Monday, April 27, 2009

Things That Make You Go hmmm....

Have you ever wondered how they clean the tent-like roofs at some places? The mall that is in our part of town has one of those roofs over half of it... you know, the ones that are kinda like a circus tent, but more permanent? Anyway, I always wondered how they clean those. I never really wondered how they did that in America... I mean, it rains there pretty often where I lived, so it never seemed dirty... BUT where we currently live it is SUPER dusty and only rains 2 times a year.... so cleaning is necessary.
Anyway, the other day we went there for lunch after my Doc appointment, and we saw they were cleaning it. It actually looked really fun (and maybe a little scary)... They aren't hooked onto that rope or anything, just holding onto it while they clean! One guy slid down from the top like it was a big water slide! It was pretty crazy!

Random, I know, but I thought it looked kinda fun :)

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Water Bottles!!

I drink water like a crazy person! (I drink normal amounts, I'm not sick, don't worry!). We're on the edge of hot season right now (about 105+ outside and 85-95 Inside), so we have to drink a lot of water :) I used to LOVE my Nalgene waterbottle until I started reading all that scary stuff about BPA ... and Nalgenes weren't BPA-free, so I abandonded my bottles :(. I tried a lot of new kinds... I got a Klean Kanteen metal bottle which was great, but metal bottles in the South Asian Heat... well, I'm not a fan of really hot water... Anyway, nothing really worked for me!
Well, while looking online the other day I saw that they now make Nalgene waterbottles BPA-free, so I wanted to get one. Shipping overseas is a pain, so we were trying to figure out how to get it over here cheaper, when Adam saw that they made a lot of the bottles here. He tracked down the phone number and called their office. They said he could come by and buy some bottles :) So, Adam & Aashini went out to get TWO bottles. One for me and one for him...
This is what he came back with:
haha! They had fun at the office. They don't have many visitors, so they LOVED seeing Aashini. The company wants me to come back next time and take pictures for a catalogue or something... so we may go back sometime soon.
Anyway, that's my silly waterbottle story :) If anyone in the Capital wants to know where to get Nalgene Waterbottles, let me know :)

Sunday, April 19, 2009

What Happened??

The other night, Adam went out to play basketball and got an elbow to the eye which resulted in a black eye .... or a purple eyelid :) He kinda looks like he's wearing make-up :) Usually, in America when someone has a black eye, people ask what happened - but NOBODY has asked what has happened! People here (unless they're kids) don't do a lot of playing, so the only reason most adult men would have a black eye is from a fight... So, maybe they aren't asking because they think Adam got in a fight... or maybe they think I did that to him - haha!! I'm not sure why :)
Anyway, here's his eye :)

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Funny Things :) - Random

Sorry I haven't been the best blogger lately :)  I haven't been feeling that great, so I haven't been out and about much lately... BUT here are a few things I've found funny lately :)

I thought this wheel-chair was really creative! I was really impressed!
This isn't that funny, but, well, I always like a good misspelling :)
It's hard to see in this pic, but these guys were riding their motorcycle down the road with the top part of a toilet between them - I thought that was funny :)
I was looking for kids clothes in the market the other day and found this shirt :)  And, as you know, I like misspellings :)  I think they mixed up the "D" and the "T" on this "Detty Bear" shirt :)
That's all I have today :)  Enjoy!

Thursday, April 09, 2009

Funny Things - Tips & Advice!!!

We get lots of tips and advice here in South Asia. I can actually say that very few days go by that we don't get advice. During the winter time the number one thing we are told is not to drink cold water!! Here's an email forward (thanks Em!) that a friend sent me about the effects of Cold Water....
EFFECTS OF COLD WATER This is what it said:
"Please be a true friend and send this article to all your friends you care about.
For those who like to drink cold water, this article is applicable to you. It is nice to have a cup of cold drink after a meal. However, the cold water will solidify the oily stuff that you have just consumed. It will slow down the digestion. Once this 'sludge' reacts with the acid, it will break down and be absorbed by the intestine faster than the solid food. It will line the intestine. Very soon, this will turn into fats and lead to cancer.It is best to drink hot soup or warm water after a meal."
So there ya go! haha! Here are some other gems of advice that I thought were funny regarding phones...
  • Answer the phone by LEFT ear.
  • When battery is down to the last grid/bar, do not answer the phone as the radiation is 1000 times.

