CELTA: Week 1

We threw a duck around in a circle on the first day, calling out the name of the person on the other end. It was a memory exercise ice breaker. After that it’s information overload and none of us remember too much. We learned how to say Hello, my name is Whatever, what is your name, nice to meet you …

Thailand: Toilets, Taxis, and Shopping

I read an article on one expat blog that talked about how to use a Japanese toilet. It is common for expat blogs to write how-to articles and cultural tips. Not only do these types of articles provide useful information for surfers, they provide SEO-friendly keywords that help the blog build search engine visibility. While I like to think that …

Bangkok’s Got Him Now

A customer I’d met at S’s bar sat next to me on the plane ride from Phnom Penh and confirmed my suspicion that S and her coworkers were all prostitutes. When we arrived at the airport, they drove me into the city. The vast storm clouds stood out against the dusk and gave the impression that Bangkok sat at the …

August in Thailand and Cambodia

As you can probably tell, I had a thing for Thailand and Cambodia. These shots were taken in Koh Tao, Bangkok, Sihanoukville in Cambodia, and Phnom Penh, Cambodia. I was carrying everything I owned in my Jansport Odyssey, a 39-liter King of Backpacks. While other backpacks ripped and fell apart, the Jansport is with me to this day. For the …

What You Should Bring When You Come to Thailand

Nothing. You should wear a throwaway set of crap clothes, and buy ten new pairs of everything when you get to Kao San. You can buy whatever you want here. You can literally buy fake IDs on the street, college diplomas, throwing stars, brass knuckles, sarongs, dresses, breathable shirts, Calvin Klein rip off underwear, earplugs, power adapters, books, jewelry of …

Walking Around In Vibrams In Bangkok In The Rain

Clouds boil up over the horizon like dragons and lightning flashes around the edge of the sky while people go about their daily business. When the storms roll over you it happens suddenly, and the next thing you know you’re stuck under an awning somewhere with a handful of random people while torrents flood down and soak your lower half. …

From Koh Tao to Kao San

Kao San is the kind of place where a pre-teen girl sells you flowers but you can’t tell how much they are because the clashing music systems drown her voice out. When she comes up to me, I just shrug and shake my head. She pouts her lip out, and I pout mine out, then push my tongue up towards …

Thailand Week 2: Chaweng, Koh Samui

Welcome to Chaweng, Koh Samui Chaweng is the kind of place where you see white skinned Euros and Ozzies baking on the beach trying to get darker skinned, it’s the kind of place where you see dark-skinned Thai people wrapped head to foot selling bracelets to the tanners, where you see an old French woman in high heels dragging her …