We spent 10 days doing the loading of the catalyst working 10-12 hour days - it was exhausting. Since most of the population is Muslim they take longer breaks during the day to provide those who need to pray enough time to eat as well. I end up getting sometimes a 2 hour lunch and dinner break but after sweating all day I rather just power through. This coming home and getting relaxed then having to put the nasty nomex on to head back to work was not enjoyable. Let me just state that the 2 hour lunch and dinner break is not included when I say I worked 10-12 hour days...Unit to be started up shortly!
|Yan, my coworker and Ida, hotel sales manager - this is a view from the refinery housing area.|
|Streets of Balikpapan - looks calm but they really aren't!|
|Karaoke on a work night - Me, Aloq, Yoga & Yesay jamming out!|
In China I would have people come up to me and want to take a picture with me but I swear I have been asked more times while inside of the refinery here by the workers to take pictures with me. It's flattering nonetheless - just funny. Of course when I say a few words in Indonesian they just laugh because my accent makes their language sound funny :-)
|Aloq, Me & Yesay just chilling on the bench during catalyst loading.|
Hopefully I will get a little time to explore Indonesia before making the trek back to Chicago in a few weeks...until I have something else interesting to post. Take care everyone!
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