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Australian man found hanging in his Bali home An Australian man was found hanging in his house in Dalung residence of Badung District, Bali, on Saturday. Thomas Rick Michael (34) was found lifeless by his wife Restu Wilujeng at 6.39 am local time (GMT+7) in their rented house in Banjar Dukuh, Dalung Village, North Kuta, Badung District.

Posted in General @ 05 July 2014 16:43 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Several workers buried as building in Samarinda collapses A 3-storeyed building with at least 17 shops in the Cendrawasih Permai Complex of Samarinda, East Kalimantan Province, collapsed and buried tens of people on Tuesday, at 6:25 a.m. local time. The debris buried tens of construction workers who were at the site, which was under construction since December 2013.

Posted in Accidents @ 03 June 2014 16:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


SAR rescues Merapi landslide victims The Search and Rescue (SAR) team from Boyolali Regency, Central Java successfully rescued two climbers from Yogyakarta who were caught in landslides in Pasar Bubar, on the slope of Mount Merapi.

Posted in Accidents @ 27 January 2014 19:53 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Four killed in Central Java landslides Landslides hit the Kaligending Village in Karangsambung, Kebumen District, on Friday, killing four residents and causing serious damage to two houses.

Posted in Weather @ 20 December 2013 23:25 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Riau fires workers for missing morning prayers Nineteen untenured employees of Riauís Rokan Hulu district government were fired in November because they did not show up to 5 a.m. prayers, a mandatory religious program put in place by the local government.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 14 December 2013 09:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Five hospitalized after Sinabung eruption in Tanah Karo Five people have to be hospitalized in the North Sumatra city of Kabanjahe after the eruption of Mount Sinabung on Sunday. Jhonson Tarigan, a spokesman of the Sinabung Disaster Control Agency said the five people suffered difficulty in breathing after inhaling volcanic ashes.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 16 September 2013 11:36 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


Italian national dies in Central Java prison after bomb threat On Monday, February 11, 2013, the strange and twisting tale of Bali expatriate Andrea Geovani Soreti (earlier reported as Sorenti) ended in police custody at a Sleman, Central Java hospital where he died, aged 49, reportedly of dehydration, septicemia and kidney failure.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 16 February 2013 12:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Five more bodies found in Agam landslides Rescue workers found five more bodies bringing the number of dead victims to 11 with nine more people still missing in the rain triggered landslides in the Agam district of West Sumatra early Sunday.

Posted in Weather @ 27 January 2013 20:48 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


One dead, seven injured in Aceh earthquake One dead and seven injured following an earthquake measuring 6 on the Richter scale that hit Pidie district, Aceh Provice, at 05.26 am on Tuesday. "A nine-year old girl died after her house collapsed due to earthquake," Aceh province`s Chief of Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) Jarwansyah said here on Tuesday.

Posted in Earthquake @ 22 January 2013 10:45 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali governor spends night at poor woman's home Baliís governor, Made Mangku Pastika caused considerable comment among the public and the press when, on Saturday, January 5, 2013, did a sleep over at the house of a poor woman in North Bali.

Posted in Economy @ 12 January 2013 05:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Floods isolate 1,500 families in Agam Floods hit the Nagari Tiku Lima Jorong village, Agam district, West Sumatra province on Sunday and caused at least 1,500 families isolated, according to a village head.

Posted in Flooding @ 31 December 2012 22:33 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Flood inundates hundreds of houses in Gorontalo A flood inundated hundreds of houses in several parts of Gorontalo city on Sunday night following heavy rains in the past few days. The flood affected Siendeng, Biawu and Tenda in Hulonthalangi sub district, Amir, a local resident, said here Monday.

Posted in Flooding @ 31 December 2012 17:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Landslides hit 10 sub-districts in Sukabumi Landslides have hit 10 sub-districts in Sukabumi district, West Java province, following incessant heavy rains on Sunday.

