Google can’t find my banana leaf furniture

Weird… everything was going so well and then…

Banana Leaf Furniture from Bali… MIA on Google.

I’ve just uploaded a blog post about banana leaf furniture to Indonesia Export’s News & Updates page… it’s got perfectly good information on it. It has a picture of bananleaf furniture. It has a video of banana leaf furniture but Google can’t find it.

Usually, after posting, it takes google (and the also rans) minutes… minutes, I tell you, to index the post. This time, nothing.

Very disappointing.



Jakarta Globe Story: Indonesians Prefer Suharto to Yudhoyono

Indonesians Prefer Suharto to Yudhoyono: Poll

Arientha Primanita | May 16, 2011

First Paragraph of the Jakarta Globe Story:

The common refrain of “things were better under Suharto” has been given credence in a new survey that shows the former strongman’s rule is widely preferred to the current civilian administration of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.

The results of the poll, released on Sunday by Indo Barometer, showed that 40.9 percent of the 1,200 people surveyed believed that conditions were better under Suharto’s New Order regime, while only 22.8 percent believed otherwise.

Read on at the Jakarta Globe

In related news, Stan from SouthPark chooses Turd over Douche.
I loved everything about that comment on the JakartaGlobe page… had to copy it over here just in case someone takes it down.
12:18pm May 18, 2011

“If I have to choose between a douche and a turd, I just don’t see the point.” Stan, South Park

Smoke gets in your eyes… your ears… even up your …

…assuming you’ve spent any time in Indonesia, you’ll already know we’re a little behind on our attitude to healthcare in general and smoking in particular.

This morning’s article in the Bali Post, however, has me thinking we’re racing at full speed backwards.

Smoking as a cancer cure? Exactly what is it you’re smoking?

Take a look and tell me what you think.


PS. Did you see what I did with assuming there? I crack myself up. Butt you already knew that.


I was lovin it… US doctors target Mickey Ds

From the Guardian this morning (around 2.00AM because I can’t sleep):

Unhappy meals: American doctors’ TV ad features a corpse holding a hamburger and the line ‘I was lovin’ it’. McDonald’s, which has thrived in the recession, isn’t laughing

I’ve had maybe two McDs meals in the past three years (and regretted each one) – not necessarily a ‘hater’ of the company but it’s kind of embarrassing for the species that we allowed the company to make so much money from selling rubbish wrapped up in greaseproof paper. We suck, we really do.

Here’s the video:

Happiness is a mild cigar…

… I’m having one of those clumsy, unlucky mornings when relatively simple, straightforward activities just go wrong — making myself giggle… so, while the theme track from the old Hamlet tv ads is playing in my mind, I wanted to share this:


Balinese Umbrellas page in Google… now you see it, now you don’t…

white-balinese-umbrella …annoyed with google again… put up a new page at Indonesia Export for Wholesale Balinese Umbrellas.

A few hours later, checked google on the off-chance that it had gone into the index and was delighted to find that it was already there and respectably listed (fourth or fifth)… not the super dooper top listing but more than adequate. Monday morning, it’s gone and I can’t imagine why.

We’re on the page (down in eighth position or so) but not the actual umbrellas page that was there on Friday night – now it’s just our homepage.

Even stranger, a search of “wholesale bali umbrellas” (without the quotes) turns us up the correct page in about fifth position while “bali wholesale umbrellas” (again, without the quotes) has us in second place.

Cannot figure it out and not sure I would ever have the energy to bother. Just an odd, annoying result.


Tiger Woods can still represent…

As usual, my junk mail folder is overflowing… nice to see these hardworking chaps and chapesses at Spam Central don’t slack off during the holiday season. Anyway, one I found funny: a bunch of spam mail for that blue pill (you know the one) that runs something along the lines of, “Yes, now you can stay up all night like Tiger.” I just caught the message as I was permanently deleting the email but it is funny. So, Tiger, if you’re out there, I want you to know you can still pick up sponsorship… maybe it’s not Pepsi and all that but there’s plenty of money in those little blue pills and don’t forget the other related products… condoms, lubricating gels… now, that would revolutionise the sport of golf.

[Edit: Friday, January 8th]

Thank you Shirley Conran (shan’t put a link in because there’s a strong possibility that’s not a real name) for sending me another junk email related to Mr. Woods. It’s a simple and straight forward message: “Master the art of satisfying women.” And, in a second message, Gloria Mackey (these junk mailers are really good at coming up with names these days), tells me I can, “Score like Tiger Woods with free trial.”