Drop Everything


There will come a time in every young surfers life when he has to start missing Swells for work, birthdays parties or hangovers. But there are days (especially during a wave drought) were you have to “just get to the beach”, this Sunday was one of these days, not the cleanest but the biggest we have seen in some time. I’m not going to name this spot (please don’t post locations) but it was prime for this crazy cross island swell. The people informed were ripping and everyone that stumbled across it were struggling to keep up (myself included).

I’m the not biggest fan of empty wave shots, they lack perspective and are sometimes UN-rideable but these perfectly illustrate the intensity of this swell. *none of these are fisheye shot, I was using a 17-55mm, what you see it what I was dodging all day Sunday.



This one is blurry…

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Jawdropping views of cozy homes built in an abandoned office tower, a lagoon, a recycling heap and more


What about water and sewage in a 45 story walk up. Imagine moving your weight set up to that level?

Walk down the 45 flights got to take 20 minutes?

TED Blog

[ted_talkteaser id=1846]Iwan Baan is not as interested in what architects build as he is in the beautiful ways that people appropriate the spaces once the planners are gone. In today’s talk, Baan — whose breathtaking image of lower Manhattan after Hurricane Sandy hangs on at least one of our walls — shows incredible images from communities thriving in ways that seem quite opposite to the uniformity of suburbs. First, Baan takes us to Chandigarh, India, where people inhabit buildings created by modernist architects Le Corbusier in very different ways than expected. Then, Baan takes us to Caracas, Venezuela, where an abandoned 45-story building has become a miniature city. From there, Baan  takes us to a Nigerian slum built on water, to a community in Cairo thriving amid recycling heaps, and to an underground village in China.

Baan’s talk will have you marveling at human ingenuity. In it, the photographer shows 154…

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Elvis Towers

A new apartment building is going up and Jakarta and offered for sale. Can you imagine living in such a wonderful places Elvis tower.

At least to be easy for your friends to find the place because I’m sure there won’t be two Elvis towers.



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Protests continue to dismiss Christian subdistrict head in South Jakarta

Indonesia follows Pancasila, a Socio Political Philosophy that respects all religions. What happened here in Lenteng Agung, or in Bekasi, or in Bogor?


Ahok says Gamawan should
learn the Constitution
The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Jakarta | Fri, September 27 2013, 4:08 PM
Jakarta News

Deputy Jakarta Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama says Home Minister Gamawan Fauzi should study the Constitution in response to the minister’s suggestion that Governor Joko “Jokowi” Widodo should consider replacing Lenteng Agung subdistrict head Susan Jasmine Zulkifli after a series of local protests.

“This is a Pancasila-based country and we are appointing an official based on merit and not bowing down to people pressures or rejection. Thus, the minister should learn more about the constitution,” Ahok said on the sidelines of the Flood Anticipation briefing held at the National Monument on Friday as quoted by tempo.co.

He then explained that using the minister’s suggestion would jeopardize the merit system he and the governor were trying to implement within the city administration.

“Subdistrict head Susan is leading a region with 55,000 residents, way above the number of protesters who want her out. Besides, we found that most of the protesters held Depok ID cards instead of Jakarta,” he said.

Gamawan previously asked Jokowi to consider replacing Lenteng Agung subdistrict head Susan as requested by the protesters. These protesters wanted her out from office simply because she was a Christian.(apt/dic)

The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Jakarta | Wed, September 25 2013, 2:14 PM
The rejection by local Muslim residents of the head of the Lenteng Agung subdistrict in South Jakarta continues, with some 700 people taking to the streets on Wednesday calling for the dismissal of the Christian subdistrict head.

Locals from Lenteng Agung demanded that the Jakarta administration dismiss their newly installed subdistrict head, Susan Jasmine Zulkifli, 43, simply because she was a Christian, not a Muslim like the majority of residents.

Spokesman for the Lenteng Agung Residents Forum, Mochamad Rusli, said that Wednesday’s demonstration was larger than one held previously, in which only around 300 people protested in front of the subdistrict office.

“Today, we held a long march [rather than just standing in front of the subdistrict office],” Rusli said as quoted by tempo.co on Wednesday.

He said that during the march, protesters carried a coffin that he said “depicted the death of democracy”. He added that the Jakarta administration had yet to respond to Wednesday’s protest.

Jakarta Governor Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo previously said he would not move Susan, despite the demands by some residents for her dismissal.

The governor emphasized the fact that he installed district and subdistrict leaders based on their abilities and achievements and that, as a result, he would not be bowing to local pressure.

Susan was among the 415 local leaders inaugurated in June by Jokowi after passing a series of tests in an open-call selection. (hrl)

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Doing Business in Indonesia a couple view points 2013

Overall I know Indonesia is a great place to do business. Full of challenges, but many opportunities, like the new frontier. Its been overlooked for the last 14 years since the economic crisis that ravaged Asia. Investors have been dumping money into China, not always successfully. However, Indonesia continues to plod along. There is much room for improvement, but then again, there is everywhere right?

