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Walhi opposes planned construction of Jakarta giant seawall The Indonesian Forum for Environment (Walhi) has opposed the planned construction of giant seawall in Muara Angke, North Jakarta, citing it will destroy the environment and render thousands of fishermen jobless.

Posted in Environment @ 24 October 2014 18:37 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Ambassador: 'ISIS getting funding from the West' The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) movement was inseparable from the interest of some Western countries and got financial support from them, Indonesias Ambassador to Switzerland, Joko Susilo, has said.

Posted in Religion @ 12 August 2014 00:06 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


More tourists visit Komodo National Park in 2013 The town of Labuan Bajo, the entry point to Komodo island, in East Nusa Tenggara, has seen a steady influx of domestic and foreign tourists, following the inclusion of the Komodo National Park in the New7Wonders of Nature.

Posted in Tourism @ 30 December 2013 17:04 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


Jokowi to accelerate giant sea wall construction Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo, better known as Jokowi, has said he wants to accelerate the construction of the Giant Sea Wall mega project in North Jakarta.

Posted in Infrastructure @ 22 November 2013 14:50 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Airport customs foils Rp9.9 billion crystal meth smuggle Soekarno-Hatta airport`s Customs has foiled two separate attempts in one week to smuggle crystal methamphetamine and seized Rp9.9 billion worth of the narcotic, an official said here on Friday.

Posted in Drugs @ 18 October 2013 23:37 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


MRT, better late than never After decades of delay, construction has finally begun on the landmark rail-based mass rapid transit (MRT) system, in Jakarta, a megaproject designed to help the capital catch up with those of neighboring countries in modern urban transportation.

Posted in Infrastructure @ 14 October 2013 02:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Decline of rupiah test for Bali tourist industry The rapid decline in the value of the Indonesian Rupiah against the U.S. Dollar and a host of other currencies is presenting a myriad of challenges to Bali and its tourism industry.

Posted in Economy @ 02 September 2013 08:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


30 prisoners escape as Labuhan Ruku jail on fire A total of 30 inmates escaped when fire and riot hit Labuhan Ruku penitentiary in North Sumatra on Sunday evening. Head of Jail Division of North Sumatra`s office of the Ministry of Law and Human Rights Amran Silalahi said the prisoners escaped after scaling down the jail wall.

Posted in Crime @ 19 August 2013 10:32 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Beer party triggers Tulungagung prison riot A party in which beer was served resulted in a riot, along with escape attempts by dozens of prisoners and detainees, after several inmates became intoxicated after drinking Javanese beer, according to Chief of Tulungagung Penitentiary Muji Widodo.

Posted in Crime @ 04 August 2013 14:12 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Malaysian citizen jailed for smuggling heroin The District Court of Denpasar, Bali, sentenced Malasyian citizen Sargunan M Suppiah (37) to 12 years in jail here on Monday for smuggling 372 grams of heroin to Bali. Unlike others he did not swallow the illegal stuff or put it in his luggage to hide it from inspection but he hid it in his underwear.

Posted in Drugs @ 15 July 2013 19:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Buddhist students campaign for Borobudur preservation Buddhist students campaigned for preservation of Borobudur Temple on the sidelines of Vesak 2557 BE (2013) celebration in Borobudur Sub-district, Magelang District, Central Java Province, Saturday.

Posted in Culture @ 25 May 2013 15:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


At least 12 killed in Cianjur tour bus accident  Going downhill at high speed in Cianjur, West Java, a tour bus hit a rocky hillside, leaving 12 people dead, 12 sustained severe injury, and tens other had minor injury, according to a report on Wednesday.

Posted in Accidents @ 27 February 2013 20:28 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


NGO rejects giant sea wall establishment in Jakarta Non-Government Organization (NGO) People Coalition for Fishery Fairness (Kiara) has rejected the project of Giant Sea Wall establishment in Jakarta beach because it was thought to have certain purpose instead of reclamation.

