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News June 2007   (Makassar / Indonesia, June 19, 2007)

Website statistics: In May we were able to welcome on our website 34'590 visitors who did 859'868 hits.
                                           (April = 30'741 visitors 748'302 hits)
                                The visitors are coming from about 100 to 118 different countries!
                                Record days since 12/17/1998 - the birthday of our website: 2/19/2007, 2'518 visitors and 293'778 hits
After three weeks of exploring Timor-Leste, the previous East-Timor (incl. the Enclave of Oecussi), driving
691 miles criss-crossing 'our' 156th country without any problem, we left on June 4th, this certainly beautiful region,
which will become for sure once a future tourist destination. We headed back to the Indonesian border in
(West-) Timor, as we received in Dili within three days without objection a new Indonesian visa that exempts us
now for the next 60 days from any extension difficulties.
Now, the time was coming for more Indonesian ferries, because we wanted to move on to Sulawesi. Luck was
again with us: Already on June 7th, there was a non-stop-sailing for 22 hours from Kupang to Aimere in Flores on
one of those very slow ASDP car ferries, which run with a speed of about 8.2 knots. Immediately afterwards, we
drove into the mountains of Ruteng, where we had the chance to meet for a second time the former well known
Missionary Pastor Ernst Waser. Unfortunately nobody was then able to verify, when the next vessel is supposed to
leave Labuhanbajo for Bira in Sulawesi (earlier Celebes). Due to the fact that this connection is running only every
two to three weeks, we headed immediately to the port where we met Thomas Ullrich of   Swisscontact, who works
as an aid organization for Swiss and Australian projects in the region of Manggarai. Surprisingly, the ship was
suddenly in the harbor, although its office informed at the same time that it would leave only at the weekend! Thus,
we boarded instantly in the morning of June 12th, – we were the first vehicle and remained also the only one – and
at noon, the boat left with about 50 people for the 28-hour-trip straight northwards. At least, this voyage was very
quiet indeed, despite of some rocking due to the Southeasterly swell. There were two stops on the Island of Selayar,
situated between Flores and Sulawesi, and we arrived in Bira that lies at the most Southeasterly corner of Sulawesi
in the late afternoon of June 13th.
Bira is actually a seaside and weekend resort, particularly for the people of the 2-million city of Makassar – earlier
named Ujung Pandang – the capital of Sulawesi and fourth biggest city of Indonesia. Regrettably, a lot of the
infrastructure in this vacation spot is decaying, and because the rainy season is obviously not yet completely over
in Sulawesi, the whole region looks even more deplorable. If there isn't any water running since many days, how
can an Internet be expected to run – not to mention the absolutely broken and potholed roads, where the whole
garbage lying now at the beach and dotting the whole village could be concealed? Being still in Kupang until
June 6th, we were able to download during the early morning hours with a lot of patience at least a few emails.
Afterwards, this became, until our arrival in Makassar on June 16th, only wishful thinking. All the interested and
waiting Internet- and email-"fans" might forgive us, but Indonesia has due to various reasons definitively entered this
age only partly!

Ferry 'KMP Belida' Labuhanbajo/Flores - Bira/Sulawesi/Indonesia: Camping in the ferry, lonely and forgotten      

Fortunately, we have now a new Indonesia visa, because the Philippines seem to have the longer the more troubles
in allowing our vehicle its entrance for a temporary stay. It is simply unimaginable why a two-month visit can make
so big headaches to the responsible authorities. Actually, it could be assumed that this island republic ought to have
a rather more positive attitude towards tourism, but .....: other countries, different customs!
This delay allows us to visit soon here in Sulawesi the well known Toraja-Land. Hence we shall shortly report on
our website "Indonesia Trip, part 5" about our continuation!

New Reports/Pictures

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(Island of Borneo), Part 2
(Nov. 2006)
Kuching/Sarawak/East-Malaysia (Borneo): Proboscis monkey in Bako National Park
(Island of Borneo)
(Oct. 2006)

Mount Kinabalu/Sabah/East-Malaysia (Borneo): Early Morning View

(Sept. 2006)
Brunei (Borneo): ’The 'Ali Saifuddien'-Mosque at sunset in Bandar Seri Begawan
(Island of Borneo), Part 1
(June - Aug. 2006)

Miri/Sarawak/East-Malaysia (Borneo): Traditional stilt houses reflecting in the water of the Miri River

(May 2006)
Myanmar: Waiting for customers in Kawthoung
Temples, Pagodas, Shrines 

People, Beaches, Nature

(Nov. 1993 - Jan. 1994)
(Nov. - Dec. 2005)
(Febr. - April 2006)
Thailand: Ho Phra I-Suan Temple in Nakhon Si Thammarat


(February 2006)

Laos: The ’Patuxai’, the Laotian replica of the French ’Arc de Triomphe’ in Paris


(January 2006)
Vietnam: Two women cultivating a rice field


(December 2005)

Cambodia: The main temple of Angkor Wat with its five towers viewed from the hill of the ’Phnom Bakheng’ - Temple


(Oct. - Nov. 2005)
Malaysia: The four minarets of the ’Sultan Salahuddin’ State Mosque in Shah Alam are visible already from far


(September 2005)

Singapore: High-rise buildings pop up everywhere - here behind the Parliament House


(September 2005)

Macao: The ’St. Paul’ ruin is an inspiring sight also at night

Hong Kong

(September 2005)


Hong Kong:From ’Hong Kong Peak’ we get an excellent view of the ’skyscraper jungle’
+ our Indonesia Trip, within the 5th part

Tana Toraja (Toraja-Land) – June+July 2007

+ our Indonesia Trip, 5th part

Sulawesi – June+July 2007

+ our Timor-Leste Trip, 2nd part

Mainland with Dili – May 2007

+ our Timor-Leste Trip, 1st part

Enclave of Oecussi – May 2007

+ our Indonesia Trip, 4th part

Sumba, West Timor – May+June 2007

+ our Indonesia Trip, 3rd part

Lombok, Sumabawa, Flores – April 2007

+ our Indonesia Trip, 2nd part

Bali – Jan.-March 2007

+ our Indonesia Trip, 1st part

Sumatra, Java – Dec. 2006

+ our Borneo Trip

Sarawak, Brunei, Sabah, Kalimantan – Sept.-Nov. 2006

+ our LandCruiser on a "Rejuvenation Cure"

in Miri/Sarawak - the East Malaysian province on Borneo June-Aug. 2006

+ added from a earlier visit to the USA:

Las Vegas    (Millennium change)

+ added from our Arabian Peninsula round trip:

Pictures from Yemen (May-June 1996)

+ Flashbacks of our Worldrecordtour:

Pictures from "all the continents" (Oct. 1984 - April 1997)

+ Follow-ups about Toyota-Experiences:
Encounters resp. "Ups + Downs" with
Toyota Companies since 1982
On July 7th, 2005, we were able to celebrate after a journey through 150 countries the car's
600'000th Kilometer - very prosaic in front of the post office in Cayenne/French Guiana.
Are you interested into the LandCruiser History, prepared by Toyota Motor Sales USA and taken over by
Toyota Motor United Kingdom? (after some loading-time please klick "IN LEGEND" and afterwards "HAIR TO MAGELLAN
- and you will see that we already belong to it too!)


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