Europeans first started visiting the archipelago in the Sixteenth Century. For example the famous British circumnavigator, Sir Francis Drake arrived in Ternate in the Moluccas Islands in November 1579. Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch and British continued to arrive over the next century. Later, these countries demanded more than spices and began colonising the archipelago. The Dutch ruled the area for more than 300 years and, in 1942, the Japanese arrived in Indonesia and ruled for three years. Indonesia declared its independence on 17 August 1945. It is the world's fourth most populous country and the most populous Muslim-majority nation, with more than 250 million citizens.
The durian is the fruit of trees of the genusDurio. Durio zibethinus(pictured) is the only species available in the international market. The durian fruit is distinctive for its large size, unique odour (which some find offensive), and a formidable thorn-covered husk. Its name means "thorny fruit". Durian is widely known in Southeast Asia as the "King of Fruits". The fruit can grow up to 40 centimetres (16 in) long and 30 centimetres (12 in) in diameter, and typically weighs 1 to 5 kilograms (2.2 to 11.0 lb). The British naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace described its taste as like a "rich custard highly flavoured with almonds", but with "occasional wafts of flavour that call to mind cream-cheese, onion-sauce, sherry-wine, and other incongruous dishes." (Read more...)
Dian David Michael Jacobs (born 1977), commonly referred to as David Jacobs, is an Indonesian athlete who competes in table tennis, currently Class 10 Paralympic table tennis. Born in Ujung Pandang (now Makassar), Indonesia, he took up table tennis at the age of ten and rose quickly through national tournaments, receiving much of his training in the national capital of Jakarta, although other training was obtained in Beijing. By 2000 he training to play internationally, and in 2001 he won his first gold medal, at the SEATTA Games in Singapore. Since 2010 he has competed in Paralympic table tennis, having spent most of his career competing against athletes with full functionality. He competed for Indonesia in the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, winning a bronze medal. (Read more...)