Timmy Turner And D.Hump Write From Tsunami And Earthquake Stricken Indonesia.

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1 / 5 / 05 5:30pm California

As I sit here in my living room with my family, I realize I’m finally leaving. Everyday this week I thought I was leaving to Indo. Each morning I wake up the second I open my eyes I get home sick because I know I’m leaving home for awhile, even though its only 3 weeks it feels as I’m leaving for months. Why it feels like months is because when ever I go to Indo its for months at a time. I’m only going for three weeks get a hold of myself. As I sit here cocky and confident about my departure I know in my head the second I open my eyes tomorrow I’m going to get that scared homesick feeling again. Why it’s like this I just don’t know, but this trip is different than my usual Indo trips. I’m not going to camp in the jungles of Indonesia and sit and wait patiently for perfect waves. I’m going for the reason of the need to help the people and the realization of myself knowing if the tsunami is true or not. Being here watching CNN it all seems fake. Indo is my second home and I have spent more then 3 years of my life there.

I haven’t spent a lot of time in North Sumatra; I’m a Javanese boy, that’s my area that I spend most of my time. Even though, last year I camped out two weeks in a north Sumatra village in front of a perfect wave. I get scared thinking about this: I wonder if the tsunami hit that village that I camped at. I need to get over there… I got to see and realize that this is really happening. What can I do to help? Each day here I hear different rumors about, death, destruction, diseases, and other disasters that the tsunami caused. What to believe? Until I go there and see it for myself, I don’t know what to believe… The funny thing about Indo is there’s always something going on. Ever since I first started going there people here always made up excuses about Indo trying to get me not to go. Whether it was sars, fighting, killing, or wars. Someone is always there telling me not to go. You know what this is one of those rare times when someone hasn’t told me not to go. Maybe its because I haven’t been waiting tables at my moms restaurant The Sugar Shack. There, you here everyone’s views and opinions about everything. I’m not saying that was a bad thing, I love working at the restaurant, all I’m saying is everything is pointing me in the direction to Indo. I’m going back to my second home with one of my best friends.

1 / 6 / 05 6:04pm California

I’m at the airport ready to jump on a plane to Indonesia. So many questions go threw my mind. I ask these questions to myself everyday since I figured out that I was going to Indonesia.

Are we going to see dead bodies?
Are we going be able to help?
Are we too late? Should we have been here a week ago? Could I have made it here a week ago?
Have the reefs changed and do certain waves still exist?
Is it bad of me to be thinking of waves when there’s is so much crisis going on?

1 / 6 / 05 11:30pm On the plane

We’re going to Indonesia not to surf but to find a way we can help out. I don’t know what helping is to tell you the truth. Maybe it’s just simply to document what’s going on over there. Or maybe it’s putting down the camera and help burying dead bodies. On the plane now heading to Singapore, so glad to get off California grounds. Can’t wait to get to North Sumatra and figure our plan out. Leaving home was so sad today. I’m having flash backs right now of seeing my loving wife crying in the garage as I pull away in the car off to the airport. My daughter Kylah who is 2 years old is running around not knowing what’s going on. I call my wife before I jump on the plane and she sounds so sad and says Kylah is out side saying ” daddy ” ” daddy. I’m following my heart right now and that’s why I can leave my family behind. Even though my family is my heart but my heart is telling me everything right now to get over to North Sumatra .I remember the days about seven years ago when Dustiand I would fly over to Indonesia for six months at a time. We were such groms then. I looked so young and Dustin would pass for being my dad. For fun times and jokes he would act like he was my dad. Dustin would yell and scream at me while everyone in the airport would look at us. To make the joke funnier I would fake cry and lay in a ball on the airport floor. We would trip each other on purpose and fall hard to the ground while we aboard the plane. I would make the loudest sound possible on my fall. People would run up and help me get to my feet and ask if I was o.k. Those were the days such groms causing scenes at the airport, no more of that too old and have to be more mature now. Besides if I did this now I would break my wrist or arm.

