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The Way to BLACKROCK

This is the directions to get to Blackrock with pictures. You can read the article on Blackrock here.

Magi Highway

Travel down the Magi Highway heading to Hula. This road goes past Loloata Resort and March Girls resort and past the last roadside markets.  Keep driving until you reach the Three Way Intersection.

(The exit to Magi Highway is at 6 mile in Port Moresby.) [Read more →]

January 11, 2016   1 Comment

Blackrock is Secret Paradise: You Are Never to Old to Dream

It was on the boat when I realized that there was more to this beach club at Blackrock.

The skipper, Parko, a wiry man from Central Province with an old withered look about him, was drifting his gaze across at the sandy point as we motored slowly out in his boat to meet some fisherman dropping lines further on.

His eyes had a far away look as he spoke about how one day several decades ago, when he was a small kid, his father had brought him and his siblings for a day trip to enjoy a picnic and swimming. His father had borrowed a camera and had taken photos of the beach as it stretched and curved into the horizon that day. [Read more →]

January 11, 2016   2 Comments

Blackrock Mangrove System: Photos

Blackrock has a beautiful mangrove system. I had a great time during high tide wandering through it on Parko’s boat. Lots of crabs and fish, and the birds where the other draw card, not afraid of humans. Enjoy the pictures below. To see the how resolution, go to our Facebook here. To read the full post on Blackrock, go here. Click on Read More below to see the pics. [Read more →]

January 11, 2016   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   6 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   3 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