Tag Archives: Sabang

Whiteboard markers or monkeys. You choose.

I was just about to launch into a long reflection on the wonder of a whiteboard marker. Seriously, I had half of it written in my head. The core theme would be the complexity of human society, as reflected by the whiteboard marker in my office. Fortunately the phone rang and I got sidetracked. So no post about a whiteboard marker.

As you know, AYAD friends visited Aceh two weeks ago. We spent most of the weekend on Sabang. Here are some photos of

The little baby monkey I was terrorising by picking up. Look how cute and scared he is! P.S look at my robot arm! I have a claw!

On the ferry the way back from Sabang we sorted out who owed what for accommodation. We were dealing in the millions of Rupiah. Check out the piles of cash. I got to play banker. Fortunately we were in VIP class so it was normal to throw money around. Other people were smoking their money…Check out the pimpin’ couches we got to sit on. It was like we were kicking back in a cigar lounge and going places. Literally! I find this joke funny enough to carry on for a bit longer…We were crossing seas while climbing the social ladder! Oh man, that bombed.

Me and two other AYADs in my backyard. It’s way more fun out there when there are people to play with.

Yes, I was in every photo. A little egocentric perhaps?

1. It’s my blog, so I rule this kingdom.

2. I’m ‘borrowing’ Amy’s photos and it somehow lessens the wrongdoing in my mind if I don’t post photos of people who I (obviously, who has the time?) haven’t cleared it with.

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A mostly awesome long weekend

Happy Birthday Jess!

If the past week reflects my blogging practices for the next few months there is no way I’m going to reach my blog target (see “9 things to do before 2009“). So I will get cracking.

This weekend past I had a million visitors. It was one of the most fun weekends I’ve had in Aceh yet. A bunch of AYADs from around Indonesia came for the long weekend, and Benjamin dropped in from Thailand so we headed to Pulau Weh, the island off the coast of Banda Aceh.

The weekend involved diving and non-stop action for some, and snorkeling and sitting on the beach for others (place Sarah in camp B). It was great to be reminded of the tropical paradise a one hour ferry ride away from my office. My friends were shocked that I’d only been there once before.

I also took the guys on a tsunami tour to see the giant generator ship, the boat on the roof and the gazillions of identical houses built by NGOs lined up in rows. It’s always interesting to do this tour because I am yet to grasp the magnitude of the tsunami, so it’s a good time to reflect and try to figure out what happened that day in 2004.

A dampener to the great weekend was that my friend’s camera and cash from her wallet were stolen from my house. We can’t figure out when or how someone came in, but we think someone quietly came in when a few of us were at the beach and the others were having breakfast on Tuesday morning. We’ve turned out house into Fort Knox as a result.

AYAD Chris from Jakarta is a clever cookie. He put together some footage of the weekend and put it on Youtube. Don’t get too jealous about the beaches, just come and visit me.