Thus it did indeed ALL started like this……..
It started in May 1998 when my husband who is a graduate from the Technische Hochschule AACHEN felt that he would like to spend his savings in something “for our old days”. With our nephew Harry who is an architect they made a little (!!!!) tour de Sulawesi starting from Makassar . Partly by air and partly by road they traveled around.. They of course did find many things. For instance in South Sulawesi (Bulukumba area) in Central Sulawesi (Poso area) and finally arrived in North Sulawesi namely at our modest house in Pineleng (somewhat outside of Manado).. Here they surveyed around a bit but apparently “did not find” anything suitable.
In retrospect I guess that my husband was inspired by a tour that we made in 1991 drifting along some islands in the Moluccas. ( I reported about it somewhere else). These islands are so beautiful and untouched that it looked as if you would like to invite everyone who loves nature to join and drift along with you. Therefore I guess he was dreaming of building once more (because in fact he has designed one before in 1992) a live aboard vessel…… maybe.
Anyway on 8 May 1998 (I know that date because it was on the pictures I made with a Sure Shot Cannon camera that I unfortunately lost a little time later) my cousins Hanni and Arini asked us to visit relatives in a village named Lemoh.
After having had a good lunch (as always in the Minahasa) Hanni suggested to join him and Arini to visit Gerry N.who is a friend of them. Gerry was at that time still married o Alfons L. who lived in Jakarta. We visited Gerry at THE place that time named TAGAROA. Gerry wanted to sell the place.
LOVELY isn’t it
This platform or terrace doesnot excist anymore…..
“You want to sell the place? Why???? It is soooo beautiful here!” She answered: “Yes it is beautiful……, but the people who work for me around here are not!”
Well in September that year the deal was made and my husband became to be the new owner. We made some adjustments to the (main) building and had additionally build a “family” house.
and also a “swimming ” pool:
It was a pity that in October 2002 Gerry’s beautiful jetty was totally destroyed.
As mentioned above it was destroyed by a storm in October 2002 according to information the same storm also destroyed the main jetty at Bunaken Island.
We also chenged the name from TAGAROA (The name of the god of the sea for melanesians) to MANGUNI (name for the wise bird, the messenger in the Minahasa).
You may click on the above caption in BLUE (this is a link) to see my Webshots pictures of that transition or simply click Manguni Seaside Lodge at Webshots
Further on (because it is my hobby) I made many videos that I’ll show you below:
WELLLLLLL, that was it guys from a dream to an obsession to a prayer for survival …… because we are not yet breaking even yet….. How long can we hold on? How long will it take to have enough customers to break even or do we have to sell our dream and perish with thr dream ? Both of us are soon 80 years young. Can we be strong enough to hold on ? I hate it if I have to say someday: “It was worthwhile, anyway………”
No, my mother used to say to me: “Lani, je moet FLINK zijn!” (“Lani, you have to be STRONG!”) “Yes, Mom, I will be strong”
Both Gerry and Arini are not with us anymore….. Gerry passed away in Jakarta (2005) and Arini in Tomohon (2004).