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  • ross1948 03:12 on March 19, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: dangdut, De Leila, FX Sudirman, Gatot Subroto,   

    De Leila, A Jakarta Dangdut Gem, Lost And Found! 

    I was down Gatot Subroto last week ,walking by the Gedung Patra Jasa, and stopped to buy cigarettes in the minimarket which all large office-buildings here have, usually secreted in their basement level.


    Hasil gambar untuk jalan gatot subroto

    Gatot Subroto – it’s often quicker to walk than rely on motorised transport!


    Many years ago, when I was new to Jakarta, I’d stumbled upon De Leila, a dimly-lit night-spot where dangdut music was the main entertainment.

    Time passed and it’s been several years since last I entered its portals, so naturally I was curious to see if it was still thriving.

    It wasn’t!

    To exacerbate my chagrin, in the area De Leila had once occupied, what should I see but a Starbucks outlet…


    Jangan Ke Starbucks Lagi! Tolak ‘Gay’ Marriage! (Bahasa Inggris/Bahasa Indonesia) 

    … somewhere I would never willingly enter!

    Disappointed, I went on my way, but was still inquisitive about when De Leila had closed down.

    It hasn’t!

    Thanks to that amazingly useful site, Jakarta 100 Bars, I can report that it’s moved.


    FX Sudirman is where it’s now at, but if that bar-site is to be believed, and I have never found it unreliable, the clientele, which was very mixed, though with a significant proportion of Arabs, now overwhelmingly caters for the Mid-East crowd AND…

    …it’s gone ‘UPMARKET!’

    This is certainly mixed news.

    I’m glad De Leila has not disappeared, but if the prices are high, I guess I won’t be hanging out there too often.

    Having said that, the  Hundred Bars reporter makes it sound not uninteresting, but I leave you to read his comments for yourself.

    PS – there is a direct link to the new De Leila, here. http://deleila.net/#event-promo

    • Jim in Jakarta 08:16 on March 19, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Really? I thought It was gone forever but it moved?
      Now we are all waiting for you to rediscover the greatest lost treasure of them all.


  • ross1948 09:30 on October 29, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: dangdut, Jalan Blora,   

    Wadu! Pasar Rumput Dibongkar? Dan Gimana Blora? 

    I was on one of my TransJakarta Busway journeys last week, from Manggarai to Kuningan, and it took us past Pasar Rumput.

    For overseas readers, the name means Grass Market, but it is no more grassy  than Edinburgh’s Grassmarket, though both places may once have been green and pleasant.

    Pasar Rumput was one of Jakarta’s traditional markets…



    … an impressive but admittedly somewhat decrepit edifice, where vegetables, meats and all manner of other things were on sale – by day!

    At night, though, a magical transformation! All around the upper levels, little dangdut bars opened up!

    Songstresses galore took to small stages to entertain patrons till the wee small hours.


    ‘Welcome to Pasar Rumput!’


    Many a time and oft I’d gone there, taken by Indonesian pals in my very first year, and subsequently on my own, or introducing other foreigners to the joys of Indonesia’s most popular music.

    But last week – lo and behold – scaffolding, workmen, the old market under ‘renovasi‘ – and if the renovation of Pasar Senen is anything to go by, this could mean it will emerge unrecognisable.

    And meanwhile, where have all the dishy dangdut starlets gone to sing?

    I have also noted, also from my buses, that Blora, or Belora, just off to the left as the main north/south artery changes its name from Jalan Thamrin to Jalan Sudirman, is also looking in a bad way.

    That little otherwise non-descript area too boasted a string of music bars, mostly dangdut, which I once frequented.

    It was so famous that there was even a horror film set in its environs…


    Gambar terkait


    …but it nowadays appears, from a distance, to have lost much of its character.

    I must investigate!

    A gal I met on Friday night at a Hallowe’en party tells me that the Asmoro is still going strong.


    The Asmoro in the good old days!


    ..but a few years back it started presenting ‘heavy metal’ instead of dangdut, so naturally I stopped going.

    But what about the Puspita?

    It closed due to flooding a several years ago, so I haven’t been down there either, and it’s round the corner so not visible from the main road.

    Can anybody save me a trip?

    The old Jakarta, so vibrant when I first came here, is changing so fast, and in many ways for the worse, or at least for the worst of reasons.

    What’s the state of play in Blora?

