December 10, 2012

Greetings from Timor-Leste


  1. rick neece on December 10th, 2012 at 7:29 am

    Another fascinating read, Derek. Thanks.

  2. SC on December 10th, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    I like the taxi-grocery concept. If the rest of the Korean bodegas go out of business, I can see that catching on in NY.

  3. Sheila Ryan on December 11th, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    Derek, I wouldn’t have thought any photographs of East Timor could make me smile, but I sure do like those cocks, as well as the other images — and, as always, your reflections.

    You know, back in the 1970s, the day before Indonesia invaded Timor, Ford and Kissinger were in Jakarta hobnobbing with Suharto. Yep.

  4. Sheila Ryan on December 11th, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    Oh, and congratulations to the winner of the Carasso Prize.

  5. Derek White on December 11th, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    Thanks, re: Carasso. Yeah, pretty cool. And 100k euros!

    I’ve heard about that re: Timor & American fear of communism. Typical gringo move. It’s strange here, feels like a pre-teen country at that awkward phase where it doesn’t know what to do with its life, or that is barely aware of its place in the world.

    And thanks SC & Rick for reading.

    oh, and btw, the word in Tetum for ‘sheep’ is ‘bibi malay”, which means ‘foreign goat’. Or gringo goat, as malay is what they call us gringos/mzungus/farenji, etc.

  6. Sheila Ryan on December 11th, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    Bibi malay: goat with no sense.