I am back in Jakarta to work for humanitarian openstreet map team. We are working in a project with the Indonesian government and funded by Australia aid to map out the high risk areas of Indonesia. This would allow for better preventstive planning for disasters. Kate chap,an, the director of HOT, has already worked here … Continue reading
My stay in Olangapo city was quite enjoyable. I got to spend time with Dave before we parted ways for a very long time. He is planning to go to CO, buy a condo and create a home base in the US. He still would like to travel and live in the Philippines but without … Continue reading
The weather here in this season is quite predictable: rain. However, today there were a couple hours of sunshine and it was amazing. The sun seemed to dry up some of the roads and moldy buildings. But, then in the later evening it rained again. There had been a celebrity sighting at one of the … Continue reading
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I am staying a couple hours north of manila in a city called Olangapo city. Half of the city used to be an American army base and so it is quite a bipolar city. On one side of the river you have a typical Filipino city with electrical wires everywhere, run down buildings, crowded streets … Continue reading
I have been visiting family back in Mass after almost seven months of travelling. I enjoy learning about other cultures, getting to understand different ways to approach things, and helping to create more resilient communities through better planning; however, after being home for a bit I have realized that I really miss gardening, walking to my aunt’s house, eating family meals and taking my dog on walks. Life at home is easy and relaxing. I have been spending a lof of my free time dehydrating tomatoes and kale. The tomatoes have been a huge hit. I have a few more days left until I am off to Manila to check out some of the flooding that has occurred. Since I am young, I am willing to sacrifice family time with travelling and preparing for better disaster prevention.
HOT is working in various parts of Indonesia in order to train participants how to map out their cities and districts in more detail. This later can be used to predict how many people, structures and other things will be affected by disasters.