October 2010


Monday, October 25, 2010 at 21:42 local time, an earthquake with great force (measuring as 7.2 magnitude) struck the Mentawai islands, followed by a sweep of the tsunami destroyed thousands of settlements and killed many peoples.

Based on Pusdalops PB Sumbar report on Oct, 28 2010 13.00 GMT+7, the latest death toll of a quake-triggered tsunami that hit Mentawai Islands, West Sumatra is 343 people with 338 others missing, 264 minor and 140 light injured. Around 4,000 people evacuated and are being placed in temporary shelters in North Pagai sub-district.


Follow this tips for keeping safe, whether in the water activities holiday such as swim, or boat :

As long as swimming activities:
1. Never swim alone, ask for guide/guards, especially if you can not swim
2. Never Never swim under the influence of alcohol or drugs
3. Never dive head-first into an unfamiliar body of water
4. Check local information for details of tides, currents and pollution
5. Check for the possible existence of jellyfish, sea urchins, coral, sea snakes, sharks and venomous fish
6. Never swim in the rivers, lakes and seas can put you at risk of a number of diseases.

As long as boat/waterskies activities:
1. Always wear life-jackets (buoyancy aids or personal flotation device) on the boats
2. Avoid yourself under the influence of alcohol or drugs on the boats
3. Ask for guide/guards, especially if you can not operate waterskies

Many people have fears about health issues in the plane journeys. There are several factors cause a passenger at particular health risk during a flight, mostly as a result of the cabin environment. Here’s some of that risk factor and tips you can take to avoid some of that health risks:

1. Reduced oxygen availability

The amount of oxygen available within the cabin may be slightly less than normal air, this cause levels of oxygen in the passengers’ blood is lower than normal. Most people wil be tolerated this reduced oxygen availability, but not for those who already have heart or lung problems may find it triggers symptoms.

2. Dehydration
The air quality in planes isn’t humidified, which contributes to the body becoming dehydrated. This and the drying out of the protective mucosa of the mouth and nose, which normally acts as a barrier to bacteria and viruses, increases susceptibility to infection. Make sure you’re drink plenty of water, and avoid alcohol or caffeinated drinks.

3. Immobility due to limited cabin space
Long journey in the plane and have limited cabin space? Try to move around cabin, and get relaxed!

4. Poor air quality and infections
In general, the air quality in planes isn’t as good as the air outside, and air filters aren’t always fully effective. This allows bacteria and viruses to spread easily from one person to another, which is why many people arrive on holiday or come home with a cough or cold.

Make sure you are healthy before get travelling, this can help you avoid an infections such as cold or cough as long as in the plane. Keep your immune system strong by getting enough sleep and relaxation, eat a healthy diet that’s rich in fruit and vegetables, exercise regularly, and don’t smoke.

Travelling by plane when you have a cold can cause permanent ear or sinus damage. Ideally, you should wait until your condition improves, particularly if you have a high fever and/or ear/sinus pain. Consult your doctor about whether it’s safe for you to travel – they may be able to prescribe antibiotics or decongestants.

5. Air expansion due to air pressure changes

Rapid changes in air pressure when an aircraft is ascending or descending may cause discomfort for travellers with a head cold or ear condition. Pinch the nose and, with the mouth shut, blow gently. This opens the Eustachian tube between the mouth and middle ear, allowing the pressure in this cavity to equalise. Swallowing, chewing gum or sucking sweets can also help. If you’ve recently been treated for an ear condition, you should wait at least two weeks before travelling by air.

6. Keeping health as long as in the plane
Wash your hands regularly during the flight as you may come into contact with contaminated surfaces whilst moving around the cabin – if this isn’t easy then use a travel hand-sanitizer. Encourage those who are coughing and sneezing to cover their mouth and nose when doing so with a disposable tissue.

7. Have essential medicines with you

About 500 meters in the south of the city Padang, close to the harbour, in an area with Padang old town, there is a big bridge, called: “Jembatan Siti Nurbaya”, a bridge crosses the Arau river (Batang Arau) as the way to Siti Nurbaya Park, beside boat. Siti Nurbaya Park and Bridge was created because the strong lively fiction by Marah Roesli, one great writer from West Sumatra. The novel had been also filmed. In this park is also a cemetary place of Siti Nurbaya, a figure of Marah Roesli novel.

At daytime, Siti Nurbaya bridge is a normal bridge  as like as other bridge, but this lightened bridge offer a good place to hang out in the night, after the sun goes down, around 18.00 o’ clock. In this bridges, tourism can enjoying the night fresh air and some of Padang traditional food and drink. There are chairs to sit on also.

Siti Nurbaya park over you a wonderful & natural sightseeing and quiet place to enjoy Indies ocean and Padang city from the top of a hill, known as Gunung Padang. On the way to the park, you also could see another Japanese colonial remnants, such as cannon and bunker.

Padang district government will held an annually event, called Padang Fair. The biggest exhibition in West Sumatra to celebrate the anniversary of Padang City. Padang Fair will be open daily in 5th until 21 November 2010 to locate at H. Agus Salim Sport Centre Padang with the schedule:
Monday – Friday  : 14.00 until 22.00 pm
Saturday – Sunday: 11.00 until 22.00 pm

Padang Fair have a purposes to promoting industrial product and services. Aside that, Padang Fair will held art competitions such as the Festival Band, Parade Artist Minang, etc.