    • Jim in Jakarta 09:40 on October 29, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I hope the Pasar Rumput dangdut industry will be back in business again after the renovation but I am pessimistic.

      Elsewhere I’d say it’s the killjoys done it, Ross.
      At least in Blora. They got raided two years ago and I found this link to describe it. http://wartakota.tribunnews.com/2015/08/14/polisi-menteng-gelar-razia-di-kafe-dangdut-lone-star-group

      I used to go there for lunch breaks but like you i haven’t been down that way for a long time.
      Maybe it will be changed into one of those ‘special sharia tourism areas’ that our new Deputy Governor wants to introduce!


    • JazPen 11:09 on October 29, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I use to like those little bars in Blora and I heard that Pasar Rumput was good fun too.
      Sooner or later there will only be fun and music in expensive tourist hotels where most of us cant afford to go and if the prohibition law goes through then we wont be able to have a beer in our own garden on a hot day like today.


    • Pipit 19:11 on October 29, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      At the Pasar Rumput I think if you come off the bus and look around at night you will find the dangdut you love so much Ross.
      Or go to Mangga Besar where are many dangdut places.


  • ross1948 08:56 on June 10, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: dangdut, Duo Cobra, , Pancoran   

    Duo Cobra – A Hitherto Unknown Dangdut Treat? 

    I was walking down Pancoran about three weeks ago, off to meet some people for coffee, when I noticed a poster advertising a dangdut concert.

    The picture adorning the poster was that of a very attractive young lady, so I slowed my stately stride to learn more.

    The Duo Kobra!

    It’s not uncommon for dangdut duos to use slightly menacing creatures as their stage name, the Duo Racun (Poison) and the Duo Serigala (she-wolves!) being two examples I have featured before.

    So calling themselves cobras was not remotely alarming.

    Alas, their concert was that very night, and I had further social plans in the evening which could not be rearranged, so no chance of attending their undoubtedly impressive performance.

    But curiosity was aroused, so since then research has been undertaken. If you’re a dangdut afficionado, pray read on.


    Gambar terkait


    Their names are Amel and Putri, and both of them worked as SPGs (Sales Promotion Girls) in a well-known market in Bandung.

    Again, regular readers will know my sincere appreciation of SPGs, who are invariably delightful to behold…

    Jakarta Fair – SPGs Alone Make PRJ Worth The Trip! 

    ….and to chat to, wherever they happen to be.  Incidentally, this year’s Jakarta Fair starts in a week!

    But these two SPGs were working in separate areas, one promoting products on the upper level, the other on the lower.

    When they did meet, they decided to get together – and why not?

    Putri had previously appeared on the popular tv Dangdut Academy while Amel was a former contestant on Indonesian Idol. http://www.infokanlah.com/2015/11/biodata-personil-duo-cobra-yang-terbaru.html

    Now to watch out for ads so I can go see them live!

    Meanwhile, purely as a public service, I offer you some photos of other Indonesian dangdut duos.



    Gambar terkait

    Duo Racun


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    Duo Virgin!



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    Duo Serigala


    We’ll look at trios another day!

  • ross1948 09:52 on September 8, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , dangdut, , , , , , Sheikh Khalil   

    Indonesia’s Islamist Kill-Joys Rage Against Erotic Wobbling! 

    Again I’m obliged to quote my old Latin teacher when confronted by one of us hapless boys with something absurd   – ‘that would make a cat laugh.’

    And sure enough, here’s Ibi in stitches…




    ….reacting to the latest kill-joy outburst from the Aceh chapter of the infamous IslamoNazi FPI, self-styled ‘Defenders of Islam.’

    There are elections coming up there, and while none of the candidates in Indonesia’s only shariah-ruled province are likely to meet with my approval, at least there are signs of humanity among some of them.

    Or so we must assume, because…

    …the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) Bireuen are requesting all candidates for Vice Regent in Bireuen running in the 2017 elections to respect Shari’a law in Aceh….

    So dos that mean the white-shirt thug gang is seeking declarations of support for flogging defenceless girls who go out scarfless or hold their boyfriends’ hands?


    The Sharia Hell of Aceh!

    The Sharia Hell of Aceh!


    Both such behaviours are, after all, outlawed by the backward bigot codes that obtain in Aceh. 


