The More Things Stay The Same…

“Okay, those stares, I noticed.” I mentioned to my friend as we walked past a handful of gawking teenaged boys. I’ve been in Malaysia for a few days now, and I’ve gotten stared at a lot. Like many assumed inconveniences, this bothers the friend I’m staying with far more than it bothers me. Dude, I … Continue reading

Black Pearls

I’ve just realized that, kicking and screaming, I’ve managed to slip into adulthood. Really, I’m not quite sure how it happened. It started with getting my driver’s license and moving to a different city for university, and suddenly there I was ending international contracts and booking transpacific flights and packing my entire life into two … Continue reading

Travel Genetics

There are some things that go with growing up. Bills, responsibilities, hangovers, and coming to an uneasy middle ground about your parents, somewhere between the childhood mentality that Mom and Dad know everything about everything, and the adolescent assumption that they’re just as batty as they seem to think you are. Many of the realizations … Continue reading

It May Not Have the Fat Content of Ben and Jerry’s…

But I’m basically doing the blog equivalent of sitting in my jammies eating a pint of ice cream in front of a never-ending marathon of chick flicks. Yep, I’m wallowing. The world around me is collapsing into a hurricane of uncertainty and unwashed dishes, so while I studiously ignore the piles of laundry that are … Continue reading

Twelve Friendly Ajummas: How One of the Most Awkward Moments I’ve Ever Had Turned Into One of the Nicest Things That’s Ever Happened To Me

Okay, I’ll be honest, I didn’t count them. There were a bunch. A flock. A gaggle perhaps. Herd conjures some not exactly flattering bovine images, which I’d rather not include. So we’ll just say twelve for now. A few weeks ago now (back before the weather took a turn towards blistering heat and sweltering humidity) … Continue reading

Scratch That, Reverse It

Even after a mime demonstration that dissolved the class of four year olds into uncontrollable giggles, they could not wrap their heads around the idea that if they wanted to both go to the bathroom and get some water, they had to say that. Go to the water doesn’t work any better than get some … Continue reading

Boxing the Baggage

  I’d be a liar if I said it was easy to forgive and forget relationships past. Certainly, there’s a utilitarian part of this. Those who do not remember the past are doomed to repeat it. If I don’t remember, I’ll keep fucking up in the same mundane, boring, safe, cowardly ways. It’s only when … Continue reading

When the Penny Takes a Decade to Drop

There are lots of things that I didn’t understand right away. Sometimes it’s just because I can be a bit slow on the uptake. Sometimes it’s because I’m not old enough or mature enough to quite grasp the concept. Sometimes it’s a lack of information, or experience. When I was growing up, my parents liked … Continue reading

Two Types

There are two types of people doing the kind job I have right now, well, at least two. The two that are most prevalent here are: The people who want to be teachers and leaving home is the means to that end. The people who want to travel, and teaching English is a means to … Continue reading

Shooting Myself In The Foot: When Good Policy Complicates My Life

This may come as a shock to you, but I have principles. And opinions. Sometimes I’m pretty loud and/or venomous about expressing them. I’ve gotten into more than one shouting match, and tried to silence someone with my mind upon several occasions. On Sunday, though, I had a somewhat novel experience. I was rather inconvenienced … Continue reading