Tag: Way of Life

Chinese Internet

China Survival Guide: Internet

I have lived and worked and attempted to use the internet in China for close to eight months now. It is a fascinating country, rich in everything that makes a country worth visiting: culture, history, architecture and art, with amazingly diverse topography, geography, fauna and flora. Nevertheless, China can be a maddeningly frustrating place for ‘westerners’…




nanjie fun east is red square

Nanjie Cun: The Last Communist Utopia?

Nanjie Cun has often been described as China’s last Maoist village. Given China’s current approach to economics, which ironically began under Chairman Deng Xiaoping in the mid eighties just as Nanjie Cun became a collective, it could be argued that it is also the last remnant of Communist China. Although the Communist Party of China…




Amazed by Zhengzhou, China

I’ve been around a little bit but travelling into the city of China’s Zhengzhou was different to anything i have ever experienced before. The weather was great when I touched down, sun shining, albeit dimly through a haze of dust and pollution. A film of fine dust covers everything inside and out. Construction The scale…




Budget shopping

How to Shop Cheap and Healthy

Just because long term travel requires careful budgeting, that doesn’t mean backpackers have to live on instant noodles. Someone should have told that to my younger self. Eleven years ago when I first left home to travel Australia, I pretty much lived on Mi Goreng noodles, bread and the occasional egg. I’m still partial to…




Bikram Yoga in Auckland

What is the purpose of travel, if not to experience new things? That is a philosophy I imagine I share with the vast majority of nomads and vagabonds around the world. And yet when an opportunity presented itself to do just that recently, I was reluctant. The reason for my reticence was that the proposed…




Ladyboys – How to Spot from 50 Yards (45.7m)

There are hundreds of online articles purporting to give definitive advice on how to spot a ladyboy (Kathoey) in Thailand. Most of these are copy and paste jobs that quote the same tired old advice that is more closely related to the difference between men and women than anything else. They forget that a lot…




Sex and Money (Not a lot of Love)

As far as I can ascertain, the Thai sex industry is divided into four main categories: the ubiquitous street worker, the Go-go or Girly bar girls / ladyboys, ‘massage’ parlour girls, and what i shall refer to as the ‘freelancer’ – by far the most dangerous if all you’re after as a young man on a…