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Jakarta begins towing illegally parked vehicles The Jakarta provincial administration on Monday has initiated to tow and impose fines for illegally parked vehicles on the citys streets.

Posted in General @ 08 September 2014 21:49 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Flights undisturbed by fire at Soekarno-Hatta airport Flight activities at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport remained normal after a fast food restaurant outside Terminal 2F caught fire early in the morning on Thursday.

Posted in Accidents @ 14 August 2014 11:39 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Drunken passengers wonít be boarded in Bali The State News Agency Antara reports that the managers of Baliís Ngurah Rai International Airport are implementing steps to enhance security and supplement personnel following an ďunlawful incidentĒ initially reported as the hijacking on a Virgin Australia flight from Brisbane to Bali.

Posted in Travel @ 28 April 2014 10:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Long list of complaints for Baliís renovated airport A public forum organized by the Bali Tourism Board on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 to discuss service and conditions at Baliís Ngurah Rai International Airport brought a shower of strong criticism from stakeholders in the Islandís tourism industry concerned with the many complaints about the airport received form the traveling public.

Posted in Tourism @ 28 April 2014 08:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


High handling fees at Ngurai Rai burden for charters Charter aircraft operators are complaining bitterly about mandatory ground handling fees being imposed on visiting aircraft by a joint-veture partner of† PT Angkasa Pura I †who†manage of Baliís Ngurah Rai Airport.

Posted in General @ 22 December 2013 11:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Thai Lion Air starts commercial flights at December 4 Thai Lion Air, a daughtercompany of Lion Air Group, founded in Thailand, will start it's commercial flights on December 4, 2013. Bangkok's Don Mueang Airport (DMK) will be used and in Jakarta, departures and arrivals are from terminal 2E. The airline will start operations with three routes.

Posted in Travel @ 20 November 2013 03:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


New Bali airport terminal in use The renovated Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali when completed will be able to handle a yearly flow of 16 million passengers, more than doubling its former estimated capacity of 7.7 million.

Posted in Travel @ 14 October 2013 12:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 1 reaction


Police conduct urine tests on bus drivers Police in Karawang district, West Java, conducted urine tests on bus drivers at Klari terminal on Monday. "All bus drivers, particularly inter-provincial bus drivers, are obliged to undergo a urine test," the head of the Karawang police resort`s narcotics unit, Adj. Comr. Senen Ali, said.

Posted in General @ 06 August 2013 00:15 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Five airports get special security for upcoming holidays Transportation Minister EE Mangindaan said five international airports in the country would get special security in connection with Islamic post-fasting holiday of Lebaran.

Posted in Travel @ 01 August 2013 22:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Idul Fitri travelers urged to not use motorcycles Jakarta Police Deputy Chief Brig. Gen. Sudjarno asked Idul Fitri holiday travelers to not use motorcycles when they went home towns to celebrate the post-fasting holiday of Lebaran next week.

Posted in Travel @ 01 August 2013 21:48 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Traffic jam extends 3 km along Trans-Sumatra highway Slow procession of Lebaran holiday home-bound travelers extended as far as 3 km along Trans-Sumatra highway in Bandarlampung, Lampung Province, on Monday morning.

Posted in General @ 29 July 2013 12:10 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Lion Air officially launches Batik Air Indonesiaís largest low-cost carrier Lion Air launched its full-service Batik Air at the country's main gateway Soekarno-Hatta Airport in Cengkareng, Banten, on Thursday.

Posted in Travel @ 25 April 2013 11:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Batik Air to offer full service flights from May 3, 2013 Lion Air has officially launched their full service airline called Batik Air, which will begin operations on May 3, 2013 using 737-900ERs. The airline has also signed a commitment with Boeing to order five 787 Dreamliners for the airline, and intends to have them delivered by 2015, the first to order the type since Garuda Indonesia cancelled its firm order for 10 aircraft.

Posted in Travel @ 22 April 2013 14:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Malindo Air has started operations Malindo Air is a Malaysian-Indonesian airline founded in September 2012 by Lion Air (Indonesia) and NADI (Malaysia). The airline was granted their operating permits earlier this year. Shortly after, they started operations on flights between Kuala Lumpur, Kota Kinabalu and Kuching, all in Malaysia.

