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  • Indonesia

    Okay, so I did promise in my last post about remote island living that sooner or later in my next few posts I will write about Indonesia. And here it is, sooner rather than later. I spent some time of the night staying awake just so I could get this fully researched up and posted to hopefully present some facts about Indonesia and I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised and rather intrigued at the facts I read online. Especially the fact that it is the largest archipelago in the world. Hearing the word archipelago I now have an itch to play the Animal Crossing DLC – Happy Home Paradise again!

    Before I present these facts I must share my excitement about Indonesia. I have been fascinated with this country since about a couple of years now. And I really want to someday move there to live out my life. Not specifically as retirement but just a place where I can call home. I want to be able to enjoy myself on the beaches in Jakarta and Bali. I want to be able to discover the already discovered Borobudur Temple and the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary just to be able to experience the world, it’s people and it’s different cultures. I want to see what is so different between all of us.

    Borobudur Temple – Aerial View

    Well anyways, enough of me rambling. Please enjoy these facts below:

    Indonesia is the largest archipelago in the world.

    It is composed of approximately 17,500 islands, of which more than 7,000 are uninhabited. This massive number of islands and atolls of the Indonesian archipelago stretch almost 5,000 km from west to east and more than 2,000 km from north to south. These Indonesian islands equate to roughly 2 million square kilometres! More on that below.

    Indonesian Archipelago


    Indonesia’s population is over 264 million people!

    Indonesia ranks fourth as the most densely populated nation in the world following sizeable countries such as China, USA and India. To give enough space to those 264 million people Indonesia needs to have enough land for people to live and it does so with 1.905 million kilometres squared! They rank as the 14th largest country by land area. Indonesia is the third biggest democracy in the world. And finally, it is the largest Muslim nation on the globe. In Indonesia, Islam is the religion most adhered to with approximately 87% of its population being Muslims.


    Indonesia is home to the world’s largest flower.

    The flower with the world’s largest bloom is the Rafflesia arnoldii. This rare flower is found in the rainforests of Indonesia. It can grow to be 3 feet across and weigh up to 15 pounds! It is a parasitic plant. It attaches itself to a host plant to obtain water and nutrients. Writing this one gave me the shivers. And also, is it just me or does this flower remind you of pepperoni?

    Rafflesia Arnoldi Flower in Bengkulu


    Indonesia is a biodiversity hotspot.

    It is home to many exotic and quite often endangered wildlife such as the Sumatran orangutan. Orangutans are great apes native to the rainforests of Indonesia and Malaysia. They are now found only in parts of Borneo and Sumatra but during the Pleistocene (often referred to as the Ice Age) they ranged throughout Southeast Asia and South China. The Sumatran orangutans are critically endangered with just over 13,000 of them remaining. Awww, the baby just wants a kiss.

    Sumatran orangutan with baby orangutan


    Indonesia is home to the world’s largest gold mine.

    The Grasberg mine has one of the largest reserves of gold and copper in the world. It is located in Mimika Regency, Central Papua, Indonesia near Puncak Jaya.

    Grasberg Mine, Indonesia


    There are over 100 active volcanoes in Indonesia.

    Indonesia has around 130 active volcanoes that are part of the Pacific Ring of Fire, and it has suffered the highest numbers of eruptions resulting in fatalities, damage to arable land, debris flows, tsunamis, lava domes, and pyroclastic flows (a dense, destructive mass of very hot ash, lava fragments, and gases ejected explosively from a volcano and typically flowing at great speed).

    Beautiful landscape shot of volcanoes in Indonesia

    Well, there you have it folks. I hope this post was interesting enough to keep you glued to the screen and maybe helped you consider Indonesia as your next holiday destination. I know it is my next dream destination! And until next time, have a nice day!

    Yours Truly

    Salman

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  • Remote Islands

    Okay, so I couldn’t for the life of me find the Muhammad Ali essay from college but here is an essay on living on remote islands and its temptations. Enjoy!

    In this essay we will be looking at the reality of living on remote islands such as Fair Isle and the like. We will be delving deep into the intricacies that take place within these double-digit communities, looking at how basic needs such as food, clean drinking water, hygiene and shelter is met. We will also be looking at the effect that such a low population has on social affairs and the comparison between social conduct between members of society in remote areas and massively populated cities.

    Living remotely would have its benefits. Talking purely from facts, there is virtually no crime and it is a great way for kids to go back to nature and be able to appreciate the natural upbringing that not many kids get to experience in the modern era. Also the effect would be great as a natural therapy for anyone dealing with psychological or societal issues such as stress, depression and anxiety. Creating a simple, natural lifestyle would have such a great effect on stress levels in contrast to modern day work demands where people are now suffering physical ailments caused by a psychological and, perhaps you could say, a societal issue. A societal issue in terms of the pressure put on young people to work in extremely stressful situations. You should work hard and work should be a large focus in life but not to the extent that you don’t even dispute the job’s demands when it starts taking a toll on your own health and wellbeing.

    As with anything good in life though, there are bound to be issues. One problem, possibly even a major one, would be the lack of healthcare in such remote areas. One example is Fair Isle, where if there is any need for healthcare, the patient would be transported by a two and a half hour ferry trip to Shetland. Or in extreme cases, an emergency helicopter would be called in. Now the cost of that would be fairly large, roughly £5,000 per hour of flight. This figure is based on fund raising literature of UK rescue service charities. Another issue that would arise is that children might not get enough of a chance socializing if there are only a handful of children, such as how there are 8 children on Fair Isle.

    Personally, I would love to give this kind of lifestyle a chance as I wish to go back to nature and live the way our ancestors did. I would like to live in a place like Fair Isle while maintaining some kind of connection with the technological world. Personal experience of such a way of living would provide me with a happy existence or a lonely, desolate one. We sometimes need to take a leap of faith, only then can we know if the grass truly is greener on the other side. And if the grass is dead, the land barren then at least we can say to ourselves that we took that chance and didn’t just wait and see and be filled with regret on our deathbed.

    This concise and unsustained essay has contemplated what life could be like living remotely, away from the metropolises, megalopolises and concrete jungles that we are destined, or rather, confined to. Maybe this short tract could motivate you to take the opportunity if it arose. The question is, would you take the opportunity?

    Maybe in one of the next few posts I’ll write about living in Indonesia, who knows? But if that piece of work does get published it will be new and not an old essay from school/college! Have a nice day!

    Yours truly,

    Salman

  • My First Post

    Hello everyone. Today is the day that I begin my freelance writing career. I don’t have much to write and share however, there is one post that I will upload in the next few days which is an essay from College 3 years ago on Muhammad Ali. I’m excited to share because my teacher said that that essay was at the level of her 2nd year university students (bear in mind that I was at the level of National 4 at that time which is 3rd year (S3) in secondary school! That really motivated me to pursue writing and literature even further. Well that’s all for today. Goodbye and have a nice day/night!