Sunday, December 10, 2006
Even though almost mid December, it seems that the weather is still holding up well. The "rainy season" this year has still to show its face, it seems that we are in the middle of an El Nino, so maybe this answers the question..why?
The last "real" rain we had was in the begining of August and since then it has been only a matter of eveing showers, just barely enough to help the Cha Cha garden not die altogether, luckily these small showers have lowered the possibility of fires on bunaken and thus we are no longer on "red alert" like last month, but dont worry our "red alert" system works well and our staff is always on the look out for any smoke as a sign of a possible problem.
The dry weather has made life difficult for the villagers on the islands, especially Bunaken, with its limited natural water supply, both humans and live-stock suffer even though a government grant did fund a water project, but what a mess, US$25k to dig a hole in the ground, find water and within 1 month the water was contaminated with salt water, the contractor made a tidy profit by giving the villagers something they could have got directly from the beach......salt water !!