- Mee Leng and Teo -
Really, 4 connections? Thursday, October 30, 2008 |
In other and better news, RATIO bought us a way cool camcorder/camera combo. I was upset that we weren't getting the Flip, but when the lovely and talented Dave Girot showed us this camera, the Flip didn't seem as important. We'll get some video up soon!
In other and stranger news, Jake (a former Kallari volunteer) warned us all of the trouble we could get into for biting our nails while in S. America. He ended up in the hospital for not breaking his habit! I filed my nails down promptly.
Ok...time to go get those last minute things! (crazy that its not actually the last minute, what has gotten in to me?)
Schedule... Friday, October 24, 2008 |
Nov. 1, 2 - Quito - Visiting the studio of Oswaldo Enriquez-Veronica Cobo. Día de los Muertos festivities will also be going on...cultural experience!
Nov. 3 - Travel to Tena and visit the central offices of Kallari
Nov. 4 - Visit growing and collection centers
Nov. 5 - Visit local communities/villages
Nov. 6 - Visit the Kallari Infastructure (not quite sure what this is...)
Nov. 7 - Visit sustainable design projects in the Amazon
Nov. 8 - Visit the project site in Baeza and then travel back to Quito
Nov. 9 - Visit the town of Otavalo and Indian Market (stay in Quito)
Nov. 10 - Travel to Salinas and visit factories there (stay in Salinas)
Nov. 11 - Travel to Quito, visit the Kallari Cafe, say farewell to our lovely hosts
Nov. 12 - Head back home....
OUCHHH! Friday, October 10, 2008 |
joking!. We are so fortunate to have the opportunity to contribute our time and effort for a greater purpose and to embark on this great South America journey. It has been an inspiring experience working with the AFH group in San Francisco, the Kallari, Oswaldo/Veronica up to this point and getting support from Ratio for our time off as part of Professional development and also hooking us up with equipments to document our trip… Yup! 20 more days to go before this great journey and of course will soon start scrambling to pack all the stuff for the trip…..and usually over packing too….
We will definitely post our itinerary once we got that pinned down …
Teo and Mee Leng
3 weeks for jungle fever... Thursday, October 9, 2008 |
Somebody once said: "One of the primary purposes of architecture is to highten the drama of living."
Ecuador, we are ready!!!
Fernando L. Pagan
Ray Architects Engineers, PSC
San Juan, Puerto Rico
One month to go... Friday, October 3, 2008 |
I chatted with Leonora of Treehugger.com this week, and she gave me the inside scoop on traveling in Ecuador, working with Kallari, and how she got Kallari and AFH together. She was a joy to chat with and the major point she got across to me was...be patient. No problem for me, I lived in Italy for a year! She was also excited to know that we had enlisted a Spanish speaker on our team (Fernando, you rock). She stressed that communication is of the utmost importance in this project...She said it was hard enough for the people of Kallari to get a grip on what an international design competition was, and even harder for them to understand that people from all around the world would be willing to help them...some organic chocolate growers in the rainforest... So here we come...a Puerto Rican...a Malaysian...an American (me!)...and with us in heart...a Serbian.