Posted in Weather @ 19 November 2012 14:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Kuta residents deal with taxi problem themselves Community elements from the Kuta area of Bali have begun taking matters into their own hands in dealing with errant taxies illegally parked and waiting for their next fare in their area.

Posted in General @ 20 October 2012 08:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Earthquake jolts Bengkulu, West Sumatra An earthquake measuring 5.4 on the Richter scale jolted Bengkulu early Wednesday morning at 00.43, awakening the people who were sleeping soundly to scramble out of their houses in panic.

Posted in Earthquake @ 30 November 2011 04:08 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Passenger bus rolls over in West Java, killing five At least five people were killed on Friday when a passenger bus rolled over in the West Java province of Indonesia, local media reported on Saturday.

Posted in Accidents @ 18 June 2011 06:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Thousands of Indonesians demand settlement of land dispute Thousands of people on Wednesday rallied outside Indonesia's House of Representatives in Jakarta to demand the government hand back land they claim is rightfully theirs, the Jakarta Globe reported.

Posted in Protests @ 12 May 2011 03:15 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Death toll in Indonesian ferry boat fire reaches 20 The death toll in Friday's ferry boat fire in Indonesia's Sunda Strait has risen to 20 after two more bodies were found on Monday, officials said.

Posted in Accidents @ 01 February 2011 03:44 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Panic in Makassar after 5,9 magnitude quake An 5.9 magnitude earthquake that struck over 230 kilometers southwest of Makassar in South Sulawesi, caused panic in the city. The earthquake took place around midnight last night, when most people were vast asleep. Although the earthquake took place at a large distance of the city, it could still be felt strongly in the city.

Posted in Earthquake @ 13 December 2010 01:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Loud bangs from Krakatau shake windows The sound of a roaring Krakatau volcano, in the Sunda Strait between the islands of Java and Sumatra, caused windows to shake in houses in the mainland. Residents of Anyer, in the far west of Banten province, heard the roaring sound of the powerful volcano twice in a few minutes time.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 22 November 2010 01:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Damage after fire rages Novotel Surabaya A fire that raged the Novotel Surabaya building has caused heavy damage to mainly the roof of the building. The fire, that broke out during the early hours of today, caused some panic among guests staying in the hotel. Most of them were asleep when the fire started. All guests were soon evacuated from the hotel along Jalan Ngagel in the city.

Posted in Accidents @ 16 November 2010 01:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Merapi shows no sign of cooling down The activity of the Mount Merapi volcano doesn't show any sign of decreasing. Until now the volcano emits hot ash clouds high into the air and it also sends ash clouds down it's slopes with a high frequency. A spokesperson of the Geology department of the Department of Energy and Mineral Resources confirmed this news a while ago.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 06 November 2010 10:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


At least 15 killed after flash floods in Nusa Tenggara At least 15 people were killed during the flash floods that struck Skinu Village in Indonesia's East Nusa Tenggara province on Wednesday night, local media reported Thursday.

Posted in Flooding @ 05 November 2010 02:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


At least 26 killed in Central Java train crash A train crash in central Java killed at least 26 people and left many others injured Saturday, many with burns and broken bones, witnesses told local television. Some bodies were still trapped in the wreckage. The accident occurred near a station in Petarukan, a city on the northern coast of Central Java province, at around 3 a.m., when many passengers were sleeping.

Posted in Accidents @ 02 October 2010 02:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A fist look at Pangandaran Pangandaran has become a well-known - and of growing importance - tourist destination. Normally you will find hundreds of buses with thousands of passengers from the area of Bandung here. There are also foreigners though, several hundred of them are present at any time in this large village and some of them do actually live here.

Posted in Travel @ 16 May 2010 10:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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


6.5 magnitude earthquake hits Mentawai Islands The sleeping population of Mentawai and the city of Padang in West Sumatra were shaken from their beds by a moderate earthquake that struck the area just after 23:00 local time. The quake, with a magnitude of 6.5 on the Richter Scale, had it's epicenter at 119 kilometers southeast of Pagai Selatan in the Mentawai Archipelago off the coast of West Sumatra.

