Saturday, May 15, 2010

Bye Bye Holiday

I spent a lot of time here -- the hotel swimming pool in Legian -- like in Dili, it's the rainy season in Bali, but I loved the overcast skies -- a break from the sun.

When not shopping, rafting or visiting bird and reptile parks, I was reading Christos Tsiolkas' book The Slap -- pool side - surrounded by friendly Australians. The book offers a glimpse into life in Melbourne in the double-aughts. It focuses on an incident at a party -- a slap -- and how it affects/changes the lives of the various characters. It's written by a Greek-Aussie. At times, I almost need a translation -- particularly when characters refer to "bogans" -- something along the lines of a redneck -- and when the writer uses the word "arvo" which is short for afternoon.

I highly recommend this book.

The poolside photo show Krishna riding behind Arjuna on his chariot -- the pool attendant is giving the horses a good cleaning.




3 comments:

韋于倫成 said...

快下班囉~來問個安,跟您打聲招呼 ........................................

Robyn said...

Hi Chuck, Wow your blog is looking great - and you are really keeping up with it too! Love the photos as well as the text. That vacation looked nice. I guess you got the translations for all the aussie slang from your neighboring aussie vacationers. I certainly haven't heard the world arvo in a long time :-) One question: I saw the other comment here: do you read Chinese now??? Robyn

Radio Nomad said...

Thanks! I wish I could say yes on reading Chinese, but I think it may be spam.