Mexican traditional folk music sang by Costa Ricans in Costa Rica, for a group of teachers from all over the world? I think this stands the test of the Weekly Photo Challenge: Culture.
Here they are singing a song for our Chilean friends. They had a song for almost all the countries represented at the Costa Rican centre that day: Chile, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Honduras, Mexico (of course), Guatemala, Panama, Peru and even the USA. I think Poland and Canada were the only ones they weren’t prepared for. Maybe next year!
Yesterday (August 2, 2011), Nova Scotia was hit with an unprecedented thunder and lightning storm. Still recovering from jet lag from my trip to Nova Scotia from South Korea, I woke up at 3am to the sound of rumbling, and to flashes of light in the night sky. This lasted until 4pm that afternoon in Saulnierville, NS. This was a special gift from nature for a Nova Scotia visitor.
(I edited the previous post due to a crucial misspelling :P Lesson learned. I apologize for the repeat post.)
With such an ear-piercing melody, you would think that the cicada would be quite the social creature. You might also think this if you ever caught a glimpse of its boogieing behind. It definitely knows how to shakes its rump. On the contrary, the South Korean cicada isn’t much for company. As soon as it senses someone else intruding on its party of one, that butt stops grooving and the volume is turned down to zero. See for yourself in this stealth video I was able to capture.
When I came upon this lone bright pink flower, sprouted from the muted gray matter of the earth, I was immediately inspired to take a photo, but I kept having a hard time capturing the beauty that I saw. That is when I realized that not only was I inspired by the flower, but that I was also mesmerized by the sun’s visual cadence.
To decorate their nails, Korean women used to crush up petals and leaves from the bong-soong-ah (봉숭아) flower (or bong-seon-hwa (봉 선 화), create a paste with water, apply it and then wrap their nails with a protective cover. In the recent past, they tied each nail with plastic wrap to keep the paste from staining everything as the slept through the night. This is how long it took for the color to come out. Now we can buy a pre-crushed powder that dries onto the nail in 30 minutes. Ahhh, progress.
In this video, my mother-in-law applies my first ever coating of bong-soong-ah.
As I was taking a walk on the road near my house this spring, this fluffy little ball of pollen kept rolling along my path. I guess it just really wanted to be the star of its own movie. Thank you for playing your role so well tiny pollen!
Visit a South Korean parking lot and pay attention to the color choices. Notice how Koreans typically don’t like to be seen as the odd-one-out. Also notice how an honorary Korean sticks out like a sore thumb. It’s just easier to find your car that way :P