09 November 2008

Australian Government Travel Advice (Warning)

I was thinking about posting the Australian Government Travel Advice (really a Warning) here. Then I thought, nah! The warning is 4,499 words long and runs to 10 pages. So, I will summarize it for you.

If you are thinking about going to Indonesia and your travel is not essential, then think again about how important traveling to Indonesia is to you.

If you are in Indonesia, think about returning to Australia. If you are not going to return to Australia then be extra careful.

If you are living and working in Indonesia see the previous point.

You are now so advised or warned.

18 comments:

the writer said...

ah, the good old travel warning, what would Indonesia do without it?

even though the travel warning directly advise people from travelling to Indonesia, it's actually building the country's dangerous profile and pardon me for a bit day-dreaming here, I wonder when they will actually film a Bond film here in Indonesia eh? rather than panning the camera on the slum and desert-y area of Bolivia?

*sorry for the OOT - just got home from watching Quantum of Solace*

(it seems that I have been OOT quite a lot lately - thanks to my mind-wandering post-studium state :p )

Rob Baiton said...

The Writer...

So, how was the movie?

The back blocks of Jakarta could certainly be a good scene for a Bond film.

Now that you are finished studying perhaps you should turn your hand to writing a script for it :D

Yep, the good old travel warnings -- you can't live with them and you can't live without them!

rani said...

It's so nice to be well advised and warned :)

By the way, one of Bond movies was originally planned to be shot in Indonesia. Guess what happened

Rob Baiton said...

Rani...

Maybe you might want to read the whole advice first? Just in case I missed anything :d

Bureaucracy.

the writer said...

The movie? It was ok. Apparently Daniel Craig's Bond movie were / are designed to be different than the rest of the Bond films so one needs to brush up one's memory by watching the previous one first in order to understand the whole story.

Rob Baiton said...

The Writer...

I have not watched the first Daniel Craig installment. So, I do not know what to expect.

I have watched all the other Bond movies though in one sitting. They had a Bond marathon on the tele. Good stuff.

the writer said...

rob, so you definitely need to rent casino royale first before heading to the cinema to watch quantum of solace, that's the wisest advice i can give you :D

Rob Baiton said...

The Writer...

OK. I will probably just buy it as DVDs are usually pretty cheap in this part of the world :D

Jakartass said...

And this is the latest British advisory for Indonesia.

Rob Baiton said...

J...

This is the Australian version!

http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/zw-cgi/view/Advice/Indonesia

Seems pretty similar in most respects.

schmerly said...

Indonesians are their own worst enemy.

And that's not from some smart arse bule that's from an Indonesian who's sick of seeing the way Indonesia is heading.

Rob Baiton said...

Schmerly...

The travel advice is not a commentary on the way the Indonesian government is heading.

It is advice that suggests there are those that would harm you if given the chance. It is a suggestion that you consider your personal safety and need for travel.

Indonesia is a safe place, at least to my mind, if you are conscious of your personal surrounds and if you are conscious not to put yourself in harms way. I do not feel any less safe here than I would in Australia.

There are always people disillusioned with the direction their country is heading in. This is no different in Australia or the US or Indonesia. Let's face it in a democracy there is always those who voted for the other side.

It might be arguable, let's say, that there is at least 46% of the US electorate that will have some concerns about the way a Democratic president might take that country in the future, income redistribution and all.

schmerly said...
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schmerly said...

And Rob Baiton said:

"OK. I will probably just buy it as DVDs are usually pretty cheap in this part of the world"

And Mr Plod said 'ello 'ello 'ello sir, and where did we get these "cheap" DVD's from then?

Rob Baiton said...

Deleted Comment...

I know who you are :D

But seeing you deleted your comment, I guess there is no need to reply.

Rob Baiton said...

Schmerly...

There are plenty of places that sell "cheap" DVDs and other stuff.

But, in hindsight, I will pass on buying a cheap version as it is probably pirated and piracy is intellectual property theft.

So, rather than support criminality, I will just wait for it to show up on Star Movies ;)

schmerly said...

Rob..

Spoken like a true lawyer, nice to see a bit of honesty in Indonesia,

It was me that deleted that post, when I looked at it it was not quite what I intended to write.
oops!

Rob Baiton said...

Schmerly...

There is always plenty of honesty in Indonesia.

We just tend to come up against the dishonesty pretty regularly and that often clouds the good things.

I know it was you who deleted the comment. As soon as someone posts a comment it comes to me through my inbox. Even if you delete the post I will still get the email with the content of the deleted post :D