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  • ross1948 5:01 am on May 20, 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    Be Cool, Jakarta! Densus 88 Have Caught The ISIS Scum! 

    Good for the splendid special anti-terror unit, DENSUS 88, which, despite whining by undesirables…



    Jakarta Echoes of Gibraltar – How Dare You Kill Terrorists?

    …has done so much to protect decent Indonesians from sectarian savages over recent years.

    Body Parts Of Tiny Tots? Evil Islamist Kills Her Own Kids! 

    Bravo Densus 88 – Three Down, But LOTS More To Go! 

    Good Shooting, Riau Cops! Four Less Foul Fanatics In The World! 

    Now they’ve done it again!


    A bunch of rabid beasts safely caged!

    Those nabbed included six men who had returned home after travelling to the Middle East to join the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS)

    ISIS militants nabbed in Indonesia for election terror plot

    The swine were apparently aiming to do evil and exploit unrest rumoured to be brewing prior to or on the occasion of the declaration of the Presidential election on Wednesday this week.

    Meanwhile, I’m planning to meet up with some young Indonesians on Wednesday in downtown Jakarta.

    Despite those rumours of mayhem…Election results causing fears of riots in Jakarta…I have no intention of cancelling my plans, unless the folks I’ll be meeting up with decide themselves to cancel.

    A riotous rabble can mean Jakarta’s awful traffic approaches grid-lock and so people concerned at such a prospect sometimes choose to stay home.

    The police have said there won’t be riots, that it’s all a social media uproar. 


    They reportedly will have tens of thousands of security personnel to make sure.

    So who’s worried?

    Not me!

    Yet that matter of ISIS vermin…who let them back into Indonesia?

    It’s hard for any foreigner in Jakarta to criticise the government here for permitting jihadist sewage to flow back in…


    Image result for ISIS theresa leaveeu


    …when Theresa ‘Traitrix’ May has done exactly that in the UK, and other Western countries have shown similar signs of folly.

    But would it not be SO much better to have them picked up as soon as they deplane, whether at London Heathrow or our Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, dragged off to prison, and, once their evil activities have been verified…

    …put up against a wall and shot.

    • Santi 6:51 pm on May 20, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      We are told today, no office on Wednesday.
      Too much trouble to get there.
      Stay home too, Ross, too many bad people coming to Jakarts from everywhere.

  • ross1948 3:04 pm on March 27, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , jakarta, mermaid statues, , , Wewegombel   

    Dimana Putri Duyung2 Ancol? Apa Lagi? Wewegombel? New Jakarta Mermaid Mystery! 

    Where are the Ancol mermaids?

    After I wrote about the censorious absurdity of covering up the breasts of the mermaid statues at Jakarta’s Ancol shore…

    Kasihan, Putri Duyung Jakarta – Prudes Shroud Mermaid Boobs! 


    .Image result for putri duyung ancol b-h

    What an Ancol Putri Duyung (Mermaid) should look like


    …now we read that the poor gals have disappeared from their normal locations, allegedly to be ‘fixed.’


    According to the JP reporter, it’s not clear how or even if, the lovelies were broken, but I am obliged to wonder if the widely (and very much deservedly!) ridiculed prudery of the management has made them decide it’s better to have no mermaids at all.

    Perhaps they’ll be replaced by another, local, female folklore figure?


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    The Wewegombel?

    She’d certainly not be seen as sexy by any guys I know…well, almost any!



    The manager quoted is a certain Rika Lestari, of PT Pembangunan Jaya Ancol, and she’s on Linked-In, so if you are too, perhaps ask her very politely to explain what’s going on.

    Will some enterprising Indonesian not start an online petition –


    Bring Back Our Bare-Breasted Mermaids!

    • Putri Bukan Duyung 4:23 pm on March 27, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Why will this woman not be transparent about why they have taken the mermaids?
      They better wake up their ideas if they want people to visit their Ancol places.
      We do not like mistery when no reason for it.

    • JazPen 6:25 pm on March 27, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      There used to be about ten or fifteen years ago, a lady in one of the bars in Jalan Falatehan, I am sure it was Top Gun, who looked very much like the Wewegombel.