Haha! OK... just thought I would share - it made me smile :)

Friday, April 03, 2009

Flat Abigail!

Meet Flat Abigail!  She came to visit us here in South Asia :)  (If you want to know more about  Flat Stanley then click there!).
We went to the old part of our city to see some fun things :)  We went to one of my favorite music stores in the Old City.  I got a Harmonium here for my birthday just before Aashini was born (to see it, click HERE!).  Here is Flat Abigail with the Harmoniums!  A Harmonium is kind of like a piano and accordion mixed.  It sounds a lot like a small organ. You play the piano part with your right hand, and pump the organ part with your left hand.  Flat Abigail had fun playing them!  

Next, Flat Abigail found some drums.  They are called Tablas and you play them with your hands.  She had fun playing with them!

Flat Abigail was curious and wanted to know how they made the Harmoniums & Drums, so we went up to the roof of the store to see!!  They build all of their own instruments there on the roof.  I love the drills that they use!  It is not an electric drill like we are used to seeing!  It’s a drill that is “arm-powered” with a string!  Look how the man uses his foot to hold the wood (and Flat Abigail) still!
There is a great view of the biggest M0sque in our country from the roof.  It was commissioned by the same guy that made the Taj Mahal.
Unfortunately Flat Abigail leaned over the edge too far and fell over the edge :)
Luckily our friend came to the rescue!  He saved Flat Abigail :)
Next, we went to see an old fort.  It was constructed in the 1600s also by the same guy that made the Taj Mahal!

Flat Abigail decided she wanted to buy a party dress.  So she found an outfit that a girl her age might wear to a party, wedding or a special event.  It’s very sparkly! 

After all of that shopping, Flat Abigail was hungry.  So we stopped to get a snack.  Flat Abigail decided she wanted a Samosa.  It’s a triangle shaped fried pastry that is stuffed with things like potatoes, peas and onions.  She loved it and ate 2 of them. 

As we walked down a galli (alley), we saw a horse and a horse cart.  White horses are used in Hindu weddings.  The groom rides into his wedding on a white horse.  Sometimes he sits on just a horse, and sometimes on a horse cart.  Flat Abigail was excited to see the horse!

As we walked down the road, Flat Abigail saw a jewelry shop and just had to stop!  She quickly jumped into the bangles!

We decided to meet some kids that were in the Third Grade.  They had fun taking a picture with Flat Abigail!  

Flat Abigail wanted to see what the School Buses here look like.  There are many different ways that kids get to school here, but one way they go is on cycle rickshaws!  It's kind of like a cage on wheels :) 

It is very dusty in this part of town, and Flat Abigail got something stuck in her ear, so we decided to visit the guys that clean out ears.  That is their job!  They all wear red hats so that you know who they are.  If you look closely you can see pins stuck in their hats.  That is what they use to clean out people’s ears.  When Flat Abigail got her ears cleaned out, she just squatted on the sidewalk and the man that cleaned her ears just squatted next to her and cleaned out her ears! 

Last, but not least, we decided to stop for lunch.  We stopped at McDonald’s!  There are McDonalds everywhere.  It is very different here though.  They do not serve any beef here. They sell a lot of chicken burgers and they have a lot of different kinds of veggie burgers.  Flat Abigail got a Veg Pizza McPuff Happy Meal!

There are a bunch more pictures, but I didn't want to post too many pics!!!  Haha!  I hope you enjoyed a day in the life of Flat Abigail