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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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WoWasis product review: a bamboo computer keyboard that looks & performs great

this bamboo computer keyboard works great & looks terrific

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Ao Dai Festival of Vietnamese fashion to be held in San Jose, California in September, 2012

San Jose, California, is essentially the largest Vietnamese city outside of Vietnam, with an estimated 100,000 residents of Vietnamese ethnicity. Each year, San Jose hosts the Ao Dai Festival, celebrating the garment that is the paragon of traditional Vietnamese feminine fashion, with a fascinating history, and from what has been evident in past festivals, an intriguing […]

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A Short History of the Vietnamese Ao Dai, by Dan Do

WoWasis note: San Jose, California, is essentially the largest Vietnamese city outside of Vietnam, with an estimated 100,000 residents of Vietnamese ethnicity. Each year, San Jose hosts the Ao Dai Festival, celebrating the garment that is the paragon of traditional Vietnamese feminine fashion. San Jose’s Dan Do has written the following article on the history of […]

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WoWasis Book review: Susan Conway’s ‘Thai Textiles’

Here at WoWasis, we consider it a tribute to author Susan Conway that her book Thai Textiles (1992, ISBN 974-8225-798) continues to be a primary source on the subject some 20 years after its initial publishing date. This 192 page paperback retails for $140 USD on the internet, although used copies may be found for […]

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How to avoid excessive phone charges when traveling in Asia

Avoiding excessive phone charges while traveling is easy. Here’s how…

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WoWasis touring product review: the incredible Booster Pac ES2500 auto battery charger

Here at WoWasis, we’ve got off road vehicles, sports cars that go on rallyes, you name it. We’re often in the middle of nowhere, and occasionally the car battery runs out. We’ve always carried booster cables, but what do you do if there are no other vehicles around to give you a jump? If you’re […]

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WoWasis travel clothing road test: the Sri Lankan handloom sarong

Virtually everyone in Sri Lanka seems to own a number of sarongs, wrap-around garments that keep one cool in the hottest of seasons. You can buy colorful sarongs — identical to the longhi from Burma — in just about any marketplace. They are typically machine woven in Sri Lanka or India, and usually sell for […]

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Bangkok street stall thugs endangering pedestrians and shop owners alike

One of the most common complaints we at WoWasis hear from people living near the intersection of Sukhumvit Soi 3 is the illegal proliferation of stalls selling the usual tourist “junk,” running from So 3 to roughly Soi 15. The stalls are on both sides of the sidewalk, making the sidewalk virtually unusable for foot […]

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