    It’s a much more frightful form of misconduct which has the nasties all agitated. 
    “Holding indecent dangdut performances to win the sympathy of the public… is stupid and ridiculous!” said Chairman of FPI Bireuen, Sheikh Khalil on Monday.

    ooooooooooooooosyeh_khalil_FPI Bireuen

    Happy-Happy Sheikh, left


    For new readers, dangdut is the common people’s favourite music (and mine!) and many candidates for local (and much higher) office have luscious songstresses at their rallies to stimulate popular support.

    Here’s a link if you want to sample the flavour.

    Live Konser Goyang Dangdut Panas Oplosan Terbaru 2014 – YouTube

    Dangdut singers are almost invariably yummy girls, like those in the photos below.



    Creepy Khalil, however, is beside himself at the prospect. He says he’ll be asking voters not to choose candidates who are looking for a cheap thrill with dangdut…
    The question arises – is he then in favour of expensive thrills?

    No matter. I shudder to imagine what might ‘thrill’ the likes of a sectarian gang leader who characterises the fun performances as dangdut wobbling that carries the stench of eroticism.

    Where can we buy tickets, I hear you ask!

    But while you and I might reckon a bit of aromatic wobbling is exactly what a boring political campaign needs…




    ….especially in benighted Aceh, not so Creepy Khalil, who maintains that those who differ from his mean-spirited mind-set just DON’T understand the socio-cultural and socio-religious society Bireuen!” 

    All parties, said Sheikh Khalil, should undertake preventive measures before Islamic Sharia violations occur…


    • JazPen 10:28 on September 9, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      And I read somewhere probably on your blog, that Aceh wants to attract tourists?


    • Wulandari 10:36 on September 9, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Everybody here in Indonesia loves dangdut singing.
      All my Muslim neighbour like to have dangdut music on the radio in their cars. And if Muslim are against dangdut who are all the thousands who go to dangdut konser?

      The shiekh should go be in arab country, but I think even that many arab country have music.
      Is it not so that belly dancers dance there?


    • santi 11:44 on September 9, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I love your laughing cat, Ross.
      I laugh too at the stupid FPI who are so UnIndonesian.
      Dangdut is the music of my country. That is a song title. And it is true.
      KDI has million tv viewers. Kontes Dangdut Indonesia.
      I think the FPI only get angry because more people like the wobbling dancers than they like the FPI.


    • Tari Sunda 11:51 on September 9, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      This FPI always makes us ashamed if foreigners think we in Indonesia are all same like them. All my friends and cousins like dangdut and many have dangdut singers for entertaining wedding guests when they had parties for getting married.
      Muslim or Christian in every kampung and island of our country enjoy dangdut. The singers are very nicer to look at than the horrible FPI men in the photo you show.


    • Diana 15:23 on September 9, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Not much of a hippy-hippy sheikh.
      I feel sorry for the people there, but it’s supposed to be the ‘world’s largest Muslim democracy,’ so why don’t they vote for candidates who don’t dislike fun?


    • Nabila 10:39 on September 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      We love our dangdut. Indonesia is not same like FPI.
      Please make foreign people understand this,


    • Pak Suwanto 13:42 on September 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      This FPI think our country is in Arabia or Yemen maybe. They think same as Arab and Yemen people because they have many of them Yemeni and Arab grandfather, who come to Indonesia in colonial time. .
      We real Indonesia people are differen because we like to dancing and singing.We like all good happy stuff western or from Indian. That is India where dangdut come from.
      Even Arab music we can like but not the Arab FPI.


  • ross1948 11:06 on July 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 'celebrities turning to Islam', , , dangdut, , , , , , music-haters   

    Jakarta Post Equates Islam With Islamist Fanaticism! 

    A prominent headline in the Jakarta Post this week briefly gladdened my heart…

    Apology from Jakarta Post




    But only briefly.

    I had hoped their Editor, Endy, had finally decided to say sorry for the JP’s failure to condemn the Hitlerian book-burning committed a couple of years ago by his newspaper’s parent company, Gramedia, at the behest of Islamist fanatics.

    Grovelling Gramedia’s BookBurning Bonanza – Appeasing Fanatics 

    • burning booksGramedia’s Hitlerite book-burning

    • …………………..

    But no, it was just that the JP was apologising for its sloppy reporting 0f the recent executions.Apology from Jakarta Post .

    Now I wake up this sunny Saturday and wonder if we’ll see another apology soon for THIS indefensible headline.


