Monday, May 9, 2011

Shabu Shabu

I've gone back and forth about whether or not to post this video, just because it is a little irrelevant in that it doesn't involve me or anyone directly in my life (friends, family, students, etc). But I think I have finally decided to give it a go, because it falls into the category of kids doing weird/cute things. Just bear with me through the explanation...

One of our favorite restaurants to go to in Phnom Penh is this place called Shabu Shabu. It's a Korean style soup restaurant that works like this:

You sit down with a big pot of broth (either individual or community, if you have 4 or more people) and then you watch as a conveyer belt of little tiny plates holding various ingredients passes you by. When you see something that catches your eye, you just grab it, toss it in your pot of boiling broth, wait for it to cook, and then enjoy. It's actually quite fun and quite tasty. You just pay a flat rate, and then get 90 minutes to eat as much as you want.

The last time I went there was with a large group of friends/teachers on our short vacation. We were enjoying our meal, frantically grabbing veggies, and sushi, and meats and whatnot, when we looked across the restaurant and saw this little boy. I hope it entertains you as much as it entertained us. I'm sure if everyone else in the restaurant saw this, they would be less than thrilled to throw those items in their soup. Although it does cook at boiling point, so I guess its ok :)

The Game of Monsters

I have discovered another similarity between my Kindergarten students in the States, and my Kindergarten students here. And let me tell you, it is one that a I wish had NOT come about.

When I was teaching Kindergarten in Alabama, every year, about 4 or 5 months into the school year, my students would discover how to play a little game on the playground. And the game was the exact same, every year. One kid, usually a boy, would somehow be determined "the monster" and then would proceed to demonically chase all the other kids on the playground. Said monster would be roaring or what not, and all the other kids would be screaming at the top of their lungs. It is maddening, especially when they come towards their dear teacher to hide, and the screaming gets way to close for comfort. I can no longer keep count of how many "We are not going to play monster on the playground" conversations I have had with kids.

So you can imagine my... well not surprise, but more like disdain, when I started to notice that my class here was chasing each other around and screaming. I started to watch a little bit closer, and sure enough, I noticed that one person was always chasing the others, making threatening noises or roaring sounds. And finally the truth came out. It just took a little bit longer because of the language barrier. But they play Monsters in Cambodia. A closer translation would be "Zombies" or "Ghost" but the concept is still the same and my headache is still the same.

As annoying as I always have, and always will find this game to be, it does amuse me that it spans the continents.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Puppy Love

Yesterday when I went to the beach, I witnessed some interesting caregivers. Two little Cambodian girls had brought their puppy to the beach, but it was quite interesting to see how they were taking care of it:

I'm not sure if it is because of a lack of leashes in Cambodia, or if these girls just didn't realize why they shouldn't carry their puppy like this. I wish I could have gotten a photo of the dog's face. It looked so miserable. But, on a happy note, the girls did pick their puppy up briefly for a nice photo.