Sunday, September 9, 2007

September 4, 2007

Weird things in Makassar:

  • No one ever calls this city Ujung Pandang – we were told it was used as much as Makassar.

  • I have a kid named Frisky in one of my classes

  • In the same class I have two twins named Verrol and Verrel and a third kid name Farrell, and I can barely tell any of them apart.

  • I heard the song “Honestly” by that band Stryper just the other day on the radio – and it sounded positively terrible

  • That same day I heard a Spanish flamenco-esque version of “My Way” on the radio

  • One class had never even heard of Johnny Cash

  • I had one girl tell me I was very handsome in front of the whole class

  • Going to “the health spa” is a euphemism for sex with a prostitute

  • Going to “the karaoke bar” is a euphemism for sex with a prostitute

  • Going to “get a massage” can be a euphemism for sex with a prostitute

  • Many of the people using said euphemisms pray five times a day – what’s the problem?

  • Our school has to pay bribes to keep electricity flowing – which still goes out an average of seven times in an afternoon of teaching

  • Every business pays bribes

  • The call to prayer is strangely comforting

  • During an exercise where we were planning a fictitious talent show, I had one group of 12-year-old boys plan five acts involving female impersonators – comedy, dancing, a rock ‘n’ roll band, magic and drama

  • Someone had a karaoke party the other day… outside… and it started at 10:00 a.m.

5 comments:

catwomaren said...

When will you post some pictures!!!

Derek said...

By Karaoke party you ment Sex with a prostitute, right? Is it cheaper at 10am?

Derek said...

I just got word of the earthquake. I hope everything is alright. My thoughts are with you.

DOREEN said...

HI SARAH!! WENT TO THE NEW YOGA TEACHER THIS WEEK AND I THINK ITS GOING TO WORK OUT FOR ME!! LIFE SOUNDS VERY CHALLENGING AND INTERESTING FOR YOU--HOPE YOU ARE SAFE FROM THE EARTHQUAKE AFTERSHOCKS- NAMASTE!! DOREEN

Janet Starosicak said...

Sarah,

Ditto on derek's and doreen's concern about you and Peter. Hope all is well.

Janet