Friday, January 20, 2012


Lau Tamarua and her mum

I had a couple of emails well wishes for the start of 2012. One in particular that caught my attention and thought I would share with visitors to this site. Some might be pointers for your new year’s resolution if you don’t have one yet.

1. Drink plenty of water.
2. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a beggar.
3. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants.
4. Live with the 3 E's - Energy, Enthusiasm and Empathy
5. Play more games.
6. Read more books than you did in 2011.
7. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day
8. Sleep for at least 7 hours a day.
9. Take a 10-30 minutes’ walk daily. And while you walk, smile.

11. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
12. Don't have negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment.
13. Don't overdo it. Keep your limits.
14. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
15. Don't waste your precious energy on gossip.
16. Dream more while you are awake.
17. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
18. Forget issues of the past. Don't remind your partner with His/her mistakes of the past. That will ruin your present happiness.
19. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone. Don't hate others.
20. Make peace with your past so it won't spoil the present.
21. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
22. Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn. Problems are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away like algebra class but the lessons you learn will last a lifetime.
23. Smile and laugh more.
24. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.

25. Call your family often.
26. Each day give something good to others.
27. Forgive everyone for everything..
28. Spend time with people over the age of 70 and under the age of 6.
29. Try to make at least three people smile each day.
30. What other people think of you is none of your business.
31. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your family will. Stay in touch.

32. Do the right thing!
33. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.
34. GOD heals everything.
35. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
36. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
37. The best is yet to come.
38. When you awake alive in the morning, thank GOD for it.
39. Your Inner most being is always happy. So, be happy.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Campaign Warning by Electoral Commission of PNG

Election warning to intending candidates

As the 2012 National General Election dates draws near for Papua New Guinea, there are already media publicity by the PNG Electoral Commission on the print and audio media about awareness on 2012 elections. Here is an example of a warning for intending candidates on early campaigning. That campaigning should not begin until the issuing of writs on the 27 April. It is common knowledge that in practical campaigning for some had already began last year 2011 and is now intensifying unofficially leading up the issuing of writs. Also on the radio is a jingle that’s becoming a familiar tune “Safe and fair elections” that has a modern touch of funky vibes to it.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Passing of late Mrs Anna Bishop

Late Anna's friend-Anna Peter

It was a moving funeral especially for those who personally knew Mrs Anna Torie Bishop. She is the wife of the Director for Funding and Disclosures Mr John Bishop. Mrs Bishop had been unwell over the Christmas period until she passed away on the 2nd January 2012. Mrs Bishop leaves behind a husband and two children Schneider and Christine. The funeral service was held at the Murray Barracks Chapel led by her local church from Morata. Her body is to be buried in Manus at Lopwah village. She was 45 at the time of her passing. One of the moving occasions was a poem written and read by the son Schneider it reads:

“Mummy was so kind and loving towards me.
The things she did and how she did them,
showed very clearly to me that she loved
me more than anything in the world.
She was loving, gentle, kind,
encouraging, influential, strong, intelligent…
words just cannot describe what she is to me.
She would do everything for me from the moment I wake
up from bed till when I go to sleep.
She would monitor my Every Move with concern.
She would ask what I was doing,
what I did and she would tell me what I should do.
I would sometimes yell at her saying ‘You Police oh?’
she would smile and tell me ‘mi mama ya’,
husat ben bai tokim na lainim yu?
I will surely miss her ways very much.
She was a ‘Super Mum’
I love you Mum”

Staff of IPPCC where there to witness the funeral and pay their last respect. After the funeral the body overnight at the Haus Krai and departed the next morning to Manus.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Two new members to Koukou home

As we welcome the New Year, we also welcome two new members to the Koukou house. These two wallabies are orphans after the mother was killed whilst in the garden. Both their names are Charlie and Phineas. This adds to a bird called Tani. Charlie the tortoise ran away some time ago so the name was given to the wallaby instead.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

The man that started it all

gravesite of Jim Malay
I had a glimpse of the resting place of “James Peter Subtino Solien” also known as “Jim Malay”. Though he has since past on, his name continues to live on over 10 decades. He was born on 1853 and died at the age of 70.Most of the people that directly knew him have since passed on and one would never know his personality and character. He came as a foreigner, got married to two sisters from Tatana Island had 20 children and never returned to his homeland. What striking to this day after four or five generations is that his Asian features continue to flow along the bloodline. Pictured his is grave site where it was commemorate in 1999. Click here for more related stories also click this link to view his decendents that have also passed on.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Porebada-Napanapa development plan

As the country moves into new year 2012 so too is the population of Port Moresby. With the LNG in the construction phase, activities along the Porebada, Napanapa site continues to experience increasing heavy traffic. The congestion every month or so is getting worse. NCDC in conjunction with the Port Moresby chamber of Commerce are already engaged in the future planning of the affected communities along the above mentioned areas. These draft plans are now out to the public for comments or feedbacks. Click here to see the plans.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

New Year 2012 at Koukou

two flares in the night sky

As we celebrate the New Year 2012 in our own way, back here in Papua New Guinea it was a low key event as many residents kept it at their own back yard. The skies of Koukou were filled with flares and music all throughout the night. Though the day was very wet, the night saw a dry celebration until day break when heavy downpours marred any new year’s outdoor celebration. The major fireworks were at Lamana Hotel. Pictured here are flares filling the new year day 2012. click here for more pictures