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  • ombugge
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    This is Indonesia

    Another country that doesn't have it's own thread on CVF is Indonesia and is my favourite country. Contrary to popular Western perception it is not "just some dirt pore third world country, somewhere in Asia".

    Indonesia is a very large and diverse country, with a population of abt. 240 mill. with more diversification then in Europe. From Arabic descendant in the Ache province to Melanesians in the Mulukas and Papua. There are abt. 300 indigenous ethnic groups who originally spoke different languages, but who now can communicate in one national language, Bahasa Indonesia.
    Only the island of Java, Madura and Bali is densely populated, the rest is fairly lightly populated, especially East Indonesia and Papua.

    Although the GDP is only USD 4,300 per capita, there is a growing middle class. (i.e. has buying power eqv. to western nations, or better) Presently maybe 5 - 10% of the population) Abt. 2-3% of the population is "rich", with buying power exceeding that of the average European or American.
    To put that in context: 10% = 24 Mill. people, or abt. eqv. to all of Scandinavia. 2% = 4.8 Mill. people, or abt. eqv. to the Norwegian population.

    The land area is about 1.920,000 Sq. Km., spread over 16,667 islands, of which abt. 3,000 is inhabited. But, since the Archipelago Principle in the Law of the Seas prevail, Indonesia has territorial right to all the sea areas between the islands. On top of that, the EEZ stretches 200 n.miles, or to the median line, all around the archipelago.

    Distances are also wast; From Sabang in the North West to Merauke in the South East is approx. 3,000 n.miles by the shortest route, which is abt the same as from Southhampton to New York.
    To describe that you know Indonesia is you say; "Sabang ke Merauke".

    The distance from the northernmost Island (Pu. Maru) to the southernmost (Pu. Roti) is approx. 950 n.miles, or the eqv. of North Cape to Lindesnes (Direct line)



    Although Indonesia straddle Equator (4.5 degr. N to 11 degr. S) the diversification in landscape and climate is also quite dramatic, from tropical rain forest from sea level to abt. 1,000 m. Temperate climate to 2,000 m., fairly bare above 3,000 m. and even glaciers at the highest peaks in Papua. (See the "What place is this" thread)

    Don't worry, pictures to follow.

  • ombugge
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    It is the end of Ramadan (Hari Raya Puasa in Malayu/ Eid al-Fitr in Arabic) and the annual exodus from the cities back to their ancestral villages are on all over the Muslim world.
    In Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim country, this is known as "kembali kampong" and causes major chaos on roads, rail and sea, incl. lots of accidents.
    Here is a CNA report from last year's event, featuring Indonesia's eqv. to Hurtigruten, the PT Pelni Inter-island ships:
    https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news...video-10433540

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  • pakarang
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    Originally posted by ombugge View Post
    The Rainbow Village in Indonesia put some colour into life:
    https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news...video-10796382
    That was a delight to see. Some colourful paints and demolition was halted. Sometimes, it doesn't take a to to go from eyesore to beauty.

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  • ombugge
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    The Rainbow Village in Indonesia put some colour into life:
    https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news...video-10796382

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  • ombugge
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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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  • ombugge
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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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  • ombugge
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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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    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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  • ombugge
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    Legs are growing at Tg. Uncang, Batam:

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  • ombugge
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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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  • ombugge
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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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  • ombugge
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    Bali of my young and tender days: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v1RGIDgwHgM
    I first visited Bali in 1967, before the airport was completed and mass tourism started.

    I don't know when this was filmed, but don't get fooled by the old model car that appears at the beginning. There were hardly any import of cars during and after WWII, until Suharto got control. (Sukarno believed in self-sustaiability)
    A lot of pre-war cars were in use up until the early 1970s. Some of them with body work made of wood.

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  • ombugge
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    An everyday occurrence in Indonesia: http://www.vgtv.no/#!/video/108101/dette-gaar-ikke-bra

    Job Risk Assessment is not always carried out and the ability to see danger is not always present among riders and drivers in Indonesia.
    The fellow sitting on top of this load would qualify for the Darwin Award.

    Here is one better:

    (Or several times better)

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  • ombugge
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    More traditional Bali. This time with a story to go with it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jHb1HuFO34o#t=526

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  • ombugge
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    Indonesia in the 1950s: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e8kgGJC0Ljw
    Propaganda film for/by President Sukarno.

    Indonesia today: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3TRfOPahWtE

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