05.11.2017 - 05.13.2017 95 °F
11 May 2017
The power went out (all over the island) sometime during the night. About 4am, I heard a knock on our door and it was Brenda. She was not feeling well at all. One of the things I always pack in our first aid kit is rehydration tablets. We grabbed a bottle of water, added the tablets and got her settled out on the porch. which is much cooler and has a nice breeze. Always, always remember when out on the water...Hydrate!!!
It took a while, but B finally started feeling better. She was a bit concerned because she was scheduled to leave for a two hour ferry ride, but, all turned out well.
Wayne, Linda and Brenda left for the boat about 1130....our power was still off. Feeling a little cooped up, Jim and I took a walk through the village. No power anywhere and the village people were outside just trying to stay cool. We ended up by the harbour at Ebu Ester Warung for lunch. As long as you have a fire, you can still have food. Lunch was tasty and the breeze from the water very cooling.
Later in the day, after a lazy afternoon, as we were walking to dinner, we saw Joyce and she let us know that something major (not sure what) had broken at the power plant and they were bringing the parts in from Jepara. No ETA for power. A few places had generators, one was Eat and Meet so we ended up there for dinner. I'm a little "riced out" so Pasta Puttanesca and pizza sounded really good ....and they were.
By the time we got back to Panorama, Sudar had secured a generator which gave us lights, a fan and.......wifi. No A/C but the whirling blades of the fan were a welcome sound. Shortly after we went to bed.....tah dah....we had A/C. Yeah!!!!
12 May 2017
We woke up to full power restoration. I'm sure I'm not the only one that is happy. I know that on weekend the island gets very busy and both Happinezz and Panorama were almost totally booked.
My plan for the previous day had been to catch up on my blog. I did the best I could until my netbook ran out of power. With power restored, I was able to post the rest of Borneo. I did realize that there are so many pics of the Orangutans that I want to post. I'll do that on Shutterfly when I get home.
Dinner was a Fish BBQ over at Happinezz. Joyce and Sudar set this up for guests each Friday night...as long as they have at least 6 people. I think there was more than 12. Auguste was the fish cooker, with his wife, Iga and Kana (cook for Happinezz) working the kitchen. It was delicious!!!!!! We chatted with Sally (a travel writer) who we met on our first day. We got some great hints for future trips.
13 May 2017
What to do today??? Not much...but that's ok. It feels like we've been going, going, going for the last five weeks. I continue to work on the blog..which I thoroughly enjoy. We talked with Josephine about a beach close by and got a recommendation, which I think we'll do tomorrow.
Note:Joyce and Josephine (who we met on the ferry over) with the help of a Dutch bank (both Joyce and Josephine are Dutch) , donations from friends and family, local businesses and the support of the community, have developed a foundation that will help teach English to the local people - concentrating on those in the tourist industry. In the last few years, tourism has taken off, so there is definitely a need.
The first informational meeting will be Monday, May 15th. When Brenda and I heard about this project from Josephine, we let her know of our teaching experience in China and "if" they needed extra English speaking bodies, we were more than willing to help. Joyce and Josephine have wisely learned that you never turn down volunteer help. Brenda will be back Monday morning in time for the meeting. There classes will continue but the only one we will be able to help with will be on Tuesday (we're leaving on Wednesday). I think we've even gotten Jim on board...we think!!!
We're excited to be able to help with their project. Check out their website: http://www.hellokarimunjawa.com/en/home-2/
Dinner: Jim was craving some western food so it was back to Eat and Meet. Don't know who their chef is but the Spaghetti Bolognese was delicious and Jim said that their Veggie Burger was probably the best he's ever had....that is saying something.
A few photos from our wanderings: