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Court rejects citizen lawsuit on traffic situation in Jakarta The Central Jakarta court here on Monday rejected a citizen lawsuit against the government over severe traffic congestion in the capital city, Chief Judge Kasianus Telaumbanua said. "The arguments in the lawsuit are not strong enough, hence we deny to continue this case," said the judge.

Posted in General @ 08 April 2013 18:30 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Monkey attacks, kill baby in Riau A wild monkey attacked and killed a six-month old baby in Menaming village, Rambang Sub-district, Rokan Hulu District, Riau province, on Friday (March 29), a village head said. "It was a horrible and sad event for the baby`s family," Menaming Village Head Firdaus Daulay said here.

Posted in Accidents @ 31 March 2013 10:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister Dahlan sits on floor with newsmen at palace State Enterprises Minister Dahlan Iskan has again surprised many as he sat on the floor while answering questions from newsmen at the presidential palace here on Thursday.

Posted in Politics @ 19 April 2012 11:39 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Thousands of Telkomsel workers go on strike in Indonesia Thousands of Telkomsel workers in Indonesia went on strike on Thursday to demand improved labor benefits, local media reported.

Posted in General @ 10 November 2011 22:32 CET by Blog Bot · 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


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


Nothing wrong with Blue Bird Bali The latest chapter in the continuing saga of challenges to the continued operation of Blue Bird Taxis or PT Praja Bali Transportasi has seen the provincial government announce that a meeting of a judicial team of government officials have concluded the troubled taxi service is "technically legal."

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 02 March 2010 04:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The mess at PLN Cikarang #5 After a month of 'uncertainty' I headed for the local office of PLN once more late last week. I was still hoping to be able to pay my electricity bill. It was the fifth time I was here, just to pay the bill for the power that I had consumed since the time I moved in here last June. Earlier attempts to pay failed because of several reasons, see the related blog articles for that.

Posted in Lippo Cikarang @ 24 December 2009 08:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Back to the quiet of the desa After a completely messed up trip with a DAMRI bus from Jakarta we have arrived in the rural area of Java in the area of Cilacap. We have landed in the desa of Binangun in the kampung Sidamulya to be more precize. Most likely there are much more places named Binangun, but that doesn't really matter.

Posted in Travel @ 07 December 2009 07:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The pregnant umbrella-girl During rainstorms, children gather at pedestrian bridges, bus stops and other crowded places to be able to rent out their oversized umbrella's to those who rather stay dry then soaking wet before they reach their destination or hop into a taxi without being soaked with rain in a matter of seconds.

Posted in Culture @ 03 December 2009 04:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 22 reactions


Another hour of delay Before you know it you are in another boarding room. In this case on the airport of Hang Nadim. Back to Jakarta indeed, but the Batavia Air plane has not arrived yet so the minutes of delay start to count already. In contrary to the airport of Jakarta, there are no boards with information about the recently introduced laws on the protection of passengers in case of delay. Most people don't know about the fact that they have the right to a snack and a drink if there is a delay indeed.

Posted in Travel @ 16 August 2009 09:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two foreigners wanted as pedophiles extradited from Bali After sitting behind bars at Bali's Kerobokan prison for nearly eight months, a man on Interpol's Most Wanted List, 46 year-old Christian Burger, is now in France to face child sexual abuse charges. Burger, who has both French and Swiss citizenship, was placed on a plane to Paris on Wednesday, August 5, 2009, following the issuance of a letter agreeing to his extradition signed by Indonesia's President Yudhoyono. He has issued the needed letter last Monday, as was confirmed by Public Prosecutor I Ketut Sujaya, SH.

Posted in Crime @ 08 August 2009 13:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A goodbye to the kampung After a day or four, which was a few days back by now, it was time to go back home to the 'civilized world', however that is a wrong choice of words if you ask me. My girlfriend and I decided that four days was enough, above all it was a 'mere' eight hours shaking by bus and 55.000 Rupiah to get here, so it was not something impossible if you want to go.

