This is the old guestbook that abruptly ended in June 2003. It is in the process of being broken up according to post dates in the Guestbook category. If you’d like to “sign” the current guestbook, simply write a new post and place it in the Guestbook category. –Jason Scarabin
Guestbook is open again! Enjoy reading and posting comments! Inflammatory comments will be removed promptly.
Jason Scarabin Woodland Hills, CA USA – Monday, May 19, 2003 at 21:31:39 (EDT)
Testing the relaunch of the guestbook! I hope everyone will enjoy posting and reading messages again!
Jason Scarabin Woodland Hills, CA USA – Monday, February 10, 2003 at 03:37:39 (EST)
Thanks to all of you for finally getting tembagapura.com to #1 on Google (World’s #1 search engine).
Jason Scarabin Woodland Hills, CA USA – Monday, September 30, 2002 at 08:19:25 (EDT)
hi! just wanted to let everyone know that i’ve changed my email address.. it’s email@example.com … by the way.. the site’s looking great! 🙂
Rose Rayco Makati, Manila, Philippines – Sunday, September 01, 2002 at 09:45:55 (EDT)
lived in tembagapura from 1987-1997
Ryan Lofgreen mesa, az usa – Saturday, August 31, 2002 at 01:50:38 (EDT)
I’am Dave Murray wee brother – it’s nice to see some history of a place that david called home for so many years cheers everyone
Gordon Murray oklahoma city, ok USA – Tuesday, August 27, 2002 at 15:53:44 (EDT)
Hi, Just a quick not to say that it is so amazing how many people I have contacted through this site. Keep spreading the word! Ivy Rankin
Ivy Rankin Armidal, NSW Australa – Thursday, August 15, 2002 at 02:18:12 (EDT)
Hi all, I just thought I would drop another line quick line. This site is great it is amazing how many people I have been in contact with since signing on the first time. Hi to the Fergusons. If anyone would like to get into contact it would be great!! Chow, Ivy Rankin
Ivy Rankin Armidale, N.S.W Australia – Wednesday, August 14, 2002 at 00:12:11 (EDT)
Hi, Everyone just thougtht let you guy’s know I am a mining contractor working in Venezuela and to drop me a line.
Ted Apodaca – Thursday, August 08, 2002 at 00:26:18 (EDT)
HAY THERE PEOPLES………… this is crystel. i lived in tembagz in 90-93. im now 15 and have so many memories from this site. thanks for making it. if anyone remebers me drop me aline, id love to hear from you. luv crys xxx
Crystel Ferguson adelaide, S.A AUSTRALIA – Friday, July 26, 2002 at 22:51:35 (EDT)
Due to a disappointing lack of pro-active interest and willingness to help with time and money, all plans for a reunion are dissolved.
Jason Scarabin Woodland Hills, CA U.S.A. – Wednesday, July 17, 2002 at 00:14:16 (EDT)
My bro (Armand Faidiban-Orang Biak) just called me this morning and told me about this site. Thanks for bringing all things from way back in the past. Just wanna say: AMMOLLE to you all. Tembagapura paling bahaya sudah….
Ray G Manurung Bandung, – Tuesday, June 18, 2002 at 22:38:34 (EDT)
hey just letting people know i have changed my email addy. its firstname.lastname@example.org. the website is looking great jason
aimee ferguson adelaide, sa aus – Friday, June 14, 2002 at 22:44:18 (EDT)
J, I like the new look.Great job!!!! Da
DD Scarabin carriere, MS USA – Wednesday, June 12, 2002 at 23:20:04 (EDT)
This is a great site Jason. Is Josh still in Jakarta?
Henky Risamasu Tembagapura, – Thursday, June 06, 2002 at 06:05:48 (EDT)
My name is Edmund Marco and it’s a pleasure to sign your guest book. I work for an advertising agency in London. Our agency represents direct marketing companies that are involved in the marketing of products as seen on TV in England. Most of the infomercial products come from the U.S. but then again we export our talents as well. My brother has appeared in infomercials in the U.S. advertising various products. I think it’s hilarious that English people respond so well to American products while Americans tend to respond well to sales people who have an English accent!
Edmund London, Kent England – Monday, June 03, 2002 at 07:46:23 (EDT)
After 6 weeks of voting, here are the results. I will create another form with these top winners of the voting. After which, you can cast your vote again to narrow down our reunion. This will allow the preparers to plan. Cairns-11.4% Las Vegas-62% New Orleans-11.4% July-28.5% August-25.7% $26-$50-25.7% $51-$100-51.4%
Jason Scarabin Woodland Hills, CA USA – Monday, June 03, 2002 at 06:04:54 (EDT)
Hi! I just wanted to send my praises out to the webmaster Jason. This site just gets better and better everytime I surf into it. Keep up the good work!
Rosalyn Rayco Baguio, Philippines – Tuesday, May 21, 2002 at 10:38:38 (EDT)
Jason this is so amazing that so many people have found this site and renewing old friendships. You are doing a great job and we do appreciate all your hard work, not many people know that most of it is done by you alone. Love you, Ma
carriere, ms usa – Thursday, May 16, 2002 at 11:22:13 (EDT)
hey everyone!!!! i was jsut wondering if andyone knew what has happened to the stolzfus’. jeremy and jessie. io have been trying to find them being unsuccessful. if anyone knows then pease let me know. I am 17.i am now doing year 12!! scary for me. i plan to travel overseas next year after graduating. my family is all going well. my sisters crystel and melanie are 15 and almost 14. seeya you later luv aimee
aimee ferguson adelaide, sa australia – Sunday, May 12, 2002 at 07:02:08 (EDT)
Hi everyone. My email address has changed. You can now reach me at email@example.com
Shane Bowes Burnaby, BC Canada – Wednesday, May 08, 2002 at 22:33:36 (EDT)
Tommy pawson sent me this link and i think it is great. Nice job.
alihilani macdonald portsmouth, va usa – Friday, April 19, 2002 at 10:45:42 (EDT)
Please take the time to answer the 3 questions on the TPRA Reunion Feedback Form. The results from this form will have a direct impact on the 2003 Tembagapura Reunion.
