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The Great Wall of China

Sightseeing in China

There are two ways of seeing the sights China has to offer – escorted tour or going it alone. Escorted tours are fine if you like being shown around somewhere and shuttled between the country’s tourist highlight. But fine though tours operated by companies like Wendy Wu are, they’re pretty darned expensive. If you’re on […]

Grilled seaweed snacks from Thailand

They’ve Got Me Eating Seaweed…

I’ve eaten a lot of strange stuff since I’ve lived in Asia. Pig’s ears were probably the low point. Not all is bad though. I’ve become rather a fan of seaweed. I grew up by the sea. Here’s my home town of Plymouth, England: So I guess it’s understandable that I’d have some sort of […]

Bangkok taxi driver attacks a female moped rider!

Foreign Countries Can Be Ugly Places…

Living abroad as I do, you get to see the ugly side of humanity. And sadly, it’s a fairly common occurrence. Here’s what was going on down on Sukhumvit Road in Bangkok on one Sunday afternoon. I was waiting for my date to arrive from the nearby BTS train station: I’m not sure what started […]

Torrential rain in China...

Torrential Rain in China!

Living in China was not without problems. It wasn’t an easy place to live by any means. So let’s take a weather check… My first run-in with Southern China’s crazy weather was when I got caught in downtown Guangzhou in a monstrous thunderstorm. While I managed to find my way back to the metro station, […]

Thai cyclist wearing umbrella hat

Foreigners Go Mad in Rainshower…

It rains a lot in my native England. I’m used to that. But it also rains in foreign countries. A LOT. I lived in China for a while. Yeah, that was a wet country. Malaysia, yeah, they also had rain. But maybe Thailand has even more rain… Anyway, Thai people seem to have found some […]

Thai women being reminded that SHOPPING IS GOOD

Dating Disaster #2 – The Shopaholic

Whenever I’m on a date, I’m always on the lookout for that much feared girl – the shopaholic. Spendaholics also give me the fear. I once chatted to a Chinese girl on Chinese Love Links who told me she only ever flew business class. Yikes! Always flying economy is just one of the money saving […]

Bangkok buses often seem to drive with the doors wide open...

Your Own Personal Bus Plunge

Johnny Foreigner has some strange habits at times. In Thailand it seems common for buses to drive around with the doors open: I’ve never seen this in any other country. Even Chinese buses drive with the doors closed, but I guess that’s to stop the human Tetris inside from spilling out onto the streets. So […]

Minerals and health supplements - definitely NOT cheaper abroad...

Who Said Foreign Countries Were Cheap?

Many people dream about the idea of retiring from an expensive Western country and going to live in a much cheaper one. While it’s true that food and accommodation can be a lot cheaper abroad than they are back home, there are a whole class of items that are much more expensive in foreign countries […]

Kick Japan out of the Senkaku (Diaoyu) islands exercise book cover

Anti-Japanese Feelings in China

All the time I was in China, I felt that mentioning anything to do with Japan was like walking on egg shells. Anti-Japan feeling runs high in China. And if something goes wrong in China, the authorities will often try to blame Japan, or foreigners in general. In China I also learned to expect the […]

Heinz Baked Beans - Chinese version

Strange Lands… Stranger Foods

When I quit my job and went to live in China, it wasn’t too long before the homesickness kicked in. What I missed most was the food back home. This all came to a head when I got sick, then the pining for familiar foods really kicked in. But as I described in Strange Chinese […]

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Grilled seaweed snacks from Thailand
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Torrential rain in China...
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Thai cyclist wearing umbrella hat
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Thai Cat sleeps between two Bangkok escalators
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