US Issues travel warning on Malaysia

Is the Malaysian spinning slowly out of control? Now we have a US trav el waring for Americans travelling to Sabah: Warden Notice – Travel in Sabah January 15, 2010 There are indications that both criminal and terrorist groups are planning or intend acts of violence against foreigners in eastern Sabah, notwithstanding the Government of…

Australia new playground of the Chinese noveau riche?

Amazing to revisit Melbourne after 30 years or so of trying to be a geology student at RMIT, which is now a university. Swanston Street now has a huge proportion of Asian food restaurants, including Indonesia’s own Es Teler 77 (disclosure: a family connection here)  just diagonally opposite  the Melbourne Library. The makeup of the student population…

Labuan Bajo Days

Ladt week Unspun spent five days in Labuan Bajo, Flores. Three were spent in the client’s office teaching te staff communications skills and two were spent outdoors and underwater as Unspun went diving with a friend in the fabulous Komodo National Park. Where and what is Labuan Bajo? It is a small fishing village on…

Sunrise, sunset

In Labuan Bajo, West Flores. In town for a few days of training client’s staff on interpersonal communications and crisi communications so no time to go running about, except to catch the spectacular sunrise and sunsets at my note, Bay View which is perched on top of a hill above the fishermen’s village in labuan…

Enough already! Won’t someone just sponsor this guy to come to Indonesia?

The pPosting below at Maverick Network is about Anthony Bianco, one of the foreign bloggers invited to Pesta Blogger 2008, being interviewed by Quantas’ inflight programming about his travels in Indonesia and about Pesta Blogger. It is good timing for Pesta Blogger 2009 on October 24 that Anthony hopes to attend. Anthony, who’s based in…

Malaysians’ shopping haven in Indonesia

If you’ve been to Bandung lately you’ll know how bad the traffic gets during holidays. It’s mostly people from Jakarta but also an increasing number of tourists from Malaysia with an eye for bargains. This from The Jakarta Post Malaysians flock to Bandung to shop Yuli Tri Suwarni ,  The Jakarta Post ,  Bandung  …

Chick on Child Sex Tourism and Women’s Exploitation

Compatriot Michael Chick, an occasional commentator on this blog, was recently in Bali for the Convention on Child Sex Tourism and talked about his work, which has had him traveling around this region for at least the past one-and-a-half years shooting film– sometimes at danger to himself — about sexual exploitation to the Bali media.Unspun’ll…

Malaysia the big winner in Indonesian decision to remove exit tax?

From January 1 this year all Indonesian residents (local as well as expatriates) who are registered with the Tax Department through their NPWP no longer have to pay Rp1 million fiscal or exit tax each time they leave Indonesia. Conversely, those who do not have a NPWP registration will have to pay Rp2.5 million fiscal….

Pesta Blogger 2008 on the way

It took a bit of time putting it together but Pesta Blogger 2008 is finally on the way and the Pesta Blogger Committee held a press conference today to announce what’s in store for Indonesia’s bloggers this year. At the press conference, held at the Ministry of Communications and Information this afternoon, Pesta Blogger 2008…

Hailed out in Toulouse

Unspun was in Toulouse last week for Airbus’s Technical Press Briefing. Its an annual event where Airbus gets journalists (and their PR flacks, like moi) to the southern French city to make us knowledgeable about things like vortex factors, composites, alternative fuels and other aeronautical stuff that go into the construction of the A380 and…

Space cadet menu

This has got to be on the same league as Malaysia’s plan to have its first astronaut make teh tarik in space. Wonder what Indonesia’ contribution would be if it sends someone into space? Sambal Terasi? Lalapan in a can? Kecap ABC? Indomie? Instant Rawon? Space Tempe? clipped from http://www.nytimes.com The first Korean astronaut will…