Much is still unknown about the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak and health officials are urging vigilance.
That means travelers crisscrossing the globe should be aware of the virus, steer clear of heavily impacted areas and exercise some of the same kinds of preventive measures they’d use to avoid influenza and other illnesses.
Whilst the virus is mainly in China and more specifically Wuzan Province, there are reported cases of it in Australia, Japan, United States and Singapore. In Wuzan Province, everyone is locked away indoors as they believe the virus is spread by Human-to-Human contact
Health Authorities around the region are stepping up their efforts to ensure everyone is screened an border controls are also on high alert.
But does this health warning stop anyone from travelling for business or leisure? I think it shouldn’t and I do believe every traveler should practice personal health safeguards that would prevent them from catching any of these virus.
Here are some tips to take with you when you travel or in at the airport.
Codral Night & day, if you free sick – 90% chances are its common cold
Asprin – always take those for any headaches
Bandanas or scarfs – you can use them just to cover your mouth and it will still look good
face mask is a must
Take some sunnies as well
Eat only Warm/hot food –
don’t eat any food that is cold
always wipe clean food that is exposed to air
Don’t shake hands – just do fist bumps
Avoid hugging anyone
Use paper towels as oppose to air blowers in bathroom
Hand sanitizers – always wipe your hands before you want to touch your eyes and mouth.
Always wipe fruits such as apples before you eat as they are exposed
And finally, if you can do it…….try stay away from the reported areas.
Ending this decade with a discovery of a perfect spot for a truly Papua New Guinean experience.
Now you may ask me, what do you mean by a Papua New Guinean experience? Well, I have friends who have traveled to Papua New Guinea and want to soak up what Papua New Guinea is all about. Friends who have visited for the weekend, stayed 2 weeks and even some stayed as long as 3 months.
Off course, flying them to Kokopo, Kavieng, Manus, Mt Hagen and Goroka would be the perfect cultural indoctrination for them.
But how about those who are here for business? That time is against them and all they need is an injection of Papua New Guinea in a day?
I dont want to show them Apec Haus, the hotels, the potholes and Gordon’s market. Nor do I want to show them the museums, the Parliament Haus or even the filthy Boroko Bus stop. I want to show them the real Papua New Guinean living even if it is only 1 night.
So my quest of find the perfect spot lead me to this discovery of the decade!
Gelebara Kite Club……
A small setup by my newfound friend Pako. Now, I didnt think I’d find this place after hearing it from a few friends. But after scruff-ling over the internet for a few days, I came across Pako’s contact details.
Fate has it that the number works…….and within a few hours, the drive to discovery the perfect ‘shot of Papua New Guinea’ begins.
Gelebara Kite Club offers visitors a full beachfront, has 3 huts which are for rent, visitors can bring their own tents and setup. They provide cooking facilities, also pit toilets, rain water, and the can cook for you as well.
You can even lease the whole property for the weekend and have your own private functions, beach weddings or just time alone
What more can you ask for as an experience?
You can swim out the sea….walk a mile on the white sandy beach and as the sun sets, watch God paint the sky for you.
The financial crisis is one inseparable part of a person’s
life, and it may come in anyone’s life, without any notice. There are
situations when the most financially stable person would seek support. Any they
come at any time of our lives without notice.
That need for financial support is complemented by a loan,
which could be a formal arrangement with the banks, financial institutions or
informal money markets with individuals. The loans are either business loans,
housing loans and the widely use loans are the personal loans.
When the credit is availed by the banks, other financial
agencies and informal money markets for the personal use, it is called Personal Loans. This Personal Loan has
come to the rescue of the many people, with the instant availability of funds.
These Personal Loans have always been the helping hands during the urgent needs
of the people and have solved various unavoidable circumstances in a person’s
But at the same time, the Personal Loan has been a cause of
worry for many. Even, if the Personal Loans have been the lifesavers many
times, they are the ones, which come with some hidden traps too
In Papua New Guinea, the desire for fast personal loans to
patch the gap before the next payday has forced many people to turn to INFORMAL MONEY MARKETS. The main reason
for this is the CONVENIENCE, quick
turnaround and the ZERO paperwork that comes with the requests for a loan.
As always, convenience comes with a price, and the price for
this informal money market is very high. The interest charge for these loans
are usually between 30-60 percent and only for a short period usually within
The formula used for this interest calculation is the SIMPLE FORMULA.
