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Life & Death &…. Words

This is a picture of me on a plane. I took that flight to Vanimo a week or so after Heidi, my cousin sister, passed away and I took her home to the village to bury her.

You can see the stress and the sadness of the experience etched on my face.

She was diagnosed with a very rapid Leukemia and her prognosis was never good. It killed her in a matter of days. She literally died in my arms. She was only 18. [Read more →]

March 22, 2013   No Comments

The true story of Takime, the legendary female leader of Enga

On a visit to the Enga Cultural Centre, the Take Ande, I was introduced to a legendary Engan leader who through necessity, brilliance, perseverance and very strong internal values, overcame some major hurdles to achieve significant social status and strong tribal influence.

One of the wall mounts about Takime

The remarkable aspects of this legendary person was that first, she was a female and second, she had married into the tribe.

Her name was Takime. She was born in around 1911 and married Lapinyo, a man from the Waripa clan of Enga. They had two sons, Keko&Temo, and their marriage was a normal one as it was back in those days. He did all the men’s works and roles in the tribe and as per custom, she looked after the kids, tended the gardens, fed the pigs and attended to all the female roles.

But one day, her husband was killed in a tribal fight.  Her sons were still very young and the distraught widow had to make a decision on what to do.  She decided that the boys still needed a father.

So she made an extreme option.

Instead of marrying another man, she decided that should be both mother and father to the boys. [Read more →]

March 6, 2013   No Comments

Trekking in Papua New Guinea & other adventures

For the amateur and professional bushwalkers, trekkers, rock climbers, cave explorers and mountaineers, Papua New Guinea offers adventures to suit everyone be it a short tour around a local village or weeks of trekking. [Read more →]

May 6, 2012   No Comments

Surfing in Papua New Guinea

New tide of waves is crashing upon the shores of Papua New Guinea as more and more surfing gods across the globe expand their horizon and come looking for the ultimate waves here in the Pacific…in Papua New Guinea. [Read more →]

May 6, 2012   No Comments

Bird Watching in Papua New Guinea

Birdlife in Papua New Guinea probably portrays the various rich traditional PNG cultures in different
locations of this vastly forested country.
The opportunity for birdwatchers is endless as Papua New Guinea hosts such a thriving bird
population due to specific habits and climates favoured by endemic species and the lack of predatory animals.

May 6, 2012   No Comments

How to Preserve Melanesia; The Engan Experience through the Enga Take Anda Tradition & Transition Centre

In the heart of Wabag Town, the capital of the mountainous province of Enga, lies a masterpiece of cultural learning and preservation.

The Enga Take Anda (pronounced Takkeh Andaa) Tradition & Transition Centre is a beautifully designed building that houses a great collection of Engan traditional and modern history, organised fantastically as exhibitions.

The Enga Take Anda Tradition & Transitional Centre ( more images below)

These exhibitions include wall montages, reprints of old and historic photographs, documents, stone artefacts, carvings, wigs, miniature buildings and examples of Engan architecture, explanations of folk lore and folk songs and more.

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March 26, 2012   4 Comments

Vanimo to Jayapura Road Trip

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March 1, 2012   2 Comments

Once Violent Surinki Tribes Unite for Peaceful Mass in 2012

While much of Papua New Guinea may have celebrated the New Year with partying and alcohol, the people of Surinki, a place once notorious for violent tribal fights, brought in the first day of 2012 with peace and calm.

The community in Enga created their own history when over 3000 members of various churches held a multi-denomination mass on the 1st of January at the open air auditorium of Yaskom Hotel & Resort. [Read more →]

January 15, 2012   2 Comments

Striving Against the Odds – for Peace & Business in Enga

“The child who is a warrior now, where is his future tomorrow?”

One of the Classrooms built by Yaso Kome

It was philosophical question, a musing on the place of the traditional warrior in a modern, progressive Enga.

The soft spoken Engan gentleman sitting in the drivers seat of his Toyota Landcruiser asked it calmly, the glint in his grey eyes reflected his unwavering belief – that the way to peace in his often violent province can be found with the children.

His name is Yaso Kome.

We had parked the car at a former tribal battleground. There was nothing here at one time; everything that was here, houses, crops, cars, pigs, dogs, and people were destroyed in one of Enga’s notorious tribal fights between enemy clans. [Read more →]

November 11, 2011   3 Comments

Wabag Town

One of the most scenic towns in Papua New Guinea is Wabag the capital of Enga.

Sugarcane seller at Wabag Town

Surrounded by mist covered mountains with a river running through a gorge in the centre of town and another river, the famous Lai, running around it, the town is green all year round with flowering plants and green pines flourishing beautifully in the cold alpine climate. [Read more →]

October 24, 2011   3 Comments