I have long pondered the existentialist question of a tree falling in a forest, but there being no-one there to hear it. Does it make a sound?
For all my occasional bleating about the lack of footpaths, parks and playspaces here in Jakarta, no-one seems to be listening. Am I making a sound?
There are very few bloggers writing in English (or Indonesian come to think of it) here. Consider the scene in London
, a city of comparable size, albeit with an infrastructure moulded by its citizens and town planning laws which are generally adhered to. For example, Inspector Sands
reports on what is happening in my old stomping ground of South East London. The Diamond Geezer
, who is a standard setter for community bloggers everywhere, keeps his posts about London here
and is providing an evolving overview of a city to be proud of.
The community of bloggers in London is a mutual aid society, covering transport
and much more.
Google Open Guide*London
and you get 4,300,000 entries.
Google Open Guide*Jakarta
and you get 290,000 entries, the majority related to computer nerd stuff
This is about to change. Hopefully.
Jakartass has joined forces with the Reveller
to create Jalan-Jalan Jakarta
, which translates roughly as Round and About in Jakarta
. The banner illustration on the site, which is about ready to be used, is by Derek Bacon
, author of Culture Shock-Jakarta
The aim is to offer a blogging forum with an exclusive focus on Jakarta. Postings will be sorted into categories such as transport, consumer affairs, corruption and whatever seems appropriate to life here. We hope that Brandon, who has a wonderful photoblog, Java Jive
, and Bart, who mails out the Indonesian Expat Newsletter
to 4,000 subscribers, will feel able to contribute on a regular basis.
If you are a blogger and/or have something to say and write about Jakarta, you are invited
to join us.
Please email The Reveller
or me, Jakartass
. Please include your phone number, and hopefully we can all meet sometime, hopefully at Bugils, Bart's place in Taman Ria.