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Dry season to hold on for one more month The dry season is expected to extend its stay in western Indonesia until October, given the current low temperatures across the Java Sea, a scientist says.

Posted in Weather @ 15 September 2011 11:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


A cool and windy wet season Although this year did not really have a dry season of any kind in large parts of Indonesia, the wet season has noticeably started a while ago. The change from the dry to the wet season is hard to point out this year, but the bad weather that hits large areas of Java and elsewhere is a direct consequence of a fierce wet season.

Posted in Weather @ 19 December 2010 12:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian rains to continue all year Unseasonally heavy rains will continue across Indonesia for the rest of this year, officials from the country's state weather agency said on Wednesday, after rains have damaged crops, hampered miners and boosted inflation.

Posted in Weather @ 15 August 2010 05:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Trading XL for Simpati Something remarkable to me is the limited number of SMS messages or telephone calls that I received. That seems to be coincidence, but it isn't. Most people don't even know that I am pulang kampung, but the main reason is the simple fact that the network of my provider XL is not available for most time here. At some moments when the weather is good - so the wet season like now is an even worse time - I can barely send or receive an SMS here now. Making a telephone call is simply not possible.

Posted in Travel @ 13 December 2009 00:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


To the gunung The word gunung means mountain, but that doesn't always mean that this mountain really is a mountain. A stretch of land that runs upward also is named a mountain. After this was clear, we - my girlfriend, her dad, a niece and me - went 'up the mountain' to bring a visit to the recently purchased rice fields where a gubug ('resting house') has been built as well by now.

Posted in Travel @ 10 December 2009 23:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


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


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


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


The southern edge of Yogya: Rice farmer becomes onion farmer In the soaring heat of the countryside just north of the southern beaches near Yogyakarta I was driving towards the east on a small countryside road. This road is the only way out for the area directly west of the Opak River which causes the area to be fairly quiet until today. There are no main roads here, no buses and trucks but palm trees, open rice fields, parked bicycles and a strait black asphalt road which seems to disintegrate into water in the remote distance because of the scorching hot sun.

Posted in Travel @ 20 April 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The southern edge of Yogya: The eroded beach of Samas Some days you will most likely not have a full agenda so you can finally do something that has been waiting for some time. Earlier this month I had such a day, I have more than one a month fortunately, but I can not always do what I want because the weather often has to be nice as well. This time it was jack pot; a nice blue sky in the early morning and some small clouds at the time I was about to depart for a days out. My plan was to take a motorbike trip to the beach of Samas.

Posted in Travel @ 13 April 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


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

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


The quiet kampung; the daily life It is a very normal Thursday afternoon when I sit down on the veranda. A light rain shower crosses my path here after a long and humid day on which it didn't want to raining the first place. The rain was not enough to clean the humid air and so tomorrow will be another of those warm and slow days. Last year the wet season only lasted until the middle of March, but now there is still rain on a regular base. Not a changing climate, but just a slight change in ocean temperatures. As far as on the other side of the world this impacts tropical areas as well, because weather here isn't that monotonous as it looks like when you see those holiday pictures with a blue sky. For sure there is much sun, but there are clouds as well and rain of course, even during the dry season. Maybe it's just a different type of rain, more light instead of a complete tropical downpour.

Posted in Travel @ 08 June 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


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

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


Rain hampers Flores landslide rescue efforts Rains and the given fact of the remoteness of the areas earlier hit by landslides hamper relief efforts for the about 40 missing. Hundreds of people are displaced after landslides hit the island of Flores last week. Around 1,000 people have been evacuated from the area because their houses were washed away. Main roads also got damaged in the landslides, which further complicates the process. At least 34 people are confirmed dead.

Posted in Weather @ 05 March 2007 11:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Almost 400 died of dengue this season so far The number of victims to the seasonal dengue fever outbreak since last January has reached 380 out of 27,000 infected people. This was announced by the Health Ministry on Tuesday. The head of the Sub Directorate of Arbovirosis, Rita Kriastuti, warned to be cautious for the aedes aegipti mosquito as it's favorable moment to infect people lasts until the end of the wet season.

