Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Text message voodoo

Indonesian cellphone users are increasingly worried (if not annoyed) with the new trend in junk text message: a message saying you have been voodooed.
Although it is just another form of junk message, some logic-deficient users are increasingly worried.

Cellphone operators are being accused as well: distributing such messages to increase traffic. Banking on people who pass the message to each other. Something that operators strongly denied.

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Jakarta Flood: 3 dead, thousands displaced

The Jakarta flood on Friday has killed 3 and displaced thousands, according to Kompas.com.
360, 2000 and 600 people are displaced in West, East, and Central Jakarta respectively.
The people found safety at schools and houses of worships.

Until Saturday there are still 26 points of flooded area, according to Traffic Management Centre of the Jakarta Police. (1)

Image source: Kompas.com

Friday, February 1, 2008

Jakarta flood: The president is soaked

It's that time of the year again.
Rain, flood, oh what a surprise.

At least this time not only the little people who suffer: The president's entourage was caught in the flood around central Jakarta. The president had to change car and got his shoes soaked in the process. [1].

Fauzi Bowo, Jakarta governor, said he was not surprised that Jakarta is flooded (yet again).
"It was already predicted by the meteorology agency (BMG), so we are prepared". Said the governor. [2]

It was not clear whether the president was also prepared (to get soaked).

Image: President's car being towed back to presidential palace.
Image source: Kompas.com

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Getting a driver's license will not be so easy

Getting a driver's license will not be so easy. The Jakarta police is putting an effort to eliminate bribing in obtaining driver's license. Or so says Kompol Gatot Subroto, the chief of drivers license section, the Jakarta police. [1]

This step, he said is to "ensure the individuals holding the license have the ability to drive, and understand the traffic regulations."

Getting driver's license in Indonesia is notoriously difficult, not because the exam is hard, but allegedly it is made difficult so the examiners can get kickbacks from bribes.

It is no wonder that his statement is received with great cynicism.