Jason Scarabin Woodland Hills, CA USA – Monday, April 15, 2002 at 11:32:52 (EDT)
Good pagi, to you all. Thanks to Carl Guiadrone for letting me know about this web site 15 minutes ago! Golly, I can still remember when Doug and Karen Jones met Betsy and me at the helipad (the old one!)in 1989. What a great time we had for over five years. Thank you and hope to meet you at the reunion.
Tony Sievert Orange Park, FL USA – Wednesday, April 10, 2002 at 22:23:33 (EDT)
Alright, I got a big shout out! Sweet. Natalie, I tried to write you, but it said that email account was not working. That was a bummer, and I wept. I would like to write you at least once, so if you could drop a line, that would rock
Dj Efnor Tucson, AZ USA – Thursday, April 04, 2002 at 00:47:36 (EST)
It’s wonderful to read about people who I haven’t seen in such a long time. My family was in Tembags from 80-82 and 85-95. I think this is a wonderful site and I just wanted to say hello to everyone. Especially my old classmates Ruchelle, Zorida, Mary Joyce, Kaui, Henry, Shawn and Cal. It was a great class. Also a big hello to DJ, I haven’t forgotten you.
Natalie Lazarevic Armidale, NSW Australia – Tuesday, April 02, 2002 at 02:06:29 (EST)
Great site! Seeing the pictures and comments brought back lots of memories from our stay in TPRA from 1976-80. Often wondered what it is like today. Would love to hear from some of y’all who were over there in the good old days.
Chip & Chris Marz – Diamondhead, MS USA – Sunday, March 31, 2002 at 19:20:58 (EST)
Well, once again I am out of the loop. I am starting to think nobody likes me. Well, for those of you who still visit this site, I lived in TPRA from about 94-98. I am looking to hear from Eddie, Jackie, Loren, Lynn Fister, Natalie and Vanja,Mickey, and anybody else who ate at the coffeshop at lunch. That would be a total mindjob to hear from y’all again.
dj efnor Tucson, AZ USA – Tuesday, March 26, 2002 at 03:52:40 (EST)
I finally got a chance to look at the whole site,and I have to say its really good.
zoe rankin armidale, nsw australia – Monday, March 25, 2002 at 18:02:06 (EST)
J, I was going over the updated improvements and looking thru the list of guest entries.Great job.I really enjoyed the visit.Da
DD Scarabin Carriere, MS USA – Sunday, March 24, 2002 at 20:19:37 (EST)
G’Day. My name is Zoe. I was about 7 when I left tembags. I am 18 now and I can tell you I have changed heaps!!! I just though I would sign in and hopefully there are some people who remember me! EDDIE- Hi from IVY.
Zoe Rankin Armidale, N.S.W Australia – Thursday, March 21, 2002 at 21:04:24 (EST)
Hi ,very interesting site.My husband Dave Sullivan workd for redpath in tembagapura.It is nice to be able to see where he is and find info about the region.If anyone knows him say hi for me.He will be home in a week and we cant wait.Sherri
sherri sullivan stephenville, nf canada – Thursday, March 21, 2002 at 17:09:10 (EST)
wow! i am so glad that someone is actually putting this site together. it has been such a long time cince i have talked to anyone from tembags when i was there. i have been telling my friends about my expieriences there and i swear, i don’t think that they really believe me 🙂 i just am glad to see how many people are envolved in this web site and hope that the reunion will work. concidering i am in reno and it’s only a drive away. it would be great. i would like to say hi to everyone and hope that they will contact me soon.
Stacy Stout Sparks, NV` U.S.A – Thursday, March 21, 2002 at 00:35:02 (EST)
WATERMELONS for life!!!!! Loren you crazy cat. Thanks for bringing that up cause I haven’t heard that in ages! The word is spreading by the looks of things but there are many more to catch the bug that is “tembagapura.com.” Slack bastards! hehe. Pass the word on people! Hi IVY!!! hehe. luv Ed.
Eddie Merdjanic Sydney, NSW Australia – Tuesday, March 19, 2002 at 23:22:03 (EST)
Saya sangat senang bisa membaca informasi yang ada di web site ini, terimakasih syalom
Stenly Sabay Sorong, Papua Indonesia – Sunday, March 17, 2002 at 20:26:32 (EST)
I WAS PART OF THE OLD ITC TRAINING EFFORT FROM 1990 TO 1997. HOW IS DE DE?
RAY YUZNA MINNEAPOLIS, MN USA – Thursday, February 28, 2002 at 16:15:17 (EST)
WELCOMEBACK TO THE JUNGLE…!! AMOLE….!! UI.. UI.. UI.. UI.. UI.. UI.. UI…!!
Minggus R Jogjamaicah, DIY Indonesia – Monday, February 18, 2002 at 05:24:12 (EST)
Hi Everyone, This is a fantastic website and it is great to be able to keep in touch with people we used to go to school with. Even though it feels like a life time ago! I would love to hear from anybody who was in my class ie Zimmers, Carters, Owen, Kennigards etc. If you have a chance and would love to keep in touch please send an email. I would love to hear from you:-)!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Lucy Markovic Perth, WA Australia – Saturday, February 16, 2002 at 23:44:35 (EST)
I have typing errors all over the place. Sorry!
