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House approves Budi Gunawan as police chief The House of Representatives (DPR) plenary session here Thursday approved Commissioner General Budi Gunawan as the Indonesian Police Chief to replace General Sutarman after the House leaders met with heads of all factions.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 15 January 2015 14:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bogowonto train derailed after collision with truck An economy class train, the Bogowonto en route from Jakarta to Yogyakarta, derailed last evening after a collision with a truck on a railroad crossing in Ciledug, near the city of Cirebon in West Java.

Posted in Accidents @ 05 May 2014 07:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tangerang mayor: 'My wealth comes from God' South Tangerang Mayor Airin Rachmi Diany remained philosophical on Wednesday after digesting the news that her husband, Tubagus “Wawan” Chaeri Wardana, would be charged with money laundering over his alleged involvement in a crooked medical equipment procurement scheme. “One’s job, wealth and challenges all come from Allah and belong to Allah,” she said.

Posted in Corruption @ 16 January 2014 03:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Free tourist bus tours for Jakarta visitors The Jakarta Tourism Agency welcomed the arrival of five double-decker tour buses Monday night as the capital, long listed as a sight best left unseen on a visit to Indonesia, began an aggressive push to double the number of foreign tourists visiting the city.

Posted in Tourism @ 15 January 2014 06:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jockey 3-in-1 as sex-service in Jakarta For those who have been in Jakarta, they will most likely remember the never ending traffic jams and possibly also the zones that need some carpooling for private cars during busy hours. Knowing Indonesia, there is a solution for this, they care called jockey.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 25 December 2013 07:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mayor of South Tangerang next in line for KPK investigation The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has launched an investigation into alleged corruption in the administration of South Tangerang Mayor Airin Rachmi Diani, the sister in-law of the controversial Banten Governor, Ratu Atut Chosiyah.

Posted in Corruption @ 23 October 2013 10:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Former police general Djoko Susilo gets a decade in jail The former chief of Traffic Police Corps, Inspector General Djoko Susilo, was sentenced to 10 years in jail and fined Rp500 million for corruption linked to a driving simulator project.

Posted in Corruption @ 03 September 2013 20:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


The roundabout that 'eats' cars Don't be scared, it's less mysterious than it sounds. For those that know Jakarta a little bit, Bunderan HI, the roundabout in front of Hotel Indonesia, will most likely ring a bell. The roundabout has a pond with a statue that is known as Tugu Selamat Datang, built by then president Soekarno in preparation of the 4th Asian Games in 1962.

Posted in Accidents @ 24 August 2013 04:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Lion Air plane overshoots runway and crashlands in sea A plane belonging to the Indonesian airliner Lion Air has overshot the runway and then crashlanded into the sea at the end of the runway. The accident happened around 15:00 local time today at the international airport of Bali, where the runway ends and starts almost directly at the coastline with just a few meters of space.

Posted in Accidents @ 13 April 2013 11:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Kuta beaches littered with trash Strong winds over the past week have brought an annual harvest of flotsam that washed ashore on Bali’s popular Kuta Beach. The unsavory sight of plastic, trash, trees and plastic containers has covered the entire length of the beach, requiring a continual and diligent clean-up effort be mounted by local authorities and community members.

Posted in General @ 26 January 2013 07:00 CET by Blog Bot · 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


Landslide forces Jakarta - Bogor trains to a halt Indonesian state-owned railroad company PT Kereta Api Indonesia (KAI) has announced that the commuter trains between Jakarta and Bogor will not operate for the time being after a large landslide caused the double track to sink. Trains from Jakarta will only run until Depok train station just south of Jakarta.

Posted in Accidents @ 22 November 2012 12:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jokowi discusses Ciliwung with two ministers Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo met with Minister of Public Works Djoko Kirmanto and Minister of Public Housing Djan Farid here on Wednesday to discuss normalization of river Ciliwung that passes through the capital city.

Posted in Flooding @ 14 November 2012 23:27 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


First solo-album of Mas Paul launched on iTunes On the 9th of October the first Mas Paul-album was launched on iTunes. The title of this CD is 'Tempo Baru'. the music is composed, arranged and played by Dutch composer Paul Elbers. This keyboardplayer played with RK Veulpoepers BV (www.rkveulpoepersbv.com), Fanfare van de Eeuwigdurende Bijstand and MMWOPS for traveling festival 'Boulevard of Broken Dreams'.

Posted in Culture @ 06 November 2012 02:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Human rights protest mars Indonesia’s state visit to UK A demonstration by Survival International and dozens of human rights protesters has marred the start of Indonesia’s first state visit to London in 33 years.

Posted in Protests @ 01 November 2012 01:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


House to decide subsidized fuel cut next week The House of Representatives (DPR)`s Commission VII on energy affairs will decide next week its attitude regarding the government`s plan to limit subsidized fuel oil consumption beginning on April 1, 2012.

Posted in Economy @ 17 January 2012 02:31 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Guruh Soekarnoputra to run for president Guruh Soekarnoputra, a son of Indonesia`s first president, Soekarno, marked his 59th birthday on Friday with a statement he intends to run for president in 2014.

Posted in Politics @ 16 January 2012 02:05 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Subsidized fertilizers to have color to prevent abuse Subsidized fertilizers will this year be given a pink color in an effort to prevent abuse, National Outstanding Farmers and Fishermen Association (KTNA) spokesman Winarno Thohir said here on Wednesday.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 05 January 2012 03:12 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


YPTB: Timo Sea largely destroyed after 2009 Montara oil spill Recent undersea pictures and video have shown that conditions in Indonesia's Timor Sea have deteriorated at an alarming rate, largely caused by the 2009 Montara oil spill, the Care West Timor Foundation (YPTB) said.

Posted in Elections @ 20 October 2011 22:20 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Krakatau: tremblors up to five times a minute Scientists at the observation post for the Mount Krakatau volcano in the Sunda Strait between the islands of Java and Sumatra have announced that the number of tremors in the volcano has now increased to up to four or five a minute. During Wednesday, a total of 5,000 tremors were recorded.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 06 October 2011 10:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


New Lombok airport finally opened officially Jakarta Globe reports that the beleaguered Lombok International Airport began operations at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, September 30, 2011. Long delayed for a variety of reasons ranging from funding, lack of supporting infrastructure, theft of building materials, environmental disputes and construction delays - the original opening date of March 2010 was pushed back by 1.5 years.

Posted in Travel @ 02 October 2011 11:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Found: a clean toilet in Indonesia! Yes, it's true, they have found a clean toilet in Indonesia and have awarded it a prize as well. Okay, this is the result of a survey held among a number of airports in Indonesia, but hey, you have to start somewhere. And ask yourself, do you also hate it when you have to visit a dirty airport toilet because the queue for the plane toilets was just too long just before landing?

Posted in Culture @ 28 September 2011 04:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Batam to become 'tourism portal' by 2015? Batam in the Riau Islands is set a target to become a “tourism portal” for western Indonesia in 2015, the local administration says. Batam has the potential to become a hub for tourism promotion for western Indonesian regions, Batam Mayor Ahmad Dahlan said Monday in Batam.

Posted in Tourism @ 16 August 2011 12:57 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


Long delays for Lion Air flights from Singapore It was a normal Wednesday last week and still it seemed that something was completely wrong with Lion Air. After they had received a stern warning from the Department of Transport, the came with so-called 'own' improvements, but the airline does not seem capable of letting their many flights depart on schedule.

Posted in Travel @ 31 July 2011 06:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Flying Merpati Nusantara? Are you sure? Figures from ticketindonesia.info show that the airline with the most canceled flights in their name is Merpati Nusantara. This Indonesian state-owned company, also partially owned by Garuda Indonesia, seems to have a peculiar way of conducting business; selling tickets, canceling flights and then wait for months to pay back the money paid for tickets on those canceled flight. At least it seems that way.

