It's common to see street vendors squatting alongside small piles of in-season fruits and veggies. Nearly all of these are elderly women. This vendor is seated (very rare - squatting is far more typical), and is wearing plastic bags on her head and body to protect her against the rain. The contrast with the LG ad is striking.
|Computer/video game center.|
We see a lot of signs for "PC Bangs" (literally, "computer rooms") where kids pay about $1/hour to play multi-player computer games. The name and logo of this particular one, however, with a beaver holding a wooden sign, would NOT work in an American context.
We never run out of awkward English examples. This was an early-reader book we found in a pile of English-as-a-second language resources. I love the sub-title about relaxing with joy and choosing the way of happiness. Clear influence of buddhism here.
|Weeding the rice field ditch by taxi.|
When driving home from the beach (see our building just left of the telephone pole?), we often cut through the rice fields. This day we noticed a taxi (rare outside the city). The driver and (passenger? friend?) were out pulling weeds from the rice/road area. You can really tell who tends their fields (nearly no grasses or weeds amid the rice) and those who don't, as the rice is golden and the weeds stand about against it.
|Surfboard upcycled into a bench.|
|Ajeema collecting seaweed.|
We had garden spiders in Iowa and enjoyed touching their webs to see them dance (or, as wikipedia prefers to describe it: "oscillate the web vigorously"). They're common here, though a bit bigger than what I'm used to: 3+ inches. Praying mantises are also common and are larger than in Iowa - we saw an enormous one last week, about 6" long. I did not love that.
|Asian swamp eel.|
|Pale frog (marsh frog? unsure)|
A small pond on campus has lots of small, bright green frogs, and I have seen this large, pale frog a few times. I used to love watching birds and butterflies, but as I get older and lazier I prefer watching slower creatures. They're easier to photograph, too. :)