Posted in Travel @ 21 April 2013 07:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono calls on people to have positive thinking President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has called on the people to not always think negatively towards the country`s problems.

Posted in General @ 22 March 2013 20:54 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


BNN exposes nationwide narcotics distribution network The National Narcotics Agency (BNN) in East Java managed to uncover a narcotics distribution ring after the organisation received information from a suspect who was arrested earlier at Surabaya`s Juanda Airport.

Posted in Drugs @ 25 January 2013 22:14 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Floods force operator to close a bus lane Heavy rain falls in Sunday morning which triggered a one-meter flood in Pesing sub-district, Kalideres, West Jakarta, caused the operator of the Trans-Jakarta Busway to close the bus lane to the Kalideres Terminal.

Posted in Flooding @ 13 January 2013 15:44 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Soekarno-Hatta Airport rail link to emulate Changi model The Soekarno-Hatta International Airport rail link will be modelled on the one in Changi, Singapore.

Posted in General @ 03 January 2013 17:23 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Power outages hit Ngurah Rai airport Public service at Baliís Ngurah Rai International Airport was disrupted on Wednesday, November 28, 2012, at 2:20 pm when a power interruption left most of the airport in the dark.The Wednesday power outage followed a similar power failure on Monday, two days earlier.

Posted in Power supply @ 01 December 2012 06:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt: 'Luxurious car owners to use non-subsidized fuel' The Indonesian government has urged owners of luxurious cars to use non-subsidized fuel oils as their quotas are predicted to be used up by December 24. "Have an empathy with those deserving the subsidy," Deputy Minister of Energy Rudi Rubiandini said here on Wednesday.

Posted in General @ 28 November 2012 17:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indian company to exploit commercial areas on Ngurah Rai The Hindu Business Line reports that the GVK Group, an Indian company listed on that countryís stock exchange, has finalized an agreement for the operation, management and development of commercial facilities at Baliís Ngurah Rai International Airport.

Posted in Economy @ 10 November 2012 09:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Fire destroys central market in Bangli The Kidul Market in Bangli, northwest Bali, was heavily damaged by fire on Monday, September 9, 2012. The fire, which started at 2:30 pm, destroyed 104 shops, threatening both the livelihoods of the shop owners and the distribution network that drives a large part of the Bangli economy.

Posted in Accidents @ 18 September 2012 11:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Body of murdered Paniai police officer to be brought to Jayapura The body of police officer Brigadier Yohan Kasimatau, who was shot dead by a rebel group on Tuesday, will be transferred from Nabire to Jayapura on Thursday, Senior Commissioner Johanes Nugroho, a spokesman for the Papua police said.

Posted in Crime @ 23 August 2012 16:30 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Over 1,300 motorcyclists to receive free journey home More than 1,300 motorcyclists and 2,687 passengers will be given a free trip aboard the KRI Banda Aceh warship to their home villages for the Lebaran festivity.

Posted in Ramadan @ 15 August 2012 15:36 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Smoking ban kicks off in Bali The province of Bali became "officially smoke free" as of June 1, 2012. Quoted by Republika.co.id, Baliís governor Made Mangku Pastika said the ban on smoking in public places will be phased in, commencing with an immediate ban on smoking in government offices.

Posted in Health @ 05 June 2012 10:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Malaysian national arrested on drug charges A Malaysian national was arrested for allegedly smuggling 128 grams of crystal methamphetamine (shabu-shabu) at Polonia Airport here on Thursday.

Posted in Drugs @ 01 June 2012 18:29 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


20 years in jail for bringing 6.9 kg of shabu Noerdin Muhammad Amin (41) alias Tudin, from Aceh, had been sentenced to 20 years in jail by the Medan district court on Thursday because he was found guilty of bringing 6.9 kg of methyl amphytamine locally called shabu-shabu kept in a cake wrapper.

Posted in Drugs @ 31 May 2012 21:35 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Timika gateway for arms dealing Timika District Military Commander Lt Col Inf Christian Tehuteru has suspected that the Mimika district town of Timika was a gateway for the distribution trade of firearms and ammunition.

