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Old 14-04-2008, 08:02 AM
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my PNG experiences

Just surfing around and came across this site and it brought back many many happy memories.

I first went to PNG to work for the Aussie Government and to eventually be married there. I worked in Moresby for a while and then up to Yonki where my husband and I both worked for the Department of Works who were overseeing the Ramu Hydro Electric Project.

Many happy memories come back...selecting my very fresh vegetable from the gardens run by the local people. Saying I wanted a fresh lettuce and the young man running down to pick it immediately...all for the princely sum of 10 cents, lol. Many Saturday mornings I would walk up to the local roadside market where all the locals would gather to sell their produce and catch up with the gossip.

I found the people were wonderful at that time and I had no fear to walk around on my own. The saddest part was having to leave PNG and the tears were streaming from my eyes as our Qantas flight departed for Darwin. I knew then that the wonderful country would be no more as I firmly believed and still believe that self government came too soon as I felt they were not well enough equipped to successfully run the country as well as it should be.

In my opinion this is still correct. The country and its good people have a lot to offer the world if they can get on top of the many problems they still continue to have.

I would not feel safe as a woman to return to PNG even though I would love to do so.
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Old 25-04-2008, 09:17 AM
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Hi Rehandra
In 1986 I was fortunate to obtain employment with ELCOM & moved from Liverpool England to PNG with my wife & at the time, two boys. I was a mechanical turbine engineer / training officer based at Rouna Power Station outside Port Moresby.
Upon arriving in PNG, what a culture shock, even to a reasonably seasoned traveller as I was then, my wife Bella & sons Paul & Philip not used to travelling, were like me, astonished & amazed at this new world.

No sooner had we arrived at the Islander Hotel than we received a call from my employer - we were told not to leave the hotel because there was civil unrest on the streets, why, we were told it was because a local politician had died, (If I recall correctly, Liambaky Okuck, or similar) & the people were blaming white mans magic, believe me, this was a serious shock to the system after such a long journey. THE ADVENTURE HAD BEGUN & SOME.
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Old 25-04-2008, 10:31 AM
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More to come I hope!
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Old 11-07-2008, 11:09 PM
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Love to all my Wantoks there.I hope to be back very soon!
To the ones I know,thak you for so many emails.You are the best people i have ever known,most honest,loving and smart.
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I wish to give this forum some positive info on PNG travel. I traveled with private touring arrangements (not a group) made by a "specialty" agency in Australia, which did give me a good price but relied on packaged routes. Nowhere were there any security problems, although there was caution on road trips.
I highly recommend the MTS Discoverer Sepik River trip, which was well organized, escorted and directed. The Goroka Sing Sing was an experience not to miss; however, seeing the participants (52 groups) in their own setting would have been ideal, although impossible to arrange.
For current info on the Goroka/Mt. Hagen areas, one might try to contact Father John Ryan, pastor of St. Mary's Catholic Church.

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Maybe sometime live in memories more happy in your real life ............
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