Posted in Travel @ 28 July 2011 14:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


Fly to the orang utans with Trigana Air Trigana Air, as a relatively small player on the Indonesian market, offers a number of increasingly popular destinations. These destinations can not be reached with large aircraft, so Trigana Air fills this gap in the market with smaller ATR planes. They are focussed on the island of Kalimantan.

Posted in Tourism @ 30 June 2011 07:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Fish kill in Lake Ranau Since early last month, fish kill is taking place in the Ranau Lake, located inside an old volcano in Lampung province in southern Sumatra. The area under the current lake is still geologically and volcanologically active, which causes the lake to change colors sometimes because of chemical processes.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 23 May 2011 02:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Murderer and corruptor Tommy Suharto starts own party Former president Suharto’s youngest son, Hutomo Mandala Putra or Tommy, is ready to declare his new political party, the National Republic Party, in June this year. Lt. Gen Edi Waluyo, a party initiator, said Friday that he and some other party initiators had already begun preparing the party’s officials in regions.

Posted in Politics @ 23 April 2011 03:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


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


Bali: trash in plain sight of foreign tourists an eyesore Bisnis Bali reports that foreign tourists visiting Bali continue to complain about the lack of cleanliness in many tourist areas of the island. Nyoman Kandia, the head of the Bali branch of the Indonesian Guide Association (HPI), recently called on the government and the public to join forces in addressing the problem of trash in Bali which has become the source of numerous complaints from foreign visitors served by the island's tourist guides.

Posted in Environment @ 27 March 2011 04:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Democrat Party lawmaker Roy Suryo kicked off plane Democratic Party lawmaker Roy Suryo was kicked off a Lion Air flight on Saturday morning for taking seats reserved for two other passengers for himself and his wife. A Lion Air passenger posted on his Twitter account @ernestprakasa that he was surprised to find his and his friend’s seats had been occupied by the couple when he boarded the plane.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 26 March 2011 09:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


'Foreign' cars target in efforts to reduce traffic on Bali The provincial government of Bali is trying to reduce traffic congestion in Bali by enforcing stricter controls on vehicles operating in Bali with police registration plates from locations outside the island. Stricter controls limiting the use of non-Bali registered vehicles would bring the double benefit of not only reducing the traffic on Bali's roads but increasing provincial tax revenues.

Posted in General @ 15 March 2011 06:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Actual ticket prices on ticketindonesia.info After several months of preparations, the website ticketindonesia.info has finally launched it's new website with actual ticket prices. Visitors of the website that are looking for tickets for domestic flights or a regional flight in Southeast Asia will now be presented real prices of tickets as well.

Posted in Travel @ 14 February 2011 11:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Thick smog over Riau because of forest fires Forest fires once again burn forests in Riau province in southern Sumatra. Almost the entire provice is now covered in a curtain of smog. The Meteorologica, Climatological and Geophysics Agency BMKG in the city of Pekanbaru has said that the most recent sattelite images show at least 50 hot spots in southern Sumatra alone.

Posted in Forest fires @ 12 February 2011 04:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Cheap food? To Yogyakarta! Since I lived in Yogyakarta for some two years - yes I do see this as a privilege because most people are not able to do it, thus missing a lot of the real atmosphere of the city, I didn't always keep in mind the fact that Yogyakarta is in fact fairly cheap in several areas of business.

Posted in Tourism @ 01 February 2011 12:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mysterious crop circle found in Yogyakarta A mysterious crop circle appeared Sunday afternoon in a small rice field in the outskirts of the Indonesian city of Yogyakarta, local media reported Monday.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 25 January 2011 04:04 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Merapi volcano victims turn to tourism to rebuild their lives The crowds of Indonesians eager to glimpse the destruction wrought by their country's most active volcano are providing business opportunities amid a tragedy. People left homeless by volcanic eruptions in Indonesia last year have turned to tourism as a form of income, charging entry fees and selling graphic DVDs to hundreds of visitors a day.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 15 January 2011 01:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Cigarettes and tobacco get warning image in Indonesia The Indonesian government is to put warning images on cigarettes and tobacco. No longer will the black text in a white box be enough to warn the people. An image will be added in the near future to point smokers at the dangers of smoking. Several countries in the region already have this kind of images printed on every pack of cigarettes.