Posted in Crime @ 30 May 2012 12:24 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Yogyakarta's Adisutjipto airport relocation being studied Adisutjipto Airport relocation plan from Sleman district to Kulon Progo district is still in the stage of a feasibility study, PT Angkasa Pura I spokesperson Isye Yuviana said here on Friday.

Posted in Travel @ 31 December 2011 06:25 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Umar Patek returns to Bali for Bali Bomb reenactment Umar Patek, the terror suspect arrested in Pakistan in January 2011 and returned to Indonesia, was brought to Bali by Indonesian police to Bali on Thursday, October 20, 2011, to visit five locations linked with the 2002 Bali bombing.

Posted in Terrorism @ 23 October 2011 12:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


President Yudhoyono to inaugurate new Lombok airport President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is scheduled to inaugurate the newly built Lombok International Airport in West Nusa Tenggara province on October 3, 2011, a spokesman said.

Posted in Travel @ 13 September 2011 01:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Three Koreans arrested with dummy bombs On Monday, the airport police at Soekarno Hatta International Airport in Cengkareng, Banten, arrested three Korean nationals who were carrying bomb replicas. The officers also confiscated what seemed to be detonators, cables and explosive materials packed into a special bag.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 08 August 2011 14:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Garuda employees stealing alcohol from Garuda galleys According to Kompas.com, the police precinct at Baliís Ngurah Rai Airport have busted a syndicate stealing alcoholic beverages from the business class galleys of Garuda Indonesia aircraft transiting Bali.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 29 July 2011 08:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


New airport on Lombok to be opened on October 1? Vice-president Boediono has ordered the management of PT Angkasa Pura I, the manager of airports in Indonesia, to open up the new Lombok international airport from October 1, 2011. "I want to hear from PT Angkasa Pura I that they will be able to open the airport, because it should have been opened in early 2010 already."

Posted in Economy @ 17 July 2011 11:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Possible explosives found after bomb threat for Garuda flight Bomb threats forced a Garuda Indonesia flight to be grounded in the country's East Java province on Wednesday, as airport officials confirmed finding suspected bomb packages.

Posted in Terrorism @ 25 May 2011 15:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mandala Airlines to fly again? After the sudden shut-down of airliner Mandala Airlines earlier this year, there are now rumours that the company will most likely start flying again soon. The director general of PT Angkasa Pura II, the operator of airports in Indonesia, is said to have received this information earlier.

Posted in Travel @ 17 May 2011 14:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Illegal middlemen and taxi drivers arrested at Jakarta airport Dozens of illegal traders in tickets who were looking for a nice trade in terminals 1 and 2 of the international airport of Soekarno-Hatta near Jakarta have been arrested. "They indeed were a target in our cleanup operation," said Abdi, a manager of state-run airport manager PT Angkasa Pura II.

Posted in Crime @ 11 May 2011 02:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police finds another parcel bomb in South Kalimantan Indonesian police on Wednesday found and disposed another suspected parcel bomb in South Kalimantan province, the Antara news agency reported.

Posted in Crime @ 23 March 2011 20:21 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President asks Foreign Minister about Indonesians in Egypt President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Thursday requested Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa about the situation of Indonesians in the conflicted Egypt, the Jakarta Post reported.

Posted in Protests @ 03 February 2011 17:24 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Surabaya airport to upgrade passenger capacity Indonesia's second largest airport, Juanda Airport in Surabaya of East Java, is planning to upgrade and increase its passenger capacity, according to news reports on Thursday.

Posted in Travel @ 23 December 2010 05:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Suspected terrorist arrives in Jakarta under heavy guard Indonesian terror suspect, Fadli Sadama, arrived at the Soekarno-Hatta Airport, Tangerang, under strict guard from Detachment 88, Indonesia's National Police anti-terror squad, around 5 p.m on Saturday, a police spokesman said.

Posted in Terrorism @ 05 December 2010 02:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Even longer queues at Indonesian immigration Virtually every local paper in Bali is carrying news of the long delays being experienced by arriving passengers at Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport where new Board Control Management (BCM) requirements have made an already long customs and immigration process even longer.

Posted in Tourism @ 03 May 2010 14:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Airport of Surabaya to be enlarged in 2011 PT Angkasa Pura I, the state-owned company that manages airports in Indonesia, has announced that 2011 will be the starting point for new extensions of the international airport of Juanda near Surabaya in East Java province. The airport, that has been extended in recent years, has already reached its maximum capacity.

