Indonesia By Numbers

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22 Estimated minimum number of hours it takes to hike the Rinjani Trek in Lombok, usually over four days 13,000 The age in years of the oldest stone tools found north of Medan, Sumatra 200,000 The average price per hour, in rupiah, for a boat charter in Mushroom Bay, Bali 5,700,000 Estimated annual motorcycle sales for Indonesia in 2009, down around six [...]

The Lost Atlantis Finally “Found”?

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What do you know about Atlantis? I asked my colleague today, and he said…”Oh, it must be derived from Atlantic Ocean”..Well, partly true. Then I asked my other friends, various answers..some replied that it is a Walt Disney movie, some said lost continent, and some said it’s a legend made by Shakespeare (Dudes, it was Plato [...]

You’re Never Too Old To Conquer

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Ade Mardiyati You’re Never Too Old for Everest Hitting 50 can come as a shock to anyone. Retirement is often on the horizon, women are reaching menopause, bodies are aging and it can feel like life is somehow starting to wind down. Recently, a group of 10 Indonesians, nine men and one woman, aged mostly about 50 years [...]

A Mourning Nation

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Indonesia Says Goodbye To a True Statesman During his tumultuous and often confusing two years as the fourth president of Indonesia, Abdurrahman Wahid, or Gus Dur, as he was affectionately known by his fellow countrymen, held firmly to his principles. A renowned religious leader of blue-blood lineage, he was a voice of moderation when the country needed [...]

Fun Facts About Indonesia

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Giant Sea Creatures In Derawan, sea turtles (green, hawksbill, scarlet and star fruit turtles) come on shore at night to lay their eggs. Say It with Flowers The largest flower in the world, Rafflesia Arnoldi, is native to Indonesia. The flower was named from Sir Stamford Raffles. Even though it is huge, it doesn’t smell nice like roses [...]

Indonesia In Numbers – December

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7 – The number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the republic. 5,120,000 - The width of the archipelago, in meters – equivalent to the distance between Seattle and Bermuda. 1949 - The year the Dutch acknowledged Indonesia’s independence – 50 years ago this year. 60,000 - The estimated number of orangutans left in Indonesia. 88.6 - The percentage [...]

Another Great Indonesian

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Indonesian political analyst Rizal Sukma is among the Top 100 Global Thinkers alongside US Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke and US President Barack Obama, according to Foreign Policy magazine. Rizal is honored by the magazine for “pushing a radical new view of Indonesia’s role in the world”. “Sukma is a leading theorist of the relationship between [...]

A Heartwarming Night

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I was at a coffee shop for a cup of hot and black coffee, several weeks ago. I purposely brought the Economist magazines (<– note the ’s’), and planned to spend sometimes about the mobile phone industry in Africa, and the bubbling economy of China. Imagine, Friday evening, cozy and quiet place, good mags in [...]

Indonesian Voice In The Land Of The North

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The Swedish Idol 2009 has come down to the top four last night. The one that left the “Popularity Game Show” is a lady from Indonesia, Reza Ningtyas Lindh (pictured above).  I think Sweden has missed out one unique talent. Reza has a vocal like Tina Turner, with a little more professional training, this girl [...]

Here Comes A CNN Hero From Indonesia

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Budi Soehardi, a former airline pilot, made the top 10 shortlist for his work with children at an orphanage he founded for East Timorese in Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara. Budi will receive $25,000 to continue his work. The US-based TV news network announced the results on its website,, after more than 2.75 million online [...]

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