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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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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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