Monday, November 29, 2010

Gas stove = easy cooking

When we returned to the village on 29 October, we had our gas stove with us because it was in the crate that we shipped to Buka and unpacked during our three night visit to Buka. We have cooked using it every night since we returned to the village and I am really enjoying it.

Here’s a photo of me on the first night we used it:

What do we cook? Well we bought a lot of tinned products in Buka and took them to the village and we use them mostly as well as whatever fresh vegies we can buy at the market or have been given to us. Some of the meals we have been cooking are: vegetarian korma curry, tuna spaghetti bolognaise and vegetarian creamy pesto pasta. The remaining meals don’t have very interesting names.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Our friendly village dogs

We have two dogs that live in our village and both are very friendly and come running up to us for pats. I’m pleased that they are not afraid of people like many other village dogs are.

Meet Sasaki. He is my favourite of the two. He is really cute and makes some interesting noises sometimes when you pat him. Sometimes he’s a bit naughty and jumps up on us for pats.

This is Bill. He is the older dog and is the dominant one. If he sees me patting Sasaki, he gets jealous and runs up to me to get patted too. Sometimes there is a bit of growling and the occasional fight between Bill and Sasaki.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Language learning - showing photos

The following are some photos of me showing my photos to the local people. I practice speaking in Teop by showing my photos to people and talking about them in Teop. People also ask us questions about our photos which gives us good exposure to the language and also the opportunity to talk some more.

This is me showing my photos at the beach in our village. We’re all laughing about something.

A close-up of me having a good laugh at something when showing my photos.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Teop Island

Teop Island is where we are hoping to live eventually, as it has a large population, which is great for language learning. It is a pretty small island, and if you know where to look on Google Earth, you could see the size.

The island has a short side and a long side. From our current village, we see the narrow part, so it makes it look even smaller than it is, but if we go for a walk a few villages away, we see the island from a different angle and are looking at the long side.

I have a couple of photos to show you those sides. First, here’s the short side, the view from our current village:

This is the long side, although I think it’s hard to get a good perception of the length in this photo.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Our humble toilet

When we stayed at Hiovabon village previously, we went to the mangroves to do our ‘business’ as the village didn’t have a toilet. Now since we are living with them for a while, they built us a proper village toilet. It is built near the mangroves and it has a seat for us to use. They did a good job.

Here is a picture of the toilet close up. We are comfortable with its privacy level, people would not be able to see anything because there is a curtain and wall that provide sufficient cover.

Here is a photo of the toilet in the context of its surroundings. Now you can see why it needs to have a good level of privacy!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Our living quarters

Rebekah and I are sharing a house with Joyce, the Teop lady who has attended translation training courses and has been working on translation. We share a small room together, and with the two beds in there, it doesn’t leave a lot of space for our personal possessions, but we have been managing well with a small corner of the floor each.

My bed is the one on the left in this picture.

The kitchen and living area is really not in the house – we don’t spend much of our time in the house at all. We just pop in and out during the day to get things, and sleep there at night. It has a tin roof with no insulation, so you really don’t want to be there in the heat of the day as it is very hot. We spend a lot of our time in the gazebo attached to the kitchen building. There is a table and some bench seats there, so that is where we eat all our meals, and where we do our language learning sessions, and where we sometimes just sit and chat. Of course we don’t spend the whole day in there either, we can sit and chat at the beach, or walk somewhere and visit people.

Our house is on the right and the general sitting area is on the left.

This is a photo of our house from the other direction, facing the sea (you might be able to see it). You can see another kitchen building with living area in the background too.