    More celebrities, rock stars turn to Islam


    This alarming news had me worried.


    • ………..
    • Was Mick Jagger about to undertake a pilgrimage to Mecca – I’d much prefer him to bring the Stones to Jakarta so I could enjoy their brilliant music once again.

    Was, perhaps, k d lang, the Canadian lesbian, about to cover her glorious beauty (!) with a burka?


    Not so!

    In fact the JP report is not, as far as I can see, about apostasy at all.




    None of the celeb singers etc. mentioned ( I may be wrong but am open to correction) are Christian or Hindu or Buddhist. It seems that the people concerned are by no means ‘converts.’

    On the contrary.

    Up till recently, they have, apparently, been like the Indonesian Muslims I mingle with every day, nice, normal people who say their prayers but don’t shove their religion down other folks’ throats.

    What the JP means by ‘turning to Islam’ is that they have endorsed the most extreme and fanatical outlooks, most notably (for stars of the music industry) 

    Kang Ucay, the former lead singer of Bandung-based pop-punk band Rockcalled et Rockers, who now goes by the name of Noor Al Kautsar, serves as the coordinator for the Bandung chapter of Indonesia Tanpa JIL (Indonesia Without JIL). Indonesia Tanpa JIL is a conservative Islamist movement opposed to the liberal Islam, promoted in Indonesia by Jaringan Islam Liberal (Liberal Islam Network)  http://www.thejakartapost.com/life/2016/05/27/more-celebrities-rock-stars-turn-to-islam.html

    For ‘conservative,’ please read radical. Conservatism means attachment to traditional values, which in Indonesia are distinguished by an easy-going tolerance among creeds.

    In fact, there’s much misuse of the term Islamisation here, when what’s meant is Arabisation. Though to be fair to Arabs, many of them enjoy music, unlike another gaggle of celebs cited by the JP, viz.

    Some other musicians who have decided to lay down their instruments recently set up a movement and identified themselves as Al Ghuroba, or The Strangers. These former musicians’ primary campaign theme is the prohibition of music.


    Of course, we have often covered kill-joy nonsense, most often from Aceh, the only Indonesian province with sharia law…

    ‘Immoral Activities – Sitting in Coffee Shops Laughing and Talking…’ 



    Aceh’s Mad Mullah – ‘Dancing is EVIL – It Involves Body Movements!’ 


    …but also from other parts of the archipelago…

    Islamist Kill-Joys, Buoyed by Gaga Ban, Now Turn On Indonesian Stars 

    However, outwith the ranks of frothing fanatics like that mullah, Indonesians, Muslim or not, DELIGHT in music, especially dangdut, this country’s most beloved genre.

    I append one example of the many popular practitioners. She’s named Cynthiara Alona. And she’s Aceh-born!



    She’s a great dangdut singer – since foreign readers know little or nothing of that music, I’ve searched around and got you a link to one of her performances.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NsHfGZPh624

    Dangdut tv shows command audiences of millions, and, in a 90% Muslim country, most of them are likely to be Muslims.

    The Jakarta Post headline is surely a slur on all those who adore their music and see no inconsistency with adherence to their faith.

    Why should a handful of fanaticised ‘celebrities’ opting for outlandish extremes be said to be ‘turning to Islam?’

    The JP should issue another of its rare apologies!

    I’m of course NOT Muslim – as regular readers will have long since guessed! – but my final quote comes from a prominent Muslim who ought to know what he’s talking about.

    Syafiq Hasyim of the State Islamic University (UIN) Syarief Hidayatullah said that celebrities’ newfound piety, especially those who chose to become preachers, may be motivated by pragmatism.      

    “There are two types of piety, exclusive and inclusive and the latter is always better. But I suspect that for some of those preachers, they have financial motivations,” Syafiq said.    


    • JazPen 11:32 on July 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I thought you’d get onto this one, Ross.
      I take strong exception to that Jakarta Post headline but since Gramedia is famous for supporting those fanatics in book-burning, I cant be very surprised if they think growing those awful long beards and hating music is ‘turning to Islam.’ Pity whoever wrote that article didnt put his name to it.

      I dont know a single Indonesian Muslim who hates music the way these former musicians do.

      Keep reminding us about the book-burning episode please.
      Its important more and more people overseas understand what kind of people run that media empire.


