I’m traveling again. This time to the NW Dive and Travel Show in Tacoma, Washington. The show is being held at the Tacoma Convention Center the weekend of April 9 – 10.
Of course I know that your real reason for coming to the show will be to visit me (in booth 509) and to find out why you should visit Kosrae Island and Kosrae Village – now. LOL
But, you might also want to take a peek at the other exhibitor’s booths. At last year’s show I learned about my new camera from the great folks in the Backscatter booth, and once I had saved up my pennies bought it from them as well. There is usually a great assortment of manufacturers, dive shops, educational and environmental agencies as well as other travel people at this show.
In case you can stop by, here is a link for a half price entrance coupon.
Last Saturday I went out with my current Open Water class for their final certification dive.
Not only did they complete their skills exceptionally well, they also helped to locate the mooring pin for a missing buoy, and replace the mooring line and buoy.
Old and New Mooring Buoy Lines
Karen and Diane Help with Lines
Nikki's Compass Swim
Brendon at Hiroshi
Here are a few of the things they saw during their dive.
Saddled butterflyfish (C. ephippium)
Anemone fish eggs
Ornate Butterflyfish (Chaetodon ornatissimus)
Two anemone species with commensal shrimp
Incidentally, the project repairing storm damage to the mooring buoy system could not have been done without generous support from Project Aware and the Australian Embassy in Pohnpei.
This is one of our many vegetarian recipes.
Kosrae Village Black Bean Chili
1-> Cover 2 cups black beans in drinking water, soak over night
2-> Drain and rinse beans with drinking water
3-> Add enough water to cover by 2 inches, bring to boil
4-> Cover and simmer 1 hour, add water if necessary
5-> In another pan cook onions and garlic until clear in olive oil.
- -> 2 onions, chopped
- -> 4 cloves garlic, chopped
6-> Add the following to the onions and garlic. Cook for a few minutes.
- -> 3 tablespoons chili powder
- -> 1 teaspoon cumin
- -> 3 teaspoons oregano
- -> 1 ½ teaspoon salt
- -> Drain the beans, save the water
- -> Put 2 cups of bean water back in the pot with the beans
- -> Add the seasonings and simmer
- -> Add more bean water if necessary
Beans should be soft, not crunchy when done.
Serve with some salsa and shredded cheddar cheese.
I spent most of yesterday installing a new photo gallery on the kosraevillage.com site. I know that sounds pretty grim, but it really wasn’t.
I needed to do this for a while, but kept putting it off. The old (tired) gallery used the Gallery2 software. Gallery2 can do everything including wash the dishes, but it was a little cumbersome to do the simple things that I need.
The Gallery3 software has been out for awhile and I finally decided to take the plunge and install it. Whenever I’ve been away from something a little technical (an application, website or whatever) it take me some time to remember (or re-learn ) the little details. But in just a few hours I had the new gallery up and tweaked the way I wanted it, photos migrated from the old gallery and some new ones added. See what you think, here’s my gallery address. I’m sure that I will continue “tweaking” for awhile and I have quite a few new photos to add, so let me know if you have suggestions.
The Gallery software is free and open source. Even though it’s free the support, through the forums, is fast and helpful. If you are thinking of a photo gallery for your site check them out, here’s their address.
Here are the unofficial results for last Tuesday’s elections:
Four Year Senate Seat
Alik L. Alik => 2042
- Fred N. Skilling => 840
Two Year Senate Seat
Paliknoa K. Welly (unopposed) => 2953
(PL 15-60) Make Senate Terms Uniform (4 years)
(PL 15-61) Dual Citizenship
When the results are official I will update the election results page on the Kosrae Village website.
As you all know today Japan has suffered from a terrible earthquake and subsequent tsunami.
It appears that our region has escaped injury from the earthquake generated tsunami. According to NOAA’s Pacific Tsunami Warning Center the tsunami measured 2.1 ft when it passed Saipan in the Northern Marianas and .5 foot when it passed Yap, one of the Micronesian islands.
I don’t have the height of the wave when it passed Kosrae, but it doesn’t appear to have had any impact here on Kosrae Island.
All guests and staff at Kosrae Village are safe and well.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Japanese people,
This past week I was able to join KCSO (Kosrae Conservation & Safety Organization, a NGO), KIRMA (Kosrae Island Resource Management Authority), and Kosrae State Marine Resources in surveying the coral and reef health at 8 different locations around Kosrae Island. Our team was lead by Dr. Peter Houk, a coral scientist from Saipan.
Peter was extremely generous with his time and help me improve my coral id skills as well as teaching us some new data collection and analysis techniques. It was hard work, but worthwhile and fun.
Identifying and Measuring Coral
And, oh yeah – I just happened to find the largest frog fish that I have ever seen. Here is his photo:
Giant Frogfish (Antennarius commersonii)
A face that only a mother could love:
Giant Frogfish FACE (Antennarius commersonii)
Wow! A week or so ago I got a new lens (the Olympus M.9-18mm f4.0 – 5.6) for my Olympus EPL-1 and it is amazing! Fast to focus even in low light conditions and able to capture amazing detail.
We are lucky to live on Kosrae, one of the most photogenic places I’ve been, above and below the water. I’ve been trying out the lens / camera combo every chance I get and I was lucky enough to spend a couple of days in my favorite place (underwater ) with nothing to do but practice with the new lens.
Here are some of the photos. I’ve added these and few others to the under water gallery.
I hope that you enjoy them, or even better come diving with us and take your own
By special request, here is our famous bread recipe!
Bread behaves very differently in different climates, I would reduce this recipe by half or even a quarter and experiment. You might need more or less flour, longer or shorter baking times, etc.
Experiment with different grains and seasonings, but don’t overdo the grains or the bread will be very heavy.
Kosrae Village *Fantastic* Bread bake at 375 for about 30 – 35 minutes
1-> 6 cups water– heat to 100 degrees
2-> Check water temp, add honey and yeast
- -> 6 tablespoons honey
- -> 3 tablespoons yeast
3-> After yeast bubbles, add:
- -> 6 tablespoons of oil
- -> 1 cup cooked brown rice, oatmeal or other cooked grain
- -> 6 teaspoons of salt
- -> 1 tablespoon basil
- -> 1 tablespoon oregano
- -> 14 – 15 cups of flour
4-> Knead until bread is elastic, rub oil in a large bowl and on top of bread, put bread in bowl, cover and let rise in a warm place until double in size
5-> Turn bread out on counter, let rest, portion (we would make about 6 loaves)
6-> Form, place in pans, let raise, bake
7-> Remove from pans as soon as the loaves come out of the oven, let it cool before you slice it
Here are this morning’s results for the runoff elections for the Kosrae State Governor and Lt. Governor.
These results are still unofficial. I should be able to update the elections page with the final certified results tomorrow.
The unofficial total ballot count:
Lyndon H. Jackson => 2206
- Nena S. Nena => 1852
Carson N. Sigrah => 2173
- Semeon J. Phillip => 1866
Congratulations Governor Jackson and Lt. Governor Sigrah!