Reminiscing years past in DWU

Look what I found!!! A copy of my 2003 DWU diary. Honest has it been that long?? I just had to take a pix of some of the images on the diary. It just surely brings back of that memory from long ago.

This was a time just a few years after DWU gained its university status in 1996 (read more here ) so the university was still small. You could still call people by their names and know which dorm they lived in. There was no laptops back then (well those who had didn’t show it) and everyone used computer labs to type their assignments and printed it there as well. Assignments were submitted manually and we all stayed in our classrooms and the teachers came to teach.

But time surely passes too quickly and now it is all just memories.

Registering a business name in PNG

Having that idea

So I finally got around to registering a business name for something I wanted to do. Since coming home I have seen that a few people in Manus have trouble trying to type or print documents. They write on paper and then have to travel to Lorengau town to pay somebody to type and then print that document. So I decided that this could be something worth providing especially back here at home for this kind of service.

So registering a business name formalizes your ideas and sets in motion your path to greater things, which, in my mind, is the creation of company. I know I’m not ready for that yet so I should start with a business name first. Registering of business names is guided by the Business Names Act of 2014 and the organisation that looks after the registration of businesses in called the Investment Promotion Authority or IPA for short. One of the neatest things they have done as a government entity is that they have shifted some of their work online. One of these is the registration of business names so one can go online on their website and complete the process.

I live in the village on the north coast of Manus. The internet is a bit OK up the mountains. Using my mobile phone, I was able to complete the process of applying for a business name without having to travel to Lorengau town. That’s how convenient it is.

On the IPA website

First you have to create an account on the IPA website Once you have registered yourself, you can then go through the process. There are multiple steps that you have to complete. The steps involve you providing information to IPA. The most obvious being the name of your business, contact details, your location, postal address of business etc.

The registration fee is K150 so if you have a Visa Debit Card from a bank such as Bank South Pacific or Kina Bank, then you can be able to pay the registration fee online to complete the process.

It takes around two days for your business name certificate to come through from IPA if you do it online. They send it through your IPA online account or through your email. I applied on Tuesday, paid the fees online and then got my certification on Thursday. It was sent to me through my email.

Reminders about what you can do under business names

An important point to remember is that the certificate of business name registration remains in force for a period of one year. This means that you have to renew the business name each year. You must also note that for every communication in your business, the business name must be seen clearly on all business communication. You must also remember that when you operate a business under a business name, you cannot put out an invitation or advertisement to the general public inviting them to deposit, invest or lend money to your business. These are only a few pointers so think about having a chat with an IPA officer to get more information.
So go for it. Begin formalizing your business with a business name registration today.

Impressive morning sea’s calming influence

The coast this morning just looks so amazing!

So this morning we arrived on the coast from the mountains. We had arrived early and some women were husking kulaus (young coconuts) for the town market. The skipper of the pasindia boat was getting his stuff ready. The cool morning air was just disappearing as the sun began to rise over the horizon and the sea was as calm as water on a lake. I just had to take this picture!!!!

Took this picture at 6.39am at Esiou beachfront.

I know that living in a rural area in this country has its challenges but the natural beauty in the environment is just beyond words sometimes.

Have a top day everyone!

Getting the best timber out of a forest tree

Producing timber

We have completed three days of timber production. When I say timber production, it seems like a huge and refined process done by a factory or production line but in my case here, it is just a small activity involving one or two trees in the bush. The same principles apply here where a raw resource is turned into something useful. In this case, a tree in the forest provides timber for a house.

The work

It took three days from when the tree was felled to having timber planks cut and ready to be nailed. The man with saw worked extremely well and his assistant provided the necessary help. One of the things I have seen is that the work can be physically demanding if there is one or two people. While one can saw the tree, it takes two people to clear debris, mark the parts of the tree, making sure the tree parts fall onto beds or platforms where it can be cut easily. The person with the chain saw cuts along the lines he has marked on the log. As he cuts, the timber in the form of planks are produced. He does this over and over again until he has utlised the log and there is no more useful timber to be produced.

The chainsaw operator is precise and careful in cutting through the log while another person clears the saw dust
A frame can be attached to the chainsaw to improve accuracy of the plank measurements
A chalkline is used to accurately mark the required plank sizes that will be cut

Storage and drying

Once the timber it produced, it has to be carried to a shelter such as under a house where it can be packed and stored until such time it can be used. Part of the sheltering process is that the timber can be left to dry out naturally. I carried some (two only planks) per trip from where the timber was cut to where it was to be stored. The other guys carried six each! We packed them to make sure they stay straight and now we have to wait a few days or weeks for timber to dry out. Once it is dried out then we can begin nailing them up. Carrying timber up a hill is challenging especially when it has rained a bit. It was too hard for me. My feet and shoulder hurt a bit. I am just not used to the heavy lifting and going up slopes of the mountain which are often wet and slippery.

After the timber is produced, it is stored for a few days to let the water from the wood dry out before the carpenter can use the timber for building.


Well we cut some of the flooring, walls and a bit of the step ladder too. The timber for the floors are thicker than the timber for the walls. There is still one room that needs flooring as well as the verandah. This tree that we have cut is a light wood, I would think. It is call ‘Nou’ in the local Kurti language. The tree is often best used to carve out canoes that would be used for fishing down at the coast. It is often used for canoe building as its major properties are that it is light as well and water resistant. Thus, I think it will be best suited as wall timbers. If I cant afford paint, then this wall timber is sufficient to keep out the weather.

That’s it. See yous.