English Lessons

You would have thought that I would have learned from my previous attempts. You might think that by now, I would know better. But I, ever the eternal optimist, walked into another service project, expecting nothing but fun and games.  Again. A friend had told me she used to give English lessons to our apartment…

Playing around is hard work

I finally got to volunteer at the Red Cross Children’s home on Monday. I had missed my chance last week due to illness and could only listen in horrific envy to Bjorn’s tales of adorable children, one of whom was in tears and had to be carried for nearly the entire time. So be it,…

Going Meta at the Mega Banga Mall

UPDATE: I do not, DO NOT have dengue fever. In fact, I have almost completely recovered, except for a few sniffles and coughs here and there. Thanks everyone for your concern and good tips! 🙂 It’s Thursday. When I was growing up , that meant going to the mall (big ups to the Glendale Galleria!),…

Hyper about illness in Bangkok

When I would get sick in California, my home state, I would stay in bed a day or two, drink lots of fluids, do a couple nasal rinses (those suckers work so well — trust), maybe take some medication at night to help me sleep and think it was nothing more than the common cold…

It’s the little things

We’ve been in Bangkok a little over two weeks and I’ve begun to miss things. Little things, like: • Hangers. These pieces of plastic carry a lot of weight around here (haaaaaa). Here, they not only keep clothes wrinkle-free and in neat array, but it’s also part of the preferred method of drying laundry (as…

An audience with the king (of fruits)

I am on a forever quest to try the fruit durian. Tales of the duality of the durian  have fascinated me since a young age; how its famously nasty odor is paired with an incredibly delectable flavor. Even as a child, I couldn’t understand how the smell of something wouldn’t affect its taste. I would…

Why this chicken crossed the road

The answer: To get food, of course. As our apartment does not include a kitchen or a refrigerator, Bjorn and I have been eating most of our meals out (read: at food stalls.) Unluckily for us, some of the best food stalls are located on the other side of the street. I say street, but…