Posted in Travel @ 22 June 2009 09:46 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 peek into Jakarta's nightlife, CJ's Anther club is located at just a stones throw distance from the hotel discusses earlier, Shangri-La, and offers the same line of entertainment. The atmosphere however is slightly different than that of B.A.T.S., something that is caused by a different type of visitors that visits this place. In B.A.T.S. it is mainly Western expats, here the area is full of Koreans, Japanese, Indians and Africans from 'south of the Sahara', which is the politically correct name now I suppose.

Posted in Nightlife @ 06 May 2009 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A peek into Jakarta's nightlife; B.A.T.S. From Aphrodite in Taman Rasuna we took an 'Express' taxi which brought us to the lobby of the five-star Shangri-La Hotel in just a matter of minutes - all of a sudden it went quick because of a lack of vehicles on the protocol-roads of Jakarta. I was happy that I dressed myself decently and also brought enough clothes for the coming days, however an extra blouse with long sleeves would be welcome, but that was something to be taken care of later on.

Posted in Nightlife @ 15 April 2009 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


February 2009 arrivals to Bali down 10 percent Final arrival figures through the end of February 2009 are now in hand from immigration authorities at Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport that confirm that while Bali is enjoying a record strong start to 2009, it may also be sitting at the crest of a cimminent downturn. January-February arrivals totaled 304,013 - a 3.05% improvement over the same two months in 2008 (295,025).

Posted in Tourism @ 13 April 2009 07:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


More executions likely to follow in Indonesia Bali Post reports that the execution last week of the three Bali Bombers will serve to accelerate the date of the execution of those members of the "Bali Nine" sitting on death row in Bali’s Kerobokan prison. A Junior Chief State Prosecutor, Abdul Hakim Ritonga, told the press in Jakarta said that orders have been issued to create a formal list of all those on death row, a list that is expected to be in hand before the end of the current year.

Posted in Crime @ 17 November 2008 00:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ramadan in Yogyakarta: Sahur! Sahur! Sahur! It is around half past two in the early morning at a random Sunday in the holy month of fasting Ramadan. For a big part of the population this is the time to enjoy a nice meal, a part of the people leaves the nearby nightclub Republic for the lesehan* at Jalan Malioboro. A colorful group of young women in short skirts, high heels and often quite a lot of make-up and proper young men in a blouse quickly fills up the lesehan. They have just over one hour to eat their meal and enjoy a cigarette before the call to open the fasting for this Sunday is made by the imam from the mosque almost next door to the nightclub.

Posted in Ramadan @ 26 September 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Schoolgirl arrested by civil police after kissing in public A female high school student was arrested by civil police (Satpol PP) in the city of Kediri when she was kissing her partner. She was arrested during school hours as well, so she should be in class anyway. The girl was arrested in the natural tourist object of Goa Selomangleng, earlier to day. Outside learning about nature, the couple decided to explore each other as well, still in school uniforms.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 11 June 2008 12:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


When life is made impossible Together we are sitting below a blue plastic cover that is used as roof for a bed and some personal possessions. That is all that Kudasi has left. Together we look back at the earthquake that struck some one and a half year ago first. It caused the death of several thousand people and tens of thousands ended up in the same situation as he is in now. He was lucky then, in Parangtritis, a village at the southern beach directly south of the city of Yogyakarta, damage was limited. Now however he became one of the victims, but not from an earthquake. It were the 'new colonials' as he describes it. It is a commonly used term to represent a government that is pushing it's own ideas forward not listening to the people they ought to represent.

Posted in Culture @ 04 February 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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


Wet feet in North Jakarta, 1 Traveling by minibus we arrived in Jakarta from Bandung with a large detour via Soekarno-Hatta International Airport we were dropped at our destination, a boarding house in Pluit, a neighborhood in the far north of Jakarta. A friend of us also stayed in the boarding house, so it seemed like a nice idea to spend several nights there, also because there was a nice shower and air-conditioning of course. Without both it would be a pretty sweaty adventure in the always sticky city of Jakarta. In this case preventing is better than having to look for a cure later on, so we preferred a room in the boarding house. After we dropped our bags we ate something, because lunch time had already passed. After lunch we had a quick look around to see where we had ended up after all.

