explanation about the delay from the airline.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 10 August 2009 06:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Indonesia healthcare system failing millions Indonesia's health system is failing to provide even the most basic care to vast swathes of the population, say specialists. Many who cannot afford doctors' fees often receive no treatment at all, while the wealthy fly abroad for a check-up. The system is plagued by under-funding, decentralization, lack of qualified staff, rising medical costs and outdated medical equipment, say insiders.

Posted in Health @ 07 August 2009 06:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


12 hours per day without power nothing special as well Earlier today there was a blog item about the fact that some 7.500 villages all over Indonesia's most remote islands did not have power supply from the state power company PLN. But it can be much worse than that. In the civilized world that we call Riau, in Southern Sumatra at just a stones' throw away from the Indonesian capital Jakarta, they do have power lines, but no power.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 16 July 2009 11:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Hundreds of shops burned down at Cibatu traditional market As much as 220 shops at the Pasar Cibatu traditional market in Cibatu, Garut district, and six houses of residents nearby were lost as the result of a huge fire last evening. The fire started just before six o'clock in the evening. There were no injuries in this accident, but the damage runs into the billions of Rupiah's. Based on information at the scene, the fire started in one of the shops which was next to a local health care center.

Posted in Accidents @ 26 June 2009 02:23 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


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, 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


Bali marks New Year's Day of Silence Residents and tourists on the popular Indonesian resort island of Bali on Thursday celebrated the annual Day of Silence, a Hindu New Year observance during which the island shuts down and people are banned from the streets. The New Year, called Nyepi, is one of the most important religious events for Balinese Hindus, and this year, they welcomed the Saka New Year of 1931.

Posted in Religion @ 26 March 2009 03:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's central bank slashes interest rate by 50 basis points The Indonesian central bank on Wednesday cut its benchmark interest rate by a half percentage point to 7.75 percent to boost economic growth and reduce unemployment, the bank said in a statement. Easing inflation and the fall of overseas sales have triggered governor Boediono and his seven colleagues to reduce the rate, which is more than the expected 25 basis points.

Posted in Economy @ 05 March 2009 09:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bird flu; situation in Indonesia, update 32 Four people have been confirmed dead by avian influenza in Indonesia since January this year, head of the national bird flu commission Bayu Krisnamurthi said on Tuesday. "Four deaths by bird flu have been confirmed in January and February," Krisnamurthi told. The deaths have brought the total fatality by the virus to 117 out of 143 infected people.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 04 March 2009 11:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia opens tsunami museum in Aceh Indonesia has opened a tsunami museum in Aceh province to remember the severity impact of the catastrophe in 2004 that killed more than 230,000 people in Asia and most of them in the province. The museum displays pictures of victims and the huge damage in coastal areas of the province in northern tip of Sumatra island when a tsunami triggered by a strong earthquake devastated the area on Dec. 24 2004.

Posted in General @ 02 March 2009 11:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Shipwreck in near Aceh leaves three dead, 18 missing A boat sank in Aceh, western Indonesia, on Wednesday night due to bad weather and high waves, the Jakarta Post reported on Friday. The ill-fated boat was carrying about 45 people including some illegal migrant workers when it left Penang on Sunday. Its engine broke only two hours before reaching Aceh and later sank in waters off the coast of Peureulak, East Aceh at about 9:30 p.m. local time.

Posted in Accidents @ 17 January 2009 03:32 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


Central bank cuts rate by 50 basis point to 8.75% The Indonesian central bank Wednesday slashed its benchmark interest rate by 50 basis points to 8.75 percent following the good outlook of inflation to spur growth, according to a statement by the bank. The 50 basis point cut is in line with the recent demand from the government and business sector, as the country has decided to rely much on the huge domestic market following the fall of demand of its products in overseas.

Posted in Economy @ 08 January 2009 03:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The bus trip from Surabaya to Malang Sitting in a bus is not something that I do with the greatest love. However every once in a while I will still do something that I don't want to do every single day. After the flight from Yogyakarta to Surabaya in the early morning, I didn't reach my final destination for the day - by far. But fortunately I had already taken that into account when I booked the ticket. At that time I decided to use only public transport to find my way to Malang, which was my final destination for the day.

