Have you ever been to Bali?? its a really nice but really scummy place all at the same time. I really dig the tropical holiday vibe, but at the same time when I look back at my behaviour with the sellers who were peddling their wares on the beach I get a little embarrassed.
I remember during the war in East Timor, I went on a holiday to Bali, and being that there was a war on, everything was really cheap -so you could really haggle the price down on something even if you didn't want it and have no interest in following through on a purchase. I think I reduced a guy to tears on a wooden elephant. "pfft poverty.. ??? me rich white woman. want elephant. jalan jalan"..
Jalan Jalan means walking away or walking walking.. I'm not really sure.. but they would freak out and sell you the elephant for cheap if you threatened to Jalan Jalan. Today is my birthday and I have spent 29 years Jalan Jalaning through life. Got a stupid job?? Jalan Jalan. Someone pissing you off?? Jalan Jalan. Luckily these days through my years of wisdom I have learnt not to scam the 3rd world country junk sellers. I am growing up! What sort of present would you buy someone to celebrate the big 29?? How about this:
Is it a broccoli that is also an iPod?? Maybe it scares off other broccoli's from entering the premises, because let's face it - Broccoli is the jihad of the vegetable kingdom. I haaaaaate broccoli. Luckily now I have one of these.. things.. I will always be reminded of my broccoli hatred, just in case I forget and go to make a broccoli sandwich in the middle of the night or something??
Jalan Jalan on you Broccoli.