Posted in Health @ 13 January 2011 02:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A cool and windy wet season Although this year did not really have a dry season of any kind in large parts of Indonesia, the wet season has noticeably started a while ago. The change from the dry to the wet season is hard to point out this year, but the bad weather that hits large areas of Java and elsewhere is a direct consequence of a fierce wet season.

Posted in Weather @ 19 December 2010 12:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia as new Pakistan It seems to be very common these days that after every Friday and Sunday, there are messages in the Indonesian press in which the results of the criminal intolerance of a small group of severely mentally limited people have tarnished the Indonesian state-ideology once more.

Posted in Religion @ 15 December 2010 05:28 CET by Jeroen · 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


Top terrorist Abu Tholut arrested in Kudus Indonesian police say they have arrested their most-wanted fugitive, a man believed to have an important role in terrorist activity. Abu Tholut alias Mustofa is one of Indonesia's top wanted suspects after militant figures Noordin M. Top and Dulmatin died at the hands of police last year.

Posted in Terrorism @ 10 December 2010 08:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Land tensions flare for former refugees Tensions between sharecroppers and landowners in Indonesia's western half of Timor island over limited cultivable land have led to outbreaks of violence that threaten to escalate, say local officials.

Posted in Economy @ 10 December 2010 02:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Activity Mount Merapi volcano decreasing The head of the Geological Agency, R. Sukhyar, has said that the amount of energy stored in the Mount Merapi volcano since the eruptions that took place from 3 to 8 November, is about equal to the amount of energy it stored after the first large eruption on October 26. This is one of the reasons that the danger zones of the volcano have been reset earlier today.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 14 November 2010 10:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The naughty hand of minister-idiot Tifatul Sembiring Once more, the biggest munafik created a buzz around his very own pathetic little person as Minister of Information of the Indonesian Republic, Tifatul Sembiring. How he did it this time? Well, it's quite simple; as self-proclaimed 'good muslem' - member of the radical Islamic PKS party that has an hidden agenda of founding an Islamic state in Indonesia and Southeast Asia - he shook the hand of a female person that was not his own wife.

Posted in Religion @ 10 November 2010 12:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The breathtaking view and sound of a pyroclastic cloud Two days ago, also soon after our breakfast, we got on our motorcycle to make the trip towards Klaten. Since all roads directly north of Yogyakarta were sealed off, and Cangkringan was one of the worst-hit areas, I wanted to go east as far as possible before driving back to the Mount Merapi volcano again. There were relatively little problems in that area, which was also easy to reach.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 10 November 2010 05:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Muntilan turned into disaster zone Yesterday, after a night of rest without too much new activity of the Mount Merapi volcano, we left for that area soon after breakfast to see what happened outside the city of Yogyakarta. That this was much worse than inside the city was nothing to doubt about. How bad? That is something I didn't know yet, because I had never had the chance to experience it.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 08 November 2010 10:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Difficult search for missing and dead around Mount Merapi After a heavy eruption of the Mount Merapi volcano three days ago, the search for dead and missing is still very difficult. The volcano is still very active and hot ash clouds like the one that came down the volcano's slopes three days ago are still hitting the area around the volcano every few hours which causes circumstances to be very dangerous.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 08 November 2010 07:25 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


Towards the danger? About one and a half year ago I moved out from Yogyakarta, where I stayed for three years. Those three years started two months after the destructive earthquake which was directly followed by a small eruption of the Mount Merapi volcano directly north of where I lived then - Jakal KM 5, as it is locally known best.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 05 November 2010 13:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Qantas grounds its A380 fleet after mid-air scare over Batam Qantas on Thursday said it will suspend all Airbus A380 flights after a Sydney-bound flight made a dramatic emergency landing in Singapore due to an "uncontained engine failure."

