Category Archives: Ally Rose

The Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef is a mere hop, skip, and jump from jobsite, so it was only a matter of time before we found ourselves enjoying its illustrious scenery. Considered one of the seven wonders of the natural world, its … Continue reading

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Home

The weeks and days that led up to our trip to the U.S. and Canada were flooded with thought and speculation about how it was going to feel to be back home. The ebbs and flows of excitement, curiosity, and … Continue reading

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6 Kilometers Underground

PTFI has several of the fastest growing underground mines in the industry. In 2017, when GBC (Grasberg Block Cave) begins production, it will be the largest underground hard rock mine in the world, and PTFI’s collection of GBC, DOZ (Deep … Continue reading

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Komoro Art and Culture Program

The spirit of the Komoro people enveloped the local community last month with its annual art and culture program. The fervent sound of handcrafted wooden drums penetrated the air, while artisans, with painted torsos and feathered headdresses, manipulated primitive tools … Continue reading

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Flight #GA652

The worst part of travel to and from Tembagapura is Flight #GA652, from Denpasar-Bali to Timika. It leaves at 1:50am and arrives in Timika three-hours and forty-minutes later at 6:30am (there’s a one-hour time difference). The grueling, red-eye flight torments … Continue reading

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New Caledonia

Thousands of miles from France, a French territory rests on an archipelago in the sun-drenched South Pacific seas. New Caledonia, more commonly known to the locals as Nouvelle-Calédonie, is best described as a Melanesian island with a touch of Parisian … Continue reading

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Extended Middle School Trip

Ally and the other MZS middle-school students left jobsite this afternoon for an extended field trip to Cairns, Australia. When they arrive there tomorrow morning, they will be met and picked up at the airport by staff members of Small … Continue reading

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Visa Run

We just retuned from a short trip to Singapore to renew our visas. With numerous stories being told of some employees experiencing a quick, 24-hour turnaround, and other employees experiencing a long, frustrating wait (up to 4-6 weeks), our fate … Continue reading

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7693 Miles from Home: The Movie

7693 Miles from Home: The Movie, will not be released in a theater near you, but short videos of our adventures in Indonesia (and beyond) are now available for you to watch in the comfort of your own home.  We’ve … Continue reading

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Queenstown, New Zealand

After stepping into and laying eyes on the resplendent sights of New Zealand, one can easily understand and appreciate Peter Jackson’s vision for Middle-Earth. Defined by snow-capped mountains stippled in rich hues of emerald and gold, traversing rivers stained in … Continue reading

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Meri Kirhimete!

Merry Christmas from New Zealand!   The spirit of Christmas is abounding in Kiwiland, but not with profusely decorated trees vying for attention, with larger-than-life ornaments imbuing magic and excitement, or with strings of colorful lights appearing to never end.  Instead, … Continue reading

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Thailand

Thailand sits in the heart of Southest Asia. Bordered by Laos, Cambodia, and Burma (Myanmar), it covers 513,000 square miles of thick tropical forests that transition into thriving cities, quaint mountain villages, and idyllic beaches. Its cultural charm, reflected in … Continue reading

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