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The Immigration Inquisition East Nusa Tenggara to Support $20B Industry by Transforming into Industrial Salt Producer The Teacher Exodus: Why are International School Teachers Leaving? Indonesia Looks Toward Palm Oil Sustainability in Kalimantan Illegal gold mining operations in Kalimantan threaten lives and the environment
 
A Nigerian may is forcibly detained in an immigration raid in Jakarta. Photo courtesy of Antara

The Immigration Inquisition

Carrying a photocopy of your passport, KITAS or KITAP in Indonesia may no longer be good enough if you don’t want to be treated like a criminal by overzealous Immigration officers. It’s just after 9pm on a Tuesday night. Two teams of Immigration and military officers, most of them dressed in plainclothes, descend on Jakarta’s [...]

East Nusa Tenggara to Support $20B Industry by Transforming into Industrial Salt Producer

Indonesia’s East Nusa Tenggara province holds great potential to produce salt needed for many industries, including those of glass, paper, rubber, and textiles. As the world’s largest archipelago, Indonesia just so happens to be surrounded by oceans filled with salt. With around three million square kilometres of sea area, it is also home to the [...]

The Teacher Exodus: Why are International School Teachers Leaving?

Teachers come to Indonesia to teach at international schools for a variety of reasons: the opportunity to grow as an educator with many new experiences coupled with a good working package and beautiful travel destinations in the region. Teaching in the capital of Jakarta, however, is not without its challenges and this year more teachers [...]

Indonesia Looks Toward Palm Oil Sustainability in Kalimantan

Palm oil plays an important economic role in Indonesia, but also destroys ancient forests and wildlife habitats via deforestation. The Government hopes to make it more sustainable.    Palm oil is one of the world’s most produced and consumed oils. The low-cost, efficient, and stable oil is used in food, cosmetics, and hygiene products. It [...]

Illegal gold mining operations in Kalimantan threaten lives and the environment

Illegal gold mining is ubiquitous in Kalimantan. It poses threats to the environment and health risks to indigenous people. It also costs the nation millions. On Thursday May 22, around noon, Bulungan police chief adjunct commissioner Eka Wahyudianta, along with 90 officers, took a one-hour drive to Sekatak Buji village in North Kalimantan, the youngest [...]

Jakarta, Rattle and Roll

13 July 2015

Not long ago, I watched Dawn of The Planet of the Apes in 4-D at a Blitzmegaplex cinema complex in Jakarta. Strapped into a seat that moved on pistons in approximate time with the onscreen action for the entire 90 minutes, I was vigorously bucked, swayed, rattled, jolted, tipped. Water sprayed me whenever rain or [...]

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Keeping Lombok Clean

13 July 2015

Lombok Eco Development formed the NGO Keep Lombok Clean as a way of thanking Lombok for its warm hospitality and smiles, working with different local communities to improve their standards of living and their environment. Lombok Eco Development is a company interested in improving the way we all live by offering sustainable natural alternatives in [...]

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Posted in Conservation, homepage_posts

Hiking Gunung Tambora: Celebrating 200 Years Since the Eruption that Shook the World

13 July 2015

Two hundred years ago a volcano violently erupted on the island of Sumbawa, sending molten rock 40km into the sky – the most powerful eruption on Earth for 500 years. In Nusa Tenggara Barat, on the island of Sumbawa, stands Gunung Tambora, the second highest peak in the region at 2,722m. Back in April 1815, [...]

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Posted in homepage_posts, Sports/Health

What Price Glory?

13 July 2015

It’s official. Batam City, the polluted playground for neighbouring Singaporeans seeking sex, is the best, most attractive and smartest city in the world. So says the mayor’s office, after receiving an award from a UK-based corporation that sells meaningless accolades to egotistical officials, especially those from countries notorious for corruption. Ahmad Dahlan, the corpulent mayor [...]

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Posted in homepage_posts, Scams in the City

North Lombok – Heading for the Mountains

13 July 2015

North Lombok combines a stunning coastline, beautiful terraced rice fields under the shadow of Mt. Rinjani and a traditional culture that holds strong to its values. Only 35km east of Bali, there is a charm to North Lombok; a destination that few tourists venture to and so awaits your discovery. North of Senggigi The road [...]

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West of the South-Eastern Islands

10 July 2015

Nusa Tenggara Barat (NTB) is one of Indonesia’s 34 provinces. Wedged between Bali and the tiny island of Komodo, it is trying to carve itself a spot on the tourist map of Indonesia. Bali, to its west, is, of course, the leading and best-known tourist destination, so much so that abroad the island is quite [...]

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Posted in History/Culture, homepage_posts

Investing in Lombok Real Estate: Naga Indo Investment Limited

10 July 2015

With development in Bali reaching a tipping point, more and more investors are looking eastwards to Lombok. Silk Air has recently requested a direct route from Perth to Lombok, which means the international world is taking note of this travel destination, and more will follow. Living in South Lombok is Frenchman Jean-Marc Reynier, Founder and [...]

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Posted in Business Profile, homepage_posts

With a Projected $200B Opportunity, Lombok is Looking to Attract More Muslim Tourists

10 July 2015

As a republic with the world’s largest Muslim population, Indonesia plans to tap the Islamic tourism market by promoting Lombok, one of the lesser-known island getaways, just a short distance from Bali. According to the West Nusa Tenggara Tourism Promotion Board (BPPD NTB), the Government has only just started to promote sharia tourism in Lombok. [...]

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Posted in Business/Property, homepage_posts

A Nigerian may is forcibly detained in an immigration raid in Jakarta. Photo courtesy of Antara

The Immigration Inquisition

10 July 2015

Carrying a photocopy of your passport, KITAS or KITAP in Indonesia may no longer be good enough if you don’t want to be treated like a criminal by overzealous Immigration officers. It’s just after 9pm on a Tuesday night. Two teams of Immigration and military officers, most of them dressed in plainclothes, descend on Jakarta’s [...]

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Posted in Featured, homepage_posts, Info for Expats

Western Union: The Fastest Way to Send and Receive Money Around the World

30 June 2015

Western Union: The Fastest Way to Send and Receive Money Around the World What is WESTERN UNION? WESTERN UNION is a money transfer services company, for send and receive all around the world.. History WESTERN UNION was first established in 1851 as New York & Mississippi Valley Printing Telegraph Co., later changing its name to [...]

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