Posted in Earthquake @ 06 March 2010 01:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Medan police searches hotels for prostitutes Dozens of prostitutes were arrested in the city of Medan, North Sumatra. This happened during a sweeping by local police in the city. Most of them were busted in so-called 'melati'-class hotels in the city of Medan, which are often used for other purposes than just sleeping overnight.

Posted in Culture @ 28 February 2010 05:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


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

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


Tune Hotels: 'Don't tell lies about our services' Tune Hotels has responded to claims that its pricing strategy for its two Bali properties is threatening the viability of local, Balinese-owned Melati class hotels. Quoted in Bali Post, a member of the Badung House of Representatives alleged that a Tune Hotel in Legian was "of a five star standard" but offering prices as low as Rp. 230,000 (18 euro) a night which compete with locally owned and operated Melati class hotels.

Posted in General @ 02 January 2010 01:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Hotels on Lombok island almost full for holiday season The upcoming Christmas and New Year holidays have caused 80 percent of all hotels on the island of Lombok, just east of the resort island of Bali, to report completely fully booked weeks. Bookings are made by Indonesians as well as foreigners. On the famous Gili Islands almost all hotels and homestays are fully booked already.

Posted in Tourism @ 20 December 2009 13:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The new Gajayana between Malang and Jakarta #2 The information panel above the LCD-television even indicates where the train is. We have just passed Kepanjen station and are headed for Blitar at a reasonable pace. Thanks to a power outlet in the wall of the train at every couple of seats and the mobile internet connection I always use, I can now even continue writing and internetting following my own biorhythm.

Posted in Travel @ 21 November 2009 13:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The new Gajayana between Malang and Jakarta It has been a year ago that I used the Indonesian railroad services. That was a trip from Yogyakarta to Jakarta with a dirty, cold and old-fashioned train. Trains like that are still widely available on Java. It normally is really cold on board of one of these trains, which makes traveling with them not the best option available.

Posted in Travel @ 19 November 2009 12:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Thank you for the emails After over one day without internet in Yogyakarta we left for Malang yesterday in the early afternoon. We used a travel (small bus that will bring you to your final destination right away, 100,000 Rupiah per person) to travel between these cities. We arrived here early in the evening. At that time I tried to connect to the internet but it still didn't work. I then suspected my modem was most likely not working anymore.

Posted in Travel @ 17 November 2009 06:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Back in Yogya: crowds in the streets I moved from Yogya some five months ago now. I don't have any feeling that resembled homesickness, but it is not bad at all to be back here again for a few days. A few days back already I woke up when the bus had already left the area of Semarang, which meant that it was less than three hours traveling before the bus would drop us at one of the big intersections along the southern ring road of the city.

Posted in Travel @ 15 November 2009 09:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Indonesian maid tortured and chained in Malaysia An Indonesia maid working in Malaysia has been tortured and abused by her two bosses. She was chained, regularly beaten with an iron stick and forced to sleep at the toilet. She was eventually rescued by the Malaysian police from the house where she worked in Taman Sentosa, Kelang, Selangor on Tuesday afternoon.

Posted in Crime @ 21 October 2009 13:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


What is 'newcomer' KLM going to do? Although KLM is flying to destinations like Jakarta and Surabaya in Indonesia through a 'detour' - by codeshares with Malaysian and Singapore Airlines for example - they will also fly to Bali with their own blue swans three times a week later this year. This means that three plane loads of Dutchmen can fly to Bali to celebrate their holidays without leaving the Netherlands behind during their long flights.

Posted in Travel @ 15 October 2009 12:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Quake survivors struggle with trauma Daniel Himawan, 11, stood silently on the front porch as his mother swept the floor of their house, which was damaged in the earthquake that devastated Indonesia's West Sumatra province. "I'm scared that another big earthquake will hit again," said Himawan, a sixth-grader.