Posted in Travel @ 16 April 2010 11:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


PT Pelindo v.s. Islamists: two dead and counting The evacuation of the grave of Habib Hasan bin Muhammad al Haddad alias Mbah Priok, in Koja, North Jakarta, has ended in a big brawl between members of the civil police Satpol PP and members of the radical Islamic FPI (Front Pembela Islam) and FBR (Forum Betawi Rembug). The grave has to be demolished in favour of a new seaport terminal, but the Islamists have other plans obviously.

Posted in Religion @ 14 April 2010 09:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tax refund: Government decides where you should shop The Indonesian Directorate General of Taxation have appointed eight retail companies to help introduce the first phases of the new value-added-tax (VAT) refund scheme available to visitors to Indonesia effective April 1, 2010.

Posted in Tourism @ 07 April 2010 03:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Lion Air is going to move at Jakarta airport Lion Air has decided that they want to move to terminal 1C with their operational activities before the end of the year. This should eventually lead to more clarity among travelers and cost-savings as well. The last airline that occupied terminal 1C was AirAsia, which has since moved to the new terminal 3 building at the airport.

Posted in Travel @ 03 April 2010 02:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Solution for overcrowded terminal 1A in sight? Both Lion Air and Batavia Air both have plans to move from the overcrowded terminal 1A at the international airport of Soekarno-Hatta near the Indonesian capital Jakarta. Both airlines have the desire to move to another location in the same terminal, so terminal 1C is to be the new crowded place after Air Asia left that place for the new Terminal 3 last year.

Posted in Travel @ 06 March 2010 10:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister: 'Please upgrade Bali airport quickly!' Indonesia's Minister of Culture and Tourism, Jero Wacik, was in Bali on Sunday, February 28, 2010, to officiate at the launching of a book covering the history of Bali aviation. Bali's Ngurah Rai Airport: Gateway to Paradise 1930-2010 which has been published by Angkasa Pura I, the company that manages Bali's only air gateway.

Posted in General @ 03 March 2010 00:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Delays in opening of Lombok's new airport Plans to conduct a "soft opening" of the new Lombok International Airport (BIL) in March 2010 are going to be delayed, according the Chief of the Transportation, Communication and Information (Dishubkominfo) office for West Nusa Tenggara province, Ahmad Baharudin.

Posted in Travel @ 01 March 2010 05:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Soekarno-Hatta: World's second most on-time airport As airlines continue to charge customers more while offering fewer services, at least the world's busiest airports are showing signs of improved performance. That's according to data published by FlightStats, an Oregon-based company that tracks historical and real-time flight information for airports and airlines around the world.

Posted in Travel @ 17 December 2009 02:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Waiting along the toll road It is half past ten in the evening and the DAMRI bus that left the Kampung Rambutan bus terminal around half past seven in the evening has stopped and is on the emergency lane of the toll road between Jakarta and Bandung. Just short of three hours of traveling in the direction of Cilacap and engine problems already forced us to stop. What the exact problem is, is not known. There are bottles of water and the driver and kenek (from the Dutch word 'knecht', helper) are looking for a solution.

Posted in Travel @ 06 December 2009 15:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


A bigger and much improved airport for Bali PT Angkasa Pura I (PAP), the State-owned company that manages Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport, recently outlined the major renovation and upgrading work at Bali's only airport soon to get underway. Quoted in Beritabali.com, the general manager of Angkasa Pura I, Heru Legowo, said the total cost of the planned modifications at Bali's airport is budgeted at Rp. 1.6 trillion (110 million euro).

Posted in Travel @ 14 November 2009 12:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


New transport minister replaces station head and warns airport The newly installed Minister of Transportation, Freddy Numberi, did not wait long before making some moves in order to straighten up his portfolio. Just a few days after he was inaugurated, he openly criticized the operator of Terminal 1 at the Soekarno-Hatta international airport. He also fired the head of the Jakartakota train station in Jakarta after. He inspected both transportation hubs on beforehand.

