Monday, August 30, 2010

On holiday

Photo courtesy of Alex Costa.

At the moment, I'm on holiday. I'm sleeping close to the ocean, eating fruit and salads, walking on the beach and falling asleep in the sun. I'm taking the time I need to recharge, refresh and renew my commitment to my dreams and my projects.

These days, they're becoming the same thing.

Thanks for reading. I wish you a wonderful last few weeks of summer.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Overheard in Monrovia, 5

The amodiaquine used me. I was like crazy."
-- Solomon.

"You are free. Free! Even the pupu is free."
-- Lab technician, explaining good results.

"You don't understand. The catch is natural to me."
-- Tides.

"Are you a model? You should be in commercials."
-- Tides.

"Welcome to Tides. Tides is the place to be. Signed: Solomon, sponsored by Tides."
-- Graffiti on the Tides bathroom chalkboard.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Tides is on holiday

We're closing Tides for the 2nd half of August while the staff take annual leave and Nate and I go on holiday.

It will be a long-overdue and well-deserved break. We haven't had a holiday since getting involved in Tides construction back in January. We worked so hard to open the place, I can hardly believe it's been four months since we opened. We've come a long way.

It's time to step back for a moment, to reassess how we want to be running things and put systems in place to ensure that processes like stocking soda water and buying soy sauce go smoothly--or as smoothly as they can at a seafood bar in a country that says they don't go fishing in the rain.

We'll be open again on Friday, 3 September with DJ Raed spinning on Saturday, 4 September. If you're in Monrovia, I expect to see you there.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Trying not to be kali

Deep exhale.

I have waited too long to go on holiday.

How do I know?

In Swahili, when you call someone kali it means they're cranky. Like, really cranky. It's after the Hindu goddess of destruction.

"That mama is kali," for example. Being kali is not a good thing.

It's my new FB status update. At least until I go on vacation. I won't let myself go this long without a break again.


Thursday, August 12, 2010

Dollar dumplings

After some experimentation, we figured out how to make the most delicious dumplings. Look what's on the Tides menu!

- Potato greens and oyster mushrooms
- Chili and basil chicken
- Shrimp wontons
- Pork and cabbage

This, along with green papaya salad and a spicy Thai chicken coconut soup that involves lots of lemongrass and is perfect for rainy season.

Come and enjoy!

Friday, August 6, 2010

Welcome, Peace Corps!

Robertsport has Peace Corps volunteers. Two, to be precise, and very nice they are indeed. They'll be here, living in Uptown, for two years--three, if they want to. We are very, very lucky.


Wednesday, August 4, 2010

How the Sewing Co-op spends their money

For their bulk order we're sending out from the Co-op next week, we decided to take a group photo. Three of our tenured members were missing, but here we are (the sun was bright: we normally look much better than this):

Top row (left to right): Bendu, Matilda, Tina, Jenneh, Matilda, Botoe, Josephine, Famatta, Rose and Ma Bendu

Bottom row (left to right): Musu, me, Jebbeh

If anyone is in Liberia and would like to take more professional photos of the Co-op for their new website, please let me know. We could use them.

I also asked the members of the Sewing Co-op how they're spending the money that they're earning through the project. Here are their answers...

“With my sewing money…

* I was able to invest in my own video club business.” –Miriama
* I was able to send my children to school.” –Matilda
* I built my house.” –Ma Bendu
* I was able to start my own fish business.” – Rose
* I was able to start selling scratch cards.” –Bendu
* I am doing a crab business” – Tina
* I am building my house.” –Jenneh
* I was able to open by own bank account.” –Josephine
* I am saving my money.” –Botoe
* I am going to built my own house.” –Jebbeh

Cool, eh?