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WoWasis travel product review: the SunDog indestructible book cover

Did you ever use a product that was so good and yet so simple that you used it for years and just didn’t think about how good it was?  That’s why we here at WoWasis are writing about the book covers from SunDog that we’ve been using for years. What’s a book cover? It’s a […]

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WoWasis GPS product review: Magellan RoadMate 5265T-LMB vs Garmin Nuvi 1350 LMT

For several years now, we’ve been using the Garmin Nuvi 1350 LMT GPS navigator, but read a sterling review of the Magellan RoadMate 5265T-LMB, which seemed to be for us, an upgrade. Perhaps its most notable feature was its ability to show points of interest on the actual display itself, so we could make turns […]

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WoWasis travel product review: ArridXX Unscented deodorant, indefatigable in hot steamy climates

Here at WoWasis, we just can’t stand being stinky, especially when traveling in the hot hot tropics. And there are a number of reasons ArridXX Unscented can’t be beat. The best we’ve ever used is Byly, a Spanish product that generally can’t be found anywhere but Spain. It’s beloved by mountain climbers, because one application […]

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WoWasis introduces the colorful street stall vendors of Bangladesh

A poor country by economic standards, Bangladesh is rich in both the color and breadth of its internal commercial enterprises. It’s never more apparent than when visiting street stalls, with riots of color at every turn. It could be bread, fruit, textiles, or tools, but Bangladeshis have an eye for design and color as they […]

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WoWasis book review: ‘The Ideal Man: The Tragedy of Jim Thompson’ by Joshua Kurlantzick

Here at WoWasis, we believe that there are at least two schools of thought on how best to live the expatriate experience in Asia. One we call “ping-ponging,” bouncing back and forth between one’s mother country and Asia. Regarding Thailand, one advocate who lives part-time in the U.S. states, “I go to Thailand, and after […]

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WoWasis travel product review: Canon PowerShot SX 260 HS camera

Here at WoWasis, we’ve raved for years about our tiny metal-body Canon SD 1100 camera. It’s never died, and has been through so much that all visible making have worn off. But we’ve changed cameras and kept the SD1100 as a spare that we carry in our luggage. Here’s why we did it, and are […]

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The ‘Italy Towel’ is that funny piece of cloth handing from your Korean hotel’s towel rack

It’s funny how sometimes the most common items are never discussed in travel guides. The Korean “Italy towel” is one of them. Every hotel in Korea, it seems, has one of these rough-toothed cloths handing from the towel rack or sitting rolled up in a basket. What’s it for? It’s there to help defoliate dead […]

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WoWasis product review: a wristwatch compass that’s efficient and inexpensive

Carry this great small compass with you whenever you’re in an unfamliar place

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Help, My SIM phone doesn’t work in Korea! How do I make calls?

Here at WoWasis, we carry a SIM phone with us to virtually all Asian countries, buy a new SIM card when we arrive, and start calling in-country and back home immediately. But that doesn’t work in Korea. Korean mobile phones work on the CDMA system, a different communications technology, so your SIM phone may be […]

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WoWasis product review: a Korean world class GPS unit, the AVOL HN90R8

Here’s a GPS device that will make traveling by auto in Korea a lot more easy for English-speaking travelers

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