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Compromising and Buying a Cheap Phone

March 21, 2016 – 5:17 pm
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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 …

Thief! Part 4 – A Resultant Bad Mood

March 20, 2016 – 4:55 pm
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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 …

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

March 19, 2016 – 4:34 pm
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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 …

Thief! Part 2 – A Police Report

March 16, 2016 – 4:16 pm
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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 …

Thief! A Stolen Smart Phone in Siantar

March 15, 2016 – 3:54 pm
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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 …

More Illness and a Walk to the Giant Buddha

March 13, 2016 – 3:41 pm
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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 …

Illness and Struggling with ATMs

March 11, 2016 – 3:39 pm
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Friday, March 11, 2016
8:10 a.m. Room 7, Tamariah Losmen
Sumatra
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 …

Visa Extension at the Siantar Immigration Office

March 10, 2016 – 3:13 pm
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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 …