Christi Neal Salt Lake City, UT USA – Monday, February 11, 2002 at 17:28:17 (EST)
assalamualaikum..wr..wb…!!!senang sekali bisa bergabung disini. saya lahir di tembaga pura dan besar di portsite. tahun 1994 saya pindah ke makassar sampai sekarang. sudah hampir 7 thn saya tidak mengunjungi tempat kelahiran saya itu. saya juga sangat rindu dengan teman-teman saya dulu di sd ypj amamapare. kalo saja ada yang masih ingat dengan saya, tolong hubungi saya. mudah- mudahan lewat ini saya bisa berhubungan lagi dengan teman-teman saya yang dulu. terima kasih.
irma selvina lauddin (ime) makassar, indonesia – Monday, February 11, 2002 at 07:27:22 (EST)
What a plesant surprise to find this web site, Donna Lathti, previously, Hendricks, told us about it. Sue and I lived in Tembagapura from April 1979 to Around august 1982. It was great seeing some names forom the past. Our email address is ” firstname.lastname@example.org” We are retired and living in Tucson Az. and loving each minute of it. We would love to hear from anyone who remembers us from the great times in Tembag. BIll Newton
Bill Newton tucson, az pima – Wednesday, February 06, 2002 at 08:13:25 (EST)
Wow, it is so nice to see something from way back in the past. For any of you that know me, please feel free to drop me a line. My sister is soon graduating from college and my dad finally retired! He is enjoying his life just hanging around as usual. Tembagapura was one of the best places I have ever been…I loved it!
Om Jahagirdar Richmond, VA USA – Saturday, February 02, 2002 at 15:46:44 (EST)
Hi! It’s about time that someone put up this site. (Many thanks to the webmaster! And to Preeti – for telling me about it, though I’ve only gotten around to signing the guest book now.) It’s amazing to see how Tembagapura has touched so many people’s lives. And I thought I was the only one with the great memories. 🙂 I’m Rosalyn Rayco, most of you know me as Rose or Rosie. Or you might remember any of my three sisters – Ruchelle (Ruch), Rowena (Row), and Rhoda Gay; or my parents, Rudy and Elsa. Let me start off by telling everyone from my childhood that I’ve missed you all! With a childhood like ours, who could ask for more? I left with great memories, and lasting friendships. I’ve kept in touch with a lot of my friends since my dad left in 1996, but it’d be great to hear from the others who have kept their long silence. I’m just an email away. To all my friends, love ya all!
Rosalyn Rayco Baguio City, Philippines – Tuesday, January 29, 2002 at 09:14:01 (EST)
this is my correct email address please feel free to email I would love to here from everybody
shawn craft – Saturday, January 19, 2002 at 12:08:07 (EST)
THIS IS A GREAT SIGHT IT IS REALLY NEAT TO SEE SO MANY FAMILIAR NAMES. IT WAS SUCH A GREAT CHILDHOOD GROWING UP IN TEMBAGAPURA. I HOPE EVERYONE IS DOING WELL. LOTS OF GREAT MEMORIES
SHAWN CRAFT MIDLAND, TX USA – Saturday, January 19, 2002 at 11:46:30 (EST)
Just to let y’all know, I live in was born in TPRA and live there for 10years,and my dad worked there for 17+ years (i think). I would love to here anything about a Reunion. Tommy Pawson.
Tom Pawson Cairns, Qld Australia – Monday, January 07, 2002 at 22:09:48 (EST)
Thanks to the web master that has set this site up. Tell ya what the memories that came flooding back!!! I just can’t believe it has taken me this long to find this site. I hope that some people that I haven’t heard from in years get this message and send an email.
Tom Pawson Cairns, Qld Australia – Monday, January 07, 2002 at 22:05:54 (EST)
HI EVERYONE!!ONCE AGAIN, WHAT A GREAT IDEA FOR A WEB SITE. IT’S GREAT TO HEAR WHAT EVERYONE IS DOING AND KNOWING THAT EVERYONE CAN KEEP IN CONTACT AFTER ALL THESE YEARS. TEMBAGS WAS A UNIQUE EXPERIENCE AND UNLESS YOU HAVE LIVED IT IT’S VERY HARD TO IMAGINE.I WAS UP THERE FROM 80-82 AND THEN FROM 85-87 AND MY FAMILY STAYED ON UNTIL 95 AND I VISITED DURING THOSE YEARS.I’D LOVE TO HEAR FROM PEOPLE THAT WERE THERE WHEN I WAS SO DROP ME A LINE SO WE CAN CATCH UP!!! CANDY
CANDY DAVISON (LAZAREVIC) COBAR, NSW AUSTRALIA – Tuesday, December 18, 2001 at 02:25:38 (EST)
Hey jason,yeah we sure had a lot of fun eh! remember when we took those syringes and went atround injecting bugs with water?We were sick little buggers!!!How about that time your litlle brother put the cat in the washing machine, or when he bit the end of its tail off lol lol. Or best of all didnt he drive your dads jeep through the green house? What was his name anyway?
bart andrews port hardy, canada – Tuesday, December 11, 2001 at 18:08:07 (EST)
I’m pleased to say my computer is healthy and ready to begin lots of updating and additions to the site! Nice to hear from BART ANDREWS!!! Bart, my friend, perhaps my best friend in the early years… it’s great hearing from you, man!! I hope you and your family are well! Please keep checking in and send info and pictures you’d like included on the site!
