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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

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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

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 this ridiculous list continues. You … 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

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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

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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