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Dumai residents panic following oil refinery fire The fires that devoured the oil refinery of the state energy company, PT Pertamina, in Dumai, Riau Province on Sunday at 22.00 p.m., triggered panic among residents and irate officers of the company.

Posted in Accidents @ 17 February 2014 15:50 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jokowi to modernize people's markets in capital city Jakarta governor Joko Widodo, or Jokowi as he is popularly called, made another breakthrough by starting the modernization of peoples markets in the capital city on Wednesday.

Posted in Economy @ 06 November 2013 17:27 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Agency: 'Dieng`s volcanic tremors still taking place' The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) said deep and shallow volcanic tremors still continued to take place in Mount Dieng, in Sumberejo village, Banjarnegara disrtrict, Central Java, on Tuesday.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 02 April 2013 20:57 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Volcanic tremors still shaking timbang crater continuously The Banjarnegara Regional Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) said several tremors had continuously shaken Timbang Crater in Sumber Rejo Village, Banjarnegara District, Central Java from Sunday to Monday morning.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 01 April 2013 20:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Marapi`s volcanic ash flowing out 200 meters high Mount Marapi in Tanahdatar and Agam regencies in West Sumatra has volcanic ash flowing out of the volcano 200 meters high on Friday morning. The volcanic flow took place at 7.30 am local time as far as 2 km in the direction north of the mountain in parts of Jorong Limo Suku, Nagari Sungaipuar in Agam regency.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 19 May 2012 13:12 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


VP calls for regulation on mosque loudspeakers Vice President Boediono asked the Indonesian Council of Mosques here on Friday to start discussing a possible regulation about the use of loudspeakers at mosques.

Posted in General @ 27 April 2012 13:10 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Evacuations as activity rises at Indonesia's Mount Lewotolo Hundreds of people living near a volcano in the Indonesian province of East Nusa Tenggara were evacuated on Thursday because of increased volcanic activity, the Antara news agency reported.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 06 January 2012 00:06 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Thick volcanic deposits hamper search for victims The large amount of volcanic material that has been deposited by the Mount Merapi volcano in recent weeks, mainly in the Gendol river area in the district of Cangkringan, makes the search for victims even more difficult. Because the volcanic material is already settling down for some now, digging by hand is not enough to retrieve any of the missing bodies.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 15 November 2010 03:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


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

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


Smell of death spreads in Padang Five days after the earthquake in West Sumatra, the city of Padang starts to smell like death as bodies of diseased people start to decay. The bad smell rises from most collapsed buildings in the city now, indicating that there are still many bodies under the debris which have not been evacuated. Some of the sites that have started to spread the smell of death are the Ambacang Hotel, the central market, the BNI building and the Adira offices.

Posted in Earthquake @ 05 October 2009 03:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mud leak appear in Sukahening village Just a few days after the heavy earthquake of September 2, 2009, the village of Sukahening in the district of Tasikmalaya has become the scene of a new natural event, a mud leak. Based on observations by television station Metro TV, the mud is pushed out of the earth in a hole with a diameter of up to two meters. The village of Sukahening is some 25 kilometers away from the city of Tasikmalaya.

Posted in Earthquake @ 07 September 2009 03:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ramadan in Jalan Jaksa; too much alcohol It was a Saturday yesterday. As usual I got up on time and after breakfast, mandi and a quick look on the internet I grabbed my stuff for a short trip to Jakarta, which is still about one hour from here. The bus at ten in the morning was one bus later than I had planned on taking in the first place, but well, that's how things go. No big deal.

Posted in Ramadan @ 30 August 2009 09:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Old and dirty money; how to get rid of it You will all probably have experience with it. You have just paid in the local supermarket and your change is a pile of banknotes that are just a few euro cents in value. If you are lucky enough, they will add a handful of aluminum coins with even less value than those uang kertas ('paper money') as well.

Posted in Culture @ 06 August 2009 15:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Pig farms in Balikpapan have to close in 2010 The city government of Balikpapan has decided to close down all pig farms within the city limits of the city in eastern Kalimantan in 2010. Farmers are given one year to prepare themselves for the closure. Based on information of the city government, there are currently 40 pig farms in the area. On average there are somewhere between 100 and 150 pigs in each farm.

Posted in Mexican flu @ 07 May 2009 11:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Radical wind blows stronger than ever through Indonesia With the adoption of the 'anti-pornography' laws yesterday, Indonesia is approaching more and more the ideal image of a remote province of the Middle East. With adopting the law, which has been pushed forward by the radical-Islamic FPI (Islamic Defenders Front) and the MUI (Council of Islamic Scholars) for almost a decade now, it is now possible to act on your own when you see something that is not acceptable for you. In most countries that would be called 'taking matters into your own hands', but not anymore in Indonesia, where a young democracy is buried under a thick layer of radical-Islamic mud.

