About HelloMister.com

About Me

Tim Mowrer

My name is Tim Mowrer. I'm the sole operator of HelloMister.com and am responsible for all its content.

From 2005 - 2006 and again from December 2007 - June 2008 I lived in Sungai Penuh, Indonesia, working on a National Geographic funded research project to obtain the first photographic evidence of a cryptid homonid called orang pendek (Indonesian for "short person"). Orang pendek is purportedly an undocumented bipedal primate, previously studied by many Western researchers and considered by many cryptozoologists (those who study unknown animals) to be the most likely cryptid to actually exist, although its existence remains unproven.

As a field researcher, I helped set up motion activated cameras in the jungles in and around Kerinci Seblat National Park (Taman Nasional Kerinci Seblat).

HelloMister.com originally began as a blog about my time in Kerinci. Today, I'm a software engineer working on Cubit, a programmable electronics platform.

Why "Hello Mister"?

"Hello, Mister!" or more appropriately "Heeelllooo, MissssTairrrr!", bellowed at the top of the lungs with rolling "r", is the Indonesian national greeting to any bule (foreigner), regardless of gender.

After living in the same house on the same street in the same town in Indonesia for over 13 months, the same people would still shout this phrase with full-bodied gusto at the mere suggestion of me or my colleagues. It never gets old (at least, for them).

For my web presence during my time in Indonesia, I could think of no domain name more appropriate.


The photos you see on the main page were taking by me; they are mostly travel photos. The photos link to my Flickr page.