February 27, 2008
Unlike Korea, where rice is eaten for every meal as well as snacks, it is common for families in Indonesia to eat rice for only two meals a day.
As an interesting side note, the field workers face many dangers during the day. Intense heat from the mid-day sun has brought about the popular rice paddy hats. Dehydration and poor posture are hugely detrimental factors but the worst of them all, they also face the wrath of the green snakes which live in the irrigated paddies. While I could never handle the thought of working along side these vile creatures, they tend to think of their situation in a more beneficial light. Yes, they eat these snakes for their dinner. I was even told that they make a scrumptious stew or, if you fancy, a shish-ka-bob (as the Indonesian would say, a satay).
February 23, 2008
But this last week we stumbled into a different kind of fame. Published fame! Check it out.
Now, I know most of you can not read Korean so I'll translate... It says what beautiful people we are, how brilliant we are at educating children and that everyone wants to be us etc. Take my word for it, there is no need for a second opinion!
February 21, 2008
-Gili Air, Lombok, Indonesia-
-Gili Air, Lombok, Indonesia-
Under a grass hut on the beach, listening to the laughter was the next best alternative.
-Swimming Hole, Git Git Air-terjun, Bali, Indonesia-
February 19, 2008
Famous for their dance, we could not pass-up the opportunity to see a traditional Balinese Hindu dance, more specifically, The Barong and Kris Dance.
Oppressing would be the best word for this performance; dying, death and fear seemed to grip the playwrites, the actors and somehow even the audience. To us the good guys didn't seems so good and the lines between what was evil and what was not were so blurry that we could not make out the difference. These few shots are a small glimpse at what we consider to be the terror of a Godless, man-made realm.
We left this play feeling uneasy, but if you would like to learn more about this Balinese Art you can check out this site:
We purchased the marshmallows from Costco, picked up some butter from King's Mart, the only thing left to get was the ₩16,600 box of Rice Krispies from the foreign food market.
Translated into Canadian, $17.00!!
Now, before you go thinking that we have so much money that we throw it away in such frivolous manners, I need to tell you that we were fortunate enough to have a friend with connections. These connections just happened to land us two boxes of Rice Krispies hot off the American base! And practically free, with the exception of a sticky pan of squares.
And, yes, they were delectable!
February 15, 2008
-Danau Bratan, Bali-
-Danau Bratan, Bali-
Making a ___ RP 2000
Taking a shower RP 3000
Yet, if you have followed our blog and our experiences while in Asia, you will notice how this sign is not a testament to poor English in Bali but instead shows how even in third world countries their English base seems to be more proficient than it is here in Korea.
February 12, 2008
February 11, 2008
The capital's oldest wooden structure caught fire at 8:46 p.m. yesterday and was burnt to its foundations by 2 a.m., police officials said. Investigators are trying to determine the cause of the fire.
Namdaemun, which South Korea declared its "National Treasure No. 1'' in 1962, was completed in the early Chosun Dynasty during the reign of its first King Taejo in 1398 and was one of Seoul's eight main gates. It was renovated in 1447 and has undergone repairs, the latest in 1961.
The rebuilding of Namdaemun will take at least three years and cost about 20 billion won ($21.2 million), Yonhap News reported, citing Kim Sang Koo, a Cultural Heritage Administration official in charge of the architectural heritage division.
February 9, 2008
While we were on the islands of Bali and Lombok we were able to travel up over the mountains and into the dense jungles. Seemingly everywhere, lining the sides of the roads were hordes of monkey families. From babies right down to the old grandfathers, they were all there waiting for the tourists to stop, buy bananas (for an outrageous price) and feed them. We did not dissapoint.
February 6, 2008
To find out what a meme is, click here. Meme asks us to tell you 6 quirky, random or inconsequential facts about ourselves. The rules for meme are: (1) Link to the person that tagged you. (2) Post the rules on your blog. (3) Share six non-important things/habits/quirks about yourselves. (4) Tag six random people at the end of your post by linking to their blogs. (5) Let each random person know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their website.
- Trevor must sleep with the fan on every night and has done so for the majority of his life. The reason... he believes that aliens will not think to include the sound of a fan when they abduct him; therefore, the disappearance of the background noise will awaken him and the aliens will be forced to abandon their abduction.
Koreans are horrified by the thought of sleeping with a fan on. You may as well be telling them to kill their firstborns. For more information on the Korean myth of fan death check out this entry:
- When I, Rachel, got engaged to Trevor, I didn't even know how to properly spell his last name. Was it Olson with an 'o' or Olsen with an 'e'? I was too embarrassed to ask so I just snuck quick glances at his wallet whenever I could. I am happy to announce that before we were married I figured out that I would spend the rest of my life as a 'son' not a 'sen'.
- We live in Korea, and have for almost 2 years now, yet we still do not speak a lick of the mother tongue. Needless to say we are proficient in the art of hand signals and fluent in Konglish, which is a language composed of a lot of Korean with a little bit of random English. To experience Konglish first hand, check these out:
- When we moved to Korea we thought long and hard, and decided it would be a good idea to get a dog. So along came our little Yorkshire Terrier whom we named, Kimchi. Yes, we named our dog after the most popular side-dish in a country that serves kimchi while eating dog.
- We have been to North Korea a few times and even have the passport stamps to prove it.
- I love gummy candies SO MUCH that when I see a bucket, a barrel or a tub of them I will eat myself silly. Now the problem with this is that I have super-ultra-hypersensative teeth and the high sugar content sets them ringing. Even through my tears, I am still stuffing them in by the handfuls. The pain isn't enough to bring me to my senses.
So when I ask you to send me these delightful treats for Christmas or other special occasions, please remember my lapse in judgment and only send a few at a time.
Well, now that we have aired our strange and abnormal laundry I would like to recommend the following people for a meme blog:
February 5, 2008
This monster of a volcano, 3,726 m (12,224 ft), rests on the island of Lombok and is the second highest volcano in Indonesia. Its first recorded eruption was in September of 1847, yet most recently it has erupted in 1994, 1995, and 1996.
While it is dwarfed by Rinjani, its neighbor the the East, Agung still dominates the island of Bali greatly influencing the climate. Agung ensures that the rain remains in the west, rendering it lush and green, while the east is dry and barren. While Lombok's massive volcano has erupted as recently as 1996, Agung has not erupted since 1963-64. Yet Bali's volcano does not lay dormant, it is still active, with a large and very deep crater which occasionally emits smoke and ash.