Posted in Religion @ 31 October 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ramadan on Batam: Really closed down? The afternoon after that, the second day of Ramadan, I made a walk through the town of Nagoya, which is the most important place on the island outside the industrial estates and shipyards which are spread on other parts of the island. Nagoya Hill is the biggest shopping center of the island. Entirely according to Indonesian standards this shopping center - also called 'superblok' - features a big Hypermart supermarket, a Matahari department store, half a floor of mobile communication and one floor of food court of mixed quality. It is directly noticeable that it is an entirely different world than outside. Restaurants outside behave themselves as chameleons by acting they are closed, while they are still open.

Posted in Ramadan @ 09 September 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Natural gas leak near Indramayu worries residents A natural gas leak that has been found in an embankment in the village of Tambak, sub-district of Indramayu in western Java. The natural gas leak was first discovered by Mamang, a resident of Tambak. The gas leak smells like the familiar gas that is used for cooking, but the leak also exhausts some almost black mud. Residents now know that the gas is flammable as well.

Posted in General @ 09 March 2008 05:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Wilders endangers his fellow countrymen all over the world Many are waiting for the moment - unfortunately a big part of the people is only waiting for it for negative reasons - the short move made by Dutch politician Geert Wilders about the Koran, the holy book for Muslims. He wants to show the world that Islam is a religion of violence and that 'their book' - the Koran indeed - is a source of fascism in the religion. That is the very short story and I'm sure other aspects of Islam will be highlighted as well. It is expected that that won't be too positive as well, which is causing that negative feeling. Such a kind of straight-forwarded attack on Islam - or any other religion for that matter - will provoke strong reactions and these will not be limited to the area that we know as The Netherlands.

Posted in General @ 22 January 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 29 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


Mount Ijen volcano alert status raised to level II Hundreds of sulfur miners are still working in the crater of the Mount Ijen volcano in Bondowoso, eastern Java, because the activity of the volcano looks still normal. Despite this the alert status of the volcano has been raised to level II, 'on watch'. The volcanic activity of Mount Ijen is still continuing in the border area of the districts of Bondowoso and Banyuwangi.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 09 November 2007 08:27 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


Komodo dragon kills boy in Indonesia Guards in a national park in Indonesia have started a search for a Komodo dragon which attacked and killed an 8-year-old boy when he was going to the toilet in a bush. The fatal attack on a human by a giant lizard is the first in 33 years and happened Saturday on the island of Komodo, according to a guard of the park.

Posted in Accidents @ 04 June 2007 16:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Drinking coffee in the kampung, part 1 However it wasn't Saturday for sure, but a Tuesday, still I had the feeling that I had to take my motorbike for a nice day of traveling. Where it would bring me? At least as far as Purworejo. To my amazement and some shame I had never been there before, so that became the primary target. I at least had to go there so I could honestly say that I had been there. Furthermore there were no plans, like usual. It was already late in the morning, so it was not really supposed to become a long trip. Maybe after Purworejo it was time to find my way back. That also depended on what I would find along the way of course. Seen the distance and the road conditions it was to take about one and a half hour to get there. My modest estimation.

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


West-Java farmers struggle to survive Farmers living outside Indonesia's flood-hit capital said Monday they were struggling to survive after hundreds of square miles of land were inundated, destroying rice and other recently planted crops. With waters receding, many returned to their washed-out fields Monday to survey the damage.

Posted in Flooding @ 12 February 2007 11:53 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


Chickens rule the world Earlier this month it finally came through - Jakarta was to forbid all chickens in, on, around, below and besides houses, huts and other structures - but since then not much happened elsewhere to reach the same effect. Of course that will not be easy. Not outside Jakarta but also not within the city limits of a city of 15 million souls. Whether the city is flooded or not, chickens will always be there. Just recently a small group of people started to understand that chickens and humans can be a dangerous combination. This are probably people which already lost someone dear to this disease with incredibly high mortality rates. For all the others they can't care less, they have to make some living from it. Without chickens no food and that is what the local government realizes.

Posted in Health @ 10 February 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Residents clear flood waste in Indonesia Deadly floods receded from much of the Indonesian capital Wednesday, leaving stinking debris blocking streets and a daunting cleanup for residents, many angry at the country's leaders following the latest in a string of disasters. "Every year the government promises there will be no more floods, but just look around you," said Endang Trisilowati as her children hauled sacks of black mud out of her house in downtown Jakarta. "I have to buy a new sofa, new beds, everything. It is a disgrace."