    • Yanti 7:01 pm on March 27, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Yes I think same like you.
      Why do they not tell us what is happening with statue mermaids?
      Very funny idea you have for wewegombel.
      The ghost story always say wewegombel steal children and adopt so parents will not like to see them at the Ancol beach.
      Better to bring back nice mermaids.

    • Jim Ex Jakarta 10:53 am on March 28, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Hey JazPen!
      I remember her.
      She was scary to look at but a nice lady when you spoke to her.
      The Ancol management should hire her as a model if they are going to replace mermaids with wewegombels!

    • Alif 5:29 pm on March 29, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      It is very embarrassing to Jakarta when these so ‘prim and proper’ office workers try to force their Arab kind of attitudes like this.
      Indonesia is a modern country not like Yemen or Sudan.
      They should go back to school if they think so adolescently about mermaid breasts.

  • ross1948 10:23 pm on March 25, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 26/28 March, jakarta, Maret Market   

    Maret Market, Jakarta, 26/28 March 

    Image result for jakarta expo maret 2019

  • ross1948 11:58 pm on March 23, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Dreamland, , jakarta, mermaids, ,   

    Kasihan, Putri Duyung Jakarta – Prudes Shroud Mermaid Boobs! 

    Jakarta used to be fun.

    Ancol, the ‘city-beach’ in the north of the city, used to offer, if not an environmental delight, at least a care-free day out.

    But now, if you take a weekend walk round Putri Duyung (‘Mermaid’) resort in its Dreamland Park, you will come face-to-face with the rise and rise of uptight thinking, the once pleasantly topless stone mermaid statues clad in kill-joy manner..


    .Image result for putri duyung ancol b-h

    What Ancol Mermaids should look like…but now they’ve been brassiered, what’ll be next?


    …which is in itself no big deal – if that’s the image the management wants to project, people with open minds will think twice before going there.

    Yet it indicates what has been happening to Indonesia, with the ‘park operator’ claiming that, despite the archipelago’s cultural diversity and traditionally open-minded character, not least in beautiful Bali…



    ..the artworks, which had been there for decades, were incompatible with “eastern norms…”  https://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2019/03/23/ancol-covers-nude-mermaid-statues-eastern-norms.html

    Since the mermaids have been bare-breasted for decades, and Indonesia has been in the eastern half of the world since God created it, what has suddenly persuaded the Ancol bosses that there has been such a gloomy change to eastern norms?





    Let me add that I still love Indonesia, and as more and more foreigners leave, I intend to hang in here.

    Let me also remind Europeans inclined to mock this rather pathetic, very prudish behaviour that we have seen similar manifestations in Europe too, as when Red Renzi misruled Italy and pandered to backward Iranian emissaries…


    • rome_statues

    .  And in Sweden, again, uptights appeasing Islamist fanatics.

    Boob Ban in Stockholm! Hurt Feelings Alert? 

    All very sad!


    • Kezia 7:29 am on March 24, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      How childish, to make mermaid statues in Indonesia follow rules that belong in some terrible country like Iran or Saudi.
      I think same like you, tell the management there in Ancol to grow up or we might go to the other place on our weekends.

      • Santi 8:08 am on March 24, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        That is how I also feel and I am lazy to go to Ancol and spend my money there if they want to be like Arab countries that are scared by seeing the body of a woman.

    • JazPen 10:06 am on March 24, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Sunday morning so I have lots of time to comment during brunch.
      What is wrong with these people!
      The mermaids are statues and it is well known that mermaids first of all are imaginary and second of all that the statues do not jump down and run around Ancol to find prudes to shock.

      If some male or female prudes dont like seeing marble mermaid boobs, Ancol is a big place and they dont have to come panting along just to stare at stone nipples to get all offended.

      These people p-ss me off the way they act like the vice squad.
      If they like ‘eastern norms’ then they should learn what is east and what is west, because Arabia and Iran are west, not east of Indonesia.

      • Jim Ex Jakarta 1:00 pm on March 24, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Same here, JazPen. Thanks for the preview of your comment.How long will you stay there?