Posted in Travel @ 23 December 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tiny primate rediscovered on Sulawesi The tiny Furby-like pygmy tarsier, presumed to be extinct, was found during a recent expedition to Indonesia. And the cuddly, huge-eyed nocturnal critter is the very definition of cute. "They always look like they have a perpetual smile on their face, which adds to the attraction," says physical anthropologist Sharon Gursky-Doyen, who found the presumed lost species.

Posted in Environment @ 19 November 2008 02:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Twenty-five feared dead in sandslide in Sulawesi At least 25 sand miners were feared dead in a sandslide Thursday in Sulawesi Island, eastern Indonesia, said Indonesia's Health Ministry. Head of crisis center of the ministry Rustam Pakaya said the accident occurred when the miners were collecting sand in a local sand mine. "A huge amount of sand came down and buried the 25 people yesterday afternoon," he told.

Posted in Accidents @ 30 October 2008 04:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Greenpeace ship 'Esperanza' to visit Indonesia Greenpeace ship Esperanza (Spanish for "hope") will be kicking off the Indonesian leg of its "Forests for Climate' tour from 6th October to 15th November 2008. The ship arrives in in Jayapura, Papua on 6th November to shine the spotlight on what is seen as the last frontier of intact ancient forest in Indonesia.

Posted in Environment @ 26 September 2008 04:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Daydreaming about a toll road over Java The road between Yogyakarta and Malang consists mainly of a reasonably maintained two lane road. That is what they call jalan raya ('big road') here, but it's not that big after all. The two most widely used roads for traveling from west to east and the other way around on the island is one road that is virtually on the beach, the Pesisir. The second is a road that runs through the Javanese heartland and brings you to Bandung, Yogyakarta, Surakarta (popularly known as Solo), Madiun and Malang. The road from Yogyakarta to Malang is some 375 kilometers - not in a direct line of course - and has different levels of maintenance in different areas. The road in nice condition in the province of Yogyakarta are in sharp contrast with the bad situation near Madiun.

Posted in General @ 19 August 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Most likely more flights between Singapore and Bali The government says it will add 350,00 seats each year on the air segment between Singapore and Bali in order to meet growing demand and sustain ambitious official tourism targets.

Posted in Tourism @ 20 April 2008 03:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Huge fire rips through West Jakarta neighborhood A huge fire broke out early this morning in Siapang Street, Pasar Boncos area in West Jakarta. The fire broke out around half past one in the morning and originated in a trash bin at a residence. The fire soon spread through the neighborhood since the hot weather helped spread the the fire. At the end hundreds of houses in three areas were completely destroyed.

Posted in Accidents @ 04 April 2008 10:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Batavia Air plane on route Jakarta-Jambi delayed for eight hours Passengers of a Batavia Air flight from Jakarta to Jambi have waited more than eight hours for their departure, before the plane eventually left at 21:15 local time. Earlier, the passengers protested against their huge delay. They beseiged another Batavia Air plane which was scheduled for departure to Denpasar.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 28 March 2008 03:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


TransJakarta bus system to get more buses To increase the frequency of buses in the TransJakarta bus system, the city government has promised to add more buses to th system. This will be arranged by Jakarta governor Fauzi Bowo. At this moment, the TransJakarta bus system operator has 329 buses in it's fleet. The buses are used on seven corridors. Most routes now are overcrowded during operational hours, forcing people to be on overcrowded buses or to wait long for an empty bus to show up.

Posted in General @ 09 March 2008 12:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Thousands of hungry passengers stuck at Jakarta airtport Some 4.000 passengers are still waiting to be transported at the Soekarno-Hatta international airport west of Jakarta. They have arrived since last morning and most of them are transit passengers. Unfortunately there is no information whatsoever about their departure yet. Nothing is sure at the moment. "The strange thing is that the employees of the airlines and airport have already gone. Where did they all go?" is what Prasetyo asks himself.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 03 February 2008 02:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Bird flu; situation in Indonesia, update 21 A 30-year-old man from Tangerang near Jakarta died of avian influenza on Thursday, putting the total fatalities to 98 out of 120 contracted people in the country, Indonesian health ministry said here. The man had been treated in a bird flu designed hospital of Persahabatan in east Jakarta since Jan. 18, an official of anti-bird-flu center of the ministry Suharda Ningrum said. All his laboratory tests was positive on Tuesday.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 24 January 2008 02:36 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


