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USA | Wednesday, 18 Mar 2009 | Views [1397]

Colorado looks so brown after all of the greens of Southeast Asia.   Lucky for us it is unseasonably warm but still no match for the 90 degree weather of Singapore.   The dry air is already taking its toll on our skin and hair.   I am suffering from ... Read more >


Homeward Bound

SINGAPORE | Tuesday, 17 Mar 2009 | Views [1195]

We leave for home tonight, just before midnight.   The problem with using frequent flyer miles is that you get the worst connections and long layovers.   We will reclaim that day we lost on October 20, or more correctly we will get back two more nights ... Read more >


S'pore

SINGAPORE | Monday, 16 Mar 2009 | Views [1744]

Singapore is a city and an island and a country of 4 ½ million people.   It is sparkling clean (spitting carries a hefty fine), restaurants and bars are smoke-free and traffic jams just don’t happen.   Like Georgetown and Melaka in Malaysia, Singapore ... Read more >


Gallery: Singapore

SINGAPORE | Saturday, 14 Mar 2009 | Photo Gallery


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Bali

INDONESIA | Sunday, 8 Mar 2009 | Views [1540]

Bali is one of the 17,000 islands in Indonesia and is probably the most visited by tourists from North America, Europe and Australia.   We have heard that many visitors don’t even realize that they are in Indonesia!   South Bali is the over-touristed ... Read more >


Gallery: Bali

INDONESIA | Friday, 6 Mar 2009 | Photo Gallery


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Just Like a Term Paper

INDONESIA | Wednesday, 4 Mar 2009 | Views [475]

Real researchers spend a month in the field and the rest of the year analyzing their data and preparing their papers.   We had only three days at TNC headquarters to massage information that took three weeks to collect.   Luckily we don’t have to ... Read more >


It's a Wonderful Life

INDONESIA | Tuesday, 24 Feb 2009 | Views [1574]

Why, with all of the difficulties and inconveniences – the heat and humidity, the leeches and ants, the food and our inconsiderate mates – why do we consider it an honor to be here?   Well, there are the bragging rights, of course.   “When we were ... Read more >


The Day the Camera Died

INDONESIA | Thursday, 19 Feb 2009 | Views [589]

My digital camera died on Tuesday.   I suspect it was a combination of the twelve hours of rain on Sunday and the ambient humidity of Borneo that did it in.   I have been trying to dry it out in the sun with little success.   I feel naked without ... Read more >


In the Forest

INDONESIA | Saturday, 7 Feb 2009 | Views [621]

The first thing you notice about Wehea is its remoteness.   Few people will ever see this stand of virgin rain forest in Borneo – and for good reason.   Depending on road conditions Wehea is 12 – 20 hours from Balikpappan and it took us ten hours ... Read more >


Wehea Forest, East Kalimantan

INDONESIA | Thursday, 5 Feb 2009 | Views [1831]

The Nature Conservancy – Saving the Last Great Places on Earth.   For TNC Indonesia this means protecting some of the most biologically diverse coral reefs and lowland forests on the planet.   A single hectare of forest in Borneo, for example, contains ... Read more >


Volunteers

INDONESIA | Monday, 2 Feb 2009 | Views [1284]

Balikpappan is an oil town in East Kalimantan with all of the ambiance that conjures up.   There are oil platforms offshore and the smell of open sewers in town.   You would be right to wonder what we are doing here.   This is the tropical forest ... Read more >


Gallery: Kalimantan

INDONESIA | Friday, 30 Jan 2009 | Photo Gallery

Working for TNC in Borneo
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Yogya to Jakarta

INDONESIA | Thursday, 29 Jan 2009 | Views [966]

We returned to Jakarta at the height of rush hour and it took our tuk-tuk more than 30 minutes to reach the hotel.   I had a splitting headache from the noise and the exhaust.  Our last day in Yogyakarta wasn’t much better.   We avoided the batik ... Read more >


Borobudur

INDONESIA | Monday, 26 Jan 2009 | Views [2401]

Most visitors to Borobudur come from Yogyakarta for the day but we stayed for three nights.   Our room in the Lotus 2 Guesthouse is huge and the balcony overlooks the rice paddies in the rear.   We are the only guests, there is plenty of hot water,the ... Read more >


Prambanan

INDONESIA | Friday, 23 Jan 2009 | Views [1335]

It has been more than a month since Ayuthaya, Thailand, our last archeological site.   We have spent most of the time at the national parks and traveling from country to country but today we are in ‘Yogya’ to visit nearby Prambanan. Prambanan is ... Read more >


Three Capitals in Twelve Hours

INDONESIA | Wednesday, 21 Jan 2009 | Views [507]

While the rest of the world tuned in to Barack Obama’s inauguration we joined about 200 other travelers and tried to get comfortable on the cold, hard tile floor of the Kuala Lumpur airport.   KL has become the budget priced hub of choice for SE Asia ... Read more >


Gallery: Java

INDONESIA | Tuesday, 20 Jan 2009 | Photo Gallery


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Brunei Darussalam

BRUNEI DARUSSALAM | Monday, 19 Jan 2009 | Views [4982]

Some people get Brunei confused with Bahrain but Brunei isn't in the Middle East.  Nor is it in Africa; that would be Burundi or maybe Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.  It is an oil producing country but isn't a member of OPEC.  It isn't a major tourist attraction.... Read more >


Similajau National Park

MALAYSIA | Friday, 16 Jan 2009 | Views [1522]

We are beginning to feel jinxed by SE Asia’s national parks; the weather never cooperates.   It was pouring as we arrived at Similajau and it has rained off and on ever since.   Our driver was able to deliver us to the doorstep of Chalet B with a ... Read more >


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