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On the road again
Submitted by bindero on 2007-06-13 04:52:34 (via
Some of one’s favorite memories are of his worst days. This is the case of Ally, who discovered the warmth and generosity of the Timorese people, graciously helping reassemble his dying motorbike several times. In East Timor, accommodation can be hardly found; so, in extreme need, one may find himself sleeping in a toilet ante-room (!).
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Submitted by Adele on 2007-06-13 09:15:17
This is such a hillarious article to read. Less humorous I guess if you were to be there. But I'm very impressed by the hospitality and cordiality of the natives there. So nice.

Still, I don't understand what language do the Timorese people speak? Sounds almost like Spanish or Portugese?..
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Submitted by Anonymous on 2007-06-16 22:21:55
The official language is Portuguese, however the majority of the population speak Tetum (a local dialect that is used as Lingua Franca). Population speak Tetum instead of Portuguese for 2 reasons: while Timor was a Portuguese colony only the elites were educated in that language; the Indonesians did not allow people to speak it.
Now Portuguese is being taught at schools, that explains why the two Portuguese teachers are mentioned.
Submitted by Adele on 2007-06-18 02:38:36
Oh, thank you a lot for your answer. This is very interesting - seems like the Timorese have had a very tough time throughout history...

It seems like a thirld world country from the descriptions of the safety of the roads and the service level, as well as the kindness of people?..
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Submitted by Anonymous on 2008-07-21 18:34:40
I currently live and work in East Timor, the people are very nice people. I think it needs to be made clear that whilst accommodation might be hard to find in some of the districts of East Timor, it is plentiful in Dili (The capital) and other larger districts such as Ba-cau, los palos and Suai
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Submitted by Anonymous on 2008-07-22 07:39:27
according to the story east timor's country become crocodile,one day 1 child was playing near by beach and suddenlly one crocodile near him and asked swimming with him and after that the crodile felt tired and died, finally our country become from that crocodile.
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Submitted by Anonymous on 2008-07-22 23:44:07
Perhaps it would be seen as "bias" if I was to say that my people generous but those who has been to my country would be in a better place to mace such comment. The people of my country are poor economically and materials wise but we do rich in love and affection, for us human being is our wealth doesn't matter how poor, disable and hopeless the person is.

We us a member of the country and as individual have went through a lot but that taught us to live our life better.

As of accommodation, there are a lots of commercial accommodation every where in Timor but might be not up to the standard of your expectation. If you manage to make friend with just one timorese you will be able to travel anywhere in Timor without have to worried about accommodation, because there would also people who would be willing to provide accommodation. Is more a matter of the condition.

As of Language: My country have two official language: Tetum and Portuguese; tetum was the language used by the in country resistance during indonesian rule, portuguese was used to communicate with timorese resistance abroad. One might remember that, portuguese speaking countries were the only countries that accepted Timor Leste as a country prior to the 1999. They also help us raised our problem to the eyes of international community. For that reason we have the obligation to promote Portuguese Language.

Aside from the two official languages mention above we also have two working language as per state in our constitution: English and Indonesia.

We also have 37 different local dialect. Depending on where people go. For example people from Lospalos speak fataluko, iliomar makasae ect.

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Submitted by Anonymous on 2008-10-07 21:54:39
East Nusa Tenggara Indonesia Komodo (Dragons) unique ethnic and very nice people
Get ready your gear , cos not a lot accommodation in this road trip. Extra large backpack, and malaria pills. You can start from Denpasar Bali or Indonesian Capital Jakarta and caught a plane to Labuan Bajo and charter a boat to Komodo Dragons Island, careful they can smell blood to be safe ask for local guide from tourist dept. in place famous do accommodation adequate but the real adventure is in the main island, Flores island stretch from Labuan bajo to Larantuka. the trip are Labuan bajo – Ruteng (manggarai Regency)– Bajawa (Ngada Regency) – Ende – Maumere – Larantuka there are a lot of famous places for the backpackers. I’m in Bajawa town Ngada district if you in the hood give me a call “kun” (sez “Koon”) (+62)(0384) 21512 to get you accommodations. Some new adventure like mount inelika tracking has no accommodations you can sleep at the locals about 50 bucks as long you want to stay. If im traveling my in laws can find you accommodation. This island has different languages, customs, and dialect in each district but almost all of them understand Indonesian languages. You can travel around by motorbike rent from the local called “ojek” faster considering not many public transport. Out in the open get your sleeping bag ready.
From one regency to another you can get by bus or “Travel” car accommodate 8 people. And the plane can get you to Province capital Kupang, Denpasar in Bali or Surabaya in Java.
This year I’m traveling local my next stop is Bali then my hometown Capital city Jakarta and Sumatera.
Get internet access in my house the local communications company know nothing about it.
Kuncoro Adi, S.Kom.
Jl. WR. Supratman RT 01/01 Bajawa Ngada NTT- Indonesia 86415 (+62)(384)21512

for the east timor yuu can get there via Kupang - Denpasar - and its has a lot similarity with East Nusa tenggara customs
my aunt from dili east timor now live in Bajawa
Hopefully help.
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