        Kezia, start looking for a way out. Indonesia is not going to get back to normal any time soon.
        I had a hunch you would say something about this, because you comment a lot and you come across as a nice grown-up person.
        I am so relieved I left Indonesia after many a happy year. The years were happy not just because of great weather, lovely girls and tasty cuisine but because people in general were so easy-going.

        After all the horrible church closures and the more horrible murder of Ahmadiya people, this little statue story does not amount to very much, but it shows how bad it has got, how even little harmless things like mermaids are now being flattened out to make Indonesia as dull as possible.

    • Chris Wolfe 9:51 pm on March 24, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      I hope this censorious mentality does not expand in Indonesia but reading all you have written about your current country of residence, I am not optimistic.
      People living in Western countries, in Europe, should be on guard against any assaults on our way of life, particularly in view of your previous reports from Italy and Sweden. Kow-towing to that sort of thing is just another example of the cringe mentality we see all the time, how we dare not ‘offend’ migrants by expecting them to fit in.
      I and, I am confident, many other people, are not ashamed of our great works of art which happen to show bits and pieces of the female form.
      If a breast or a bum gives some sad backward immigrants the willies, who cares?
      Please note, I use that phrase, ‘the willies,’ just to make them nervous!

    • Des Prentiss 10:59 pm on March 24, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      To ‘give somebody the willies’ is British slang that means to ‘freak somebody out.’
      A lot of your readers may not know that so Chris’s words could worry them.
      I thought I’d offer that explanation to keep them abreast of the way the discussion is going.

  • ross1948 10:00 pm on March 18, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: jakarta, Polska Festival   

    Polska! Polish Festival, Jakarta, 18-24 March 

    Image result for polska jakarta

    PIK Avenue, Jakarta, Indonesia

  • ross1948 8:04 pm on February 28, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 1-2-3 March, jakarta, Java Jazz Festival   

    Java Jazz Festival, 1-2-3 March, Jakarta 

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  • ross1948 6:38 pm on February 23, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: jakarta, Ruel   

    Ruel Ready Tour, Jakarta, 27th March 

  • ross1948 7:49 pm on February 18, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , jakarta,   

    Good News From Blok M – JCO Is Back! 

    I do not get down to Blok M much these days, as the are has lost much of its magic, but last week I nipped into Blok M Plaza…



    …to shop in Giant Express supermarket, which BTW had a lot of good discounts.

    What should I see, not quite exactly in its previous location, but near enough?

    Yes, a brand-new, bright and shiny JCO coffee shop…

    …just opposite the mall’s Starbucks outlet, too, so I hope all right-thinking people will get their caffeine fix at JCO, where the prices seem to be more appealing, and the taste at least as good as those in its rival…


    Gambar terkait

    Howard Schultz said at their annual meeting “If you support traditional marriage, we don’t want your business…”


    …which is part of the empire indelibly associated with that pinko American plutocrat, Schultz.



  • ross1948 5:50 am on February 18, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: jakarta, Mura Mura   

    Mura Mura, Ancol, Jakarta 23rd February 

    Image result for mura mura jakarta

  • ross1948 2:00 pm on November 13, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: A Man Called Ahok, , , jakarta, , ,   

    A Man Called Ahok – Film Bagus, Tetapi… – 

    I got off my idle butt this week and went to the movies. With so many films available on cable tv, and dvds, I don’t go to cinemas nearly as often as once I did.

    But this was different.


    Image result for a man called ahok

    If you want a traditional film review, use the above JP link.

    I went to watch today because I admire the subject of the film tremendously, a very good, very decent, very human and VERY unjustly treated man.

    Most people here know that Ahok was the best City Governor that Jakarta has had in many, many years.

    Some people hated him, ignorant Islamist street scum…

    Jakarta Jew-Haters Boo Chinese Christian Candidate 

    …and high-powered extremist ‘scholars’ wanted desperately to see him brought down…

    Jokowi picks Ma’ruf Amin, key expert witness on Ahok’s blasphemy trial


    …one of whom is very likely going to be Indonesia’s next Vice-President, chosen for that position by President Jokowi, who paradoxically had once been very happy to have Ahok as his running mate when Jokowi was running as a gubernatorial candidate in Jakarta.

