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Friday, June 30, 2017

Lodge on a Mountain Top - Part 3

Entrance leading up to the Snow Pass Eco-lodge. Photo by Vincent Kumura

By Theodore Baworo

Sunday 19th February, 2017 

THE morning of 19th February was as cold as the previous. I woke up early at around five thirty. After packing my belongings I headed out to witness the spectacular Bundi sunrise for the last time. There was a palpable feeling of cool serenity as the refreshing morning air hit my face. For a long while I just stood there on the verandah to try to catch a hint of sunlight. As minutes passed, the clearing sky reflected the sunbeams dancing in the horizon. I tried as best I could to capture everything I could about those moments in my head.

Lodge Perched High Ontop of Mountain - PART 2

A magnificent sun-rise view from the village lodge. Photo by Vincent Kumura

By Theodore Baworo

Saturday 18th February, 2017
ON the cold Saturday morning of 18th February, most of us woke before six o’clock to catch the spectacular sunrise view in the east. From the eco-lodge, I had an opportunity to witness a magnificent golden view of the sunrise in the horizon overlooking the Ramu Valley. At the mountain ridge, I also had a chance to view the summit of Mt. Wilhelm jutting out of the crystal clear sky in the south and connecting to the Bismarck Range on the left leading down to the Ramu Valley in the eastern side. The magnificent view of Ramu in the distance also overlooks Bundi Station which comfortably sits at the edge of the Bismarck terrain, bordering Eastern Highlands on the other side of the blue mountain range.

Ecotourism Lodge Opens at Snow Pass - PART 1

By Theodore Baworo

Cover photo by Dr. Zorique Olangi (Founder of Tekpiksa Pasifika -Sky Pixels)

Friday 17th February, 2017
OUT on the main road, the white ten-seater Toyota Land Cruiser animated the Ramu Highway as we sat thrilled with excitement to experience an adventure to a very remote part of the world in Papua New Guinea! To most of us, the humid afternoon of 17th February was a start of a new and exciting journey with an adventure to Snow Pass Eco-Lodge, located south-west of Madang town in the Usino-Bundi District of Madang povince.

We were a team of five academics from Divine Word University, all from the Tourism & Hospitality Management Department with a colleague from the Business Department. The tourism staff included our Head of Department Theresia Kau, Nathaline Murki, Allan Sumb and myself. The only staff representing the Business studies was Joseph Ogi. A Fourth Year DWU journalism student Gaile Kivali was our only media personnel representing Niugini Photograph. Emmanuel Koni was our one and only driver.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

PNG Among Nat Geo's Top 21 World Travel Destinations

The PNGTPA is proud to announce that PNG has been selected as one of National Geographic Traveller’s 21 “Best of the World’s Destinations” for 2017.

The PNG Tourism Promotion Authority (TPA) is proud to announce that Papua New Guinea has been selected as one of National Geographic Traveller's 21 "Best of the World Destinations" for 2017.

The highly anticipated annual list was unveiled in the December 2016/January 2017 issue of the magazine and has gone on sale on newsstands globally since November 29 and is also online at NatGeoTravel.com/BestTrips2017

TPA chief Executive officer Mr Jerry Agus said National Geographic is the world’s top traveller’s magazine and for PNG to get its endorsement as one of the world’s best ‘must see’ destinations in 2017, was simply awesome.

Monday, June 01, 2015

A Travel to Tobenam Village - Madang, Bogia District

Photo: A local head-dresser from the Tobenam village. The mask is mostly made up of woven sea-shells and a pig’s task hanging from the mouth of the person.

Sitting in front and asleep, I was awakened by a sudden collision of the vehicle’s front left tyre. Running over a huge pothole, our driver was trying to avoid and in fact trying to save a dog’s life blocking our way! The collision almost got my head bumped on the roof of the vehicle as we approached Malala’s St. Michael’s Secondary School, one of Madang’s oldest high schools run by the Catholic Church.

This was my first trip ever to Bogia District and was thrilling on a beautiful Friday afternoon of 1st March 2013, enjoying different scenic views of Madang’s north coast on the main highway. It was now around 5:30pm and was over 3hours road journey from Madang town to Malala and my final destination was a few minutes away.

Friday, January 04, 2013

HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco visits Madang

His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco graced Madang with his presence flying into Madang on November 30 and leaving on December 2, 2012.

The Prince, whose foundation-The Prince Albert II Foundation, is one of the major financiers of the Papua Niugini Biodiversityexpedition currently being undertaken at Mt Wilhelm and Madang, had made this private visit to see first-hand the progress of work being done. The expedition has been in progress for over a month by a group of scientists from 20 countries.  

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Cultural display rekindles Prince Charles memories 50 years ago

The Prince of Wales surprised Papua New Guineans this morning at the Sir John Guise Stadium with his introduction in tok pisin.
In tok pisin the prince told the crowd: “Mi bringem bikpela tok hamamas biltong Mejesti Kwin bilong Papua Niugini na olgeta haus lain bilong mi lon dispela taim bilong Diamon Jubili bilon misis kwin na olgeta haus lain bilong mi lon dispela taim bilong Diamon Jubili bilong misis kwin.”

The crowd responded instantly with cheers echoing through the stadium.
The translation: I bring you greetings from Her Majesty The Queen of Papua New Guinea and from all my Family Members during this celebration of the Diamond Jubilee of The
The Prince then asked the crowd: “Mi tokpisin orait.” (Was my tok pidgin all right). The crowded responded ‘yes’ with cheers and smiles.
The Prince’s recall of his first visit in 1975 during the country’s Independence proved how much the future king has grown fond with Papua New Guinea.
Ladies and Gentlemen, I hope you will forgive me reminiscing a little.
“For I paid my first visit here nearly 50 years ago, the happy result of an extension to my school career in Australia. I have never forgotten  the profound impact of that visit.
“I vividly recall the powerful worship in Dogura Cathedral  which affected me greatly; and, I was overwhelmed to learn that, at Wadua, the drums had been beating for several days in anticipation of my arrival.

“The importance of Papua New Guinean culture has remained with me ever since. It was therefore a particular pleasure, having welcomed Papua New Guineans living in Britain
to St. James's Palace a few days ago, that my wife and I could depart to the beat of a kundu drum.

Saturday, October 06, 2012

PNG to feature at major travel show at UK

Papua New Guinea’s potential as an exotic and alluring tourist destination will be featured for the first time at the World Travel Market, which will take place between November 5 and 12 in London’s Excel Arena.

The event will see 4000 exhibitors and travel service providers from across the world and is known to be the place to be for spotting trends and forecasts in the tourism industry.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Retracing the track of Saidor Campaign

This tour was taken under the request of David Anderson and his son Dave, who wanted to visit some of the areas around Saidor in the Rai Coast area where David's father (also named David Anderson) who once took part in a military campaign during the World War 2. David's main intention was to understand better the terrain where his father once fought and campaigned against the Japanese invasion. His father was in the US 128th infantry and was engaged in January and February 1944.

Below are some of the photo highlights:

Dave trying out a beat of a kundu-drum with Maiyau (in traditional dress) and David Anderson clapping after a warm traditional welcome at the Yamai village - Photos by Theodore Baworo (Theo'...)

Sunday, August 26, 2012