How I dress + pack for SE Asia

When I was doing my TEFL training in Bangkok in 2009, I noticed one of my classmates, Kim always wore jeans. “Why do you always wear jeans? Aren’t you burning up?” “No, I’m used to it. When I lived in the Philippines all the teenagers wore jeans. I don’t even think about it now. They’re…

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How’s my driving?

Cambodian traffic is something to behold. (Is behold the right word?) This is because you pretty much can drive in any direction you please. Now, in Thailand, I thought it was crazy when you saw a renegade motorbike going against traffic, hugging the shoulder and occasionally I did it, too. Sometimes it makes sense, especially…

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Do you speak broken English?

Despite the fact that I’m an expat in Asia and I hear broken English all around me, and struggle to communicate just as much as the next foreigner navigating these poorly maintained roads, I don’t speak broken English. And this isn’t because I’m an English teacher and I have my nose in the air, it’s…

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Should you become an expat?

I’m regularly asked about moving to Thailand (and now I’m being asked about Cambodia). There was a point when I was emailed so often I considered creating a standard reply, but in the end laziness reigned supreme. Interestingly, I’ve made friends though these initial inquiries. I’ve met up with a few and one time I…

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Fish out of water: expat bloggers interview series #4

Hello everybody! I’m back with another expat blogger interview. Yes! I found Jaina at Time Well Spent through another blog and I immediately liked her site because it didn’t look like a lot of blogs I had been seeing lately, floating around the Internet. Seriously. Her individuality was further confirmed when I saw her photos.…

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Has living overseas + travel made you more patient?

“Time, time, time, see what’s become of me.” – Hazy Shade of Winter, Simon & Garfunkel Since moving abroad, I’ve taken on a different perception of time. I’m convinced time moves slower. Concepts like a “long time” and “being on time” are completely relative to the landscape, the people and the mode of transportation. Living…

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