Posted in Environment @ 15 February 2013 19:33 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta governor optimistic giant sea wall to start in 2013 Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo, Jokowi, is optimistic that the construction of giant sea levees or giant sea wall to prevent sea water inland will start this year.

Posted in General @ 12 February 2013 01:23 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Party chief detained over alleged involvement in bribery case Indonesia`s anti-graft body KPK detained Prosperous Justice Party chief Luthfi Hasan Ishaaq on Thursday in connection with his alleged role in a bribery case. "He is held at the KPK detention center in the Military Police station in Guntur for the next 20 days," KPK spokesman Johan Budi said.

Posted in Corruption @ 31 January 2013 22:18 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Construction of new Bali prison halted over budget issues Plans announced by the government to commence the construction of a prison to house narcotics offenders in Bangli are now stuck, with only an empty field and walls for the prison occupying the designated site in Banjar Buungan in Desa Tiga.

Posted in Crime @ 26 January 2013 08:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Rp2 bln worth of drugs smuggled from India seized Customs and excise officers, in cooperation with the National Narcotics Agency (BNN), have foiled an attempt to smuggle one kilogram of crystal methamphetamine, worth Rp2 billion, from Mumbai into Indonesia.

Posted in Drugs @ 03 January 2013 21:45 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Pagaralam citizens find three ancient human statues The citizens of Curup village, North Dempo district, Pagaralam city, South Sumatra province, have found three statues of human heads, which are allegedly prehistoric relics from 4,000 BC.

Posted in History @ 01 January 2013 18:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President Yudhoyono starts three-day visit in Britain Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, in the company of First Lady Ani Yudhoyono and entourage, arrived at the Heathrow international airport, London at about 6.0 p.m. local time or 40 minutes earlier than the schedule.

Posted in Politics @ 31 October 2012 12:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President asked to fire police chief A group of community leaders have urged President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to step in to settle conflicts between police and the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK).

Posted in Corruption @ 06 October 2012 09:31 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Resident finds body of foreign tourist in Bali A Kutuh village resident, Badung district, Bali, found the body of a foreign tourist on Thursday. The remains of Mark Ovenden were discovered by I Wayan Suada on a footpath.

Posted in Crime @ 21 June 2012 15:48 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


10-year old girl eaten by crocodile in Indonesia A crocodile has eaten a ten-year old girl that was playing in a river in Indonesia. This is the second child to be eaten at the same location in the past two months. This according to a spokesperson of the district of Lembata in eastern Indonesia.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 21 January 2012 01:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


6.3-magnitude earthquake strikes off Flores island A strong earthquake struck the Savu Sea off the Indonesian island of Flores on early Saturday morning, seismologists said, but there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties. No tsunami warnings were issued.

Posted in Earthquake @ 20 January 2012 23:24 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Powerful earthquake off Indonesia triggers brief tsunami alert A powerful earthquake struck off the Indonesian island of Sumatra on early Wednesday morning, seismologists said, prompting a brief tsunami alert but causing no damage.

Posted in Earthquake @ 11 January 2012 04:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Tsunami warning following 7.6 quake off Sumatra A powerful 7.6-magnitude earthquake struck off the Indonesian island of Sumatra on early Wednesday morning, seismologists said, prompting a tsunami warning for local coastlines.

Posted in Earthquake @ 10 January 2012 20:12 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesians file lawsuit against U.S. consulate in Surabaya A group of Indonesian nationals filed a lawsuit against the United States consulate general in eastern Java on Tuesday for building a barrier and obstructing traffic on a public road.

Posted in General @ 14 December 2011 10:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 2 reactions


Wall collapses in Indonesia's South Sulawesi, killing 11 Eleven people were killed on Sunday afternoon when a wall enclosing a housing construction project collapsed in the Indonesian province of South Sulawesi, officials said on Monday. Several others were injured.

Posted in Accidents @ 05 December 2011 22:15 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Australian tourist dies of electric shock in Bali An Australian national died from accidental electrocution at Jalan Legian in Kuta on Saturday morning, police said. "The victim`s name is Jake Mitchell Flannery. He was electrocuted during a stroll on a sidewalk at Jalan Legian ," Chief of the Kuta Police Precinct Adjunct Commissioner Gede Ganefo said here on Saturday.

