The Ombak Putih is sailing again to Ambon-Banda-Lease-Obliatu-Bacan-Makian-Tidore-Ternate from October 8-19, 2014. Nutmeg and clove plantations, historic forts, old VOC buildings, dive spots, remote villages, local markets, Sultan’s Palaces, and lazing on board, are all on the agenda.
Follow our adventures in this short film produced for Sea Trek Sailing Adventures (www.seatrekbali.com) and Ian Burnet (www.ianburnetbooks.com)
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The Nederlandsch Indische is no longer with us, but more than fifty years after the end of that era there are still some visible remnants. These I found on a recent trip across Java and I am sure there are many more across Indonesia.
From a building in Surabaja
Samarang 1866, much in need of renovation
Building in Semarang. I am not sure what the Roode Driehoek refers to.
Prau Lajar cigarette factory in Semarang since 1880. I loved the vintage logo and the broom.
The railway station in Cirebon
The Warenhuis de Vries building in Bandung
The Nedhandel NV building in Bandung
A recently renovated apartment building in Bandung
The Bandoengsche Melk Centrale still operating under its original name after more than 80 years.
And finally, who would believe it, a Dutch Post box in Jakarta.
The old Dutch part of Semarang is often referred to as the Oude Stad. Built close to the port and with access for small ships and barges up the Semarang River, the colonial buildings of the ‘Old Town’ stand sadly neglected, except for those that have been able to survive as coffee shops, restaurants, exhibition space and office buildings.
The city government has repaved some of the old streets and put in period street lighting, but without a commercial use for many of the buildings they are slowly decaying.
Old Dutch warehouses and commercial buildings along the Semarang River, as you can see some restoration is taking place and hopefully all the temporary buildings will be cleared away. I have seen period photos with boats tied up here.
The Domed Church or Gereja Immanuel was built in 1753, unfortunately I could not get inside. Here it is seen from the charming little town square, note the period streetlights.
An example of one building that has been maintained, compared to its neighbours.
A street scene
A street scene
A building undergoing restoration.
Restaurant Ikan Bakar Cianjur. A beautifully restored interior and definitely the place to eat when you are in the ‘Old Town’.
The Hotel Jansen was apparently ‘the’ hotel of the period.
This building may be beyond any hope of restoration.
And finally — on a bright note!
It doesn’t matter because their here to stay and everyone has their own preference according to the type of book.
For book publishers it certainly overcomes all those intractable problems of trying to ship books to satisfy customers in many disparate locations all over the world. Now it’s a simple click of the mouse and the books yours, wherever you are!
If you want ‘Spice Islands’ or ‘East Indies’ as an e-book, here is what is available:
E-READER, Kindle – VENDOR Amazon
E-READER, Apple – VENDOR i-Tunes
E-READER, All other handhelds – EPUB – VENDOR Dymocks
E-READER, All Tablets including iPad – PDF – VENDOR Dymocks
E-READER, All Mac’s and PC’S – PDF – VENDOR Dymocks, http://www.dymocks.com.au
My recommendation is to get the PDF format, the software is free from Adobe Digital Editions, the book will be in colour so you can enjoy the beautiful maps and images, and the layout will be the same as in the book.
Please give me your feedback and experience with your e-Reader.
This church in Semarang had the creative inspiration to decorate its exterior with colourful umbrellas strung on wire —- beautiful!
These Papuan school children are preparing for a dance performance in Jakarta. Look at their magnificent headdresses, each one a complete bird-of-paradise.
Hopefully these birds are still not endangered and are a renewable resource
There is time for one last practice dance before the performance – to watch the dance just follow the link below: