Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Bicycles are known as jitensha or charinko (slang). The most common bicycles for every day use are typically equipped with a basket for carrying groceries and other items and/or a child seat (or two), a simple lock, a kickstand and just one gear. If we buy a new bicycle, the registration process will likely be handled by the store, but if we take over a used bicycle from somebody else, you are supposed to re-register the bicycle under your name at the local police station in order to avoid misunderstandings. In Japan we have to pay for throwing the used thing. That’s why somehow as my friend who lived there said, if the used bicycle park completely with the registration letter means you can have it..woww.
There are dedicated bicycle parking areas near most railwaystations and shopping centers due to the high popularity of bicycles. the bicycle is as ordinary as the dawn. Large housing blocks and metro stops have bicycle parking structures, and busy shopping districts may even have pay parking lots for bikes. Day and night, everywhere you go, the bicycle is there.
In Indonesia, the funny thing is if there is someone rides a bicyle may other people will think that those is poor man..or..now bicycling such a kind of trend since there's a bicycle community - really hard work- champaigning GO GREEN but most people misunderstand make those bicycle as a life style due its price..:(
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
This was the first of a series of events to usher in ASEAN's 44th birthday next August. As the Chair of ASEAN this year, Indonesia Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been working in close collaboration with the ASEAN Secretariat to reach out to the public, ahead of ASEAN Day on 8 August.
Nearly a hundred people headed to the East Senayan on a Sunday morning July 10th 2011 for ASEAN Fun Bike. The good turnout by members of the diplomatic corp from ASEAN Member States, Dialogue Partners as well as non-Dialogue Partners, Indonesian Foreign Minister Dr Marty Natalegawa, The Secretary-General of ASEAN Dr Surin Pitsuwanlocal and cycling communities.
The cyclists whizzing down Jalan Jenderal Sudirman, Jalan Gatot Subroto, Jalan Gerbang Pemuda, Jalan Asia Afrika, Jalan Hang Tuah, and Jalan Sisingamangaraja, and finishing at the ASEAN Secretariat.
They were welcomed with the refreshments and some stall bazaar at the car-park . At the same time Dr Natalegawa also donated several hundred books to charitable organisations in Jakarta.