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Wantok Weekly 03.09.12

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Aerobics – Body Attack Classes Monday & Wednesday 5:30pm Stadium Gym Entry is K10

n the 25th of August the Lae Yacht Club held their annual Commodore’s Ball themed with a “Black and White Twist”. The evening was a great success with a turn out of around 250 people, dressed to impress.

Circuit Classes Tuesday & Thursday 8:15am Stadium Gym Entry is K10 (on hold until 18 Sep 2012) Saturday Morning Runs Saturdays, 5:45am Weekly runs starting from various venues in Lae. This run is not for the faint-hearted as it is fast paced & is anything from 12km to 21km long. Please contact Rhys Griggs for more info at:

Quote of the Week “The fellow that can only see a week ahead is always the popular fellow, for he is looking with the crowd. But the one that can see years ahead, he has a telescope but he can't make anybody believe that he has it.” Will Rog ers


A delicious 3 course meal was served, culminating with a spectacular presentation of every staff member from the LYC marching through the crowd, each carrying a flaming tray of Bombe Alaska for dessert. It was certainly a night to remember and thanks should go to Sinan and his team for their efforts!

General Announcements Composite Classes - Building Blocks Learning Centre 2013 Composite Classes from Prep (Age 5 – 6) to Grade 6 (Age 11 – 12) will be commencing at Building Blocks Learning Centre in 2013 and will see the school established as an International School. The Curriculum provided will be NSW Curriculum until it changes to the Australian Curriculum. The Senior teacher for our Classes will be an Australian trained teacher with a Masters in Curriculum. He will be assisted with 2 PNG Diploma teachers and 2 Classroom Assistants. All text books and workbooks will be provided for by the school. Maximum intakes for the Composites will be 30 students. If any parents would like to obtain 2013 Composite Classes Booklets please see Centre Manager Katrina Faithfull at Building Blocks Learning Centre or contact via email: Alternative Schooling Option - Community Forum Date: 14 September 2012 Time: 5:00pm Location: Lae Yacht Club An open community forum will be held to discuss an alternative school option with education taught by Australian-trained teachers, based on a correspondence program from QLD Distance Education. All parents, companies and other interested bodies from the community are invited to attend.

"TISOL 2013 - The future: the facts" Community Forum Current parents, future parents, employers, and the community at large are invited to attend information sessions on the changes being made to TISOL in 2013. Session One: Wed, 12 September 12.30 - 1.30pm Session Two: Thur, 13 September 5.30 - 6.30pm Venue: TISOL School Library, Bumbu Road, Eriku Morobe Cultural Museum & Library Resource Centre If you are interested in being a part of this Fantastic Community Project either in Cash or Kind or simply Advisory, email your interested to This Centre will be built at the Morobe Show Grounds under Mr Fred Cook’s Chairmanship for the whole Community’s benefit NOW. BUT, the Community really NEEDS your help so get on board & email your interests quickly!!!

Upcoming Events 6 September, BBC in PNG Brisbane Boys’ College warmly invites you to join with our Head of Senior School, Middle School Housemaster, Boarding Housemother and Director of Admission to discuss the world of opportunities awaiting your son at BBC. See the advertisement on the following pages for full details. 13 September 2012, Lunch of the Month How time flies, the next LOTM is fast approaching and tickets are now on sale at the Brian Bell Home Centre. Theme: La Bella Italia Location: Chris Davies house (Section 32/Lot 36 Casuarina Avenue, Eriku) Time: 12 noon Cost: K50 members, K60 non-members Please BYO drinks and if you need to renew your August 2012 – July 2013 membership you can do so on the day.

8 & 22 September 2012, Food Festival Thai Buffet At the Lae International Hotel, Kokomo Restaurant from 6pm – 10pm. K65 per person. 15 September 2012, Food Festival Italian Buffet At the Lae International Hotel, Kokomo Restaurant from 6pm – 10pm. K65 per person. 20 October, 2012 Markham Masquerade Ball The Markham Ball is being held again on Saturday the 20th of October 2012, 7pm. Tickets are K250 per head / K500 per couple & include live music, dancing, food & drinks. Corporate tables of 10 are only K2,500 & available until 30th September. Limited tickets available. Contact Roberta at 7351 5505 or

Travel Review by the Lae Explorer’s Club “Oh the ignominy” A couple of weeks ago we went to watch the Four Nations motorbike enduro race. We took my car, and although we hadn’t managed to go to the pre event for instructions the flyer said it would be well signposted from the main road. Well, we had trouble finding the turnoff. So, we drove up past Erap before discovering it was actually before Nadzab. Back we went and subsequently discovered why we had missed it – two thin little orange painted arrows on an old sign was the indicator. Even when you knew they were there they were hard to see!

stop) and stopped in a firmer spot and took photo’s - of course we would never dream of using this against them, we have far too much compassion for that. Also, you have to worry about the backlash and having to put up with the comments about just leaving them in the mud etc etc.

“Child Labour!” We watched the racing and the day improved, the sun came out, we saw some hornbills fly over, ate some lunch, drank a little wine, and on the way back out we girls kicked the boys out of their comfy seats and drove through the mud. We had an absolute ball, now I know why whenever we do this sort of thing he has a bit of a gleam in his eye – IT WAS SO MUCH FUN! Now, moving on a few weeks, and we were once again in 4wd mode, with Lae Explorers having an informal day out with the motor bikes on a drive up a track out past Bumayong. Once more it had rained all night, and although the track started out firm and stony it soon headed into the hills and reverted to a jungle trail that looked like the romans had dragged the siege weapons through it.

