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  • ross1948 22:24 on July 31, 2022 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Hotel Tator Jalan Jaksa, jakarta,   

    Gambir Station, Like July, Fading Away… 

    When I arrived in Jakarta, not quite a quarter century ago, I’d done my swotting with a ‘Rough Guide to Indonesia,’ so I knew there were buses from Soekarno Hatta Airport….


    The big statue at the airport

    …into the heart of the capital.

    My research also told me that Gambir Station was their destination.

    It was very late that January night, but, having a fine familiarity with UK railways, I was confident that, as with every major British city station, there’d be an hotel built in, or on, thereto.


    Not at Gambir.

    So it’s fair to say that the first emotion Gambir caused me to experience was disappointment.

    Yet even that first night, the view of Monas was more than impressive.

    Monas after dark

    …though I knew almost nothing of its history.

    After almost 24 hours OTW ( a long delay at Brunei) I was exhausted but sharp enough to use my book again, the ‘cheap hotels’ part of which suggested a street named Jalan Jaksa…


    Jalan Jaksa, in its glory days


    ….and the map to help me get there.

    Boldly ( foolishly, some might say!) I set out to walk there, using the map location of Monas and Gambir to guide me vaguely southwards.

    A long and weird night ensued, but I woke up the next day seriously contemplating an immediate return to the airport!

    But I didn’t, and by my second night in Indonesia, was lodged in the Hotel Tator…



    …which had no TV, nor AC, but did have a bed, and a shower, two vast improvements on the previous night’s abode.

    The Tator was okay!

    And it’s still there.

    And I’m still here in Indonesia.

    I have often been back to Gambir, at times on my own, at other times with pleasant company, catching trains to Bandung, Semarang and Jogja…



    ….but probably not again, if it’s now only serving local trains.

    Yet thanks to that first night, I’ll not forget it.


    I was moved to write the above after reading this little memoir.

    3 Hal yang Akan Saya Rindukan dari Stasiun Gambir

  • ross1948 21:23 on May 1, 2022 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Haunted House, jakarta, Rumah Sandekala   

    Jakarta’s Coming Alive! With A Haunted House! 

    So many people have been so down, for so long.

    I know some of us have tried to maintain a semblance of social life…



    ..,but it’s been nothing like the Jakarta we knew and loved before the Chinese Virus was unleashed on the world.




    I used to have almost daily items, letting local readers know about interesting or just plain fun things that were happening.

    But when even such a simple thing as small talk had  begun to diminish, so did my items.

    No longer!

    And how nice, to resume my public service role with a Haunted House!




  • ross1948 04:28 on January 20, 2022 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: jakarta, PHRI hotel group, Quarantine hotel Indonesia,   

    Bravo, Tempo! Now Name And Shame Jakarta Q-Dump! 

    Tempo is easily the best English-language newspaper in Indonesia, infinitely better than the leftist Jakarta Post.

    And its report last week, sent by one of my Jakarta readers, about the horrid hotel (apparently owned by ‘local governnent!’) into which some hapless foreigners were quarantined, makes gripping, scary even, reading…



    …not mere annoyances like ‘toiletries that were far from decent’ and a ‘bed sheet that had holes in it,’ and worse even than those, a ‘smelly toilet.’

    One anguished guest complained ‘it was not uncommon for cats and rats to be seen.’ https://en.tempo.co/read/1548487/foreigners-lament-poor-services-of-jakarta-quarantine-hotel





    Cats I don’t mind!


    So it’s good that the relevant hoteliers association (PHRI) has removed the dump from its listing.

    I should hope so.

    But WHY only for a week?



    Why have the managerial staff not been dismissed?

    And WHY has Tempo not NAMED and SHAMED both the hotel and the ‘local government’ said to be its owner?


  • ross1948 09:15 on April 30, 2021 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , jakarta,   

    Jakarta – Fanatic Arrested – No Tears Here! 

    A little whiff of irony, maybe, to read the story of Munarman…



    ..till recently a senior figiure in the now-outlawed sectarian vigilante gang that oddly styled itself the ‘Islam Defenders Front…’



    …in The Diplomat, of all publications!

