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I Went to Boracay and All I Got Was this Lousy Hitler Tattoo

Posted in Asian Winter Odyssey - Bonus Leg, Travel Asia with tags , , , , , on April 28, 2011 by Yarn Over New York

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Seriously?

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Seriously.

A Unique Perspective

Posted in Asian Winter Odyssey - Bonus Leg, Travel Asia with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 23, 2011 by Yarn Over New York

A man prepares his durian for display

My short stay in Pontianak, Indonesia not only marked the end of my stay on Borneo, it also marked two “milestones” in my travels.  Firstly, I visited the Equator Monument (more about that here).

A foot in each hemisphere and just a tiny shadow, just afternoon

Secondly, I believe this was my first destination without any other westerners.  My pale face and caucasian physique made me feel like somewhat of a celebrity.  If I had 1 rupiah for each cry of “Hello, Miss!” (or Mrs! or the occasional misguided Mr!) I wold have left Indonesia a wealthy lady.  (1000 rupiah = 12 cents)

I spent most of my time walking around the city to see all the nooks and crannies of city life.  I saw several roadside stalls selling ornate silver roof ornaments, the National Mosque, the replica Dayak longhouse, lots of traffic, lots of garbage and lots of people burning their garbage.

My presence was such a novelty to many of the locals.  Cars, trucks and motos beeped and passengers waved at me continuously.  A group of schoolgirls followed me to the mosque just to take their photos with me.  Men at the airport marveled over my pointy nose.  Countless shopkeepers, passers-by and drivers shouted, honked, waved and whistled, “Where you from?”  Most people approached me out of curiosity rather than with the motive to entice me into their shops or taxis.  Which was refreshing.

National Mosque

Replica Longhouse

Garbage

It was all very different than the rest of my Borneo trip.  I am glad I came, however, I don’t necessarily recommend it to other travelers.  The Malaysian parts of Borneo have much more nature to see, better cities and much better infrastructure. And most importantly, more monkeys.

See more photos here.

You’re Messin’ with My Zen Thing

Posted in Asian Winter Odyssey - Bonus Leg, funny, Travel Asia with tags , , , , , , on April 17, 2011 by Yarn Over New York

Sometimes travel can wear you down, make you crazy, get your panties in a bundle.  Flying is a hassle, everything surrounding the mere act of sitting on a plane while it flies through the air is a hassle. And usually the coffee is crap.

Earlier this week, I flew from Pontianak, Indonesia to Hong Kong via Jakarta.  My flight was scheduled for 6am, so I took a taxi to the airport and arrived a mere 1.5 hours before my scheduled departure time.  The airport was closed. Doors locked, lights off – closed.  A nice security guard informed me that the airport would open at 6am.  So I sat outside and waited as more passengers arrived.  I drew a crowd of onlookers (being the pale face tattooed chick I am.) (At least I got some knitting done.)

Sure enough the flight was delayed, they forgot my vegetarian meal and I came up 15000 rupiah short for my airport tax.  (15000 rupiah = $1.75)  Etc, etc.

All of these factors combined to make me one grumpy traveler until I remembered the joy of international air travel – free in-flight booze.  I figure with a stick of celery, a Bloody Mary is practically a meal anyway.  (A vegetarian meal.)  So I had 3 . . .

Stuck in the Middle with You

Posted in Asian Winter Odyssey - Bonus Leg, Travel Asia with tags , , , , , , on April 11, 2011 by Yarn Over New York

Standing on the equator with the world’s ugliest monument behind me.

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Funny thing is the monument is actually about 75 meters away from the actual equator…

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I Name Him Gonzo

Posted in Asian Winter Odyssey - Bonus Leg, Travel Asia with tags , , , , , , , , on April 9, 2011 by Yarn Over New York

I Love Tomato Juice

Posted in Asian Winter Odyssey - Bonus Leg, Travel Asia with tags , , , , , , , on April 6, 2011 by Yarn Over New York

I love tomato juice. I love it fresh. I love it in a can. I love it on a plane. I love V8. I really love V8 spicy hot (even without vodka). I love its red, tomato-y goodness. (If I were Dr Seuss I’d have a clever rhyme about it all.)

Yesterday, I ordered fresh tomato juice to accompany my “Mexican veggie wrap”.

And it was GREEN!!!

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And tasty.

Hard to Stay Dry in Brunei

Posted in Asian Winter Odyssey - Bonus Leg, Travel Asia with tags , , , , , , , , on April 4, 2011 by Yarn Over New York

At least it stopped raining long enough for me to take this picture.

Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque

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