Posted in Flooding @ 12 January 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Day and night at the alun-alun in Malang During the last year I regularly brought a visit to Malang. There I visited a Dutch friend who had stayed in Indonesia some years more than I did, and please read that 'some' as a big understatement. It doesn't really matter in fact, however someone who has lived here for so many years can be a huge source of information about many subjects. He sure is for me at least. Every once in a while I can learn from specific situations which still make me go 'huh?'. Outside that I like to spend some of my time there at a somewhat crowded place. Like in many cities and villages that is the central square or alun-alun. Often a nice place to submerge yourself entirely in the local situation and current events.

Posted in Travel @ 22 December 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Lodaya Malam to Bandung, trains run on time It is half past two in the afternoon on a warm Tuesday afternoon at the start of the wet monsoon. No guarantee for rain however, it has been strange weather for over a week now in Yogyakarta and elsewhere in Java it seems to be more of the same. The wind blows from the wrong direction I was told. Maybe that is just good, because that would mean I could have a dry trip to Bandung. However using the train is less reliable on the weather than flying, it is still prone to various delays.

Posted in Travel @ 06 December 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


There is the wet monsoon First some lightning and later with a rolling thunder from the south, a bunch of dark clouds heads towards the north. After two rainshowers yesterday afternoon it is very likely that it will rain again today. A clear sign that the wet monsoon finally will kick of. Somewhat late, but with half a year of virtually no rain at all, every single drop of rain is a gift from God for farmers and people with their own garden. Yesterdays rain was just a reminder of the arrival of the wet monsoon and also cleaned the streets from the dust that had been gathered in all possible and impossible places during the last six months.

Posted in Weather @ 29 October 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Two neighbors but a completely different world It is a completely random day at the end of August. Time to catch a plane to head for a new destination. Fortunately I know what is waiting for me on the other side. This is, for me personally, a lot less stress. I tend to arrange everything into the smallest details, and that from someone that tries to build a life in Indonesia. Yeah, I know, it sounds strange, but until now it was relatively easy for that matter. The bright red AirAsia plane touches down after about two hours of flight. The environment still is tropical and green. It is clouded, that is the only thing I notice directly. That means that here at least I can see what kind of weather it is, because that is a big difference than just two hours ago. Because Jakarta is always covered under a thick layer of brown smog and other lethal stuff.

Posted in Travel @ 06 October 2007 00:00 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


Biking on Saturday afternoon It was a Saturday afternoon as any other, but sometimes I just feel the need to get out for a while. This is not always possible, but when there is a possibility and there are no other appointments in the agenda, then it just might happen that after lunch I decide to grab my stuff for a trip on the motorbike. It's not too far away, within the borders of the province of Yogyakarta, but at least I can get away from the daily life for a while. Helmet, keys and a wallet is enough. To store some of the memories I have I also bring a camera with me and within a matter of minutes I leave the area. Where do I go then? Ooh, I felt like having a drink in Wonosari, so that became my first destination, knowing that most likely it would be something in that direction, but that doesn't really matter.

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


Dead man travels across Java unnoticed on train A dead passenger has traveled on a train on an executive passenger train for at least half a day before being noticed. This was reported by an Indonesian newspaper yesterday. Family members found the body of Edy Haryanto, 55, sitting in a locked lavatory on Thursday afternoon, more than one day after he had boarded the train in the central Javanese town of Tegal together with some friends, Warta Kota newspaper said.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 28 April 2007 05:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Traveling between Yogyakarta and Malang It's not really difficult go get up on time, around seven in the morning, so for that matter it's a nice service that it's possible to get a minivan in front of the door within the hour when I'm making a trip to a destination at a bigger distance than just in the city or nearby. That kind of minivan is called a travel here, and plies a fixed route a few times a day, for example from Yogyakarta via Solo, Madiun and Malang to Surabaya. Of course you can also travel the other way around, if you like you can go as far as Jakarta, but from Yogyakarta that is such a big distance that I rather prefer taking the train or a plane. Trains often depart or arrive at the most strange times possible, but that's a matter of looking what you personally most like.