1 / 6 / 05 3:30am on the plane

I feel really good right now so anxious and excited to get there. We’re 2 hours away now from Singapore. Every time I wake up in between switching positions to sleep on this 18-hour flight. I would get that scared butterfly feeling in my stomach. It reminds me of being in high school and knowing I was going to surf Pipeline. What I’m saying is, yes I’m scared and nervous on what I’m about to experience in Indonesia. We have a long lay over in Singapore right now, drinking a beer now to make time fly while Dustin (AKA D.Hump) delivers e-mails. Not thinking too much about Indonesia because its all blank answers that I don’t know.

All I know is that we’re on the Indies 2 with the SurfAid crew. I’m privileged to be with such a organized crew. There’s nowhere in life I rather be right now. It feels so good to almost be there.

1 / 8 / 05 3:18pm on the plane

Traveling to Indonesia you skip a day going there and gain a day on your departure back to California. We are on our last flight to Padang and there’s a mixture of media industry people and boat captains heading for the same destinations. There seems to be some big timers in the mix. I hope my first impression wasn’t too bad meeting all these people. I’m here to do a job, which is to, document what’s happening over here and to find anyway I can help. All of us on this flight are coming together to help the tsunami victims.

1 / 8 / 05 5:10pm Padang

The drive from the airport to the hotel was great I was so happy to be in here and I feel right at home. Its like were going on a surf trip, but were not, were going to see a disaster. We had a media meeting with SurfAid tonight. Dr Dave explained his POV of what is going on over here. He also explained what SurfAid’s role is going to be in the relief efforts, however they did not explain what our role is going to be. I’m really tired tonight from the flight so it was kind of a blur. We think were on the Indies 2 but were not sure now. Every media person is here and trying to figure out how they could get out to the islands.

1 / 9 / 05 9:20am Padang

Got a good night sleep, its morning and just figured out our plan. Were on the Indies 2 with a couple doctors and we’re heading to Nias in a couple of days which was apparently pretty hard hit.

1 / 9 / 05 12:05pm Padang

The plan seems to be changing every hour, nothing is for sure except were going to find a way to help. Like I said the plan changes every hour and now were not on the Indies 2 because they need the room for more doctors.

1 / 9 / 05 2:30 Padang

It looks like were going to charter our own boat which is called the Mikumba an (80 foot classic Indonesian boat). We will stock the boat with our own aid supplies and deliver it to the affected areas. I think this plan is going to stick and I feel really good about it. The crew we have is insane, even though we don’t have a doctor on board. The best part about this is were all working as a team. We got Dustin Humphrey from Transworld Surf Magazine, Matt George from Surfer Magazine, Bill Sharp from Billabong, Aussie Dave Sparks from Tracks magazine and myself from Quicksilver. There’s no competition in this, we’re all going to work together and help the tsunami victims. How we’re going to help is by loading are charter boat (Mikumba) with food and water and give it to the islands that haven’t received any help. Our mission is really gnarly. Matt George is a legend, very resourceful, and the guy has the best attitude and is getting help from IDEPP, which is another aid relief up here doing work. He is meeting with the organization right now.

1 / 9 / 05 4:00pm Padang

Its funny, now the plan has changed again. Just ran into Matt and he’s got IDEPP donating 1000 buckets full of goodies. I guess each bucket has enough supplies inside to last a family of five for one week. Each bucket contains: –
10match boxes-
1 box mosquito coils-
1 cooking pot-
1 toothpaste-
1 sanitary napkin 8 pack-
1 knife-
2 packs cigarettes-
1 pack cream detergent-
1 spatula-
4 spoons-
1 btl shampoo-
4 toothbrush-
20 meters rope-
1 tarp-
2 candles-
1 towel –
Also, Matt may have found two Indonesian doctors.

1 / 9 / 05 12:32am Padang

Just got back from the SurfAid media meeting. SurfAid people have been so busy most of them have lost their voices. Their main goal is to set up health clinics in Nias, which I think is awesome. They’re also going to find out how this tsunami has affected other parts of the region. Dr Dave told us all the facts and plan of what there going to do. We’ll now we wait at night in our room for room service. We have been waiting for a while now and I’m starving. I think we have a for sure set plan now, which is: we charter our own boat, fill it up with aid material and get out there and make a difference. How this all came about was we got word that there have been gun shots in Banda Aceh so it doesn’t sound to safe my mom, Mira, and Kristian to travel over land to Banda Aceh. Also we are chartering our own boat so we have jobs for them. Mira will act as translator as she is Indonesian and my mom will be sort of a mother Theresa type. I’m so excited to show my mom Indonesia. My mom is going to be on a boat trip with me, this is so awesome, the adrenaline I have right now going through my body is unreal. Can’t wait to see my mom and have her experience this boat trip. You can say I’m not talking about what we getting ourselves into, but all this organization takes your mind off what has happened with the tsunami. Why my mom, Kristian, and Mira are coming to Indonesia is because they want to help the people here.

