Sunday, May 28, 2017

Otters and Vanity

I finally saw Singapore's famous otters, who have moved into our Bay. They're eating orange fish.
Last bite.
I counted 10 otters, which is a good sighting during a downtown lunchbreak, I figure.
In other news, Barry and I have been enjoying the views (here in Kata, Phuket).
Selfies are no longer enough. You need your friends to take poser shots.
They'll help to make sure your butt is at the right angle for the asselfie.
It is imperative that you do NOT enjoy the view while taking pictures. Your online profile doesn't care about such things.
Try also to avoid the delicious food.
Here's my poser shot. Barry and I decided to limit it to frontal shots.
I think I did better than him, no?

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

No Hawkering, skirts, or clean water

Caption contest?
Welcome to a Kuching, Borneo, where these guys kindly request you refrain from sell(er)ing your goods at the temple.
It is not without infrastructure challenges.
And unusual naming conventions.
What do you get at Le Food restaurant, you ask? How about local rain forest ferns!
Barry was looking for D'loves in all the wrong places.
The right place was this $2.5 laksa place, which is the best we've had so far in Asia!
Eating it from the take-out bags in our hotel room was challenging, though.
Then we had some American-style clothes made, like this old military shirt.
A new site in Kuching is the Upside Down House. This is the latest thing in Asia. We did it wrong.
First, don't wear a skirt. Rule #1. It makes the pictures look all wrong. Duh.
Luckily, they had picture spotters, who help you to know what to do. Otherwise, all of our shots would look like this.
Rule #2: you need to always be on tiptoes, or it looks weird.
By the end, with coaching, we mastered what skill there was.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Tusks, Ears, and Aardvark paws

Guess where we are: this is a safari selfie - a bit cold in the early morning.
Elephants are my favourite! Strangely, ugly wild dogs are Barry's favourite. 
Did you hear a lion? 16 huge ears are checking.
Tied for ugliest animal is the warthog. 
And tied for my favourite is little baby kitten lion cubs wrestling!
Did someone say ugly?
Did someone say kitten?

Well, hello up there, good to see you!
Some of the animals were hidden, and harder to spot.
Our spotter sits in a special front seat to find extra animals. Here I am, training for the role.
This klipspringer camouflages with the rock.
The ear-mite-cleaning bird sits on the back of this impala.
More impala, also known as dinner.
Ok, it's time for more elephants: elephant selfie - can't get it all in the picture when they come closer.
This is my best water-frolick shot.
Elephant face splash.
View from our room in the lodge.
This is a white rhino frolicking - they're less agile.
Baby zebra looks surprised.
And a bit knock-kneed.
Hyena, the cross between a bear, a dog, a pear (it has a big butt) and a leopard.
It's breakfast time for the hyenas.
Aardvark paws make a good snack for later.
I'm a wildebeest, how do you gnu?
And now for the lesser animals/pictures. First, a glimpse of a hippo.
Mongoose.
Crocodile not really posing for the picture.
Birds: grey hornbill visiting our room.
Over-accessorized shaft-tailed whydah.
Pale chanting goshawk, which sounds like a team mascot.
And our dinner companion, Leafy.