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Anti-graft body confiscates a mayor`s grandmother's car The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) had confiscated a car belonging to the grandmother of Tangerang Selatans mayor Airin Rachmi Diany. The car was confiscated on Wednesday in connection with the alleged case of money laundering of Airins husband Tubagus Chaery Wardhana (TCW) alias Wawan.

Posted in Corruption @ 30 April 2014 21:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Concept on poverty elimination must be changed The government should now change its poverty eradication concept and focus on improving the welfare of the people, a Democrat Party (PD)s presidential candidate convention participant said.

Posted in Politics @ 27 April 2014 16:08 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Anti-graft body questions brother-in-law of suspended governor The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) questioned Tubagus Haerul Jaman, the younger brother-in-law of the suspended Banten Governor Ratu Atut Chosiyah, in an alleged bribery case in a regional head election dispute in Banten province.

Posted in Corruption @ 04 March 2014 20:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Wawan is healthy, returns to detention house Tubagus Chaeri Wardana, alias Wawan, a suspect in corruption and money laundering cases, was declared healthy and sent back to the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) detention house on Monday, according to KPK spokesman Johan Budi.

Posted in Corruption @ 03 March 2014 19:16 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Anti-graft agency confiscates Wawan's luxury cars The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has confiscated more than ten luxury vehicles belonging to Tubagus Chaeri Wardana alias Wawan in connection with a money laundering crime he has allegedly committed.

Posted in Corruption @ 28 January 2014 10:16 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to extradite Italian mob fugitive Antonio Vitale Indonesia will extradite Italian fugitive Antonio Messicati Vitale, following a Bali provincial courts recent approval of the extradition request from an Italian prosecutor, Attorney General Offices spokesman Untung Setia Arimuladi said here on Saturday.

Posted in Crime @ 23 November 2013 21:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt to raise sale tax on luxury cars soon The finance minister will soon issue a regulation on an increase in sale tax on foreign-made luxury cars to curb their import, Industry Minister MS Hidayat said. "The ministerial regulation has been prepared," he said here on Thursday.

Posted in Economy @ 29 August 2013 14:06 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Ministry of industry issues policies to maintain growth The Ministry of Industry has issued a package of policies to maintain the growth of national industries affected by current financial market conditions and the rupiah depreciation.

Posted in Economy @ 28 August 2013 17:44 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Foreigner attacked in own villa during robbery The Jakarta Globe and The West Australian reports that a 40-year-old Australian man suffered serious injuries requiring surgery and hospitalization after he was attacked by two men caught in the act of robbing his rented villa in Canggu.

Posted in Crime @ 05 January 2013 08:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Lawmaker angry seeing luxury car with TNI plate number A lawmaker from the House of Representatives (DPR)`s Defense Commission has asked for an immediate confiscation of a luxurious car found using a military (TNI) plate number at a parking lot at Soekarno-Hatta airport.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 25 May 2012 14:40 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


agoda.com spotlight on Jakarta: hotels from USD 22! agoda.com, a leading global hotel booking site and part of Nasdaq-listed Priceline Group (Nasdaq: PCLN) today announced a chic selection of hotel deals in the exciting Indonesian capital of Jakarta.

Posted in Tourism @ 07 November 2011 12:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The need for good paperwork in Bali The Bali Post reports that the regional government of Gianyar and local enforcement officials have affixed a closure notice (segel) at the entrance to the Hanging Garden Luxury Resort & Spa located in Payangan, Ubud. The notice, which could effectively close the 38-villa property in two months, was posted on Thursday, March 10, 2011.

Posted in Tourism @ 13 March 2011 02:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Nine new hotels at indahnesia.com We have added some new hotels again at indahnesia.com. At the moment you can book over 700 hotels in Indonesia directly from our website. We currently offer hotels in 50 different regions and cities across the Indonesian archipelago, with over 300 unique hotels on the resort island of Bali. For your comfort we have even listed Bali's famous tourist destinations.

