Monday, November 21, 2011

The Tim Tam Slam

The Tim Tam Slam has recently become a trend amongst the single teachers at Mountainview, thanks to our new intern, Abbey. What is a Tim Tam Slam, you might ask? Well...

Meet....the Tim Tam.

In essence, the Tim Tam is a chocolate wafer cookie sandwiched using a chocolate/vanilla filling, coated in more chocolate. Delicious? Yes.

Although popular in Australia (and apparently every other area in the world), the Tim Tam hasn't quite caught on in America (although I can't see why not!)

The Tim Tam comes in a variety of flavors, any of which can be used for the Tim Tam Slam.

I could attempt to explain the Tim Tam Slam but this guy is more entertaining...

Except for his execution, this guy does a pretty good job. Technically, instead of biting off ends of the Tim Tam, you should bite off opposite corners, which leads to better straw-action.

In short, buy some Tim Tams. Make some coffee. Do a SLAM!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Animals of Thailand

Apparently elephants are big fans of sugar cane (and pretty much anything else they could fit into their mouths....bamboo, bananas, tree branches, coconuts doesn't matter). Hold it in front of them long enough and you can get some really fun shots!

While I was sitting on the table with this one, another cub came over and started poking him with his paw. I witnesed a real-life cat fight happen right in front of me! The other tiger (not this cutie) actually bit my leg a little bit. I survived a tiger bite. 

Jan was a bit skiddish around the tigers, something about them being dangerous...

These were the elephants we got to ride through the jungle. We got a bonus elephant that tagged along. He was pretty much the cutest thing ever. He would run off through the jungle then try to rip down a piece of bamboo that was twice his size. He was very persistent.

This incident resulted in a crazy picture and a trail of elephant slobber running down the back of my hair. Luckily, Sondra had the clean-up covered. After he put the hat on my head, the elephant took it back and patiently waited for me to deposit a tip in his trunk/ snout/ nostril. He was kind enough to wave thank you.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Fall Break
Here's just a few pictures from the first day of our trip!

Because of all of the flooding in Bangkok, we changed our plans and ended up staying in Singapore for an extra day. Salatiga seemed very hot until we got on the river boat. It was good to be back in a place with real coffee and air conditioning, even if just for a little while.

After they checked out Singapore, we headed to Chiang Mai a day early. Since we didn't have a tour because we were there earlier than expected, we rented our airport taxi driver, Was, for the day. He drove us to many temples.

We saw many Buddahs...

and many monks...

More updates to come!