At the same time, companies can grow, and progress here in Indonesia.

How easy is doing business in Indonesia? Wednesday, 18 Sep 2013 | 8:18 PM ET CNBC’s Adam Bakhtiar caught up with Indonesia’s Minister for Cooperatives and SMEs and asked him what Jakarta is doing to make it easier for entrepreneurs. We really hope it will become easier to do business here.

The World Bank Ease of Doing Business download here the 2013 report on Indonesia
http://www.doingbusiness.org/~/media/giawb/doing%20business/documents/profiles/country/IDN.pdf Ease of Doing Business Download Report 2013

Or visit the World Bank Site Directly, they rank Indonesia overall at 128, and for start up business 166 sounds great, but the higher the number, the lower the ranking, and the harder to do business.

World Bank Ease of Doing Business

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Embassies in Indonesia warn of Miss World

12:55am September 19, 2013

full article here

My comments
Seems there are more important issues to resolved before worrying about a beauty pageant.

The Australian embassy in Indonesia is among several warning that extremists may attack the Miss World beauty pageant on the resort island of Bali after a series of hardline Muslim protests.

The US and British embassies have also issued warnings to citizens in recent days.

“The embassy has received information that extremist groups may be planning to disrupt the Miss World pageant being held in Bali from September 8 to 28, potentially through violent means,” the US embassy in Jakarta said in a statement.

Meanwhile, the British embassy said “local Islamist vigilante groups have threatened to hold large-scale demonstrations to disrupt the Miss World pageant”.

It added that “extremist groups may also be planning to attack the event”.

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Bali has been attacked by Islamic militants before, most notably in 2002 when bombings on the resort island killed 202 people, many of them foreigners.

However, Indonesia, which has the world’s biggest Muslim population, has waged a crackdown on militant groups over the past decade and has succeeded in dismantling key networks.

In recent weeks thousands of radicals have taken to the streets protesting against the decision to hold Miss World in Indonesia, denouncing it as “smut” and “pornography”.

The growing protest movement prompted the government to order the entire event be moved to Hindu-majority Bali, where extremist influence is minimal.

Originally only the early rounds were due to take place on the island, with later rounds and the September 28 final to be held in and around the capital Jakarta.

While the vast majority of Indonesians practise a moderate form of Islam, a vocal hardline fringe has become increasingly influential in recent years.

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Google street view car crash in Bogor, Really?


Did it crash and run?

Did it crash and run?

google street view Bogor


From the news sites, we see many reports of the Google Streetview Camera Car, that maybe crashed into a bus, another bus and a truck.

I would like to add some insight in to driving in Bogor, and crashes with buses (not specifically this case, but my personal experiences.

First the there are many kind of buses in Bogor, from the micro bus (called Angkot), to the mini bus (Antar Kota), local buses, tourist buses, etc., and the Damri bus that goes to the airport of Jakarta.

The bus drivers mostly are very aggressive in chasing passengers, as they earn based on the income they make in excess of the basic bus rental fee, and gasoline.

I have personally been involved in 3 accidents in Bogor (the traffic sucks) and all were with buses, and they all ran away from the accident. I would give the benefit of the doubt to the google car, and expect that the accident was caused by the bus, and the running away was done by the bus, and maybe the google car was trying to chase them down.

Just my two cents.










Packed Minibus Careens Over Cliff in Bogor as Brakes Give
By Vento Saudale on 1:34 pm September 19, 2013.
Category News
Tags: Bogor, bus accidents, Indonesia traffic accidents
Bogor. An overcrowded Karawang Indah minibus transporting pilgrims from a holy site on Mount Cikundul, in Cianjur, West Java, careened off a cliff Wednesday night, killing two and injuring dozens, police said.

A woman named Oom, 40, and her 4-year-old grandson Alfiansyah died in the accident. Twenty-eight others suffered injuries, Adj. Cmr. Muhammad Chaniago, Head of Bogor Traffic Police, said.

The minibus was returning to the Babakan madang sub-district after transporting the pilgrims to the tomb of R. Aria Wira Tanu bin Aria Wangsa Goparana, a popular holy site for some Sundanese Muslims. Aria, also known as Dalem Cikundul, was a member of a Sundanese royal family, and was credited as spreading Islam throughout Cianjur while serving as its first district head.

The 47 pilgrims had visited the site and were returning home Wednesday evening when the driver lost control of the overcrowded bus. The vehicle struggled to climb the steep cliff in Tanjungsari and began rolling backwards when the brakes failed. The bus then rolled over the side of a 15-meter-tall cliff, police said.

One of the survivors said passengers were standing in the aisle of the packed bus.

“On the ride home I fell asleep,” Omat, 37, said. “I woke up to passengers’ screams and the bus was shaking. When I gained consciousness I was in the hospital.”

Investigators questioned the driver, a man named Muhidin, as a witness in their report.

The injured were transported to the Cibinong Regional Hospital and the Red-Cross Hospital in Bogor for treatment.

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