On February 27th – March 1st, 2010, Aljazeera TV International visited Komodo National Park. The crew members consisted of Syarina Hasibuan, Stephanie Vaessen and Matthew Allard. They came to cover some footage about komodo dragons, in which, it would be used as a part of their news stories on CITES conference in Doha, Qatar on March 13th – 15th, 2010.
On the first day, the TV crew met the Head of Balai Taman Nasional Komodo (the Park authority). They also had a chance to meet and greet with the activists from a local community group focuses on mining issues. Ferry Adu, the activist of GERAM (Gerakan Anti Tambang), showed the TV crew the location of the gold mine nearby Batu Gosok area.
On the second day, the TV crew went on a speedboat to go to Komodo National Park. First stop was Loh Liang, a tourist concession area located on Komodo Island. As soon as Matthew, the cameraman, saw a komodo dragon, he grabbed his video camera and started to shoot some images of the dragon who lazed around under the tree. Matthew not only got good images from one dragon, he also got several footage from some other dragons who walked around the restaurant area. I have to admit that he looked happy seeing this dragons . Of course! It made his trip all the way from KL-Jkt-Denpasar-Labuan Bajo worth it!
Second stop was Komodo Village. Here, Stephanie interviewed a family whose son was bitten by a komodo dragon in 2007. He is a fisherman, his house is right by the beach. A simple house, he has. In the hot and steamy day, the Aljazeera TV crew worked very hard in trying to get the best footage they could get. It was proven when we went to Loh Buaya, a tourist concession area on Rinca Island, the TV crew walked in the heat under the burning sun, capturing images of komodo dragons walking in savanna. Stephanie had to walk behind a komodo dragon while talking her lines and they had to do “re-take” for several times since the dragon walked pretty fast!
The TV crew did a little bit of trekking in Loh Buaya and they loved it. On the way back to Labuan Bajo, we stopped on Kelor Island to dip ourselves in the crystal clear water with gorgeous sunset as the background. At that time, we could see both the sun at one end and the moon at the other end! Wow.
The Aljazeera TV thanked PT Putri Naga Komodo for helping arranging and organizing the trip. They had a memorable visit in Komodo National Park. Syarina Hasibuan, the producer, was even already thinking to return for holidays here! Cool!