    • M K Subrawan 11:48 on July 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      We who are Muslim and like music, the Jakarta Post thinks we have not turned to Islam because we are not hating music and not grow beard?
      It is very truly an insult from the Jakarta Post to million of Indonesia people


    • Slamet 11:54 on July 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Mister Ross, you write many things that are good here but sometime I think you are not so clever if you beleive that oneday the Jakarta Post will say that what Gramedia did to burn the books is bad.
      I sometime think my boss is stupid and even bad but i do not say this because he pays my salary each month and I must look after my family
      Jakarta Post do not have bravery to tell what they think about Gramedia because Gramedia is Jakarta Post big boss. Do not hope for that editor to do what he should do. He too has family to look after.


    • N S in Sleman 12:04 on July 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I hate the Jakarta Post, they always make me angry to read and now I tell my other Muslim friends what they say about this turning to Islam, like Islam is all things same like Arab Saudi.
      All of us we are children of Indonesia not Arab Saudi and we like dangdut and jazz and some like reggae. That is not to be less Muslim than the selebriti that hates music and fun.
      You also some days writing things make me not so happy but you today do good job in this.


    • Lomax 12:46 on July 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Ross, I read your blog a lot and I know your heart is in the right place but –

      you have lived there so long you have let your judgment get clouded.

      It doesn’t matter how much ‘ordinary Muslims’ don’t care for this fanatic music-hating crowd, they aren’t going to do much of anything to put a stop to what you call ‘arabisation.’

      I have seen you time after time give us news of violent intolerant Islamists and some of the people will raise their voices against it but the government and the police hardly ever make any moves to get rid of the problem.
      I think if you stay in Indonesia much longer, you will see it become an Islamic republic, shariah everywhere.

      What will you do then, Ross?

      . .


    • Farida 13:08 on July 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      This is Wahabism not Indonesian Islam. We do not like this and do not like Jakarta Post saying this is all about these singers turning to Islam. They to me are turning away from the ways of Indonesia, Muslim or all religion here..
      Jakarta Post is most like American newspaper, not Indonesian newspaper and always not thinking like usual Indonesian people who like music and do not like to burn books.
      My friends show me this your blog so I send you my agreement.
      I wish you can blog in bahasa Indonesia because I can say many more things about all this but thank you and I am in support yours sincerely.Farida .
      , .


    • Graeme J 16:59 on July 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Interesting but sad reading.
      Why do these poor souls get into this dark mindset?
      In the West, we see so many musicians turning to drugs, now here we see so many musicians turning to this, which as you show us, isn’t Islam as understood by most Indonesian Muslims.
      Music must be a bad way of life if it drives people into these kinds of behavior.


    • Dipo Depok 19:06 on July 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Better if you do not interfere with what is not your business in another country. I read you before writing against Depok, eventhough Depok is a good Islamic city.
      The Muslims will do what we must do to make Indonesia a cleaner and holier country.
      If you do not like what you hear and see, go to a heathen country to see naked women and hear your music.
      No real Muslim will want to have these things in Indonesia.


    • Intan 14:16 on August 1, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Dipo -do not speak for Muslim people only for the wahabis and salafis fanatic and there are so many in Depok.
      Good Indonesia Muslim people better to be more together with good Indonesia non-Muslim people than to be like Depok fanatic.


  • ross1948 14:57 on April 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: dangdut, Devayne, , Mozaine   

    Sarapan Sama Duo Anggrek 

    What a fine sunny Sunday!

    Just been out to  Alfamart to buy cigarettes, avoiding thereby unwanted rush on Monday morning, though I have no particular place to go, unlike the commuting multitude.

    I finally surfaced an hour or two ago, when summoned for sarapan (breakfast) and whilst guzzling my mie rebus and nasi putih, I passed some agreeable time watching the Duo Anggrek on Dangdutz Channel.


    They are really cute, and here’s a picture to prove it.


    If push came to shove, I’d say Mozaine was my fave, not because she’s cuter but simply because when they sang their hit song on the show, Devayne showed slightly less ‘ooomph.’



    But which I prefer is a very academic point, alas, for I fear they would put me at the very back of any theoretical queue of wannabe suitors, of whom there must be thousands.


    • Farida 10:15 on April 11, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Very funny Mister Ross.
      You should try for older dangdut singer, there are many in Pasar Rumput like I think you know..