Posted in Accidents @ 28 November 2011 01:15 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Panic after strong earthquake strikes eastern Indonesia A strong earthquake struck the Molucca Sea in eastern Indonesia on early Monday afternoon, seismologists said, causing panic but no damage or casualties.

Posted in Earthquake @ 14 November 2011 10:38 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Dozens injured in Bali earthquake A strong earthquake struck off the Indonesian island of Bali on late Thursday morning, seismologists said, collapsing a number of buildings and injuring dozens of people. There were no immediate reports of fatalities.

Posted in Earthquake @ 13 October 2011 07:14 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Four foreign tourists killed in bus crash Four foreign tourists were killed when their bus crashed into a hill in Subang, West Java on Friday. The bus departed from Bandung and was carrying 13 tourists from the Netherlands, Belgium and India and was en route to Ciater hot spring when its brakes gave way while it was driving downhill.

Posted in Accidents @ 07 October 2011 14:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Strong earthquake strikes western Sumatra, Indonesia A strong earthquake struck Northern Sumatra in western Indonesia on early Tuesday morning, seismologists said, but there was no immediate word about damage or casualties. No tsunami alert was issued.

Posted in Earthquake @ 05 September 2011 20:59 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Strong earthquake strikes southwest of Sumatra, no damage A strong earthquake stuck southwest of Sumatra in Indonesia on early Tuesday morning, seismologists said, but there were no reports of damage or casualties.

Posted in Earthquake @ 23 August 2011 13:53 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia: Strong earthquake hits the Banda Sea, no damage A strong earthquake struck the Banda Sea in Indonesia on early Wednesday morning, seismologists said, causing no damage and posing no tsunami threat.

Posted in Earthquake @ 13 July 2011 03:15 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Fatahillah Museum closed until 2014 The Fatahillah Museum of History in Kota Tua, the old city of Jakarta, will be closed for two years to allow for conservation work to be carried out on the badly damaged museum complex. Museum manager Enny Prihantini said many parts of the museum were beyond repair, including walls, flooring and windows.

Posted in Culture @ 09 July 2011 11:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Strong earthquake jolts Indonesia's Papua province A strong earthquake shook the Indonesian province of Papua on late Sunday evening, seismologists said, but there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.

Posted in Earthquake @ 26 June 2011 22:57 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Powerful earthquake strikes off Sulawesi, no tsunami warning A powerful earthquake struck off the Indonesian island of Sulawesi on late Monday evening, seismologists said, but there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.

Posted in Earthquake @ 13 June 2011 17:02 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


One more strong earthquake off Sumatra A strong earthquake struck off Southwestern Sumatra in Indonesia on early Monday morning, seismologists said, but there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties and no tsunami alert was issued.

Posted in Earthquake @ 30 May 2011 00:06 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Strong earthquake hits off Southern Sumatra, no tsunami A strong earthquake struck off Southern Sumatra in Indonesia on early Sunday morning, seismologists said, but there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties and no tsunami alert was issued.

Posted in Earthquake @ 28 May 2011 20:28 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Life in prison for Malaysian drug trafficker in Indonesia A Malaysian man on Monday was sentenced to life in prison for trafficking over 3 kilograms of methamphetamine, the Antara news agency reported.

Posted in Drugs @ 23 May 2011 17:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Strong earthquake strikes off Java, no damage reported A strong earthquake struck off the Indonesian island of Java on early Tuesday afternoon, seismologists said, but there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.

Posted in Earthquake @ 26 April 2011 12:10 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Strong earthquake rocks Sulawesi, causes damage A strong earthquake struck the Indonesian island of Sulawesi on early Monday morning, seismologists said, causing some damage but no casualties.