Posted in Earthquake @ 07 October 2009 11:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rabies vaccines out of stock at Bali's main hospital Bali's ongoing struggle to fight the current rabies epidemic is being complicated by the lack of rabies vaccine at Bali's Sanglah General Hospital. As reported by Berita Bali.com, the drug store on the hospital's premises has posted a sign in its window announcing that rabies vaccine are "out of stock" .

Posted in Health @ 27 September 2009 05:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Almost 40 dead in Sumatra floods Floods in the district of Mandailing Natal, North Sumatra, have killed at least 38 people while dozens of others are reported as missing. The flood occurred when the Selang Aling river was not able to cope with heavy rains upstream. The floods reached two meters in six villages in the under-districts of Muara Batang Gadis and happened just after midnight yesterday. Most people were sleeping at the time the flood suddenly occurred.

Posted in Flooding @ 16 September 2009 04:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Thousands left seeking shelter after Java quake Thousands of Indonesians are struggling to find shelter several days after a powerful earthquake, which killed at least 57 people, struck off the coast of the heavily populated Java island. More than 26,800 houses were damaged and 334 collapsed in West Java, according to government figures provided to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Indonesia.

Posted in Earthquake @ 05 September 2009 02:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Mutiara Timur train derails near Pasuruan Five of the nine wagons of the Mutiara Timur business-class train on route from Banyuwani to Surabaya derailed at kilometer 69 in the area of Rejoso, Pasuruan district in East Java province. The accident happened around 04:00 local time. Four passengers of the train were brought to the R. Darsono hospital in Pasuruan.

Posted in Accidents @ 11 August 2009 04:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


An old-fashioned Saturday night in Jogja It was an old-fashioned Saturday evening in Jogjakarta. A part of my life that I left behind for a new life a few hundred kilometers away. I didn't miss a thing about it in the last two months, but when I am 'submerged' in it once again, it is fairly easy to pick up the old rhythm again. That is exactly what I did, together with my girlfriend and a number of friends in town.

Posted in Travel @ 02 August 2009 15:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


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

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


Seven dead in restaurant fire Kedoya, Jakarta A fire that hit a small restaurant selling soto lamongan in Jalan Pilar Mas, Kedoya, West Jakarta, has killed seven people. The fire started at around 04:40 local time. The fire was eventually put out when 13 fire trucks had arrived at the location. A spokesperson of the fire department confirmed that there were seven people killed in the fire.

Posted in Accidents @ 13 July 2009 03:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Five killed in Bogor landslide Around 05:30 local time (GMT+7) this morning, two houses in the village of Cijeruk in the village of Palasari in the district of Bogor in West Java were hit by a landslide which buried the houses under meters of soil and rubble. Five people died and one person was injured in the landslide, The victims were all from the same family and are only identified as Li (55), Imas (35), Ina (17), Rizki (12) and Lala (10). The injured person, Umar (45), has been brought to the Red Cross Hospital in Bogor.

Posted in Accidents @ 10 July 2009 03:13 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 trip by bus from Kampung Rambutan to Karangbawang At the end of a Sunday afternoon we left from Lippo Cikarang in the direction of Kampung Rambutan, a bus terminal at the edge of Jakarta. From here we would take the bus later today. We would take the one headed for Cilacap at the southern coast of Central Java to bring a visit to the family of my girlfriend. The trip to the bus terminal took about one hour, which was only a small leg in the entire trip.

Posted in Travel @ 16 June 2009 07:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Moving? Yes, but not to the Netherlands After I wrote an article recently, some people thought that I was about to return to the Netherlands. Indeed I was in the Netherlands and indeed I was about to move. Whether I put these two facts in one article on purpose or not, it were two things that played an important role at that moment. Both of them have been rounded off properly though and it wasn't that hard after all.

