Rambo in Thailand — Update

New Mandala: It was only a matter of time before more stories about the planned filming of Rambo IV: In The Serpent’s Eye started seeping out. This action flick is slated to be “shot” in a Thai national park in the far north over the coming dry season. The global media just gorges on this […]

Dinner with Claire and Frans

Last night A and I had the pleasure of meeting up with Claire and Frans [their Flickr site; Frans’s site], my good friends since college. They’re in Bangkok for a few days on their way to Bhutan. (Yes, I am utterly roiling with jealousy that they’re going there). We ate at Baan Khanitha; if you […]

Nalgene Lantern Gadget

The Firefly: The Firefly, Invented by Eric Goldfarb is a unique design which turns your bottle into a lantern. The Firefly’s unique design allows it to be used right side up, upside down, or hanging from the nearest handy branch. Related: — Message in a Bottle — H2Oh No! (Don’t miss the comments.) — Nalgene […]

Suvarnabhumi Airport

Bangkok’s brand-new airport. That’s the subject of my latest Gridskipper post.

Three Korea Stories of Note

Two of my pals have recently published excellent stories about Korea. Rolf Potts has got two articles on Slate — one’s about the Busan International Film Festival and an upcoming action comedy film called “Expats,” and the other’s about returning to the city after having spent two years teaching English there in the late 90s. […]

Mae Hong Son Trip

A and I just returned to Bangkok after five excellent days in the north of Thailand. We spent most of our time in leafy Mae Hong Son, a picturesque town near the Myanmar border. We were inspired to visit MHS by our pal Austin, who’s a big fan of the region, and I can only […]

10 Tips for New Mac Users

A buddy of mine recently bought a new Mac and asked me for some tips in getting started. As a passionate — though hopefully not obnoxious and only slightly dorky — Apple fan, I offered him much of the following common sense-centric advice. I’ve added a few items to the list I gave him and […]

Truth in Labeling — and Being Big Outside America

The tag says it all: “ASIAN SIZE XL.” I bought this pair of shorts here in Bangkok recently. If you’re a large person like me and you’ve ever tried to buy clothing in Asia, you’ll appreciate the fact that Adidas has seen fit to label these bad boys honestly. An XL in Asia is perhaps […]

Links! Links! Links!

Okay. So. Here’s a random, annotated list of cool stuff that’s caught my eye of late. It’s been bloodless coup 24/7 up in here over the last fortnight or so; some of these items might be a bit old, but still. They’re good. Trust me. — If you’re interested in Asian popular culture and you’re […]