Jason Scarabin Woodland Hills, CA USA – Monday, December 03, 2001 at 07:14:19 (EST)
Hi folks, anyone remember me? Anyone else feel like some of the best memories they have are from over there? I’d love to hear from anyone who was over there when we were(74-80). Who remembers hide and seek at the carters house or shooting those big ant nests with our sling shots and then running like hell? how about hiking down past the satelite station to the village To go trading?
bart andrews Port Hardy, Canada – Friday, November 30, 2001 at 17:01:31 (EST)
Hey! Where did all these old memories come from? Oh well, I feel right at home now, ’cause it’s been raining for the last two days 🙂 Anyway, if anyone wants to get in touch with an ex zookeeper, climber and Tembagapurian, the email address is right here. And thanks to the webmaster for putting this all together!
Gordon Greaves Cairns, QLD Australia – Friday, November 30, 2001 at 08:25:05 (EST)
This is my new email address. I would like to hear from some of you guys.
Jamie Folse-Melancon – Wednesday, November 28, 2001 at 23:24:22 (EST)
hey! i spent a week of this past summer in tembags, and 3 in kuala kencana. great times.
chelsea plaisance chatt, tn usa – Thursday, November 15, 2001 at 11:24:29 (EST)
Nice job! Just thought I would leave my e-mail address. email@example.com Take care! Eric
Eric Ness – Wednesday, November 14, 2001 at 01:07:24 (EST)
Wow, this is really weird to be reading all this stuff from people who used to live in the same small town I did. If any of you people remember me I lived there from 93-96. My parents names are Steve and Elizabeth and my sisters Lauren, Amanda, and Emily. I am just chillen here right now so if any of you know some people’s email addresses that I might know or just whatever email me. This site kicks.
Erin Garcia Lenoir, NC USA – Monday, November 12, 2001 at 10:44:31 (EST)
Hi… : ) Nice web, more picture gallery bout TPRA up to date picture. I think this a good Idea. Be Creative.
Fitria Thahir Jakarta, – Thursday, November 08, 2001 at 05:56:54 (EST)
hi all! what an awesome idea and what a great site! thanks jason–whoever you are :). i was in Tembagapura since I was born (1979) till about 1994. what a place! i’m now in Davenport, Iowa (and no, i’m not a farmer 🙂 hahahaa…) anyway. to all of you who happen to check out this site and recognize me, drop me a line ok? peace and AMOLE !!!
A. Andrew Pangemanan Davenport, IA USA – Tuesday, November 06, 2001 at 19:50:54 (EST)
This is really cool. I lived in Tembagapura from ’95 to ’97 and it was the best experience of my life. If any of my old friends see this, email me.
John Spracklen Medical Lake, WA USA – Sunday, NoveST)
I stumbled across this site while surfing the net…great site! I enjoyed all the pics and stories that everyone has submitted. It was great remembering all the good times I had while visiting my family there. (I am one of the Rhinehart crew…the oldest one that they shipped off to boarding school! lol) I didn’t see any update on my brother Mikey, who I know you all know, so I will tell you what he is up to….Mikey got married in December of 2000 and he and his wife Tina have a beautiful little boy named Gabriel. They live in Mandeville, LA outside of New Orleans along with my mom and dad. If anyone wants to get in touch with him, e-mail me and I will help you out. Good to see everyone is doing good! -Leigh
Leigh Angela Rhinehart-Peterson Quantico, VA 22134 – Thursday, 6 (EST)
Forgot to add my email address.
Rich Owen firstname.lastname@example.org
– Wednesday,9 (EDT)
I just wanted to give a great big ‘WUTZ UP?!’ to all fellow Tembagapura adventurers. Also I had to get my name on the coolest sight on the web. A trip down memory lane is just a couple of mouse clicks away now. Many thanks to Jason Scarabin and Sean Crawford for making it possible to find all those old friends I thought I’d never hear from again. There are a couple of names missing from this guestbook, Mark Carter, Cal Zimmer, you know who you are. Anyway, Denver has been great, it’s nice to be near the mountains still, although there is nothing like peering up at Mt. Zaagham on your way to school/work in the morning. I keep running into people, Dave and Jan Francisco live just a few minutes from me, and I saw Arika Acton recently, I believe she just tied the knot. Anyway, it’s a real small world, feel free to write, I love the e-mail penpal thing and it would be great to know how everyone is doing. I have to just say hello to a few more people: Ricky Ricardo and his brother Remier, Ruchelle and Rosemary Rayco, Chris and Zoraida Manipon, the Macken family, the Lopez family, the Zimmers, of course, and the Carters. Ya’ll need to write! Take care, everyone. Rich Owen
Rich Owen Denver, Co – Wednesday,0 (EDT)
Hey everyone from Tembags. It is so amazing how quickly a web site can reunite lost friendships! I just heard about this site from Clarey Perry. I am very excited about a possible reunion and I will try to link as many people to this very cool web site as I can.
Shane Bowes – Wednesday,2 (EDT)
Just a quick thanks to Jason for setting this up. I’d love to hear about the progress of a reunion. Ed.