Posted in Tourism @ 01 February 2011 06:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Westin to open 107-room hotel in Ubud Starwood Hotels & Resorts have formally announced they have singed an agreements with an Indonesian firm, PT Bina Buana Sarana, to develop and operate a new 107-room hotel - The Westin Ubud Resort and Spa. Scheduled to open in the first quarter of 2012, the property will become Starwood's 6th hotel in Bali.

Posted in Tourism @ 24 January 2011 04:13 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


Indonesians now 66% of all Bali tourists The Bali tourism service is targeting four million domestic tourist visitors for the whole of 2010, based on statistics showing two million domestic holidaymakers came to Bali in the first six months of the year.

Posted in Tourism @ 26 September 2010 11:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


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


From hotel room to standard prison cell Artalyta Suryani, a businesswoman convicted for corruption, thought she had it all figured out after she was put in prison for her crime. Her cell in the Pondok Bambu prison in East Jakarta was turned into a hotel room in which she was supposed to stay for a few years. Her 64 square meter large room had a large bed, flat0screen television, refrigerator and air-conditioning.

Posted in Crime @ 22 January 2010 04:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 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


Indonesia sees tourist arrivals up 8.5 % in 2010 Indonesia aims to attract 7 million foreign tourists in 2010, up from about 6.45 million visitors this year, Tourism and Culture Minister Jero Wacik said on Wednesday. The minister said Indonesia had edged past it's target of 6.4 million arrivals for this year despite the global economic crisis and militant suicide attacks on two luxury hotels in Jakarta in July.

Posted in Tourism @ 31 December 2009 04:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


If you can't compete, banish them Following accusations leveled by Kuta residents and widely reported in the Bali press that the newly opened Tune Hotel on Jalan Ciung Wenara in Kuta was contaminating ground water with fuel oil, the two low cost hotels in Bali affiliated with AirAsia have come in for more sharp criticism, this time by local legislators who question both the hotel's environmental practice and its destructive impact on the market mechanism.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 29 December 2009 01:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


Four new hotels on indahnesia.com We have added some new hotels again at indahnesia.com. At the moment you can book over 675 hotels in Indonesia directly from our website. We currently offer hotels in 49 different regions and cities across the Indonesian archipelago, with over 300 unique hotels on the resort island of Bali. For your comfort we have even listed Bali's famous tourist destinations.

Posted in Website @ 15 December 2009 02:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Back to Yogya: twelve hours by bus How to get to Yogyakarta? Of course the plane is a good solution from Jakarta, but we didn't want to. My plan was to catch the bus in the morning, so we would arrive in Yogya in the evening, but as we found out there were no morning buses departing for Yogya from Cikarang, so we just took the bus departing in the evening, because we wanted to go to Yogya anyway.

Posted in Travel @ 14 November 2009 05:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Advertisements everywhere: the ATM receipt Advertisement in Indonesia is just like the average Indonesian: to be found everywhere but in general you will not have a problem with it. Normally spoken I am not bothered by advertisements that you will find everywhere in the daily life in Indonesia. Everywhere there are advertisements. I am happy most of them are not interactive ones, but mainly billboards, banners and stickers.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 04 November 2009 07:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A lunch in Singapore Singapore is just some 45 minutes away by fast ferry from Batam. An easy target for a day of shopping, a return trip 'new visa' or a lunch. From Singapore Batam is also seen as place to shop as prices are lower there while choice is still not that bad as well. Furthermore people can enjoy themselves with alcohol from early on the day until the early hours of the next morning.

Posted in Travel @ 07 October 2009 11:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The Mandarin Oriental in Jakarta to reopen The Mandarin Oriental, Jakarta is to reopen next month following a renovation that took some 20 months. The luxury hotel and property will now offer 272 rooms and over 1,000 square meters of event space. The space for meetings and the banquet will have space for up to 600 guests and the meeting rooms are naturally lit.

