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Compromising and Buying a Cheap Phone

March 21, 2016 – 5:17 pm

Monday, March 21, 2016
7:30 a.m. Room 7, Tamariah Losmen
Siantar, Sumatra
The search for a cell phone continues. After doing a lot of research, I had nearly made up my mind to take a chance and buy a Xiaomi Redmi Note 3. This is in spite of the fact that I don’t trust Chinese brands as a rule. I feel like even if they look amazing on …

Thief! Part 4 – A Resultant Bad Mood

March 20, 2016 – 4:55 pm
Galaxy J7

Sunday, March 20, 2016
6:30 a.m. Room 7, Tamariah Losmen
Siantar, Sumatra
I didn’t make much progress in my search for a new smart phone yesterday. Once I started my research into the Xiaomi brand, things got very complicated very fast. In a way, it’s connected with my concerns about Xiaomi (and the other Chinese brands): I get confused by the language they use and the naming conventions. …

Thief! Part 3 – Follow-Up at the Police Station

March 19, 2016 – 4:34 pm

Saturday, March 19, 2016
8:00 a.m. Room 7, Tamariah Losmen
Siantar, Sumatra
My life continues to be dominated by the theft of my phone. I now see thieves everywhere. I suspect everyone on the street—especially men on motorcycles. And whenever anyone looks at me, I follow them with my eyes to make sure they don’t double back and stalk me. It’s not really feasible to live like this …

Thief! Part 2 – A Police Report

March 16, 2016 – 4:16 pm

Wednesday, March 16, 2016
7:35 a.m. Room 7, Tamariah Losmen
Siantar, Sumatra
My return to the police station went, perhaps, much better than I anticipated. There were some of the expected, though I think avoidable, problems. For one thing, when I first approached the main desk, I was treated as if I had never been there before. They knew all about me. Everyone knew my story. Many of …

Thief! A Stolen Smart Phone in Siantar

March 15, 2016 – 3:54 pm

Tuesday, March 15, 2016
5:40 a.m. Room 7, Tamariah Losmen
Siantar, Sumatra
I’m not in a good mood this morning. I barely slept. Every time I closed my eyes, I relived the moment when a thief grabbed my cell phone on my belt, ripped it off, and took off on his motorcycle. It was driving me crazy thinking about it—all the ways I could have prevented it from …

More Illness and a Walk to the Giant Buddha

March 13, 2016 – 3:41 pm
Giant Buddha

Sunday, March 13, 2016
11:00 a.m. Room 7, Tamariah Hostel
Siantar, Sumatra
Well, my life continues to be dominated by illness. I really wish I knew what made me sick. It’s the ultimate mystery. Was it the fish and rice and soup that Al’s wife served me? Was it the bubur ayam that I had for lunch in Kisaran one day? Was it the big expensive meal I …

Illness and Struggling with ATMs

March 11, 2016 – 3:39 pm

Friday, March 11, 2016
8:10 a.m. Room 7, Tamariah Losmen
It’s a bit later in the morning for my journal session. That is because I have no need to go to immigration this morning. My passport is sitting in some pile somewhere in their offices waiting to be dealt with. Hopefully they put an extension stamp in it and then I can pick it up on Monday. …

Visa Extension at the Siantar Immigration Office

March 10, 2016 – 3:13 pm

Thursday, March 10, 2016
7:00 a.m. Room 7, Tamariah Losmen
Siantar, Sumatra
My quest to renew my tourist visa has not gotten off to a good start. I arrived in Siantar too late on Tuesday to make it to the immigration office. That was my fault for not taking the issue seriously. I should have left at 6 a.m. from Perdagangan, guaranteeing that I’d arrive in Siantar with …