Posted in Flooding @ 08 February 2007 01:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Scientists: Indonesia mud volcano caused by drilling A mud volcano that inundated dozens of villages was probably triggered by commercial gas drilling, research published in a respected scientific journal shows, contradicting an Indonesian Government Minister who insists it was a natural disaster. ``It is very likely'' that the mud flow in Sidoarjo, eastern Java, which has spewed a million barrels of mud a day for eight months, is manmade, four researchers say in the February issue of Geological Society of American's GSA Today.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 24 January 2007 09:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Indonesia turns to greener motorised rickshaws For years, their acrid fumes have been as much a part of the Indonesian capital as the distinctive smell of the country's clove cigarettes. Now the Jakarta city government hopes the old smoke-belching motorised rickshaws or bajajs, which Indonesians pronounce as "budge eye", may finally be able to rattle off into the sunset.

Posted in General @ 25 September 2006 08:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The gray ooze that ate the villages Nothing, it seems, can stop the mud. For more than three months, the hot, noxious goop has spewed up through a crack in the earth at a natural-gas exploration site, swamping everything in its path. The expanding, surreal gray lake with the stench of rotten eggs has enveloped more than 10 square miles of land in eastern Java, Indonesia's most densely populated island. The flow has forced 8,000 to 10,000 people from their homes, engulfed about a dozen factories, contaminated fish farms and intermittently closed a major highway.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 10 September 2006 14:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Alert level at Mount Bromo volcano raised to second-highest Indonesia has raised the alert level at a smoking volcano on Java island, and is urging villagers and tourists to stay off the mountain's slopes, the government said Wednesday. Mount Bromo typically erupts once a year, but it does not send debris or lava far down its slopes and nearby towns and villages were in no danger, government volcanologist Suryono told el-Shinta radio station.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 06 September 2006 07:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mudflow scatters villagers in East Java Three weeks of an unceasing, foul- smelling mudflow from a gas well accident have uprooted more locals in Porong district of East Java province and forced them to shelter in cramped markets, schools and government offices. On Sunday, more than 3,800 residents from the four worst-hit villages near Sidoarjo were staying at newly built Pasar Baru Porong market, which was scheduled to begin operation in July. Others are camped out in school buildings, offices and local mosques, local newspaper the Jakarta Post daily reported on Monday.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 20 June 2006 11:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


400 hospitalised after gas leak in Indonesia Over 400 people were hospitalised in the Indonesian province of West Java after gas began leaking from a pipe owned by a textile producer, a local media report said on Wednesday. Hundreds of sick residents, some unconscious, were brought to the local hospital on Tuesday in ambulances, private cars and public buses with complaints of headaches and nausea after inhaling gas escaping from the pipe belonging to PT Indorama Synthetic.

Posted in Accidents @ 15 December 2005 07:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Azahari, hard work and stupidity If there was ever an occasion when the words "terrorism" and "good news" can ever be used in the same sentence, then Wednesday's police raid that led to the death of bombmaker Dr. Azahari was certainly one of them. It had been a long time coming. The work of the notorious Demolition Man is believed to have been behind four of the worst terrorist attacks in Indonesia -- the Bali bombings of 2002, the JW Marriott Hotel bombing in 2003, the Kuningan bombing in Jakarta in 2004, and last month's bombings in Kuta and Jimbaran.

Posted in Terrorism @ 12 November 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


One day aboard KRI Dewaruci It was about a week ago, at a Saturday morning, that I was thinking about whether I should to all the way to Amsterdam to have a look at some boats, because that's in fact wat Sail 2005 had to offer, a long line of boats, moored to the city's cays. Most of them open for public, so ordinary people were also able to take a look aboard. One of those ships was the Indonesian tall-ship KRI Dewaruci, a ship that is used by TNI-AL (The naval forces of the Indonesian Army) for training purposes. I hadn't seen the ship before, but going there just for that is a little too much. A quick look at their website and I wrapped up my stuff to go out anyway.

Posted in Military @ 29 August 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Corby's last hearing brings in two Aussies After hearing testimony on Wednesday from two Brisbane-based employees of Australia's Qantas Airways Ltd., the Denpasar District Court closed the second trial for an Australian woman convicted of smuggling drugs into Bali.

Posted in Drugs @ 04 August 2005 14:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 7 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


Philip Morris offers to buy Sampoerna for US$5.2 billion Marlboro maker Philip Morris on Monday said it is offering US$5.2 billion for one of heavy-smoking Indonesia's largest cigarette firms to expand its share of one of the world's biggest markets. The US firm agreed to acquire a 40 percent stake in Sampoerna for 10,600 rupiah a share -- 20 percent higher than the closing price of 8,850 last Thursday -- and said it wanted to buy the remainder for the same amount.

