Home » Archive by Month

Article Archive for March 2016

Compromising and Buying a Cheap Phone

March 21, 2016 – 5:17 pm
IMG_5833

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
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 …

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

March 19, 2016 – 4:34 pm
20160314063606-john-saat-mengadu-ke-kantor-polisi

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
IMG_5788

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
IMG_5785

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
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 …

Illness and Struggling with ATMs

March 11, 2016 – 3:39 pm
IMG_5804

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
P_20160330_104123

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 …

Cycling to Siantar and the Hunt for Water

March 9, 2016 – 2:57 pm
IMG_5776

Wednesday, March 9, 2016
5:40 a.m. Room 7 on the second floor of the Tamariah Losmen, Siantar, Sumatra
Getting out of Perdagangan took longer than I expected, and I wasn’t on the road until after 10 o’clock. That really wasn’t the best idea, and I realized that very quickly as I started …

A Night at the Wismah Idola in Perdagangan

March 8, 2016 – 2:02 pm
IMG_5771

Tuesday, March 8, 2016
6:50 a.m. Wismah Idola, Perdagangan, Sumatra
I could have and probably should have gotten up earlier this morning. I was awake around 4:30 and probably well-rested (since I went to bed early), but I was enjoying my comfortable air-conditioned room too much, and I stayed in bed until …

Relaxing and Good Food in Kisaran

March 7, 2016 – 12:24 pm
IMG_5758

Monday, March 7, 2016
6:30 a.m. Hotel Cahaya Asahan, Kisaran, Sumatra
Just a quick note to start my day. Today, I plan to ride to the town of Lima Puluh. It’s only about forty kilometers away, so I think I have plenty of time. However, I’d like to get on the road …

Leaving Tanjungbalai and a Great Day in Kisaran

March 6, 2016 – 11:31 am
IMG_5756

Sunday, March 6, 2016
It was finally time to load up the bike and head into the interior of Sumatra. I’d delayed so long that my tourist visa was about to expire again. It’s a bit of a pain that the extensions are for only 30 days. In a normal world, …