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mas fred posted on the thread Presidential election on the Indonesia forum

Back to the topic in question.
The holiday is almost over, and things are afoot.

http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/news/jok … -partners/

President-elect Joko Widodo extended a plea on Tuesday to the political parties under Prabowo Subiantos coalition to part ways with the defeated presidential candidate and join the government.

I open the opportunity for the political parties [in the Merah Putih coalition] to join Indonesias government, Joko said at his office in Central Jakarta.

The parties in the Merah Putih coalition include the Great Indonesia Movement (Gerindra) Party, Golkar, the United Development Party (PPP), the National Mandate Party (PAN), the Democratic Party and the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS).

I believe Joko is making the right move here as, if it works out,it'll remove the legitimacy for any potential revolution and bring the country together.

mas fred posted on the thread Topics closed on the Indonesia forum

Ubudian wrote:

"He was a DJ.  He must be used to watching the important people lurk away the whereabouts unknown while he stands there playing with his records."

What do you reckon, were those records 45 short plays or 33 1/3 long plays?     :offtopic:

Don't remind me.
I started my illustrious career with a pair of record decks, a tape machine, all firing up a pair of speakers with a massive 100w amplifier. The records took an age to drag into the venue.
By the end, the speakers were super duper Kevlar base units with serious aluminium tweeters, powered by a 500x500w amp, fed via a small mixer from a laptop.
The whole kit was smaller than the original record collection.
After 20+ years of observing human behaviour, commonly at its worst, you tend to be able to spot the naughty ladies who enjoy entertaining gentleman.

mas fred posted on the thread Topics closed on the Indonesia forum

HaileyinHongKong wrote:

He was a DJ.  He must be used to watching the important people lurk away the whereabouts unknown while he stands there playing with his records.

I have, over many years working the decks, seen clandestine lovers wander into the toilets, or pop out for half an hour. I don't know why they stand out so much, probably because they're so furtive in the way they leave.
Perhaps I can read minds .....hang on; something's coming in..the mist is clearing....

Hailey, you dirty girl. :D

mas fred posted on the thread Topics closed on the Indonesia forum

happyhour wrote:

Excellent idea Roy.....fully supporting it.

Fred....congratulations  :top:

Maybe a bit premature, no, a lot premature.
reports of my promotion have been greatly exaggerated.

I'll apologise to Mark for the evil paraphrasing of his line before he comes to haunt me.

mas fred posted on the thread Presidential election on the Indonesia forum

Sadly, there are too few flak jackets to hand to all the kids, so the best we can manage is reporters telling the world what they see, hopefully getting the war stopped.
Sadly, there is an oversupply of vicious bastards who are happy to kill kids.

mas fred posted on the thread Presidential election on the Indonesia forum

HaileyinHongKong wrote:

mas fred wrote:

Rightly or wrongly, Americans are commonly in far greater  danger than many other nationalities.
There may well have been a threat that left that reporter in greater danger than the others.

Is Atika Schubert American?  Would terrorist/insurgent/rebel/freedom fighters know?

They probably wouldn't care, as long as they killed someone.
That's extremists for you.

mas fred posted on the thread Indian restaurant in panama on the Jakarta forum

Bidara sary wrote:

So your job is makes other lough?? Indeed why don't you join sule and Andre in net tv mas Fred?!?!  :D  :D

Making people laugh is more my vocation, but I used to be a DJ and have appeared on TV and radio in three countries.
Luckily, I managed to get out of each one before I was found and arrested.
Luckily, they only have a 15 year old artist's impression of me, and someone had been watching far too much Bugs Bunny when they described me to the cops.

http://images.dailyexpress.co.uk/img/dynamic/1/590x/secondary/85912.jpg

mas fred posted on the thread Indian restaurant in panama on the Jakarta forum

Bidara sary wrote:

Oh my god what a way ha ha ha ha ha ha ha oh I can't stop laughing
Thanks guys you make the day more cheerfull when I thought today will be another dull day
Ha ha ha ha ha ha

Our job is done.

mas fred posted on the thread Indian restaurant in panama on the Jakarta forum

happyhour wrote:

They do offer home delivery also..... :idontagree:

Excellent - I love Indian food.
When I first moved over here, I rang a mate (who runs the best Indian take away in Yorkshire), asking if he could deliver to Indonesia.
I think the second word was "off", but it was hard to tell over all the laughing.
I did intend to find an Indian place for my birthday, but we ending up eating Australian.
I was feeling greedy, and Australian portions did the trick.

However, I fancy a photo jaunt into Jakarta, so, if my wife lets me, I'll take a little preambulation with my camera before fine dining on a nice curry.

mas fred posted on the thread Topics closed on the Indonesia forum

Ubudian wrote:

Sorry to volunteer you Fred without any prior discussion.  IMHO, you are the right person for the task.