You borrow K1, 000.00 at rate of 40% for 2 weeks; you pay K1, 400.00 at the end
of the 2 weeks. If you do not pay at the end of the 2nd week, they
charge another 40% on that K1, 400.00 and you end up paying K1, 960.00 after a
These informal money markets has sadly been a DEBT-TRAPPED for many Papua New Guineans
who were not able to pay their loan when the loan sharks come calling.
Then there is the Banks and the Financial Institutions who
also offer personal loans aside from housing loans and business loans.
The requirements for personal loans, housing loans and
business loans varies from each Bank and financial institutions. However, the
calculation of the interest charge is the same across all those different
I will discuss the Housing Loan and how interest are charge,
it is no different to a personal loan and business loan.
Personal loans have higher interest rates, Kina Bank charges
about 20% p.a and BSP charges at about 27% per annum. Home Loans have lower interest rates. Kina
Bank Charges 6.5% interest on home loans whilst BSP Bank charges 6%, however
BSP has a special of 4% per annum for the First Home Ownership Scheme over a
period of 40 years.
Let’s use the FHOS of BSP to do a calculation of K400,000
for period of 40 years at 4% per annum interest
These Banks and financial institutions use COMPOUNDING FORMULA to calculate
interest payable and additional charge interest on any outstanding loans which
the called CAPITALISATION. There 2 calculations, the first is for the
repayment amount for the duration of the loan and the other is the interest
charge on any outstanding loans. The interest is calculated daily and charge
4% annual interest rate needs to be change into
an effective monthly rate. Therefore we divide 4%/12 months = 0.3% effective
Number of repayments would be 40 years multiple
by 12 months, therefore 40 x 12 = 480
Calculating the Monthly repayment using the formula
above gives you K1, 573.64 which is monthly repayment
Aside of the fixed repayment, there is also an
interest charged for loan outstanding. This interest is calculated daily and
charged monthly, this charge is called CAPITALISATION.
A simple spreadsheet of repayment looks like this after calculations are done, it is done using a compounding formula
The BIGGEST TRAP
in this Formal Loan is that the loan interest is charged daily and added to the
loan amount monthly. This interest on loan increases the loan amount each month,
and whilst we pay fixed amount monthly, the repayment would not seem to make
any difference as CAPITALISATION
costs keeps adding up.
The only way to get out of this formal debt-trap is that you find ways
to pay more than then monthly repayment, any lump sum amount or extra
repayments would assist in getting out of this, otherwise, it would take more
than 40 years to completely pay of your debt.
My third trip to Europe was end of January 2019. Usually on
these business trips, you fly-in the night before the meetings, do all the
meetings for the week and fly out the next day. And I have just done that for
the last 2 trips.
This year, I decided that I would do something different,
that I would see abit of Europe after the meetings in Amsterdam. My plan was to
take a train and travel to Norway via German, Denmark and Sweden. Reason for
Norway was that I wanted to see the Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights.
So I requested for a week break after the meetings and
during the week of travel, a friend alerted me to fly direct to Iceland from Netherlands. So
after little search, I found direct flights that are just $150 dollars (K400)
return from Amsterdam to Reykjavik.
January is in the Winter Season for Iceland, and when I arrive…..from the airport to the hotel, there is only ICE covering almost everything I can see. One thing good about ICELAND is that they are so well organized. You have tour buses picking you right at the airport, drops you at the hotel, picks you up again when you ready and takes you straight to your tour sites. All you do is book them online and everything is organize for you.
So off I went….see the Aurora Borealis and also get to swim in the ‘Secret Lake’ in the middle of the night! Yes, it was cold and it was minus 10 degrees but I have come these far to just stay in the room. I was determined to see that Northern Lights and show Papua New Guinea that I have seen it with my eyes.
But the highlight of my trip is the ‘Secret Lake’ in the middle of nowhere! After driving 2 hours, we came to a small lake, that we all changed and went it. The feeling was divine! I felt I was reborn that my whole system had reset itself…….now I feel I should do an annual pilgrimage there again.
There are several problems with the traditional system of
education. First of all, you need to pay thousands per term to attend a
prestigious school. With all those budget cuts, busy classrooms, and course
shortages, you won’t always get the chance to study exactly what you want.
It’s no wonder why millions of students from all around the
world opt for online degree programs or take at least one college course
through an online platform. Online learning has to be the greatest revolution
in contemporary education. It made a huge change in the system and opened great
opportunities for everyone who wants to learn something.
Nevertheless, online education is still related to
stereotypes. People often think that online students are not smart enough for a
traditional college or university, they are lazy, and they don’t get “real”
degrees. These claims discourage many people from taking online courses, so
they get stuck in the traditional educational system that consumes a huge deal of
money, nerves, and years of their lives.
