Thursday, 17 February 2011

Updates from Alpha 2

Chris Boller, our accountant, had the pleasure of spending some time with Alpha 2 on the lovely Maliangin island. Besides a nice brown tan, she's got some updates for us from the island!

I am just back from an amazing 10 days with Alpha 2 on Maliangan Island.

We arrived at Maliangin after a three-hour bus drive, two hours on a large boat then onto a small boat. All seems fairly simple, but with 13 people’s rucksacks, 13 peoples worth of food for 3 weeks and the tools required to build the eco toilets this was quite a mission. However we arrived safely and camp in the community workshop was quickly set up.

Some fishing boats on the jetty

Where Alpha 2 is staying. This is the community workshop built by the previous expedition.

The first few days were spent setting up camp and meeting with the locals. They were really excited about the eco toilets and all really keen to know where there would be going.

Clearing the land in preparation for building

The Alpha 2 Commandments


The equipment finally arrived after three days. The ship had 13 tons worth of sand, cement, aggregate and breeze blocks onboard.  As the ship could not dock on the island, a little boat was sent out to ferry the equipment to the shores of Maliangin. The team all pulled together and in the first two hours, five tons of equipment was moved. However the day had come to an end, so the remaining eight tons would have to wait to the next day. 



The next day, with the help of a villager called Doni, the remainder of the stuff was brought to shore. A good effort was put in by all and I think even the girls were impressed at how much they could lift. 50 kg bags of cement were no mean task even if the boys did make it look easy!


The next day the equipment needed to be moved to various ends of the island. Luckily this was broken up by an invite from the villages to a get-together. This was a great experience and all of us learnt to eat with our hands.  




I left the next day leaving the rest of the group to start to lay the concrete foundations and the brick work. Can’t wait to hear about the progress made at the end of phase 1. Keep up the good work Alpha 2!

Here are some general photos from the island. 

Playing volleyball with the local folks

It's a hard life having to live on a gorgeous island


Me, Graham and Paula
  
Sitreps to fieldbase on the radio

Sheltering from the rain


       
The local handicraft - woven mats


Maliangin's cutie pie, Boi


We can't wait for the return of the intrepid Loop and our comms officer Belinda this Saturday. They'll have lots of updates and pictures from the Alpha groups they've been to. Until then we wish them a safe journey, and we'll see you in a few days!

36 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi Paula - just seen your photos on the blog. The island and everything you're doing looks amazing. You all look happy too! Can't be too bad, living in paradise. I'm sure it must be hard work though. The food looks yummy!
We miss you!
lots of love
M&D

Anonymous said...

Lieve Hidde,

wat geweldig om foto's van je projekt te zien. Wat geweldig wat jullie aan het doen zijn. Het ziet eruit als hard werken in een paradijselijke omgeving.Je kan het slechter treffen. Wat een geweldige ervaring. Liefs mama

Mark said...

Wow, Chris, beautiful pictures of a beautiful place. Sounds like there's a lot of work to be done, but your posting has made me insanely jealous.

Keep well,

Mark Easton

Anonymous said...

Laura Alpha 2
Read the write up tonight and inspite of the hard work you seem to be enjoying uit. The island is beautiful Im will envy you that tan you will come home with. Take care & look after yourself can`t wait to hear all those stories you swill have to tell Love Grandma & Grandad

Anonymous said...

Laura, Alpha 2
It's brilliant seeing photos of you and hearing how well you are getting on. Glad to see your enjoying the local cusine. What an amazing place. Looking forward to hearing all your stories,. Thinking of you lots.
Love Mum,Dad,Gordon,Emz and Rach x x x x x x

Anonymous said...

ha die Hidde, wat ziet het er geweldig uit allemaal, behalve die zakken slepen lijkt het bijna (maar net niet helemaal...:) op Club Med, man!heel veel plezier & keep up the good work! liefs, Claudine

Anonymous said...

Laura Alpha 2
Your pictures are great and all seem very happy the food looks great inspite of all the hard work, you seem to be enjoying it on a paradise island. Take care love you Grandma &Grandad xxxxx

Opa & Oma said...

Hidde, Alpha 2

Hi Hidde,
Een verrassing jouw eerste bericht te lezen op het blogg en de mooi foto’s van jouw team en omgeving te bewonderen. Wat een ervaring doe je op in deze unieke omgeving. Eten jullie veel vis uit de zee? Opa en ik zouden ook nog wel een keer 17 willen zijn…..maar heerlijk om het door jouw ogen mee te kunnen beleven al is het geen kleinigheid wat jullie moeten versjouwen, een hele ervaring rijker.
Wij wensen je een rijke leerzame tijd toe en dat de muggen je niet te veel zullen plagen.
Veel liefs Opa en Oma

Robert-Jan Hinloopen said...