Posted in General @ 14 June 2009 06:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Indonesia Bisa! Thoughts on a Thursday morning It is just past eight in the morning local time when the tukang arrive. They were indirectly hired by me to take care of packing all my stuff. You can assume from me that it is quite a lot that has to be moved to Lippo Cikarang, my new living environment in a few days from here, so I am glad that there are some people helping me here.

Posted in General @ 04 June 2009 05:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Mount Slamet volcano also sees it's status raised The alert-status of the Mount Slamet volcano has been raised from 'normal' to 'aware' because of a drastic increase of the water temperature inside the crater. The change came into effect yesterday afternoon. Based on information from the observation post for the volcano in the village of Gambuhan, the volcano produces 203 tremors yesterday. Normally this is somewhere between 40 and 90.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 22 April 2009 05:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A peek into Jakarta's nightlife, the women of B.A.T.S. The later it gets the more clear it becomes that it is not all about the music, the band and the alcohol here. Pleasure is okay, but there is much more to get here that just that. The later it gets, a part of the people here starts to show more and more lowbrow attitude. In some areas you will see women hopping from one man to another. It could just be to greet them a 'bye bye', but all changes if you know better than that, because there is more to it.

Posted in Nightlife @ 22 April 2009 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


A peek into Jakarta's nightlife It is just after six in the humid evening when Jakarta suddenly goes dark. It is Magrib, within a few minutes of the call for prayer performed by thousands of muezzin which create a true chaos of sounds throughout Jakarta, the evening arrives to the city that never sleeps. However many hundreds of thousands - mostly men - hurry themselves to a nearby mosque, life in the city continues as usual.

Posted in Nightlife @ 26 March 2009 00:00 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


Panic after 6.1 magnitude quake shakes northern Sumatra An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.1 on the Richter Scale hit the area of Padang Sidempuan, northern Sumatra last evening. It was felt as far away as the district of North Tapanuli. The earthquake caused damage to houses in that district as well. Walls cracked and foundations of several houses have sustained damage as well. There were no people killed in the earthquake, but it did cause considerable panic among residents.

Posted in Earthquake @ 20 May 2008 08:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Twenty kilometers of traffic jam between Pati and Rembang The floods that hit the area of Pati, Central Java, cause the main road along the northern coast to be jammed with traffic. The road from Pati to Rembang is completely jammed. At Saturday the total traffic jam reached up to 20 kilometers. The road is flooded with half a meter to up to a meter of water. Many freight trucks and other vehicles haven't moved for two days now.

Posted in Flooding @ 16 February 2008 14:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


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


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


Strong earthquake hits off Sumatra island A strong earthquake with a magnitude of 7.1 on the Richter Scale has struck off the island of Sumatra. There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties. A tsunami-alert was issued briefly as well. The US Geological Survey said that the quake took place 135 kilometer southwest of Bengkulu, where people woke up from their sleeps early on Thursday.

Posted in Earthquake @ 25 October 2007 03:55 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


Asia rises while European arrivals seek past glory As reported on balidiscovery.com, total foreign arrivals during the first four months of 2007 totaled 472,082 - representing an improvement of +38.38% over the same four months in 2006 and the strongest start to any year on record. The graphics presented here in 'Bali by the Numbers' examining Bali's top four source markets for the first four months of each year from 2000 - 2007 show:

Posted in Tourism @ 28 May 2007 14:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 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


The first plane It was less than one week before it really happened. I was in Kuala Lumpur to settle some official stuff, and when drinking an iced tea I took some time off in the evening to visit a friend. It was getting late and however we usually only 'speak' to each other on the internet, we had some serious issues as well. Sometimes it's best to make a small joke about accidents and disasters. The people on board of the missing Adam Air plane are having a splendid time diving there, things like that, whether they are fun or not. As long as it doesn't happen in your own direct environment, you can still say things like that. I also told that I always missed such events; earthquakes when I'm away; other disasters beyond my easy reach and other things like that.

