So you’re bumming around Cambodia and happen to piss off the wrong person—word gets around that a hail of bullets may be in your future. Do you: Call the cops? Nope. Invest in a Kevlar wardrobe? Nah. Make a beeline for the nearest tattoo parlor? Bingo! Traditional tattooing in Cambodia is commonly believed to hold … Continue reading 5 Weirdest Superstitions Encountered Abroad
Established in 2008, Airbnb has been around for a fair amount of time. However, it wasn't until mid-2015 that I first used it. It was a brilliant choice! To anyone that doesn't know what Airbnb is, it is a service that allows people to list and rent a huge range of properties all over the … Continue reading Late to the airbnb party..
Chiang Mai is a city brimming with adventure. On the outskirts of town you can ride elephants, pet tigers, or go zip lining, while in the city you can take in historical landmarks deeply sewn with Buddhist culture, sample the cuisine, or even get a Thai massage from a prison inmate (how many of your … Continue reading #TRAVEL: Thailand – The Charm of Chiang Mai!
A visit to Kyoto has been on my to-do list for well over a decade now, so when I finally had the opportunity to go in 2015, I was absolutely thrilled. Admittedly, my first impression of Kyoto was far from ideal: my hostel was located along a six-lane highway with a marvelous view of concrete … Continue reading #TRAVEL – JAPAN: Uncovering Kyoto
One challenge that I’ve found working with my youngest students is encouraging them to use English to communicate with each other. They’ll answer my questions, parrot my sentences, and in general express their needs to their foreign teachers using English vocabulary. However, when it comes to speaking with their peers it doesn’t occur to them … Continue reading TEFL TIPS #2 – Encouraging Casual English
In 2014, an old man selling books on the side of the road in Bangkok tried pitching me a tattered guide to Laos by telling me of his time spent working in Luang Prabang. Intrigued by the notion of a city reputed to have greater rustic appeal than much of the Asian countryside, I found … Continue reading #TRAVEL – Laos: Alluring Luang Prabang
Moving is stressful. However, when everything you own fits into a backpack, that stress significantly decreases. In truth, my move from Nakon Nayok to Lopburi wasn't stressful at all. It was exciting. Soon enough I'd get a new apartment, meet new people and start a new job. I was ready. Lopburi is not an unheard … Continue reading Teaching in Thailand: Part 4 – Six Months in Monkey City