Posted in Tourism @ 25 September 2009 06:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two killed in explosion at Jakarta toll gate A car bomb has exploded near a shopping complex in the north of the Indonesian capital Jakarta more than two hours after two luxury hotels in the city-centre were bombed, police have told local radio. Two people were killed in this explosion.

Posted in Accidents @ 17 July 2009 06:31 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


Ruling Indonesia from behind the scenes; MUI moves again They did it again. After they managed to get some 500 percent duty in all imported liquor - a draconian measure that is currently killing people daily, but 'religion above everything' seems to be the motto of the MUI - they now managed to stop beef imports from New Zealand all together. Some imports from Australia have been banned as well. This means a big part of the 70.000 tonnes of beef will not be imported anymore.

Posted in Religion @ 06 June 2009 12:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Emaar withdraws from US$600 million Lombok project The Jakarta Globe reports that a massive US$600 Million mega-resort planned for South Lombok is now in jeopardy. The project of shopping, recreation areas, golf courses and luxurious hotels on a 1,200 hectare site is a "pet project" of Indonesia's Vice President, Jusuf Kalla, who personally invited Dubai's state-owned Emaar Properties to spearhead the investment.

Posted in Economy @ 17 March 2009 05:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


Police raids drug-factory in luxury Bogor villa A luxury villa in Kampung Pasir Putih in Bogor, West Java, has been raided by the regional and local police of Bogor earlier today. The villa was used as a factory for the production of synthetic drugs and is said to be the biggest factory in Bogor. At the moment of the raid the police was able to seize amounts of chemicals and production equipment.

Posted in Drugs @ 22 February 2009 00:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


MD82's; the Wings Air trash bin for air transport At the end of last year I was able to experience how it was to fly a brand new plane as well as a very old one in just a matter of days. That very old one was a short domestic flight from Jakarta to Yogyakarta with Indonesia Air Asia, while just several months earlier I had traveled from Yogyakarta to Kuala Lumpur with Air Asia in one of the newest planes - at that moment - in use with the airline. It was the new plane that fascinated me most, while I only thought about the old one a few months later.

Posted in Travel @ 22 January 2009 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


From cappuccino to Coca Cola Jack Daniels in one nights' out (II) The later it gets, the more clear it becomes that Kedai Kopi Jakal - Jakal is a subtraction Jalan Kaliurang, the street where the coffee house is located - has become a real gathering place. After ten in the evening the first groups of people decide to go out already. They will most likely be headed for one of the several nightclubs that Jogja has to spend the rest of the evening. Empty seats are filled up again in quite a short time, but they brought their laptop this time, so most likely they will be around for some time to come. That should not be a problem as well because they serve you until three in the morning of the next day.

Posted in Culture @ 12 January 2009 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


Bali to face tough competition from Lombok An article in Nusa Bali has spotlighted growing concerns that a tourism mega-project on the nearby island of Lombok, currently being developed by the Bali Tourism Development Corporation (BTDC), may represent strong future competition to Bali. Located in the southern part of the island, the Lombok project is being financed by an U.A.E. company, Emaar Properties at an estimated project cost of 400 million euro.

Posted in Tourism @ 20 May 2008 04:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Queueing up to pay your electricity bill It is nothing more than a monthly returning event if you look at it; paying your electricity bill. Somewhere in the last two days of the month an employee from the Indonesian state-run electricity company PLN (Perusahan Listrik Negara) comes to write down the current meter reading on the card and also enters these numbers in his handheld computer. After that he walks through the garden to the neighbors to continue his way.

Posted in Culture @ 12 March 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Wet feet in North Jakarta, 3 It didn't get better when I carefully lifted the plastic flap and reached outside with my head. A driver on a motorbike which was in some kind of a hurry could hardly avoid me. In front of us a long row of red lights in the streets. Between the vehicles I could mainly see water and more nearby I heard the water gush out of the draining canal onto the pavement and the street. Ooh well, it must be raining heavily somewhere close, because it was quite an amount of water that came rushing towards us. Slowly the three wheels of the bajaj disappeared under water. I was hoping that the water would not reach too high at the end, because after over half an hour in this kind of transport, sitting becomes quite uncomfortable.

