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Hungry monkeys on the rampage on Bali The tribes of monkeys that inhabit the jungles of Nenggan in the village of Abiantuwun, Kediri in the regency of Tabanan are hungry. As a result, valuable crops are being attacked and ravaged by tens of ravenous primates.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 17 December 2011 04:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


WikiLeaks cable: U.S. believed 2007 Jakarta election 'rigged' A newly-released confidential cable from the U.S. Embassy in Indonesia shows that U.S. officials believed the historic 2007 gubernatorial election in Jakarta was rigged.

Posted in Corruption @ 05 September 2011 05:45 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 1 reaction


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


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


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


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


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


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


Many still without food and shelter after Sumatra quakes Officials on the island of Sumatra asked for patience on Saturday after telling that relief aid for the people left homeless after twin earthquakes had been handed out to people who did not need it. Many people living in remote areas away from cities have complained about upcoming food shortages after Tuesdays twin earthquakes that killed more than 70 people in the area.

Posted in Earthquake @ 11 March 2007 01:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia, Malaysia push a biofuels cartel With the world increasingly hungry for alternatives to crude oil, two Southeast Asian nations plan a way to control prices. Just at the time the administration of US President George W Bush is being urged by a group of leading US business executives and senior military officers to act decisively to break America’s dependence on oil and the EU is seeking alternative energy sources, Malaysia and Indonesia are seeking to create a an Opec-style cartel on one of the alternatives – palm oil, used for biofuels.

Posted in General @ 15 December 2006 03:42 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


The conmen of Parangtritis What should have been a nice day driving around, became a very funny little adventure. Especially about some remarks that would be made in Parangtritis. Thinking back to this in fact ridiculous fact where four people can laugh about for a long time, it's time to do some efforts to go back writing a little bit. We go back just two days. Not too early the four of us get in the rental car (license plate starting with AB, so we are just like real Yogyakartans), to drive around for the afternoon; some beach, a little bit of disaster area south of Yogyakarta and then simply back home to eat.

Posted in Culture @ 25 August 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Aid has yet to reach some in central Java Villagers pleaded for food and shelter Thursday in areas yet to be reached by foreign relief teams five days after Indonesia's devastating earthquake. Survivors searched for scraps of tin and other materials to rebuild destroyed homes. Others blocked traffic to plead for money or placed flower pots and trash cans on streets to slow traffic and beg for donations.

Posted in Earthquake @ 01 June 2006 15:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Quake survivors wait patiently for help Muddin gently tries to lift his injured two-year-old daughter from the hospital trolley she shares with her injured mother and five-year-old brother. The half-naked little girl is hot and crying. Iksanu Khoirun Nisa wants her father, but the drip in her arm -- held in place by a piece of cardboard and bandage -- and her splinted leg makes it difficult, so instead he fans her with an old box.

Posted in Earthquake @ 30 May 2006 17:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Hopes wane for Java quake survivors Rescuers said Tuesday that hopes were waning of finding more survivors from a devastating earthquake that killed more than 5,400 people in central Indonesia. The bleak assessment from the head of Malyasia's rescue team came as homeless survivors living in rice fields and makeshift shacks begged for food and water.

Posted in Earthquake @ 30 May 2006 06:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


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


Tsunami victims hunt food, flood hospital The hungry scavenged for food and water and the wounded flooded hospitals in Indonesia's Aceh yesterday, as a global relief effort staggered to help survivors of the tsunami catastrophe. US Secretary of State Colin Powell, who took a helicopter tour over Aceh's ruined provincial capital, said he has never seen anything like it. "I have been in war and I have been through a number of hurricanes, tornados and other relief operations, but I have never seen anything like this," he told reporters afterward.

Posted in Earthquake @ 06 January 2005 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Reaction to U.S. aid in Indonesia mixed In the world's most populous Muslim nation, not everyone is entirely happy to see Americans in helicopters handing out food and water to the hungry victims of last week's tsunami. Though Secretary of State Colin Powell on Tuesday expressed hope that the sight of U.S. soldiers passing out aid would help ease anti-American sentiment in the Muslim world, many Muslims say they cannot ignore that the same U.S. military that invaded Iraq and Afghanistan is now engaged in its largest operation in South Asia since the Vietnam War.

Posted in Earthquake @ 05 January 2005 00:02 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 @ 04 April 2004 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 that’s not exactly what I did. I was driving around on my motorbike with Cabe, and that’s 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 o’clock, 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


Fuel protests grow Indonesians have held a third day of protests around the country against rises in fuel and utility charges, as students, labour and political groups called for bigger protests on Thursday. Hundreds of students in Palu, Central Sulawesi province, burnt portraits of President Megawati Sukarnoputri and Vice President Hamzah Haz, the Detikcom online news service reported.

Posted in Protests @ 09 January 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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