Posted in Earthquake @ 25 April 2011 07:52 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


One more dead of rabies on Bali 48-year-old Luh Sri Reksen, a grade school teacher from Bubunan Seririt in North Bali, has become Bali's latest victim of rabies following her death on Wednesday, March 9, 2011. As reported by Kompas.com, the woman's 75-year-old father, Ketut Wirata, said that prior to her death his daughter suffered chest pains, difficulties in swallowing and seizures.

Posted in Health @ 13 March 2011 11:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Moderate earthquake hits off West Sumatra A moderate earthquake struck off the western coast of Sumatra in Indonesia on late Wednesday evening, seismologists said, but there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.

Posted in Earthquake @ 26 January 2011 17:22 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Strong 6.5 magnitude quake hits off Southern Sumatra A strong earthquake struck off Southern Sumatra in Indonesia on early Tuesday morning, seismologists said, but there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.

Posted in Earthquake @ 17 January 2011 21:18 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Moderate 5.8 magnitude earthquake rattles Java island A moderate earthquake rattled the Indonesian island of Java on late Tuesday morning, seismologists said, but there were no reports of damage or casualties.

Posted in Earthquake @ 21 December 2010 05:55 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Thai smuggler caught after swallowing 1,200 ecstasy pills Authorities have arrested a Thai woman after she tried to enter the Indonesian resort island of Bali with approximately 1,200 ecstasy pills, the Jakarta Globe reported on Monday.

Posted in Drugs @ 20 December 2010 19:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


The TransJakarta Busway as wrong example With currently at least a dozen routes throughout many parts of Jakarta it is possible to travel around the city for just 3,500 Rupiah per person. It doesn't even matter how many transfers you make. The oldest routes have their own lanes through dense traffic conditions in many parts of the city, but elsewhere the big buses have to compete with a few million other road users.

Posted in Travel @ 12 December 2010 12:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Death toll from rabies now at 108 Kompas.com confirms that the rabies virus has now claimed 108 victims in Bali. Ketut Gede (55) from Bangli died at the Sanglah General Hospital shortly after presenting with the clinical symptoms of rabies. "The victim was experiencing seizures, difficulties in swallowing, and phobias to both water and light," explained Dr. IGB Ken Wirasandhi of the rabies control team at the hospital.

Posted in Health @ 12 December 2010 03:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Strong earthquake hits the Banda Sea in Indonesia, no damage A strong earthquake struck deep underneath the Banda Sea in Indonesia on early Wednesday morning, seismologists said, but there were no reports of damage or casualties.

Posted in Earthquake @ 17 November 2010 00:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


At least 113 dead after tsunami hits Mentawai Islands Navy ships packed with medicine and food and rescuers in helicopters headed to remote Indonesian islands on Tuesday that were pounded by a 3-meter tsunami, sweeping away villages and killing at least 113 people.

Posted in Earthquake @ 27 October 2010 10:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


3.5 kilograms of heroin seized in port of Dumai The customs in Dumai have seized some 3.5 kilograms of heroin from Malaysia bound for Indonesia. The total value of the illegal drugs is estimated at some 6.5 billion Rupiah (580,000 euro). The drugs were seized after a 45-year-old woman was arrested after she arrived from Malaka in Malaysia with the Indomal Ekspress V.

Posted in Drugs @ 31 May 2010 10:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A trip to Cagar Alam Pangandaran Still coughing from the drive home the night before I woke up quite early in the morning after being quite reluctant to get up this early. It was finally dry by now, but it kept on raining for quite some time especially for this time in May. Most people here do not complain about it though; although roads are not repaired yet the newly planted rice and such are growing rapidly in return.

Posted in Tourism @ 17 May 2010 09:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta blast caused by meteorite? Police and astronomers are investigating Thursday’s blast from a falling object that damaged three homes in Duren Sawit, East Jakarta, which witnesses claim was a meteorite strike. Police ruled out earlier speculation that the incident was a gas canister exploding.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 01 May 2010 02:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Teenager killed by giant python A python attacked and killed a junior high school student in the North Sumatra regency of Deli Serdang as he and his school mates were swimming in a river, Antara reported Saturday. Local people ran for a help and used bamboo poles to beat the giant snake as it was trying to swallow M. Zakaria.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 21 March 2010 01:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The new Gajayana between Malang and Jakarta #3 I woke up again early in the morning when we already had made a short stop in Cirebon before departing again. Slowly a new day started and the first people were already working on their rice paddies. The colorful fields range from fresh green young plants to the brown colors of a newly harvested field and the left-overs on the dry fields.