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


Between volcanoes There are those period in which the normal life gets a little bit more exciting. It is mainly the many volcanoes which show off at the most strange times and can cause the most strange events. In the middle of 2006 it was the Mount Merapi volcano which caused people to flee it's slopes with an outflow of lava and some lahar (hot or cold mud flows with volcanic rocks), right now I am virtually half way between the Mount Anak Krakatau in the Sunda Strait and the Mount Kelud volcano in eastern Java.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 08 November 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia migrant workers bring in big bucks Migrant workers from Indonesia continue to make a huge contribution to the country's economy because the remittances they make. During the second quarter of 2007, these workers overseas send home some 1.1 billion euro. This is 5.4 percent more than the same period last year, according to data from Bank Indonesia. The central bank estimated that the figure for the full year will reach about 3.5 billion euro.

Posted in Economy @ 21 October 2007 06:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Fire guts over 500 houses in Jakarta's Kalibaru district A huge city fire on Monday has destroyed some 532 houses in the Jakarta district of Kalibaru. There were no fatal victims in the fire, according to Antara news agency. The people who lost their homes took refuge in schools and mosques in the area.

Posted in Accidents @ 16 October 2007 02:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Worrying signs from Mount Kelut The Mount Kelut volcano in East Java, which was put on the second-highest alert level last month, shows several alarming signs all indicating that it is about to erupt, said a top volcano expert in Indonesia. "I'm scared about Kelut," said Surono, head of the Center for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation in Bandung. "Kelut is now on the point of no return."

Posted in Volcanoes @ 14 October 2007 09:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesians to celebrate end of Ramadan, start cramming bus and train stations Indonesia has begun its yearly returning mass exodus on Sunday when millions of people leave the big cities to return to their home villages to celebrate the end of the Islamis holy month of Ramadan. Tens of thousands have started crowding bus and train stations in the big cities a mere six days before 'Idul Fitri' (Eid al-Fitr) to beat the mass exodus later in the week when buses, cars and motorcycles create massive traffic jams on roads in many parts of the world's most populous Muslim nation.

Posted in Ramadan @ 07 October 2007 16:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's big earthquake 'on it's way' A team of international earthquake specialists says that Indonesia is currently facing another potential 'giant' earthquake in the near future. The scientists, among them a team from the California Institute of Technology, says that the three major earthquakes that struck off western Sumatra last week, have actually increased the chances of a renewed major disaster.

Posted in Earthquake @ 19 September 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Indonesia investments up 123 percent for year to date Domestic and foreign direct investment (FDI) in Indonesia has risen with 123 percent in the first eight months of the year compared to the same period last year and reached 11.70 billion U.S. dollars, according to a government body. The National Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) said that actual FDI in the period from January to August rose 107 percent from last year to 8.13 billion U.S. dollars, while domestic investments grew with 172 percent to 3.57 billion U.S. dollars.

Posted in Economy @ 08 September 2007 02:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Karangetang volcano erupts again today The Karangetang volcano in eastern Indonesia spewed hot lava and clouds of ash high into the atmosphere early on Monday according to a volcanologist. The eruption came just hours after hundreds of residents living on the slopes were evacuated. There are no reports of injuries or damage according to Yudi Satipang, a volcanologist who has been monitoring the Karangetang volcano on the island of Siau since it was placed on high alert last weekend.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 20 August 2007 16:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tourists are back again Sometimes you have those days that you want to enjoy the evening after a day of traveling around. This enjoying will work perfectly having a cold beer and some company. Earlier that day I had enjoyed the celebrations of Independence Day in and around Yogyakarta and after that I headed for Jalan Malioboro to do some shopping. That has to be done as well, and to combine it with something good, I decided to look for a place in one of the many bars or restaurants in the first small street off Jalan Malioboro, Jalan Sosrowijayan.

Posted in Tourism @ 20 August 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


'Tectonic earthquake not directly related to volcanoes' The huge earthquake that took place around midnight local time in Western Java has been felt in big parts of Java island, the southern part of Sumatra and event the resort island of Bali. Residents of the central Javanese town of Magelang fled from their houses, expecting to see an erupting Merapi volcano. That volcano however, like all others, are still in the same condition as before the large earthquake.

Posted in Earthquake @ 08 August 2007 20:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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