Monthly archives: November, 2016

Songthaew Diaries 2

  Topped Up Good news, everyone.  I’ve topped up my phone.  I’m all topped up. With what, exactly? Ah well, now there is a question which I cannot answer. All I know is that I used the handy orange machine outside 7-Eleven, and asked to top up 50.  And once I’d put a 100 note …

Songthaew Diaries 1

Songthaew Diaries is a NEW feature, borne out of necessity rather than ingenuity. Writing long-ass theme-driven posts filled with quips is fun, but also time-consuming.  They require structure, and structure is hell for me. So this is the void, in between. It’s mostly me talking to myself in the back of a red van.  I …

How To Not-Get-Fat. In Chiang Mai.

I was going to title this article something boring like ‘How To Be Healthy in Thailand’, but quickly remembered that discussing health is an infinite black hole of despair. What is health?  How is it measured?  Healthy to one person might be approaching death to another. And every health cult will tell you something different; …

The Outsourcing Hole

Ellen and Sean are both white people, and they’re standing next to each other at an expat meetup in Hanoi, Vietnam. By chance, they both speak English. Two white people in an Asian country?  Standing next to each other?  At a meetup?  And they both speak English? Determinism insists that a conversation will break out …

A History of Digital Nomadism, Reimagined: Part 1

It’s been an entire month since I entered the hallowed gates of Chiang Mai, Thailand.  And I gotta say, I love the place. It absolutely lives up to it’s billing as ‘Digital Nomad Capital of the World’. Living is cheap, the food is tasty, and the weather – biblical rainstorms n’ all – is absolutely …