Old man and the sea

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I spent half an hour chatting with this old man. He’s a Javanese fisherman, who spent his lifetime making his living from the sea. He said he usually goes out in the evening; hence the previous post with the candles.

By his own words, he’s 87 years old. If that’s true, then it’s remarkable to see someone his age still working day in and day out for the livelihood of his family.

I asked him if I might take some photos, which he kindly obliged, a beaming smile spread across his face upon seeing the LCD images of himself. Afterwards, he sat down on the beach and started a small fire to smoke the fish.

Those of us living in Jakarta may only be a short drive from his beach, but yet we’re worlds apart in our experiences.

Facts about Indonesia

I borrowed this list from http://journal.marisaduma.net, (who in turn borrowed it from this discussion on Facebook). Not vouching for 100% accuracy, but I’m sure it’s pretty close. Interesting country don’t you think?

    Did you know, that with more than 250.000.000 people, Indonesia is the 4th most populated country in the world?

    Did you know, that there are 316 ethnic groups which speak 670 dialects in Indonesia?

    Did you know that it is forbidden not to have a religion in Indonesia? (doesn’t matter which one as long as you have one)

    Did you know, that there are around 400 volcanoes in Indonesia, and 150 out of them are active, which represents 75% of all active volcano on the planet? (so only 50 for the rest of the world)

    Did you know, that Indonesia is more than 5.000 kilometres long? (which is an average length for a continent)

    Did you know, that Indonesia has the longest coastline in the world, with 100.000 kilometres long?

    Did you know, that Indonesia is probably the last country in the world, which has still unexplored territories, and is not completely mapped? (especially around Irian Jaya)

    Did you know, that there are 17.508 islands in Indonesia, which is the largest Archipelago in the world?

    Did you know, that if you could spend only 1 day on each island of Indonesia, you would need 48 years to see all of them? (transportation between islands not counted)

    Did you know, that on the 17.508 islands, only 6.000 have a name, and only 1.000 are inhibited?

    Did you know, that there are 25% of the world coral reefs in Indonesia?

    Did you know, that on the 4.500 species of reef fishes existing in the oceans worlwide, around 3.500 of them have been identified in Indonesia?

    Did you know, that Indonesia has the biggest underwater biodiversity in the world?

    Did you know, that Indonesia is the 2nd largest global biodiversity (water + land + air) after Brazil?

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