Posted in Dengue Fever @ 28 February 2007 04:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Seven killed in Magelang landslide At least seven people from the villages of Tanjungsari and Pasangsari, district Magelang, Central Java, were killed in a landslide Sunday. This was reported by the village head of Tanjungsari. Four others were wounded and three were still missing. Rescue workers have already evacuated the dead and wounded, and they were still looking for the three missing persons.

Posted in Weather @ 19 February 2007 02:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


More rain adds to misery in Indonesia's capital Overnight downpours sent storm waters coursing back into some low-lying areas Tuesday, as authorities warned of the threat of diseases and anger mounted at the government's response to the disaster that has killed at least 44 people in the capital.

Posted in Flooding @ 06 February 2007 13:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


What a garden does to people However we approach the end of the year, it may be clear that my garden here in the tropics still looks fairly green. Some of you may have been following that via internet and probably you enjoyed the always green garden. However green is relative, when I don't give extra water during the dry season, that green will be gone pretty quick.

Posted in General @ 11 December 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia says targets $100 mln for bird flu fight Indonesia hopes to secure about $100 million to fight bird flu next year, the vice president said on Friday, after criticism the country is not doing enough to control the disease. Indonesia has the world's highest death toll from bird flu and scientists and even the World Bank have called on the government to step up the fight to control a disease that is endemic in almost all provinces.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 01 September 2006 04:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Flooding, landslides in central Indonesia kills 31 Landslides and floods triggered by torrential rain have killed at least 24 people in the city of Manado, search and rescue officials said on Wednesday. The disaster occurred on Tuesday in the North Sulawesi provincial capital, where parts of the city were inundated with one-meter (three foot) high floodwaters after hours of rain.

Posted in Flooding @ 22 February 2006 07:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Scientists find 'Lost world' in West Papua jungle SCIENTISTS have found a "Lost World" in an Indonesian mountain jungle, home to dozens of exotic new species of birds, butterflies, frogs and plants. "It's as close to the Garden of Eden as you're going to find on Earth," said Bruce Beehler, co-leader of the US, Indonesian, and Australian expedition to part of the cloud-shrouded Foja mountains in West Papua.

Posted in Environment @ 07 February 2006 07:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Indonesia halts mudslide rescue efforts Indonesian rescuers have ended days of searching for bodies buried in mud from landslides that hit two separate areas on Indonesia's Java island. The combined death toll from the disasters is 137. Soldiers, police and volunteers have toiled to clear mud and rubble of flattened homes in East Java and Central Java.

Posted in Flooding @ 08 January 2006 15:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Indonesia landslides death toll hits 120 Rescuers searched on Friday for more bodies buried under tonnes of mud after massive landslides in Indonesia, and the president said he would investigate whether environmental degradation was to blame. Soldiers and police used excavators to clear mud and logs off flattened homes after torrential rains sent landslides crashing into several villages on Java island this week. The combined official death toll stands at 120.

Posted in Flooding @ 06 January 2006 11:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Central Java landslide kills 10, many more feared dead A landslide triggered by heavy rains crashed into a village in Indonesia's Central Java province on Wednesday, killing at least 10 people and trapping many more under muddy debris, an official said. The pre-dawn landslide, the latest in a series on Java island that killed 71 people earlier this week, smashed into hundreds of houses in a mountainous village of around 700 residents.

Posted in Flooding @ 04 January 2006 07:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Australia denies trying to take over island An Australian man says he is stunned by claims he banned locals from a remote Indonesian island where he runs a surf camp, sparking an intervention by the country's armed forces. David Wyllie, of Terrigal on the NSW Central Coast, says he was not even in Indonesia when the military said 17 soldiers landed on uninhabited Mengkudu island, where the camp is located.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 18 December 2005 10:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 7 reactions


Six die, 266 others hospitalized in Lombok malaria outbreak At least six people have died and 266 others have been treated at local hospitals and community health centers in East Lombok since a malaria outbreak was first detected in the regency at the end of October. The outbreak struck three subdistricts in the regency concentrating on the Ijobalit and Sekarwangi areas, with the six dead and 232 other people contracting the disease there. The 34 other cases were found in Pijot.