Posted in Accidents @ 05 November 2010 02:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ash rains hit Yogyakarta city after latest eruption After the most recent eruption of the Mount Merapi volcano in Central Java, the city of Yogyakarta was hit by ash rains. Houses and streets in a large part of the city are now covered in a thin layer of grayish white ash which measures several millimeters.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 30 October 2010 04:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


At least 28 killed after Mount Merapi violently erupts One of Indonesia's most active volcanoes spewed out clouds of ash and jets of searing gas on Wednesday in an eruption that has killed at least 28 people and injured 14. Authorities have been trying to evacuate more than 11,000 villagers living on the slopes of the volcano, where many houses have been destroyed, the ruins lying covered in white ash.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 27 October 2010 10:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


Three dead in riot in front of South Jakarta court The head of an investigative team of the police in South Jakarta, Nurdi Satriadji, has said that three people were killed in a riot between two groups of youngsters in the area of the South Jakarta district court at Jalan Ampera Raya in the area of Pasar Minggu. "Indeed, three people have been killed," said Nurdi at the location of the incident.

Posted in Violence @ 29 September 2010 11:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Small plane crashes at Bandung air show A Super Decathlon airplane crashed and burst into flames in front of hundreds of schoolchildren during an air show Friday in Bandung, West Java, Indonesia. The pilot was rushed to a hospital in critical condition, The Associated Press reported, quoting Asni Wati, the spokesman for the city of Bandung's international airport. No one on the ground was injured.

Posted in Accidents @ 25 September 2010 05:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Hizbut Tahrir denounces HKBP, demands Islamic state Hundreds of Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia members rallied at the Hotel Indonesia traffic circle in Central Jakarta on Thursday to support a regulation on houses of worship and implementation of sharia. “HKBP commits treason against the state,” read posters displayed by the Muslim group activists.

Posted in Religion @ 24 September 2010 03:30 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


Section of main road collapses in North Jakarta A section of Jl. R.E. Martadinata in Tanjung Priok, North Jakarta, more than 100 meters long subsided 7 meters early on Thursday morning, hampering motorists from the Ancol area getting to Tanjung Priok Port. To avoid congestion, the police deployed more officers to reroute motorists onto alternative roads, police chief Timur Pradopo said during his visit to the collapsed road.

Posted in Accidents @ 17 September 2010 10:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Villagers flee as Mount Sinabung volcano erupts again The Sinabung volcano, which lay dormant for 400 years erupted again on Friday, shooting a mushroomed-shape plume of smoke 3 km into the air and prompting the second evacuation of terrified residents. This eruption, the third this week, was three times stronger than the initial one recorded last Sunday. A second eruption followed on Monday.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 03 September 2010 08:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Sinabung volcano erupts after 400-year sleep The Sinabung volcano on the island of Sumatra erupted on Sunday for the first time in four centuries, sending smoke 1,500 meters into the air and prompting the evacuation of thousands of residents, officials said. There were no reports of casualties so far and aviation in the area was unaffected.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 29 August 2010 09:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The transformation of Kuta Beach A 5.2 hectare complex incorporating hotels, restaurants, recreational and shopping options is gradually raking shape along a 250 meter long stretch of Kuta Boulevard. Sahid Kuta Lifestyle Resort occupies the land once filled by the Sahid Raya Hotel, now demolished to make way for the existing 4-star Harris Resort Kuta-Bali and the new 200-room 5-star Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort. The two properties will be complemented by a high-end retail hub dubbed "beachwalk" featuring over 200 retail and dining outlets.