Eddie Merdjanic Syndey, NSW Australia – Saturday,3 (EDT)
Hey there fellow tembagapurians! Most of you knew me as Ed, little Ed, big Ed, basketball Ed, whatever. I’m sure that jogged your memory. I can’t believe it took me this long to find this resource. I was thinking about setting something up but I was beaten to the punch. My last time in Tembags was the summer of 98′. I’m sure there is a song there somewhere….I was born there in 1980 and I spent half of my current life there, good times, some bad ones but nothing to regret thats for sure. Just wanted to give a shout out to my boys and girls I grew up with, I miss ya! And all the great parents who gave me the family I didn’t have! Ryan, Shane, Rossa, DJ, Rob, Loren, Nat, Vanja, Kelly, Phil, Terell, Stu, Darren, Mark, Tom, Richie, Bart, Aaron, Erin, Preeti, lil Jack, Wes, Keith, Bob, Arika, Mikey, Mario, Mariana, Lucy, Dennis, Rose, Cheryl, Jason T, just to name a few. I would go on but I need my yearbooks to get everyone. That was just off the top of my head and there is plenty more, just goes to show how many of you guys and girls touched my heart! Love you all, Ed.
Eddie Merdjanic Syndey, NSW Australia – Saturday,1 (EDT)
I lived in T-bags for 7 yrs and my daddy is still there!! It’s a great place and I miss it so much. Be in touch everyone!! My prayers to all of those who have suffered in this tragedy.
Preeti Jahagirdar Fredericksburg, VA USA – Friday,3 (EDT)
Jason, I just received an e-mail from my son, Russell, about this web site. It is wonderful! I thank you for your efforts. We lived in Tembagapura for a total of about twelve years. It is personally one of the highlights of my life (hopefully, not the last one) and I believe each member of our family feels the same way about it. I believe our experience in Irian Jaya helped each of us be better people and develop a close family bond which we work everyday to maintain. Terry and I are living in Toronto, Canada. We miss the Colorado mountains but are having a great time exploring this part of the world. Russell is attending CSU when he is not mountain climbing. Richard is working in Denver and getting back to his writing which he loves and has a great talent for. Hello and all of the best to all of our Tembagapura friends! Linda Owen, email@example.com.
Linda Owen – Thursday,7 (EDT)
Fantastic! When I get bored or miss Tembagapura, which is way too often for having been gone from there for 6 years, I look up the town on the internet, I have to say that this website was an unexpected joy to find. Fun to see some pictures and read things from people I have not seen in a long time. Thanks Jason and anyone who helped with this web page.
Russell Owen Fort Collins, CO USA – Wednesday,7 (EDT)
Great site. I worked at TPRA as a contractor (via Andersen Consulting) supporting the computer systems that ran the business. Was there July/August 1993 & March 1994. To this day I say that Tembagapura and the mountains of Irian Jaya is the most beautiful place I have ever seen. Still have my pictures of all the waterfalls and the glacier! And even today I never look at a white Land Cruiser without checking for a number on the door! Best of luck and I’ll be checking back for updates.
Will Yeldell Charlotte, NC USA – Monday,3 (EDT)
Hi Jason, what a great site. Thank you for getting it together. I lived in Tembagapura from 1976-79, and then my dad went bag in ’88, so I got to experience it as an adult. What a great experience I had. Thanks again, Colleen Felder Weimer
Colleen Weimer (Felder) Covington, LA USA – Saturday,2 (EDT)
It was a lot of fun reading all the messages, the pics. bring back los of fond memories. I was there from 91-94. I am a senior in college now and will be done next december. I am majoring in photography, following my dad’s hobby. Thanks for the site. I am interested in the reunion when it happens. Would love to travel again.
Julia Bieling Mt. Morris, MI USA – Thursday,8 (EDT)
All this stuff makes me think back…very moving, actually, even though I was only there until 5th grade. Thanks for brining back some great memories.
Chris Cantrall New Orleans, LA USA – Saturday, S3 (EDT)
Thank to information web site tembagapura.com
Dahan Siitonga Jayapura, Irja Indonesia – Sunday, S9 (EDT)
Thanks for the pics, they’re awesome! Are “the Kidz” band still rocking the Lupa Leylah?
Steve Gulian Detroit, MI USA – Thursday, S8 (EDT)
i’m so impresed with your website and wonderful pictures.i can feel what situation here,but really wanna know evrything information about freeport and tembagapura,so if you don’t mind please send me email that information.thanks a lot for attention.see you.
Dewi Indah Permata bandung, indonesia – Thursday, S0 (EDT)
Jason, we have enjoyed reading all comments! This is a great idea. Also enjoyed your family photos. Tembagapura was a great time for our family and we look forward to visiting this site often. Hi to your folks and all we know!
Sharon Lambert Sandy, UT US – Thursday5 (EDT)
Thanks for the website, love all the pictures. Just wish there were more of the housing. We were in Tembagapura twice. The first time in 1980, then back for two years, 1982-1984. I know the changes in the community must have changed a lot from then and would just like to see how much. While we were there, we had a baby, Sarah who is grown and married now, our other children are grown too. Our son, Jeff is working in Mesa, has a son, Stevan. Our other daughter, Valerie is living in Casa Grande and working on the Gila Indian Reservation, in Sacaton. i would love to hear from anyone that was in Tembagapura during the years that we were there. g
Carolyn Bustos Eloy,, Az U.S.A. – Mond1 (EDT)
I left a message before and this is to give my new address also I received a message from Mike and Becky Bleaky with no e-mail address? Anyone know???
