How to get a good price when haggling in Asia by dismissing cultural stereotypes

I didn’t grow up in Australia even though I was born there. My parents travelled when I was very young and I actually grew up in Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and other such remote places. My fifth birthday …

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Returning to Australia… again

Lady Luck must have been smiling on me this week. I had a surprisingly good trip across Asia to Australia. I planned nothing. No checklists. No backup plans. I didn’t even check that the tickets I had purchased a couple …

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Airport nicknames

Do you travel a lot ? If you do, you may well have developed nicknames for your most commonly visited airports. Or you may just refer to them as “living hells”. Personally I went with affectionate nicknames. Here are my …

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Where’s the weirdest place you’ve ever heard Gangnam Style ?

The release, or rather, the viral explosion of Kpop hero PSY’s new hit “Gangnam Style” was no small event, and I’m sure we all remember who first showed us the video on YouTube or the first time we heard it …

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A reliable taxi driver in Kuala Lumpur

There’s nothing that beats local knowledge when you’re traveling. Whether it’s what hotel to stay at or where the best restaurant strip is, Lonely Planet can never be all things to all people and it can’t change itself to suit …

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The thirsty mouse of Petaling Street finds a new home in Ipoh

I love revisiting old stories, and there is no story that I enjoyed writing more than The Thirsty Mouse of Petaling Street. It might seem strange that as an adventurous traveler, when I visit Kuala Lumpur I always stay at …

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About letting a city steer its own course

One of the nice things I love about Kuala Lumpur is the price. Not just that it’s low, but that it never changes. I haven’t been to KL in a little over two years, but a taxi from Sentral to …

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I bought Teo Em ! Yay for pirate DVD vendors !

So here’s a funny story.. at Tet (Lunar New Year) this year, my wife and I went to see Teo Em. It was a cool movie. I posted about it on Facebook.Yi REALLY loved it though. She kept trying to …

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Wolf Childen

This isn’t a site where I regularly review anime unless it relates to my life in Asia. But I’m going to make an exception for this one because it was… meaningful to me and even better than I had hoped. …

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Epic sidewalk mobile phone market in Vietnam

This picture of an amazing sidewalk market for used (and presumably broken) mobile phones came up. Assuming Saigon but could be Hanoi. Good place to get some replacement parts for that water damaged N95 or iPhone 3 perhaps ? :)

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