Fresh to Death: Indonesia

Apr 03

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Jan 31

Sometimes I find myself in places where pramuka (like scout leaders) booth leaders vie for the most attention at a “Celebrating East Java” event in Surabaya. How they snuck a reaaaaaaallly long python into a fancy shopping mall is beyond me. 

Sometimes I find myself in places where pramuka (like scout leaders) booth leaders vie for the most attention at a “Celebrating East Java” event in Surabaya. How they snuck a reaaaaaaallly long python into a fancy shopping mall is beyond me. 

Jan 30

A pleasant afternoon becak ride through Mojokerto from the local terminal. 

A pleasant afternoon becak ride through Mojokerto from the local terminal. 

Dec 12

Last January, I found this oversized gem of a pull-over hidden among many other gems in a  Malang thrift store. It sat in my closet, neglected for months. Realizing its uselessness to me, in a tropical climate (other than looking completely hobo hip), I passed it onto another PCV… and this is where it ended up… on her adorable host grandmother. 
Photo Credit - PCV Nicole Ethier 

Last January, I found this oversized gem of a pull-over hidden among many other gems in a  Malang thrift store. It sat in my closet, neglected for months. Realizing its uselessness to me, in a tropical climate (other than looking completely hobo hip), I passed it onto another PCV… and this is where it ended up… on her adorable host grandmother. 

Photo Credit - PCV Nicole Ethier 

Dec 01

Celebrating the birth of the beautiful being that is Paige Gable. 
(photo shout out to D. Paulk) 

Celebrating the birth of the beautiful being that is Paige Gable. 

(photo shout out to D. Paulk) 

Oct 28

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Oct 25

impressions-thukwan:

Mojoagung, March 2012.

A participant jots down expectations for Camp iGLOW 2012… 
*photo credit to my oldest childhood friend Hannah McDonald-Moniz, who is a very talented writer and photographer, you’d be silly not to click on those links!

impressions-thukwan:

Mojoagung, March 2012.

A participant jots down expectations for Camp iGLOW 2012… 

*photo credit to my oldest childhood friend Hannah McDonald-Moniz, who is a very talented writer and photographer, you’d be silly not to click on those links!

My neighbors Silvie and Dwi take a break from poking local trees for their Javanese cherries, or keres.

My neighbors Silvie and Dwi take a break from poking local trees for their Javanese cherries, or keres.

Oct 24

Recently I was invited by an Islamic middle school in my area to give a presentation on Muslims in America. Let’s be honest, powerpoint’s make me sleepy, that program needs a facelift. My audience? Imagine being those poor kids who by late afternoon still hadn’t eaten lunch and were sweating up enough liquids to compensate for the recent drought. They later serenaded me with Celine Dion’s ‘My Heart Will Go On’. 
To make the presentation more interactive, I (a) used a long ruler to point to things and make loud sounds so no one dozed off and (b) made the entire thing a fun facts quiz. You can see me combining both (a) and (b) and doin’ it like a boss. 
Other things I love in this photo: President SBY’s portrait smiling over the American flag. Symbolic unity! & also the marble plaque on the table with my photo. 
FYI, Dearborn, Michigan has the largest concentration of Muslim-Americans in the United States (~32,000 = 1/3 of Dearborn’s total population).

Recently I was invited by an Islamic middle school in my area to give a presentation on Muslims in America. Let’s be honest, powerpoint’s make me sleepy, that program needs a facelift. My audience? Imagine being those poor kids who by late afternoon still hadn’t eaten lunch and were sweating up enough liquids to compensate for the recent drought. They later serenaded me with Celine Dion’s ‘My Heart Will Go On’. 

To make the presentation more interactive, I (a) used a long ruler to point to things and make loud sounds so no one dozed off and (b) made the entire thing a fun facts quiz. You can see me combining both (a) and (b) and doin’ it like a boss. 

Other things I love in this photo: President SBY’s portrait smiling over the American flag. Symbolic unity! & also the marble plaque on the table with my photo. 

FYI, Dearborn, Michigan has the largest concentration of Muslim-Americans in the United States (~32,000 = 1/3 of Dearborn’s total population).

Oct 23

Mbak Dini, age 10, dress-up Sunday. 

Mbak Dini, age 10, dress-up Sunday. 

Oct 22

One afternoon while giving typing lessons, one of my kids implied how hot it was getting, so we moved into the shade of my room… which quickly devolved into playing dress up with all of my belongings and having a photo shoot.. 

One afternoon while giving typing lessons, one of my kids implied how hot it was getting, so we moved into the shade of my room… which quickly devolved into playing dress up with all of my belongings and having a photo shoot.. 

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