Cripes - even if Julian were to agree to such a move, I'm unsure I'd be right for the job.

mas fred posted on the thread Presidential election on the Indonesia forum

Roy, take a look at my link, you'll probably love it because the reports show the insight you seem to love.
I often download episodes to play in the car, or in a quiet moment at home.
You get a whole new idea of the news stories you see in the press.

mas fred posted on the thread Topics closed on the Indonesia forum

Julien wrote:

guys, I haven't been in the office for a few days, bad fever ... but should you (as active members) +1 this post I will call the team tomorrow morning and we'll talk about all this

thanks - sorry I can't read the whole thread at present time and make a decision

In general, I have to agree with the forum's position regarding political topics, but there must be exceptions.
When a non argument causing thread is there for the greater good of expats (and locals), I believe it should be allowed to remain in place.
Perhaps you would consider the following suggestion.

In a case such as this, where the political landscape of a country may lead to a dangerous situation for forum members:

One topic on the subject be allowed.
The thread must clean, free of insults/arguments aimed at or between forum members.
No political statements/affiliations be allowed in avatars/other means that show in every post.

Unlike other Indonesian elections, this one is a make or break for the old guard in Indonesia, and some are willing to fight to return the old dictatorships.
That's directly dangerous for us, more so in this case where there are noted slurs against "foreigners and communists".
As with all dictatorships/extremists, these guys are setting up an "enemy", and we're it.
Hopefully, it will all blow ever, the political extremists loosing their position, and stability remaining with us - but it could still go the other way after the holiday.

As an example; Jakarta is demolishing a bunch of illegal housing and shops over the holidays while the people are away. They're doing this to avoid the trouble they know will happen if the people were around.
However, on returning and finding their house and possessions gone, there will be a lot of angry, anti establishment people, looking for someone to help them.
A small spark can cause a forest fire, especially if someone promises them the world to fan the flames.

We need to know what's going on, and a thread like this helps.
http://www.expat-blog.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=385270

mas fred posted on the thread Presidential election on the Indonesia forum

HaileyinHongKong wrote:

Ubudian wrote:

Ever since Atika Schubert, CNN correspondent and producer was transferred out of Jakarta not long after the first Bali bombing, there hasnt been a replacement who has nearly the insight and understanding of Indonesia as Ms. Schubert.

That's just crazy.  Isn't the fourth estate supposed to go into war zones?  Don't journalists pride themselves on reporting their stories in helmets and body armor?

Rightly or wrongly, Americans are commonly in far greater  danger than many other nationalities.
There may well have been a threat that left that reporter in greater danger than the others.
I have to applaud reporters in general; many of their people go into extremely dangerous situations, many never going home, to inform the world of what's happening.
This BBC site offers downloads of an exceptional series of programs.
They give insight and background to many world news stories, from an angle you never see on the news.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/fooc
I very strongly recommend downloading a few.

mas fred posted on the thread Dear my beautiful admin expat blog Christine on the Indonesia forum

HaileyinHongKong wrote:

I've read more about Indonesia's election on this site than I'll ever see in CNN, which is funny when you consider that it isn't about finding a maid or getting a visa.

That's the idea, we all contribute, all keeping each other informed of the situation.
If it turns bad, we all know faster.

mas fred posted on the thread Fred went a wandering. on the Indonesia forum

In small villages, families tend to marry out of their home area these days, but, even a very few years ago, it was very common for villages not to travel much.
I know people in my old village that have never travelled more than 15KM from their home, thus they tend to marry locally, and that means within extended family.
Epidermodysplasia verruciformis is a nasty disease that requires the victim to have 2 abnormal EV genes (one from each parent). This would be seriously unlucky in an out of area marriage.
Various European royals had haemophilia for the same reasons.
With careful treatment, the growths can be removed as they appear, and before they turn into cancers that will probably kill the victim.
That requires cash, something that people from villages are less likely to have.
If you have a deformity, you have very little chance of a real job, so directing traffic for whatever drivers give you is one of your few options.

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mas fred posted on the thread Topics closed on the Indonesia forum

I think we are all in agreement on this subject, this specific political topic is of great interest and use to expats - thus a valid discussion for this forum.

mas fred posted on the thread Indian restaurant in panama on the Jakarta forum

Bidara sary wrote:

mas fred wrote:

Rossyjordin wrote:

Make your way up to our restaurant for a lovely surprise. This is Sabor de la India- an exclusive, upscale and one of the most prominent Indian restaurants in Panama.

Is that near Jakarta?

It's in South America,, there is no Panama in Jakarta or nearby city!!

"Whoosh", was the sound made by the sarcasm flying over her head. :D

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-vi19z4LEi0

mas fred posted on the thread Indian restaurant in panama on the Jakarta forum

stumpy wrote:

Is that the place with a canal running through it....???

They need the water supply after a hot Indian curry.
The sewage can also be dumped into it, hopefully down steam of the drinking water extraction.