Flash back a week ago. My mom really wanted to come over to Indonesia to help with the aid relief. She felt it was her calling to do it and was not taking no for an answer. At the time we couldn’t take her with us as the surf aid project had enough heads and there just wasn’t room. She was still going so Mira who is Indonesia and happened to be in California at the time offered to escort here to Bande Aech and help find a well to help there. My friend Kristain was on board as well. Dustin and I were supposed to meet them in Banda Ache, but plans changed. My mom, Mira, and kristian were heading up to Banda Ache with a five-man tent to help with aid relief.

1 / 10 / 05 5:00am Padang

Sleep is overrated at this time. The mosque music goes off at 5:00 am every morning as a reminder to pray to Allah. The noise goes through your body, its loud outside our hotel. I think we finally have a set plan; it’s the same as last night. I’ve got to call my mom and tell her the new plan. I feel a lot more comfortable about them coming with us on the boat. The only bummer is we’re not going to be tracking through Banda Aceh and looking for my mom, Kristian, and Mira in a tent. I was really looking forward to that mission, but this is a lot safer for many reasons. For one thing Dustin and I didn’t get any shots before we left the states and since we will be sleeping on the boat the whole time that reduces a lot of risks. My mom is like Mother Therespetition in this, we’re all going to work together and help the tsunami victims. How we’re going to help is by loading are charter boat (Mikumba) with food and water and give it to the islands that haven’t received any help. Our mission is really gnarly. Matt George is a legend, very resourceful, and the guy has the best attitude and is getting help from IDEPP, which is another aid relief up here doing work. He is meeting with the organization right now.

1 / 9 / 05 4:00pm Padang

Its funny, now the plan has changed again. Just ran into Matt and he’s got IDEPP donating 1000 buckets full of goodies. I guess each bucket has enough supplies inside to last a family of five for one week. Each bucket contains: –
10match boxes-
1 box mosquito coils-
1 cooking pot-
1 toothpaste-
1 sanitary napkin 8 pack-
1 knife-
2 packs cigarettes-
1 pack cream detergent-
1 spatula-
4 spoons-
1 btl shampoo-
4 toothbrush-
20 meters rope-
1 tarp-
2 candles-
1 towel –
Also, Matt may have found two Indonesian doctors.

1 / 9 / 05 12:32am Padang

Just got back from the SurfAid media meeting. SurfAid people have been so busy most of them have lost their voices. Their main goal is to set up health clinics in Nias, which I think is awesome. They’re also going to find out how this tsunami has affected other parts of the region. Dr Dave told us all the facts and plan of what there going to do. We’ll now we wait at night in our room for room service. We have been waiting for a while now and I’m starving. I think we have a for sure set plan now, which is: we charter our own boat, fill it up with aid material and get out there and make a difference. How this all came about was we got word that there have been gun shots in Banda Aceh so it doesn’t sound to safe my mom, Mira, and Kristian to travel over land to Banda Aceh. Also we are chartering our own boat so we have jobs for them. Mira will act as translator as she is Indonesian and my mom will be sort of a mother Theresa type. I’m so excited to show my mom Indonesia. My mom is going to be on a boat trip with me, this is so awesome, the adrenaline I have right now going through my body is unreal. Can’t wait to see my mom and have her experience this boat trip. You can say I’m not talking about what we getting ourselves into, but all this organization takes your mind off what has happened with the tsunami. Why my mom, Kristian, and Mira are coming to Indonesia is because they want to help the people here.

Flash back a week ago. My mom really wanted to come over to Indonesia to help with the aid relief. She felt it was her calling to do it and was not taking no for an answer. At the time we couldn’t take her with us as the surf aid project had enough heads and there just wasn’t room. She was still going so Mira who is Indonesia and happened to be in California at the time offered to escort here to Bande Aech and help find a well to help there. My friend Kristain was on board as well. Dustin and I were supposed to meet them in Banda Ache, but plans changed. My mom, Mira, and kristian were heading up to Banda Ache with a five-man tent to help with aid relief.

