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Fred went a wandering.

Helmets aren't always popular here ad the cops have a less than quality reputation for enforcing the law.
It looks like there's a move to change the situation as I saw yesterday when I came across a bunch of cops, traffic wardens and military police engaging in a safety operation.
They even gave out free helmets.

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Helmets aren't always popular here ad the cops have a less than quality reputation for enforcing the law.
It looks like there's a move to change the situation as I saw yesterday when I came across a bunch of cops, traffic wardens and military police engaging in a safety operation.
They even gave out free helmets.

Now that's a good initiative and incentive to help protect riders  :top:

Hello guys.. don't know if you're still remember me lol
I moved back to Indo after living 13 yrs in the US and wow...big reversed cultural shock for me. Fast forward...I spent a year in Jakarta, another year in Manado. I've been to a few cities so far. And I'm flying to Lombok on the 9th. Wish me luck peeps!

Sorry to jump in your forum like this Fred. TIA

Hello guys.. don't know if you're still remember me lol
I moved back to Indo after living 13 yrs in the US and wow...big reversed cultural shock for me. Fast forward...I spent a year in Jakarta, another year in Manado. I've been to a few cities so far. And I'm flying to Lombok on the 9th. Wish me luck peeps!

Sorry to jump in your forum like this Fred. TIA

Cant say i recall you  :/  just  :offtopic:  abit but welcome back  :)

Im sure Fred's picture story book will give you a quick catch up on all what you missed past few years  :D

Good luck  :cool:

Indonesia's roads aren't known for safety or common sense.
This is a prime example of the crazy things you'll see here.

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This is quite an unusual post as it has politics, war, sensitive subjects and possibilities for a partial solution.

Whatever your opinions on the subject, Indonesia doesn't make life easy for asylum seekers so this is a very bad place to choose or get stuck in on your way to Australia.
Most of the people I met claimed to be from Afghanistan, all with stories of escaping the war and massive terrorist activity.
They have no shelter, no health care, not allowed to work and the kids can't attend school so their life is pretty crap. They have to rely on help from whoever for food and whatever else they need. While I was there I saw a delivery of a bag of unleavened bread (Pitta or naan style) and a shock.
I'm a very well fed white dude (fat) but they still shared their bread with me.
It seems a good heart will always shine, even when there's a storm all around.

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What they own, that's the lot for about 30 people.

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Not much is happening for them but there is some help available from the UN.
One possible win win for some could be sending them off to visit places where extremist is rife - perhaps telling their stories of death, destruction and misery at the hands of terrorists could set the more of the more violent people on a better path.

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