    Far from diplomacy, the characteristic that springs to mind when I think of the lawyer closely associated with  Rizieq the Fanatic is tantrum-throwing.

    Munarman’s deplorable behaviour, live on tv, a few years ago, when I dubbed him Munarman the Lout…



    ….one of various incidents which we have mentioned more than once, and which did not result in jail-time…



    But he’s locked up now, and it seems possible that his latest difficulties with law enforcement this week…

    Indonesia Arrests Firebrand Cleric’s Lawyer Over Attacks
    Munarman, left, with Rizieq the Fanatic

    …after being investigated by the admirable officers of Densus88, may be more than a minor headache.


    The anti-terror specials allegedly arrested him for not only ‘inciting people to commit terrorist acts,’ but also for ‘pledging allegiance to the Islamic State group…

    Of course we must await judgement as the majesty of rhe law unfolds, but the media report makes for an enjoyable read.

    The arrest took place in Tangerang, just a few miles from where I live in Jakarta, after police interrogated ‘scores of suspected militants detained after an attack outside a Roman Catholic cathedral during Palm Sunday Mass last month.’

    We covered that shocking incident….

    Makassar – One Less Foul Fiend In The World? 

    …and it’s interesting that the police also cobducted a no doubt diligent search of the vigilante gang’s former HQ and turned up ‘chemicals for use in explosives.

    Very interesting!

    Jakarta Fury –Merkel Flunkey Prowling Fanatic HQ!

    We wrote quite a lot about their HQ, when Mama Stasi Merkel’s agents were prowling about there a few months ago!

    Now what?

    He is accused of an evil conspiracy to carry out acts of terror,” National Police spokesperson Argo Yuwono said in a statement….

    Patience is our watchword!

    But no sympathy!

    it’s hard not to think about all the people harassed and hurt by cowardly FPI thugs.


    • JazPen 10:16 on April 30, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      I couldn’t agree with you more.
      His TV One performance was just like a spoilt brat throwing its toys around.
      Somebody should have given him a good hard slap that day.
      I hope he stays behind bars as long as they can keep him there.
      I read what you said recently about the death penalty for terrorist offences
      I agreed with that and even more so now. .


      • Putri Duyung 13:31 on April 30, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        Yes, JazPen. We all know what Munarman is like and hope he is made to answer in the court.
        It is time many other fanatics were prosecuted also.
        Almost everyone in Indonesia must want to see punishments given for all the brutal FPI has done.


    • Jim Ex Jakarta 10:59 on April 30, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      That made my day!


    • Kezia 11:07 on April 30, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Oh, boohoohoo, as you often say.
      I have my fingers crossing.


  • ross1948 13:15 on April 6, 2021 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , jakarta, Kesurupan,   

    Kesurupan? Nut-Megh Coming To Jakarta? 

    In the deranged duchess’s search for amelioration…

    A Great Comment On HM And Mental-Health-Meghan!

    …of her self-declared ‘mental health’ problems, may we…



    …who dwell in Indonesia’s lovely capital city expect an ex-royal visit soon?

    I am moved to ask because today I woke at 6.30 am, to hear shrill screams…


    …echoing from beyond the little park across the street from my home.

    Rarely if ever surprised by anything that happens in Jakarta…

     … I nevertheless arose and went outside.

    Passers-by were strolling along, seemingly oblivious to the far from merry din…

    …which continued for over an hour!

    I asked the neighbour’s driver if some brat was throwing a prolonged tantrum.

    ‘No, Pak,’ he answered. ‘It’s an adult. She’s kusurupan.’

    This word means ‘POSSESSED! ‘

    Not possessed of a noisy disposition…



    …but possessed by a demon!

    Such cases get into the news frequently here.


    Try Google Search!

    I append an extract from a Central Java newspaper, from last year, when a cleric was interviewed about the problem.

    One of the reasons Satan enters the human body or causes a trance is because the human is far from worshipful. Ustaz Khalid Basalamah said, demons dominate humans with the aim of misleading.. 


    There we are!

    XHRH should listen to Ustaz Khaild’s wholesome counsel!

    Worship more often!

    A possibly more convincing explanation for Nut-Megh’s affliction than pathetic fake-trauma over a family member asking which side of the family a baby might look like.