Posted in Tourism @ 21 August 2010 09:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mothers of Indonesia, prepare for jail if you don't breastfeed! Women who refuse to breastfeed their newly-born babies may face jail sentence for denying their children’s right. Article 128 of the 2009 law on health stipulates that babies have the right to six months of exclusive breast milk unless their mothers could not fulfill their obligation due to medical problems.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 11 August 2010 06:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Mystery of Bali underwater temple solved Suggestions of a mystical submarine kingdom beneath the waves of northern Bali were quickly sunk this week when official clarification surrounding a Balinese temple - called Taman Pura located along the western shore of Pemuteran Bay.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 11 August 2010 03:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Porn broadcast inside Indonesian parliament An investigation is under way in Indonesia after pornographic images were broadcast on an internal TV channel in the country's parliament. The X-rated footage was visible to staff and journalists for 15 minutes before security staff were able to turn off the stream, local media report.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 03 August 2010 03:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


New 10.000 Rupiah note is blue, has 1.000 Rupiah coin as friend Indonesia's Vice President Boediono has unveiled a new Rp 1,000 coin and a new, "bluer" Rp 10,000 banknote. The new Rp. 10,000 note will be blue in color, departing from the current red which oftentimes causes tourist visitors confusion in trying to distinguish it from the Rp. 100,000 note.

Posted in Economy @ 26 July 2010 02:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


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

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


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

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


President plants mangrove trees in Angke President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and a number of Cabinet members planted mangrove trees in the Angke ecotourism park in North Jakarta on Monday as part of efforts to rehabilitate the mangrove forest. Forestry Minister Zulkifli Hasan said his office had struck an agreement with the Jakarta administration to plant 9 million mangrove trees in the coming five years.

Posted in Environment @ 08 June 2010 04:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Singapore is just around the corner And that is something you notice when you have arrived on the island of Batam, at some 45 minutes by boat from Singapore. Jakarta is a western city already with a young population that is not that tight concerning the traditional adat in the country, but in Batam this is exaggerated even more.

Posted in Travel @ 01 June 2010 06:02 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


Repairing the road in between rainstorms The first evening and night in Pangandaran were rain-soaked. Fortunately it had become dry when the early morning had started, although the day started with a completely covered sky so the wet clothes from the night before did not dry quickly. Only when I saw the first neighbors arriving in a truck a little bit of sunshine started to break open the cloud cover.

Posted in Culture @ 20 May 2010 02:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A trip to Cagar Alam Pangandaran Still coughing from the drive home the night before I woke up quite early in the morning after being quite reluctant to get up this early. It was finally dry by now, but it kept on raining for quite some time especially for this time in May. Most people here do not complain about it though; although roads are not repaired yet the newly planted rice and such are growing rapidly in return.

Posted in Tourism @ 17 May 2010 09:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali's booming tourism numbers Foreign tourist arrivals to Bali for March 2010 increased 20.7% over the same month one year before, totaling 194,487. For the first three months of 2010 (Q1) arrivals were up 18.49% at 551,186 foreign visitors.

Posted in Tourism @ 08 May 2010 02:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Gigolo's arrested after film release At least 28 man were arrested because they would have offered themselves as gigolo on the Indonesian resort island of Bali. Female tourist would have benefited from their activities. The chief of security of Kuta Beach, one of the most popular beaches on the island, has said this Tuesday.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 28 April 2010 01:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


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


Jakarta's slums struggle with sanitation In Jakarta's northern Muara Angke coastal area, a lack of access to piped water has forced people to bathe and wash clothes using murky grey water from fish ponds. "I don't feel disgusted at all. I’ve gotten used to it," Ibu Nunung, who shells mussels for a living, told IRIN outside her house in Muara Angke Blok Empang, a slum in the area.

Posted in Health @ 17 April 2010 02:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


FPI gets to keep a grave as reward for murder He was most probably completely absent-minded when he decided that the grave of some dead descendant of Muhammad in Koja, northern Jakarta, should become a national historic monument. Jakarta governor Fauzi Bowo made this decision less than 24 hours after a bloody riot between civil police and members of the radical islamic FPI ('Front Pembela Islam', Islamic Defenders' Front) yesterday.