Posted in Travel @ 19 April 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda Wisnu Park completed by October 2008 According to the Indonesian-language Bisnis Indonesia, President Bambang Susilo Yudhoyono has expressed the wish that the 250-hectare cultural park and monument Garuda Wisnu Kencana (GWK) complex on Bali's Ungasan peninsula can be finally complete by October 2008, in time for the World Cultural Festival planned in Bali.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 16 April 2007 03:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mud flow victims block Pertamina transmission station Dozens of villagers from Keboguyang village, near Sidoarjo, blocked a gas transmission station owned by state gas company Pertamina, which is located in the village of Permisan. According to the demonstrators, it was agreed that Pertamina would improve the roads in the village. "For over 14 years they have their station here but until today there hasn't been any contribution to the village," said Margono, one of the demonstrators.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 14 April 2007 08:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


What if I was a terrorist Just over one week ago it all happened. At walking distance one person was killed, some were arrested and after that the party was over as quick as it started. It wasn't a criminal shootout and n drugs were found as well. It was nothing more than busting some terrorism-suspects by an anti-terror squad from the Indonesian police (Densus 88); they were simply overwhelmed in their hide-out. The one that tried to flea, was directly given some bullets and didn't survive the event. Seven others were arrested. In fact that could be the entire story, but it was just not to happen that way. It proved to be the start of what currently looks like a terror cell uncovered. Within two weeks after the first shooting several more police actions were held. Police is scarce with giving information, but in recent days is became clear that most likely a part of the Southeast Asian terror network Jemaah Islamiyah has been found.

Posted in Terrorism @ 07 April 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


Alun-alun Lor; a nice green heart It hasn't been that long that it was a sunny and very hot day in Yogyakarta when I made a short walk around the so-called alun-alun lor, the northern square belonging to the kraton, the palace of the family of the sultan. The green grass - during the wet season the grass often is green, in the dry season it more resembles hay - reached until half a meter in some places. Not well maintained as we should expect at a palace, but at least there was an open space in the city which offered the opportunity to blow of some steam. This blowing steam you should not do at times that I generally visit this kind of locations, no it's much better in the early hours until seven in the morning and after five in the afternoon again. The salespeople along the edge will offer you something to drink or eat if you like.

Posted in Culture @ 24 February 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia pushes for geothermal renewal ndonesia, land of earthquakes and volcanos, is literally sitting on top of the solution for its energy needs: Vast reservoirs of hot water deep beneath the earth's crust can be harnessed to generate electricity. What's more, it's a clean, renewable energy source. Yet the country continues to import millions of barrels of oil and fuel annually. Legal uncertainties, financial risks and government bureaucracy have repelled international investors from developing its geothermal resources.

Posted in Environment @ 18 October 2006 03:29 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


Tourist heart torn out of tsunami-hit Indonesia resort The tsunami that ripped through the south coast of Indonesia's West Java province landed a brutal blow on the economy of this popular beach resort, in a country where tourism has already been reeling from bombs, bird flu and earthquakes. Monday's tsunami left the beach front at Pangandaran, formerly clustered with hotels and souvenir shops, looking like a war zone.

Posted in Earthquake @ 20 July 2006 15:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian protesters condemn Israel's attacks Thousands of Muslim protesters have flooded the main streets of the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, condemning continuing Israeli attacks on the Palestinian territories and Lebanon that have killed scores of civilians. The Government of Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation, has called on Israel to stop the strikes and urged the disputing parties to get back to the negotiating table.