Posted in Economy @ 14 March 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tsunami victims still being recovered in Indonesia The body squad has been doing its dirty, dangerous and unavoidable work here for nearly a month. Yet, every day, incredibly, there are still more victims of the Asian tsunami to be found, bagged and buried. The squad — Indonesian soldiers and Red Cross volunteers — gathers in the Punge neighborhood of this provincial capital. The Indonesian army says more than 17,600 bodies have been pulled from this area. The Indonesian Red Cross says more than 92,700 bodies have been found in Aceh province, the area hit hardest Dec. 26 by the earthquake and tsunami.

Posted in Earthquake @ 23 January 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Disease fear as Indonesia battles devastation Indonesian soldiers and volunteers are searching for bodies in treetops and laying dead babies in fish crates, trying to clean up before disease could spread after a tsunami killed 4,500 people. Many of the dead were youngsters and elderly who drowned in waters churning with huge rocks, logs and the remnants of homes uprooted by earthquake-triggered waves that slammed into Aceh province on the northern tip of Sumatra island on Sunday.

Posted in Earthquake @ 27 December 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Thousands killed in massive tsunami Legions of rescuers spread across Asia today after an earthquake of epic power struck deep beneath the Indian Ocean, unleashing 20-foot tidal waves that ravaged coasts across thousands of miles and killed more than 13,340 people and left millions homeless in the fourth-largest temblor in a century. The death toll along the southern coast of Asia -- and as far west as Somalia, on the African coast, where nine people were reported lost -- steadily increased as authorities sorted out a far-flung disaster caused by Sunday's 9.0-magnitude earthquake, strongest in 40 years.

Posted in Earthquake @ 27 December 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


As soon as Tana Toraja was introduced to me, it was taken away as well. I still remember the fact that I agreed on those meagre four days in Tana Toraja ‘because my schedule is too tight’, as it always is. In the van, just leaving the hotel for the last time, I was asking myself when I would really stop taking about schedules at all. Probably never, because I will always have to take an airplane in and out Indonesia again, but the time between those fixed points is merely a collection of things to do and things done in the past. For now, I was on my way to Makassar again, this very same evening I would have dinner with the owner of Caraka Travelindo, which has provided me with this wonderful trip.

Posted in Travel @ 27 November 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Finally we found ourselves in the heart of Tana Toraja, seen as one of the few places in Indonesia where tourists go to see something that has to do with the everyday life, which is also ‘protected’ by the Indonesian government. It’s good that they see that such an important part of Sulawesi (and so Indonesian) history is preserved. And I was about to see some of it. I realised that it was not possible to see everything as thoroughly as I normally would, with my little four days in the area.

Posted in Travel @ 20 November 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia chokes on smoke from 1,100 forest fires More than 1,100 forest fires burning in central Indonesia have enveloped the region in a choking haze that's reduced air quality and delayed flights, officials said yesterday. Bush fires have sent smoke billowing over large parts of Indonesia's Sumatra and Kalimantan islands in recent months, and the cloud has also spread to neighboring Malaysia.

Posted in Forest fires @ 05 September 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Airports are fun, not only in Indonesia, but everywhere on the world. After flying to Indonesia several times I have seen the airports of Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Zurich, Singapore, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Jogjakarta, Denpasar, Surabaya and Makassar. Not an impressive number, but it’s still growing longer. However the remote destinations always seem more attractive for me, a local flight in Indonesia, from Makassar to Jogja, with a short stop at Surabaya made me smile while thinking of it just recently. It’s just one of those experiences I should not forget about.

Posted in Travel @ 31 May 2004 00:00 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


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

Posted in Travel @ 04 April 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Before he slipped into unconsciousness, six-year-old Kaptan Boonmanuj told his mother, "Mum, my chest feels like it's going to explode." On Jan. 26, after two weeks in a coma, Kaptan died in Bangkok's Siriraj Hospital, becoming Thailand's first victim of avian flu. His parents returned home to the hamlet of Ben Ya Pad, deep in the country's rural western province of Kanchanaburi. Two days had passed since their son's death, and rice farmer Chamnan Boonmanuj and his wife Chongrak sat receiving friends and relatives, the smell of burning incense heavy in the front room of their concrete house. Behind them, Kaptan's body lay in a white coffin. Propped against it was his bicycle, along with a picture of Kaptan wearing his school uniform. Outside, a row of ornate wreaths was placed beside the wall of the house. One was from the Ministry of Public Health.

