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People do some interesting things in the name of religion.  (As an anthropologist-in-training, I’m not allowed to call these things “crazy.”) Thaipusam is a Tamil Hindu festival that is banned in India, but still practiced in Singapore and Malaysia.  Supposedly, … Continue reading

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Pictures from Myanmar and Vietnam

Can be found here: Posts will follow as I battle jet-lag and uncertain internet access for the next week or so.

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KitKat Hunting

As previously noted in my post on crazy Pringles, I love finding unusual flavors of familiar products.  At some point several years ago, I learned that Japan is home to numerous flavors of KitKats, none of which make an appearance … Continue reading

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Pretty Much the Best Menu Ever

Sadly, I had already eaten lunch when I spotted this sign.  Otherwise, I would have had a difficult time deciding…

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How to Make Friends and Break Out of Guest Houses in Laos

I recently returned from a quick trip to Thailand and Laos, for which I flew to and from Bangkok on Tiger Air.  Given my adventures on Tiger Air last time, or the ongoing protests in Bangkok (I arrived the morning … Continue reading

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Notes on Manila

I’m actually headed back to Manila in two weeks for a conference (a consequently crazy work schedule is the main reason my posting frequency has declined), but here are some of my first experiences in the city. Transportation Transportation in … Continue reading

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How Not to Fly From Manila to Kuala Lumpur

The short answer is on a budget airline. We booked flights to and from Manila on Tiger Airways, which is the cheapest of the cheap. Our flight to Manila was direct from Singapore, but our flight from Manila to KL … Continue reading

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Travel Secrets – 3+ Ways to Volunteer Abroad for Free

A current meme in the travel blog world is to reveal three “travel secrets” and then tag other bloggers to do the same. The concept originated with Katie at Tripbase and I was tagged by Dan at Eight Hour Layover. … Continue reading

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Twenty-Seven Hours Parts II and III

The second, somewhat anticlimactic installment of my journey from Miami to Singapore.  The first part can be found here. No, I don’t have Swine Flu A few minutes after settling into an uncomfortable seat outside my gate in San Francisco, … Continue reading

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Twenty-Seven Hours

It took me twenty-seven hours to fly from Miami to Singapore.  When you consider time spent checking-in and waiting at the beginning of my trip and passing through immigration and customs at the end,  the total time I spent in … Continue reading

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