The Making of Ocean Warriors

As some of you may know, Friendly Drifter has been creating a children’s book to educate young minds on the harmful effects plastic waste has on the environment. Education plays major role in creating a sustainable waste management system for Raja Ampat. The initial idea for creating such a book came to me when I

Team Effort

I have been in Raja Ampat for 10 days now. My arrival was perfectly timed as it coincided with a festival in Waisai. People came from all over Indonesia for the festival. There were plenty of organizations with booths dedicated to some sort of waste management; from education and programs to upcycle plastic bottles and

Raja Ampat Ocean Rescue Run

Things have come a long way since I've been back home. My health has gotten much better, Ranny is doing incredible things in Raja Ampat and Friendly Drifter is evolving once more. When I returned home, my body was weak, and my mind was cloudy. Doing normal daily activities resulted in muscle soreness the very

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

As I write this post I am sitting in my mother's living room overlooking Cowichan Bay on Vancouver Island. My step-father Peter is practicing a new song on an acoustic guitar. This is quite a contrast from where I wrote my last post. I will explain why I am home over a month earlier than

Good Morning Waisai


It's great to be back in Waisai. I've seen some familiar faces already. One of the guides on the jungle expedition, (who happens to work for a forest and wildlife conservation program), offered me a free place to stay while I get situated. I took him up on the offer and stayed for a night

Into the Jungle

Last minute changes again (I love not having a schedule). I flew with Ranny to Sorong. Along the way she told me about some guests she was having the day we arrived. They are reptile lovers and had plans of trekking into the jungle in hopes of finding snakes. I've been itching to see the


Well I remember why I fell in love with Indonesia. Not only for its majestic beauty, but because of the people; I'm blown away how the people here are so warm and welcoming. Last minute I made a change of plans. Ranny had told me she was attending a sustainable tourism conference in Yogyakarta on

Friendly Drifter Run for Raja Ampat

Friendly Drifter Announces Fundraising Run from the US/Mexican border to Vancouver Canada. Funds raised will go towards creating a recycling facility for plastic waste in Raja Ampat Indonesia. For more information, visit If you wish to support our efforts, please consider a donation through Thank you.