Posted in Travel @ 17 March 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Djarum ad campaign wakes up police Indonesian police sleeping on the job? Those in Indonesia can talk about it, but just don't tell everyone about it. Police are threatening to file a lawsuit against cigarette producer PT. Djarum for a nationwide campaign - billboards, tv, newspapers and magazines - that fools with police officers sleeping on the job. "The force is a state institution that deserves respect," said police spokesman Maj. Gen. Sisno Adiwinoto.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 15 March 2007 06:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Increasing volcanic activity after Sumatra earthquakes A twin earthquake that killed over 70 people in western Sumatra may have triggered heightened activity at three volcanoes according to experts. Geologists said that sensors on the slopes of three volcanoes - Talang, Tandikat and Marapi - have above-average activity since the 6.3 and 6.1 earthquakes. "We usually need about a month to observe whether the earthquake could trigger an eruption," said Gede Suantika, official from Indonesia's volcanology institute.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 10 March 2007 05:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


50 still missing after landslides in Nusa Tenggara Rescue teams are still trying to find the fifty-odd people missing after landslides hit several villages on Flores. Roads blocked by landslides hamper rescue efforts. The landslides, which are triggered by heavy rain in the last days, hit several villages in four districts of Manggarai on the island, about 1,500 kilometers to the east from the capital Jakarta.

Posted in Weather @ 04 March 2007 08:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia plans to disinfect flood-hit capital Tens of thousands of people remained camped out in shelters or under bridges in Indonesia's flood-hit capital yesterday, as authorities said they would spray the city with disinfectant to prevent the spread of disease.

Posted in Flooding @ 10 February 2007 01:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Situation report: Floods Jakarta, Bekasi, Tangerang and Banten The UN HC/RC Office in Indonesia based on information provided by the National Coordinating Board for the Management of Disaster (BAKORNAS PB), the Provincial Coordinating Unit for the Management of Disaster (SATKORLAK PB) Jakarta, the Indonesian Red Cross (PMI), the Meteorology and Geophysics Agency (BMG), and media reports has prepared this report.

Posted in Flooding @ 09 February 2007 01:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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


The hunt for Adam Air flight 574 It was a fairly normal beginning of the new year, for as far the first day of the year can be a normal one. The sun was shining here and the weather looked good for the day. Maybe a little bit strange, since we are in the middle of the wet season here so in fact we have to expect a lot of rain almost every single day now. The weather is slightly strange since there is really bad weather of the Java Sea. From Southern Sumatra until as far east at the Moluccan Spice Islands the weather is bad; very high waves, strong winds and a lot of rain are pounding the area. At first you think that that is not a big deal there out at sea, at least there will be no victims in flash floods, landslides and other misery that comes with the wet season in Indonesia.

Posted in Accidents @ 08 January 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


All rescued after ferry sinks near Bali Indonesian search and rescue teams have found all 11 passengers and crew from a ferry which sank off the resort island of Bali, reports said Monday. Nine were rescued by a passing cargo ship on Monday after they were found floating in their lifejackets in the Java sea, AFP reported citing ElShinta radio. Two others had managed to make it to Pantai Bukti beach on the northeast of Bali on Sunday.

Posted in Accidents @ 01 January 2007 09:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Wild elephants kill farmer, destroy houses on Sumatra island Wild rampaging elephants trampled a farmer to death and destroyed several houses in a village on Indonesia's Sumatra island, witnesses said Tuesday. The people of Lubuk Embut, a village on Riau province 900 kilometers (600 miles) northwest of the capital Jakarta, have been terrorized over the last few days by a herd of around 20 starving elephants in search of food, said Jayok, a village chief.

Posted in General @ 31 October 2006 13:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bus plunges into ravine in Indonesia, injuring 12 A bus plunged into a 25-meter-deep ravine in East Java province Thursday, injuring all the 12 people aboard. Police believed the driver lost control of the bus as he felt asleep, reported the national Antara news agency.