Posted in Flooding @ 14 January 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Call to demolish illegal villas in Tabanan regency The Regional Legislative Council (DPRD) in Tabanan is calling on the Regent and Governor to demolish illegal luxury villas built in the Tabanan Regency of Bali.

Posted in General @ 13 January 2008 04:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Wet feet in North Jakarta, 2 All of a sudden I got a rush that I would be able to find a bajaj - a terrible orange noise factory on three wheels - driver who was to drive me around through these 'floods', the water was less than 30 centimeters high, so it didn't seem that terrible through my untrained eyes. My girlfriend wanted to join me as well, but not directly because she wanted to see it, but mainly because I had a stupid idea like this once again. Safety was the main reason I guess, however I would be able to save myself here. If water levels would reach high enough which was pretty unlikely given the fact that the sea was less than a kilometer away with a flat landscape - I would be able to swim home as well. That is the worse-case-scenario however, I prefer to stay as dry as possible.

Posted in Flooding @ 13 January 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


600 million euro investment in tourism for Lombok Taj Hamaad, an Advisor to the Dubai-based Group Emaar International Properties, has confirmed that they will invest 600 million euro in a new tourism resort development in Lombok, an island just east of Bali. According to Hamaad, technical agreements and final a final memorandum of understanding (MOA) are now being hammered out prior to ground-breaking ceremonies planned for later this year.

Posted in Tourism @ 06 August 2007 05:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali Hai II sailing again after scheduled overhaul After more than one month undergoing a scheduled major overhaul in a Surabaya dry-dock, Bali Hai II has returned to Bali and resumed its daily schedule of island cruises to Nusa Lembongan and evening dinner cruises.

Posted in Tourism @ 05 July 2007 08:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


There she is, the Indonesian Playboy However I have been asked for it several times before, I didn't own my very own Indonesian version of the very well-known magazine for the male part of the population. Until today, because I happen to run into a brand new one today, partially hidden behind other well-known names like FHM, Cosmo and Maxim. Directly I picked the dark-colored cover with gold-colored print from the top shelf. The beautifully thick glossy cover has been sealed in a thin plastic cover; if you want to see inside you first have to pay 50.000 Rupiah for it. Free is not for Playboy, you can pick any other magazine with a more 'modest' cover; a women just as pretty as the one in Playboy, but then wearing a Jilbab to cover her long black hair.

Posted in General @ 30 June 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The quiet kampung; the daily life It is a very normal Thursday afternoon when I sit down on the veranda. A light rain shower crosses my path here after a long and humid day on which it didn't want to raining the first place. The rain was not enough to clean the humid air and so tomorrow will be another of those warm and slow days. Last year the wet season only lasted until the middle of March, but now there is still rain on a regular base. Not a changing climate, but just a slight change in ocean temperatures. As far as on the other side of the world this impacts tropical areas as well, because weather here isn't that monotonous as it looks like when you see those holiday pictures with a blue sky. For sure there is much sun, but there are clouds as well and rain of course, even during the dry season. Maybe it's just a different type of rain, more light instead of a complete tropical downpour.

Posted in Travel @ 08 June 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


More rain adds to misery in Indonesia's capital Overnight downpours sent storm waters coursing back into some low-lying areas Tuesday, as authorities warned of the threat of diseases and anger mounted at the government's response to the disaster that has killed at least 44 people in the capital.

