Archive for December, 2013

Cruising direction Fisherman’s Island

December 25, 2013

December 2013

Half day cruise with friends and colleagues direction Fisherman’s Island, just outside Port Moresby. Nice and relaxing

Petite croisière avec quelques amis et collègues, en direction de Fisherman’s Island, au large de Port Moresby. Très relaxant

IMG_9461 - Version 2Port Moresby, the harbor / le port

IMG_9462Port Moresby

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IMG_9465colleague Richard Stewart

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IMG_9468colleague Jones Baruti

IMG_9472with the captain

IMG_9474 - Version 2Fisherman’s Island

We also saw the Island from far. Next time we will have to go on the shore

Nous n’avons vu l’île qu’à distance. La prochaine fois nous devrons débarquer

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Tawali

December 25, 2013

December 2013

Tawali is a remote resort, located at the foot of a volcanic mountain and overlooking the Milne Bay. A Paradise on Earth. It is a one hour flight + an hour and a half drive from Port Moresby to get there. Wanda and I spent five days in this beautiful place.

Tawali est une petite station balnéaire située au pied d’une montagne volcanique surplombant la baie de Milne. Endroit paradisiaque, à une heure d’avion + une heure et demie de route depuis Port Moresby. Wanda et moi y avons séjourné 5 cinq jours.

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20131201_181349Milne Bay

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A walk along the coastIMG_9300ballade en compagnie de notre guide Thomas

IMG_9313refreshing swim / baignade rafraîchissante

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IMG_9323Our guide Thomas with his mother and sisters / Thomas aver mère et soeurs

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IMG_9327Thomas’ house / la maison de Thomas

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IMG_9322hot and no wind, water looks like oil / chaud et pas de vent, on dirait une mer d’huile

IMG_9363went fishing and managed to catch a thuna. Had the cook prepare it for dinner, delicious

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The Sculls Cave/la grotte aux cranes

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Skulls  / cranes 

“The cave is quite large and very dark, so a strong light is a necessary, but there is very little movement of air so it quickly gets quite hot & clammy which adds considerably to the whole experience.

It contains the cranial remains of a lot of people which are in a series of piles and there must be a couple of hundred of them altogether.

Exactly why the skulls are there seems to be the subject of some conjecture, but there are two principal contenders for the true story.

Firstly, and more sensationally, the caves date back to when missionaries first arrived in PNG and proceeded to prohibit the long legacy of headhunting and occasional cannibalism common across the whole of New Guinea at that time.

So the local villagers literally went underground with their prized skull collections to keep them hidden from the missionaries!

The second and (in my opinion…) more plausible reason is the cave is actually one of the burial caves from pre-missionary times when the skulls of important people from the area were kept as a gesture of the respect they were held in.

When these people died, they were buried upright with a clay pot over their head, and after some time when the head separated from the body it was removed and taken to the cave.” (extract from the traveller guide)

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with Thomas in the cave / aver Thomas dans la grotte

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Wanda’s first open-water diving courseIMG_9374première leçon de plongée

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IMG_9392heading back to the airport in heavy rain /pluie torrentielle le jour du départ

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At the airport, waiting for the plane

 

From Cairns to Cape Tribulation

December 25, 2013

November 2013

Cairns est seulement à une heure d’avion de Port Moresby. On s’y rend parfois pour changer d’air. Cette fois ci Wanda m’y a rejoint depuis Brisbane. Sommes restés quelques jours, histoire de reconnaître la région, rendre visite à des amis et assister à un concert de Léonard Cohen…

It is only a one hour flight from Port Moresby to Cairns. We sometimes go there for a change of air. This time Wanda joined me from Brisbane. We spent a few days in the region, traveling around, visiting friends and attending a Leonard Cohen concert.

20131123_094900Cairns market / le marché

20131123_094917very colorful / très coloré

IMG_1387mouthing of the Daintree river / embouchure du fleuve Daintree

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We did not see any. But they were there, somewhere, hiding from us.

On n’en a pas vu. Mais ils étaient la, cachés quelque part

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The cassowaries (IPA: /,kæsɵwæri/) are ratites (flightless birds without a keel on their sternum bone) in the genus Casuarius native to the tropical forests of New Guinea, nearby islands, and northeastern Australia.[2] There are three extant species recognized today. The most common of these, the Southern Cassowary, is the third tallest and second heaviest living bird, smaller only than the ostrich and emu.

Cassowaries feed mainly on fruit, although all species are truly omnivorous and will take a range of other plant food including shoots, grass seeds, andfungi in addition to invertebrates and small vertebrates. Cassowaries are very shy, but when provoked they are capable of inflicting injuries to dogs and people, although fatalities are extremely rare.

