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Old April 8th, 2008, 06:29 PM   #341
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Thanksss so much for the help and advice blue sky .
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Old April 9th, 2008, 03:43 AM   #342
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Plaza Rapak

Btw this is the interior images of Plaza Rapak that you have asked. Not much to see in this shopping complex except if you are looking for phone cell center and cheap pirated cd, dvd or software.

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Old April 9th, 2008, 03:45 AM   #343
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Plaza Rapak

Karisma Bookstore

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Old April 9th, 2008, 03:47 AM   #344
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Plaza Rapak

KFC

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Old April 9th, 2008, 03:48 AM   #345
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Plaza Rapak

Ramayana Department Store

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Old April 9th, 2008, 03:49 AM   #346
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Ramayana Supermarket

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Old April 9th, 2008, 03:51 AM   #347
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Plaza Rapak

Other than that not much to lure upper class shoppers to visit this complex

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Old April 9th, 2008, 03:59 AM   #348
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Plaza Rapak

Plaza Rapak is the first shopping complex in Balikpapan that mix traditional with modern sellers. This complex have 5 storey of shopping experience.

Lower ground occupied by traditional sellers from the previous wet market in that area, (parking lot for car and motorbike)

Second level is phone cell center, KFC, Karisma Bookstore and other modern sellers,

Third level is Ramayana Dept Store,

Up next we have Ramayana Supermarket, Serba 5000 (all for Rp 5000), and foodcourt, (parking lot for car)

Top level is Zone 2000 game center and Jhony Andrean Training Center (parking lot for motorbike)
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Old April 10th, 2008, 05:49 AM   #349
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Thanksss so much for the images Bluesky - you are amazing . What sort of books can you buy in karisma book store? Any english books? Are there any magazines like newsweek, times etc you can buy in the book store?
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Old April 10th, 2008, 03:21 PM   #350
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Karisma more into local books, try Gramedia bookstore in Plaza Balikpapan, they have wider choices of English books and magazines
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Old April 10th, 2008, 03:25 PM   #351
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And this is original Lea store

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Old April 12th, 2008, 01:02 AM   #352
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Balikpapan in d`nite, By Huda

Pertigaan Balikpapan Centre, dan Adika hotel Bahtera


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frm, http://www.kaskus.us/showthread.php?t=770103&page=6
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Old April 12th, 2008, 03:35 AM   #353
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Sayang nya exposure nya kurang tinggi di foto yg pertama
Tapi pemilihan angle nya mantap bener
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Old April 14th, 2008, 08:21 AM   #354
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S. Korea pushing to build power station in Indonesia

SEOUL, Apr 11, 2008 (Asia Pulse Data Source via COMTEX) -- -- The South Korean government said Thursday that it is asking Indonesia to allow a local energy company to take part in the construction and operation of power stations in the archipelago.

The Ministry of Knowledge Economy said Vice Minister Lee Jae-hoon will be in Jakarta until Friday to call for greater cooperation in the energy sector. The request, the ministry said, represents part of a broader cooperative framework to develop projects that can benefit both sides and strengthen economic ties.

Seoul and Jakarta agreed in April, 2007 to set up a joint government-civilian taskforce that can examine industries that can benefit the most from cooperation. The two sides have already signed 17 memorandums of understanding (MOU) and memorandums of agreement (MOA) to support bilateral efforts.

"Lee plans to visit Indonesia's vice president and energy resources minister to ask these officials to support efforts by South Korea's state-run Korea Midland Power Co to build and run a power station in Kalimantan Balikpapan, and generators for a pulp manufacturing plant in Merauke," a official said.

The local power company is the largest of five affiliates under Korea Electric Power Corp.

The Kalimantan Balikpapan plant deal is for two 100 megawatt coal-fired reactors and is worth US$550 million, The generators required for the Merauke unit are two 50 megawatt wood-burning units worth $200 million.

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KEPCO to sign $750 power plant deal with Indonesia

SEOUL, April 10 (Reuters) - Korea Electric Power Corp (015760.KS: Quote, Profile, Research) will sign a memorandum of understanding with the Indonesian government to build a power station and generators, a deal worth up to $750 million, Seoul's energy ministry said on Thursday.

South Korea's vice-minister for the Ministry of Knowledge Economy who is on a two-day visit to Indonesia, will sign the deal as part of expanding energy cooperation between the two countries, the ministry said.

Under the deal, South Korea's state-run Korea Midland Power Co will build and run a power station in Kalimantan Balikpapan, and generators for a pulp manufacturing plant in Merauke.

