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January 23, 2010

Filed under: Internet,life,review,travel — Terry Wohlers @ 10:47

Asiana Airlines. I now know why this company was recognized as Airline of the Year by Air Transport World. The airline provides extraordinary service. The flight attendants are cheerful and vibrant, and never stop working to make the passenger comfortable and happy. Twice, I was about to enter the lavatory when a flight attendant was exiting. She had big smile and said, “Sorry, sir, for the delay but I was cleaning it for you.” Never before had I experienced this. Asiana is a member of the Star Alliance.

WestHost. This is a web hosting company that our company has used for many years. It occurred to me recently that I never have to think about the service because nothing ever goes wrong. When I’ve had a question in the past, it has been easy to get a competent individual on the phone (in Utah) that takes good care of me. Hosting fees for 25 GB of disk space and 500 GB of bandwidth start at $8.95 per month.

Audi A4. My wife and I have owned many automobiles in our lifetimes and this may be the best car we’ve owned. It’s rock solid, quiet, smooth, comfortable, and it handles extremely well, even on snow and ice. The ride is smooth, but firm and sporty, and there’s not a minor rattle or squeak anyone. For a relatively small car, the trunk space is large. Our only complaint is the fuel economy around town, which could be a little better. Other than that, it’s a fantastic automobile.

The Last Frontier Boutique Resort. This is a lodge located near the Kinabatangan River in the Saba region of Malaysian Borneo. Getting to the lodge requires a climb of 540 stair steps, but it’s well worth the effort. The gourmet food that our host, Jason, prepared was nothing short of spectacular. Also, he guided our river boat safaris where we saw several species of monkeys, exotic birds, large monitor lizards, and tree snakes. The rivers are infested with large crocodiles, but we did not see any. Jason went out of his way to help us get to this remote region of Borneo.

Thanks to these companies and individuals for going the extra mile to offer an outstanding product or service.

Earthquake in Haiti

January 17, 2010

Filed under: life — Terry Wohlers @ 14:42

I am saddened by the powerful earthquake that caused destruction, suffering, and death in Haiti. About three million people (one-third of Haiti’s population) was impacted by it. Click here for a list of organizations that are accepting donations for this disaster. We chose Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) because 100% of the donation goes to relief. This may be the case with some of the other organizations, but you will want to check.

An Unforgettable Experience

January 3, 2010

Filed under: life,travel — Terry Wohlers @ 14:54

I found myself standing in the center of a remote village of 500 inhabitants in the South Pacific. No streets, automobiles, supermarkets, or convenient stores. Women were on the ground preparing small fires, cooking, and weaving floor mats. Small children were playing while domestic animals wandered among them.

Thirty minutes earlier, I was standing at the shore near a dirt airstrip in Malolo, Fiji. I was about to walk around the small, isolated island when a man, maybe in his early 60s, approached me. “Would you like to visit my village?” he asked, as he pointed across the bay toward the larger section of the island, attached only by a shallow reef that appears when the tide recedes.

Moments later, I found myself on a small boat with him, along with the apparent owner of the boat, and an old, rusty lawn mover that the man was transporting to the village. He explained that we was the head of the village, an elected position similar to a mayor. I didn’t know him and he didn’t know me and I really didn’t know what I was getting myself in to. My instincts told me that he was being truthful and that it might be an interesting experience, maybe even adventurous.

I understood that it was a very short boat ride, maybe five minutes, and a 30-minute walk when I was ready to return. Fifteen minutes later, and with the outboard motor at full throttle, we were headed out to sea. This made me uneasy. It turned out that we were navigating around some shallow areas and we eventually headed toward land. Even so, it was much further away than I had anticipated and it would likely take a couple hours by foot with the water at low tide.