Odz & Endz

No Laughing Matter

May 27th, 2007

[tag]Bangkok[/tag] — Few things in life are grimmer than an academic attempting to explain why we laugh. One problem is that most of the experts who devote themselves to this question have apparently never heard of humor, Read the rest of this entry »

posted by Timothy Hallinan @ 1:51 AM

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

The Devil’s Coat-Hangers

May 7th, 2007

[tag]Bangkok[/tag] — Polls continually reveal that most people in the West believe in [tag]God[/tag], in some form or another. Fewer people, however, say they believe in the [tag]Devil[/tag]. Read the rest of this entry »

posted by Timothy Hallinan @ 8:38 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

Minor Irritation Insurance

March 2nd, 2007


Phnom Penh — In a time when it’s possible to buy insurance against everything from catastrophic long-term health care to lost luggage, I’ve noticed a gaping hole.Why does no one offer minor-irritation insurance? Read the rest of this entry »

posted by Timothy Hallinan @ 9:30 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

Words and Music

December 27th, 2006

Los Angeles — The directions were simple, if a little odd: take the freeway from the Santa Monica beach area (where I live) to Van Nuys, in the San Fernando Valley; find the address; follow the walkway behind the house; keep the swimming pool on your left; and don’t open the door if the red light is on.

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posted by Timothy Hallinan @ 6:07 PM

 

 
 

 

 
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