Posted in Accidents @ 26 October 2006 17:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Who is afraid of Gunung Merapi? When in Yogyakarta it is hard not to notice the Gunung Merapi volcano, towards the north. The majestic 2900 meter volcano may not be the highest one around, that's for sure, but the volcano is active almost constantly, not only scaring the hell out of the people living on it's slopes, but also offering nice views in the early morning, late afternoon and many other parts of the day when the weather allows you to. Most of the time at this time of year - it's the dry season - there are small clouds in the sky, also (partially) blocking your view on the volcano.

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


South Sulawesi flood death toll hits 200 The death toll climbed to 200 after flash floods and landslides swept through villages in the eastern Indonesian province of South Sulawesi, and left more than 130 others missing, officials said Thursday. 'The latest reports we've gotten from the field now show the death toll reached 200,' said Yustin, an official at the disaster task force, told Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa from the provincial capital of Makassar, about 1,400 kilometres northeast of Jakarta.

Posted in Flooding @ 22 June 2006 17:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Lack of funds hits Java quake relief Aid organisations helping the survivors of last month's massive earthquake on the Indonesian island of Java have warned that emergency relief operations are being hampered by a shortage of funds from international donors.

Posted in Earthquake @ 16 June 2006 07:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Red Cross triples aid appeal for Indonesia quake The International Red Cross has tripled its emergency aid appeal to help survivors of the earthquake, which killed more than 5800 people in Indonesia last month. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) said it was increasing its appeal to US$31 million ($49 million), after donors covered its initial May 27 request for US$10.4 million.

Posted in Earthquake @ 08 June 2006 07:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia quake victims put ghost fears to rest More than 120 earthquake survivors have cast aside their fear of spirits and built makeshift tents over tombstones in a small Indonesian cemetery in the badly-hit Bantul region. With tarpaulin stretched overhead and rugs thrown over graves, the survivors have managed to get sleep and escape nightly rain since the Saturday quake. Some even set up cooking equipment over larger, grander headstones.

Posted in Earthquake @ 31 May 2006 16:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Saturday's quake displaces some 660,000 people Some 660,000 people have turned into homeless in Yogyakarta province after their houses were flattened by a powerful earthquake, killing more than 5,800 people, an official said on Wednesday. Saturday's magnitude-6.3 quake pounded more than 135,000 houses into piles of bricks, tiles and wood in less than a minute.

Posted in Earthquake @ 31 May 2006 11:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Desperate quake victims await aid Heavy rain and damaged roads were hindering efforts to help survivors of a major earthquake in Indonesia, as officials put the death toll at more than 5,100 dead, 6,500 seriously injured and thousands more left homeless. While aid has been trickling in, overwhelmed hospitals were struggling to treat huge numbers of patients with limited medical supplies.

Posted in Earthquake @ 29 May 2006 19:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Supplies arrive in Javanese quake zone Emergency aid began arriving Monday in areas devastated by a 6.3-magnitude earthquake in Indonesia, but officials said the supplies were not reaching survivors quickly enough as victims pleaded for money on debris-filled roads to buy food. An aid plane chartered by the U.N.'s children agency arrived in the city of Solo, about three hours from the hardest-hit district of Bantul on Java island. It was loaded with water, tents, stoves and cooking sets that officials said would be distributed later Monday.

Posted in Earthquake @ 29 May 2006 10:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


3,700 dead, Indonesia struggles to heal Thousands of exhausted and grieving survivors dug through their crumpled homes on Sunday searching for clothes, food and valuables after a powerful earthquake hit central Indonesia, killing more than 3,700. The magnitude-6.3 quake struck early Saturday and injured thousands more in the heart of densely populated Java island, in the country's worst disaster since the 2004 tsunami. It also triggered fears that a nearby rumbling volcano would erupt.

