Here we go!

Donne moi ta slip!

I learnt a new phrase “Donne moi ta slip”, and what happens?  Two pairs of bonus underwear appear in my laundry bag!  Please contact me if you would like to have them, otherwise, I’m going to put them on the flag pole, or throw them out, or give them to reception!  Even though they are washed, I won’t be wearing them!


Oh Oh Mount Voh

Left camp at 8am, by myself.  Based on some rough directions, I parked next to the cemetery.  Then I didn’t know where to go, so gave Duncan a call and he told me the right direction.  Then the walk began!

It was a lot more difficult than I was expecting.  I reached what I thought was the first lookout, the halfway point, but actually, that was barely even before the climb started!

I stopped for a break, and to take photos.


While I was taking photos, a man came, it was Francois!


Francois accompanied me me until the halfway point where I stopped for more photos, while he continued.

I continued on, and when I had almost reached the top, then I saw Francois again, this time coming down.


At the top, I was taking photographs again.



then Tim and Michael came running up!


We took some photos.


I showed Tim the good rock to sit on!



Then we started the decent.


When coming back down, we noticed that it looked different from when we were going up, then I checked the GPS tracking and realised that we had gone back on the wrong path, by a long way!  So we had to turn back and backtrack a while before we reached the correct path again.  We jogged down a bit, then walked the rest.  My legs could really feel it!

I used the “My Tracks” app to track my path. Here’s the path, you can see where I started, near the cemetery, all the way to the top, and then our wrong-way decent, backtrack, and back down again.

And for interest, the statistics:

Name: Mount Voh
Activity type: walking
Description: –
Total distance: 14.09 km (8.8 mi)
Total time: 3:34:58
Moving time: 2:51:04
Average speed: 3.93 km/h (2.4 mi/h)
Average moving speed: 4.94 km/h (3.1 mi/h)
Max speed: 10.90 km/h (6.8 mi/h)
Average pace: 15:16 min/km (24:34 min/mi)
Average moving pace: 12:09 min/km (19:33 min/mi)
Fastest pace: 5:30 min/km (8:52 min/mi)
Max elevation: 696 m (2283 ft)
Min elevation: 74 m (242 ft)
Elevation gain: 1799 m (5902 ft)
Max grade: 24 %
Min grade: -23 %
Recorded: 25/05/2014 08:33

Finally we reached the bottom, Tim and Michael dropped me at my car, and then I drove back.  Had a quick shower, then to the canteen for lunch.  Ribs and chips, and…. ICECREAM! yay! icecream! I had another cup of icecream as I walked out the canteen.


I was feeling so tired, but at lunch, I saw jesus (pronounced hey-zoos!), who asked when we can play tennis again, and  said tonight!   So I booked the courts and went down there at 7.  However, jesus didn’t show up, so I played with Duncan and Delon.  Mostly with Delon who was helping me to work on serving.  It’s a lot of fun, I haven’t played since… last night!  Thinking about it, I’ve played every Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday night for the past few weeks!  If the weather permits, this week, I’ll play Monday and Tuesday!

So tired now…!


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Goodbye Filipino Friends!

Many of our Filipino colleagues left us this week Sad smile  I’ll miss them very much!




We have a few friends still with us!

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Martin, Emerson and Scott received Brazil shirts for safety awards.

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Tuisko brought nice cakes for us! yum.

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The cleaner in the office decorates our office with flowers.

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Me and Lak.


Shadow of the plant.


Saturday afternoon, we had a little afternoon tour.




Duncan and Marc, the electrical engineers who commissioned this plant.


Then we had gaming on Saturday night.  Need for speed!  Duncan bought us red bean pancakes from Japan.