Mr. Anton Buu – Local guide in Indonesia
When I was a student, some of my friends called me Stickman because I made use of a stick to walk. It’s because I got polio when I was two years of age.
Tell us a bit about yourself
My name is Antonius Buu. I am from Flores. When I was a student, some of my friends called me Stickman because for I made use of a stick to walk. It’s because I got polio when I was two years of age. Nowadays children in this part of the world also receive vaccination against polio. I just missed the boat.
In 1991, I started working in the tourism field. I was employed by an Amsterdam based Travel Organization as a tour guide. I worked for this company until 2003. I mainly guided tourists’ groups in Java and Bali although sometimes I traveled further with them in the area of Small Sunda Islands. My stick doesn’t bother me doing my job like going up and down a hill or climbing the steps or walking through the jungle, on the contrary it helps.
The downfall of tourism after the World Trade Center attack and Bali bombs made me pack my bag and return home to start a video studio named Malobo Studio. But in 2005, I returned to the tourism industry working as a tour guide and tour leader for Small Sunda Islands (Bali, Lombok, Sumbawa, Komodo and Flores) for Sunda Trails and other companies. From 2010 until now I am only working for Sunda Trails which later became Khiri Travel.
I love leading tours so much. I think it is just in my blood. I have tried other jobs such as video (clip) editor, cameraman, and computer technician but I like being a Tour Leader best. Traveling around, doing tours and meeting a lot of people from different walks of life widen my horizon.
As a man born and bred in one of these islands, I am happy to be your tour leader/guide to show you around to see and feel the differences we have in life. I do think that the central theme of your booking a trip is the ‘difference’. I do realize that there is a big difference between a tour leader and a tour guide. But I am a tour leader who was once a tour guide, so I know a lot of small information that would make your holiday more than just a holiday. When I tell you things, I do not merely tell you from what I see or read but also from what I experience and feel in life because I am grown up with all these things.
Souvenir I expect most of my clients to take home is not pictures, home videos, key rings or statues that would be placed somewhere in the house or office and soon forgotten because of the daily routine but the memory in the heart. I will do my best not only to make you see Indonesia but more than that to feel Indonesia. Welcome on my tours.
What is your favorite destination and why?
It’s hard to say because every island has its own charm. But if I really have to choose then I will go for Sumatra because the island has a perfect blend of culture and nature and wildlife.
What kind of clients do you work with the most and how do you manage their expectations?
I mostly work with middle class people (the working class people). I like these kinds of clients because they know the value of their money. In managing the client’s expectation, I often tell them the differences we have in life, especially how the local people do and see things and try as much as possible to bend the way the clients look at things.
Can you describe a tour with families?
In general, if you have a tour with family, try your best to entertain the children because normally, if the children are happy then the parents are happy.