Posted in Flooding @ 06 February 2007 13:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


War on poverty declared, but hopes not high The president of Indonesia has a very hard job. Being the first directly elected head of state of a country comprised of some 17,000 islands inhabited by the world's fourth largest population, broken down into literally hundreds of distinct languages and cultures, all further divided by five officially recognized religions, of which Islam, currently the world's most controversial, forms the vast majority, requires a juggling act of extraordinary dexterity. Include the dozens of political parties and the fine judgements that have to be made to accommodate all their special interests and it looks like a juggling act done on a high wire.

Posted in Economy @ 06 February 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A handful of tickets, 6 Quite a lot back in time, about two-and-a-half to three years already, but when I found these bills again there were certain memories returning to my mind. It's time once more to write down some of them here on this virtual paper, so I can reduce my current heap of entrance- and parking tickets and other useless prove of payment. I always keep all of them, just in case. But there is never a just in case until I find them again, like today.

Posted in Travel @ 01 January 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Asian nations remember the 230,000 killed in the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami Two years after a devastating tsunami crashed into Asian coastlines, villagers in hardest-hit Indonesia were preparing for future disasters, with thousands expected to flee their homes by foot and car Tuesday as part of an early warning drill. Elsewhere across the tsunami disaster-zone, survivors and other mourners will visit mass graves, light candles along beaches, and listen to temple bells chiming to mark the moment the 2004 waves hit.

Posted in General @ 25 December 2006 04:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Speedy release of Suharto's son raises questions In 2002, the superrich son of former dictator Suharto was sentenced to 15 years in prison in the murder of judge, a verdict hailed as a watershed in Indonesia's battle to create a legal system capable of punishing the powerful. But this month - just four years later - Tommy Suharto is due for release on parole.

Posted in General @ 05 September 2006 07:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali foreseeing an end to tourists' fears Hotels are opening, a new condominium hotel and elite villa projects are enticing buyers and a new selection of chapels is available to couples who want an island wedding surrounded by bright blue seas. That is how Bali always wants it to be. But growth in the commercial property segment has been slow and painful, coming against the backdrop of two tragedies: the bombing in October 2002 that killed 202 people, mostly Australian tourists, and a second one in October 2005 that killed 26.

Posted in Tourism @ 20 July 2006 15:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police issue shoot-on-sight for for East Java rioters East Java Police chief Brig. Gen. Herman Suryadi has issued a shoot-on-sight order for rioters following the massive wave of vandalism by disgruntled supporters of a candidate in the Tuban regental elections. Tuban Police intensified their hunt for the masterminds of the violence, Herman said, with a curfew imposed for an indefinite period of time in the area.

Posted in Protests @ 01 May 2006 07:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Property for foreigners Property analysts and developers share the same pessimistic projection that demand for all kinds of property will decline as the central bank continues to raise interest rates to cope with strong inflationary pressures and with a four-year low in consumer confidence.

Posted in General @ 30 November 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Anti-terror officers deployed to villages again The Indonesian Military (TNI) is reactivating its intelligence unit that used to work within the community to help the police fight terrorism. The military unit, comprising non-commissioned officers known as Babinsa, would gather all information required to help prevent acts of terrorism, TNI chief Gen. Endriartono Sutarto announced.

Posted in Terrorism @ 09 November 2005 07:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


US issues new warning on Indonesian security The United States has issued a fresh warning to Americans to avoid non-essential travel to Indonesia, calling bombings that killed 23 people in Bali on October 1 "a reminder that terrorists remain active". "The possibility remains that terrorists will carry out additional attacks in Bali, Jakarta or other areas of Indonesia in the near future," says the warning, e-mailed on Thursday to U.S. citizens in Indonesia.

Posted in General @ 27 October 2005 07:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 9 reactions


Bali police holding 'bomb suspect' Two people have been taken in for questioning over suspected involvement in weekend bombings on Bali island that killed up to 22 people, Bali's police chief Made Mangku Pastika told reporters on Tuesday. Authorities have said al-Qaeda-linked militants blamed for earlier blasts are top targets in the manhunt over the three suicide bombings on Saturday.

