Charming men know how to taste lives: English in other languages

Southeast Asia: Loves and Hates


  • Free tea with almost every meal
  • Children yelling hello and giving high-fives in the street
  • Sandals and shorts are appropriate everywhere
  • The conspicuous absence of police
  • The variety of fruit
  • $3 hostel beds in every city
  • $1 meals
  • "Same same but different"
  • Unashamed plagiarism of everything: movies, music, books, brands, storefronts, designer clothes, jewelry, etc. A Vietnamese friend put it perfectly when another girl copied my jack-o-lantern design: “Vietnam very good at copy.”
  • There’s always a motorbike around when you need one
  • People will sleep anywhere, at any time
  • Cows are community lawnmowers
  • No coins! (except Thailand)
  • Monks doing normal people stuff - using cell phones, riding bikes, surfing the Internet. Always funny.
  • No tipping!


  • Being hungry after every meal
  • Blatant dishonesty of the tourism industry - “yes yes, no problem my friend.”
  • Lonely Planet refusing to admit that some cities just plain suck. Beware of code words “charming” and “acquired taste,” which translate to “stay away.”
  • There’s always a motorbike around when you don’t need one
  • Hot girls are sometimes not¬†girls. Brings a whole new meaning to the phrase “hot or not.”
  • Low regard for nature and preservation
  • Foreigners paying higher prices than locals
  • Service is terrible (see “no tipping”)

How to speak Lao (lesson 2)


How to speak Lao

"Iced coffee"

Please, please… a-Lao me to finish

The best of Laos

The cure for pre-haircut anxiety:

Find the gayest barber around…

By Air & By Land

One man. Two types of giant crickets. Conquered. Consumed. Filmed.

Make sure you have audio on for the first one.