Archive for November 17th, 2013

November 17, 2013

A Teblo Ng Di 2 (Spirit of Belau Is Not In Numbers)

By Santy Asanuma —-

In Palauan “teblo” (two) is more than two. Palauan people do not rely on numbers but the heart (reng) of the idea. We do not like empirical science because it involves research and formal experiment which require being exact. Little wonder most of our students do not pursue studies in fields that require math and science of exactness. But when it comes to social sciences (tekoi ra reng me a deleuill er a rechad) that requires a lot of sentiments (aikel el di ultuil ra tekoi er a rengud me a uldesued). At one time in the past history of Palau in the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s if you asked any high school seniors or the ones already in college what field of studies will they pursue, the most common answer was political science or other fields that require little or no math at all.

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November 17, 2013

Recent Discovery In Seaweeds Could Provide A New Industry For Palau

By Jackson M. Henry —-

A Feng Shui master who visited Palau in 2009 said, “The secret of Palau’s future prosperity lies under its blue ocean”. This prophecy could well come true soon with the recent scientific break through discoveries of certain healthy properties extracted from seaweeds by Dr. Haengwoo Lee which supposedly helps lower blood pressures and extend life up to extra 30 years.

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November 17, 2013

Informal Learning

By Fuana Tmarsel —-

Recently, my young neighbor was walking at the back of the house chanting, “ea ke mesesuau, eke mesesuau….”  I initially ignored his apparent rendition of a recent adult exchange at their house, but when the cantillana continued, I stretched my neck out the window and watched him dragging his skateboard while repeating the scornful adjectives. Because of age, I doubt he knew what the words meant, yet interested enough to have not only captured the words but also adding the tune for amusement as he goes about his business.

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