Bali, Check!

Bali, Check!

Vacation break seemed to arrive just as abrupt as it ended. I felt unprepared like most years and not because I was rushed to wrap presents in time to be placed under the Christmas tree, but because there were just no signs of the holiday season! Right before I left my site for 2 weeks, … Continue reading

Durian: the smelliest, yummiest fruit

Durian: the smelliest, yummiest fruit

It took me a whole 8 months to eat durian, a unique food common to southeast Asian countries. There had been numerous occasions for me to try durian but its potent odor kept me distant. About 2 months back durian season began and the smell seemed to be hitting me in the face from every … Continue reading

Painting a picture of my 2012

It has been three whole days since the return to site and I can’t quite seem to get perfectly settled. I think I’ve been really distracted. I’m anxious to start school again and antsy to get movin’ with this new year at site. My entire vacation break from start to finish was most enjoyable. Embracing … Continue reading

Mad-island, T-give, & Vamp-baby

Mad-island, T-give, & Vamp-baby

Between the heat of Madura, delectable mashed potatoes (my favors) from Thanksgiving dinner, and part one movie of Breaking Dawn–the first of the last cult followed guilt-free addicting films to the Twilight Saga novels—this weekend was one big heat exhausted, food comma, vampire baby-attack blur! It started off with my trip up to Madura to … Continue reading

Energy Boosters from the past 2 months!

While I’ve been busy eating mangos like it’s my secondary project, I’ve fallen a tad behind on my blog commitment. Kok lama!, (an expression which means, it’s been a long time!), and that is exactly how it feels as I log on to my blog site for the first time in 2 months! After a … Continue reading

What Can’t you do with an Avocado?

What Can’t you do with an Avocado?

….well, frankly there are lots of things you can’t actually do with an avocado, but for the last three days I challenged myself to see what tasty dishes I could prepare with all fruit ingredients, featured appearance made by, the avocado. Most religions practice a form of fasting for many reasons. Maybe to renew clarity … Continue reading

Finally my very own Easy Bake Oven!

Finally my very own Easy Bake Oven!

During Ramadan, the Muslim fasting month, my school has decided to conduct an overnight religious camp for the students, so my involvement at the school has only been in the evenings. In the mornings, I have had more time to spend with my host mother. Overall, I’ve become more comfortable with my host family and … Continue reading

Lions…Peacocks…and Reog WU AHA!

Lions…Peacocks…and Reog WU AHA!

WU AHA! Don’t run scared just yet! I’m gonna hit you with some unfamiliar terms, but I promise a video by the end. Reog is a traditional dance and customary performance to the East Java regency of Ponorogo. Reog consists of 25-30 dance performers and 10-15 musicians playing live for a show between 2-4 hours. … Continue reading

I think I’m turning Javanese…

I think I’m turning Javanese…

For those who are new readers, are not from Indonesia, not currently living in Indonesia, or cannot confidently locate Indonesia on a map, it is important to note that Indonesia is an extraordinary place that takes advantage of any reason to celebrate its culture. So it came to me as no surprise when I arrived … Continue reading