Monthly Archives: December 2009

Americans Rock

I arrived in San Francisco yesterday after a grueling two-day travel schedule, and I literally kissed the ground I was so happy. I still haven’t stopped smiling, 15 hours later. The best part about being back is being around so … Continue reading

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Post-Accident Motorbike Return & Interesting Trip to the Old Quarter

Hanoi is a spiteful mistress. Mere days after recounting the four minor road incidents I’d had during the past ELEVEN months, I had my most serious yet when I slammed into a car that had abruptly stopped at an intersection. … Continue reading

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Challenges

Its easy for people to settle in their comfort zones and cruise through their days without doing new things and expanding their horizons. Problem is, you don’t learn or grow very much this way, and its kinda boring. I think … Continue reading

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Lessons in Learning Vietnamese

I’ve lived in Vietnam for exactly 11 months now, and for 8 of those months I’ve taken Vietnamese lessons. I have two tutors that teach me Vietnamese during my lunch hour every day. This is a good example of the … Continue reading

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A Privacy Threat You Probably Don’t Know About (and should)

You hear a lot these days about online privacy, the main concerns seem to boil down to: 1) People you don’t know having access to your personal information2) People taking your “identity” and using it for bad purposes3) Websites building … Continue reading

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Thought Experiment #231

The other night at dinner, my stomach was reaching full capacity and I reached the point where I was just picking at my food. I was using chopsticks and tried to pick up a single piece of rice from my … Continue reading

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The Tribulations, Observations, and Consternations of a Motorbike Rider in Hanoi

Hanoi’s traffic is bad and getting worse, and the public buses ferry cost-constrained and safety-concerned denizens about in uncomfortably cramped circumstances. I’m just guessing from the outside. Just 15 years ago, Hanoi was a land of bicycles, with small hubs … Continue reading

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