Posted in Politics @ 28 October 2009 04:44 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


Bali international airport to be expanded The expansion of the international airport of Ngurah Rai on the island of Bali will start early next year. Both the domestic as well as the international passenger terminals will be extended, and supporting facilities like parking lots will be upgraded.

Posted in Economy @ 09 October 2009 03:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Smirnoff priced at 22 Singapore dollar Ever wondered if there was any cheap alcohol in Indonesia? Of course there is, but what you will find first is the locally brewed kind, varying from arak (rice wine) as well as fake branded liquor in small bottles in most parts of Indonesia to real wine - and of good enough quality as well - on the island of Bali. The wine however is not cheap with some 100,000 Rupiah (7.50 euro) per bottle or more. The locally produced and fake branded liqor (Jack Daniel's and other well-known brands) are sold for somewhere between 15,000 and 30,000 per 0.25 liter.

Posted in Travel @ 29 September 2009 07:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Thousands of houses flooded in Medan city Thousands of houses in the Medan Sunggal area, in the city of Medan, have been flooded with up to 80 centimeters of water. The flood occurred during heavy rains that hit the area for about four hours last night. The water reached up to the waist in Jalan Rajawali, Jalan Sei Sikambing and Jalan Gatot Subroto as far as the Medan Baru area.

Posted in Flooding @ 06 September 2009 02:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sentani airport occupied by Yobe tribe members Since early this morning, the airport of Sentani, near Jayapura in the easternmost province of Papua, has been occupied by people from the Yobe tribe. They demand a proper settlement for the estate that has been taken from them. Three planes of different airliners were not able to land on the airport and were diverted to the airport of Biak.

Posted in Protests @ 28 August 2009 09:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


One hour delay at Soetta I have just arrived at 'Soekarno-Hatta International Airport of Jakarta', or short just 'the airport' or even shorter Soetta. Later this afternoon, at 16:20 local time, my flight should depart. When I got out of the taxi about half an hour ago I first bought a cup of iced tea at A&W. Not the best choice in the area, but I needed over an hour to reach the airport and had already spend an hour in the bus. Two hours without drinking is far from good for me.

Posted in Travel @ 14 August 2009 10:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Air Asia passengers take employee hostage over delay A full planeload of passengers - about 180 of them - which should have been flying with Air Asia from Medan to Jakarta last night, were faced with large delays at the airport of Polonia near Medan yesterday evening. The huge delay of flight number QZ 7497 caused a number of passengers to get very angry. Eventually one staff member of the airline was taken hostage. All the passengers wanted was an explanation about the delay from the airline.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 10 August 2009 06:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Pickpocketed at the Busway It was about to happen of course. But for the first time in ten years Indonesia it happened on a place where I could expect it the most. On the Jakarta Busway. It was a rush hour trip from Halte Bunderan HI to terminal Blok M. I traveled during rush hour because I had a scheduled birthday to attend in southern Jakarta at seven. I would not make it, but that was less of a problem.

Posted in Culture @ 28 June 2009 03:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Lion Air MD90 skids of runway on Lombok airport An MD90 plane with flight number GT 652 which belongs to Lion Air skidded off the runway at the Selaparang airport on the island of Lombok. The plane had just arrived from Jakarta when it skidded over the runway. Based on information the pilot should have turned the plane at the end of runway 09, but did this earlier on the runway. The airport was closed for 3.5 hours and two other flights had to wait for their departure.

Posted in Accidents @ 28 June 2009 02:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


23 old planes on Soekarno-Hatta airport will be removed As much as 23 old and damaged planes which are currently parked on the apron of Soekarno-Hatta international airport are to be moved from there. The planes currently can disrupt traffic of other planes. "The step of moving those planes is taken to give more space to other planes that are using the airport facilities," said director of Operations of PT. Angkasa Pura II, Tulus Pranowo.

Posted in General @ 24 June 2009 04:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


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


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


New Suramadu bridge built to last a century The newly built Suramadu bridge between the city of Surabaya on the island of Java and the island of Madura is expected to last a century. The lifespan is mainly based on the volume of traffic that will use the bridge. According to the head of the executing body for the Suramadu bridge, Akhmad Ghofar Ismail, the bridge is able to accept an incredible increase in volume of traffic. Furthermore a twin bridge can always be built if needed.