Posted in Travel @ 24 November 2009 05:21 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 mess at PLN Cikarang #4 Just a few days after I had reported myself to the offices of PLN (the state-owned energy company_ two men reported to the house on a Friday afternoon. They were from PLN, at least that is what they said, because they did not bring a company car nor was there any logo on their clothes to prove they were indeed sent by PLN.

Posted in Lippo Cikarang @ 11 November 2009 01:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Asteroid crashes to earth near South Sulawesi Picture this: A 10-meter wide asteroid hits Earth and explodes in the atmosphere with the energy of a small atomic bomb. Frightened by thunderous sounds and shaking walls, people rush out of their homes, thinking that an earthquake is in progress. All they see is a twisting trail of debris in the mid-day sky. This is what happened on Oct. 8th around 11 am local time in the coastal town of Bone, South Sulawesi.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 29 October 2009 01:17 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


Pork as zakat Most likely the clerk was slightly confuse because he was fasting that he somewhat stressed when he saw my pork. It was around five in the afternoon when I strolled through the Hypermart supermarket, searching for a small gas stove which can be put on a table during the meal. Still sold out, so I went shopping for some food. The freezer full of daging babi. White text on a red background may look like big danger, but it is merely dead, packed and frozen pork.

Posted in Ramadan @ 04 September 2009 13:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


15 dead in quake; reports from huge damage area The 7.3 magnitude earthquake that shook big parts of western Indonesia has caused widespread damage in big parts of western Java. At least 15 people were killed in the quake in various locations hit by the earthquake. Priyadi Kardono, the head of the National Disaster Management Agency, said 15 people were dead in several locations. Earlier, Priyadi said six died in Cianjur alone because of a landslide that was triggered by the massive earthquake.

Posted in Earthquake @ 02 September 2009 14:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Video's show panic during 7.3 magnitude earthquake The two video's below show the panic that occurred during the two-minute long 7.3 magnitude earthquake that was felt in big parts of western Indonesia. In Bandung, the third largest city in the country, power was out for several hours after the quake. Buildings in the city sustained damage varying from cracked walls to broken windows and fallen objects in supermarkets.

Posted in Earthquake @ 02 September 2009 12:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Damage in western Java after 7.3 earthquake Damage reports from west Java start to come in to several tv-stations reporting the earthquake that struck the area less than one hour ago. People in the area of Tasikmalaya report cracks in walls. Some houses have also collapsed during the two-minute long 7.3 Richter Scale earthquake that took place at 14:55 local time (GMT -7). Several buildings in the capital Jakarta, some 240 kilometers away from the epicenter, had cracked walls.

Posted in Earthquake @ 02 September 2009 10:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rainforest in Kerinci Seblat disappearing fast The rain forest in the Kerinci Seblat national park on the island of Sumatra is disappearing fast. Illegal logging which continues in the area and understaffing at the security department of the national park are pointed to as the main causes. Some 500 hectares of previously untouched forests have now turned into wastelands.

Posted in Environment @ 31 August 2009 04:21 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


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


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


A peek into Jakarta's nightlife, Stadium However the name might look like you are attending a game of soccer when you enter this piece of 'paradise on earth', it is not anything like it. It could at best be a nice confusion of words if you are smart enough, so you will not be caught for lying when you are telling in all honesty that you went to the stadium, but keep it in English then. The building that calls itself 'Stadium' is not just a club, it is a center of pleasure and entertainment, 24 hours a day, almost all days of the year.

