January 2013, after 5 years Jakarta is again struck by serious floods. Driving in the streets this morning I got a bit of an impression on how severe it is but some of these pictures show the worst hit areas in Jakarta where levels rise to 1.5 meter and above. Some people have died and thousands had to flee their home.
The floods are caused by a heavy rainfall in Jakarta and upstream Bogor combined with a pretty bad infrastructure in which drainage is clogged with trash and pumps are failing. At the moment it finally stopped raining in Jakarta but the predictions are not yet favorable. The government has issued a 10 day state of emergency for Jakarta and we’re hoping the floods will be gone soon.
For my family and friends back in Europe, no worries, I’m living on higher grounds in Jakarta.
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So, this is how the Russian supporters celebrated the excellent win of their team against the Czech Republic. What can I say that’s not too extreme? *does mumble about severe corporal punishment*
Ding dong! Newsflash from our reporter in Jakarta. November 20th (20-11-2011), exactly 26 years after the birth of Windows 1.0, now going into the history books as the big day for the most likable guy with the highest “cuddle” factor in the scene. Today the big guy from Dailysocial Rama and his lovely wife Puspa celebrated their love and eternal union and obviously Sangat Pedas was there.
Both the bride and the groom looked ravishing and an anonymous source within Dailysocial told me he was so happy to finally see “Mr. Hoody” as a real CEO. This despite his new haircut which has already become trending. Yep, everyone was present on this sunday morning red carpet event. Hell, it’s safe to say that every self respecting startup was witnessing the mariage of the “Michael Arrington” of Indonesia.
And of course the press and bloggers were present. The Jakarta
Post Globe chatting with Aria who’s not amused with the paparazzi. Firman “Dailysocial wrecker” Nugraha from Teknojurnal managed to sneak in as well. The hardest working blogger at DS was busy declaring his love to not one but two Nokia N9′s.
We wanna wish Puspa and Rama a long and happy life together and keep having fun!
If you are not embarrassed by the first version of your product, you’ve launched too late. That’s what the Chinese builders in Lanzhou must have thought. Press, bubbles, the jetset, everybody was present for the “prestigious” launch of this $2.6mln boat. Unfortunately things didn’t quite work out, something with unexpected “water levels”. After days trying to get the boat out engineers are now fixing the “unexpected waterlevels”. Source 新浪视频
Wikileaks, probably state enemy #1 of many countries, but in the past I defended their cause and methods up to a certain point. I believe that it’s good that certain crimes like the collateral murder in Iraq are exposed. But Wikileaks has a different approach, instead of focussing on specific incidents that need to be exposed they prefer to publish documents as is. Consequence is that some of the published documents serve a cause but most don’t expose something that needs to be exposed, they just provide info. Info that serves no cause but often is just a pain in the ass for governments.
Well, we’ve reached a new chapter with Cablegate 2 in which Wikileaks is no longer a whistle blower and Julian Assange days are counted. Julian Assange has always been smart enough to keep some information behind as life insurance, well it seems his life insurance has expired the moment it got published on cryptom.org, (more info here)
Yesterday, on Indonesias Independence Ken, the CEO of Kaskus, and his long time love finally got married. I was honored to be able to attend the ceremony which was intimate and and lovely followed by a huge super party in the big Mulia Ballroom. On behalf of the whole Tokobagus team I want to congratulate you guys and wish you a long and happy marriage! PHOTO!
Two friends, Dian and Randy, were in for a surprise when on Nov. 24 at City Walk mall in Central Jakarta they tried to sell two iPads which they previously purchased in Singapore. According to Dian and Randy they regretted their purchase after returning to Indonesia and posted the two iPads on an Indonesian online classified site. After they were contacted they met with the potential buyers who then appeared to be undercover police agents.
According to the Jakarta Post “A House legislator urged the National Police on Saturday to explain how two friends were arrested for selling two iPads they regretted buying on vacation in Singapore.” It seems to be pretty bad PR for the police to arrest two ordinary guys that maybe want to monetize a little on their trip to Singapore.
Now it is allowed according to the Indonesian law to import a gadget within certain limits from a foreign country and as far as I understand it’s not illegal to later sell the item. No, the reason they are still in prison is that they sold a gadget without an Indonesian manual. Yes siree, you’re reading this well, and here it comes, selling a gadget without an Indonesian manual can get you a maximum sentence of 5 YEARS IN PRISON.
Hello Fox40 News anchors (Fox News affiliate in Sacramento), did we have a nice weekend? Hit the town pretty hard? Enjoyed the Jack D? Too much republican indoctrination? Cos that was some nice professional coverage of the death of Osama Bin Laden. Yep, after all this guy has done it’s such a hard name to remember: “OSAMA BIN LADEN” which is not the same person as “President Obama”, even though you guys think your president is in fact a Muslim infiltrant. CHECK THE EPIC FAIL VIDEO!!!
According to Reuters an Libyan governement spokesman told that yesterday on April 30th an attack with assumably 3 precision rockets was carried out on the residence of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. The attack killed his son Saif al-Arab Gaddafi and three of his grand children. NATO is denying the attacks on Gaddafi’s house and attempting to kill the Libyan leader but said that it had initiated air-strikes on strategic military targets in the same area of Tripoli.
“NATO continued its precision strikes against regime military installations in Tripoli overnight, including striking a known command and control building in the Bab al-Aziziyah neighborhood shortly after 1800 GMT Saturday evening,” the alliance said in a statement.