Posted in General @ 09 June 2009 07:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Strict health checks on arrival for tourists on Bali Checks on foreign tourists arriving at Ngurah Rai international airport at the resort island of Bali has been tightened. Every arriving passenger is asked to report about their own health by filling in a form from the Department of Health. Passengers are positive about the checks, but think that the yellow cards from the department should be more simple.

Posted in Mexican flu @ 03 May 2009 13:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Vice-President ends Bali airport depate Indonesia's Vice President Jusuf Kalla has apparently brought to an end the long-standing debate on the future of Bali's international airport by instructing that a Rp. 1.2 trillion (80 million euro) expansion must be completed by 2011. As reported by Bisnis Indonesia, the Vice President issued his instructions following an inspection visit to the airport over the Christmas/New Year period. He was accompanied on his visit by the Minister of Communications Jusman Syafii Djamal and the Minister of Culture and Tourism Jero Wacik.

Posted in Economy @ 11 January 2009 04:14 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


Passengers fume as luggage diverted to Jakarta More than 100 AirAsia passengers flying in from Bandung, Indonesia, were left fuming at the Low-Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT) in Sepang when they discovered that their luggage had travelled to Jakarta instead. One of the passengers, Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) vice-president Mohd Noor Ab- dullah, said he had arrived at about 5pm at the LCCT but was told that his luggage would only arrive at 11.30pm.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 21 December 2008 06:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Juanda, a beautiful new airport near Surabaya Several years ago I was there for the last time - at that time it was the first time as well - at the airport of Surabaya. A small building which was far too small for the number of passengers that had to be served from the airport there. A common problem at airports, especially in the western part of Indonesia where the airline industry has grown incredibly in recent years following the startup of a number of new routes flown by several different airlines.

Posted in Travel @ 17 December 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Pilot returns plane to airport terminal over hard-headed caller A domestic flight yesterday was disrupted by a stupid incident. The plane eventually left one hour late because a passenger refused to turn off his mobile phone while in the plane. The plane only departed when the passenger was unloaded from the plane at Medan's Polonia airport.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 13 December 2008 10:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 6 reactions


AirAsia Indonesian style With a flight in the afternoon I departed from Yogyakarta to the capital of Indonesia, Jakarta. For the first time I was to fly this route with AirAsia. It is called AirAsia here, but in fact it's a separate company that listens to the name Indonesia AirAsia. This difference is subtle, but if you know that AirAsia uses airline code AK, and Indonesia AirAsia QZ, it all becomes clear.

Posted in Travel @ 29 November 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


'Hari Nyepi' to bring absolute silence to Bali On that day the Balinese celebrate New Year or Nyepi - the Balinese equivalent of the word for silence. This is a day the Balinese Hindus dedicate to quiet introspection and spiritual cleansing.

Posted in Religion @ 24 February 2008 03:38 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


Airport building Medan burned down A terminal building of Polonia airport in Medan, northern Sumatra, was engulfed by flames last night around 20:30 local time (GMT+7). The fire destroyed the entire departure terminal for domestic flights. Until this moment the fire is still burning and the airport is closed. All flights to and from the airport have been canceled until further notice.

Posted in Accidents @ 02 December 2007 03:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister: 'Bali, make up your mind about the airport' Indonesia's Minister of Culture and Tourism, Jero Wacik, has issued a challenge to the people of Bali come to a clear decision in the face of growing congestion and infrastructure limitations at Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport. The Minister warned that the current indecision surrounding Bali's sole airport must end and the people must decide if the current airport will be expanded or a new airport is to be built in the Buleleng, Jembrana or Karangasem areas of Bali.

Posted in General @ 18 November 2007 13:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


New international airport in the plans for Bali Jembrana Regency in the west of Bali has drawn up a plan to construct its own international airport, and is awaiting the go-ahead, and funds totaling some US$110 million, from the central government to proceed with the ambitious project, officials said. A feasibility study has just been completed on a Jembrana International City Airport, but there were indications of resistance to the project from the Bali government, said Regent I Gede Winasa.

