Thanksgiving came to my apartment this year! We packed it full with a final headcount of 32 people. We had a bountiful buffet, thanks to my culinarily talented friends, complete with turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, mac 'n cheese, green bean and sweet potato casseroles, and a chocolate fountain to name just a few items on the menu. Good food and great friends from all around the world made our celebration truely unique this year.
Monday, December 2, 2013
Street vendors line the narrow road which is bustling with motorbikes bajai and baceks. An odor of raw fish and raw sewage hangs heavy in the air. The road branches off into shadowy alleyways. Welcome to Jakarta's Chinatown. A few weeks ago, I got to go on a photo walk with some other photographers around Chinatown. I hadn't previously made it to that part of Jakarta but with the large influence of Chinese culture on this part of Indonesia, I was excited to finally make it there. Here are some shots from the street:
Friday, November 22, 2013
For one month every academic year, SPH puts on an event called Bulan Bahasa or the month of Indonesia. Focus is placed on Indonesia's culture and customs. This year, the junior school was invited to attend the culmination of the celebration! Students wore batik or any other traditional Indonesian outfit. We hosted a fashion show, complete with stage and music before joining in a school assembly.
Monday, November 18, 2013
Since visiting Penang earlier in the year, I have been dying to go back! Adrienne's birthday seemed like the perfect occasion so we headed out as soon as school was out for the weekend. We rented a motorbike and explored the nooks and crannies of the town. As there are heavy Chinese and Indian influences in Penang's culture, we investigated some local temples to learn more about the people.
We also found a delectable local treat that was a cross between a snow cone and a lollipop, with flavors like rose, lychee, and mango. It was the perfect way to cool off on a hot day. Yum!
Saturday, November 9, 2013
On the tail end of my trip, I headed further south to a town called Port Shepstone to see some of the amazing things that God is doing down there. What I saw was quite incredible. It truly was a body of Christ, working cohesively, to reach out to the community through a wide variety of avenues. Also, the local language, Zulu, is pretty cool. Here are some of the adorable kiddoes that I encountered in one after school outreach:
This last picture is of a student at an orphanage that I visited. He could tell I had entered the room before I had been announced! He is blind. He is also the age of my third graders last year. They are teaching him braille and even had a brailler for him. In this shot, he's reading some of his flash cards for me. He let me try out some of his flashcards and I could barely even feel that there were bumps so the fact that he could feel and read them was quite impressive to me.