Hans Rooseboom

Hans Rooseboom is a long term resident of Jakarta. He has visited nearly all of Indonesia's provinces and worked for many years in Ambon, Aceh, Manado and a number of smaller and larger towns on Java. He now enjoys a leisurely life, playing tennis most mornings and writing his blogs and other articles.

Forest Mapping will Help the Indigenous

To know the lie of the land is an essential ingredient for travellers, and for anyone dealing with land tenure, or the management and use of the land’s natural...

The Hidden Island of Savu

On his first voyage to the South Pacific, Captain James Cook dropped anchor at Savu, an island that did not appear on any of his charts, and stayed for five days. As a...

Indonesia’s Contribution to the Mitigation of Global Warming

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Conference of the Parties, 20th Session (UNFCCC COP 20) was held in Lima, Peru, during the first half of...

Capitalism vs The Climate

We are entitled to look back at 2014 with some pride. Recent achievements include democratic elections where the old political elite were told where to go; while the...

Desolation at the Ragunan Zoo, Jakarta

More than twenty years ago, I went to Ragunan Zoo quite often with my children. It made for a pleasant walk, shaded by trees and the animals adding to the fun. It even...

Java’s First Photographer: Kassian Cephas (1845-1912)

The first rather rambling title for this article ran nearly three lines as it tried to convey that Kassian Cephas (a) was the first Javanese professional photographer;...

The History of Coffee in Indonesia

Imagine a world without coffee! Even if you are not a coffee drinker, imagine the shopping centres and high streets without the ubiquitous coffeehouses, coffee shops,...

Gold Panning with mercury

There’s Gold in them thar Hills

The western foothills of the volcano look rather desolate, consisting largely of dry shrubland with a few stunted trees. During the wet season some upland rice is grown,...

Lake Matano

Soroako – Home of Indonesia’s Deepest Lake

A surprisingly pleasant destination for a relaxing holiday Soroako, a small nickel mining town in East Luwu regency, South Sulawesi province, is located at the top of...

A Brief History of Tobacco

Tobacco was first cultivated in the Peruvian and Ecuadorian Andes, from where it spread north and south till it covered most of the Americas. After ‘discovery’ by...

Participatory Flood Risk Management: What the common man in the street can do

It wasn't unexpected although it has happened many times before. But still, when confronted with the swirling mass of brown water on the street that only the other day...

Georgius Everhardus Rumphius: From Hobby to Fame

She was called Rumphius in honour and remembrance of the first naturalist of Ambon. Her hull was painted yellow and the superstructure white. It was the project boat, a...

Martha Christina Tiahahu-Welcome To Ambon

Martha Christina Tiahahu – a Moluccan Heroine

This is Ambon in the early 80s of last century. The land we were going to build houses on was located at Karangpanjang, just below the Provincial Parliament Building....

A hadji from the Dutch East Indies

Islam in the Netherlands East Indies

Islam came to Indonesia by way of Malabar and Coromandel, the respectively south-western and south-eastern coasts of India, along the age-old trade routes. Both regions...

Education Guide 2017

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