Posted in Terrorism @ 04 October 2005 07:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 9 reactions


Some hotels have their stories Over about seven years of travelling to Indonesia, I have spend many of my nights at houses with relatives in Jakarta, Bali and Yogyakarta, but as a traveller it's not possible to forget all about the hotels, even if you want to. But in fact, most hotel guests won't mention their stay there when talking about their holiday with friends and family. Probably because hotels are a need and not a desired place of stay during their holiday. Why stay in a hotel when you have all the luxury at home? That is holiday of course.

Posted in Travel @ 23 July 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia jails three for Jakarta hotel bombing Indonesia sentenced three men to jail on Tuesday for involvement in the 2003 bombing of a luxury Jakarta hotel, wrapping up the prosecution of suspects detained following the blast that killed 12 people. However, the two Malaysian men accused of masterminding the blast outside the JW Marriott Hotel -- Noordin M. Top and Azahari bin Husin -- remain fugitives, despite a nationwide manhunt.

Posted in Terrorism @ 17 May 2005 20:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Military plans to quit business ventures soon Indonesia’s armed forces will withdraw from business activities in two years, sooner than planned, in a bid to improve their image, the military said in a statement on its web site.

Posted in Military @ 14 April 2005 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Toll hit's 26,000, 8 Americans dead The human toll from the earthquake-spawned tsunamis that swamped an epic swath of South Asia climbed to 26,000 dead yesterday, and with tens of thousands still missing is bound to soar even higher. At least eight Americans were killed and hundreds of other Yanks remain unaccounted for in the region, the State Department said.

Posted in Earthquake @ 28 December 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


SBY: Indonesia may ban al Qaeda linked group Indonesia will outlaw an al Qaeda-linked group blamed for deadly bombings in Southeast Asia if its existence can be proved and if its members are involved in terrorist activities, the new president said. In an interview with Time magazine, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said he would review steps being taken to deal with terrorism and with the Jemaah Islamiah (JI) group.

Posted in Politics @ 26 October 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Explosion near Indonesia election commission A small blast has been heard outside Indonesia's election commission building as officials prepared to announce the results of the presidential elections. Dozens of students were demonstrating outside the Indonesian election commission (KPU) building in central Jakarta on Monday when the blast was heard, said witnesses.

Posted in Elections @ 26 July 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Wahid alleges fraud in vote tally as concerns mount Former Indonesian president Abdurrahman Wahid has alleged fraud in the computerided tally of election results and said 16 parties would meet to discuss whether to accept the outcome of Monday's poll. "There is widespread fraud," he said in an interview on local radio, citing the vote count and "various other" problems. "It's still a question whether the results of this election can be accepted," he said. Local newspapers on Thursday also reported concerns about possible fraud in the computerised tally.

Posted in Elections @ 08 April 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The power behind the throne smiles. Mr Taufik Kiemas, the garrulous husband of President Megawati Sukarnoputri, sips hot Javanese tea and munches kueh lapis as he talks animatedly about his wife's impending re-election. He should know. The 59-year-old Sumatran-born business tycoon is the dalang or puppet master in the courts of power, working quietly behind the scenes to build alliances and destroy her foes.

Posted in Politics @ 24 February 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Every day now onwards since the busy way project has launched in Jakarta the media has been following it like Tom and Jerry cartoons. The media has not left any single incident happened unheard, from ever the busway has launched like long queues, drivers protest, accident s, and small incidents which make them look big in paper and television. Why are they doing this? Do they want to prove that that this transportation would be of no use in the city? And if this is the prime objective of them it’s a sign of pessimism of these characters in a developing country like Indonesia. But instead they should stand united to support a project that is for the middle class and the poor who are the 60% population of their own country.

Posted in General @ 28 January 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Cafe bombing kills four in Sulawesi A bomb blast has killed four people at a cafe on Indonesia's Sulawesi island and wounded at least three others, police and hospital sources say. It was not immediately clear who was responsible for the attack, the latest in a number of bombings to hit Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation, in recent years.