Hidde Alpha2,

Man, wat een prachtige natuur, cultuur en mensen heb je om je heen. Geniet intens van deze ervaringen die je leven verrijken. Hier alles goed. We hebben hier nu met z'n vieren genoeg te eten en drinken zolang jij in Borneo zit ;) Zie dat jullie ook van een heerlijke maaltijd hebben genoten. Wij gaan vandaag gezellig met Hens & Claudine naar Amsterdam samen tapa's eten en naar de film Kings Speech. Neven en nichten gaan bij ons thuis chillen in jou kamer. We denken iedere dag aan je dus je blijft dichtbij ! liefs Pappa

Anonymous said...

Hey Laura (Alpha 2),

You look like you're having an awesome time, that place looks so beautiful! It's so quiet back here in Pompey without you ;p No gossip to report, just thought we'd message to say we miss you!

Love Boo, Holz, and Lee xxx

mike said...

Hi Rhian [ Alpha 9 ]...ok so its taken a while to sort out this message thing, meanwhile I hope you have been getting our letters!You will be on your second trek by now up in the hills and jungle with the diving break a happy memory. Thinking of you in the mornings wondering what you are up to in the hot afternoon. Everyone ok here, Pat and I off on Monday though slovenia sounds a bit tame by comparison. Will send some photos on to you. I here the place we stay has a st bernard called Patrick. London was good ..they all send love and were v impressed with your solo jouurney. Mum gearing up for her holiday so its all happening. Miss you loads and love you lots dad, mum pat and ella xx

Merel said...

Hee Hidde,
Het ziet er allemaal heel leuk uit,
Max Paddy en Clem zijn hier nu aan het logeren en vanavond komen Floor en Bas ook nog eten. Dus het is heel gezellig hier,Hoop dat jij het ook heel erg leuk hebt maar aan de foto's te zien heb je het erg naar je zin,
Haha je zult het niet geloven maar papa kwam gister naar beneden en vroeg aan mij en Daan of wij een Playstation wouden hebben nou dat wouden we wel dus wij hebben nu een Playstation 3 ;)
Je krijgt de groetjes van clem
xxxMerel

karolcockin said...

H Lee alpha 2 photos are brillant ,guess you are now the loo builder ha ha the island looks gorgeous hope you arnt getting to brown and the mosies arnt eating you!!All is well here very quiet without you there is food in the frige ha ha ,keep up the good work miss you loads love you lots iam sending you a big hug lots of love mum xxxxx

Anonymous said...

For Bente (Alpha 1)

Lieve Bente,

Hopelijk lukt het eindelijk eens om een bericht achter te laten. Tot heden hebben we namelijk de nodige technische problemen gehad, waardoor het nog niet is gelukt je een bericht te sturen.

We volgen het nieuws op de website met veel interesse. Het is bijzonder om te lezen en zien waar jullie allemaal mee bezig zijn. Het lijkt ons een zeer bijzondere en waardevolle ervaring die je nooit meer zult vergeten. Hopelijk kunnen we snel weer eens bellen en je stem horen.

Voor nu wensen we je veel succes en nog meer plezier! We denken aan je en blijven je volgen.

Liefs en knuffel,
J&S

Anonymous said...

For Bente (Alpha 1) and Bobby (Alpha 5)

Dames,

Ziet er goed uit op de foto's! Ik ben benieuwd naar jullie ervaringen. Hopelijk zien jullie elkaar tussen de projecten door nog even en hebben jullie tijd om bij te kletsen en "tips & tricks" uit te wisselen.

Zet 'm op.
Joachim

Anonymous said...

Hi Becky (Hutchens Alpha 2)

Just had a look at the photo's, the island looks amazing and the food looks pretty good too. Posted a letter to you today hope it gets to you soon. Keep up the worthwhile work and look after yourself. Can't wait to hear about the experience. Take care.
Mum, Gary and Matt. xx

Anonymous said...

Hi Becky (Alpha 2),
The island looks fanstastic. The work sounds demanding, but I'm sure it's very rewarding. You look like you've made lots of good friends. Thanks for the letter, it was eagerly read, so can't wait for the next one.
Hope you and the rest of alpha 2 enjoy the rest of your big adventure.
Love Mum & Dad X

Anonymous said...

