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A Closer Look At Emoticons and Acronyms

As seen on As a self-appointed queen of Gchat and all sorts of online communications that require typing rather than verbalizing, I have encountered and continued to be bewildered by the use of emoticons and internet acronyms across culture. We all are familiar with a universal smiley face :-) a wink ;) or a LOL … Continue reading

China / Cultural difference / Food / Language / Thailand / The East / travel

When real China doesn’t feel so Chinese | จะจีนก็ไม่ใช่ จะไทยก็ไม่เชิง

Living in Beijing, I am constantly exposed to the center of China-ness. Many things in this city remind me of the magnificent China: classic landmarks like the Forbidden City and the Olympic Bird’s Nest, intimidating government buildings that sprawl across the city, and eight-lane avenues which are so wide that it would require two red … Continue reading

China / Cultural difference / Geek / The East

Living inside the Great Firewall | ท่อง‘อินทรา’เน็ท

As an online geek, one of the most inconvenient aspects of living in China is being trapped inside the infamous Great Firewall. Stuck inside the wall, technically I am unable to access YouTube, Facebook, all blogging platforms (WordPress, Blogspot, Tumblr, etc. including my own blog), Twitter, FourSquare, Google Documents & Google Calendar at times, and … Continue reading

China / Cultural difference / Lifestyle / The East / travel

All I want is your fifty cents | เรื่องของความมักน้อย

If you are traveling to China and are looking for some advice, I’ve got one for you. Leave your credit card at home. Instead, bring small change – lots of it. The reason for this advice is not because China is dirt cheap – forget about the days when lunch is 2 kuai (USD0.30) and … Continue reading

America / China / Cultural difference / Entertainment / The East / The West

KTV extravaganza! Everyone can be a superstar

It has been almost a year since I left America. Time flies freakishly fast. There are so many things about the US that I miss – that unique smell of America, J.Crew catalogues, Chipotle burritos, and not to mention “Party in the USA.” In the meantime, life in Beijing hasn’t been so bad either. I … Continue reading

America / China / Cultural difference / Japan / Lifestyle / Thailand / The East / The West

Living on a fast lane | วิ่งแรงแซงโค้ง

Although time is a universal concept, it seems to me that people from different places view it differently. To delay a train ride for one minute in Japan is a crime, but to arrive at a social gathering an hour late in Thailand is expected. Our watches may tick at a similar pace, but we … Continue reading

America / China / College / Cultural difference / Lifestyle / The East / The West

Chinatown in America, America town in China

I’m sure most of you have been to Chinatown in your city many, many times. For a lot of people, including myself, picking delicious dishes from dim sum carts is a neat way to jumpstart a Saturday morning. Packed with people and street vendors, Chinatown is charmingly unique and always fun to stroll along. Despite … Continue reading

Cultural difference / Language / Thailand

Say my name, say my name

Bangkok’s official name is the longest place name in the world. English pronunciation: Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Ayuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Piman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit If you happen to know me in person and if you are not Thai, chances are at one point you probably … Continue reading

America / China / Cultural difference / Japan / Lifestyle / Thailand

A subway tells a thousand words

As I consider myself a city person, one aspect that keeps me excited about an urban lifestyle is public transportation, particularly the subway.  Not only is it reliable and efficient, but it also portrays a vibe of the city quite accurately. There is no substitute for the distinct music video-esque vibe a Manhattan subway ride … Continue reading