Posted in Tourism @ 21 October 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 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


Indonesia considering widening polygamy ban after popular preacher takes second wife Indonesia is considering banning ministers, lawmakers and other government officials from practicing polygamy after the country's most popular Islamic preacher took a second wife, sparking renewed debate about the practice. There are no plans to outlaw polygamy all together in the world's most populous Muslim nation. Currently, men are only allowed to have a second wife if his first is an invalid, terminally ill or infertile. The regulation, however, is rarely enforced and most commentators say the practice is becoming more common.

Posted in Politics @ 07 December 2006 03:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 7 reactions


Smoking ban gradually vanishing into thin air Clean air campaigners were careful about selecting a smoke-free dining establishment as the venue for a public discussion in Cikini, Central Jakarta, on Thursday. The waitresses, however, had gone about placing ashtrays on every table, encouraging some participants to light up. "It's a fact, the smoking ban is not effective. I don't know why the management of this cafe allows people to smoke," said the moderator of the discussion, Tubagus Haryo Karbiyanto, who chairs the air quality division of the Jakarta Caucus for the Environment.

Posted in General @ 17 November 2006 09:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Anarchy reigns in West Lombok Back to Lombok after almost two years - my last visit to this beautiful and quiet island east of the messy Bali dates back to January 2005 - I noticed that certain things had changed, and too bad not only for the good of the island. It has nothing to do with increased tourist numbers to the island or the fact that big positive points are to be awarded.

Posted in Culture @ 05 November 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


Jakarta looks deserted as fasting month draws to end As the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadhan draws to close, Indonesia's capital city Jakarta's boisterous hustle and bustle receded as of Sunday because many residents returned to their home villages or towns to celebrate the Islamic festive days of Idul Fitri which will fall on Monday. According to local media reports, the quietness of the city was felt in the last three or two days.

Posted in Ramadan @ 23 October 2006 04:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


To Kuala Lumpur shortly It was about time for me to get a new visa. Because of regulations it's not possible to extend a certain kind of visa - tourist visa. Also you can't apply for a new visa when in Indonesia as well. You will have to go to an Indonesian embassy. Where that embassy is doesn't really matter, so there are a lot of options left to look around for a holiday-hobbyist. And so I got to plan my first 'visa trip' to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Someone I know from the internet lives around there as well, so I also created the opportunity to meet. That should not be a problem because I would stay there for one entire week. I wasn't in a hurry - I didn't have to go back to Indonesia the same day or so - so I could look around there while my passport would be updated with a new sticker which permits entry into Indonesia again.

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


Indonesia quake death toll at 5,427 International relief efforts picked up on Tuesday for survivors of a weekend earthquake that killed more than 5,000 people on Indonesia's Java island, with over a score of countries now involved. Planes carrying vital supplies from abroad reached the stricken region, while the airport at the ancient royal capital of Yogyakarta re-opened to commercial traffic despite a heavily damaged terminal.

Posted in Earthquake @ 30 May 2006 07:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Search for survivors as Indonesia quake tops 3,000 Rescue workers dug desperately for survivors on Sunday as residents returned to ruined homes on Indonesia's densely populated island of Java a day after a powerful earthquake killed more than 3,000. Trucks full of volunteers from Indonesian political parties and Islamic groups, as well as military vehicles carrying soldiers, headed south from the ancient royal city of Yogyakarta to Bantul, hardest hit by the quake, to help in the effort.

Posted in Earthquake @ 28 May 2006 09:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The Tengger of Bromo: Magic, mystique and modernism Legend has it that the Tengger ethnic group in the Bromo-Tengger-Semeru area of East Java is descended from the ancient Majapahit royal family. The name "Tengger" itself is said to be an acronymic derivation of two legendary figures from the region, Rara Anteng and Jaka Seger. As it has been long told, during a time of chaos for the Majapahit kingdom, Princess Rara Anteng took refuge in the area around Mount Bromo. While she was being evacuated, Rara Anteng met Jaka Seger, the son of a priest from the kingdom of Kediri, which was also in great turmoil. Their meeting was the beginning of a love story, and the area was later christened after their combined names.

Posted in Culture @ 28 May 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Cardig acquires Mandala Airlines from military Cargo transporter Cardig International has owned 100 percent of Indonesia's cash-strapped carrier Mandala Airlines under a purchase agreement earlier this month, an executive said Monday. Mandala president Diono Nurjadin told reporters here the negotiation began in September last year, several days after a Mandala plane crashed near an airport in the North Sumatra capital of Medan, killing 149 passengers and people on the ground.

