Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Barry's Secret Aussie Affairs

Barry' been to Australia 4 times this year, and I'm starting to ask myself some serious questions. This time he went with his bike and enough skin tight clothes to bury a kangaroo in.
Barry says: "She was long and curvy, a beauty to the eye, with clear waters and a break in the middle where she was under repair." He calls her Jetty.
Barry claims to have gone swimming, and I quote: "Growing up in a land of poisonous snakes, crocs, sharks, spiders, and other mean creatures means they can swim and run very fast. And since one quarter of the population lives within 3km of the coast, they are naturally great swimmers too, and offered me the following helpful advice "Try not to look like a seal" (as I stood in my black wetsuit at the start line). "
Barry says: "She has great meaty toppings, and none of the fake Asian stuff we sometimes see. They even call her "meatasaurus".
Barry, the victorious athlete, says: "If you happen to find yourself without any triathlon races to do in December, or find yourself in Western Australia with too much energy, I suggest doing the hot, long and painful Ironman Western Australia race. If you feel like you are a fast triathlete in your home town, come down to Australia and see how slow you really are. " And yet, the camera tells a different story:Most suspiciously of all, Barry claims, that in the heat of the race, when he was starved for energy, electrolytes, and sanity, he ate, and ENJOYED vegemite! Can you believe these shocking tales? Laura says "hmmm".

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Inspirational Updates

Preparing for the holidays and need motivation, or perhaps fashion advice? You've come to the right place. First, here is some inspirational Chinese Restaurant marketing. I have not Putien, I think.Always good advice:Here is some inspiration from our current favourite Engrish shirts:
This one I bought before fully reading and was shocked!
My sister, during her visit, preferred Punjabi suits, which are not always as aerodynamic as was hoped:
Finally, here is Barry's favourite shirt.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Bali Jungle Weekend

Stuck in Bali for a work trip and don't know what to do for the weekend? I suggest, if you've been before, to forget about the temples, shopping, and beach resorts (above), and go hide in the jungle! This is the view from our private jungle chalet (monkeys not shown):Unfortunately since these chalets are built into a cliff, there are a lot of stairs:These stairs lead to the restaurant (see if you can spot the jungle chickens).And to the infinity jungle pool.And at the bottom of the cliff, there is a secret ravine with an awesome waterfall. To answer your questions: Yes, those are Tarzan vines and yes, Barry is ready for your fashion advice:You can also walk along the roads. Face shown for scale - roads are basically paths.The jungle is filled with surprises - these cows are used to plow the rice paddies, and tied next to their owners modest jungle houses.Once you've hiked and absorbed the beauty of isolation, you get all relaxed and sentimental and start taking picture of leaves,And flowers.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Laura in Qatar

Welcome to Qatar, where, due to a short day trip spent mostly in a car, I leave much to the imagination. I call these two: "Doha by plane".This one: Downtown and Passing Palm.
This one is called: "Barbed Wire Tumbleweed in Desert".This one, representing the most common view: "Desert via car window".And finally: "Mirage".

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Back to Burma

There is little information online about what to do on your second trip to Myanmar. I'm here to change that; let me provide some ideas. Perhaps surfing the web:Or enjoying some local beverages, like Quench, Star, or the economical Mandalay Rum.You can take cruises up the Irrawaddy river to see dolphins, but I only got as close as this glowing-eyed representation.Probably best to relax and watch the sunset, perhaps along with a Burmese wedding.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Countries Selling Themselves

How does your country advertize itself? Let us spend some time pondering country tourism advertizing, shall we? Japan has launched a "Visit Japan 2010" campaign, plastered on the sides of Singapore buses. Short term goals work for me.Korea is advertized regularly on our television, with the fairly abstract slogan of "Korea Sparkling". What could it mean? And, um, I don't mean to be rude, but, isn't sparkling hard for many Koreans to say?Singapore has also chosen a relatively meaningless slogan. As has Malaysia: I was looking for Asia, now I've found it!Taiwan, also heavily advertized in Singapore, has tried a different approach: being cheap.Thailand agrees with this approach, then builds on it.
Myanmar is Mystical (I guess), Vietnam is the hidden charm (I found said charm immediately), and Indonesia, well, doesn't pay their slogan team as much.
Cambodia doesn't yet have a slogan team.
And yes, don't think you're above this, your country sells itself too.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Food, Creatures and Surprises

The vegetable of the week is, well, this one. I did not succeed in identifying it or figuring out how to eat it, but it tasted like a raw zucchini.The fruit of the week is the purple dragonfruit. This is one I know about: it's what happens when a kiwi, a watermelon, and a beet combine.
The flamboyant beer mascot of the week is Kirin, the fluffy lion/dragon monster. Did you know that Kirin beer, along with other Asian brews, have rice in them? Yes, Laura in Singapore is also educational.
The cute animal of the week is Cusstard, one of Singapore's adorable yet tough gutter kittens. We tried to feed him milk and he nearly attacked us. I guess he's more into chocolate and cigarettes.
The shocking exposé of the week is Heather, Alex and Barry engaging in violent sport! And liking it! Poor little plastic duckies.