"Raised At Papua New Guinea - Irian Jaya" Top 5 Page for this destination Sorong by RoyJava

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Born at the Indonesian island of Morotai we moved to Nederlands Nieuw Guinea (in Dutch!), for now named Papua Province, former Irian Jaya (or Barat = West), when I was a baby-boy. Our place was Sorong at the very western tip of the Bird's Head, the name for that area because this looks like the head of a cassowary (kasuari, an emu-bird).

My childhood was a rather protected one, the truly colonial style, with having plenty of all material matters. I just didn't know better than that ... That glamour we enjoyed as child, created a very happy time in this way.

Right along the beach with white sand and palms, with the reality of the jungle as background, we got spoiled and raised ... and immigrated to Holland when I was 10 years old.

I got lucky to return to Sorong ... a must because of my Holland immigrant dream about Sorong all the time ...

My Sorong VT Pages became a rather extensive update, especially for some kids I've been raised with. With nostalgic feelings and a lot of fun, hope you'll have a pleasant stay, thanks for visiting.

Papua Info - in Dutch

Best Papua Province by Laszlo

Happiness is not a place,... it is a direction ...
- Bill Sands -

Sorong-City ?

Although we had a "rich" life, Sorong has always been no more than a main street and some off-streets. Ofcourse all did change, especially the landscape (no more jungles), but still Sorong is a deathly silent hamlet. It is the Pertamina oil company which developed Sorong to its now-a-day "city-life". And still you can find a police-man doing the traffic (see pic) in the early morning, like in the "old days". That looks so cute, so mollify ...

Sorong Indah

Sorong Indah means literally "Beautiful Sorong" ..
What can I add more ... as my special supplements to VT Tours?
I enjoyed my stays at Sorong, Irian Jaya, ...
As well in former time as the several returning times ...

The Word "SORONG"


Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Memories, childhood, rough country, jungle, birds, ocean-life,
  • Cons:Malaria, militarism, suspicious people
  • In a nutshell:Memories never die, nor will Sorong ...
  • Last visit to Sorong: May 1998
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Mar 28, 2010 at 8:38 AM

    Just note that Papua New Guinea is an independent country. It shares a common border with Papua (Indonesian). Sorong is in West Papua (indonesia). Can be confusing. Would have been easier if New Guinea was one big country. Spikes. Port Moresby (PNG.)

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    Feb 6, 2007 at 12:49 PM

    Incredible page on Sorong. What an adventurous childhood it must be in Sorong. Thanks for your e-card, may be you know someone there who can send me a real one or I'll wait to your "homegoing" :)

  • meiyergani's Profile Photo
    Jan 2, 2007 at 4:24 AM

    Hi, how are you, Happy New Year 2007, when come and visit Indonesia? Sukses Selalu, Selalu Sukses.

  • bpacker's Profile Photo
    Sep 24, 2006 at 11:25 PM

    It looks like you grew up in a great place - thanks for sharing about the bird of paradise, yes, wildlife is worth protecting.

  • Feb 19, 2005 at 6:52 AM

    Thank you for taking me back to the place where I grew up from 1951-57, it is amazing to see all those pictures. If anyone was at school there, please contact me.Meta

  • hunwagner's Profile Photo
    Feb 15, 2005 at 7:47 PM

    Easily the most detailed Papua page on VT as yet. Lots of insider's info! I really should start making my own... ;-)

  • ukirsari's Profile Photo
    Feb 15, 2005 at 10:06 AM

    mas roy, potret di papua indah sekali. love them very much. yes .. peace for us!!!! @rie

  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    Jan 29, 2005 at 4:46 AM

    fantastic page with a great personal touch!

  • Daja123's Profile Photo
    Jan 14, 2005 at 2:02 PM

    I never heard so many interesting things about the country Sorong you lived in. I especially wonder about your back to childhood.

  • cadzand's Profile Photo
    Oct 24, 2004 at 1:53 PM

    Great visit to your roots. Back to childhood memories. Thansk for sharing


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