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Blue Lagoons, green jungles, and somewhat greener campers

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

I spent the weekend in Sendang Biru(supposedly
translates as Blue Lagoon)
It’s a area near Malang … about five hours drive
from Surabaya, a 20 minute boat ride,Arrivingand then a fairly
rough one hour walk.All ashore
I hadn’t carried a water bottle within easy reach and after a good start I was soon winded and de-hydrated.
The jungle is a humid hell-hole if you aren’t prepared. I all but crawled the last few 100 metres down to the beach. I quickly re-hydrated and gobbled a couple of aspirin.
Blue LagoonThe lagoon was beautiful. Blue-green water, surrounded
by lushly overgrown coral walls. A large opening
allowed a steady surf to enter and replenish the
Hole in the wall
Just outside the lagoon
Oddly the lagoon is subject to tides; and the
high level we arrived at became a shallow wading pool
just before dusk.
Just outside the lagoon ...don't look down
Emily didn’t make the trip.
Once she found out we’d be camping without prepared
toilet facilities she begged off.
So it was myself and four other teachers, later joined
by a slightly larger group of teachers from other

Drinking, small talk and late-night swimming ensued.
Generally a pretty good time.
Sunday afternoon we hiked out again. Minus much of
the weight we had brought in. We packed out five bags
of garbage – two of which were beer cans, coke and two
vodka bottles.
I had been to the area in `99, but never to the lagoon.
It’s worth the trip.

All the best,Wayne

(originally posted in 2007)

Cupcake Creation at Canadian English Course

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

Decorating Cupcakes with our youngest learners.

Ms. Olivia and Ms. Lenny make these classes go smoothly with their preparation and enthusiasm.

Tefl Indonesia for 2015

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015
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InterNations Surabaya Official February Event

Saturday, March 14th, 2015
Sat 28 Feb 19:00  until [caption id="attachment_1261" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="InterNations event for February 2015"]InterNations event for February 2015[/caption] Sun 01 Mar 01:00 Lido Pub Blok 5A No.9, Darmo Parki, Jalan Mayjen Sungkono Surabaya We had 50+ Attendees Had fun ... [Continue reading this entry]


Monday, March 9th, 2015
[caption id="attachment_1254" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="Bring your friends"]Student-get-student[/caption] CEC's STUDENT - GET - STUDENT PROGRAM is back! a friend to enroll and get Rp. 150.000 cash. [Continue reading this entry]

Big Water and your future

Saturday, March 7th, 2015
Big Water is sucking the life out of a precious natural resource for a pittance, and government is only too happy to allow the Greedy Gulp to continue. This isn't necessary, and the situation can be made to work ... [Continue reading this entry]

Canadian English Course needs teachers

Monday, January 12th, 2015 English Course (CEC), one of the biggest English courses in Surabaya, has teaching job openings for those interested in teaching English with the following qualifications: University students majoring in English Education ... [Continue reading this entry]

For the year ahead

Thursday, January 1st, 2015
Happy New Year everyone. Please make it a good year. Be kind for the sake of kindness. Be good for the sake of goodness. Be honest, be careful, be fair, and be prepared to say sorry. Be unafraid to make mistakes, ... [Continue reading this entry]

Christmas Celebration at CEC

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014
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InterNations Christmas Party at Coco Palms

Sunday, December 14th, 2014
[caption id="attachment_1133" align="alignnone" width="225" caption="Love on the beach"]Romance in the sand[/caption] [Continue reading this entry]