Timor Leste – the rising sun in Asia – PART 1

Where is East Timor?

When I got an email back in December 2013 to work in the Capitol city Dili, I had no clue where this country is.

Of course I heard about this country,its independence since more then 10years but I wasn’t sure where exactly this little country was.

Google map helps a lot. 🙂

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From Germany to Singapore to Bali and finally to Dili I entered this beautiful beautiful and again beautiful country.
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If you think you have seen all the beautiful beaches in the world then take a look at these pictures. You cannot compare East Timor with Bali or Boracay.

Get inspired:


East Timor’s road to independence – achieved on 20 May 2002 – was long and traumatic.

When their Portuguese colonial masters withdrew in 1975, Indonesia claimed the territory for itself and ruthlessly suppressed the independence movement.

The Indonesian occupation of East Timor was characterised by a highly violent decades-long conflict between separatist groups and the Indonesian military. Eventually the UN took over the administration and supervised the territory’s transition to independence.

As one of Asia’s poorest nations, East Timor will rely on outside help for many years. The infrastructure is poor and the country is drought-prone.


TIMOR = from timur, the word for “east” in Indonesia; LESTE= is the Portuguese word for “east” => EAST-EAST

In Tetum, the language in East Timor,  the name is Timór Lorosa’e, from Lorosa’e (lit “rising sun”)

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The People of East Timor are mostly followers of Christianity and originate from Polynesian, Papuan and Malayan backgrounds.

Timorese are fiercely proud of their independence and very aware of how hard they’ve had to fight for it. Timorese are one of the friendliest people you will meet.



Hospitality is important to the East Timorese If you’re offered food or drink when you meet somebody, it’s important to at least taste it but always wait for your host to take the first sip or bite. As a result of the long Portuguese period, shaking hands is expected. Women often cheek or air kiss, usually on both sides of the face. It’s good form to greet others you pass on the street.

East Timorese are quite happy to be photographed – a sign that East Timor is not overrun with touristis.

East Timor is a nation of young people. Nearly half the population are children, and many families have between 10 and 12 children living at home.  And a Timorese child never plays alone or quietly—the whole neighborhood joins in the fun! Life happens on the street not in the house.

By the way, there are 16 languages and between 34 and 36 dialects!


The traditional houses of East Timor vary from the large conical Bunak houses



East Timorese love their rice. Makes sense, it’s cheap and it’s filling. They eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner. A meal is not complete without rice, like in any other asian countries.

Most Timorese meals include rice, corn, or cassava, along with leafy greens and vegetables. One Timorese specialty, saboko, is a tasty mix of sardines, tamarind sauce, and spices, all wrapped in a palm leaf. Meat is expensive, try their fish! You can find the local fishermen and the main road selling their latest catch everyday.

AND, please try their own AMAZING COFFEE! East Timor has the best coffee in the world and I am a coffee lover!

Coffee has been grown in East Timor since colonial times under the Portuguese.


The landscape offers a patchwork of rugged mountains, waterfalls, coastal lagoons, and diverse features that support variable vegetation, dry grasslands, savannah forests, gullies, and patches of dense rain forest.




Ok guys, this was Part 1.

In my next blog I will tell you more about the beach, diving, Handicraft and accommodations about TIMOR LESTE!


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