Posted in Earthquake @ 28 May 2006 11:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Residents ask to be evacuated as Merapi rumbles Residents of Sengi hamlet on the slope of Mt Merapi on Wednesday asked to be evacuated as they had heard rumbling sounds coming from the volcano's top. "They have been hearing the rumbling sounds since yesterday, an indication that Mount Merapi is to erupt," Tarno, Sengi hamlet head, said on Wednesday.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 03 May 2006 20:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Volcano grows 10 metres in three days Mount Merapi has grown 10 metres in height in three days with pools of lava forming at its smoking summit. Experts fear an eruption could be imminent. Villagers living on the slopes of the 2,914-metre peak has been on standby alert for more than three weeks. That is one level below that which would require a mandatory evacuation for more than 29,000 people living around its fertile slopes.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 02 May 2006 10:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Volcano center: Red code status just a matter of time Hundreds of people have evacuated from areas closest to Indonesia's rumbling Mount Merapi, following days of pressure from officials who warned the volcano could erupt within the next two weeks. Meanwhile, Sri Rejeki, an expert with Yogyakarta's Volcano Development and Research Center, said her institution would soon raise the alert status into red code -- the highest level of volcano activity.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 22 April 2006 12:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Merapi residents get ready to flee People living on the slopes of smoldering Mt. Merapi in Central Java are getting ready to evacuate if the time comes. In Hargobonangun village in Pakem district near Yogyakarta, residents have put 110 vehicles on standby for evacuation purposes if the volcano erupts. "Though we have received no assistance from the Sleman regency administration or Yogyakarta province, we have taken a number of steps to prepare ourselves for an eruption," the head of Hargobonangun village, Mulyono, said.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 18 April 2006 07:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


A handful of tickets, 2 For the second time I look back at a handful of tickets that is in a box or plastic bag in my room. They are laying there, some of them already for about seven years now. Time to give them some attention and have a talk about hem. This time some attention to tickets of Taman Safari in Prigen, near Malang in east Java. Some attention as well to the parking tickets craze that seems to rage in Indonesia. Sometimes it's kind of funny where you will get tickets for however.

Posted in Travel @ 09 April 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Floodwaters swell as residents take to rooftops There are no floods in the city for months and then they happen all at once. In Jakarta, when it rains, it does indeed pour. The rain over the past week alerted people living on the banks of Ciliwung River to the possibility of floods. So, when the river -- which divides the sub-districts of Kampung Pulo, East Jakarta, and Bukit Duri, South Jakarta -- burst its banks at 5 a.m. on Friday, they were ready.

Posted in Flooding @ 14 January 2006 19:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


180 dead or missing after landslides Rescue workers carried on the grim task of searching for bodies today after pounding rains sent landslides crashing into several Indonesian villages, while the number of people listed as dead or missing fell to about 180. Authorities revised the figure after dozens of survivors were found to be staying with family or friends.

Posted in Flooding @ 07 January 2006 17:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Landslide survivors pray for miracle loved ones Surviving from the grisly landslide disaster, frail Syamsuri can only hope and pray that his four children and three grandchildren are still alive. "I know the chances are slim because they are still buried in mud, but I will keep praying for them to be rescued," said the 70-year-old man through tears. Syamsuri said the disaster was so unexpected and stunning. He recalled how he was staying at the house of Juariyah, one of his daughters, when the disaster struck.

Posted in Flooding @ 05 January 2006 07:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


'200 feared dead' in Cijeruk landslide Landslides triggered by monsoon rains have killed or left missing more than 250 people on Indonesia's Java island, most of them in a single village buried beneath tons of mud and rocks early Wednesday, officials said. Most residents of Cijeruk were at home either sleeping or performing early morning Muslim prayers when the landslide tumbled down from a nearby mountain, local government official Supriyanto told The Associated Press.

Posted in Flooding @ 04 January 2006 08:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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