Bombs in Bangkok Keep Us In

There’s nothing like being where the action is….except when the action is bombing. We were all set to head out to Chiang Mai’s New Year’s Eve celebrations when Tom found this little ditty on the CNN cite. In case you don’t want to read it, the bottom line is this: a series of bombs exploded…

The Big, Bad Baht and the Itsy Bitsy Dollar

One of our days in Bangkok, the headline in the International Herald Tribune read “Thai official appeals for global action on the dollar.” What international action you might ask from your ocean- or continental-induced isolation? Well, it seems that the value of a dollar has dropped so precipitously over the past year that small economies…

Trapped Behind the Taiwanese Earthquake Curtain

Just as soon as we got settled into our wonderful, wi-fi enabled home away from home in Chiang Mai, an earthquake shook things up off the coast of Taiwan, bringing much of Asia’s internet traffic to a grinding halt. Thankfully, there were no resulting tsunamis and loss of life was minimal, but an undersea cable…

Top 6 Things We Learned in Cambodia

In many ways, Cambodia is the wild west of Southeast Asia. No longer overrun by gunslingers, it still bears the hallmarks of a frontier nation, a new society, albeit with ancient roots, emerging from the utter destruction inflicted by the Khmer Rouge. Rules are made to be broken, politicians are all on the take, and…

A Thai Christmas Eve

After two months of life in communist, religion-restricted countries, we were THRILLED to once again attend church in Chiang Mai. A familiar building, traditional Christmas hymns, and a sea of friendly faces welcomed us at 9:00 am Sunday morning after our inauspicious entrance to the city the day before. We were handed headphones through which…