Buy A Book, Help Wigs For Kids

November 4, 2012

hair loss

Last week Dave Stern from The Balding Handbook contacted me to ask if he could donate $1 to The Crazy Hair Fundraiser fom every paperback book sold. Of course! So if you know someone who is dealing with hair loss, or you are personally, head over to his site for a guide to dealing with […]

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An Experience With Medical Tourism

November 3, 2012

My Fake Post-Cleaning Smile That Looks Nicer Than My Normal Smile

Medical tourism has become a bit of a buzz word of late. As healthcare costs continue to skyrocket in the U.S. and routine elective care being expensive in most Western-countries, this has opened up the possibility for developing countries with high quality standards to cater to medical tourists. I don’t know a ton, but I […]

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Photo Friday – Enlightened Flags – Buddha’s Birthplace, Lumbini, Nepal

November 2, 2012

Enlightened Flags - Taken 1-Nov-2012 - Buddha's Birthplace, Lumbini, Nepal

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Getting Pickpocketed In Cebu By Extraordinarily Nice Thieves

November 1, 2012

pickpocket in action

As I mentioned, I didn’t feel terribly comfortable in Cebu and the Philippines in general. Almost upon arrival I felt unsafe. Maybe I reaped what I sowed, but on my last Jeepney ride in Cebu I was pickpocketed for the first time in my life. This is the third time someone has tried to rob […]

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Extending My Filipino Visa Despite Showing Up Without Pants

October 31, 2012


Upon entering The Philippines I got a 21-day visa. Since I was planning to stay longer, before I came I looked up online how to extend the visa. It seemed like a simple procedure – just go to the immigration office in Cebu (or any city that has one) and pay 3030 Pesos ($72) and […]

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Back To Fearing For My Safety

October 30, 2012

Safety First

As I arrived in Cebu, the second biggest city in The Philippines, I felt even stronger a feeling I felt in Angeles – that it’s not safe and I have to be careful. When it comes to safety, I had been spoiled traveling the past few months in Peru, considerably safer than Colombia, Venezuela, and […]

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Fulfilling My Dream Of Flying

October 29, 2012

Ready For Takeoff

Ohio is the birthplace of aviation. It says so on our license plates. Yes, the Wright Brothers were born in Ohio. Now my parents live in North Carolina where the Wright Brothers did their first flight. I guess we have a thing for flying. I’ve done my fair share of flying, but always as a […]

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Support Suvani And The Kathmandu Literary Festival

October 28, 2012

Suvani And I

Like the Happy Laos project, this is a post out of order to support a worthy cause and celebrate and amazing person I met. I met Suvani Singh last week here in Kathmandu. She’s the friend of a friend, but the world is a small place and I’m lucky to have been able to meet […]

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Angeles – Welcome To The Philippines (And It’s Biggest Red Light District)

October 27, 2012

Riding In A Tricycle

Angeles was my introduction to The Philippines. It’s basically a city that sprouted up to support what used to be the U.S.’s biggest military base outside the U.S. As a result, it’s essentially a redlight district. I guess it’s a bit ironic considering the name of the city. The U.S. left in the early 1990s […]

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Photo Friday – Sadhu Revealed – Kathmandu, Nepal

October 26, 2012

Guru Revealed - Taken 18-Oct-2012 - Kathmandu, Nepal

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Another Technology Setback – A Broken Laptop Screen

October 25, 2012

Old Monitor Removed

When I was in Cambodia I wrote about suffering a technological setback. There, my AC adapter died and was overheating in a dangerous way. HP support was worthless despite my warranty and I had to buy a replacement universal adapter. Over the past month, I’ve noticed my laptop screen hasn’t been behaving properly. When I […]

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My Backpacking Days Are Now Behind Me

October 24, 2012

Changing From One Paradigm To Another

Well, not exactly. I decided to conduct a little experiment while in Bangkok: Trade in my backpack for a small suitcase. So I went to Thailand’s biggest market, Chatuchak Weekend Market, to buy a small suitcase. The size had to be small enough that I could use it as a carry-on in an airplane. I found what […]

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Back To The “Modern” World

October 23, 2012


After such a wonderful experience at the temple in Bang Mun Nak, I quickly found myself needing to rejoin the “modern” world. I had to head to Bangkok, where I’d leave a few days later to fly to The Philippines. I was definitely sad to leave the temple, feeling like I was making some progress […]

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Meditating With Pythons – This Time I Was Scared!

October 22, 2012

Lowering In The Snake

As I mentioned before, meditating in front of the dead body didn’t scare me. Luckily, there is another thing this temple offers to scare the crap out of you. Snakes! I wouldn’t say that I have a fear of snakes. While at Tayrona National Park in Colombia, I almost stepped on what I thought was […]

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Contest: Answer This Question, Win A Postcard

October 21, 2012

top of world

I’m now in Kathmandu, Nepal and I took this video yesterday. Be the first to answer the question below correctly by leaving a comment below and I’ll send you a postcard from here! Why is the man throwing water on the street?

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Photo Friday – Electricity Rationing Dinner By Candlelight – Kathmandu, Nepal

October 19, 2012

Dinner By Candlelight

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Meditating In Front Of A Freshly Dead Buddhist Nun

October 18, 2012

The Body

After passing the first stage of meditation at the temple, you then take on another challenge.. I guess some context is due though. In both Laos and Thailand, people are very afraid of ghosts. Where kids in the U.S., for example, might be scared of monsters, Thai kids grow up afraid of ghosts. Monsters obviously […]

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