Don Shackelford Port sulphur, La USA – Frid3 (EDT)
TYPO ERROR: Meant to say: ” and most of all I loved the Jungle”
Kelli Lenton (Hendricks) – Tues8 (EDT)
I love this place. I love the variety of people and cultures. My parents always taught us to respect one another and other cultures. If it wasnt for these fundamentals the whole experience would be lost. Here are my favorite memories; Sitting on “The Point” and watching the clouds roll in until they touched the tip of my nose, playing sports with Indonesian students and developing a close friendship with basic communication! Playing cards, games, macrame’, and other crafts. Mr Silverstone and his Math classes and Soccer games (not the running! ha,ha), the dances, the baking, the music, the friends and most of the jungle! I hike and love nature! My only wish is that I would have captured my experience on camara! I love this place and as a teen I would ride in the helicopeter,and as the clouds were starting to sock us in, I would play,”Dont Fear the Reaper” (loved the Pilots, key word is “Teen Amusement”)There is so much more I could go on in detail, but the bottom line is to say thank you, and I am a better person because of this experience and the people I have met! There is so much! So please if you would like to contact me-please do! I have a wonderful family and a wonderful life! To hear from you would be a treat!! Cheers to all!! Love Kelli
Kelli Lenton (Hendrincks) – Tues5 (EDT)
Hi everyone ! Boy seeing all these pictures sure takes me back ! I was in Tembagapura 1979 thru 1981 ( I think we only stayed 2 years..I was pretty young). I remember starting first grade over there…I was only 5, so when I came back I was a year ahead of all my old friends! Not sure what my dad did at the mine, there, but I remember he took my mom and I up the mountain to see the tram, once and it felt like that place was on the top of the world. My parents are living in Carlsbad, New Mexico, now….but I’ve since married and moved to Salt Lake City, Utah. Does anyone remember the movies they used to show at that clubhouse ? Great site, guys !!
barb (bibby) evans salt lake city, ut usa – Sun9 (EDT)
kelli, please send another e-mail with your e-mail address, your mailing address, and your phone number, it was great hearing from you we have a lot to catch up on. god bless you sweetie i’m so glad you are ok. i send my love to you and your family. carl giaudrone
carl giaudrone carlsbad, nm america – Satur2 (EDT)
Brraavoooo….!!!! what a cool site…!! amolee all..!!!!
J Minggus Renyaan Yogyakarta, DIY Indonesia – Thursd (EDT)
cool website…! if you want to meet other tembagapura people (ypj students & ypj graduates) at mIRC, you can join #amole & visit our official website at www.ika-ypj.8m.net !!
Zecky Secario R. Yogyakarta, Indonesia – Thurs7 (EDT)
Salamat Pagi!! I don’t know if youd remember me or my parents, Pat and Tina Dougherty, well hopefully some of you will contact us!! Thanx Jason for keeping the wonderful memories alive!! It’s never really been the same without that little town of ours!! Love you all!!
Meghan Dougherty Winnemucca, Nv United States of America – Sun3 (EDT)
Great web site Jason.Looking foreward to a reunion.
Donald Shackelford Port Sulphur, La. USA – Thursda0 (EDT)
This is such a wonderful site!! Brings back so many memories! I would really like to get in touch with any of my class mates from 92′-95′ hope to hear from some of you!!
Jana Baird Tooele, Utah usa – Tuesda0 (EDT)
I really enjoyed reading what everyone has written. This is a great place. I miss everyone that I grew up with. It has been a long time. I am looking forward to seeing everyone soon. Write when you get a chance! Love Heather
Heather Tucson, AZ – Monda9 (EDT)
Jason, great website. So good to hear from so many of the kids that I carried back and forth to Tembags. Remember those Orthodontist trips Heather. Wayne and I and of course Jack are well and happy living here in Oregon. It is a lot like Tembagapura, but not as much rain. Wayne has been back to Tembagapura on a few consulting jobs, but I would love to go back too. Even just for a week. Someone asked once what I missed about Tembagapura. I think apart from the spectacular scenery, the wonderful companionship and especially the fun times. I am in contact with many old friends from those days and we all agree that that is what made Tembagapura so wonderful. Thanks again Jason for the great site, and the chance to make contact with old friends. Kath Cook. ex Flight Attendant Freeport. F27 and BAC-1-11.
Kathleen Cook Florence, Or. USA – Tuesda3 (EST)
my name is Aimee Ferguson. hey people. I lived in tembags from 90-93. I was in yr 1 in 91 and so on. in left when my parents split in 93. they r Andrew Ferguson who stayed until 95 and heather Ferguson I loved it so much. it was one of the best experiences of my life!!!!!!!i made heaps of friends and wish I could get in contact with more of them. your a bloody legend for doing this site. the skool roked and so did everyoner in it. well if anyone remembers me plz pretty plz write to me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! seeyas all later cheers Aimee
Aimee Ferguson Adelaide, SA AUSTRALIA – Wednesda5 (EST)
Hey great website. I was a tembagapurian 1990-1993 and it remains forever in my and my children’s ( Aimee, Crystel and Melanie) memories. Lots of good times, a few bad ,but lots of people thrown together from all over and getting on as best they can. Lasting relationships and very close ones. Hey look at all that new housing in the photo, the town has grown! I’d love to write more but have to go to work. If there are any kids there who would like to communicate with mine, they’d love it.