Posted in Nightlife @ 29 April 2009 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


The wet season arrived with thunder and rain It didn't last another five minutes again before I felt the first rain coming down. And it wasn't water thrown up by the tires of trucks and buses but rain. I assumed that I drove too far for the passing rainstorm, but that was an illusion. The real situation was much more wet than those few drops of rain, but it would only be clear later on. Since the rain was intensifying I decided to take a break somewhere along the road - no idea where - to drink a glass of hot jeruk hangat (hot water with a small orange squeezed in it) and a Sampoerna cigarette. Just to get oversight about the situation.

Posted in Weather @ 10 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


Indonesia executes two Nigerian drug smugglers The shots that rang out across an isolated Indonesian island today were a chilling warning for three Australians on death row. Police marched two Nigerian men into Nirbaya forest on an island off Central Java, handcuffed them to two poles and opened fire. Their crime was to smuggle heroin into a country with some of the toughest drug laws in the world.

Posted in Drugs @ 27 June 2008 03:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


Sidoarjo mud flow may collapse in coming years Indonesia's disastrous mud volcano is collapsing on itself, according to new research released on the second anniversary of the ever-growing environmental catastrophe. Every day, 100,000 cubic metres of hot, stinking sludge continues to ooze from the mud volcano, which burst through the earth two years ago during deep drilling at a nearby exploratory well, linked to Indonesia's richest man and also part-owned by Australian company Santos.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 30 May 2008 14:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


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


The southern edge of Yogya: A truck on the run Departing from the flatlands from the beach of Parangtritis I decided to head east for a little while. The small mountain road up is a very nice route with generally good road conditions. It is a trip into history a little bit with houses made of bamboo and plaid work mats as walls which you will find here in some places. There are here, at just several dozen kilometers distance from the city of Yogyakarta, still villages that don't even have access to power at all.

Posted in Travel @ 14 May 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


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

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


No tsunami after heavy 7.3 Sumatra earthquake Indonesia lifted a tsunami alert issued after a powerful 7.2-magnitude quake struck off the west coast of Sumatra island on Monday, the geophysics and meteorological agency said. "The tsunami warning has ended after the 7.2-magnitude quake," the agency said in a text message.

Posted in Earthquake @ 25 February 2008 10:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Wet feet in North Jakarta, 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


Dining with Lions in Bali What is almost certainly Bali's - and perhaps Asia's most unique dining venue has opened with the inauguration of the Tsavo Lion Restaurant at the Bali Safari & Marine Park, located just 20 minutes east of Denpasar on the new Jalan Bypass Professor Ida Bagus Mantra highway.

Posted in Tourism @ 24 December 2007 09:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


1.5 meter of seawater in North Jakarta neighborhood Predictions of the Meteorological and Geophysics Office and the Oceanologic department of the Indonesian army that high waters were about to hit the area of North Jakarta proved to be correct. Earlier on Saturday the first indication of rising sea water could be seen in Muara Baru. Once again residents there had to move to higher grounds after the water level started to rise quickly. Normally the water starts to rise around 08:00 local time (GMT+7), but this time the water already started to rise three hours earlier. Within about one hour the flood occupied the entire area. Water levels are predicted to rise even further.

Posted in Flooding @ 22 December 2007 11:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


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

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


6.8 magnitude earthquake strikes of Sumbawa island A strong earthquake with a magnitude of 6.8 struck off Sumbawa island in southern central Indonesia early Monday, injuring at least 17 people and prompting a tsunami warning that was later lifted, officials said. The Indonesian meteorological agency measured the quake at 6.8, though the US Geological Survey later revised its same initial calculation down to 6.4.

Posted in Earthquake @ 26 November 2007 02:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Militant inmate escapes from prison An Indonesian Islamic militant serving 20 years in prison for plotting a deadly cafe explosion in 2004 has escaped from jail in South Sulawesi province, an official of the prison said on Monday. Jasmin Bin Kasau used a rope to climb a wall of Guning Sari prison on last Friday night after a mass prayer, the official named only Rusdini said.