Allow us to explain why online learning is more awesome than
you think. We have 5 advantages of online learning that will make you
reconsider your attitude towards this type of education.
1. You can learn whatever you want!
You can pick the program of your dreams in traditional
education, too, but that would involve traveling away from home, living in a
completely unknown city, and struggling in an extremely competitive learning
environment. With online education, you can take any program or course present
in traditional four-year universities.
For example, let’s say you’re mostly interested in neuroscience. All it takes is a Google search for such online course, and you’ll easily find the online programs offered by some of the most prestigious universities from all around the world. You can take such a course even if you have no aspirations to apply that knowledge in your future profession, but you’re simply curious to discover new interests and understand how the human brain works. The great variety of online programs and courses is a huge advantage of this type of education. It doesn’t matter where you live and what you want to study – you can always find a suitable course or even a degree program that you can follow from home.
Forget about attending classes for hours, sitting in an
uncomfortable chair, and suffering from back pain by the end of the day. You
will not be bound to physical class session when you opt for online education.
All lectures and needed materials are provided via online platforms, so you’ll
easily access them from the comfort of your home. You will not take public
transport to get to campus, you won’t have to spend money on gas for your car,
you won’t have to get up early to get dressed for class… the list of
conveniences goes on and on.
Comfort is a strong advantage, but it can go both ways. You
mustn’t allow yourself to get too comfortable when studying from home, so it
would be best to abandon the couch for few hours a day and set up an
inspirational studying environment in your home. All you need is a large desk
and a nice, comfortable chair.
3. Online courses look great on a resume.
It doesn’t matter where your career stands at this moment;
an online program will always look good on your resume. It will show potential
employers that you’re committed to learning and you’re eager to obtain more
knowledge and new skills. Hiring managers don’t see online degrees as inferior
to traditional ones. A degree is a degree. If you obtain an online degree from
a prestigious university, you’ll boost your career with the speed of light. You
will certainly become a better candidate for a job promotion, and your resume
will look much better when you apply for new positions.
4. Self-paced learning.
When you start browsing through interesting online courses
and programs, you’ll notice the Self-Paced label on most of them. What does
this mean? Self-paced learning means that the students can start completing the
targets at any time, and he can arrange a learning schedule that meets his
When you enroll in a traditional college program, you’ll
have to forget about work, hobbies, and even family. In such setting, studying
has to be a priority. That’s why many single parents and people who work decide
to forget all about their dreams to get a higher degree.
A self-paced system enables them to make progress with
rhythm that suits them. This type of system does not require attending live
sessions; you can access the materials at any time that works for you. If you
have to work or take care of your home and children during the day, you can
study at night. That’s an advantage the traditional educational system cannot
5. Lower costs.
The fact that online programs are cheaper when compared to
the ones held in a traditional campus setting is enough to convince you to
consider them. The average tuition for online courses depends on multiple
factors, so it varies from one program to another. If, for example, you want to
enroll in the Big Data Specialization program provided by University
California, San Diego through Coursera, you’ll pay $399 (K1,000). You also have
an option to pay $49 (K110) per course. Financial Aid is available for learners
who cannot afford this fee, so that’s something you should always keep in mind.
We saved the best part for last: many online courses are
completely free of charge. MIT, for example, offers all course materials online
without any charges. Free courses don’t usually come with certificate of
completion, but they are still more than useful for anyone who wants to learn
from prestigious educators.
Online Education Is Totally Worth The Effort
Online courses and degree programs are more convenient and
cheaper than their counterparts in traditional education. Those are the two
main advantages of online learning that lead many students to opt for online
platforms when they want to earn a degree or certificate.
The best thing about online learning is that you can learn
in a relaxed manner even if you don’t want to get certified. You only need
passion for learning and a quick online search that will take you to the right
course. From that point on, you will be the master of your own education.
Have alot of friends from around the world who asks me to tell
them about Papua New Guinea.
I usually start to tell about Manus only and really don’t include bits about the highlands nor do I get to include the Milne Bay and most certainly don’t tell them anything about Western Province. The summary of the version of Papua New Guinea is just places I am comfortable with.
I was browsing through youtube and found this cool video from Geography Now. Whilst there are some places and things I felt should be included (not enough of Manus me think), I do believe it has more than what I would tell anyone about Papua New Guinea.
So for friends and relatives who want to tell others about Papua New Guinea….ask them to watch this video
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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
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
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.