When I was shown my bungalow at Raja4Divers Resort on Pulau Pef, I was surprised to find that my “shower” for the week was going to be a little…different.
Its called a Mandi. This is what Papuans consider a shower. A water repository and a giant ladle. At first, I was a bit disappointed. Hot showers are a simple pleasure to me. However, I came to enjoy the mandi. This one is quite luxurious, with hot and cold taps. What I experienced in Klasuat…was quite different. A bucket of cold well water, a ladle and a private corner of the village bathroom.
Never did a real, hot shower feel so good as when I returned to the hotel in Sorong. The hotel in Sorong is called the JE Meridien, with the “JE” in script that looks suspiciously like “Le”. There is also a Mariat hotel in town. Its like an alternate universe in Star Trek.