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Guardians of Port Moresby

High up the hill on the eastern end of Idler’s Bay lies the remnants of once the largest Coastal Batteries in Port Moresby. The Basilisk Battery was built by the 8th Arm Troops Coy, Royal Australian Engineers in July 1944.

Basilisk was the largest of the five costal batteries protecting the Port Moresby area. Others were the Gemo Island Battery, Boera Battery, Bootless Battery and Paga Hill Battery which is the most famous amongst them in Port Moresby.

Short video of Basilisk Battery in Roku, Central Province

The Paga Hill Battery was planned in the early 19th century, when the threats of Russians invasion swept across the Pacific and the need for defence of strategic Australia coastal cities were imminent. Naturally, Port Moresby were also chosen to be defended and Paga Hill posed an excellent vintage point overlooking the Basilisk Passage and the Coral Seas.
 

The batteries were eventually built in early 1939’s when the Germans went to war in Europe and the Japanese decided to take on the Pacific. They had more military intelligence on the Pacific due to their workers working as plantation owners across German New Guinea.

The No. 2 gun at Basilisk Battery

The 38 men of 13th Heavy Battery of the Royal Australian Artillery began the construction of the Allied harbour defences consisting of several army batteries and a naval anti-submarine indicator loop installation as harbour protection. They were joined by the Papuan Infantry Battalion in 1940 when Australia approved the recruitment of locals to join the military.

Location of the Batteries
Australian Army Engineers and Papuan Infantry Battalion (PIB) soldiers in Port Moresby.

The Batteries were completed in record time, however, they never fired a single shot as the Japanese were prevented from coming to Port Moresby by the American’s in Manus. The US after defeating the Japanese arrived in 1945, and in 1946 the batteries were decommissioned and the guns were removed.

The concrete structures of the batteries however remains, reminding us of who are the true Guardians of Port Moresby.

http://indicatorloops.com/pm_guns.htm

Free Email Address is bad for Business

I have seen so many professional business cards with a gmail address on it and my first instinct is never to take that person seriously!

Maybe it is just my way of filtering the noise but how many companies and business executives do the same thing as me when they look at a business card with a Gmail, Hotmail  or yahoo address?


Most people will say, this is a way of keeping costs down and to use as much free stuff when you starting out in business.

Personally, using the FREE EMAIL risks the following;

  • You missing out on Marketing Opportunities

A perfect way for your Brand to stick at the minds of people is when you use your own business name in an email address. The business sells itself without making an effort.

Using the FREE EMAIL, makes you lose that marketing opportunity!

  • It looks unprofessional

Flashy looking business cards with a gmail, yahoo or even a Hotmail email address just looks unprofessional. As much as someone appears to look and play the play the part, the FREE Email address makes you look like a fake. It is like a Michael Jackson impersonator – everything looks real until they open their voice to SING.

  • Hackers love FREE email account

Free EMAIL account are so easy to hack! A lot of hacks on email happens on gmail, yahoo and Hotmail. Using your own business email makes it harder to be hacked.

  • Can be mistaken for a SPAM

Have you wondered why most of your proposals sent to companies and business never get a reply? Maybe because it was mistaken has a spam and its’ either blocked or sitting in the spam box. Free EMAILS are associated with SPAM and 9/10 your proposal would be considered the same.

It is not hard to get your own domain name. A lot of ISP’s provide that already.

I used to use a google business before when I registered shellnetpng.com but they started charging monthly for every other email account created. I now use ONE.COM, as I can have as many email address under just one domain account name.

If you need your own domain name – hit me up and I can assist you.

Tasty Fried Chicken

John my Pacific Director for SES Networks is in town for the week. Amidst the rush of various meetings with clients in Port Moresby, we decided to do a informal ‘Birthday Lunch’ and stopped at this Korean Restaurant in Vision City.

Korean Restaurant in Vision City

I have walked past this place since its opened and had never once bothered to check it out. So to save time, John and I decided to duck in here to get what we could eat before heading to the next meet.

Amongst the menu is this delicacy. A fried chicken in sweet chili sauce and garlic and soy. I have had some many friend chicken in Port Moresby from Big Rooster to KMC and DMC you can name it…….but this ‘Fried Chicken’ from the Korean Restaurant in Vision City just tops it all.

If you in Vision City and want to try this out……you’ll never regret this choice

DataCo uses O3B satellites

Just over 12 months ago, I was privileged to escort DataCo engineers to Manasseh in US to do a factory acceptance test for an O3B Satellite that DataCo has purchased from O3B Networks.

The satellite was purchased by the Australian Government for DataCo to provide capacity for the APEC Leaders Summit last November 2018.

During the Leaders Summit, O3B were able to deliver up to 8Gbps of capacity and would have delivered more if DataCo had requested.

Can read more about O3B here
https://www.ses.com/press-release/o3b-satellites-roar-space-scaling-sess-meo-constellation

40 ways your Priorities should change after 40

by: Alexander Breindel

  1. You don’t let others’ opinions determine your life path
  2. You stop trying to change what you can’t control
  3. You focus on real friendships
  4. You make self-care a top priority
  5. You stop striving for perfection
  6. You learn the difference between problems that need solving and situations that don’t
  7. You know how to leave toxic relationships
  8. You weigh the consequences of your actions
  9. You value your “faults”
  10. You realize that complaining isn’t getting you anywhere
  11. You prioritize your whole-body wellness
  12. You start to ponder what happens after you’re gone
  13. You take time to decompress
  14. You prioritize happiness over achievement
  15. You make finding a fulfilling career a priority
  16. You seek meaning over material
  17. You get a handle on your work/life balance
  18. You get your stress under control
  19. You prepare for an empty nest
  20. You think about the goals you’ve forgotten
  21. You start preparing for retirement
  22. You think about life insurance
  23. You consider long-term care
  24. You ponder your legacy
  25. You value reflection over spontaneity
  26. You focus on longevity
  27. You become okay with saying “no”
  28. You follow your instincts
  29. Your contextualize your life
  30. You stop caring how old you look
  31. You invest in your long-term health
  32. You think more about yourself
  33. You stop comparing yourself to others
  34. You value kindness
  35. You stop thinking about regrets
  36. You stop judging others
  37. You stop trying to please everyone
  38. You stop being afraid of “missing out”
  39. You work smarter, not harder
  40. You let others help you

Footprints

Dear Family & Friends,

Been trying to figure out what to do on my Birthday as I approach the halfway mark of the life expectancy in Papua New Guinea. I was wondering if I had at least influenced anyone I came across in the last 10-15 years and if there was any significant positive change in those who I had met.

I guess what I am trying to say is, am at the stage where I am thinking, will anyone remember me after I am gone? Maybe my children will …but would my grandchildren and great-grandchildren remember me?

Am thinking – what I need to leave behind is a legacy……….

So I have decided to create a website (blog) which I would document some of my passions (not the nasty ones). I have named it ‘Paura – the Digital Nomad’, that summarizes my two main passion of Technology and Travel. The last few years, I did much travel and involved in technology but did not get to pen them down for someone else to enjoy.

So I’ve created the nomadicpaura website will be collection of my interests in life going forward. Aside from Technology and Travel, there would be a page on Entrepreneurship, a page on Food (who dosnt like to eat or even cook? ) and of course, there would be another page on Photography.

I plan that this website would be use as a guide for anyone who hasn’t really grown any wings to fly away from their nests and also some pointers on travel locations, budget meals, tips on photography and some advice on technology and business.

Hope some of you follow me on this journey…

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