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October 23, 2016 – 1:25 pm

It was a Saturday night. This hotel never gets very busy, but Saturday night is probably the busiest night. That’s the one night I might hear some noise and commotion and some rather odd characters (usually half-dressed men) might be spotted prowling the dark balcony. So I didn’t pay much attention when I heard some banging and crashing and loud voices.

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Evy’s Rice Paddies – Part Nine

August 22, 2016 – 9:53 am

I go with Evy when she visits a friend’s palm oil farm. I watch as the men cut down the palm oil fruit and collect it. Another type of fruit is in season, and friends arrive to pick the fruit from our shade tree. Then it’s time to head back …

Evy’s Rice Paddies – Part Eight

August 22, 2016 – 9:50 am

At lunchtime, I hopped on the back of Evy’s motorcycle for a trip to a local market in a small town a few kilometers away. Getting there involved driving out of the rice fields and then down a series of paved and unpaved roads. I went with Evy and her …

Evy’s Rice Paddies – Part Seven

August 22, 2016 – 9:48 am

I watch and learn as Evy and her worker prepare a diluted mixture of water and pesticide and then spray it over the fields.
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Evy’s Rice Paddies – Part Six

August 22, 2016 – 9:46 am

I check out how the rice paddies are divided into sections with low mud dividers. With these, the farmers can control the water level in all the different parts of the rice paddies.
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Evy’s Rice Paddies – Part Five

August 22, 2016 – 9:43 am

Evy and her worker set up a water pump to irrigate her rice fields. There had been little rain, and the fields were getting dry.
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Evy’s Rice Paddies – Part Four

August 22, 2016 – 9:40 am

I see rice seedlings being replanted, and I confess how difficult I find any kind of farmwork or gardening.
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Evy’s Rice Paddies – Part Three

August 22, 2016 – 9:38 am

We arrive at Evy’s hectare of rice and go to the picturesque storage shed to get her water pump equipment. There, we meet a woman busy replanting 5-day-old rice seedlings.
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Evy’s Rice Paddies – Part Two

August 22, 2016 – 9:32 am

We meet up with Evy’s worker and talk about the work ahead. Then we complete the final kilometer or two on Evy’s motorcycle to get to the land that she owns.
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Evy’s Rice Paddies – Part One

August 22, 2016 – 9:28 am

My friend Evy took me on the back of her motorcycle from my hotel in Kisaran to her rice fields 25 kilometers away (sort of on the way to Tanjung Tiram). This is the first video clip of the day. I intend to compile all the clips into a longer …

100 More Seconds in the Children’s Park

August 21, 2016 – 9:17 am

Checking out some of the rides for children at the park in Kisaran. The park, like most carnivals, is designed for the night with lots of bright lights. I visited during the hottest part of the day, so it wasn’t looking its best. But I still enjoyed my brief visit.
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Where Is the Children’s Park?

August 21, 2016 – 9:14 am

100 seconds of wandering through the streets and markets of Kisaran as I search for a children’s park that I’d spotted earlier. Oh, and I enjoyed a frosty mango shake.
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“I Don’t Speak Indonesian.”

August 21, 2016 – 9:12 am

100 more seconds wandering through the market in Kisaran. We’ve got fresh produce, dried fish, music, selfies, and someone calling me “father.”
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100 Seconds in the Kisaran Market

August 21, 2016 – 9:10 am

I walked through a very quiet market in Kisaran on Independence Day and shot some video. The final video was too long to upload easily at this time. Here is 100 seconds of that trip.
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Empty Streets of Kisaran on Independence Day

August 21, 2016 – 9:08 am

August 17 was Independence Day in Indonesia. I missed all the big celebrations and activities (through the usual miscommunication and misunderstandings), but I managed to go out for a walk around a market and a children’s park in Kisaran. My Internet connection is still far too slow to upload the …