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Mr and Ms White in pictures – ‘To the North’

mr n ms white 100_to the north

This one is tricky. In many parts on Indonesia, including Bali, people tend to give you guidelines according to mata angin (cardinal points [eyes of the wind]). Even if you happen to have a map, can you always be sure that the north they are thinking is the north also on your map? So is it straight, left or right?

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Translation:

Pak, kalau mau ke candi nya, ke mana ya?  –  Sir, if (I) want (to go) to that temple, where (should I go)?

Ke utara aja, nanti ke timur  –  Just to the north, then (turn) to the east

Jadi masih lurus, kanan atau ke kiri?  –  So (I still have to go) straight, (turn to the) right or to the left?

Mr and Ms White in pictures – ‘Smells Good’

Geckos are probably most common “domesticated” animals in Indonesia. They sneak in through windows, doors and cracks in ceilings. So, it isn’t any wonder there are many beliefs connected to them. So many, you can even make up some new by yourself.

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Translation:

Gecko baik baik saja, karena dia makan banyak nyamuk  –  Gecko is just a good (animal), because he eats a lot of mosquitoes

Benar! Dan dia ada 4 ketek  –  True! And he has 4 armpits

Jadi banyak nyamuk pingsan karena bau dia juga  –  Therefore, many mosquitoes also faint because of his smell*

*They do not smell, unless they are dead.

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