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    SWAMP

    by RoyJava Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Because of the movements of the 2 giant plates of the Pacific and Australian plate, Papua was posted between the two. An island with many mangrove swamps and famous for it as the largest of Indonesian islands.

    Just behind our house the swamps were the places where the danger spied. For little boys a paradise to explore, to fish and, I was so "happy" to find the same swamps travelling to the Tanjung Kasuarina. And still the danger spied ...

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    Kampung Baru

    by RoyJava Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    It is a strange happening returning to a place where you haven't been for ages. Kampung Baru (New Village) in Sorong used to be the beginning of a quarter of Sorong where behind was the jungle, and the only road/path into the jungle. I remember Toko Thio, a Chinese warung (little shop) ...

    For now Kampung Baru has grown into a big area. Some buildings still there I did recognize! The most had been disappeared. Toko Thio still is there and, the warung has changed into a mall! You can find in Kampung Baru one of the best diving clubs, specialized in planning and executing pioneering/exploration trips ... you can't miss Kampung Baru when visiting Sorong.

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    Doom Island

    by RoyJava Updated Oct 1, 2007

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    Leaving the hotel in the morning to the harbour, and head over to Doom Island by motorized long-boat, is a nice little place to visit for a few hours (nope ... you won't get doomed, donot be afraid !)

    See here the nice native villages and, a great view at Sorong. Proceed to Pulau Buaya (Crocodile Island) for swimming opportunity at fine sandy beaches. Natives will join you, offering coconuts, shells and other stuff. When snorkeling around, watch the ocean during the rough seas of the NW monsoons (November - March) ... and the sharks!

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    Gaba-Gaba House

    by RoyJava Updated Jul 31, 2005

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    Maybe you've never heard of it, in the Moluccas and New Guinea the houses were decorated with gaba-gaba. That is the local word for threaded coconut-leaves used for roofing and house-walls. We thought all these houses had been disappeared.

    So we got very surprised there still are some houses well preserved in Sorong with gaba-gaba house-walls. Even not that far of our own house (made of stone). And for now a restaurant, named "Fiesta".
    Alas! ... the cook wasn't home!
    Last news about Fiesta ... it has changed into a real disco to spend the night.

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    Pulau Buaya - Crocodile Island

    by RoyJava Updated Jul 31, 2005

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    With a lot of islands around, Sorong has been explored many times. As well by researchers as by tourists. Enjoying the beach of Sorong in Western direction you will watch the Pulau Buaya, the Crocodile Island. It does has the form of a crocodile indeed.

    It's funny, as kids we really believed the crocodiles came from this island to the jungle. No one was allowed to enter the Crocodile Island because of the natives, ... the illustrious Papua headhunters. For now it is one of the top tourist-attractions to visit the Crocodile island ...

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    Hibiscus - Kembang Sepatu

    by RoyJava Updated Jul 31, 2005

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    You can find the Hibiscus (Kembang Sepatu) plant anywhere at Sorong, in different colours. For many people, Hibiscus is the beautiful, tropical flower, like an icon for putting on a straw hat as well behind the Balinese maiden's ear. Some do inform about the Hibiscus for being useful, too, and, indeed the plant has a few practical aspects.

    When crushing the flower, a black shoe polish is gained like in India & Jamaica. So the flower got named "shoe-flower", exactly like the Indonesian name "Kembang Sepatu". While some Asian women used it as a hair colouring, for getting a natural, glossy black tone. I heard the flower also is mixed for a colorful salad ....

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    Cassowary Stamps

    by RoyJava Updated Jun 28, 2005

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    The Cassowary is a large, flightless bird from Papua New Guinea. It is the biggest bird here and the second-biggest bird in the world (only the ostrich is bigger), living in rainforest and the swampy forest along the sea. It can be as tall as 6.5 ft (2m) with 130 pounds flesh (about 130 pounds/60 kg) running around.

    The females, bigger and more brightly coloured than the males, have powerful legs and protect themselves by kicking especially when breeding. Their 3-toed feet have sharp claws. Be aware these birds can run up to 32 mph (50 km/hr) and jump up to 5 feet (1.5 m). When buying stamps with the traditional Papua New Guinea cassowary on it, watch the authenticity. There are a lot imitations ...

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    Many Rivers To Cross

    by RoyJava Updated Jun 28, 2005

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    Canoes and dugouts are a popular method to cross streams and rivers. A bridge might be a slipper log, a rough wooden plank, or a single strand of rattan with 2 strands somewhat higher to serve as hand ropes. Irianese cross small rivers by throwing rocks into them to make better footholds in the strong currents. They get across large rivers by simply cutting down trees and letting them crash over the water or else lash 4 logs together to make a raft which is then pushed across with a pole ...

    During my childhood the rivers still were filled with crocodiles, but for now you don't need to be afraid to find them. Only at river-mouths watch out for them! It could be fun crossing a river in the jungle, stay close to the natives ...

    At sea a longboat without floats (2 engines) can be chartered for island-exploring, but for islands farther out, larger motorized craft are recommended ... On some coasts outboard motors are given as part of the dowry, so if you want to start a family bring a Johnson or an Evinrude ... ;-)

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    IKAN LELE - Freshwater Catfish

    by RoyJava Updated Jun 23, 2005

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    The freshwater Catfish, also named "ikan lele", is not that venemous, although its bite can be poisened because of diseases like pest.

    When caught and put in bucket, people try to sell the ikan lele directly. Once chosen the ikan lele fish is beaten to death on the ground ... so its bite cannot harm anymore. I never tried to eat the prepared ikan lele, though it is said it must be delicious ...

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    Long-boat To DOOM

    by RoyJava Written Feb 21, 2005

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    You may visit the DOOM-Island by motorized long-boat. In former times the quay used to be next to harbour. That has been renewed. Strange fact is the old one still is there to see. Broken, swept away, and defiant! Maybe just to a small group of visitors ...
    ... the colonial dreamers ... ?

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    Kantor Kampung Baru

    by RoyJava Updated Feb 21, 2005

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    Kampung Baru used to be a district that wasn't allowed to visit on your own (for kids). I still cannot figure out why ...

    Passing this Kantor (Office) Kampung Baru I remembered this area close to "Boswesen" was at the edge of Sorong (well, to me it was ...). We preferred exceeding the bounds of direction ashore! Born on an island ...

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    The Word "Sorong"

    by RoyJava Updated Feb 16, 2005

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    Already explained the words "Sorong Indah" (see link), ... and did you know the word Sorong came from the word "Soren" which means "deep sea". This word is believed to originate from a Biak language since the Biaks were the first tribe to inhabit this area ... so you can imagine my relation to the sea. Maybe an orientation to my former lives ???

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    View At Harbour Of Sorong

    by RoyJava Updated Feb 1, 2005

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    From Pulau Jefman (airport of Sorong) you will arrive at Sorong harbour. Some parts of the harbour are forbidden to enter, but you can climb The Hill, next to harbour. On the way to and, at the top of The Hill you'll have some very nice views around. To some people the views will evoke good memories,... to some maybe terrible ones on closer examination of the last developments about the disappeared birds ...

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