    • Arief 12:22 on April 11, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Good photo, the second one. I also saw Duo Anggrek that day on the tv channel, very beautiful. But I think your Duo Serigala photographs very more interesting.


  • ross1948 15:52 on October 20, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , bust, Cynthiara Alona, dangdut, , , , ,   

    Cynthiara Alona – Not Everything Out Of Aceh Is Ugly! 

    Some readers have asked why I didn’t cover the reports of thousands of real refugees fleeing the primitive province of Aceh after the latest sectarian scenes there. 

    Frankly, I was just too disgusted, and not in the least surprised, because any territory governed by shariah law is bound to foster cruelty, iniquity and violence.\

    ‘Immoral Activities – Sitting in Coffee Shops Laughing and Talking…’ 

    Islamist Inquisition in Aceh – ” Minority Religious Creed ‘Worse Than Tsunami!’ “

    Not Fasting – How About A Whipping? Aceh Slips Deeper Into Barbarism 

    Islamist Mayor – We Know Where You Live! Submit to Indoctrination OR ELSE! 


    The Sharia Hell of Aceh!

    The Sharia Hell of Aceh!


    So I left it to the many other media interested to record the evil that flourishes up there.

    Now most of the departees are back in Aceh, God help them, back in the backward dump that styles itself the ‘Verandah of Mecca!’  

    Which is one reason I feel a need to focus on the nicer things to be found in this archipelago. For example…

    I see an old post is getting a lot of new views, that of the beautiful Baby Margaretha Kenapa Banyak Foto Baby Margaretha? and she deserves the attention.

    So since there is a genuine hunger for voluptuous delights out there, this morning I had a look through the files and found another lovely, named Cynthiara Alona.

    And she’s Aceh-born!

    What charming proof that no matter how vile the regime, as in that benighted province…Indonesian authorities demolish churches in Aceh ….something wonderful can emerge therefrom.



    She’s a dangdut singer too, and, as ever conscious of the fact that foreign readers know little or nothing of that musical genre, I’ve even searched around and got you a link to one of her performances. 


    Not only gorgeous, but honest, Cynthiara has confessed that she has given nature a helping hand to expand her assets. 

    “My bosom indeed isn’t real, for at the age of 16 I had an operation – from 32B I’m now 36C.”      http://www.korangratis.web.id/2014/06/cynthiara-alona-bangga-punya-payudara.html

    Image result for bokong seksi cynthiara alona


    But Ms. Alona declares she is ‘proud‘ of her bust and her equally impressive posterior (no photo of the latter asset but it features prominently on the You Tube link!)

    And why shouldn’t she be proud?

    She’s a credit to Aceh, which has so much to be ashamed of!

    • Brendan Gray 12:19 on October 21, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I just watched Cynthiara’s video on that link.
      She’s really something.
      Women who look like women, I mean like her, wouldn’t last long in that sh-t-hole ‘Veranda,’ would they?


  • ross1948 23:14 on August 12, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: dangdut, Dina Jazz, Jakarta Theater, penyanyi, Sabun Colek, , Windy   

    Dina Jazz? Windy? WOW! Sabun Colek, Penyanyi2 Dangdut Cantik2! 


    Wahid Yasim/Thamrin junction, site of the Djakarta Theater


    It was the venue that caught my attention, that old Djakarta Theater, so different now from the flea-pit which it used to be.  Nowadays it’s a fine cinema, multi-screened like all the ’21’ chain.

    But I miss the older version, not for its decrepitude but for the little friends I used to take there!

    However, this is not a nostalgia post but a happy story to round off our bloggy evening, about a young Javanese gal who has arisen to stardom from humble origins as a TKI in Hong Kong.

    •  Hasil gambar untuk tki

    TKIs are a favourite theme of mine, dauntless ladies who travel far from their kampungs to earn much-needed money in foreign parts. Some do well, but others sadly come to grief, exploited by evil rich swine, brutalised, raped and ripped-off.

    Nor are their troubles only visited on them by foreign fiends, but by nasty scum who work at airports here in Indonesia.

    Ayo, KPK. Drag the Airport Scum Out of the Shadows – String ‘Em Up! 

     Erwiana, one TKI who suffered badly.

    I’ve recounted many terrible tales, and leave it to you to look at the links to former posts on the subject.


    But this Vivanews report features a luckier lovely, part of a pair of dangdut singers, the duo Sabun Colek, pictured below, and her name now is Dina Jazz. The journos met up with Dina at that Djakarta Theater I used to frequent.

