Monthly Archives: December 2012

Ahhhh you have the syphilis !

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Language miscommunications are awesome. Some are so frustrating, some are so hilarious, others, when you conquer them, are cause for celebration. I have a few I like which I will publish here. This article will be edited and updated with …

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Asian clotheslines suck !

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Man there are some funny things Vietnamese people have failed to invent. Like … clotheslines. In Australia, if you live in a townhouse… you have a small, retractable clothesline. It’s made of a couple of bits of cheap metal with …

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Happy Birthday and congratulations, PSY !

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I don’t think this photo needs any explanation. I find it hard to believe there is a person on Earth who could not know who this person is right now and why he’s in this photo. He posted on his …

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Cultural lesson time ! Eating bánh bao

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This food is known as “bánh bao” (pronounced “bun bow”), and it comes in many variations. Bánh bao as I know it is a large mince dumpling with tiny boiled eggs inside. It is not a food of Vietnamese origin …

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I have a Saigonese accent ? Cool !

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You know those moments of realisation where something cultural dawns on you and suddenly it’s really funny ? I am familiar with the difference between accents from north and south Vietnam (not capitalised because they are not separate countries anymore), …

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Free hugs for Christmas

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Not everyone can afford Christmas presents. Sometimes even the foreign tourists here are so down on their luck that they need a helping hand to get a bite to eat (which is a story I will tell later), so you …

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Killing people isn’t a sword’s only purpose

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When Tokyo Otaku Mode posted a screenshot of the new Ruroni Kenshin live action movie with this particular very serious sounding line from the beginning of the story I was physically unable to stop myself photoshopping a different punchline down …

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Daisuki da yo, Suki

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~ Anata ga koishikute koishikute (I miss you, I miss you) ~ Zutto Zutto daisuki da yo (forever… forever I will love you) ~ Anata to atashi no shiawase ga mieta yo (I can see our happiness written in the …

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Why I hate most tourists with a passion

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I went out for a beer this afternoon. I’d been at home all day talking to friends, uploading photos, posting blog stories, responding to days worth of Facebook alerts and also looking for a new job to pay the bills. …

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Making children cry

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I feel disturbed. I made a little boy cry. Nam, my little friend who sells roses. He is ALWAYS happy. No matter what happens to him he is happy. Tonight I saw him in the street and went to give …

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