It’s been 3 weeks since we don’t have “normal” electricity in Labuan Bajo. People can only have access to electricity every 8 hours. So, for example, from 12am – 8am, there’s power, starts from 8am – 4pm there’s no power, from 4pm – 12am there’s power, and so on and so forth. Not only that, the city is divided by two parts. The down town and the upper part. If there’s power in the down town, it means there’s no power in the upper part and vice versa. Isn’t it amazing?
I have to get used to this condition these days. It’s not easy. Having used to live in big cities then suddenly I have to deal with having electricity in every 8 hours everyday is pretty annoying. People said that the government is trying to fix the problem, but how come it’s taking forever? No one really knows what’s the problem with the power stations. Most probably, there’s no enough power for everyone in this town as the town keeps growing each day. There are new hotels, new houses, new shops are built every day here. The government should really have a plan if they want to make everyone’s satisfied.
All restaurants and offices have to buy generators to keep the business going. At the place where I stay, there’s no generator, so I have to use candles at night. Even though it’s romantic, but I still prefer to have electricity and being able to switch it off whenever I want to :p. Unfortunately, that’s not the case :(.
People have to survive here with having only 8 hours of power during the day. It makes me think how the people in the villages live without power? Obviously they don’t use laptop that needs to be charged every now and then, or a mobile phone, or other electronic devices that makes your life dependent on them. Hmmm… I imagined myself living without my laptop, my cellphone nor the internet connection. It must be hard!
Sometimes I work from restaurants that have generators and work from there, if the one in my office doesn’t work. The restaurant staffs often complain about having to buy the fuels for the generator and how inconvenient it is having to work with such a limited power. Apart from that, using a generator means more cost for the restaurant.
Until when Labuan Bajo will have this problem? I asked around and it seemed no one had the answer. Only heaven knows.