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  • SPICY PORK BONE SOUP 감자탕

    WHAT'S IN IT?

    3.5 lbs pork neck bones 돼지 목뼈 (you can get it from Korean or Chinese market)
    6 potatoes 감자 (peeled, cut in quarters)
    2 onions 양파 (sliced)
    3 tablespoons of garlic 다진 마늘 (chopped)
    3 tablespoons of ginger 다진 생강 (chopped)
    1 tablespoon of soy bean paste (korean style) 된장
    6 tablespoons of red chili pepper flakes 고추가루 (korean style)
    1 bunch of green onions 파 (chopped)
    1-2 table spoon of salt 소금 (if you are using sea salt 굵은 소금, the amount will be different)
    11 cups of water
    black pepper 후추
  • In Laos

    We crossed into Laos today, and are now in the town of Luang Na Thang. The computer connection is beyond glacial, but such is the pace of things in these here parts. Tomorrow we'll do some motorbiking, and then make our way south after a day or two of exploring.

    Despite a similiarity of countryside, the difference between China and here is stark. It's as if the 45 is now playing at 33.

    Ahhhh...

  • I Am a Fat Expat. Hear Me Chew.

    Where a torn hoodie, faded jeans, massive white tennis shoes, and barely brushed hair still manages to elicit compliments, why bother?

    I did my hair last week for a birthday party. This was boring; I don't intend on making a habit of it. One of my coworkers, who I have known for about a year and a half, remarked that when he knew me last year, I always looked nice like this. What happened? "Oh, I just stopped trying", I responded. He was perplexed, not quite understanding what I meant by that. Further explanation was required.

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  • FACEBOOK

    This is a for anyone who's tried to contact me via facebook. It's blocked in China so I haven't been able to access it or respond to any messages. I'll be in Laos later tonight so I should be able to access it there.
  • SHOTS FROM HILL TRIBE TREK

    As part of my general Yunnan travel craziness, I, along with my group of scumbag compatriots, went on a three-day jungle/hill tribe trek into the hinterlands of Xishuangbanna. We hiked, swam, drank, and ate steamed bees. I'll do a detailed travelogue of this trip in the near future, but for now you can check out these pics:

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  • SHOT FROM THE MENGHAI MARKET

    I recently went on a three-day trek into the hills of the Xishaungbanna region of Yunnan. Our first stop was a crazy market in the town of Menghai. I've been in Asia for five years now and have seen A LOT of markets, but this one may be the most impressive, in terms of variety, color, and the exotic.

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  • SHOTS FROM JINHONG

    I'm currently in Jinhong, China, a town on the Mekong River. It's located in the Xishuangbanna region of Yunnan province, near the border with Laos and Burma. The town has a proper Southeast Asian feel, with palm tree-lined streets and heavy, hot air. Today is my last day here, so I humbly offer you these photos for your perusal.

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  • SHOTS FROM KUNMING

    I recently spent a couple of days in Kunming, China. It's a cool city - pleasant and surprisingly clean, for Chinese standards. Cities in this country can get beyond grim. If I was to live in China, Kunming would be one of my first choices. Here are some pics:

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    Bicycles on Kunming sidestreet
  • WE REALLY HAVE NOTHING TO FEAR

    One thing I've noticed about China is the prevalence of truly appalling haircuts on many of the young men. It seems that a most of them sport really faggy anime mushroom-head hairdos. Androgyny is definitely in, and these wispy critters loiter about the innumerable hair salons which occupy every third storefront in this town, at least.

    So if we ever go to war with the Chinese, instead of facing a formidable army, we'll be confronted by a boy band made up of 100 million simpy conscripts.

    No need to quake in thy boots.
  • Wedding Invitations

    On Saturday September 19th, Heather and I will be getting married in the coastal city of Busan. Being such an important occasion, weddings are stressful to organise. Luckily for me, Heather is a true champion of organisational wonder. She's pretty much putting together the whole event, due to her being in the same city and speaking Korean better than a shmuck like me. At the same time, she's preparing to hand over her job as branch manager. I received the wedding invitations last week and had the dubious honour of sending them out to guests.

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