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Pura Batu Bolong

lombok batu bolong

 

This Hindu temple was a ten minute walk down the beach from our hotel.  A beautiful reminder of the religious heritage of Lombok.


Kemang…

Kemang

I live in Jakarta.  I live in South Jakarta.  I live in the Kemang Area of South Jakarta.  I live in an apartment in the Kemang area of South Jakarta.   I live in a second-floor apartment in the Kemang area of South Jakarta.

Today’s lesson in specificity has been brought to you by…


Good morning, sunshine

I’m sick, but beautiful sunrises always cheer me up.

 


“Travel is fatal…

 

…to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness. ”

So said Mark Twain, and I agree.  I think that there are other agents for the fatality of negative human attributes, like education and education.  And I should be clear – some people can travel the world looking for McDonald’s restaurants and Macy’s stores and Holiday Inn hotels.  They can avoid all the culture and ethnicity and find North America everywhere they go, complaining that no one speaks English.  Sadly, I’ve been around some of those people as I’ve traveled around South Asia.

I’ve also had the pleasure of traveling with and around people who are looking for a better understanding of the world and its people.  It may be, though, that it’s the attitude of the traveler that will determine whether prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness are fatally eradicated.  Mark Twain, from what I’ve read, seemed to be the kind of man who was willing to challenge himself as well as others.  Some people, sad people, do not have any desire to upend their tiny understanding of the world.


Weird Geometry…the WordPress Photo Challenge

 

Just a quick one…second photo posted today…for the WordPress Photo Challenge:  Geometry.

I think it’s the strange geometric shapes of rice fields that appeal to those of us foreign to Asia.  The idea that someone took the initiative to re-carve the landscape to fit their needs is impressive, but it’s a little like seeing the Canadian prairies for the first time from the air in miniature.

Very visually stimulating.


Prohibited…

 

One of the dangers of writing your own signs is that you might think that you’ve written something one way, while someone else may read it differently.  When I placed the words in Google Translate, exactly as they are phrased here – anjing di larang be rak di sini – it came back with, ‘Shelves prohibited here’, with the message, ‘Did you mean Anjing dilarang berak di sini?  This means that ‘dogs are prohibited from pooping here.’  That’s a pretty big difference.  One way, extra storage is outlawed.  The other way?  No pooping.

I’m pretty sure that the writer of this sign is trying to say that he doesn’t want dogs to poop down this alley, but maybe he has a thing against shelving.


It’s ART TIME!

That is what the Pavilion Mall in KL was proclaiming.  We were looking for the Havaianas (Brazilian sandals) shop, so we didn’t go in to look at the art, but they wanted us to know it was ART TIME.

Okay.  We get it.


Be careful how you read this…

 

As seen in the Kuala Lumpur International Airport.  After a long day of educational training and a train ride and then a wait in the airport before my plane took off, this restaurant served as a source of amusement and innuendo.

Just be careful how you read this post…


WordPress Photo Challenge: Silhouette

 

Maybe it’s not the most traditional silhouette, but I snapped this within minutes of the lights of the Petronas Towers, in Kuala Lumpur, going on.  The evening sky served as the perfect background to the ever darkening towers.

What do you think?  Does it count as a silhouette?


Photo Friday: Vibrant

 

This photo is brought to you by the Kuala Lumpur International Airport…or their ceiling installations anyway.  These giant pinwheels light the hallways of the International Flights in the main terminal.


One quick post before I leave Kuala Lumpur…

Not much to say, except that I’m not going to have time to post later today as I’m flying home to my loving and lovely wife, amazingly talented daughter and awesomely gifted son.

I’ll see you soon family.

Here’s another shot of the Petronas towers – a little ode to symmetry.


Petronas Towers, part two

I’m liking Kuala Lumpur.  It’s an interesting city.  Admittedly, though, I’ve only seen a very small part of the downtown area, and I won’t see much more of it.  I’m quite comfortably restricted to my hotel and the places to which I can get on foot.

I think that I get a better sense of an area when I can walk it.
Oh. Yeah.  That’s the Petronas Towers again.  What do you think?