    All she has to do is get her swanky fat ass off Oprah’s sofa and go to church!

    BTW, we have a fine old English Church here.

    Alas, it’s closed for the time being, but for Nut-Megh, it might re-open!

    Much more seriously, the poor lady across the park is an example of REAL mental health problems.

    SO unlike the garbage-grumblers we hear on tv all the time, who put boredom, fatigue and frustration in that category, like the fool who said he didn’t feel like getting out of bed in the morning.

    Many people, royal and/or commoner, need to GROW UP!

    • Kemangeroo 13:51 on April 6, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      She would have fitted in well with some of those noisy American girls that used to hang around Memories on Jalan Jaksa.
      They were always stressed out because Western men paid them no attention.


    • Jim Ex Jakarta 14:11 on April 6, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      No doubt about it, she is a nut but the possessed lady has my sympathies.
      If you have other real problems, this virus lockdown with nowhere to go can tip you over the top. But that’s when somebody has pre-existing conditions, not the retards who say studying at home is affecting their mental health.


  • ross1948 05:18 on February 10, 2021 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , jakarta, , , mob threat, mystery illness   

    Pseudonymic Soni’s Death? Jakarta Cops Unforthcoming! 

    We recently wrote quite a lot about Maaher, the fanatical cleric whose real name was Soni Ernata.


    Ustaz Maaher At-Thuwailibi Maaher At-Thuwailibi aka Soni Ernata

    Pseudonymic Soni Jailed – 800 Thugs M.I.A. 

    He died in police custody on Monday but there’s no blame attached to the cops.

    They are in fact showing consideration and  uncommon sensitivity as regards the malady which brought about the extremist’s death.

    According to vivanews, the cops’ PR man, Inspector General Raden Prabowo Argo Yuwono, speaking at National Police HQ in Jakarta…


    National Police HQ, Jakarta

    ….was tight-lipped about ‘the illness suffered by Ustaz Maaher At-Thuwailibi or Soni Eranata…


    “The malady is sensitive, which could make the family name tarnished if we mention it here, said Argo on Tuesday.

    Now there will be nothing but speculation until somebody spills the beans.

    There’s already been a bit of a commotion on ‘social media,’ since somebody decided to scold the police for detaining Maaher.


    One can imagine how the police would have been scolded had they NOT taken Maaher into custody, after his menacing rants aimed at a brave young lady here. .


    Bravo Nikita! Sexy Star Faces Fanatic Mob Threat!

    But I’m not going to get into that all over again.

    All very curious.  


  • ross1948 05:58 on January 25, 2021 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , jakarta, , telkomsel grapari   

    Kenapa Telkomsel Grapari Ga Punya Manajer2? Hati2, Ya? 

    This past weekend, Saturday, I went to Telkomsel’s ‘customer service’ centre in Jakarta’s Central Park.



    Like many foreigners here, I have two handphones, one for daily use, and another, my old Nokia, which I keep at home as a back-up, in case the newer one is lost or stolen.

    Being able to contact those overseas who matter is very important.



    Even more so in the current situation, with Indonesia beset by the Chinese Virus.


    China is Lying, Coronavirus started in Wuhan

    It occurred to me last Thursday or Friday to ensure that my back-up was fully re-charged. I re-charged it and sent an sms to somebody important.

    Or rather I didn’t.

    I tried, but ‘message not sent.’

    Twice more I tried, for I knew there was enough pulsa, having loaded it up at the ATM and not used it much at all.

    No go!



    Hence my trip to Telkomsel’s Grapari, where I waited only five minutes before being called, at about 11.30am, to Counter 6, where a rather dour young woman asked my purpose.


    Not at Grapari, it seems!


    I explained the problem, she looked at the phone, then told me that Telkomsel had annulled my number because of infrequent use!

    Why, I asked, had they not called or smsed me to warn of such an arrogant cut-off?



    Nor had any repayment been made of the money I had spent on the pulsa which Telkomsel’s high-handed action prevented me using to make calls.

    Number 6 merely repeated her previous response, like a robot.


    I was not impressed, and pointed out that what had been done by her company was impolite, indeed unprofessional, plus2!