Posted in Protests @ 16 July 2006 15:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


40 still missing in Sumatra ferry accident Nearly 40 passengers were still missing after a ferry sunk in rough waters off the coast of Indonesia's Sumatra island, officials said Friday. Most of the over 130 passengers and crew on board the Surya Makmur Indah ferry when it sunk off the coast of North Sumatra Thursday were rescued, but dozens of others were still missing.

Posted in Accidents @ 24 June 2006 10:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Smouldering Mount Merapi slows tourism In the shadow of Mount Merapi, a 30-year-old woman selling snacks to tourists visiting the rumbling Indonesian volcano says business has never been this bad. Tourists who once thronged the area are too frightened to trek to Babadan, one of Merapi's observation points, just 4.5 km (3 miles) from the peak of the restive mountain. "I used to get 100 customers during weekends, but it's too quiet now," said Ngatini, a mother of two, sitting in her wooden hut covered with thick volcanic ash.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 11 June 2006 10:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Merapi spews lava and gas in large eruption Indonesia's Mount Merapi hurled lava and gas clouds down its slopes on Thursday in the volcano's largest eruption since it began heating up two months ago, officials and local media reports said. The eruption occurred at about 9:05 a.m. (02:05 GMT), reaching a record distance of five kilometres in the direction of the Gendol River, burning down part of the Kaliadem forest area in the district of Sleman, the state-run news agency, Antara, reported.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 08 June 2006 20:56 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


Expert: Indonesia quake may trigger Merapi eruption The earthquake that killed over 5,000 people on Indonesia's Java island is linked to the one that triggered the deadly 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami and may signal the imminent eruption of a nearby volcano, an expert said on Monday. Indonesia sits in a seismically active "ring of fire", a region marked by regular volcanic and tectonic activity, and which bore the brunt of the December 2004 quake-generated tsunami which left more than 230,000 dead or missing.

Posted in Earthquake @ 29 May 2006 14:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Train roof caves in, 46 hospitalized Passengers related hearing frightening noises of creaking ironwork before the roof of an overcrowded train car caved in Friday morning in Jakarta, leaving hundreds injured in the ensuing panic. Witnesses said most people were hurt as they tried to escape, or were thrown from the roof when the train came to a sudden halt on the route from Rangkas Bitung in Banten to Kota, West Jakarta. At least 46 people were hospitalized.

Posted in Accidents @ 04 March 2006 09:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Bomb blast kills seven in Palu A bomb packed with nails exploded in a crowded Christian market selling pork ahead of New Year celebrations in eastern Indonesia on Saturday, killing seven people and wounding 47, police said. The blast in Palu, capital of volatile Central Sulawesi province, came after warnings of militant violence during the Christmas and New Year season in Indonesia.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 31 December 2005 10:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


Post-tsunami baby boom on the horizon Giggling women swarm outside a little gray tent in Block D of a sprawling refugee camp. The attraction is one tiny miracle — 2-month-old Asmaul Tzuchina, swaying peacefully in a cloth hammock. The baby simply known as Tzuchi, which means “pure” in Acehnese, represents new life and hope for the women who lost children to the earthquake-spawned tsunami nearly a year ago.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 11 December 2005 12:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Workers heading for holiday trip killed in crash At least seven people were killed and 15 others severely injured when a speeding truck lost control and smashed into a bus coming from the opposite direction at kilometer 31.5 of the Jakarta-Merak toll road in Cikupa, Tangerang, on Saturday morning. Bodies of the dead were sent to the Tangerang General Hospital morgue, while the injured passengers were rushed to the Al-Qadr Hospital in Karawaci, Tangerang.

Posted in Accidents @ 04 December 2005 09:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Idul Fitri 'losing its color' in Jakarta The fasting month of Ramadhan and Idul Fitri celebrations in Jakarta have lost much of their colorful cultural traditions, a senior citizen says. Republika daily newspaper writer Alwi Shahab remembers that Idul Fitri Eve in the 1940s and 1950s was a special time for Betawi (native Jakarta) women. Unlike on ordinary days, they were allowed to spend the evening outside their houses, tasked with buying flowers for the Lebaran decorations, Alwi said.

