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  • BeaAmaya 

    My first job right out of high school was as a "hooker". I worked in a steel mill in Houston and was responsible for (donned in a TON of protective gear) hooking chains around hot bundles of steel so the overhead crane operator could pick them up and move them. I later graduated to "stripper" and finally made "leaderman" (yes, I'm a female). I listed these positions on my resume for years...always got me an interview. LOL!

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  • BeaAmaya 

    I watched Avatar in 3D and was amazed at the quality and "feel" of the movie. I get seasick and airsick on occasion, so I was expecting not to "do well" in the movie. I had no problem at all. The glasses we were given were not all all like the cheesy cardboard versions found in cereal boxes. I think that made a difference too. All it all, I thought it was a great enhancement to the movie experience.

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  • BeaAmaya 

    No worries...I didn't take your comment as being "mean", but rather just as an observation. Have a nice day!

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  • BeaAmaya 

    Thanks for the kind comments, Jose.

    Observer...although I hail from the Victoria area, I am currently located 20,000 miles away.

    Archie...I agree. My car was broken into in Houston last year and a great deal of damage done ($600) so they could steal a $90 stereo. Crazy.

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  • BeaAmaya 

    Congrats on the tat and the lovely, well written story. Nice job Aprill!

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  • BeaAmaya 

    My bilum is striped, and very colourful. It has a lot of black in it which makes the brighter colours, purple, gold, green, etc., stand out nicely. Actually, I have 4 or 5 of them, different styles and colours. Two are at home in Port Lavaca. Although they look a bit odd or out-of-place when carried in The States, they are an extremely practical item. When I'm out of PNG, my bilum is a bit like a security blanket, tying me to the place that I miss.

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  • BeaAmaya 

    I once saw a bilum very similar to mine. It was strapped across a woman's forehead and hung down her back. It took me a minute to realise, when she reached around back and patted it, that she was carrying a baby inside. Very practical item, the bilum!

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  • BeaAmaya 

    CJ...the food I eat in PNG is not so exotic. They have an abundance of wonderful fruits and vegetables, and as long as I stick to things grown locally, the prices aren't bad at all. There is very little beef, so I tend to eat a lot of that when I am in Australia. I always have to remember to order my hamburgers in Australia WITHOUT beetroot. Yes, that's right. They eat their hamburgers with a big slice of drippy red beet on them. Yuk! :-) They also eat a lot of meat pies here. They are little pies filled with beef and gravy. They seem to be a staple here.

    In PNG, I cook chicken at home, a lot. I also bake bread, and home-made tortillas, on occasion. The locals eat a lot of lamb as well. I'll get around to it, I'm sure, but haven't tried it yet. There are only a handful of fast-food restaurants in PNG, all fried chicken. The bulk of the restaurants offer Chinese, Thai, and Korean cuisine. Nothing from Europe (Italian, Greek, French, German), the Americas, or Latin America can be found here. I really miss my Mexican food!

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  • BeaAmaya 

    Hi Kyle. I think I might enjoy this more if it weren't the middle of winter here. Everything is a bit dreary and people walking around town in sweaters and coats in 70F weather is a bit funny to me. I think I'll plan the next trip over here to Cairns, in the north. The weather will be warmer and there are a lot of outdoor sights and activities to enjoy.

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  • BeaAmaya 

    Living in Papua New Guinea, no iPhone app available here. But I did find a workable solution. First, when the match is ready to start, I sign in to FIFA.com and follow the play-by-play and fan chats there. Second, I tune into streaming audio (free) at ABC.net.au. Finally, I open the windows (depending on timing) and listen to the crowd at the bar across the street. It's not exactly like being there, but it is definitely an immersive experience.

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