    Since she was obviously programmed to offer the same weasel words over and over…

    …..I asked to speak to her manager, to make a formal complaint.

    ’There is no manager!’

    At first I thought she’d misunderstood, though my Indonesian is adequate for such a basic conversation.

    So I rephrased my statement – 

    ‘No boss, no superviser?’


    Frankly, I find this hard to believe.

    I intend to go to Telkomsel HQ this week to pursue the issue.

    But let this be a warning to everybody, foreigners or Indonesians.


    • JazPen 06:48 on January 25, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Good luck if you go to Telkomsel.
      Grapari Central Park has no superviser, with 20 people working there?
      How can any office function with nobody in charge?


    • Kezia 07:05 on January 25, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      I also find it hard to believe a big business like Telkomsel has no manager in its customer service office.
      Very hard.
      I. hope you can meet some staff who care about customers at Telkomsel head office.


    • Tulus 09:01 on January 25, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Ross, I think you will waste your time to go to Telkomsel. The staffs at their office on Gatot Suproto in Kuningan will in my humble opinion that if you have complaiint about customer service then you must complain to customer service.
      It is not logical but I predict that will be so.
      And if you go to the customer service there they will only defend the strange story told to you in Central Park.
      Even so I hope you get success.



    • Harry Pontin 13:42 on January 25, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      There was a case like this in the news here, Vodaphone, I think, scrubbed a senior citizen’s number because she wasn’t using it enough!
      The company refused to admit it was in the wrong but paid her back after the shaming publicity.
      But they never claimed a lack of management as an excuse for dodging complaints!


    • JazPen 07:32 on January 27, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Cmon, Ross Did you go to Telkomsel HQ?
      What happened?
      We are waiting for the next thrilling instalment!


    • Jim Ex Jakarta 10:59 on January 27, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Good morning, or is it afternoon there, Ross?
      Did you really go all the way into the heart of Jakarta to confront Telkomsel?
      We are waiting with bated breath to hear about this case’s outcone.


    • Kezia 12:30 on January 27, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Ross, please tell us about Telkomsel. Do they really have nobody in charge of Grapari?
      I am confused how rhe customer service cab work without any supervision?
      Many of us are talking about this.


      • ross1948 15:12 on January 27, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        Hi, Kezia.
        Apa kabar?
        I will soon give you a full report on my trek yesterday.
        Tonight or tomorrow!


  • ross1948 00:35 on December 29, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: BND, bundesnachrichtendienst, German Embassy, German spies, , jakarta, M Fahran, , , SuzanHol, Suzanne Hall   

    Achtung, German Journos! Wer Ist Suzanhol? 

    Surely there are some competent investigative German journos in Indonesia?

    On Monday, 28th December 28, the story we’ve been trying to unravel…


    Jakarta – German Envoy Has No Idea What His Staff Do?

    ….got splashed all over all manner of Indonesian media….


    …and in quite a sensational manner, the above example leading us to a dramatic headline…


     The German embassy people who visited the FPI headquarters turned out to be spies

    …with a statement by a leading Indonesian legislator, a Mr. M. Fahran…


    Muhammad Farhan

    …..who belongs to the National Democrat Party, which is NOT extremist, that – 

    ….based on the data he obtained, it was known that Suzanhol’s name was recorded at the Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND), a German intelligence agency…She is not a government employee registered at the German Foreign Ministry. She is registered as an employee at the BND. BND is the German Intelligence Agency,” Farhan said..

    .BND Logo.svg


    However, apart from one French source…

    Commission de la Chambre des représentants J’appelle les étrangers visitant les employés du renseignement allemand du FPI Page all

    …the Western media seem to be ignoring it!



    Okay, maybe British and American hacks here don’t feel like it’s worth following up on the rather shocking revelations, about this woman, named variously as Suzanne Hall or Suzanhol…



    But I have had a look in news search engines and there seems to be nothing in DW, or any other German tv channel or newspaper. 

    From that now-notorious photo we showed you..


    Uncovered!  The German embassy people who visited the FPI headquarters turned out to be spiesThe German Embassy

    ….of a blonde figure entering the HQ of the fanatic sectarian outfit that likes to call itself the ‘Islam Defenders Front,’ or FPI, I’d have said it was a man, not a woman, but in the twilight zone of ‘intel,’ who knows?

