Thursday, March 24, 2005

curriculum development

It is ironic that Outback Jack plays in the background as I type these words... if you haven't seen it.. Outback Jack is an Aussie reality show with a hunk in the bush deciding which princess he'll choose...

I just returned from Endau Rompin, a national park in Malaysia reputedly somewhere between 120-200 million years old- which means it was around not long after Pangaea if you stick to the later date and give or take 50 million years.... and certainly during dinosaur times. But how do you measure such things? And how does one determine the age of a rainforest? I am not sure, but that's what I read in the books.. so IT MUST be true....

Regardless, I did just spend 4 days there with a motley crew of Koreans, Japanese, Indonesian and Thai students .. and lived to tell about it!

As with all good expeditions.. as soon as I returned I made a B-line for a jug of cold beer and then a big plate of brocolli, garlic kailan and tofu.. having gotten tired of noodles, rice and sardine camp food after a few days...

You could easily ignore the gibbons singing, the hornbills kronking, the raquet tailed drongoes, the langurs, the elephant dung, the jungle pig, the pitcher plants and the ever present cicadas.. and you'd think it was just another lousy day in paradise...

We spent a few days trekking, swimming, boating, and finally getting our fancy city ass kicked by the local Orang Asli in a game of soccer... before we bused it back to Kuala Lumpur....

The early morning misty mountains where the spirits go now... accompanied my instant coffee... and reading of the geological history of CA in McPhee's 'Assembling California' which is essentially the present day account of SE Asia and its island arcs crashing into a continent...

Yeah...f you ignored all that.. well then, you'd just have a regular, ordinary day in Malaysia...

-Matt

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