    Ahok ended up in prison under the benighted ‘blasphemy’ law, an outcome which did dreadful damage to Indonesia’s reputation as a pluralist democracy…

    Slouching Towards Shariah, Indonesia Jails Ahok

    Despite the sickening sight of Islamist fanatics howling for his blood, to the bitter end, it has to be said that Ahok held the loyalty of MANY decent Muslims.

    Their courage can be measured by the intimidation they withstood, some of which was mentioned in a Jakarta Post report….

    During the gubernatorial campaign, some mosques called on Muslims not to hold funeral prayers for deceased Muslims found to have supported Anies’ contender, Basuki Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama, who is Christian of Chinese ethnicity.   http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2017/11/22/city-to-hand-out-rp-1-6t-to-mass-organizations-religious-institutions.html


    So while it was a fascinating, well-made film, it was a shame it did not cover the Jakarta chapter of his life, except brief allusions thereto at the very start and very end.

    I suppose an honest account of the events and their denouement might risk the movie-makers facing similar benighted ‘blasphemy’ charges, if they reported on the harmless quip which ignited bigot fury.

    My other criticism involves the English translation of the dialogues, which appeared throughout the movie.

    Surely it would not have cost much to get it done properly.

    Heck, I would have done the job for free, which might have improved the fluency and grammatical quality.

    • Jim In Jakarts 3:08 pm on November 13, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Great, Ross.
      Twice in a week,you are back to telling us what we want to hear from you, about Indonesia today.
      Even if I am no longer in Jakarta, I still take a keen interest and agree with all you say about the dark path i
      Indonesia is going down

    • Kezia 3:11 pm on November 13, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      I watched it too!
      Thank you so much for going to watch this film and now writing about it.
      Ahok is a hero.

    • Santi 3:54 pm on November 13, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      I will go watch it now. We wish Ahok was still our governor.
      He is the best

      • Santi 4:19 pm on November 14, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        I watched it, a very interesting film but same like you it is I think a very great pity we do not see the bad people with the signs saying Burn Ahok and we do not see President Jokowi on the platform with Ahok-haters like Rizeq.
        That was a very bad day I will never forget, again same like you.

    • JazPen 4:09 pm on November 13, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Me and a lot of people I work with here are now setting off to see this film.
      All Ahok fans together!
      If you say it is worth watching, they are all happy to accept your recommend.

    • Euis 5:07 pm on November 13, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      We all admire Ahok.
      He was the best governor but he was honest so they hated him.
      It was all about hate.

    • Wayan 5:43 pm on November 13, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      I do not live in Jakarta but I will try to see this film because even in Bali it is true that most people think Ahok is a good guy.
      Freedoms of religion matter to Balinese because most of us are minority religions.
      The people who hate him also hate freedom of religion and say they want to kill anyone who wants to leave their religion.
      They are enemies of Pancasila not welcome on our island.
      Ahok will be welcome any time when ever he is free to come here.

      • Connie Milson 7:29 pm on November 13, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Ahok should of course be freed at once and should never be in prison anyway.
        Nothing he ever said or did should have been cause for arrest or trial or prison, but he is not the only one imprisoned in Indonesia for what should never be a crime in any country that says it is a democracy.
        There is a petition circulating demanding the release of another ‘blasphemy’ victim held in an Indonesian prison.
        I will send it to you tomorrow.

    • Laras 6:37 pm on November 13, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      I was able to understand the English they added onto the screen but even I myself can see it was not correct English all the time.
      You did a good job teaching me ten years ago, Pak Guru!
      PS yes, very good film.

    • Tulus 7:16 am on November 14, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Ahok should be free.

    • Puji 7:40 am on November 14, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      The way even funerals used against the people to make them turn against Ahok was wrong and very cruel.
      His enemies belong to other cultures and not Indonesia.
      More like Somalia gang warriors I think.

    • Emas 2:21 pm on November 14, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      We saw Ahok film and it make our heart sick at how he is a prisoner for no reason.

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