    Frankly, this case is getting fishier and fishier.

    In fact it stinks.

    And exactly who do the German media think they’re helping by not covering the story?

    Or was my own research not thorough enough – it’s still the holidays for some of us!

    So will one of my readers in Germany find at least a mention of Frau S.H.?

    All info gratefully received!



  • ross1948 13:00 on December 17, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Aksi 1812, , , , jakarta, ,   

    Fanatic’s Fans To Cause Jakarta Traffic Hell Again? 

    And once again, deliberately staging their demo ‘action’ on a working day rather than a Sunday, the followers of Rizieq the Fanatic are likely to cause major disruption to decent citizens of all creeds trying to go about their lawful business.

    Jakarta Facing Another Fanatic Friday – and Thursday…and Besok? 


    Not for the first time!

    Even in the current situation, caused by the Chinese Virus, traffic can get bad in Jakarta.

    It seems those notorious sectarians, the ‘Alumni,’ aka PA 212, are going to hold their demo outside President Jokowi’s State Palace tomorrow….



    …demanding the release from detention of Rizieq the Fanatic, the ‘grand imam’ of the infamous self-styled  ‘Islam Defenders Front……’



    ….after Friday prayers!’

    That’s 1pm tomorrow!

    0000000PA 212 will have a large demonstration at the Presidential Palace, Friday (18/12/2020).


    On the poster there’s a cheery message from Rizieq.

    If I am imprisoned or killed, continue the struggle.”


    Curiously, the malcontents are saying the main organisers are not the so-called ‘alumni’ but a relatively new outfit on the sectarian scene, ‘Anak NKRI’ – ‘the Children of the Republic of Indonesia!”

    I suspect ( and hope!) these ‘children’ will not turn out to be actual little kids but merely a mob of extremists, similar to those who shuffled past the palace a number of years past.

    The protesters, most of whom were men dressed in white Muslim attire, were heard yelling, “We want a Muslim governor,” “Burn Ahok!” and “Kafir!”   http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2016/10/14/thousands-hard-liners    

    However, having said that, my thoughts strayed to those repulsive chanting brats I wrote about



    ….when the fanatics’ witch-hunt against the Christian Governor of Jakarta was under way a few years ago.

    • Euis 21:22 on December 18, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Hi Ross.
      Good what you say but although it is true that anak means child in Indonesian this ANAK meaning by the fanatic gangs is different ‘Anti-Communist National Alliance (ANAK)’


  • ross1948 05:57 on December 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: fpi h.q., , jakarta, ,   

    Jakarta Police ‘Ask’ Fanatic Not To Bring Mob? 


    I see the Indonesian Police have summoned Rizieq the Fanatic to appear on Monday.

    A Million-Strong Fanatic Mob In Jakarta Today?


    After he failed to appear last week, because he wasn’t feeling up to it – but could not provide his lawyer with a medical note to back up his excuse…

    Fanatics Fail To Show Up. So What Next? 

    ….this is interesting, and not only to honest citizens worried about disorder and traffic madness, congestion which anti-social extremists have often inflicted on the blameless decent folk here.

    Beware! Very Short Fanatic ‘Long March,’ Jakarta, This Friday! 

    Strangely, the police are reportedly ‘requesting’ him to come along with his lawyer but without a mob.

    A ‘request?’

    Might be better to call it a warning, rather than a request, and to have water-cannon on standby to hose down any obstreperous rabble who tag along.



    They could use some of the disinfectant trucks who regularly spray our komplek’s streets!

    Alternatively, they could just go to that alley in Jakarta’s Pertamburan area, where the Fanatic has his lair and drag him out.

    Last week we saw a pack of oafs in paramilitary outfits saying who could and could not enter the alley!


    That arrogant goon-squad could do with being put in their place!

    • Jim Ex Jakarta 11:59 on December 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Oh no!
      All my old friends and neighbors will be reluctant to set out for the city center tomorrow until they know if Rizieq’s mob accompanies him to Polda Netro.
      That’s if he arrivea at all.
      Your idea is very civic minded.
      No more fooling around, just bring him in!


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