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IMG_1399Cape Tribulation

IMG_1404Noah Beach

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IMG_1403a reminder, be carefull

IMG_1426Daintree rainforest

IMG_1432Cape Kimberley – dancing and protecting against the sandflies (a true invasion)

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IMG_1439crossing the Daintree River / traversée du fleuve Daintree

1459232_10152018873014346_1430990586_nPort Douglas, with Helene and Michael

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IMG_1443Baron Falls revisited

IMG_1445-2Mer de Corail et environs de Cairns / Coral Sea and Cairns surroundings

IMG_1448With Grazyna and Andrzej, in their amazing garden

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Leonard Cohen in Cairns20131126_202630Great concert, he gave everything he had (as usual) / Fabuleux concert, il a tout donné (comme toujours)

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I know you don’t see much on the photo. Just trying to share the feeling /photo pas terrible, je sais. C’est juste pour donner one idée de l’ambiance

 

A short visit to Singapore

December 25, 2013

29/10/2013

Courte visite à Singapore

Business trip, attending a conference

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Brève incursion à Singapore pour participer  une conférence

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20131007_180715collègues Alvin Yeo, Thomas Chan, Wanchart Pooa, Alan Lee, Kawamura Yutaka, Roy Tan

20131029_201236Yeo Chiu Har and Susan Wong

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Spectacular light &  laser show 

 

From Taumara Barrack to Pyramid Point

December 22, 2013

10/11/2013

Randonnée aux alentours de Port Moresby

IMG_9257Bootless Bay

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IMG_9260Loloata Island (the long one) and Lion Island (the small one) 

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IMG_9267Pyramid Point in the background

IMG_9269Pyramid Point

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IMG_9274on the beach / sur la plage

IMG_9275on marche sur l’eau / walking on the water

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Taumara Barracks – pool out of order / piscine désafectée

 

Mount Diamond walk

December 22, 2013

13/10/2013

Another bush walk in the Port Moresby surrounding. An extremely hot day. Fortunately the objective was to reach a waterfall and have a swim. Rewarding and refreshing.

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Randonnée aux alentours de Port Moresby. Journée extrêmement chaude. L’objectif de la ballade est d’atteindre une chute d’eau et de faire trempette. Délicieusement rafraichissant

IMG_9253John “Indiana Jones” Kearney

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IMG_9249that’s me in the middle with lifted arms/ c’est moi la au milieu avec les bras levés

IMG_9255Linda with baby ananas

IMG_9247locals on a Sunday outing / la sortie du dimanche

Maroon Fans

December 22, 2013

08/09/2013

Rugby league is a very popular sport in Papua New Guinea. Here are some Maroons supporters demonstrating in the street before a game. My colleague Julian Skaletsky was fortunate to be in the right place at the right moment and managed to immortalize the moment.

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Le rugby league (rugby a treize) est un sport très populaire en Papouasie. Ces joint des supporters des Maroons dans la rue. Mon collègue Julian Skaletsky était par hasard dans le coin et a réussi à immortaliser le moment.

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KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAMarina and Pavel Skaletsky among the supporters

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Ela Beach Market and others

December 22, 2013

September 2013

Ella Beach Market

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Le marché artisanal de Ella Beach, à Port Moresby,  a lieu  le dernier samedi du mois.

The Ella beach craft market takes place every last saturday of the month.

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Youth Cultural Show on the market
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IMG00006-20130629-1125-1dans une menuiserie /in a charpenter workshop

IMG00102-20130929-1701Wanda and our construction site on the background /notre chantier à l’arrière-plan

dinner at my placesteak dinnerJimmy Lee, Leon Andrews, Neil Armstrong, Jones Baruti, Jerome Lester, Richard Stewart, Peter Magoulick and Berdg Papazian

Party at the Kearney’s

December 22, 2013

September 2013

Fête chez les Kearney’s (Port Moresby)

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IMG_9213Yvette & Joana

IMG_9215Linda and Rick

IMG_9216Marina, Julian and Wanda

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IMG_9217Master Chef Berdg

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IMG_9223family Stableford

IMG_9224The Lo’s and James

SAM_1774Gabriel and partner

SAM_1732Yvette, Pavel and Hannah

IMG_9225Marina, Wanda and some vodka

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SAM_1734front: Yvette, Wanda, Hannah, Jerome, Jim, Pavel, Berdg                                                                                                                                                           back: Julian,Neil, Paul, Marina, Mike, Peter, Leon (back), Tony, Gabriel, Tony’s wife, Joana

Linda John and JimJohn, Linda, Jim

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SAM_1769Rick, Joana, Neil

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