All go in Manado!


So, it has indeed been an exciting week…meeting, greeting, tweeting and again, eating!

Wednesday saw a fruitful meeting between myself and members of the Pacific Institute (PI), the local organisation I am conducting the research through, where we discussed the SY strategy and how we would like to collaborate this year. An impromptu offer (think there may be many of these to come!) sprang up that evening to join John Tasirin (PI) on a chat show on Indonesian TV, blimey! So, there I was the following evening, on local TV channel TVRI, with the scaly theme of reptiles. This herpetepaunistic topic has something of a fondness with me, so being surrounded by beautiful snakes I was very pleased! So, what was this bule (white person) doing sitting in between a biodiversity specialist (John), snake owners/gropers and a rather charming and overly well-groomed host? Well, I was wondering that a little too, yet, despite my slight discordance with answering the questions asked, it was a splendid opportunity to get out the Selamatkan Yaki conservation message! Quite a test of my Indonesian, and I am yet to see the recording (as it was live) so I may well have been an incoherent furball, we shall see. 

Climax of the week was Friday, as I was invited to attend a meeting about developing an ‘Economic Centre’ in a city called Bitung over on the East coast of N. Sulawesi, with the big guy Mayor himself. Very grand, formal and indeed enlightening. Once again wondering a little about my presence there, but actually this was a fantastic opportunity to introduce myself to the man who is largely responsible for getting things tightened up in Tangkoko, the National Park within which are one of the last strongholds of macaques. So this will be followed up in the coming month with a meeting to discuss the potential of ecotourism in the region, as well as tightening up law enforcement and ranger training….

On a much lighter note, I am loving the Christmas trees here, an endlessly pleasing greeting in my homestay, as you can see!

3 thoughts on “All go in Manado!

  1. Excellent beat ! I would like to apprentice while you amend your web site, how can i subscribe for a blog
    website? The account helped me a acceptable deal. I had been a little bit acquainted of this your broadcast offered bright clear idea

  2. Hey there! I realize this is sort of off-topic but I needed to ask.
    Does managing a well-established blog such
    as yours take a massive amount work? I am completely new
    to running a blog but I do write in my journal every day.
    I’d like to start a blog so I will be able to share my experience and views online. Please let me know if you have any kind of suggestions or tips for brand new aspiring blog owners. Appreciate it!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s