Posted in Ramadan @ 03 November 2005 07:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Airplane crash kills 141 in Indonesia An Indonesian jetliner crashed in a crowded residential neighborhood in the city of Medan shortly after takeoff Monday, killing 141 people, including 30 on the ground. Six passengers survived, officials said. The Mandala Airlines Boeing 737 was heading to Jakarta in overcast weather when it crashed seconds after takeoff, bursting into flames and sending thick clouds of black smoke high into the air.

Posted in General @ 05 September 2005 12:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Newmont lays out defense in pollution case Newmont Mining Corp. (NEM) says the pollution allegations against the company in Indonesia have weakened over the last year to the point where the two sides are now arguing about technical and permitting issues in court. "The argument that we killed people went away... then the argument about heinous diseases went away," Blake Rhodes, a Newmont attorney working on the case, said Tuesday. "It's now down to technical issues."

Posted in General @ 11 August 2005 07:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Dutch student shot in Aceh Less than two weeks after the shooting of a Hong Kong aid worker, a Dutch student was shot while traveling in a car in Aceh, child activists and police said on Friday. Azmiati Zuliati, a staffer at the Center for Child Protection, said that 24-year-old Marije Mellegers was shot in Krue Kluet village in Tapak Tuan at about 9:30 p.m. on Thursday.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 08 July 2005 09:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Disaster of man's making now threatens Sumatra Cut Anita peered from the open flap of her sunbaked tent one recent day. She watched keenly as a carpenter hammered a wood plank less than five feet away. Another sawed a board in two, freeing the sweet fragrance of forest hardwood. Her new home was taking shape before her, and she dared not leave. "Someone else might take it," the doleful, wide-eyed woman said from the Red Cross tent erected on the concrete foundation of her former home, which was destroyed by the Dec. 26 tsunami.

Posted in Environment @ 15 May 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Koninginnedag and 'Kantjil 2 go' Sometimes, just sometimes when I'm walking around, having a cold drink on a nice Dutch spring day, I have the feeling that I'm on holiday. One of those days was just barely a week ago, when I was on my way to Amsterdam. I'm going there a few times a year to meet with friends or my travel agent, but this time they would be stuck in traffic elsewhere in the city or, in case of the travel agent, they would be closed. Ooh well, what's the deal then? It was 'Koninginnedag', or Queens day. Every 30th April the birthday of former queen Juliana is celebrated. Queen Beatrix, the current queen, didn't want to change that date to her own birthday to honour her, and so it happened that every 30th April is a national holiday with celebrations virtually everywhere. Cities, towns and villages have their own live bands playing on their squares and the biggest cities have one day of local markets on which everyone is - almost - free to sell what they want.

Posted in Travel @ 05 May 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Asia-Africa leaders pay nostalgic Indonesian visit Leaders of nations from South Africa to North Korea came to this former Dutch colonial hill station on Sunday to honor political pioneers who set the stage for the Non-Aligned Movement 50 years ago. Arriving from Jakarta in a fleet of jetliners, leaders and representatives of some 100 countries retraced the steps taken by the heads of 29 Asian and African governments who met here in 1955 to seek a path apart from the Soviet and U.S. sides of the Cold War divide.

Posted in Politics @ 24 April 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


6 killed, 9 injured as train plows into revelers in East Jakarta Six people were killed and nine seriously injured when a train smashed into a crowd of people, apparently enjoying the nightlife in the Jatinegara area of East Jakarta in the early hours of Tuesday morning. The victims were visitors to food and drink stalls that only open late at night on the side of railroad tracks, Jakarta Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Tjiptono.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 19 April 2005 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia executes 51-year-old woman for murder, mutilation Indonesia on Sunday executed a 51-year-old housewife found guilty of murdering and mutilating three women within four years. Astini, also known as Bu Lakri, was shot by a 12-member East Java Police firing squad at 1:20 a.m. local time, said A.F. Darmawan, chief of the special crime unit at the area's High Prosecution Office. Astini's lawyer, Ida Sampit Karo Karo, and a police doctor were among those present at the execution.

