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Thailand’s kuddle industry

Thailand’s kuddle industry

Welcome to the pagan Walhalla,  welcome to Thailand! Men are enjoying their days on the beach, drinking beer and having sex with any local they can get their hands on, whenever they feel like. Eventhough the stereotype of sextourism and sexpats in connection to the beautiful country persists, it is far from a catch-all phrase for [...]

Top 20 signs you know you’ve been living in Thailand too long

Top 20 signs you know you’ve been living in Thailand too long

I know this has been done before, but over the last months I have compiled a list of things that I regard as more or less typical for contemporary Thai culture and expats living here. 20. You explicitely order HOT coffee, but are used to being asked later: “Hot or cold?” 19. Foreigners stop assuming [...]

Canadian expat spices things up in Northern Thailand

Canadian expat spices things up in Northern Thailand

This bottle I bought in a nearby restaurant the other day. I love the name. It bears a striking resemblance to the famous McIlhenny Tabasco. Probably out of precaution the label now has been altered a bit, see the product catalog below. I always find it interesting to learn about ways how people are making a living [...]

Hotel survival part VII: Omelette

Hotel survival part VII: Omelette

Here’s how to fix a breakfast in the comfort of your own room Stuff needed from left to right: Prerequisites (Immersion) water boiler After a run to the shop Knife, fork or spoon (7/11) A Bowl* (7/11) Microwave proof plastic bag (7/11) Sauce/pepper/salt (7/11) Sausage (7/11) or any other things you like in the mix Eggs [...]

Do Thai / foreign couples have more make up sex?

Do Thai / foreign couples have more make up sex?

Last week Polly and I were visiting a Thai couple. During dinner a friend who was a lawyer dropped in. I had not met a Thai lawyer in his private time before, so after a few drinks I asked if it would be alright to ask a few questions about Thai law. One of my [...]

10 little known facts about Laos

10 little known facts about Laos

Today Hillary Clinton is in Laos for a one day visit. This event will mark the first time in 58 years for a high ranking US official to do so. What do we actually know about Laos? Reports often start to state that Laos is one of the poorest countries in Asia or in the [...]

Hotel survival part VI: Repairs & Maintenance and quick fixes for other annoyances

Hotel survival part VI: Repairs & Maintenance and quick fixes for other annoyances

A three way plug commonly available in Thailand Any self-reliant person will usually consider the possibility to fix minor problems in and around the house themselves first. Once on holiday however this idea seems alien. Besides the fact that during this time one isn’t supposed to work at all, it’s a perfect opportunity to exercise [...]

Tangun: The origin of Koreans in North Korean manga

Tangun: The origin of Koreans in North Korean manga

Tangun mausoleum near Pyongyang (NK) Tangun, a mythology about the father of the Korean people and founder of the first Korean kingdom, is mentioned in a number of sources and is believed to have some actual historical understructure. It gives some clues in understanding the unique traditional self-conception of Korean’s. See below a manga version from North [...]

Slavery at Sea: A story of human trafficking in drawings by a survivor

Slavery at Sea: A story of human trafficking in drawings by a survivor

Prum Vannak is a Cambodian survivor of human trafficking. His story is one of extreme poverty and of what people are sometimes forced to do in order to take care of their families. It’s also a story of gross neglect to supervise human rights violations  by authorities. Many trafficking victims don’t live to tell their [...]

Sealand’s new marketing strategy

Sealand’s new marketing strategy

A birds eye view of Sealand Sealand, arguably the most succesful attempt to proclaim a man made structure at sea autonomous, a phenomenon also known as seasteading, hasn’t made the headlines for some time now. The  500-square-meter (5,920-square-foot) platform in front of the coast of Ipswich was constructed in WWII primarily for defence against German mine-laying aircraft to [...]