Tag Archives: Indonesia
Posted on 13. Apr, 2013 by Brandon.
A Lion Air plane just made a water landing after missing the runway in Bali, Indonesia. [Jakarta Globe]
I used to fly Lion Air and Adam Air but never again. These type of incidents are simply far too common and is why nearly all Indonesian airlines are banned from Europe. When in Indonesia I choose to fly Air Asia now back and forth to Bali and Jakarta. At this point, I don’t believe Air Asia Indonesia has had any incidents.
I’m very happy to hear that it appears that no casualties have occurred with today’s crash.
News reports have stated that:
“The aircraft was from Bandung, West Java, and about to land in Bali Ngurah Rai Airport but it probably failed to reach the runway and fell into the sea,” said Lion Air spokesman Edward Sirait.
“There was no sign at all it would fall but then suddenly it dropped into the water,” passenger Tantri Widiastuti, 60, told Metro TV. “I saw holes in the floor of the plane … we were evacuated quickly.”
Posted on 01. Mar, 2012 by Brandon.
In 1990, Irish journalist Susan Jane-Beers noticed a herbal medicine clinic in the corner of a hair salon in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta, her adopted home. A victim of age-related chronic knee pain that conventional pharmaceuticals couldn’t numb let alone heal, Jane-Beers decided to try jamu — traditional Indonesian medicine.
The results astounded her. After three days of taking only one third of the prescribed dose of herbal pills, the pain had vanished, making her wonder if she’d found “the magic bullet of all time.”
Posted on 31. Dec, 2011 by Brandon.
‘Like a morning dream, life becomes more and more bright the longer we live, and the reason of everything appears more clear. What has puzzled us before seems less mysterious, and the crooked paths look straighter as we approach the end.’
- Jean Paul Richter
Photo taken on Seminyak Beach, Bali, Indonesia
Posted on 19. Dec, 2011 by Brandon.
I’ve been slacking on the blogging front, mostly due to my workload and recent travels to Indonesia and Puerto Galera, but also due to the fact that I’ve been posting in various other places (Google+, Twitter, Facebook, 500px, etc). I realize many bloggers have jumped ship for an easier, micro-blogging style of presenting a lifestream, but I have no desire to abandon this blog no matter how busy I get.
Here are some of the other ways to keep track of my photography and travels (the links are directed to my various profiles):
I find Google+ to be a great place to discover new photographers. I’ve been seeking a viable alternative to Flickr for quite sometime. I think Google needs to figure out where this is going, but it seems to have far more more traction than Buzz. It’s also grown much more quickly than I had expected. In only two months of being active, I’ve developed over 5,600 followers. I’ve been using Twitter for nearly 5 years and have only about 1,400 followers. Not that the number of followers necessary reflects any significance.
500px is an interesting development. I receive far far less “views” on photos there and have almost no social contact or feedback – and that’s ok – cause the minimalistic design and clean portfolio options trump the cluttered feeling one gets when viewing Flickr. I’ll be uploading less work here but more of my culled photos.
Even after nearly 5 years, Twitter still has a purpose. I’ve gone through many phases with its use, but it’s still unbeatable in terms of reaching certain groups, colleagues, resources and perspectives.
What are your preferred social media tools? Do you still see a place for blogs?
Posted on 10. Apr, 2011 by Brandon.
Throughout Southeast Asia the English language is often misinterpreted, misrepresented, or massaged into new forms of communication through humorous signage. Take this one I captured as an example.
Throughout the Philippines, and Manila especially, English is widespread and I have yet to see many humorous examples as I have so often seen in Indonesia, Thailand, Cambodia, and Japan.
Let me introduce you to a photo studio by the name of “Blow-Up Babies”.
Posted on 11. Mar, 2011 by Brandon.
Hoping Manila will be unaffected by the potential tsunami after the earthquake in Japan. My brother lives in Tokyo. He checked in and is fine. Hope aftershocks will not be a problem.
Also concerned about family and friends in Jakarta. Indonesia doesn’t need another disaster. Keep safe.
Posted on 28. Apr, 2010 by Brandon.
Well, it was fun while it lasted. I don’t mean to gloat – really – it’s just fun to gain a little recognition for something I’m passionate about.
CNN International featured my photo essay of the Aliwan Festival on the CNN home page for a day. If you click on the above image you can see a full size version of the screen capture kindly sent to me by CNN Go’s Editor.
The photo essay is still up on CNN Go: http://www.cnngo.com/explorations/none/aliwan-festival-mother-all-festivals-812730 And I’ve been asked to be a regular (hopefully!?) contributor to CNN Go: http://www.cnngo.com/author/brandon-hoover (really need to change my self-portrait image)
I really hope this can be a jumping point from which to capture more of the Philippines. Indonesia is forever in my heart, but the Philippines is my home for now; it’s time to explore…
Posted on 26. Mar, 2010 by Brandon.
We’re leaving tonight for Jakarta. We’ll be there for a week visiting family and friends. Fortunately, one of my close friends will also be in Jakarta for a couple of days. When he first got to Indonesia, he actually lived with me for 5 months; haven’t seen him in 4 years.
Novita will have a chance to be with her family, friends, and her beloved spicy sambal, while I catch up with friends and visit my old stomping grounds. We may be able to organize some sort of tweetup as well for those that are keen.
Looking forward to going ‘home’.