Posted in Politics @ 20 March 2005 00:01 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


Indonesia welcomes release of hostages in Iraq Indonesia has today welcomed the release of two of its nationals who had been held hostage in Iraq, and reiterated earlier warnings for all its citizens to immediately leave the war-torn country. “This is a happy ending,” Foreign Minister Hassan Wirayuda said. “Often cases like this end in disaster.” The two women, Rosidah binti Anan and Rafikan binti Aming, were handed over to the United Arab Emirates Embassy in Baghdad last night.

Posted in General @ 05 October 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


My mobile phone had been ringing incessantly and beeping a series of text messages when I first learned that my husband was hurt in the blast at the Australian Embassy on Thursday. I was ignoring it as I was in the middle of an interview during an assignment to East Nusa Tenggara, nearly 2,000 km from Jakarta.

Posted in Terrorism @ 13 September 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia re-enacts Jakarta embassy bombing Indonesian police re-enacted Sunday parts of the bombing that killed nine people in front of the Australian embassy, an act that triggered outrage from ordinary Indonesians visiting the site. The Australian flag was fluttering at full-mast at the embassy, where a temporary wooden wall has been erected in front of the metal security fence blasted apart by Thursday's attack.

Posted in Terrorism @ 12 September 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police seek suspects in local porn film Police in the West Java capital of Bandung are searching for the makers and stars of a pornographic film called ‘Bulan Madu’ (Honeymoon) that was apparently filmed in a hotel in the city. The film, shot with a camcorder and now being sold for up to Rp75,000 a copy on video compact disc (VCD) format, runs for 45 minutes and 7 seconds. Also being sold under the title ‘Bandung Lautan Asmara II’ (Bandung Love Ocean II), the film shows a young man and young woman having sex in various positions in a room - reportedly at the Greenhill Hotel.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 01 September 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Islamists go mainstream in election As the band launches into the popular 1980s song "The Final Countdown" by rock group Europe, several thousand Indonesians at an election rally in central Java start cheering. They join in as a speaker on stage exhorts them to chant -- not the words of the song -- but Allahu Akbar (God is greatest). Welcome to a rally for one of Indonesia's most conservative Islamist parties, the Prosperous Justice Party. Instead of pushing Islamic issues, party leaders promise to tackle graft and the economy. Along with Islamic prayers and strident condemnation of Israel, there is Western music.

Posted in Elections @ 29 March 2004 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


RI tells US to take the log out of their own eye The government has denounced a U.S. report on human rights abuses in Indonesia, saying Washington was not competent to make judgments about what went on here. Foreign Affairs Ministry chief spokesman Marty Natalegawa said the annual report showed a "new standard of ignorance of what is actually happening in Indonesia." "Human rights conditions in Indonesia should to be judged by the Indonesian people themselves and not by some bureaucrats sitting in Washington," Marty told The Jakarta Post on Thursday, when he was asked to comment on the controversial report.

Posted in Economy @ 27 February 2004 00:03 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


There are no actual proof in the existence of ghosts. When approaching claims made by people who have seen ghosts, we should approach those claims with skepticism. Before we accept those claims to be true, we should consider every single aspect of those claims from every different angle until there's no room for doubts, which in this case, is unlikely.

Posted in Culture @ 23 January 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


One eviction, thousands homeless More than 1,000 people became homeless in a forced eviction on Thursday at a 15-hectare plot of land in Tanjung Duren Selatan subdistrict, West Jakarta. The eviction caused massive traffic jams along the Jakarta-Tangerang toll road, Jl. S. Parman and roads surrounding Mal Taman Anggrek as "illegal" occupants blocked the access to their neighborhood by burning tires on the toll road and feeder roads.

Posted in General @ 03 October 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Aftershocks on Bali At 11pm last Saturday a powerful explosion in the entertainment district of Kuta on the Indonesian island of Bali razed a number of buildings to the ground. At least 200 people died. Hundreds more are lying injured in hospitals in Indonesia and Australia. The hunt for the perpetrators has begun, and the consequences can be felt all over Bali.

