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How are things in Thailand?

I'm considering a trip to Thailand in January. If you're currently living in Thailand or have visited recently, can you give me a sense of the political climate now? [more inside]
posted by Mender on Sep 28, 2014 - 6 answers

Best stops along the Silk Road?

Where in central Asia would you recommend for sightseeing, photography, street life, and general wow factor? [more inside]
posted by Emperor SnooKloze on Jul 12, 2014 - 12 answers

Movie & Black & White & Japanese & Modern?

I recently saw Rashōmon, and was wondering if the hive-mind had suggestions for more (live-action, not anime) Japanese movies that are black and white, but set in more modern-ish times? [more inside]
posted by slater on May 20, 2014 - 17 answers

Bar and Kitchenware wholesale from Asia?

How does one go about finding wholesale suppliers or bar and kitchenware from China and Japan? I'm looking to do bulk purchasing on things such as Yarai style glassware and mixing glasses, Yukiwa jiggers, fancy bitters bottles, and all things tiki related. [more inside]
posted by special agent conrad uno on Apr 3, 2014 - 4 answers

"Harmonious Day" Clarks shoes in the U.S.

I found a great pair of Clarks shoes called Harmonious Day in Bangkok but not in my size (UK 4). I'd like to buy online and ship to the US, but Google only gives me European and Asian e-commerce sites with the shoe. Any idea how to get it in the U.S.? [more inside]
posted by whitewall on Feb 13, 2014 - 3 answers

Help me feed my 20-something wanderlust. Difficulty level: Wheelchair

I'm like every other post-college twentysomething in lots of ways: I make too little money, watch too much Netflix and indulge in an existential crisis oh, about once an hour. Also, like many in my cohort, I love the idea of packing up a ratty old duffel bag and heading off to some far corner of the world to taste, see and do all I can, while maybe giving myself either a leg to stand on once I return to the job market here or the warm-n-fuzzies that come from volunteering and/or service learning. All pretty standard fare. Here comes the doozy of snowflake: I'm in a wheelchair and have certain difficulties with speech fluency, owing to my CP and spastic diplegia diagnosis. Try as I might, I can't get myself to give up on the dream of spending a year or more abroad, even with all this in my way. Help me get there, oh beautiful hivemind? [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 on Jan 19, 2014 - 16 answers

Fantastic round the world trip planned, except...

The plan was to fly into Mumbai and make my way down the cost to Cochi. I just realized that my visa to India is not going to happen. I now have a 10-14 day gap. I'm leaving Tel Aviv on Feb. 3rd and staying in Kuala Lumpur on Feb. 14th, dates somewhat flexible. Where should I go? Things to know: -No countries that require anything other then VOA for a US born citizen please. -In addition to Israel and Kuala Lumpur I'm also going to Hong Kong, much of Japan, Australia and New Zealand. -Have visited western Europe and northern S. America on previous trips. Bonus points if it involves hiking, learning how to sail or involves getting to see the countryside in safety, though perhaps not comfort.
posted by rip on Jan 8, 2014 - 11 answers

Why are there so few Indonesian immigrants in America?

Why are there so few Indonesian immigrants in the USA? [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet on Nov 2, 2013 - 17 answers

SE Asia Tips for Solo Lady?

I'm a solo female traveler with 3 weeks free in Dec/Jan. Thinking of checking out SE Asia - maybe Laos + Cambodia. Do you have other suggestions? [more inside]
posted by Solon and Thanks on Oct 13, 2013 - 9 answers

Expatriating to Asia with a work from home job: how do I get a visa?

I have two fantastic work from home jobs that involve frequent international travel. Both of my employers are U.S. companies and I am a U.S. citizen. I want to continue working, but relocate my base to Asia for a year or two. I'd prefer to live in: Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Japan or Bangkok, but am open to other options. I do not want to get a local job, but to keep my current gigs. So, the question is: how can I get permission to stay without a local job? I have plenty of money coming in, but I won't be able to rent an apartment on a tourist visa. What are my visa/immigration options? Any advice for the above listed destinations or other fine cities in Asia, would be much appreciated. I have more than a decade of long-term travel experience in Asia and speak Japanese and basic Vietnamese, FWIW.
posted by dead_ on Sep 11, 2013 - 12 answers

Is this really an "ancient Chinese proverb"?

I very much like the sentiment of this quotation, which an acquaintance informs me is an ancient Chinese proverb. But I'd appreciate any thoughts on its actual provenance, especially because I have no idea whether this statement (or something like it) is an ancient Chinese proverb or not. "The faintest stroke of ink in a record-book is more illuminating than the most vividly-recalled memory." Thanks for any suggestions!
posted by Mr. Justice on Aug 29, 2013 - 11 answers

What is this game called... "Asia ball"?

Earlier today I watched a short clip of 2 teams playing a game of... what, exactly? It was an indoor game, and there were field hockey / small soccer goals on each end of the court. Like soccer there were around 10 people for each team, but unlike soccer players seemed to use only their hands to pass the ball -- they couldn't kick it or dribble it, but they could bounce it to each other or into the goal. The ball itself was smaller than a basketball, maybe about the size of a small volleyball. Anyone know what this game might be? This game was between teams from mainland China and Taiwan and the clip was from a Hong Kong news show, so that all leads me to suppose this might be a game played only in Asia. Bonus points if you know the name of it in Chinese!
posted by ditto75 on Jul 10, 2013 - 5 answers

The Algonquin Round Table East

Would you happen to know of any sharp-witted, non-epithet-averse authors from an Asian country whom may also have happened to have had a book banned?
posted by slowlikemolasses on May 31, 2013 - 4 answers

Decent introductions to Laotian history?

