The Root Cause of HIV AIDS

Root causes and controversies surrounding HIV/AIDS in Indonesia Many people know that, as far as HIV/AIDS sufferers in ASEAN goes, Thailand is the largest in terms of actual numbers and potential victims. Yet, Indonesian HIV/AIDS victims are growing and grows fast. Jane Wilson writes in The Jakarta Post today that “… between 169,000 and 216,000 … Read more

Indonesia Blog Directory and Blogger of the Week

I’m glad to tell my honorable readers of this fifty-cent worth page, that, the newly founded and hassle free blog Indonesia directory and I feel that we have something in common to share and therefore decided to support each other to promote Indonesian bloggers in Indonesia and abroad. For that purpose, Blog Indonesia has … Read more

On Bridge Blogging

On Bridge Blogging

On Bridge BloggingEveryone in the universe must’ve been very familiar or at least ever heard of such popular names as Mc Donald (McD), KFC (Kentucky Fried Chicken), Nokia, Sony, Pepsodent, and many other international brands. All the brands barely talk about themselves, not to say about their respective countries. But almost every single person knows where those brands come from. America world-widely known at least for its McD and KFC, and Japan for its Sony, Toyota, Honda, etc. As far as I am concerned, these international brands have successfully bridged world understanding towards the countries they belong without even a word of explanation.

When I urged Indonesian to start blogging and blog in English, what I had in mind was something like what the above international brands have done to their countries: repute, good positive image of progress and modernity and, no less important, more understanding.

What I’d like to say is that, we do not necessarily write a lot of thing specifically about Indonesia in our blog–though that’s a good thing to do. For me, as far as you blog in English and so long as you let your audience know that you are an Indonesian or something to that effect that would serve the purpose. And that’s precisely the reason why I pick many Blogger Indonesia of the Week who write nothing specificifically about Indonesia. See for example such Blogger Indonesia of the Week as Isnaini and Jauhari both are free template creators for Blogger/Bogspot and WordPress respectively. They are Indonesian, who are blogging in English. And that’s more than enough. If addition to this they write a lot about Indonesia and its nitty-gritty, it’d be a bonus.

That’s also what I had in mind several months ago when I urged Jennie S. Bev to start blogging. I never expected her to make a special Indonesian blog. I simply requested her to turn his then website into a blog which she did. Jennie and Ong Hock Chuan seem to have similar opinion in the sense that Indonesian bridge blogging means a blog that writes a lot on Indonesia.

To sum it up, Indonesian–indeed anyone who regards Indonesia closely to their heart– does not need to push him/herself too hard so as to make him/her feel the burden of “responsibility”. Blogging for most people is an activity to enjoy after a full day hardwork as I always do. I strongly feel that we should keep the blogging activity that way. Afterall, the so-called a good life can only be achieved when we enjoy what we’re doing.

Or what do you think about bridge blogging which will make the world understand more about you and anything you stand for–culture, countriy and impression?

Menduniakan Indonesia Melalui Bridge-Blogging
March 19, 2008

Tahukah anda istilah Bridge Blogging? Kalau menurut informasi yang saya baca di internet, bridge blogging adalah, menulis blog dalam bahasa inggris atau bahasa asing di luar bahasa ibu si penulis blog, dengan tujuan agar orang di luar negaranya, atau pun di belahan dunia mana pun bisa memiliki pengetahuan tentang seluk beluk negara asal si penulis blog.

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Blogger Indonesia Criticism

On my previous posting, a commenter named Raiyen warned me that criticising your country could be meant as a sign of weakness, of inferiority complex. After I explained my points, he then clarifies his comment adding that his previous statement was based on his “fact-findings” on some his friends in Australia who feel so down … Read more

Obama, Madrassa and Pesantren

madrasahIndonesian madrasah* gets five-minutes fame in the US media for the “wrong” reason: Senator Barack H. Obama, a hot presidential candidate from Democrat allegedly was educated in Indonesia’s madrasah during his childhood years in Indonesia along with his mother.

The news emanated from Insight Magazine, an American right-wing-stripe media owned by the same company as the Washington Times (not to be confused with the blue-stripe Washington Post).

The news then debunked by CNN as false. According to its Jakarta bureau, “Obama lived in Indonesia as a child, from 1967 to 1971, with his mother and stepfather and has acknowledged attending a Muslim school, but an aide said it was not a madrassa.”

Searching for Solace

The more independent a person, the less dependent one becomes towards God and religion. At least, that’s the case of many in other parts of the world. H.J.C. Princen, a Dutch, a deserter of Dutch army to become an Indonesian freedom fighter against his colonialist country and a human right activist during Suharto’s era, once … Read more

Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy for If you require any more information or have any questions about our privacy policy, please feel free to contact us by email at At, the privacy of our visitors is of extreme importance to us. This privacy policy document outlines the types of personal information is received and collected … Read more

Blogger Indonesia of the Week: 18 – 20

Blogger Indonesia of the Week 18 - 20

On around May this year, when I wanted to start blogging actively, I’d been wondering whether there’re free blog providers which belong to or facilitated by Indonesian techno guru. I tried googling using keyword “blogger, blog, Indonesia”. Google led me to many Indonesian blogs none of which free blog providers. they’re only a bunch of … Read more