Critter Hunting

[et_pb_section fb_built=”1″ admin_label=”section” _builder_version=”3.22″][et_pb_row admin_label=”row” _builder_version=”3.25″ background_size=”initial” background_position=”top_left” background_repeat=”repeat”][et_pb_column type=”4_4″ _builder_version=”3.25″ custom_padding=”|||” custom_padding__hover=”|||”][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text” _builder_version=”3.27.4″ background_size=”initial” background_position=”top_left” background_repeat=”repeat”] is in the last corner after an hour drive from the Manado Airport on Sulawesi. A quaint little metal-sheet roofed village of 2000 people near by a dangerous river merely 300 meter away from the Ocean front and there, where salt- and sweet-water meet, rests a 15 villa Dive Resort with a tiny but fancy kitchen. I am invited to finish my Dive Master course in exchange of sharing some cooking secrets with the kitchen staff. Although this seems a fair deal, right now my focus is the immediate improvement of the menu and this takes a while to implement. Currently the guests are foremost from Switzerland, but soon the rest of the world will discover that this special little place offers breakfast and boarding the dive-boat from the same terrace; quite a divers heaven!
Minahasa Lagoon is not just the nicest and most hidden of all dive resorts I know about; This place is right on the doorsteps of the worlds most famous Gunung Tangkoko National Park and the dive-famous Btungas Islands and Bunaken flat reef’s and coral life. The few dive expeditions I enjoyed have been astonishing, seeing critters I cannot describe; cute little “creeps” and pigmy sea horses that only vegetate in these waters that would inspire Doctor Zeus characters.


Now, while waiting being shipped back to the United States I am dormant, ‘kinda happy to have some time off and immensely enjoy teaching a few rural chefs the magic of French Cookery. Not that this could be done in the short time I will be here in Indonesia, but certainly, everything I have to share is being absorbed with passion. I probably will find myself relocating to Los Angeles, my home again. Already contacted old familiar clients for whom I enjoy to cook. Maybe I find the time to draft a new script, an old story I have in my head and follow up with the neglected hobbies of painting and playing my violin. I will be missing South East Asia and returning for visits. All in all it was a blessing having the chance to experience this part of the world. Go travel you people!

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