The Kalimantan Balikpapan plant deal is for two 100-megawatt coal-fired plants and is worth $550 million. The generators required for the Merauke unit are two 50-megawatt wood-burning units worth $200 million, the ministry said. (Reporting by Angela Moon; Editing by Keiron Henderson)

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This is a huge investment guys
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Old April 14th, 2008, 08:25 AM   #357
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Tourist Attraction in the city

Balikpapan crocodile park a treat for lovers of exotic fare

The Jakarta Post , Jakarta | Tue, 06/19/2007 9:43 AM

Nurni Sulaiman, The Jakarta Post, Balikpapan

Residents in Balikpapan and other parts of East Kalimantan may be familiar with the Borneo Crocodile Recreational Park on Jl. Mulawarman in the city, managed by CV Surya Raya Crocodile Farm.

The place offers visitors a variety of crocodile leather products, such as briefcases, purses, wallets, belts and bags, as well as some exotic fare -- crocodile satay at Rp 3,000 (approximately 33 U.S. cents) a stick.

Crocodile meat is seen by many as nutritious and is believed to heal a number of diseases, such as asthma and allergies, as well as relieving hypertension and reducing sugar levels in diabetics.

The park is open to the public daily, from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. However, visitors can sample crocodile satay only on Sundays and other major holidays, such as Idul Fitri, Idul Adha, Christmas and New Year's Day.

The Cafe Borneo, where crocodile satay is sold, was packed with dozens of visitors eating satay when The Jakarta Post visited.

Besides local visitors, curious diners come from as far as Jakarta, Bandung, Surabaya, Medan, Yogyakarta and even overseas.

""This is my first time eating crocodile satay. I got the information from my friends who came here earlier. It tastes delicious, like mutton satay,"" said Adrianus, from Jakarta, who was on a working visit to Balikpapan.

Another visitor from Jakarta, Roni, concurred. ""I am by chance hungry... so it tastes more delicious, like chicken satay,"" said Roni.

According to an employee at Cafe Borneo, Edi, eating crocodile satay has no side effects and is safe for both children and adults. Only younger crocodiles, ideally around three-and-a-half-years old, are slaughtered for their meet.

""We can sell 500 to 1,000 sticks of satay during Sundays, but more than 2,000 sticks during holidays such as Idul Fitri and New Year,"" said park employee Hamroni.

The park also sells other crocodile-based products, such as crocodile oil, which costs Rp 8,000 per bottle. It is believed to be an effective ointment to heal burns. Crocodile penises are also on sale at Rp 300,000 to Rp 500,000 a piece and are believed to boost male virility.

A 120-ml bottle containing a medicinal drink mixed with crocodile penis is sold at Rp 15,000. Those who prefer light snacks can buy crocodile crackers at Rp 2,000 per pack.

Visitors can buy unfried crocodile crackers as gifts to loved ones back home for Rp 10,000 per pack. The park also sells frozen crocodile meat, meat floss and crocodile bile, believed by many to have qualities to heal asthma, skin diseases and prevent malaria.

Its crocodile leather products are sought after by visitors from the United States, Korea and Brunei. For those who wish to make their own creation from crocodile leather can buy a whole skin at Rp 1.27 million.

""It can be turned into bags, jackets, shoes and others. One of the company's aims is to provide high quality leather products at affordable prices so people from all walks of life can afford them,"" said Hamroni.

The park is always packed with visitors on weekends. More than 1,000 people visited the park last Sunday, some just to relax, conduct study tours or hold class farewells, as evident from a bus-load of students from the SDN 18 state elementary school in Samarinda Seberang.

The park is home to thousands of crocodiles, from young to mature.

It is not hard to reach the park. Visitors can take the number 7 public van, with fares ranging from Rp 2,500 to Rp 5,000 depending on the distance. It takes 30 minutes from Sepinggan International Airport by car.
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Old April 14th, 2008, 08:27 AM   #358
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Anyone interested to try crocs satay for Rp 3000 per stick?
It taste more likely like a mutton just as they describe
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Old April 15th, 2008, 06:52 AM   #359
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hey blue sky, whats up? Are there any cinemas in balikpapan that show english movies, and there are any indian restaurants there mate?
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Old April 15th, 2008, 07:34 AM   #360
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hey blue sky, whats up? Are there any cinemas in balikpapan that show english movies, and there are any indian restaurants there mate?
Right now we only have one cinema which prefer to local movies, a better cinema with wider choices of Hollywood movies expected to open in Pasar Baru Square which open for public this year. So the answer is depending on when you will reach Balikpapan.

We used to have one Indian food in Benakutai Hotel but the hotel practically closed due poor management end of last year. Last week I went to one Chinese restaurant which very popular among the expatriates and I saw two Indian families having dinner in there. Well still we have no Indian restaurant right now.

This is a good site for new expatriate to learn about Balikpapan and Indonesia in general

www.alloexpat.com

http://www.mccall.me.uk/indonesia/indonesia_home.htm
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