Category — First Person PNG Experience
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.
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
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
What happens when a dreamer dies in Papua New Guinea? What happens when the shining light of a rural village, the person with the dreams and ideas, the one with the spark, the one who learns from elsewhere and starts a project to teach his people about science and botany, passes away?
If you visit the Waiap Orchid Lodge in Enga, about 1 hour of Wabag, between Surunki and Laiagam along the Highlands Highway, you will find the Waiap Orchid Lodge. Behind the house is a hill, fenced all the way to the top. The fence protects a beautiful forest garden filled with orchids, trees and shrubs, and alive with the sound of birds. [Read more →]
October 10, 2011 4 Comments
Sleepy eyed, I arrived to a packed Port Moresby airport at 5 am in the morning to check in for the flight to Wapenamanda, Enga Province.
There were long queues at the check-in counter. I stood at the line where the sign for Wapenamanda was up. But we were not being served, the desk instead being used to check a horde of anxious passengers for Lae and the New Guinea Island region. [Read more →]
September 2, 2011 No Comments
One thing I wanted to do when I was in Balimo, Western Province was to travel to the great Wawoi Falls and shoot an awesome video. The Waterfall lies at the foot of Mt Bosavi and is possibly the largest waterfall in PNG.
I spent a good deal of time searching for information on how to get there and truth be told, there is not much information available.
So I jumped on a plane and headed to Balimo town along the banks of the Aramia flood plain, expecting to catch a boat all the way up river to the Falls. How naive i was. [Read more →]
June 18, 2011 1 Comment
Bougainville: High up in the hills of Kongara, overlooking Kieta and Arawa is an amazing idea, just waiting for the intrepid traveler too stumble upon.
The Manee Resource Center is a brilliant project in the middle of the Kongara mountain forests being built for the preservation of certain old traditional knowledge of people in this area. It is entirely self funded.
December 17, 2010 8 Comments
Before the crisis, the Panguna town supported 3,500 people, married and single that worked at the mine.
Facilities included supermarkets, post office, banks, schools, medical center, chemist, schools, cinemas, gymnasium and sports equipments, taverns and more.
Staff was housed in either the married quarters or the single quarters depending on their status. [Read more →]
December 5, 2010 13 Comments
In the early 1980’s, the town of Arawa on the southern side of the main Bougainville Island was one of the most developed towns in Papua New Guinea and the South Pacific.
Located on scenic Arawa Bay on the site of a large plantation, Arawa was established in the late 196Os as planned suburban town for the employees of the Bougainville Copper Ltd which was operating the large open copper, gold and silver open pit mine at Panguna.
December 2, 2010 46 Comments
Momote Airport in Manus is the only Airport for the island province in Papua New Guinea. Its on the Los Negro Island and during World War II was one of the important air and marine basis first for the Japanese Army and later for the Allied Forces who captured the base from the Japanese. The Allied Forces used its strategic location to their advantage in the WWII Pacific Campaign. In this video, my friend Kuiox and I drive around the island after I arrived. [Read more →]
November 12, 2010 1 Comment
Hawaii Island, Manus Province, Papua New Guinea. World War II bullets litter this small island. I earlier posted pictures and a short story of my visit to the island. In this video, the islanders show how to break two live bullets for me. [Read more →]
October 16, 2010 No Comments