Monday, March 28, 2011

Sarawak, Borneo

I took a plane from Singapore to Miri just a couple of hours ago. Since my arrival I've pretty much just wandered around the town, which is a really nice little place with huge scary insects and friendly locals. It's been cloudy today which is a bliss, only 29 degrees when I got here. The humidity is not as bad as in Singapore, but on the other hand the smell is worse so I guess it evens out. Every time I travel i realize how fucking spoiled I am regarding clean water and fresh air, and how rare it is to actually live in a place where it's silent more often than noisy. I like the noise of a city, but I really crave the silence after a while. Tomorrow I'm heading to the Gunung Mulu National Park ten kilometers further inland. It's in the rain forest so I doubt it'll be quiet at night, but I have a feeling it's gonna be noisy in an awesome way.

Also: at the Singapore airport I was staring out the window while waiting to board the plane. One of the guys working with moving peoples' luggage onto the plane did something pretty hilarious. They unloaded a bunch of bags with something soft in them, like futons or something, and he just dropped on top of them and stretched out with a big grin on his face. I took a picture of him and he just waved at me, not bothered one bit. That was pretty cool.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Singapore

Arrived in Singapore yesterday. Today was crazy full of activities and I'm still jetlagged and half-sick, so it's been kinda rough. My friend D and I met up with his friends today, they took us to see Little India, a muslim market, a hindu temple and the business district; we went for a boat ride, to two museums, to a casino, a pub, an awesome thai restaurant and a just slightly less awesome sea food restaurant. Before that D and I also managed to check out the local food court, which was filthy but had okay food. I've already broken two of the rules of asia-traveling; namely not to drink tap water and not to eat food handled by old ladies who grab fistfulls of noodles with the same hands they grab money from strangers without washing their hands. And I only arrived here yesterday.
Tomorrow we're going to the zoo and a bunch of other places, the day after we're heading for Borneo. It's exhausting and exciting. I'm also really glad the heat isn't bothering me as much as I thought it would. My summer in Canada was actually worse than this, so far atleast.
The only thing on the sucky side is how achingly much I miss my boyfriend and my dog. It's ridiculous how much I wish Oscar was here.

Four things I've learned today:
Fried rice with raisins and pineapple sounds disgusting but is really fucking awesome

Asia has some really fantastic artists. If I could bring home everything I've seen on canvas today I would.

If little India smells like India, India smells like incense and fish.

Taxidrivers in Singapore think traffic would be better if the shitty drivers parents were present because "he would never dare to do what he just did if his father was watching, man".

Monday, March 21, 2011

holy shit.

My poor dog. She got into the car thinking she was on her way to her usual nice run on the beach. Instead she ended up drugged, raped and covered in her own poo in a trailer.

In other words, we went to the vet. According to him, her chewing at her feet is because of a problem in her ass. Her anal glands, to be specific. To be able to get anywhere even near her he had to sedate her, cause lordy knows my dog can look mean and threatening when she wants to. So he gave her a shot and shoved a finger up her ass, whereupon shit sprayed out faster than you can say assmuffin. Since she was sedated we had to carry her back to the car afterwards, shit dropping from her ass, onto Oscars shoes, Oscars jacket, inside my mom's car and later, in the livingroom. It was the exact opposite of glorious.
Once she was semi-awake, Oscar and I emptied the bathroom and got her and us into the shower, shit-covered dog first. Oscar held her and I cleaned her, and then we proceeded to clean ourselves with her being a miserable pile of wet, newly raped dog in a corner. After that we still had a shitload (heh) of house cleaning to do. Took Tilda a long time to recover. Long day for all of us.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

development.


Toxic emissions from what used to be the world's richest biotope.

In the 1960s, the Borneo rainforest was almost untouched. Today, 95 % of it is gone. The Borneo rainforest used to be the best preserved of the world's top three forests. Today, the deforestation is responsible for more toxic emissions than the pollution caused by all airlines in the world.
Some of the world's poorest people live there. They get poorer when their homes and livelihoods are taken from them.

That's development for you.

Uwäh.

My dog kept me up all night, she's got a limp and is not allowed to run and play and stuff and she hates it. She started licking at her un-limp feet in some kind of stress response, and now she's got two limps cause she completely ruined one of her paws. So I have a seriously unhappy dog with socks to prevent her from eating herself up, in the first day of real spring. Not a good combo.

Something pretty weird happened this morning too. My mom got a call from the municipality office, they're wondering when she's gonna send in the last of the papers required to start a Bed & Breakfast at her farm. Since my mom has no farm and no desire to start a B&B, she was pretty damn confused. Apparantly someone has made a bunch of applications, in my mom's name, using my mom's address etc, for stuff that costs a shitload to even apply for. Considering she can't even afford food at the end of the month, it does seem like someone is trying hard to troll her. It was pure luck they called to request the last of the papers, if everything had been done properly she would've never known what hit us once the bills started dropping in.

Lastly, I believe the second half of march is gonna be way fucking better than the first. Oscar and I are soon celebrating our first year together, and on the 24th, I'm off to Borneo to do fieldwork for my master thesis. Scholarships fucking rule.
Katamari!

Friday, March 4, 2011

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