Posted in Economy @ 20 April 2006 07:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


New busway routes up and running Jakarta Governor Sutiyoso did the honors on Sunday at City Hall on Jl. Medan Merdeka Selatan, Central Jakarta, sounding a siren to launch the opening of two more busway corridors in the capital. With the success of the first Blok M-Kota corridor, launched two years ago amid widespread criticism that it was unsuitable for Jakarta, the governor as well as members of the public, the business community and the once skeptical media had good reason to feel confident as the new blue-and-white additions went into service at Pulogadung terminal.

Posted in General @ 16 January 2006 16:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


Military chief denies clash with police in Central Sulawesi A high-ranking military chief denied that rival factions of the armed forces and police have clashed in the restive province of Central Sulawesi, a local media report said Tuesday. Major General Arief Budi Sampurna, chief of the Wirabuana Regional Military Command overseeing Sulawesi, denied the incident took place and said military and police were conducting joint patrols for the Muslim holy day of Idul Adha (Day of Sacrifice).

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 10 January 2006 10:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Royal Vopak, Oiltanking may invest $400 Mln in Indonesia The world's No. 1 and No. 2 oil storage firms Royal Vopak and Oiltanking plan to invest as much as $400 million in Indonesia, a government official said Tuesday. German Oiltanking GmbH plans to start building next month a $200 million oil storage facility in Cilegon, northwest of Jakarta, said Erie Sudarmo, the processing and commerce director at the Oil and Gas Directorate General.

Posted in Economy @ 21 December 2005 07:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Thousands of Muslims begin hajj pilgrimage Thousands of Muslims from across Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation, departed Thursday for Saudi Arabia on the annual hajj pilgrimage. Minister of Religious Affairs Muhammad Maftuh Basyuni waved off 445 pilgrims, all dressed in white robes and with their passports hung on string around their necks, from a special Hajj Terminal at Jakarta's Sukarno-Hatta Airport.

Posted in Religion @ 09 December 2005 07:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia escalates hunt for terror leader Police said they were narrowing in on a Southeast Asia terror ringleader Friday, with thousands of troops going door-to-door, checking cars, and combing railway and bus stations in central Indonesia. The discovery of more than 30 bombs inside AzahariĎs hideout, many of them small devices easily contained in backpacks, set off speculation that Jemaah Islamiyah was planning more terror strikes and added urgency to the hunt.

Posted in Terrorism @ 11 November 2005 09:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Mr Popularity survives a tough year On Thursday, one year after the inauguration of Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, a 200-metre mural was erected facing Jakarta's main roundabout. The mural was in front of the deserted Hotel Indonesia where a dissident was bundled out of a window in the film The Year of Living Dangerously.

Posted in Politics @ 22 October 2005 10:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Australia to rebuild Banda Aceh port Australia will provide more than $2.5 million to fund the critical restoration of the Ulee Lheu port in Banda Aceh, the Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Mr Bruce Billson, announced today during a visit to Aceh.

Posted in General @ 08 June 2005 09:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Door-to-door vaccination reaches more under-fives Although many parents were reportedly reluctant to bring their under-fives for polio vaccination on Tuesday, the administration said on Wednesday that the number of babies vaccinated was much higher than its initial estimate.

Posted in Polio @ 02 June 2005 11:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Jakarta airport operator to open budget terminal Domestic terminals at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Cengkareng, west of Jakarta, may soon be able to share the burden of ever-increasing passengers, with a new terminal to be built especially for low-cost carriers. Airport administrator PT Angkasa Pura II plans to renovate its haj terminal this year into a budget-airlines terminal, said the company's public relations manager, M. Wasfan, on Wednesday.

Posted in General @ 03 February 2005 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia tourism won't benefit from visa policy It is welcoming news to see that our new State Minister of Culture and Tourism Jero Wacik is looking at extending the number of countries whose tourists will be eligible for a visa on arrival, albeit a visa that costs US$25 and is only valid for 30 days. Jero says he is undertaking a survey of major entry points to see what needs to be done to improve the performance of Indonesia's queue-up-and-pay visa policy.

Posted in Tourism @ 17 November 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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