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J a v a J i v e :: Paradise is not all that it seems
a boy leaves everything he knows for the tropical island of java, Indonesia - soon to find that paradise is not all that it seems...

June 24, 2003  

By the way, I apologize for the lack of writing, but I've been quite busy getting things in order.

Here's the link to the new photos of the mountains where I was last week.

I'm off to the gym to grind away my thoughts . . .

posted by Brandon | 2:47 AM

June 16, 2003  

I've been away at the mountains of West Java for a few days... it was simply amazing. I'll write more about it later, and will include some photos of the breathtaking scenery...

posted by Brandon | 7:54 PM

June 10, 2003  

I was looking on the ‘net at the weather where my family is today, this is what I found.

My mom is in Cape Town, S. Africa: Chance of rain, 65 degrees.
My brother and dad in America: Sunny, 77 degrees.
My sister in Atlanta: Chance of thunderstorms, 95 degrees.
Jakarta? You guessed it! Sunny, 91 degrees.

See what I mean? V A R I E T Y. It’s starting to wear on me if you can’t tell. I still don’t miss the snow, but damn a chill in the air would be nice. I guess last year, there were torrential rains during the rainy season that caused massive flooding, forcing people to float on rafts made by the unemployed locals, and pay around $40 to float to the market. The sewage canal mixed with the rainwater and deposited the sludge into people’s living rooms…

Ok, maybe I should be thankful once again for the ever-present Matahari.

posted by Brandon | 1:25 AM

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. . . m a t a h a r i . . .

You’ve probably heard that word before. “Eye of the Day”, in Bahasa Indonesia, the language here, it’s quite the understatement. I’ve been here for 10 months now, and guess how many times it has rained? . . . 8 . . . No, that’s not a drenching, all day, can’t go outside and play, wet t-shirt contest, this sucks, type of rainy day. That’s only a couple of hours out of 8 days in over 300 total days.

Before coming here, I was all about the sun; absolutely loved it. I still do – but how can an island in the middle of the Pacific and Indian Oceans, not get drenched with months of monsoons? Indonesia has 2 seasons. Wet and dry. That’s it. Since we’re almost right on the equator, the sun rises at 6 am, and sets at 6 pm. Locals can’t believe when I tell them that at home, in July, the sun doesn’t set until like almost 10 pm. In the States, I always glimpsed at the Weather Channel to see what the day would be like, sun, rain, snow, fog, sleet, freezing rain, thunderstorms, etc. There’s no need whatsoever for a Weather Channel here. Everyday is sunny and around 88 – 91 degrees (32-34 C). Even when I stumble out of bed at 3 am to grab some water, I leave the comfort of my permanently air-conditioned bedroom, to hit the wall of humid heat in the hallway that’s at least 20 degrees warmer.

posted by Brandon | 1:19 AM

June 07, 2003  

This is a work in progress, so continue to check it out, but here's the beginning of my gallery. I'll be adding more photos and some "people" photos hopefully tomorrow. Let me know what you think! Click on "gallery" or here's the addy... http://www.pbase.com/javajive/java

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posted by Brandon | 12:38 AM

June 05, 2003  

I will be adding photos today . . . check back soon . . .

posted by Brandon | 5:40 PM

June 03, 2003  

Here's a link to an old post that tells a quick tale of an average day in the life of brandon.

posted by Brandon | 12:00 AM
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