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    Batam was the feature of a Puzzle recently, which has now been solved so I can post some more from there.
    In that conjunction I said the following:
    Batam has gone from nearly no population back in 1970, when I first visited. There are abt. 1.2-1.5 mill. now, but with no real "town plan" and a lot of misfired projects. Building standard is not being strictly enforced and maintenance is not a priority.
    Here is proof of building standard and maintenance, or lack of it:


    Same street, opposite direction:
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    Keeping the drains clean is not a priority either:




    Street vendors sells all kinds of local specialties:




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      Another street view, this time with a bit better designed and maintained buildings and a minaret at the end of the street:

      The street is littered with all kinds of rubbish. The building on the left is only partly occupied by a restaurant.

      This impressive front entrance leads to the abandoned part of the same building:


      Somebody have tried to add a floor or two on top:

      But that attempt appears to have been abandoned to.

      The front door is pad locked and leads to an abandoned lobby:

      If I remember right, this was once a hotel with a Casino (until gambling was banner in 1997) and high class Night Club.

      A new Night Club has been built not too far away though:


      This is a popular hangout for expats living and working on Batam:

      Especially among Aussies, since they serve excellent tucker and ice cold Fosters with stubby holders.

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        Legs are growing at Tg. Uncang, Batam:

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          Well dressed gentlemen from the highlands of Papua, near the boarder with PNG on a visit to the administrative center of Oksibil:

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            This WAS Indonesia 50 years ago: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/wh...greg-poulgrain

            At the same time there was the "Konfrontasi" with Malaysia/Singapore, which officially came to a halt in Aug. 1966, although some remnants of restriction was only lifted in 1967: http://eresources.nlb.gov.sg/history...c-16dfb0cc9ce3

            It took abt. 5 years before Suharto had full control of the situation within Indonesia. Even longer before the detention camps on Buru Island was discontinued.
            A tough time to live and work in Indonesia. I know, I was there.
            Last edited by ombugge; May 1st, 2017, 14:10. Reason: Add text

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              They live long in the Solo Valley: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/...at-146-8808984
              That must as close to "eternal living" as anybody has got yet.

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                If you are looking for a job, this may be a possibility: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/...f-ijen-9134662

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