Ideas come from anything and are often inspired by the simplest thing. Well I recently had an idea that sounds a bit dirty, inspired by shit and has the possibility to make a shit load of money.
It came to me when I visited the men’s a couple of weeks ago. As soon as I walked in I noticed the toilet paper was right down to its core. So I had to go out and buy my own before taking my rightful place. It was then that I noticed how bland the core of a toilet paper is, and that’s when the idea struck (:ligh bulb:)
If someone decided to advertise on the toilet paper core they probably get everyone’s attention. Just imagine the toilet paper running out, and hyped with emotion, you see an ad. I’m sure it would make an impression – sometimes not very happy impressions but memorable for sure. It doesn’t have to be a colourful ad; just a few lines with your contact should suffice.
Papua New Guinea’s leading DJ, Allen Kedea aka AKay47 has just released a house remix of the hit single South Pacific Beauty on the social network Facebook through soundcloud.com. The song features Hanly Logoso and will feature in his new album Brand Niu Day. The songs was written specifically for the 2010 Miss South Pacific Pageant held in Port Moresby.
Many motorists in Port Moresby seem to believe they own the publicly funded roads they use. Last Sunday a vehicle stalled at the roundabout at Erima and the other vehicle that stopped to help decided that it didn’t want to park on the roadside. Instead the driver opted to stop right in the middle of the lain, blocking other vehicles and motorists.
Chewing buai (betel nut) with lime and mustard is a coastal Melanesian tradition and can be in some ways equated to the social lubricant alcohol. The combination is used for ceremonial as well as social purposes and thus holds a special place in traditional ceremonial practices. This means that there are etiquette that must be abided by when consuming it. Unfortunately, many Melanesians have forgotten or are simply ignorant of these netiquettes.
The etiquette I am about to list are from observing old folks in father’s (Korojih) and neighboring villages in the West Coast of Manus. I will also draw from my mother’s village of Divari in the Wedau area of Milne Bay and other villages within Papua New Guinea (PNG) that I have visited.
The first thing I have noticed village elders do when chewing betel nut is how they tend to make sure their rubbish is put in the appropriate place. They do not throw buai husks all over the place; instead they keep them and then dispose them properly when they have done chewing.
The elders understood that spitting out into the open was unhygienic and rude especially when you are surrounded by people. If they needed to spit it would be done into a disposable container (coconut shell etc) or the ground or sand beside them and immediately covered. They did not just spit onto any surface.
The bulging mouth
Believe it or not, I have hardly seen any elders chewing with their mouths stuffed. Nowadays, you will find chewers having bulging mouths filled with buai and walking around. Buai was usually consumed when there was a gathering and thus there had to be space in peoples’ mouths to talk. It was and still is disrespectful if you talked with a full mouth.
BYOK (Bring your own kambang (lime))
It was shameful to chew off someone else’s lime or kambang as known in Tok Pisin. Everyone had their own lime container and only shared the nut and mustard (daka in Tok Pisin) – every decent chewer did this. There are of course several reasons for doing this; fear of sorcery, hygiene, shame, etc, to name a few.
The list can be summarised with the word respect. The elders showed that they had respect for those around them and themselves when they chew. Respect is the cornerstone for etiquettes.
The list is just a few of the etiquettes in Papua New Guinea. Our country has a large diversity of cultures with their own set of etiquettes and rules. Each one has etiquettes for almost every social event. However, as we assimilate Western culture and traditions, much of these become lost or simply ignored. It is my hope that by putting up this list, we can tell our society, children, visitors and friends that what they see in our streets today is not part of our traditional culture but a mutation.
Yesterday afternoon I got a call from a former colleague who now works at my former college as the Registrar. She wanted me to participate in the opening of the Don Bosco Technological Institute (DBTI) Sports Fest 2011.
Anyway, yours truly sat in a panel of four judges, rating the performances of the students this morning. It was hard trying to give ratings for creativity when everyone presents something unique. In the end we had to settle with 3 winners for each category. However, it was close with contestants scoring relatively high from the judges.
The Sporting Fest is a long tradition of DBTI and fosters the spirit of unity and chivalry
I took a couple of close-up picture of the accident that I blogged about in my previous post. The bus # 17 whose route is from Manu Auto-port through 4 Mile then Gordon Market decided to take a short cut and ended up hitting a pole along Waigani Drive, opposite the Mutual Rumana building.
Our typical stupidity took place soon after. The driver and his crew abandoned the vehicle and scrambled away from the crash. The onlookers looted the day’s takings and did not even consider the danger of the power pole falling.
But the most infuriating thing is that the repair cost for this pole will be passed on to consumers and tax payers.