Posted in Terrorism @ 11 January 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia tourist arrivals down 20 pct to August The number of tourists visiting Indonesia fell in August, nearly a year after the Bali bomb blasts, while arrivals fell almost 20 percent in the first eight months of 2003, the statistics bureau said on Thursday. "The number of foreign tourist arrivals in August was still lower compared with last year, by 12.6 percent," said Mila Hertinmalyana, head of tourism statistics at the bureau.

Posted in Tourism @ 02 October 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


As more things in Indonesia, things are different than in Holland. A warnet (warung internet, internet cafe) is something that we don’t know in Holland, in the way is exsists here. But over the last four years, five holidays, I have learned how to cope with several hardships which I have encountered in different warnets in different places. This story will give you a look in several different ‘kinds’ of internet cafe’s as they excist and how it could be.

Posted in Culture @ 09 September 2003 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia hotel attack: 9 seized At least nine people are being held in connection with the bombing of the Marriott hotel in Jakarta as Indonesia celebrates its independence day.

Posted in Terrorism @ 17 August 2003 00:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


In the midst of a true anti-teroris atmosphere I was leaving for Jakarta today. Very early in the morning (read in the night) polisi was driving around Bogor with a hurry. The newspapers now reported that they are behind several terrorists in Surabaya, the same is happening with those in Bogor, because the police were in a hurry for a mass-arrest. I don’t know whether they actually found someone, probably they arrested a few for display in “Patrolli”.

Posted in Travel @ 08 August 2003 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Megawati offers tax relief and subsidised rice As the protests against price hikes entered their fifth day yesterday, the Indonesian government moved to give tax relief to businessmen and distribute subsidised rice to the poor. Nearly 10,000 took to the streets in eastern Indonesia, in the largest demonstration yet against rising fuel and utility prices. Business people were also intent on being heard.

Posted in Protests @ 12 January 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Protesters and police clash; shootings reported Indonesian police give chase during a brief scuffle with protesters in front of the presidential palace in JakartaProtests against price increases of up to 22 percent for basic services turned violent Thursday, with police shooting two demonstrators in one city and using batons against rock throwers in the capital. For the fourth day, thousands of students, workers and activists demonstrated in at least 15 cities against price increases for fuel, telephone and electricity. They chanted anti-government slogans, burned tires, hijacked an empty fuel truck and demanded the removal of the current government.

Posted in Protests @ 09 January 2003 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Canadian Embassy warns of attacks in Indonesia Terrorists are planning imminent attacks on a range of targets - including churches and hotels - in four Indonesian cities, the Canadian Embassy has warned. 'The embassy has received credible information that terrorists may be planning attacks in Jakarta, Manado, Balikpapan and Batam soon,' an embassy circular to its citizens, dated Friday but obtained here yesterday, said.

Posted in Terrorism @ 30 December 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


AFTA: A wake-up call for RI business Ira Murweni, a 34-year old housewife, strolled along an aisle in a supermarket in South Jakarta. To meet her family's needs, she goes shopping at least twice a month. She recalled an interesting discovery. "Since the beginning of last year, the price gap between imported and locally made products has shrunk," Ira observed. Susanna Merry, a 35-year-old housewife living in Bekasi, had a similar view.

Posted in Economy @ 29 December 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sony pullout plan rocks Indonesia In the past three years Japanese electronics giant Sony has shut down 16 plants across the globe and laid off thousands of its workers. Sony said last month it would stop making audio-visual products at its Indonesian subsidiary, PT Sony Electronics Indonesia, as part of its "overall, global restructuring effort". Indonesian Manpower Minister Jacob Nuwa Wea, however, has publicly threatened to lead a campaign for a boycott of Sony products unless it "explains" the proposed closure of its Indonesian factory.

