1. Technological Travel Distraction

    Technological Travel Distraction

    In October 1999, around the time I moved to Thailand, I met a very peculiar Dutch man who was already a long time resident of Bangkok. He ran what was then the first and only company that ran bicycle tours through the city’s labyrinthine alleys and along canal-side communities. I...

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  2. Angry Birds’ Global Assault

    Angry Birds’ Global Assault

    2012 saw many trends, newsmakers and fads, one of the biggest being Phy’s catchy Gangnam Style, which took over global airwaves and broke the all-time YouTube views record. But I suggest there was a larger force at work this year that had greater impact upon the globe. One that crept...

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  3. Global Gangnam

    Global Gangnam

    A pudgy Korean man dressed like a campy Lady Gaga fan prances, gallops, swoons and finds his way in to millions of peoples’ hearts. The song is catchy, but certainly not the year’s best pop track. The beats are undeniably toe-tapping but it’s the video’s visual absurdity that’s lifted PSY’s...

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  4. Food is really taking off

    Food is really taking off

    I love food but am by no means a foodie, a term that’s really hit the mainstream over the past few years. I also don’t have cable so I’m not entirely up-to-speed on all the celebrity cooking shows but am aware of a number of their names and how food...

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  5. Sacred Tattoos of Thailand

    Sacred Tattoos of Thailand

    Sak Yan (handmade Thai tattoos) are an ancient ritual steeped in tradition and applied by masters who believe they hold mystical powers for those who wear them, explains legendary travel writer Joe Cummings. Meticulously applied to different parts of the body, these highly artistic and spiritual images are now gaining...

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  6. U Smile Photo

    U Smile Photo

    Taking family/group photos is traditionally a drag. Getting all dolled-up, heading to some stuffy studio and standing super-ridged and faking a smile for an eternity is hardly fun nor natural. It’s no wonder that most family/couple photos look boring, dull and you don’t go and do it again until your...

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