1 / 10 / 05 5:00am Padang

Sleep is overrated at this time. The mosque music goes off at 5:00 am every morning as a reminder to pray to Allah. The noise goes through your body, its loud outside our hotel. I think we finally have a set plan; it’s the same as last night. I’ve got to call my mom and tell her the new plan. I feel a lot more comfortable about them coming with us on the boat. The only bummer is we’re not going to be tracking through Banda Aceh and looking for my mom, Kristian, and Mira in a tent. I was really looking forward to that mission, but this is a lot safer for many reasons. For one thing Dustin and I didn’t get any shots before we left the states and since we will be sleeping on the boat the whole time that reduces a lot of risks. My mom is like Mother Theresa and Mira is perfect for translating the language in each village we go to. These last two days have been so overwhelming and stressful that we don’t have time to think of what were actually doing. I’m not scared anymore or have butterflies. I’m so excited to get on the boat.

1 / 10 / 05 9:00am Padang

So at this point everything is looking really good. Just got back from the Wartel, which is the phone booth in Indonesia. I called my mom and the crew and told them the new plan. I got my brother Ryan to pack a board bag full of clothes and a couple boards to have my mom bring to me. I have so many clothes to give away to the villages that need it most. All year around I save clothes to bring here anyways and now with this tsunami it’s perfect to get my collection of clothes over here to give away. Every trip I come on to Indonesia I always have a board bag full of goodies to give away. Right now the crew is organizing everything. This is our crew: Matt George, Bill Sharp, Dustin Humphrey, Mom, Mira, Kristian McCue, Dave Sparks, three Indonesian doctors, and a Indonesian captain and crew. The plan is to get to an island that hasn’t been helped yet. And the crew is going strong right now with making all this happen. There is so much work involved in this from getting the boat equipped with food, gas, and all the aid supplies. Matt is running around the city still looking for the right doctors that can go with.

1 / 10 / 05 12:30pm Padang

I’ve had it easy today compared to our crew. The crew ‘s day has been nothing but efforts of organization and logistics fatigue and stress. Our team is awesome; I can’t explain how hard everyone is working his or her asses off to get this operation under way. Matt, Bill, and Dustin are on the phone all day and are running around Padang like madmen. Trying to explain what they’ve been doing would take a book to write. What I understand at this moment is that we got to get the 1,000 aid buckets and 10 tons of water to our boat in one hour, which is an hour. Were going to have to hire a huge truck to transport all of these items.

The Indonesian news over here shows mind-blowing footage. I can’t explain how heavy the tsunami was after seeing the news over here. What I saw was like a huge blob of water moving slow motion down a street. The water was moving so slow because it was so thick. You could have out run this area because of the slow moving situation. It showed a car come out of an ally not knowing anything and driving right into the tsunami. Then the car was trying to drive his way out of the tsunami.

1 / 11 / 04 6:00 am

Can’t sleep anymore too much things going on today. It’s going to be a long day of work. I can’t comprehend what we got to accomplish today and I wonder if we can pull it off.

1 / 11 / 05 7:48am Padang

Dustin just came back to the room and knocked on Bill’s room. He can hear Bill talking on the phone. Bill has been working his ass off on getting us money to fund the SSRO. Apparently he has everybody at the trade show this next weekend paying five dollars for a black armband to support our cause. I haven’t really written too much about the reports we have been getting from other people in the field. The reason is that I have not seen them for myself. The reports were have been getting are not good and really scary. You can check with IDEP.ORG for updated field info.

1 / 11 / 05 8:09am Padang

Dustin just came back from their room again after talking to Bill and Matt all is well. The plan is still on. We are heading out now to do our tasks for the day. Which is looking at our boat first. It is now Dustin’s job of organizing the doctors and making sure they have all the equipment and are ready to leave tomorrow. He is also the liasion for organizing the boat.

Matt and Bill’s jobs are so tremendous that I couldn’t even begin to tell you what they are doing. It ranges from organizing all the different types of aid we will take to coming up with the $30,000