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Nov 22, 2011 - Goodbye Tasikoki
Sorry for the long space of time in between entries. There was a lot going on at Tasikoki. Most of which I will not write about in the journal as I only want to remember the good times. We had two very sad goodbyes (not the others were not sad). Janet and Rachael both had to leave earlier than expected. Rachael has gone home to receive some better treatment and hopefully be put on a faster road to recovery. Thankfully Nard and I had the chance to go to Manado and spend a night at the hotel with Janet. We went out to The Club and met with...Jump to full entry
Oct 29, 2011 - Oh deer!
A few crazy events have occurred since the last time I wrote in this journal. First of all we were meant to move 14 Corellas into a larger aviary. However, the keeper misunderstood and mixed species. He also moved them by shoving 10 birds into a very small square box. During the move they attacked each other resulting in 3 severely injured cockatoos. I have one with a large lesion on the side of its neck and above its eye. One with large deep lesions on both of its legs. The last one has a wound covering the entirety of its chest, above the...Jump to full entry
Oct 22, 2011 - Dance the night away
Had a great time out with the volunteers last night. It was nice to do something that seemed "normal" and just let loose a bit. Kent, Alexandra, Nard, Janet, Sarah, Dewi, Kelly, Simon and myself went out to Score a club in Manado to celebrate Simon's 20th birthday and a sort of good bye to Kelly. It was a great time! Simon was called Justin Bieber and pulled up on stage for a shot for his birthday. It was a little rough getting myself moving this morning though, but well worth a good time with some amazing people. We have had a slight...Jump to full entry
May 29, 2010 - "Bunaken" ou "Ca y est Virg a l'advance"
Et ouai, Vinz l'avait "l'advance"; il a passe son rescue (secouriste en plongee). Oui, nous adressons ces premieres lignes a nos amis plongeurs. Bunaken =>Situation géographique: petite ile situe non loin de l'ile de Sulawesi en Indonésie. Principale ville de Sulawesi: Manado (la ou nous avons atterri). Trajet prévu: atterrissage a Manado sur l'ile de Sulawesi puis camionnette puis bateau jusqu'au l'ile de Bunaken. Maintenant que vous avez bien compris que nous allons sur une ile perdue quelque part dans ce vaste océan, laissez-vous tenter...Jump to full entry
Aug 27, 2009 - En Route to Indonesia
We are sitting in a sports bar in the departures wing of the Low Cost Carrier Terminal of the international airport in KL waiting for our AirAsia flight to Manado. Manado is the capital of the Indonesian state of North Sulawesi and one of only 2 major international airports located on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. I’m having what may be my last Tiger Beer for a while, as I assume we’ll be drinking more of the local brews while we are in Indonesia. If I didn't know better, if I were looking at the flight map of the route we are...Jump to full entry
May 11, 2009 - Manado - World Ocean Conference....
After three consecutive days on buses, the prospect of a nice hotel and a good meal beckoned. Lonely Planet describes Manado as one of the best places to eat in Sulawesi, and the list of hotels is long. The horror story that had become the last few days had one more act to play. On arriving in Manado there were signs everywhere advertising the World Ocean Conference and Coral Triangle Initiative.....thousands of delegates from around the world. Every hotel I tried was full. Despair, then desparation. Smelly, overly tired, teeth gnawing edge...Jump to full entry
May 10, 2009 - Tentena to Manado - 3 days on a bus...
I have to admit that I messed up the travel plans big time in Sulawesi. Stuck in the middle of Sulawesi, miles from Manado from which flights were booked for 3 days time. The lack of tourists since the conflicts and travel advisory means that pretty much the only affordable means of transport is a public bus. I checked out flights - from the only location with an air strip (Palu) - and the cost was prohibitive. No VIP/air con buses here. Private car hire is in reality a beat up van, again at high cost. I thought about using a ferry, but...Jump to full entry
Feb 11, 2008 - Manado
We leave our quiet, extravagant, 5 star resort and reluctantly dive back into life as a budget traveler. Our first stop is the Rex Hotel in downtown Manado. It is a complete dump. Not comparatively, period. But, there we meet a local tour guide named Jo-Jo. He gives me his card, and I think this is some kind of hustle, so I blow him off. Little did I know that he would soon become our best friend. Manado is a big city. As we jalan-jalan (walk) through downtown we risk certain death simply trying to cross the street. Then endless stream of...Jump to full entry
May 4, 2005 - Manado, Indonesia
I spent two weeks in Indonesia, and was absolutely floored by how well my brother Tyler and his girlfriend Leila have adapted to the area. They both speak Indonesian phenomenally well, whether the official language, or the local dialect. They navigate through the community like locals, bargain like veterans, and have genuinely integrated themselves. Its quite impressive, and more than a little inspirational. The area is tropical and lush, though extremely polluted in the city of Manado. Tyler asked the people sharing their rented compound...Jump to full entry
Sep 14, 2003 - Indonesia - From Bira to Bunaken to Bali
Kuta Beach. The district in Denpasar where the Bali bomb killed over 200 people last October. The tourists have come back, seduced by the hot and humid climate, beautiful scenery, unique culture, and no doubt the cheap airfare and packages offered by many a foreign tour group. Almost hidden amongst the expensive shops, cheap street vendors, bars and restaurants is a small wall - Bali's Ground Zero - where wreaths, cards, photos and memorials play tribute to those killed in the bombing. People slow down as they walk by, heads slightly bowed,...Jump to full entry