Saturday, June 28, 2008

Florida Gators!

OK, so don't get me wrong by the title... I'm a super proud Florida State Grad and a big FSU fan... but this week here in Thailand, Tim Tebow is hanging out with us :) For those that don't know, he's the quarterback for University of Florida - he's a believer and a really awesome bold guy. So, since he's a Heisman winner (AND the only underclassman to ever win the Heisman) we thought we should get Aashini in a Heisman pose with him :) haha!

Thursday, June 26, 2008

In Chiang Mai!

We've made it here to Chiang Mai! Aashini had her first Tuk Tuk ride! Tuk Tuks are the Thailand version of a Rickshaw :) - but they're leaned back and super comfortable!!
Here she is in the Tuk Tuk again :) In the background you can see the red trucks - those are called Song-taows (i have no idea how to spell that) - she also had her first ride in one of those yesterday too :)
And another one just because it was funny :)
We also went to Tesco - it's like Wal-Mart... She had fun looking around at everything :)
Aashini got to hang out with her buddy Becka (Tony & Stephany's little girl) - they had fun and will be hanging out a lot this week ;)
Last night we got awesome foot massages ;) - it's great to get foot massages here because the ladies that aren't working will hold your baby - they are so great with kids, so it was great :)
I'll leave you with this one... enough said :)

We'll keep ya posted!!

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

In Thailand!

We flew to Bangkok, Thailand today! The flight went well :) Aashini cried a little, but did awesome! We got the bulkhead seat and they even had an extra seat next to us! Aashini really only set in it for a pic or two, but it was fun anyway :) You can see the Buddhist monk in red behind Aashini. The guy that set next to us was a Monk also, he was actually the translator for the Dalai Lama ! Cool hunh? It was funny because he was typing on his laptop the whole flight (and Aashini was grabbing at his robe - haha!) This picture below cracked me up so I had to post it :)When we got here we had to go get a few things at the grocery store :) Aashini went to her first grocery store in the Middle East, but this was her first time getting to ride in a cart!!! She LOVED it!! She was swining her legs, babbling up a storm and looking at everything!
Thai people LOVE babies!!! She got a lot of attention today! I have a feeling she's going to get a lot of attention the next couple of weeks :)
Tomorrow we head out to Chiang Mai - the fun has just begun!

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Bollywood!

So one of the great things about South Asia is BOLLYWOOD!! Unlike Hollywood, Bollywood isn't actually a place - it refers to the Hindi Film industry here in South Asia. The films totally ROCK! Well, not all of them rock, but they're great fun! Now, to go see a movie in the theatre, it takes dedication :) The films are usually about 4 hours long (but they do have an intermission in the middle). They are full of drama, dancing, singing and more drama. In my opinion, the best part of a film is the dance/musical numbers that are in them. Crazy enough, a film's success usually depends on the quality of these musical numbers... So here is a good one for you to check out if you have time - it's fun!

There's one movie that has an even better song than the one shown above, but it was a little provocative at the beginning, so I didn't want to put it on the blog - but anyone that wants to check it out - it's awesome!! - Kajra Re. I have a few favorite bollywood movies... I LOVE the movie Lagaan - it's GREAT! It's a movie that takes place during the British Rule and is all about Cricket! It's awesome! Some other great movies: Kal Ho Na Ho ; Bunty Aur Babli and Salaam Namaste. Bunty Aur Babli is actually a copy of "Bonnie and Clyde". There are actually a bunch of bollywood movies that are copies of Hollywood movies - check it out here: Bollywood films and plagiarism .
So here's a few fun facts about Bollywood:
- The first "talkie" film (film with sound) was in 1931 and was called: Alam Ara - which means "Light of the World" in Urdu - cool hunh?
- Most Bollywood stars CAN'T sing and they lip-sync all of their musical numbers. Actually, back when the film industry first started, a woman named Lata Mangeshkar and her sister did all of the women's singing voices. They both had really high-pitched voices, and that is why women sing so high today - they set the trend!
- When Bollywood first started up, they would write the films as they went (and they still do that sometimes!)
- In the 1950's they made the first Bollywood color films but most of the film were Black & White until the 1960's
- Being in Bollywood is really like a family business. There are many Family Film Clans where the entire family and relatives are actors.
- So in 2002 (sorry, it's the earliest statistics I have), Bollywoood had revenues of $1.3 Billion and Hollywood had revenues of $51 Billion - even though Bollywood sold over a billion more tickets to their movies!
- Average cost per Hollywood film: $50 million. Average cost per Bollywood film: $1.5 million.


One of the biggest Bollywood actors is Shahrukh Khan - he is in a lot of films and even some game shows. He's the host of the Bollywood versions of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" and "Are you Smarter Than a 5th Grader". He's a huge heartthrob here:
Then... there's "BIG B" and his family. Big B - or Amitabh Bachchan is a HUGE actor here in Bollywood. He's been in a million movies (that's an exaggeration, but if you click on his name you can see all the movies he's been in - quite a few!). His son is Abhishek Bachchan who is quite famous too and just recently married Aishwarya Rai - former Miss World and a famous Bollywood actress.
And my one Bollywood claim to fame... I've met one Bolywood actress - Hazel. She's not a very big actress - but was in a movie that made it to the theatres this year :) When Adam and I went to the Hindi school in the mountains, she was there taking classes too :) haha! English is her first language and she wanted some help on her Hindi.
OK, so that was a lot of stuff in this post - hope I didn't bore you :) If I did, then check out that video above - totally fun!

Friday, June 13, 2008

Blah!

So the girls have left, and we are SICK! Luckily for Aashini it's not the contageous kind... but it isn't very fun... Meet our friend Mr. Ameoba:

So, he's been tagging along with us for the last week and we're REALLY hoping he'll go away SOON! No fun :)

Monday, June 09, 2008

Still here :)

The girls from FSU (and one UWF girl) are still here for a couple more days. So far all of the FSU girls have gotten sick ... Adam & I have gotten sick too! YUCK! There must be something about UWF... she hasn't gotten sick yet :)As you can see, they're having fun and fitting in well :)

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Just for Fun :)

I was playing around with some of my pictures yesterday and thought I'd post a few of my favorites from the last few months :)