Monday
Jan112010

Ya-dom: Nasal Inhaler

asian likes ya-dom

The city of Bangkok, with its mazelike interconnecting streets and tiny sois, is endowed with plenty of strange things to feast one’s curious eyes upon. Here, you will find pushcart stalls selling edible pig’s body parts and guts, deep-fried insect snackables, and even a couple of elephants strolling down the sidewalks…and this is just to name a few. 

For us locals, things that were mentioned above are nothing to get excited about. But the tourists! They get so easily worked up over these things it’s quite funny, actually. I have seen foreigner friends staring in disbelief (with dropped jaws and all) at a little old Thai lady who appeared to have jammed a lipstick look-alike up her nostril. They couldn’t comprehend what she was doing until I explained that what the lady had up her nose was in fact a ‘ya-dom’, or stick-type inhalant used to clear nasal congestion and help free the breathing system.

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Wednesday
Jan062010

food blog: thailand on a diet

diet foods in thailand

Very few people have the resolve to diet when traveling – part of the ‘authentic’ experience is to consume as much local cuisine as your stomach will physically allow, or that’s always been my policy. Still, in the interest of not being mistaken for a lost dugong while floundering in the breaks off Karon Beach next vacation, here are some low-fat Thai foods to gorge on.

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Tuesday
Jan052010

worldwide club guide: bali

nightlife in bali

Bali is Indonesia’s party island and the night life generally starts late, meaning around midnight, and continues on until dawn in some venues. Most of the after-dark action occurs in the Kuta, Legian and Seminyak areas and while most of the party-goers are tourists there are music, clubs and bars to suit all tastes.

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Monday
Jan042010

Working with Asians

work in asian company

Asians are collectivists by nature. The need to become part of a group, for many of us, is one of the many essentials that make life more ‘complete’.

Maybe this is why: a) establishing connections and b) networking play such important roles in determining the level of success and happiness in our lives.

And we are trained to do so from very young age…

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Tuesday
Dec222009

worldwide club guide: san francisco 

nightlife in san francisco

San Francisco is an easy city to love. My favorite left-coast American city, it’s a town that loves to party and has an abundance of venues at which to cut loose after dark. In fact, there are so many I’ll have to make this part one of my SF club picks.

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Wednesday
Dec162009

food blog: singaporean mooncakes

mooncake in singapore

For a country with such a ubiquity of delicious foods, there are surprisingly few fat people in Singapore.  I think I saw one the whole time I was there and that person probably had thyroid problems. Just like Thais, whose national pastime is eating, the Singaporeans just don’t seem to convert their constant snacking into body mass.

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Tuesday
Dec152009

worldwide club guide: vancouver

nightlife in vancouver

Vancouver is my favorite Canadian city as not only is it beautiful, but it’s a town that knows how to party. The action is only going to get more frenetic with the upcoming 2010 Winter Olympic Games. It may get chilly outside, but the nightlife scene packs some heat.

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Monday
Dec142009

Cash gifting

asian likes cash gifting

Some people (Westerners especially) might say “giving money as gift is so tacky!” And that includes those who give out gift vouchers and such as presents. The general rendition for this type of gift giver is that they are totally inconsiderate and super-crude when comes to social etiquette.  But we Asians think that cash gifting is just plain brilliant!

Why suffer through the pain of having to act happy when opening one present after another (none of which you like) in front of people (whose attention is focused on whether your reaction is genuine), when you could be given envelope after envelope of cash AND the freedom to do whatever you please with it!

Yes, Asians are infamous for our practicality and the thrifty ways that we go about our lives. The stories about some Asian kid whose parents kept the plastic covers on their sofas or someone’s grandma who would wash and re-use disposable chopsticks from the restaurants? You better believe it.

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Wednesday
Dec092009

food blog: parisian scenes

France is apparently the most visited place in the world, so it stands to reason that you are a complete moron if you can’t find a good meal in a Super City like Paris. However, should you be afflicted with traveling moron syndrome (it can happen to the best of us) the below are some of my most memorable food-related experiences in the City of Lights.

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Tuesday
Dec082009

worldwide club guide: beijing

nightlife in beijing

Beijing showed the world during the 2008 Olympics that it could throw a spectacular party and even though the Olympic flame is out, nightlife in the Chinese capital continues to burn brightly. There are far too many clubs to cover in just one post, so consider this Part One of my Beijing nightlife picks.

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