    She’s gorgeous, as you see, and so is her colleague, Windy  – what a splendid name!


    • sabun colek Dina jazz windy Dina and Windy – Sabun Colek


    As the report in puts it, she never expected her life to turn 180 degrees and become a public entertainer!  

    Dina had just gone along to a concert by the band Wali, in Hong Kong, and was spotted by their manager – not surprising, given her looks! – for her dynamic shimmying, and from there, it’s just snowballed. 

    Dina then officially became a dangdut singer and formed a duo called Sabun Colek with her friend, Windy Septia. The name means Soap Flick, apparently a reference to the kind of domestic chores she once did.

    Dangdut songstresses are almost all beautiful, and there are plenty of them, but the more the merrier.

    And it’s good to read of a TKI who has escaped drudgery to find fame!


    • Hani 17:06 on October 25, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      You write some good things about Windy, so good to read that you care about our TKI girls.
      Thank you very much.
      I also read many other stories you write about Indonesia. i will continue to read your blog, it is interesting.


  • ross1948 21:56 on July 11, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Cinta Karena Allah, dangdut, , , , , pop, , Zaskia Gotik   

    Wadu! Bintang Seksi Zaskia Gotik ‘Tinggalkan Dangdut…?’ 


    A lovely day, pleased to be at home to receive an ever-welcome visitor, then as darkness was falling, I wandered round to my warteg, where I devoured my usual plateful of delights, tempe, pare, telor puyuh


    • warteg
    • ———————————
    • Then, when I settled up, little Yuni gave me the bad news – malam terakhir, Pak! … Their last night open till after Idul Fitri! And Idul Fitri is next weekend, and then they will be another week before they’ll make their way back to Jakarta from their little country kampung.

    Wrestling with this catastrophic revelation, I wandered off to Alfamart, got my cigs for tomorrow, then headed home.

    Now, just as we enter this final week of Ramadan, another, less expected, bolt from the blue, in the delightful form of Zaskia Gotik, one of the sexiest dangdut songstresses in the Indonesian archipelago…

    She’s dropped dangdut!


    And not only has she adopted pop mode instead, but she’s using it on a RELIGION-themed album!

    Tempo.com reports that Zaskia is releasing a compilation album titled ‘Rama-dan Cinta,’ including two seasonal ditties, Ramadan and My Love for Allah.


    Always discomfited to hear of a hot girl possibly turning into a goody-two-shoes, I nevertheless draw solace from a previous post on this gorgeous gal, dated…when was it, oh, yeah, RAMADAN, two years ago. 

    She had asserted her interest in getting scarfed up. However, because of her work as a dangdut singer, which demanded that she sway and dress sexily, Zaskia pleaded that she dare not do so. If obliged to do so, Zaskia was afraid that later she’d be subject to amok-run by the FPI.

    Wow, hijab? Yeah, how I work, singing like this and rocking…how do I try that if wearing a hijab? If I’m then over-run by FPI (Islamic Defenders Front) how about that?”  said Zaskia  (17/07/2013) Sexy Dangdut Star Won’t Go Baggie – Fears Amok IslamoNazis! 


    I complimented her then on her common sense, and am not too concerned now, because the report goes on to add that her reason for not singing dangdut but pop is simply because Zaskia wants to show that she can. In addition, the pop genre is deemed more suitable to accompany the song.



    Sounds to me that she’ll be back on the dangdut circuit soon enough – you’re best at what you’re good at, right?

    That’s why I like partying!


    Tomorrow, the foraging begins, trying to locate a warteg that will stay open during the holidays. Otherwise, desperate measures – home-cooking!

    Gotta be versatile, like Zaskia! 

     Oya, and here’s a YouTube of her performing. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQw9X5C49d8

    Don’t skip the crazy ad that precedes it.


  • ross1948 07:25 on May 26, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: dangdut, ,   

    PRJ – Jakarta Fair, 29th May-5th July, 2015 

    Well, it’s that time of year again, but when you try to use the http://www.jakartafair.co.id link to see who’s singing and when, all I got is ‘coming soon.’

    Maybe you’ll have better luck!

    But there’s only a few more days!

    It would be nice to have access to a schedule of musical events.


    • ayutingting Ayu
    • ==============================

    Not my fave, but okay. 

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