Posted in Health @ 06 February 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia becomes the puffer's paradise Indonesia has reaffirmed its status as a cigarette manufacturer's and puffer's paradise. Early last month, the Finance Ministry announced a freeze on excise tax hikes on cigarettes for this year in an effort to encourage local cigarette manufacturers to boost their annual production to 200 billion sticks, about 1,000 cigarettes per capita. The policy decision flies in the face of international norms; most governments nowadays urge their populations to smoke less to avoid cigarette-related diseases and unnecessary deaths.

Posted in General @ 04 February 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bumps on Indonesia's Tobacco Road Every afternoon at 4:30, the thousands of women who roll clove cigarettes for Hanjaya Mandala Sampoerna file out of the company's three factories here, the pungent aroma of cloves clinging to their uniforms as fast as the company logo. For anyone who has visited Indonesia, nothing evokes memories of the trip like the smell of those cigarettes, the lingering odor of cloves blended with tobacco serving as a sweet, but toxic, national perfume.

Posted in General @ 10 October 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


"Oh, you have to visit Lombok, it's very different from other islands in Indonesia, and Bali. It's much more quiet and the people are more friendly." That was what I was told when I told people there was a small chance I would go to Lombok. A very definate 'must see' island.

Posted in Travel @ 24 August 2003 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Durian-flavored condoms sell well in Indonesia Indonesian activists have sold durian-flavored condoms as part of a campaign to fight HIV /AIDS, a report said Friday. DKT Indonesia, an anti-AIDS organization, said it sold 150,000 condoms with the exotic flavor when the product was first launched last month, the Jakarta Post reported. "Probably only the new Harry Potter book beat us in terms of sale speed and volume," Teguh Budiono, the DKT product brand manager, was quoted as saying.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 05 July 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The president director of the State Electricity Company (PLN), Eddie Widiono, seems to be clairvoyant. Two years ago, at a seminar on electricity in Jakarta, he made a prediction that by 2003, Java-Bali would be shrouded in darkness. The reason: scarce electricity supply due to minimum PLN investments. Widiono's estimate might just be optimistic. On September 12, Asep, a resident of Cibinong, Bogor, nearly had a heart attack. A huge explosion shook his house, followed a second later by total darkness. The thundering noise came directly from next door, an electrical relay station handling extremely high voltages. Rushing outside, Asep saw one of the poles inside the station burning. "Wow, the noise was totally deafening, just like a bomb," he said. "Then there were fireworks and a sharp burning smell," he said.

Posted in General @ 23 September 2002 00:00 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


Fire destroys Taman Puring market Mamat looked dejectedly at the smoldering remains of his kiosk at the Taman Puring market in Kebayoran Baru, South Jakarta, afterfire swept through some 300 kiosks in the market in the wee hours on Saturday. "I spent all my cash of Rp 260 million on new stock on Friday," the local shoe trader, who hails from Serang, Banten province, said on Saturday morning. The trader, who has been selling shoes for nine years, said he had just received orders from Surabaya and Semarang and had anticipated a big crowd on the weekend due to the end of the month being pay day.

Posted in Accidents @ 30 June 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two Indonesians named in billionaires club Both are 53 and both sit atop business empires built solely on kretek, the sweet smelling clove-flavored cigarettes. On Friday, Rachman Halim and Putera Sampoerna were named among the world's 538 billionaires by the leading U.S. business magazine Forbes. Rachman, head of the Wonowidjojo clan who owns the Gudang Garam tobacco company, ranks 292nd with an estimated net worth of US$1.7 billion; Putera, who owns and runs the Sampoerna business group, is 387th with a net worth of $1.3 billion.

Posted in General @ 23 June 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Blood. countless gallons of blood soaked deep into the clay of a soccer field. There have been two heavy thunderstorms in the four days since 118 children, women and men—Madurese refugees huddled together and promised safe passage—were systematically butchered on the high-school playing field in Parenggean, a logging town deep in central Kalimantan. Those rains weren't cleansing enough: in the still of a tropical afternoon, the sweet stink of putrescence hangs in the air like the unquiet spirits of those murdered here. Halerin, a stocky sawmill hand in his thirties, was at the field that night. His account:

Posted in Violence @ 08 March 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police gear up for Irian rally Hundreds of security personnel paraded throughthe main streets of Jayapura, the capital city of Irian Jaya province on Thursday as a show of force ahead of a mass rally on Friday to commemorate the anniversary of the 1961 declaration of independence. The parade of security personnel, comprising members of the police, Army,Marines and Navy special forces along with two armored vehicles received a cold shoulder from most of the residents.

Posted in General @ 30 November 2000 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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