Thursday, August 11, 2011

Done with COTI.

Today I did my final presentation. I think I spent more time than everyone else and it still turned out not so awesome. For me it all comes at once or not at all.  I spent so many hours writing my paper.

So this last week was amazing. I had WAY too much fun. I spent the whole week on my rental motorcycle going to Surakarta and Semarang. The traffic is crazy. You have to weave in and out of cars and constantly play chicken to get anywhere. Its really fun, in a non-death-wishy sort of way. Although I decided on one of those trips that if I were to die in some tragic accident I would prefer dying in a motorcycle accident. Ha.

Sometimes I prefer to drink from a bowl.

We went and watched this thing called Reog. I'm sure its on Youtube if you get curious, but its like this:
-bunch of Javanese guys dancing
-big mask made of real tiger fur face with a huge peacock feather mane that weighs more than 40 kgs
-mask is held up by possessed guy using only teeth
-guy that gets possessed by eating a live chicken to channel the tiger's spirit
-guy is able to go crazy with the mask and lift more than 100 lbs with only teeth (often people ride on the mask)
-the participants all told me I looked like the drummer from Greenday

I'm not sure if that last one happens every time but who knows..

I was talking to my sister Linda about how its impossible to write when you are really stressed. I've been really stressed due to the hours of trying to write my final paper and present it. Being stressed makes writing better though. I was finally able to get stuff done when I would put all Linda's music on shuffle replay.

I gotta be careful what I write on here... at least until I get back. Crazy place.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Melon Milk

Last week I had a double infection. It was quite the experience.
I had to keep putting on a jacket because I was freezing cold, then take off the jacket a few minutes later because I was so hot. Then I would sweat from fever and start freezing again. That lasted a few days.
I still have a bad headache.

After that, I started craving milk really bad. So I've been drinking tons of flavored milk. They have tons of flavors including melon, and grape. Its the melon flavored milk that I'm addicted to. I hope there is some sort of powder I can take home.

Speaking of addictions, I want some Blue Mountain Dew SO BAD.
They don't have caffeinated sodas here. Its a tragedy.

This is my last week of class. I can't wait to get home honestly. I've had my fun.
Now all I want to do is get back to Cross Country, and people who actually care.
All I can say is I'm censored.

I really want to avoid fried food, but its so impossible.
The family I live with fries pretty much everything, and I don't want to make them go out of their way to cater for me. They already do. It's so hard to reject things here. Its so impolite and sometimes it gets on my nerves because its like this: (this is not exaggerated)

ME: Wow, I just ate so much. I'm stuffed.
Person 1: Add some more
Person 2: Yeah, here is the dish, take it.
Me: Ya, sorry, I'm full.
Person 1: NO.. don't be reluctant, just take some.
Me: seriously, I'm full, I just ate this list of things and then repeated the list when you asked the first time.
Person 2: No, go ahead, we SERIOUSLY made this whole plate of food just for you.
Person 1: Yeah, if you don't eat it, your wasting our money. Noone else is eating that.
Me: Really, I already took half of that, and I don't want more.
Person 1: We're going to sit here and stare at you till you take some.
Me: Can I leave please?
Person 2: Here, I'm holding this dish so you can take some more.
Person 1: Stop being over-polite, you are family here.
Me: OK fine, I'll take a ridiculously tiny portion just to make you happy.
Person 2: didnt eat enough vegetables. thats also why I'm spooning them on your plate.
Person 1: Here is this towering plate of fruit, because Americans eat so much.
Person: Oh, and you are the only one at the table who eats fruit. We'll just watch you.
Me: Wait.. why aren't you eating?
Person 1: Oh, I'm not hungry.
Person 2: Thats all for you
Me: I'm stuffed. This is uncomfortable.
Person 1: Oh, you must be exercising too much.
Me: I'd like to eat less. I cant do this 3 times a day.
Person 2: You're so ungrateful and shy.
Me: I'm sorry, I'm just not that hungry tonight.. I had a huge lunch.
Person 1: What's wrong with you? You must be sick.
Me: Uh, yeah, I AM sick.
Person 2: Eat this fried food. Don't eat simple things like oatmeal. It destroys your stomach.