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Grass cutting Timor style

It’s a new month and for all those who have been here long enough to get into the swing of things, the new month means payday.  It was just out of curiosity that I checked my payslip on the computer, money isn’t really an issue for me yet and I’m not even going to submit an expense report for the few days’ costs I’ve incurred until next month.

 

So yes, I obviously drove back to Viqueque HQ and checked my e-mails etc.  I was hoping for some word from UN Management about my Traffic Team Leader job.  My head is still in two places and it’s stopping me from relaxing into the Uatolari way of life in case I have to up sticks and head back to Dili.

 

Anyway, there was no word.  I will have to return tomorrow and check again.

 

You might think that’s a simple task but I assure you that it is not!  I’ve explained about the damage to the road making the 36km drive take 1.

time to check phones
5hrs.  Add to that the many villages along the road creating other hazards; pedestrians, chickens, goats, dogs, and buffalo.  Still, I am reminded of a tourism catch-phrase I’ve seen on NZ television, “Getting there is half the fun!”

 

My personal concerns about e-mail messages were not the main reason for our journey though.  It was arranged that we were to collect one of our PNTL (Police National Timor Leste) compatriots and transport him to Vqq HQ for a meeting at 8am. 

  Bear and I were up at 5am, to meet him at the station at 6am, only to be told that he had had an accident the night before and burned his arm and was now not going to the meeting. 

  It seems that communication is lacking somewhat but we made the trip on our own.  I'm still excited enough about the country that going anywhere still interests me so I was okay with that.  It would have been nice to sleep another couple of hours all the same.

 

Once at Vqq I faced more obstacles.

Road patching
  The computer allowed me to log on without issue but the internet was a different story.  It took about 5 attempts to get the UNMIT webpage to open.  After 30mins of clearing my inbox I found nothing about any job interview, so logged off to allow the staff arriving to do their thing.

 

A couple of hours later I tried to check once more before we headed away.  Things were even worse.  I couldn’t get onto the machine internet at all.  There was just one thing for it �" coffee break.  We headed down to a local coffee house and had a cup of quality TL java with condensed milk and a donut.  Ha-ha, coffee and donuts, how cliché!  I laugh because we don’t eat donuts in NZ at all really.

 

During coffee I received much advice about what I should do to discover the truth about my application.  It was suggested I telephone my contingent commander and ask him to find something out for me. 

 

That was the third issue with the internet.  I’m now starting to think I have not been loaded into the system correctly as I cannot seem to open anything the others can without much gnashing of teeth and loud swearing.  In the end I settled for sending my boss an e-mail and I’ll return again tomorrow to check my inbox.  I’m over this whole job thing now, Uatolari is heavenly!

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Grass cutting Timor style
Grass cutting Timor style
hand made roads
hand made roads
time to check phones
time to check phones
Road patching
Road patching
Road patching
Road patching
Painting the centerline
Painting the centerline
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