Anyway, off we went and the track got gradually worse and worse. It had rained most of the night and the mud bogs were huge, the track had pretty much only just been made recently and was rough as guts even without the rain. But of course we kiwi’s never give up, and even though we passed others coming back out without getting to the race start, we made it in the end. John and Shelley got stuck at one point in a long stretch of bog, and a cloud of local kids appeared from nowhere and helped push them out. We drove past them in the process (couldn’t afford to

and go and have a look. I’m not talking about a bit of bush and a few hills here, this is dense, amazing jungle clinging to the sides of steep hills and mountains, rushing streams and cliff faces, wooden log bridges and dripping vines, all clad in swirling mists. It was like entering a different world, like going through a revolving door and coming out in the land before time…….

“Awesome scenery” Small aside here, did you know that the jungle (real jungle) is just out the back of Lae. I’m not joking – get up off your sofa

“Paying the piper” Enough waxing lyrical – back to the ignominy of it all. We all slithered and slipped and bounced and bumped our way along this deeply rutted boggy road that wound through this amazing jungle and then began climbing the hills. Suddenly, half way up a really really steep slope running oozey sticky mud in two immensely deep furrows, our ride (no – not my car) just got slower and slower until we were going nowhere with the foot to the floor and the motor straining mightily. And sitting in the ute, with the motor still running and about four other vehicles in between us and them, all we could hear was cackling. Oh the humiliation, the embarrassment, the discomfiture, the shame, the disgrace, dishonour, disrepute, discredit, infamy – THE IGNOMINY of it all…..

“Out for a Sunday drive” And it started to rain, again. Eventually, with lots of help, we made it

to the top and carried on, but were all brought up short a few more kilometres along the road by a river crossing that began with a two meter drop off on loose rock. The consensus was that most would get down ok, but the debate would be getting back up. So it was decided to make it our lunch stop and as the bikes continued over the other side of the crossing the rest of us had lunch in the rain on the side of the road in the middle of the dripping hills and thick jungle. Graham did his lollipop thing with the kids that materialised, and also kept them occupied (and himself) by blowing soap bubbles for them. One young man in our group (not a Lae resident) was heard to say that it was one of the better father’s days he had had. Oh yeah, and on the way back out we barely noticed that really, really steep hill.

300 miles an hour. He reached 304.331 MPH on the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. 1940: First showing of high definition colour tv. 1967: In Sweden, motorists stopped driving on the left side of the road and began driving on the right side. 1971: John Lennon leave UK for NYC, never to return. 1978: Pope John Paul I officially installed as 264th supreme pontiff. 1995: eBay founded. 1996: Michael Jackson earns his 12th and final solo #1 with “You Are Not Alone”

Recipe of the week Ham & Broccoli Quiche

Method Preheat oven to 200°C/180°C fanforced. Lightly grease a 4cm-deep, 24cm round (base) loose-based fluted flan tin. Place 1 sheet filo on a flat surface. Spray with oil. Top with 1 sheet filo. Repeat to make 2 stacks. Line base and sides of prepared dish with filo stacks (filo will overhang). Heat oil in a medium frying pan over medium-high heat. Add onion and ham. Cook, stirring, for 5 minutes or until onion has softened. Add garlic. Cook for 2 minutes or until fragrant. Transfer to a bowl. Cool. Add corn, broccoli and cheese. Stir to combine. Fill pastry case with mixture. Whisk eggs, milk and flour together in a jug. Season with salt and pepper. Pour over ham mixture. Roll up overhanging filo sides. Bake for 25 minutes or until golden and just set. Serve with salad leaves.

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“As far as this” If yoou’re interested in finding out more about the Lae Explorer’s Club or joining, please email Club President Shelley Knox at

On this day in history 1189: England's King Richard I was crowned in Westminster. 1752: This day never happened nor next 10 as England adopts Gregorian Calendar. People riot thinking the government stole 11 days of their lives. 1803: English scientist John Dalton started using symbols to represent the atoms of different elements. 1901: The Australian flag is flown for the first time. 1935: Sir Malcolm Campbell became the first person to drive an automobile over

Using evaporated milk, create this flavoursome ham and broccoli quiche recipe while minimising the fat. Cooking Time 45 minutes Ingredients (serves 4) • 4 sheets filo pastry • Olive oil cooking spray • 1 tablespoon olive oil • 1 medium brown onion, halved, sliced • 100g sliced leg ham, chopped • 2 garlic cloves, crushed • 420g can no added salt corn kernels, drained • 200g broccoli, cut into small florets • 1/4 cup reduced-fat grated tasty cheese • 4 eggs • 185ml can light and creamy evaporated milk • 2 tablespoons plain flour • Salad leaves, to serve

As there have been many new readers sign up to receive the Wantok Weekly recently I thought I would include a brief summary of how the newsletter came around and what it’s all about. In March this year I had recently arrived in PNG from Australia and was seeking to create a central forum where details of upcoming events, meetings, social gatherings, general information, items for sale, stories/reviews, recipes etc can be shared, to help those of us “newies” transition to our new lives in PNG, and the “long- timers” meet new people and explore activities they may not have previously known about. The newsletter initially came out on a weekly basis on Mondays. However was dropped back to twice a month in April in order to provide you with bigger and better newsletters jam packed with information. So now, you can expect a copy of the newsletter to hit your email inbox on the first and third Monday of every month. Contributions to the newsletter are welcomed and encouraged. Just make sure you email info to by 5pm on the Thursday prior to distribution.

Wantok Weekly 03.09.12  

News, events and information from Lae, Papua New Guinea

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