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03 April 2014


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Awesome description about Alotau. It suits my picture of this lovely town. I was there last month for work and I really enjoyed the work. My visit to Rabaul this time last year was a real personal eye-opener!

There are two markets in Alotau; the vegetable market to the right and the informal (but made very formal) to the left. Thanks, to Gov. Embel and Min. Abel, as I was told during my casual conversations with locals.

The informal market has small 3x3 meters compartments where people could rent it for K80 per month. That is superb! I have interviewed about 10 people on how they feel about the market, the daily takings and their perception about other PNG towns and cities, for those that have travelled. I concluded that every MP and every Governor need to visit Alotau and Kokopo.

At around the same time, last year, I visited Kokopo for the same job - writing grade 12 exams and I was blown away by Kopex town! Both towns are truly model towns! Now, beat the two!

What inspired me and I believe, will definitely blow Powes Parkop and others is that people chew betlenut responsibly without worry about laws/rules. There are rubbish bins everywhere but not stained. I thought the people there swallow the stuff away coz you hardly see stains around.

Our towns do not need to criminalize every human behavior to which ad-hoc policies only put a bandage on sores; instead it should change from the human brain out!

Great witty travel sketch, Governor. Not may national leaders write so please keep the writing going.

It has it own role to play.

Thanks for the kind comments all and the facebook likes! 66! Nice.

Thank you for the good word on Alotau.

The bush-material booths that line up toward the market is one impressive place. Buai, daga, and kambang in abundance as well as consumers, but no rubbish or buai spit.

Habona, the ageless hidomo and very-present Alotau icon, indeed is always a delight to locals and visitors alike.

I am very sure the cleanliness and peace found there stem from the ability of the people to submit to rules. It's that simple, hence rubbing off good energy to all.

Lovely piece Governor! Love the 'tok bokis'.
Kokopo would also be around the same level with Alotau in terms of beautiful and well kept towns in PNG.

Alotau (which is the place of my official residence in PNG) is so nice probably because the locals can still fully control their place; and have an interest and a return in that.

I understand that something similar applies to Kokopo.

There is a sour price, however, for Alotau to pay to keep it that way: no road to Port Moresby for the next 50-100 years.

About the politicians? Well, I think that PNG as a whole would gain in the hands of southern political leaders such as some Milne Bay MPs (Abel, Tomuriesa, Philemon) and Manusian NCD Governor Powes Parkop.

Governor, enjoyed reading this piece. Truly, Milne Bay has bragging rights over any other place or people in PNG.

Gary, satire obviously suits your pen. You really made me laugh. Thanks for the wraps that you gave to our home town of Alotau. Yes we are proud of our reputation and our leaders.

A reminder, Popondetta was a great place in the early 70s. With your leadership I am sure that it can be again. Home duties first!

Wonderful to hear about the good people of Alotau.
You need to swat up on Emma Wakpi when dealing with the filth. Always wash your hands after each visit. Beware of the invisible germs of evil.

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