Posted in Terrorism @ 18 October 2002 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


After four years of Indonesia holidays, I have learned several things. A little bit of language ( I’m far from happy with the current results indeed ), a little culture, food, climate and environment. But the thing I would like to tell you about this time is public transport in a variety of different ‘products’ as I call it. In fact it should not be that different from your own means of transport, but remember that you have to give up your bike and car for your transport. A car was not my problem yet, I used to do everything by bike, because the city life in a small city like Eindhoven ( pop. 200,000 ) in the Netherlands is about the same mess as the daily Jakarta life. No harm done, by bike you can enjoy special routes and roads for bikers only. Imagine that..

Posted in Travel @ 28 August 2002 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tommy Suharto guilty of murder An Indonesian court has found the younger son of former President Suharto guilty of murder and weapons possession. Tommy Suharto was convicted of masterminding the assassination of a judge who ordered him jailed for corruption. The five-judge panel sitting in Jakarta also convicted him for illegal possession of weapons. Tommy Suharto was jailed for 15 years in the trial, which has been seen as a key test of a legal system denounced as corrupt.

Posted in Crime @ 26 July 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The presidential palace complex has been witness to momentous changes in the country's history, and the changing of the guard of the highest powers in the land. But while the powers that be may come and go, it seems that some "residents" stay put no matter what. This is the 78th article in our series on Old Batavia. If Dutchman J.A. van Braam, the first owner of what is today the present presidential palace complex, were still alive, he could see that his former home is now an abode for supernatural creatures.

Posted in Culture @ 02 September 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Every country has its myths, legends and folklore that embellish cultures and in many instances draw people together towards a mutual experience and understanding of life's lessons. Indonesia, it seems, has more than its fair share of these intriguing tales. All parts of the country, large or small, urban or rural, near or far, have tales often from times long past that form part of the culture. Some of these tales are more fanciful than others, featuring outlandish escapades and creatures from fantasy worlds but most, (if not all), have some message or lesson that is as relevant to our modern world as it was when the stories first occurred or were first invented.

Posted in Politics @ 17 June 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Nation celebrates Sukarno birthday What started as a day of sentimental remembrance became one full of political nuances as the nation commemorated on Wednesday the one hundredth anniversary of the birth of the state's founding father, Sukarno. The apex of the commemorations was a ceremony at the Gelora Bung Karno Sports Center, the name of which was only recently reinstated after having been changed to the Senayan Sports Complex.

Posted in General @ 07 June 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Top security alert imposed, violence flares up in E. Java As police called for a top security alert throughout the country amid the heightened tension between members of the political elite, riots hit several towns of East Java province on Monday when thousands of self-proclaimed supporters of President Abdurrahman Wahid rampaged at public facilities, schools and offices of opposing political parties.

Posted in Violence @ 29 May 2001 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


From his grief-gouged eyes to the way he presses his hands together to stop them from shaking, it's clear that if Syamsudin Noor makes it through the next few weeks, he is still a dead man inside. Syamsudin has pushed through a crowd of fellow refugees to tell his story, describing in patient detail how a visitation of almost unimaginable brutality destroyed his remote village of Sangai in Indonesia's Kalimantan province. "All my children, my grandchildren were killed," he mourns. "They cut off their heads and then cut them up and took them away to eat. There were a lot of Madurese in Sangai. Now 95% of us are dead."

Posted in Violence @ 10 March 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sutiyoso: Glodok street vendors to be moved The city administration has announced it will relocate the some 400 roadside vendors, most of whom sell pirated VCDs and small electronic goods, operating around the busy Glodok shopping center in West Jakarta beginning next year. Governor Sutiyoso, who visited the popular electronics center on Friday, said the street vendors would be relocated to a four-story market in nearby Perniagaan, which is currently under renovation.

Posted in General @ 21 October 2000 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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