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Sunday, December 28, 2014

AirAsia Flight QZ8501 not yet found

By on 8:01 PM

AirAsia Flight 8501 is not yet  found despite all possible search conducted by search and rescue team.
Up to now (December 29th, 2014, at 9:00 am local time, the status of AirAsia Flight 8501 departing from Surabaya to Singapore  with 162 people on board has not yet been known. The search and rescue teams have been deployed in areas, where the aircraft may have landed or crashed. Today, the search operation is to continue deploying Indonesian Navy and  Air and Water Police units from Belitung.

The Air Asia Craft with one Singaporean,  one Malaysian, three South Koreans, one British, and 149 Indonesians on board ought to have landed in Singpore at 08:30. It is believed that the missing of Air Asia Flight QZ8501 was due to the worse weather condition.
Families, friends of the people on board, and all are praying that the aricraft will be found with everyone on board being still alive.

Tthe official data have itemized 162 people on board as follows:  passengers (138 adults,  16 children and one baby), and seven aircraft crew members. Air Asia Crisis Center post has also displayed a list of the passengers’ names.  Air Asia facebook and website will keep all, especially families of the passengers, posted about the latest development of the aircraft status.

Air Asia Flight  QZ 8501 Missing

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Air Asia With Flight No.QZ8501 Missing

By on 10:57 PM

Airbu Air Asia looses contact on its way to Singapore from Surabaya
Airbus Air Asia taking off from Surabaya at 05:20 is reported to have lost contact at 08:55 (Surabaya LT). Air Asia with flight no. QZ8501 was carrying 162 people on board—155 passengers, 2 pilots, 4 cabin crews, and 1 technician (156 Indonesians,  3 South Koreans, 1 Singaporean, 1 Malaysian, and 1 France or in terms of age, there are 161 adults and 1 baby.

The aircraft should have arrived in Singapore at 08:30 if nothing had intervened. The aircraft with Airbus Type A230-200 had the registration number PK-AXC.

A press conference was held at the airport to provide information for families or friends of the passengers on board.

Families of the passengers on board gathered at the airport to find out about the aircraft. Emergency Call Number has been made available for those who want to keep tracks of the aircraft status. The numbers to be contacted are +622129850801+622129850801.

There is no further news regarding the status of the aircraft at the present time (01:45 pm).
For this incident, Air Asia has stated its regret on Air Asia facebook.

Hotel Rooms Fully Booked at the end of 2014

By on 8:02 PM

All star hotels in Bandar Lampung fully booked for December 31st 2014 and January 1st 2015
Towards the end of 2014, all star hotels have been booked. According to Tribun Express, the rate of hotel room occupation has risen to 100%. A number of hotel managers stated that all rooms for the year-end holidays have already booked.

Trison Fauzan, marketing and promotion manager of Novotel Lampung was quated as saying that the booking of the room has started from December 15th, 2014. Most people who made hotel resevations planned to stay at the hotel for year-end vacation.

For Bukit Randu hotel, the room reservations were made from December 10th 2014. Most people made room reservations for the same reasons—spend the new year’s eve at the hotel of their own choices.

The swamping of room reservations also occured at Sheraton Inn Bandar Lampung. Wahid Herri Wahyudi said that Sheraton Inn has 110 rooms. 103 rooms have been reserved.  The offered prices of the rooms for  2014 year-end holiday are quated to be Rp1,690,000 up to Rp4,105,000 per night.
Emersia hotel, which has a better view of Lampung Bay is said to have 122 rooms. At the end of this year (2014), there are only 8 rooms available. Emersia hotel has also been swamped with room reservations since December 10th 2014.

The followings are hotel room status at the end of 2014 according to Tribun Lampung:

·         Novotel Hotel. 220 rooms (Mountain Standard, Ocean View, Standard View, Standard Superior, Premier Mountain,  Premier Ocean, Premier Suite, and Pent House). All rooms are fully booked.
·         Bukit Randu. 73 rooms (Superior King, Superior Business, Delux, Business Delux, Delux Suite). All rooms are fully booked.
·         Sheraton Inn. 110 rooms (Delux Garden View, Delux Garden with terrace, Delux Suite, Executive Suite). There are 7 rooms available.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Lampung Bay--Beaches in Urban Areas

By on 6:40 PM

beaches of Lampung bay
The beaches along Panjang and Teluk Lampung are mostly inhabited by residents, most of whom are categorized to be below middle level society. If you look at the beaches closely, you will see heaps of rubbish scattered around. If only the beaches were managed well, and changed into white sandy beaches, they would be very potential assets for the local govenment to attract foreign visitors. It would also be possible for Bandar Lampung to have the most beautiful bay in Sumatera or even in Indonesia.

visit Lampung, teluk lampung tujuan wisata
Of course, Lampung  Bay beaches located in remote areas are beautiful for the simple reason that the coastal areas are far from settlement. However, if the coastal areas in urban areas (as in Panjang and Telukbetung) are changed to become a center of tourism, won't it be much better?  It won't be that easy, to be sure.  There are several things to take into account  carefully.
First,  settlement relocation will cost a lot of money. Secondly, the residents living in the coastal areas may reject to be moved out of the area.

The local government officials should also set target and aim of changing the urban coastal areas into a center of tourist resort having  white sandy beaches. Will  significant physical changes of the coastal areas make foreign tourists fall for them?

Comparison study concerning this matter should be done by tourism agency of Bandar Lampung City. Find out why Kuta beach has become the destination of foreign visitors from around the world. Is it due to its beautiful beach or tourism management? 

 Lampung  Bay is actually better than Kuta Beach because its location can be viewed clearly from the top of the hills that surround it. It would certainly be a lot better if the urban coastal areas were already changed into white sandy beaches, making it plus value for the Local Government in tourism sector.Let's wait what will the local government do about it.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Pasaran Island (Pulau Pasaran)

By on 6:17 AM

foto milik: www.lampung.tribunnews.com
Pulau Pasaran (Market Island) located approximately 1 km from Kota Karang East Telukbetung is a small island only reachable by boat. Pulau Pasaran has an area of 12 hectares with a population of about 200 families. The main activity in Pulau Pasaran is the selling of dry salty fish produced by people living there. Many residents of Telukbetung area visit Pulau Pasaran to buy salty fish.

In Pulau Pasaran, there are hardly any trees, so it gets pretty warm in the day time. It is said that Pulau Pasaran was once inhabited only by a few families in 1970s. At the beginning, the island had only an area of 3 hectares, and since then on, the size had increased to the size of 14 hectares. And the population had also doubled since 1988 due to Gudang Lelang fishing market was on fire resulting in many houses being destroyed by fire. Many families had to move to Pulau Pasaran to find a new place.

With the help of Bank Indonesia, Pulau Pasaran now has such facilities as electricity, clean water and health centers. It is hoped that Pulau Pasaran will get more facilities from Local Government. So far, fishermen's boats have been used to transport to and from Pulau Pasaran. There should be better transports in the future.

Certainly, Pulau Pasaran is not for tourism resort for the following reasons:
  • The place stinks of dried fish
  • The houses look untidiy
  • Too warm due to no trees being planted