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Tuesday 19th February.
Pangandaran beach 1985

Pangandaran beach 1985

Up early and off into the nature reserve following advice of some previous explorers met last night. Skirt the entrance by tracking along the coast, find path by stream and follow it through jungle along the top of precipitous cliffs. Many overgrown Nippon trenches and ammunition stores. See two sorts of monkey, and a more cat like creature timidly staring down from the trees. Dark in colour with pointed ears and a long tail. Fancy it had hands rather than paws. Lots of butterflies, spiders and lizards but no leeches. Trail gets narrower and narrower, deer or buffalo prints and excrement. Eventually break out onto wider track. In a beautiful flower strewn clearing near a white coral beach is a small bungalow. I wonder if it’s for rent. Eat my crackers and bananas on the beach, fall asleep. Woken by a young buck deer eating the banana skins. A stream comes from a limestone cave with a low entrance. When close the whirring of countless bats can be heard. Can you catch rabies from drinking bats piss? The water tasted OK, anyway I had already drunk about a pint before spotting the bats.

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start batik skull

staying at Losmen Bupurwa

rain 30 °C
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Saturday 2nd March 1985.
I experience and urgent call to stool every morning, and for the past two weeks have been loose and explosive although only once a day. Decide have irritable colon with increased transit time. I will sit it out!
 My new expensive sarong is staining the bed sheets blue. Losmen Bupurwa (1000 rupiahs per night) up a tiny alley has 5 tiny rooms and a little communal area where we all play cards in the evenings. It’s just around the corner from Supermans the well known traveller's restaurant. And old lady keeps house for the owner, and spends her day flip-flopping around, usually clucking over a baby in a miniature sarong resting on one hip. In the little back yard is her charcoal brazier, there is always a cup of tea on the go “tea Mr?”. There is a communal mandi and all the walls are of plaited bamboo, so it’s all very friendly. I have to be brazen and smile after by volcanic morning visit. Several people pass through the Losmen while myself Dave and Lehla are in residence.
 It usually rains in the afternoon. My razorblades are still doing a satisfactory job after three months. Have black rice pudding every morning for breakfast. Start my batik skull.

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People's park Yogyakarta

with Lehla and Dave

sunny 29 °C
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Sunday 3rd March 1985.

It was to be an early start with Dave and Lehla for Parangantis (or is it Pharyngitis) for the beach and possibly mushrooms. But the artistic exertions of the week made for a late start. Do a lot of washing in the tiny backyard next to the well. The old woman tut tuts around putting me right several times. My two shirts are bus floor grey with a few indelible stains. My shorts are pretty mucky too. Washing now makes little difference to them. Have a brain wave and will use Andreas' dye baths to brighten them up. So I pop into Andreas' dive and do a bit extra. I have dyed cloth black before when doing the skull. Wax out all background. Bleach and dye to bring out skull. Also wax out hand to dye earth darker.
 Take a trip down to the peoples park in the evening with Dave and Lehla. Decide 1000 rupiahs is a rip off for the warung performance. But must admit it seems reasonable in retrospect. Write many letters.

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