Posted in Terrorism @ 24 September 2007 14:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Security chief busted with narcotics inside prison Tempo Interaktif reports that Bali's Chief of Police, Inspector General Paulus Purwoko, has ordered anti-narcotic raids at all of Bali's prisons. The order follows the recent capture and arrest of Muhammad Sudrajad, the Chief of Security at Bali's Kerobokan for his alleged involvement a narcotics transaction and further reports of his involvement in a large drug ring at the prison.

Posted in Drugs @ 16 September 2007 11:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali: An island losing its cultural character The Indonesian language daily newspaper NusaBali has questioned in the rapid development of businesses along Kuta's Sunset Road and the lack of Balinese architectural elements in the buildings populating this major thoroughfare.

Posted in General @ 10 August 2007 16:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Merdeka! Merdeka! With just over two weeks to go, Indonesia is slowly turning into a more colorful country than usual. Independence Day is coming - the 17th of August. That will be celebrated as well. Of course the red and white flags will be everywhere around, but the celebration is more than just raising a flag in the early morning. Like I wrote a year ago, cleaning is done as preparation. Things that haven't been cleaned for almost a year are now cleaned to be finished just a few days short of the 17th - so they don't have to care about it for another year as well.

Posted in Culture @ 31 July 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Drinking coffee in the kampung, part 2 First time to have a drink. I looked in the direction of the only warung that I could find here at the moment. I didn't really want to look for another one. Fortunately there was someone to serve, in the form of a Javanese women which sat on a bench in front of the house. Probably waiting for a customer. A bemo passed. That stopped and the driver got out. Hopefully he didn't bring any passengers, otherwise they had to wait. I wasn't the only one there when I walked into that direction. The driver ordered an iced tea and sat down. I just had picked up the nice idea to drink a coffee here. It had been a long time that I drunk a kopi tubruk actually. That is nice for a change. I found a nice spot at the one big table available.

Posted in Travel @ 19 May 2007 00:00 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


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

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


'Gay NGO worker and partner tortured, sexually abused in Aceh' A 32-year-old GO worker and his partner from the same sex were allegedy brutally tortured and sexually abused by the police in Banda Aceh while in custody last January. This was said by the Hong Kong-based Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC). AHRC has named the NGO officials as Hartayo and Bobby. The motive behind the detention, torture and sexual abuse is because they are homosexuals, says AHRC in an 'urgent action' appeal.

Posted in Human rights @ 18 March 2007 01:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 14 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


Two dead when whirlwind hits Probolinggo Two people are dead and many houses and other buildings were damaged after a whirlwind hit Mayangan and Kademangan areas in Probolinggo, East Java in the late afternoon on Monday. The police chief of Probolinggo, Adjunct Senior Commissioner Topan Herinoto said the strong winds lasted only about ten minutes, but that was enough to bring heavy damage to the area.

Posted in Weather @ 06 March 2007 02:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


HFH Indonesia to start house rehabilitation for Jakarta flood victims Habitat for Humanity Indonesia has put its wheels into motion with a fast response to rehabilitate 1,000 flood-damaged homes in Jakarta in three months. HFH Indonesia kicked off the project on 17th February with the rehabilitation of five houses in Sukakarya, Bekasi, one of the most affected areas. This will involve mostly repairs of the houses' earth flooring. Come next week, Habitat will start rehabilitation works in Jakarta.

Posted in Flooding @ 22 February 2007 04:45 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


Indonesia could lose 2,000 islands due to climate change Rising sea levels because of global warming stand to inundate around 2,000 islands in Indonesia by 2030, the country's environment minister said Monday. The assessment by Rachmat Witoelar was the government's bleakest yet of the effects of global warming on the Southeast Asian nation that is made up of some 18,000 islands, most of them unpopulated.

Posted in Environment @ 29 January 2007 09:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


Is Lombok the next Bali? As the tropical monsoon clouds roll in, obscuring the towering volcanos along the Bali coastline, the pristine neighboring island of Lombok seems a world away from Indonesia's premier tourist destination. In fact, it almost is.

Posted in Tourism @ 18 January 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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