Hello Rob, Alpha 7
Hope all is well in the jungle.
Sounds amazing!
Can't wait to see all the photos!
The boys and I are fine but they are still challenging.
Lots of walks to tire them out.
Love mum

Anonymous said...

Hello Amber,
Your adventure sounds great. Hope it is living up to all your expectations!
How's the porridge in the morning?
The boys are fine. Lots of walks to wear them out!
Hope all the gear you took is working.
Write soon
Sally

Anonymous said...

Sorry previous message to Amber forgot to put Alpha 6 group
Sally

Anonymous said...

To Robert alpha 7
Forgot to say that Sarah has been down this weekend and has shown me how to post comments. I feel quite pleased with myself. Don't worry I won't go crazy with loads of blog comments!
How's the porridge?
Love mum

Sheepmonkey said...

Hello!

I have literally no idea if this is the right place or anything. But if it is, I want to tell Mica that I love her and miss her and hope the humidity isn't doing too much damage to her lovely hair.

And that my plan is progressing very well.

Yvonne.

Anonymous said...

For Nina C. Alpha 6
Hi Nina, Guess you will have 'settled' into Raleigh mode by now. Hope the sun is shining and you are enjoying Borneo and the whole Raleigh experience. Cannot believe it is a year since I sat blogging Hannah so I thought I'd send you one too. If you have half the adventures she had, you'll have an amazing time. Then maybe you can come home and persuade Beth to have a go!!!
Take care and enjoy.
Hannah's and Beth's mum.

Anonymous said...

For Adam Hext Alpha 1,

Hi adam, it's me liam, im at your house at the moment and must say your bedroom is a tip! Im down for two days in the half term and have bought my xbox down. Hope your having a great time, i've been looking at the photos and it looks great fun! I have a new big television in my room and its the same one as the one in your room. It's great! We're all missing you and i really hope that the next few months are months to remember! The house is really quiet without you and Ryan, we'r not dressing up in camo with guns any more are we?! By the way, did you know you have moles in the garden! haha. Will write again soon, untill then, lots of love from everyone.

Love Liam x

Anonymous said...

For Beth(Alpha 4)

Bethan!! I have just been skyping Kathryn and she told me that I could send you a message via this ( I really hope this is in the right place!)From the blog it sounds like your having an incredible time, very jealous of you right now! You are not missing much in Jersey, it is horrible and rainy as per usual. :( hehe! I really love reading the blog, i think I shall be an avid follower from now on. I cannot wait to hear all your stories in June :) I hope your having a great time, im getting scared about my travels hehe!!
Lots of love, we all miss you!!!

Hanna xxxx

Anonymous said...

Adam Hext Alpha 1,
Hey love, bet your having a fab time, hope your wearing Aunty Glen's head scarf! Make sure you don't burn haha! Your dad has a mole in the garden, bet your fed up of hearing that now. Your mum and I have been enjoying a few Wines, for a change! I'm back home tomorrow.
p.s The flowery wallpaper mum has picked for your room is divine, catch you soon love.
Aunty Pauline xxx

Anonymous said...

Adam Hext - Alpha 1

Hey Addie - just had a look at the recent photos. Put my glasses on and sure I have picked you out at the project site. Hope you're ok. It looks amazing. Just had a weekend of Pauline, Meg and Liam. They, hopefully have now got the hang of the blog, although Auntie Paul sent one that doesn't seem to have got through!! Liam though will sort them out!! Know its changeover this weekend so you should have a couple of letters waiting. Bet you can't wait!!!! Ry isn't home. He is still in Wrexham and going to see the Saturdays with Sarah (how cool is that!!!). Can't wait to hear all your news. Morrisons must seem an age away.

All well here. Dad gave your mini a run the weekend and don't worry washed it down before he put it away. He has also taken your car into work today so at least your wheels are being looked after!

Love and miss you loads and loads.

Mum and Dad xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx P.S. MOLE STILL AT LARGE. (and we now also have rabbits)xx

Caroline said...

Hee Hidde (Alpha 2)
Wat ziet dat er gaaf uit man! En wat word je multi inzetbaar als je terugkomt: beton storten, wc's bouwen,je weet nooit wanneer je dat op de HHS gaat gebruiken.
Hier zitten alle mannen ook hard te werken ( let vooral op dat zitten) ze hebben allemaal vierkante ogen en er zitten putten in de bank. Nou ja, het is vakantie en koud buiten, -5 vannacht! Heb jij geen last van zo te zien. Kijk je wel uit dat je geen hamer op je blote voeten krijgt? Leuk om je te kunnen volgen op deze manier, de eerste drie weken zitten er al weer bijna op! ben benieuwd wat het volgende project is. Hangmatten testen?
Hou je haaks, geniet van alles en liefs van ons allen.
Caroline (en mannen)

Zhafri said...

