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323 Views | 4 Comments | 0 Articles | 4/18/2017 3:51:00 PM

As I was saying in the last instalment, one more important aspect of Asian wedding traditions, or in Thailand in any event, is sin sod. Noi had quietly mentioned the subject of sin sod to me before our village wedding. I decided to play dumb and pretend I had never heard of it before. I had. It was a topic I came across while researching the different Asian cultures. I feigned ignorance because I wanted to know what Noi had to say about it. Read more…

564 Views | 6 Comments | 0 Articles | 4/28/2017 1:03:14 PM

The small shop was full of flowers every kind, in colors one could have never imagined of existing. Daffodils, tulips, lilies, gladiolas, carnations, orchids, and, of course, most people's favorite, roses were everywhere, on the floors, in fridges, on the walls, and in buckets. There was barely room for the customers to walk around. The flowers' scents filled up your nose with such a freshness that you could easily imagine standing in a meadow somewhere in the Alps, breathing in the essence of the virgin Earth. Read more…

2101 Views | 23 Comments | 0 Articles | 9/11/2015 9:55:28 PM

The room seemed tidy enough.  Sparse but not too bad, except for a layer of dust on the floor.  Tina and I entered it cautiously, bags in hand. Read more…

1829 Views | 9 Comments | 0 Articles | 6/7/2015 5:15:47 PM

   The alarm clock tried very hard to get my attention. It was only 5:30 in the morning and my eyelids had opened halfway a few times already before they shut tightly again under the weight of my weariness. They were still shut when I hit the button on the top of my old alarm clock a few seconds later. Everything went quiet. Only the barely audible tick-tocking and my tired groans interrupted the silence as I sat up on my bed. Abruptly, a shiver shook me and said good morning as the cold air in the room gripped my naked ankles and coated my entire body with goosebumps. I felt tempted to climb back under the sheets and forget about the whole day of work ahead of me. But it was only a teasing thought of my half-asleep brain when the sheets exhaled a last puff of warm whiff onto my backside before they lost the battle to the cold and kicked me out of bed. Read more…

4438 Views | 10 Comments | 7 Articles | 6/29/2014 7:06:22 PM

There is a little secret that happens at dusk in China that nobody wants you to talk about! Middle-aged and older ladies gather in hordes, sometimes with a dishevelled husband in tow, to meet together in synchronised shenanigans - the proverbial Plaza Dance.  Read more…

3246 Views | 18 Comments | 0 Articles | 3/19/2014 12:19:51 PM

The weather in Suzhou was unnaturally warm today and because of the rain yesterday, the sky was actually a greyish blue rather than it's typical yellow haze! My morning coffee was the first on my balcony for the year, luxuriating in the warmth. It quickly takes me back to my most recent 'trip', just a few weeks ago - out of China and into Northern Thailand... Read more…

3755 Views | 5 Comments | 1 Articles | 9/18/2013 5:18:40 PM
President Obama called me into the Oval Office a week ago. “Ken, outrages are an outrage that must not stand! Outrageous! We must draw a line in the sand”. So he went to the sandbox and did so. Kind of a Zen thing I guess. First there is a crisis, then there is no crisis, then there is. Read more…
3855 Views | 2 Comments | 0 Articles | 6/26/2013 4:55:06 PM
Admittedly, Filipino food culture is not as distinguished and diverse as Chinese food culture, nor is it as lavishly abundant as American food culture. But the tendency for any food culture to become unhealthy is the great equalizer. Read more…
2442 Views | 7 Comments | 0 Articles | 6/26/2013 11:43:50 AM
There is scene in the Chinese smash hit movie Lost in Thailand, about a business trip to Chiang Mai gone awry, where the main character has arrived at the Bangkok airport. Wishing to get to his intended destination as quickly as possible, he jumps into a cab and frantically urges the driver to beep his horn to get the car front to move. The cab driver tells him to relax. He is in Thailand. There is no beeping in Thailand. They will get there when they get there. Read more…
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