Depending on whom you asked, the reconstruction progress in tsunami-ravaged Meulaboh is either very swift or very slow.
At the peak of the crisis, the world reacted and donated millions of dollars as well as non-monetary aid to help restore order to the chaos.
By all accounts, Meulaboh, though a smaller and poorer cousin of province capital Banda Aceh, received overwhelming attention and help as well.
Yet, until a few months ago, more than two years after the tidal waves destroyed homes and lives, some Acehnese were still living in tents handed out by humanitarian groups.
It would be easy to just conclude that the money donated must have been swallowed in its transition from donors to beneficiaries. After all, it has been assumed that corrupted government officials and cunning businessmen are always ready to pounce when a disaster strikes.
But the truth is not always so black and white.
Aid workers say that some people chose to continue staying in the tents because they got more subsidies and attention.
Others apparently found ways to enjoy the best of both worlds – accepting their newly-built homes but continuing to have a presence in the tent.
At least one NGO encountered problems trying to close its camps because residents who were supposed to be staying in the tents cannot be found.