Asia

Getting Nailed on Coke

March 26th, 2008

My friend Stefan Hammond, who is a media hotshot in Hong Kong, sent me one of the more bizarre news items of what is already a pretty bizarre year: Read the rest of this entry »

posted by Timothy Hallinan @ 10:42 PM

Heeeeeeere’s BILL!!!

January 30th, 2008

We have a new Charlie Challenger, and he’s got some serious chops. New York Times Notable Book of the year, anyone? Read the rest of this entry »

posted by Timothy Hallinan @ 2:14 PM

A Balinese Ghost

July 23rd, 2007

Okay, ghost story number two.

If you’re reading these top to bottom, you’re actually reading them beginning with the most recent, so you might not know that the story just below this one is about my encounter with a ghost in Pattaya, Thailand — without any doubt, the most terrifying experience of my life. Read the rest of this entry »

posted by Timothy Hallinan @ 7:48 PM

Thai Ghost Story

July 18th, 2007

This is a ghost story although, unlike most ghost stories, it actually took place. I know because it happened to me. Read the rest of this entry »

posted by Timothy Hallinan @ 4:52 PM

Let’s Fluent!

May 14th, 2007

[tag]Shenzhen[/tag] – One of the nicest things about [tag]China[/tag] is that virtually no one speaks [tag]English[/tag]. This means that no one discusses the weather with you. It’s like having a [tag]Star Trek[/tag] phaser that repels bores. Read the rest of this entry »

posted by Timothy Hallinan @ 9:04 PM

Inglit

April 9th, 2007

So many pieces have been written about the idiosyncrasies of [tag]Southeast Asian English[/tag] that I’ve resisted writing another one. But today I saw a T-shirt that wins the newly-established award Read the rest of this entry »

posted by Timothy Hallinan @ 10:15 PM

The Only Beard in Shenzhen

March 27th, 2007

Shenzhen, China – I’m beginning to think I have the only beard in Shenzhen. I get a lot of attention in the street, most of it focused on my chin. Occasionally men (and women, too) finger their own chins thoughtfully as they pass me. A couple of people have pointed and said, “Waaaah.” But they say it cheerfully, and that’s the big difference. Read the rest of this entry »

posted by Timothy Hallinan @ 7:59 PM

Irony-Free Zone

February 24th, 2007

Phnom Penh — One of the things I love best about Southeast Asia is that it’s an irony-free zone. People here usually mean what they say, except when they’re telling you an outright lie, which happens about as often here as it does anywhere else. Read the rest of this entry »

posted by Timothy Hallinan @ 10:29 PM

Enlightenment on Wheels

February 19th, 2007

Phnom Penh — The vast majority of Thais and Cambodians are Theraveda Buddhists. Like all other Buddhists, they believe that enlightenment can be reached only by releasing your earthly desires, realizing that all life, including your own, is transitory, and being ready, or even eager, to let it all go. Read the rest of this entry »

posted by Timothy Hallinan @ 10:01 PM

The Spoilers

February 4th, 2007

Bangkok — “Why in the world are you going to Thailand?” they ask. (Or Bali, or Tibet, or Angkor, or Tahiti, or Paris, for that matter.) “It’s been completely spoiled.” Read the rest of this entry »

posted by Timothy Hallinan @ 7:12 PM

 

 
 

 

 
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