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Face Off

Jan 3, 2013   //   by David   //   Blog, Vietnam, Yannay  //  3 Comments

Vietnam has 54 official ethnic minorities. Here are a few of them.

My first massage lesson

Nov 21, 2012   //   by Yannay   //   Bali, Blog, Videos, Yannay  //  5 Comments

My first massage lesson took place in Ubud, Bali on November 16, 2012. I got taught in a spa called Sang Spa by a woman named Juni for almost six hours straight. The lesson started at 10am and ended at 4:30 with a half an hour break at 1 after learning for 3 hours straight.

When I arrived at the spa at 10, I had no idea what to expect. I didn’t know what kind of massage I’d learn and I didn’t know how they’d teach me. I thought they’d first teach me theory (what muscle is where and stuff) but they said to go into a room and in that room was a person lying on a massage table with a sarong on them. Then the lesson started. Juni started demonstrating how to do the massage and at the beginning it was very awkward for me and I didn’t think I’d enjoy it because the massage included the gudius maximus (scientific word for bottom). After about 15-30 minutes of the lesson I got used to the giving the massage and enjoyed it a lot. Not even ants covering my food could destroy the fun.

After the six hours were over, I sat at the front of the spa waiting for my dad to pick me up and when he came he videoed them giving me my certificate. I am now certified to provide Balinese massage.  It was a lot of fun but I don’t know how I’m going to remember how to do the massage because I don’t know who to do it on.

Video 1: watch the first 2:50 mins.

Video 2:


Releasing turtles

Nov 7, 2012   //   by Yannay   //   Bali, Blog, Yannay  //  12 Comments

Pemuteran, Bali

On November 7th, 2012 at around 9:30am I, with both my sisters, released three adorable three month old Olive Ridley turtles into the sea. Each one of us chose a name for our turtle and released it out into the open sea.

First, before you released your turtle, you could choose which one you wanted to release. The turtles were kept in tubs of water and were sorted out into groups. One tub for two week old turtles, one for 1 month old turtles, one for two month old turtles and three for three month old turtles. Each tub had several turtles in it but you could only choose one of the three year old turtles to free. There was also a sandpit where the turtle eggs were kept. We (my sisters and I), each chose a turtle to release and went down to the beach with them in our hands. Then, when we were at the beach we walked toward the water and stopped about half a meter from the it. From there, we gently put the turtles on the sand and let them go into the sea. I released mine first, Daniela was second and the refusing Avia, was third. She wanted to keep hers as a pet. Each one of us followed our turtles in the sea for about ten meters watching it swim and then let it go on. They were so cute!

VIDEO  – to be added.

David Adds: There are five species of turtle in Indonesia, each endangered. Turtles and their eggs are used by locals for food, ritual and tourist souvenirs. The Reef Seen Turtle Hatchery Project in Pemuteran purchases turtles and their eggs from locals and fisherman in an effort to conserve them. Most of the effort of the turtle hatchery goes to educating locals on the value of sustainable exploitation of natural resources.

The local fisherman and villagers now make more money by selling turtle eggs to the project than to the market. As one turtle can lay 150 eggs, this is quite profitable for locals. As a result the local fishing industry has mandated that anyone catching a turtle should bring it to the hatchery.

The hatchery raises the turtle from egg to three month.Their opinion is that a three month turtle has more chance for survival than a newborn. Turtles breed at age 19. This project is 20 years old. The three turtles that Yannay, Daniela and Avia released are thought to be the offspring of the initial intake of eggs and caught turtles. DIvers report an increase in turtle sitings in the area. The project was founded by Chris Brown, the owner of a local dive shop.

Two week old turtles resemble little bath time turtle toys.

How to feel a stingray for as long as you want to

Oct 14, 2012   //   by Yannay   //   Yannay  //  Comments Off

If you want to feel a stingray, all you need to do is follow these important steps.

#1 Get in the 1 meter deep water

#2 Take some fish into your hand

#3 Throw some of the fish into the water next to you to make them realize that you have food in your hand (let them come to you, don’t chase them.)

#4 They’ll come at you because they know you have food with you and want it

#5 While some come at you, but before they start to push you over with their nose, feel their topside with one hand while restraining them with the other one. To restrain them, push their noses away from you. If their topside partially exits the water trying to get the food you will also be able to grab their nose and pull them a bit more out of the water. Doing this, you will be able to kiss them (as our captain Oliver and later I, kindly demonstrated) They are really quite nice and cuddly when you get to know them.

Be careful when they start to come at you. If 2-3 come at you you’ll be fine but if 5-6 of them come to you they may push you over making your feet leave the ocean floor and you should ALWAYS have your feet on the ocean floor. If they leave the ocean floor for one reason or another be careful not to step on a stingray’s tail while regaining your footing. A stingrays tail is unpleasant to touch and could easily cut you so try to avoid touching it. And as a side note, the tail is extremly poisonous but only when it is mad or scared.

Origin of Oceanean People

Sep 30, 2012   //   by David   //   Origins of Oceanian People, Yannay  //  Comments Off

Click to view presentation: Yannay’s_Polynesian_and_Melanesian_project

The Coconut

Sep 28, 2012   //   by David   //   Yannay  //  Comments Off

The Coconut and its uses- By: Yannay Kaplan

The coir is the husk of the coconut and can be used in a surprisingly large number of ways like in rope and yarn, in aquarium filters, soundproofing, heat insulation, brushes, mattresses, rugs and carpets.
Copra is the inside of the coconut, commonly called the meat of the coconut. The copra is used as fodder for horses and cattle because its high oil levels and protein are fattening for stock but what makes the meat so popular is that it is the maker or producer of both coconut oil and coconut milk.
There are hundreds uses of coconut oil and more and more are being found each year. Coconut oil can be used as a healing agent, for cooking and even for beauty! The oil can help heal bug bites and burns, is in hair conditioner, make up remover, deodorant and eye cream, and helps lung function, nausea, nose bleeds, cholesterol, chronic fatigue, cystic fibrosis, depression, head lice, HIV, liver and lung disease, ear infections, hives and pink eye. The coconuts oil is a very unique thing with many uses.


Coconut milk can be used for some of the same things as coconut oil and can even sometimes be substituted. The milk of a coconut doesn’t have as many uses as the oil but is still useful to have. Coconut milk is, like coconut oil, made from the copra and is a wonderful ingredient to use in food. From it you can create main dishes to desserts and is also used in bubble baths to make your skin softer. The milk of the coconut is also a great hair softener, and dandruff remover.

Coconut water is the liquid inside the coconut which is sometimes confused as coconut milk. The water helps people who suffer from dehydration related to diarrhea and exercise and aids the body fighting viruses that cause the flu, herpes, and AIDS. Coconut water is also used in blood transfusion instead of plasma, boosts immune system, controls vomiting, and raises your metabolism. The water is only found in young coconuts and is replaced by the meat when the coconuts mature.




Biomes of the World Presentation

Sep 23, 2012   //   by David   //   Yannay  //  Comments Off

Click here for  Yannay’s Biomes Project