Posted in Economy @ 07 December 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Armed with an M-16 machine gun, Sergeant Juwono was—literally—cornering the market. The Indonesian soldier stood along a main road in war-torn Aceh province selling bumper stickers commemorating the country’s upcoming Aug. 17 Independence Day. He stopped every car driving north and gave a simple but effective sales pitch: buy a sticker or else.

Posted in Military @ 26 August 2002 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tommy moved to Indonesian Alcatraz The son of Indonesia's former President Suharto has been moved to a top security island prison, dubbed 'the Indonesian Alcatraz', to serve out his 15-year jail term for murder. Hutomo "Tommy" Mandala Putra was convicted in July of ordering the assassination of a high court judge who had earlier convicted him of corruption. He has since been held in Jakarta's high security Cipinang Prison, but there were several allegations that he had been receiving special treatment there as well as being allowed luxury items in his cell.

Posted in General @ 15 August 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The Indonesian government will soon decide whether to impose a state of emergency in Aceh, the rebellious and resource-rich region on the tip of Sumatra island. But if Jakarta were serious about ending the separatist rebellion in Aceh, it would not be talking about a military solution. It would be talking instead about ending corruption, upholding the law, and making the conflict less profitable for all parties concerned. Now more than ever, the war in Aceh is about money, and no one is clean. An autonomy law, adopted last year, has created a giant slush fund for provincial officials from oil and gas revenues, with no effective controls over how the money is spent. Every day, the local press carries stories about misspent funds, missing budget allocations, suspected cronyism, or crooked contractors.

Posted in Corruption @ 07 August 2002 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Some 30 years ago, there were no luxury hotels, spas or expensive restaurants in the present location of the exclusive resort area of Nusa Dua, or literarily means the two islets referring to the projections of big rocks in the middle of the white stretch of beaches. If you look up the map of Bali Island, you will find the Nusa Dua area, 30 kilometers south of Bali\'s provincial capital of Denpasar, in the bottom part of the map overlooking the Indonesian Ocean.

Posted in Tourism @ 28 May 2002 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Lombok is the perfect alternative to its more crowded and busier neighbor, Bali. When you visit Lombok island, you will see a mixture of the cultures of Bali and Lombok, but if you visit only Bali island you certainly cannot view the culture of Lombok. Home to Sasak people, who migrated to Lombok from East Java as the Hindu Majapahit Empire fell at the end of the 14th century, the island is rich in natural and cultural treasures, which have not yet been exploited for tourism.

Posted in Tourism @ 27 May 2002 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


This year we have still to see the worst of the floods. Former state minister for the environment and professor in business ethics Sonny Keraf, who served in the Cabinet of former president Abdurrahman "Gus Dur" Wahid, shares his views on environmental policy with The Jakarta Post contributor Dwi Iswandono. . Question: What is your comment on the recent floods? . Answer: The floods have been caused by human behavior. The root of this disaster is morality, as displayed in the form of bad practice in government, private enterprise and society. Such actions have ignored all the regulations we made to safeguard the environment.

Posted in Flooding @ 31 January 2002 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Police detect bunkers under Soeharto homes Police said yesterday they were able to detect many interlinked bunkers located 15-meters deep under the luxury homes of former president Soeharto and his children situated in Jalan Cendana and adjacent areas in Central Jakarta.

Posted in General @ 12 January 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Internet users expected to double to 4 million in 2001 The number of Internet users in Indonesia will double to four million in 2001, even if e-commerce is only picking up slowly due to problems with online payments, the Indonesian Association of Internet Service Providers (APJII) says. APJII Chairman Heru Nugroho explained that his optimistic projection was based on the rapid growth of the Internet industry in Asia, including Indonesia, over the past two years.

Posted in General @ 02 January 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A visit to a shopping mall always has the potential to become ugly for "Bill" and his wife, "Sita". There are the stares, the double-takes and, frequently, the hurtful comments, spoken in a stage whisper so the American and his younger Indonesian wife will be sure to hear.

Posted in General @ 05 November 2000 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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