Heather Ferguson Adelaide, S.A. Australia – Tuesda9 (EST)
I am doing some research for a novel I am writing. I’d love to hear any stories about TPRA–the people, company, expats, natives etc. that you might have. You may feel free to change name to protect identities. Please email them to me — and pass the word. Thanks! Lorraine
Lorraine Keene (Mantei) Cedar Hill, TX USA – Sunda6 (EST)
Glad to see this site–it is amazing how connected we feel, isn’t it. My (ex) husband and I lived in TPRA from 2/90 until 12/91. Our three kids, Cassie, Kendall and Daniel attended school there for those two years. Cassie is now at South Dakota School of Mines, and goes to school with a young Indonesian boy who also lived in TPRA. It is such a very small world. Keep up the great work on this site. Lorraine
Lorraine Keene (now Mantei) Cedar Hill, TX USA – Sunda9 (EST)
THIS IS GREAT. IT’S REALLY ABOUT TIME SOMEONE HAS DONE THIS. I LIVED IN TEMBAGAPURA FROM 1972 UNTIL 1975 AND HAVE MANY MEMORIES OF THERE. IN FACT ONE ARRIVED 1 YEAR LATER AFTER I CAME HOME MY HUSBAND, WHO IS INDONESIAN. WE HAVE THREE CHILDREN WHO ARE NOW ALL IN COLLEGE. WE VISITED TEMBAGAPURA IN 1989 WITH OUR THREE KIDS. THEY WERE AMAZED AT WHAT THEY SAW. IT REALLY BROUGHT BACK MEMORIES FOR ME. ONE DAY MY HUSBAND AND I PLAN TO VISIT AGAIN AS WE STILL HAVE INDONESIAN FRIENDS LIVING THERE. WELL KEEP IT UP AND I’LL PASS YOUR WEB SITE ON TO OTHER PEOPLE THAT WERE THERE AT THE SAME TIME AS US.
KAREN BOURQUE SOESENO LAFAYETTE, LA USA – Saturda1 (EST)
It is so great to have the opportunity to reconnect with my old friends. Thanks Jason! The best years of my childhood were definitely spent in Tembag; tubing, swimming, mud fights, helicopter rides… it wouldn’t have been as fun anywhere else. Please email a note and tell me what you’re all up to.
Alison Heston Denver, CO USA – Thursda5 (EST)
The Site is wonderful. Its good to see a little bit of the past has stuck with everybody. I, like everyone else, have plenty of memories from my time in Tembagapura. It really isn’t something you can explain to others, so It is good to find a spot where we all have some of the same experiences. Kudos to Jason for the site, I hope it continues to grow beyond expectations.
Todd Heston Baton Rouge, LA USA – Thursda7 (EST)
Hello all I went to Tembagapura school from 89-93. I had a bunch of fun in Indonesia even though I was only a little kid. But now I have grown up into a big 16 year old man. My parents are Carl and Emmy Giaudrone, they’re not very cool but I have dealt with them for while now and I have wooped them into shape. not really they’re alright. So I have nothing else to say, but if anyone knows me ya’ll can email me and stuff.
BJ Hughes Carlsbad, NM USA – Monday, 5 (EST)
I worked in Tembagapura for 8 years, it was an awesome experience. I met a lot of great people. I met and married an Indonesian lady from Jakarta, what a great lady. I worked there until I retired after working for Freeport for 37 years. I retired in 1993, moved back to Carlsbad, New Mexico. if your ever here give me a call 505-885-5851. so long and take care
Emmy & Carl Giaudrone ;firstname.lastname@example.org
Carlsbad, NM USA – Monday, 4 (EST) Hi everybody. Our Dad is working at the mine. Been very long time we didn’t hear from him. Married an Indonesian woman. Name John (Jean) Lavigne. Have also two brothers with him, Fred and Luc. Need to talk to him. Help us PLEASE
Melina & Mathieu Lavigne Sturgeon Falls, Ont Canada – Monday, 1 (EST)
Jason, This is amazing, I can’t believe that this is real. I have spent countless hours on the web searching for anything or anyone that has a past with Tembagapura. I will add your page to my favorites and return. I would love to have a reunion! Good work on the website it is truly beautiful, I know anyone who has lived there will agree with me. It brings back many found memories. Thanks, Jamie
Jamie Folse Luling, La USA – Tuesday,1 (EST)
Spent some time in Tembag in ’94 – ’96. My four kids, Jamie, Lisa, Tess and Casey still ask about the mates they met in ISS. Any news from them?
Chris Bewes Sydney, NSW Australia – Monday,9 (EST)
Hey Jason, This site looks great, and seems to be getting popular really fast. Its great to read all the comments from so many of our friends. We appreciate all your time and long hours you put into this site. Love you, Ma
Marilyn Scarabin Carriere , Ms USA – Monday,1 (EST)
Hello to all my fellow Freeporters, So glad to see that I’m not the only one to have such fond memories of my time spent in one of the most unique places in the world. My 3 years and 8 months living in Tembagapura and Kuala Kencana were the most special times in my life. I know that I will never forget the wonderful friends and experiences that my family and I were exposed to. I hope that all of my dear friends in Indonesia and America are doing well and I look forward to hearing from some of you in the near future. I will try to submit some photos of the most unique and beautiful people in the world (Irianese). Let’s talk. Sampai jumpa lagi. Love Keith Gremillion
Keith Gremillion New Orleans, LA USA – Thursday,4 (EST)
Great website. We truly enjoyed our time in Tembagapura. It was a wonderful time in our life, we even feel we were a little hasty leaving. A wonderful place in the sun (and rain) maybe someday we’ll return for a visit. Keep this page going we’ll be around. Joe, Billie, Joseph, & Jillian Bittick.
Joe Bittick Globe, AZ USA – Tuesday,4 (EST)
Wow!! what a great place to meet all our friends again. Thank you very much to you jason. Happy new year to all of you! As a native Irianese being educated in U.S., I hope when I come back home, I could make that place nice and friendly for everyone to come back and visit. If anybody has known DR. Ayamiseba`s e-mail address, (who works in New Orleans) please let me know, I will be appreciated. Hugs, Eva
Eva karubaba Weatherford, OK USA – Tuesday,2 (EST)
We are on vacation right now, but still live in TPRA. Received an email from Margo with this website so decided to check it out. Great idea and a way for others to learn more about our community.
