Monday, May 28, 2007

Personal Space :)

"Personal Space" is a word that I had to re-define after I moved here... In America, we enjoy our personal space. When you talk to someone (unless there is a "close talker") - there is around 2 feet or so between you... In America, guys don't really touch other guys (except for the occasional high-five, "manly hug" or handshake... here in this country... guys walk around with their hand over their friend's sholder, walk around holding hands, sitting on each other's laps... and it's totally OK and normal culturally :) (Adam wrote about this about a year ago - it's pretty funny :) Check it out - Adam's 2 Cents)

Take this picture (below) for example.... if this was in America, you would be able to see each individual seat - AND about an inch of space inbetween each person :)

I have really learned about personal space while being on an airplane. If you are sitting on the asile, it's completely normal for a person to come and sit on your arm rest in order to have an hour-long conversation with the person on the other side of the asile... it's not rude, just a different culture... Of course, as an American we feel it is rude :) - but once you learn about the different levels of personal space - then you're good to go! (I also learned, that you can politely ask the guy not to sit there, and he'll usually get up - although sometimes he just shifts his weight to another part of your seat :)

With women, it's a little different... sure, sometimes they might hold your hand... but the "personal space" you have to get used to is a little different... it's more of "all-up-in-your-business-nothing-is-personal" kind of space :) They want to know ALL that is going on with you... if you leave your door unlocked then they will come in whenever they want (even if you are in your bed sleeping :)

Now, this may sound like I'm complaining or venting or dealing with culture shock - but that's definitely not what this is... now, if you asked me about this about a year ago - you might have gotten a different answer - it takes a little getting used to... but once you do... it's really fun :) I've learned how fun it can be :)

For example... check out this picture below - you can't tell me this isn't fun :)
There's always room for one more!!!

Saturday, May 19, 2007

Hot Hot Hot :)

I was requested by our friend Deanna to post a picture showing just how hot it is... Well, it's really hard to show how hot it is in picture form... and especially since I haven't really been "out and about" outside in a couple of weeks... I didn't really have any pictures that really could convey the heat...
BUT there was a great picture in the paper the other day that I thought might just do the job!
The guys in the pic below are guys that sell fruit... and in order to beat the heat, they put watermellons on their heads :) It thought that was pretty funny :)
It's so hot that when you're riding around in public transportation, it feels like a hair dryer is blowing in your face! It's pretty crazy! It's been over 110 most days, but thankfully (because of the unseasonable rains) it's been in the lower 100's lately :)

I have been on bed rest, so I've been watching a bit more TV than normal... I was watching "Cheers" the other day (yes, it still comes on here... everyday :) In one particular episode, they were outside and talking about how hot it was going to be the next day... Frasier said it was going to reach 120 degrees and then Cliff Clavin (in his usual know-it-all mannor) said: "Forget it! Once it hits 110 degrees outside - your lungs will explode - and we'll all die"...
Well, I'm here to tell you that at 110 - your lungs will NOT explode - in case you were wondering :)

Mark Twain had a quote that I thought was really funny - talking about our country... he said:
In [South Asia], "cold weather" is merely a conventional phrase and has come into use through the necessity of having some way to distinguish between weather which will melt a brass door-knob and weather which will only make it mushy.

haha! Thought you might enjoy :)

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Sbarro Pizza!!!!

I know this is not the most exciting blog post I've ever written :) but Sbarro Pizza just opened up here in the Capital and I"m really excited!!!!! I haven't been out of the house in about a week and a half - so until I'm out again (hopefully next week)... my blog posts won't be as exciting :)
BUT this is exciting for me!! I love Sbarro Pizza :) All of the ingredients to make this pizza are from America too, so it actually tastes like Sbarro Pizza (instead of a South Asian version of Sbarro) :) (not that I usually mind the South Asia version of foods, but when I'm nauseous all the time, it's nice to have some comforts from home :) Yeah! for Sbarro!!

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

We're Having a BABY!

Yup, that's right! We're having a baby! We're due December 16th! I'm on bedrest right now, so it's not very fun, but hopefully in a couple of weeks I'll be off of it :) If you're just finding out for the first time that we're having a baby, that means that we don't have your email address, so PLEASE send it to us so that we can keep better in touch with you!!

We started a new "baby blog"... so we'll have a blog with baby stuff and this blog will stay the same :) Check it out!!!

http://www.SouthAsiaShefs.blogspot.com

Saturday, May 05, 2007

Funny Things... It's been a while :)

Well, I haven't done the best job at blogging lately... I have been pretty sick and haven't felt the best :) but I think I'm back now! So I thought I'd make a new post on some funny things I've seen lately :)

The sign below cracks me up everytime I see it... I just don't get it... it's as if the sign has been eaten by the wall...
So, the sight below is a very common sight.... millions of light switches.... You'd think that all of those switches would be for the room the size of a football stadium or something... when in actuality it's for a small 20 ft x 20 ft room :) There is a light switch for everything... it's really funny to see people try to figure out which one of those switches turns on the fan they want... it's pretty funny :)
I saw this truck (below) the other day - I thought the slogan was pretty funny! "...intime intact" hahaha!!
The pic below cracked me up.... We were riding in a rickshaw a while back and I looked over and the guy next to us had a computer tied onto the back of his scooter! If you need to transport your computer and you have a car, you'd just put it in your car... so, if your mode of transport is a scooter, you just put it on your scooter - it makes sense.... it just looks funny :)
So lastly... I'd like to leave you with some Hinglish... I love trying to figure out with they are trying to say sometimes.... this one left me clueless: :) Enjoy!