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Bukit Lewang is a village on a river in the Jungle in Sumatra. It's super cool and probably the neatest place I've been to so far. It reminds me a bit of camping. There's no hotels or big buildings, just little cabins and bungalows built on the side of the river amongst the jungle foliage. The guys that build them are real artisans, too. Whether it's a driftwood spiral staircase, fine etchings in the concrete foundations or elaborate tile work, each guest house has a little personal touch that makes you feel at home.

DEC

02

2011

            

It started as any other day in transit. Wake up early, walk with our bags for 20 minutes or so and wait for the car to arrive, sweating far too much all the while. My bag (or rather Mike's bag) reeked with sweat from the 8 hour jungle trek two days prior (sorry, Mike). It's okay though, as it turned out, everyone else on the shuttle stunk as well. We were headed for Lake Toba from Bukit Lewang, in Indonesia. It's a fairly standard trip and most people we had met in Bukit Lewang were planning on doing it as well.

            

A Ringgit's worth of Thoughts

In penang, some of the public transit busses have free wifi.

Two nights in a row, while we were on the bus into town for dinner, the bus stopped at a regular gas station to fill up. Both times the bus was full of people.

Bums in Asia really put Vancouver bums to shame. These guys definitely weren't doing any one thumb push ups or climbing trees for money.

NOV

10

2011

            

Life's alright right now. I'm writing this post sitting on a deck chair in front of the beach at a resort in Kuantan (which is on the east coast of Malaysia). It's 12:15pm and I have nothing to do.

Deep Thoughts (in no particular order):

We've only been here 6 days, but it feels longer.

I've met so many new family members and they've all been super awesome, amazing and hospitable. Way to go Family!

            

I've decided to start using this blog as a travel log. I usually hate when people do that to their blogs, but nobody reads these anyway so I don't think I'll be upsetting anyone.

Anyway, this is just a short one because there's free internet in the HK airport and our flight was 45 minutes early (believe it or not) so we have some downtime. I'm just gonna jot down some thoughts I've had since we left.

Don't eat asparagus before getting on a plane. It's not very nice to the person who has to use the washroom after you.

            

I skipped halloween this year. No costume, no party, nothing (although I did see Nero on Thursday night and about 80% of people were in costume... maybe that counts?). So, naturally, on Nov 1st I went creeping on Facebook to see what ghoulish, funny or (especially) sexy costumes my peers were sporting this year. Much to my dismay my news feed was not filled with the drunken, half-naked debauchery I was hoping for. Quite the opposite, actually: Pumpkins, Dogs in costume, Kids and *sigh* BABIES. FML.

            
Video Description: 

Back in 2005 (or was it 2006?) a fellow film school classmate, Gary Lachance, knew this band, Horse The Band. One weekend we (Gary, Mark, Smitty and I) drove down to Seattle, where the band was recording, and filmed this video. We kind of just came up with the idea, with the Band, while we were there and filmed when we could between the band's recording sessions.

As far as roles on the project, Gary was pretty much the connection with the Band, and also the mastermind behind it all. We all contributed creatively and technically during the shoot, but he made it all happen. I did most of the "Visual Effects" if you can call them that...

            

I've always liked Moe from the Simpsons. He's the epitome of a pathetic sleaze-ball, yet somehow there's a sad aspect to him. Sad as in boo-hoo, not sad as in haw haw. A few days ago I was discussing favorite Moe-ments (This is the last time I use that pun, I promise) with a friend and realized there are quite a few good ones. Here are some of my favorites:

            

I had this Idea to create a Rap Parody about popped collars and become famous on youtube. The song would have a bombastic beat and a catchy melody to back up lyrics something along the lines of:

Pop-popped collars, collars; e'rybody holla holla; If you wanna be a balla', all you gotta do is just pop yo' collar...

Then someone informed me that the 'popped collar thing' has been done. I went online and sure enough, there it was. Although I was surprised to only find one full-on parody... There are a surprisingly large number of somewhat serious songs about popped collars... Here are some of the highlights of that search:

JUL

19

2010

Artist: 
Dr. Claw
Genre: 
Trance
Producer: 
Claw Industries
Year Released: 
2002

Dr. Claw's third album release. This was the first full length album created by Dr. Claw using the Propellerheads software, "Reason". Released in 2002, this album was enirely produced from the dark quarters of his Dorm room at Ryerson University (also known as the palace of eternal night.) With the windows blacked out with tin foil and cardboard, a very pale Dr. Claw would spend endless house tweaking each track. Still. however, through all that time on a computer, he never quite learned how to use a compressor...