Farewell Somare

Today, we awoke to the news that Papua New Guinea’s founding father Sir Michael Somare, had died at the age of 84.

This photo was taken in 2017 at the Madang Resort Hotel. It was a quick photo but it was the only time i had come close to this great man. Sir Michael died in the early hours of this morning in Port Moresby after being diagnosed with advanced pancreatic cancer and admitted to hospital a week ago. He led PNG to become an indepedent nation in 1975.

This country has lost a great leader among its people.

Sago making is hard work

Making sago is a difficult process to undertake. It is a job that requires both males and females to work together to produce the food – sago

The men have to identify the sago tree, if its mature and ready, where it will lie when cut, its proximity to a water source in order for the women to wash the sago and above all decide how bigger portion should be cut so as to complete the beating of the sago in a day.

Once the men have beaten or scrapped the flesh of the sago into fine pulp, the women gather this in bags and bring it to the area for washing. This is when they scoop water into a hollow trough and wash the sago pulp. The idea is that filtration occurs and sago mixed with water settle on the base of the canvas. Then through decantation, the water flows out leaving the fine sago at the bottom.

Sago making is a labour intensive process but most people do it because you can start the process in the morning but by afternoon you already have food to cook to eat.

Fresh pineapples from the red earth

Ever since I came back home, its been lots of pineapple eating! My parents both began planting pineapples when they first moved here.

I just love how huge and juicy they are.

They grow so well on the red clay like earth here in the Manus mountains. They also like well lit and clear spaces. It doesn’t take too much effort to grow them but it is wise to space them 2 to 3 meters from each other so that when grass or weeds begin to grow you can always have clearance to cut in between the pineapple plants and remove weeds and grass.

When cut, the pineapples are so fresh. Some say the pineapples can help in lowering diabetes, heart disease and body weight as well. It even promotes skin complexion and healthy hair. Its so sweet, and tasty and my mother cuts it up and uses it in her cooking as well. It is versatile and great fruit and food as well.