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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

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

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No idea? No problem! | ไม่มีทางแก้? ไม่เป็นไร!

Based on my personal experience, Chinese people have a very unique way of handling problems. When an issue is raised to a Chinese person, there is at least a 50% chance that he or she would give you a “mei banfa” (没办法) response. Mei banfa literally means ‘no solution’ or ‘no way out’. Here are … Continue reading

China / Language / Lifestyle

Week 1: Relocating the Boutique | อาทิตย์ที่ 1: หาบ้านใหม่ให้ The Boutique

I arrived Beijing last Monday morning and began the apartment search right away. It took two days and ten apartment visits for me to find the right one. Originally, I set my rent budget pretty low, hoping that I could spend some extra bucks on some clothes (go figure!). Soon after I realized that my … Continue reading