John and Grace Barber Tembagapura, – Saturday, 0 (EST)
Selamat Siang Semuanya! Jason, this is great! What a fantastic way for everyone to keep in touch. I hope the message board will become more active. It is great keeping in touch with our TPRA and KK (New Town) friends. I know the site was started with ISS reunions in mind, but it looks like it is going to be a great place for ISS/YPJ students, their parents, and any one who was forever changed by the TPRA experience to keep in touch.
Margo Rhinehart Mandeville, LA USA – Saturday, 9 (EST)
I will be visiting Tembagapura Dec 2nd-9th 2000 on business (Occ. health and Safety). Look forward to meeting you there. Coming in from Brisbane via Darwin and Timika. Reminds me of the four years I spent at Emperor Mine in Fiji. Great site – keep up the good work. Chris
Chris Towsey Brisbane, Q Australia – Thursday, 8 (EST)
Well people of the Tembagapura I am glad that you have “survived” it and can look back with great memories. I had a wonderful three years living there in 89′ thru 92′ so any of you kids I roamed down to the villages and traded t-shirts for stone axes give me a jingle so we can have a laugh about it all.
Tj Apodaca Albuquerque, NM USA – Thursday, 3 (EST)
Very good site for a starter. Need to add another informations, including peoples activities in there. Good luck!
Nova Renegade USA – Wednesday, 6 (EST)
Hey this is a really cool thing to have! I in Tembags 3 years ago and have had some of my biggest and best memories in this little town. It was an experience I will never forget. What I won’t forget, most of all, is the people and friends. I am tossing around the idea of setting up a reunion at my house for all the Tembag Kids of the 1991 to 1998 era. My mother did it with the ladies and it turned out really well. I would love the chance to catch with friends that I have not seen for a while. Post your ideas, or email me!
Loren Stout Sparks, NV USA – Wednesday, S2 (EDT)
Way to go Bro. I remember you and I talking about this a year ago. A great resource for old friends who shared a unique experience to catch up with each other.
Deron Scarabin USA – Saturday, S3 (EDT)
Ronald Demianus Tembagapura, Papua Indonesia – Wednesday5 (EDT)
hallo,apa kabar?? Saya senang sekali bisa melihat kembali tanah kelahiran saya.Buat teman-teman saya harap e-mail saya di ‘email@example.com’ Terakhir saya datang ke Tembagapura untuk reuni sekolah YPJ.dan saya bertemu teman saya Inaya Safitri.Tetapi saya kehilangan surat dia di pesawat.Maaf karena saya tidak dapat menghubunginya.Tolong kalau ada yang tahu dimana dia agar menghubungi saya.Saya sangat ingin dapat bertemu kembali dengannya. Buat teman-teman yang lain terima kasih banget untuk kenangan yang indah,ok!! I LOVE YOU ALL!! Thanks to Jason for made this site. I’m so happy because this site bring back my sweet memories in Tembagapura. BEST REGARDS, Marthen L.K Tobing
Marthen Tobing palembang, 62 indonesia – Monday0 (EDT)
Hallo semuanya, Websitenya menarik dan menyenangkan,ini mengingatkan saya sewaktu masih di Tembagapura,saya akan senang jika ada orang yang dulu tinggal di Tembagapura untuk mengadakan kontak dengan saya. Salam Hormat, I’m very happy after found this Website,that made sweet memory in Tembagapura! Thank’s for Jason,who made this URL-site. Best regards, John Tobing
John Tobing Palembang, 62 Indonesia – Monday2 (EDT)
Hey everyone!! I’m so excited to see all of you signing the Guestbook!! …Especially Mrs. Mom Cook!!! Woo Hoo! However, I’m writing now to test the problem that seems to be recurring with deleting the previous entry. Be patient I’ll fix it! Spread the word and let’s get this place popular enough to be our own little Tembagapura once again! Love and miss you all!!
Jason Scarabin Woodland Hills, CA USA – Sund5 (EDT)
You’ve done a wonderful job on this page, Jason. Thanks for making a place to come ‘home’ to. And I must concur with Julie: after all this time, it still feels like family. The best part of my childhood took place in Tembags, and I love that we are all together again now. It’s a small miracle.
Christi Neal Salt Lake City, UT USA – Sund6 (EDT)
Hi everybody! This looks great! I love what you are doing here Jase! Please write me anyone who sees this I would love to hear from you!
Lana Becnel Mandeville, La USA – Saturday, nt
I think it’s just great that all of you ‘kids’ are connecting once again. It was a rare and wonderful experience – the way we all were in those days. Of course, Heather has probably heard from her mom, too, that it’s not the same any more. However, if you all ever decided to come back for a visit, I’m sure that you would bring back the old spirit to this beautiful place. If any of you ever need information on the people around here – just write. Amole Mom Carolyn
Carolyn Cook Tembagapura, WP Indonesia ? – Saturday 9 (EDT)
I love this web page!!! I have had so much fun catching up with everyone from TPRA. It is amazing that I can go 15 years without hearing from anyone, then all of a sudden we are right back to being friends and family again!
Julie Cook Blacksburg, VA USA – Saturday 0 (EDT)
Cool web page! I miss the rain! I miss everyone!
Heather Herr Lujan Tucson, AZ USA – Frid1 (EDT)
Hey everyone, just testing the Guestbook!!
Jason Scarabin Woodland Hills, CA USA – Friday 1 (EDT)