For Daniel Razmy

Yo Bear, didn't know you were there till your dad told my dad. Could have just joined you. Planning on going for an expedition myself but gotta defer 1 semester if I wanna go this year.
So when you come back you gotta help me persuade my parents with all the stories and experience during your expedition.
Anyway, have an awesome time over there. Take care man.

- Zao (Zharif's bro)

Anonymous said...

hey Adam Hext ..Alpha 1. This is from Megs, i told mum i have already sent it but she wont believe meso i have to do it againnnnnn!! Hope you are having a great time, i wish i could do that one day. We had a great time with Aunty Jude, we went to town and i bought some new clothes,mum bought me a new laptop and we will be connected tomorrow, i am going to my friends later and we are going to go to Bristol zoo and then we are having a sleep over and chinese. yummy. when we were at your house a painter came to look at your room, when he came out he didnot look at all happy,think you need to sort out the mess when you come home! and also uncle Andy is not very happy as he has a mole and now there are also rabbits! ha ha. love you lots megs xxx

Anonymous said...

Hi Sam (Mizen was in Alpha 2 but don't know if that's changed!)
Great to get your text and hear that you're having a good a time as we all think you're having!I've been in touch with STA and everything's fine!Your little cousins are very impressed with you although Charlie was a bit concerned about tigers in the jungle!I'm sure your basic training covered insect bites and wild animals who are in the wrong place! Enjoy the changeover-hope it's relaxing for you all!Take care, lots of love, Mum,Dad & Jon (+Daisy & Remi!) xxx

Daniël said...

Hee Hidde,

Ziet er allemaal best wel heel cool uit! Mooi weer (afgezien van die ene foto regen dan) en mooie natuur, could've been worse! Nee dan hier in Nederland: steen - en steenkoud, gekke mist maar geen regen gelukkig, en weinig zon. Aldus Erwin Krol. Maarre voor de rest is het allemaal prima hier :)
Khadaffi is trouwens zo gek als een deur, volgens hem zit Al Qaida nu achter de opstand in Libië :P
We hebben wel één probleem: Jij komt 15 juni terug, en het parachutespringen is van 29 mei tot 3 juni. Dat kan dus niet :S
Maarja, als jij terug bent heb ik de dag erna uitslag, en daarna kunnen we dus keihard chillen :D Als je tenminste niet helemaal kapot bent van je avonturen in de tropische regenwouden van het Verre Oosten :P Het hier er namelijk wel zwaar uit allemaal!
Anyways, het gaat hier z'n gangetje, oh en ik heb geen Pfeiffer trouwens, want Roos heeft het miss wel, maar dat is nog neit duidelijk. En nu zit Jules enorm te zeiken dat ik dit aan het schrijven ben terwijl ik tafel moet dekken, maar hij kan even heel snel gaan fietsen.
Nou het gaat dus prima, ik hoop dat het daar ook zo is :)
Veel succes bij de rest van je projecten en avonturen man!

Dikke hug vanuit Nederland,

Daniël

Daniël said...

Oh en bespeur ik daar mijn waslijn rechtsonder op foto 5? :P

Anonymous said...

Alright Sam (Mizen) I'm at home at the moment, eating your food haha. Photos look wicked! I am currently researching potential property acquisitions in Bristol, I expect Borneo is cheaper! Anyway hope you're having fun, see you soon. Jon x

Anonymous said...

Hè Hidde
Kregen de link door van je ouders. Ziet er super uit ben reuze benieuwd naar wat jullie gaan doen met al die zakken cement. Gaan je volgen! Groeten JanPieter Nettie Bas & Jet vd Klashorst

ineke said...

He Pim,
Hoe is het? Ik moest van Erik vragen hoe het met de blaren gaat? Foto's zien er goed uit, moest soms wel ff kijken of jij het was! Hoe was de trek?? Was het minder zwaar dan je dacht? Je zit nu wel in een goed biortitme! Hier alles ok, bijna weer rapporten....... Ben lekker druk met studiekeuze, erg leuk, stuur iedereen naar BE in groningen, gezellig voorj ou!!
Liefs van hier!