18 October 2012
|Don't let the froth fool you...|
Jamu is a blanket term for Indonesian medicinal formulations. We were hunting down some idli recently in Melaka when we spotted a makeshift stall apparently selling refreshments. We perused the little packets in a plastic bin and saw photographs and illustrations denoting ailments addressed or positive endstates after drinking some jamu.
|Left, we concluded it was a woman with an aching back and not a rape scene. Right, virility via dried seahorse.|
|The jamu lady, dispenser of health and beautifying Indonesian products for immigrants.|
|A jamu packet for every need. Boxes are cut halfway to display the different types.|
|Powdered energy drinks and a jug of purified water, Manila streets.|
|All you need.|
|Be the strongest shadow-puppet on the block.|
|The biodiversity-reflecting muck that is jamu.|
|A kampung egg with a marvelously orange yolk.|
|Mystery fermented syrup.|
It is also worth noting that I felt exceptionally great and bright-eyed the whole day despite all the eating that had taken place against my better judgement. Which leads me to conclude that megadoses of pleasure deserve megadoses of displeasure, which are in turn perversely pleasurable.
|Want some jamu with those raw eggs, Gaston?|
29 September 2012
14 September 2012
|Our spread. Where's the table? That's the table!|
|Feels like Southern Philippines.|
|A platter of "cookies", rendang, murukku, lemang.|
The food is a mixture of Malay, Tamil, and Western food. The cookies, in particular, are hard little versions of the sort of stuff you will find in Philippine bakeries-- garishly colored, very sweet, margarinized.
|They turned to me and mouthed: "Malay Kool-Aid".|
|Vague flavor, generally sweet.|
11 September 2012
|Ornamental / light-seepin' holes in the wall doubles as shoe slots.|
|Car seat retires as porch seat, probably one where you can sit to take shoes off.|
In Philippine provinces, they do this. What about going inside the famous Southeast Asian wet bathrooms, you ask? There is usually an extra pair of wet-slippers in the shower (which is also where the toilet is, without division). In other places like Sweden, where the model of cleanliness is definitely dry, there is nothing of this sort.
|Everyone is gathered round to tell us to take our shoes off.|
19 August 2012
|Some of the most "contemporary" grilling I've ever seen.|
|Wrought iron, curvy shit topped with sharksfin climbing deterrent and vertical brick-like pattern.|
|Like rays of a sun.|
|Bamboo wallage to protect private space, with cross-section accent.|
14 August 2012
|I can imagine siblings fighting over the frog segment that has the eggs hanging from them.|
|There was a lady from Paoay, bla bla selling frogs, bla bla pink flower on slippers bla bla.|
22 July 2012
|In Chinatown, the fire brigade's container office bears that spiderweb thing.|
|Diamond patterns on a wrought iron grill protecting a wearhouse.|
|Concrete grills as a vertical accent for a fire escape?|
|Diagonal patterns on wrought iron grills protecting a personal storage extension.|
|Pretty scalloping on wrought iron window grills (with a provision for fire escape?).|
21 June 2012
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