Posted in Health @ 19 November 2005 09:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


U.N. warns of possible Indonesia polio epidemic Indonesia's polio outbreak could develop into an epidemic with the onset of the wet season, a U.N. official said on Tuesday, one week before the start of a campaign to vaccinate 24 million children nationwide. Polio returned in May to Indonesia, which had been free of the water-borne disease since 1995.

Posted in Polio @ 24 August 2005 08:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Polio cases hit 205 in Indonesia, two in capital Health workers have found 205 children infected with polio in Indonesia since the disease resurfaced this year, and two of the cases are in the densely populated capital Jakarta, officials said on Monday. Polio, a water-borne disease that can cause irreversible paralysis in hours, reemerged in May in the world's fourth most populous country, which had been polio-free since 1995.

Posted in Polio @ 08 August 2005 16:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


A police experience in Bali and Yogyakarta A different world of course, since Bali is located about 500 kilometers east of Yogyakarta. It's another island, another culture and whatever more, but one thing I encountered amazed me the most, but in fact I only realised it when I was home again, bringing back memories with some friends and beers. This is about the difference in approach, if you can call it that, of the local police concerning 'traffic violations'. For a start I would like to admit that I do actually make mistakes. Probably nothing close to a miracle.

Posted in Travel @ 20 February 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


President plans Jakarta overhaul President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has stated his commitment to overhauling the countryís sprawling capital. Jakarta's facelift will center on managing its most pressing problems: traffic, garbage and waterways. The President met a range of Jakarta councilors on Tuesday (16/11/04) to discus tourism and the beautification of one of Jakarta's prime tourist areas: the Ancol complex of theme parks and markets on Jakarta's northern shores.

Posted in General @ 17 November 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


On a usual early morning, around seven, I woke up from my last night in Bira, a small coastal town on the lifted coral sediments of the south-western tip of Sulawesi. It was time to get dressed, have some breakfast, which isnít much choice here, but well, itís Bira, a place with only a handful of people living here, compared to other places in Indonesia. Getting dressed and packing my backpack again I was thinking I would not be here for quite some time. I hadnít planned a second trip to Sulawesi yet, so this is probably the last I would see of Bira in quite some time.

Posted in Travel @ 06 November 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Hail, strong winds hit Bandung A downpour, compounded by hail and strong winds in some places, hit Bandung city on Thursday afternoon, toppling dozens of trees and causing flooding in some parts of the city. However, an official from the Bandung office of the Geophysics and Meteorological Agency (BMG) quickly rejected suggestions that the rain, which came after several months of drought in the city, marked the start of the wet season in Bandung, the capital of West Java province.

Posted in Weather @ 01 October 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


On my motorbike, enjoying the beauty of the Indonesian landscape Ė preferrably outside the cities Ė I see a lot of strange things. At least, they are strange in my western point of view. Some things make me wonder how they even got there.

Posted in Travel @ 11 July 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

Posted in Travel @ 31 May 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Eight bridges collapse in C. Sulawesi after flooding Eight bridges in Central Sulawesi have collapsed in floods caused by incessant rain over the past two weeks. The natural disaster, which is common during the wet season, also cut roads linking several parts of the province, an official said on Saturday. Mashud Kasim, the head of the Central Sulawesi Office of Settlement and Regional Infrastructure, said damages that the provincial government would have to bear amounted to Rp 38.5 billion (US$4.5 billion).

Posted in Flooding @ 29 December 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


If you think flooding in Jakarta is a new phenomenon you couldn't be more wrong. For hundreds of years, perhaps even longer, the area where the capital is situated has been plagued by annual flooding.

Posted in General @ 22 January 2002 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta still hot, heat wave continues to grip Java People should prepare for an extreme heat wave to hit Java over the next two weeks as we enter the transition of the dry season and the wet season, an official said on Wednesday. "The intense heat over the past few days was caused by a dynamic air mass moving toward the southern part of the globe," Meteorology and Geophysics Agency (BMG) chief Sri Diharto told The Jakarta Post.

Posted in Weather @ 08 December 2000 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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