Posted in Religion @ 15 April 2010 12:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Passenger plane skids off runway in Indonesia A routine domestic flight almost ended in disaster on Tuesday when a jet carrying more than 100 passengers broke apart on landing in Indonesia, injuring about 20 people, officials said. The Merpati airline Boeing 737 bounced off the tarmac at Rendani domestic airport in Manokwari, West Papua.

Posted in Accidents @ 13 April 2010 10:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 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


Indonesia launches biometric verification for border control The Directorate General of Immigration at the Department of Law and Human Rights in Indonesia, locally known as imigrasi, today announced the rollout by SITA of a border control system that includes biometrics capture at 27 of the nation's air and sea ports.

Posted in General @ 08 April 2010 05:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Agriculture expansion plan under fire The Indonesian government's plan to develop a food estate in Papua has come in for heavy criticism for potentially marginalizing small farmers and threatening the environment. The government hopes the 1.6 million hectare Merauke Integrated Food and Energy Estate in Merauke District will turn Indonesia into one of the world's biggest food producers.

Posted in Environment @ 01 April 2010 16:04 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


Unilever and Nestle ban palmoil giant Sinar Mas After Unilever, Nestle also decided to ban Indonesian palmoil giant Sinar Mas as a supplier for their factories. The world's biggest food producer has done this after pressure from environmental organisations like Greenpeace, which accuse Sinar Mas of destroying the Indonesian rain forests.

Posted in Environment @ 19 March 2010 05:10 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


Cilacap regent gets nine years in jail for corruption Cilacap regent Probo Yulastoro was found guilty of corruption on Wednesday and sentenced to nine years in jail. Presiding judge Solahudin said Probo had embezzled more than Rp 20 billion (US$2.15 million) in state funds.

Posted in Corruption @ 25 February 2010 05:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sexy and Indonesian #14: Sandra Angelia We have a picture of Indonesian actress Sandra Angelia for you here. The picture was made on an evening out of Sandra some time ago.

Posted in Sexy @ 19 February 2010 04:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


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


Ongoing problems for victims of Sidoarjo mud flow Nearly 50,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Indonesia still lack basic services and are awaiting full compensation after a mudflow destroyed homes and farmland almost four years ago.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 11 February 2010 02:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Camera's in TransJakarta busway stations Some of the bus stops of the TransJakarta busway, that's in Jakarta indeed, have CCTV available. Normally this kind of technique is broken beyond repair soon after it has been installed, but this case is a positive exception. The camera's in 13 of the bus stops along corridor one and six are up and running. You can even view their images on the internet.

Posted in General @ 09 February 2010 02:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sexy and Indonesian #13: Six times a model from the Parahyangan Just a young lady from the Parahyangan, the area around the city of Bandung in West Java province in Indonesia. The pictures were made in that same area. During a trip through the region, you can enjoy the beauty of nature. The pictures below are just a starter.

Posted in Sexy @ 08 February 2010 02:09 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


Sexy and Indonesian #12: Nathaly Fox This time a picture of the sexy Nathaly Fox. However her name doesn't sound that Indonesian indeed. Just assume that she is from Indonesia. She has been in a number of magazines in Indonesia as well, but those magazines are mostly on the top shelf, as if they they contain nudity or anything.

Posted in Sexy @ 26 January 2010 07:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 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


Sexy and Indonesian #11:  Two times Debby This time two pictures of a sexy Debby. Pictures that were earlier published in ME magazine. One picture features Debby in the swimming pool, on the other one she is apparently falling asleep after her wet activities.

Posted in Sexy @ 15 January 2010 11:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Team SBY finds 'hotel rooms' in prisons The authorities in Indonesia have been put in the spotlight by a prison scandal in the capital Jakarta. This scandal erupted yesterday after media published about very luxury housing for some wealthy prisoners in some prisons in Indonesia.

Posted in Crime @ 13 January 2010 01:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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