Blood, Sweat and Gears in Pererenan

Arriving in a new place can have an unsettling feeling. For me, it usually dissolves within 24 hours as I become accustomed to the new surroundings. On the drive to Pererenan from Medewi, I organised scooter hire via the contact of a Spanish couple I met in Medewi. $50 for the week. I’ll take it! The air-conditioned room and desk were a welcome relief from the humid outdoor conditions I faced in Medewi. Work was much more pleasant this week. After a quick room configuration change, I was set. However, the room was designed poorly with the air conditioning unit facing into the outside bathroom. The bathroom only had a …

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The Taste of a Day in Medewi

It’s 3:30 am and the first roosters start crowing. Hit the snooze on this first alarm until 4:30 am when the chanting from the neighbourhood mosques begins. They play the chanting on speakers to broadcast the sounds to the neighbourhoods. I’m told by my host that five religions peacefully coexist in Medewi. Impressive. Still, it’s dark at the hour but I know the morning dawn surf nears.  If I want to beat the crowds on the point, then I have to paddle out in the dark. I did this on Tuesday morning. I hit the lineup at 5:50 am while still dark. I caught one wave. Two people arrive. Then I catch one more …

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