Snakes, Spiders & Homework

Today I killed 17 spiders the size of my palm and got rewarded with imported Belgium beer by my hosts. I’m aware that my last post stated that there is much more to do in Borneo than drink beer, but after volunteering for two weeks at a retreat center at the base of Mount Kinabalu, an imported beer from Belgium is worth mentioning.

Although my student check can provide me with all the basics I need, I am sometimes dependent on volunteering along the way to save up some cash. Hosts provide food and shelter in exchange for a few hours of labour a day. In this case, one of my main duties is killing the persistent spiders that keep coming back and growing in size it seems, every day. In short, when you don’t find me behind the laptop nowadays, I am running around with a broom in each hand sweeping away spider webs and crushing the bastards at a christian retreat center called Hallelujah.

Yeh, I did not see myself doing this with my life at 23. But it’s great. Don’t get me wrong though, I did stay awake the first couple of nights when I got here, imagining colonies of spiders coming to get revenge on me for killing their friends. But, I got used to it fast and now it seems like such an ordinary job that I could almost consider putting it on my CV.   And in the end I’m just happy that I don’t have to be in charge of keeping the snakes away from the property. That’s the gardeners job and we are lucky enough that he’s good at it.

Below is some pictures of a sneaky Pit Viper he caught some days ago, luring behind a garbage bin.

Skjermbilde 2017-04-29 kl. 16.47.52

Skjermbilde 2017-04-29 kl. 18.46.59

Now, spring or easter vacation was over a week ago or something. So I am back to doing homework and below is all proof for the teachers that I’ve done it..

Learning Activity- Composition

We had to take a series of photographs,  all focusing on one of the following

  • Pattern
  • Symmetry
  • Texture
  • Depth of field
  • Lines –
  • Framing
  • Perspective
  • Space
  • Balance –
  • Colour    –


Skjermbilde 2017-04-29 kl. 20.07.13


Skjermbilde 2017-04-29 kl. 19.19.26


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Skjermbilde 2017-04-29 kl. 19.20.26


 Skjermbilde 2017-04-30 kl. 12.32.29


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Skjermbilde 2017-04-29 kl. 20.08.11


Skjermbilde 2017-04-30 kl. 12.35.23


Skjermbilde 2017-05-01 kl. 14.49.34

Depth of field would be the image of the snake.

The only alternation used for the pictures above, is cropping.

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