Can anyone recommend a good book on the history of Laos? I've tried searching on Amazon but most of the titles I see there seem to focus on America's unfortunate colonial misadventure in Southeast Asia and the CIA's secret war in Laos. While I understand the market imperatives that might lead to such a focus, I'd like to get a broader history than that. The book I am looking will : [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet on May 11, 2013 - 5 answers

Best way to convert half a dozen currencies into one?

I have at least $500 worth of cash from half a dozen different Asian countries sitting in my underwear drawer for at least two years now. What's the cheapest, lowest-fee but legal way to convert them into one currency (Euro or USD)? I travel frequently to France and the United States, so changing them to Euro or USD is fine either way, but just not sure if the best way is the airport counter, a random bank, at the hotel I stay at, or something else...? I would like to have a good idea on how to go forward with this, before I go about traveling with all this random cash, only to find out I'd have to lug them back to home to my ultra top secret underwear drawer hideout since it's too expensive/all these currencies aren't accepted for exchange/not worth it. [more inside]
posted by peachtree on Apr 29, 2013 - 7 answers

Calling from Asia over android tablet

Currently in Asia and want to call US cheap. What options besides Skype do I have? Not a big fan of sim cards as they are hard to find here. [more inside]
posted by pakora1 on Mar 25, 2013 - 7 answers

2 weeks in Singapore and around -- what to see and do?

My Dad lives in Singapore, and I'll be visiting him for two weeks this summer. He'll be pretty busy with work during the week, and I'm trying to plan one or two day trips (spending one night somewhere else is fine, but no more than that). Where can I go that is a) safe to travel alone to (I'm an upper-20s female)? and b) relatively cheap (I'm thinking probably a bus, train, or boat ride to somewhere in Indonesia or Malaysia)? [more inside]
posted by eenagy on Mar 9, 2013 - 14 answers

Waitlisted events/places in Europe or Asia in Spring 2014

I'm slowly pulling together a plan to throughout Asia and/or Europe this time next year - March or April 2014. Are there any events or places that are difficult to get into that would be worth signing up for now? I'm thinking of things like elBulli, which had a year long waiting list. [more inside]
posted by Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug on Mar 7, 2013 - 8 answers

Japanese Cooking?

I am in Japan. I can not read or speak Japanese. I am a beginner cook. I have a limited budget; I can experiment but my first attempts better be stupid proof & edible. I am also a goat in that I am willing to eat just about anything (squishy squid, large amounts of raw egg, & crayfish that stare back seem to be at or near my limit; however, I love raw fish of many types & I often eat mystery meat on the streets of Asia). Help me master a few Japanese recipes? [more inside]
posted by DisreputableDog on Feb 23, 2013 - 20 answers

Looking for tech off the beaten path.

I keep hearing about cool and cheap new gizmos obtained from Asia via ebay and other online sources out of the mainstream - inexpensive IPS monitors, Android set-top boxes, etc. Is there a good resource that covers these no-name wonders shipped to your doorstep from abroad? Articles, posts or blog entries about what's out there, how they actually work, and where to order them from would help... as would a guide to how to tell a scam from a steal, and dangers in ordering stuff this way.
posted by Slap*Happy on Feb 15, 2013 - 10 answers

Help me travel to Japan!

My sibling, mother, and I want to go to Japan (Tokyo, Mt. Fuji, and Kyoto) in late July. I am getting overwhelmed by trying to book tickets. Help! [more inside]
posted by Bebo on Feb 6, 2013 - 21 answers

Help my 18yo niece get to Asia

What options in the USA are there for sending my 18yo niece on a trip to Asia with a group of similarly aged folks this summer. [more inside]
posted by Long Way To Go on Jan 12, 2013 - 10 answers

What is it like working in Asia?

What is it like working in Asia? [more inside]
posted by inaisa on Dec 31, 2012 - 18 answers

Help me plan a 3 month trip to Southeast Asia: Thailand,Laos,Vietnam,Cambodia, and Malaysia

I will be backpacking in Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Malaysia, so any tips and advice would be greatly appreciated. [more inside]
posted by Trinergy on Dec 30, 2012 - 9 answers

Japanese fruit identification

What is this Japanese fruit: four brown seeds inside tennis ball size fruit? [more inside]
posted by Margalo Epps on Dec 22, 2012 - 11 answers

A company in China is planning to use my company's trading name online... any advice?

A company in China is planning to use my company's name. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by davemee on Dec 20, 2012 - 5 answers

Can you help me identify this building?

Can you help me identify this building? [more inside]
posted by nitsuj on Dec 2, 2012 - 17 answers

To seek or not to seek?

My bf was adopted out of Asia. He's never sought out his birth parents. Should I encourage him to? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 1, 2012 - 43 answers

Looking for advice on taking short business trips to far places. (And maybe extending those trips for non-business visiting)

Looking for advice on taking short business trips to far places. (And maybe extending those trips for non-business visiting) [more inside]
posted by ManInSuit on Nov 8, 2012 - 6 answers

Looking for best NYE party in UTC+5.

NYE in UTC+5 (West Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Pakistan) for two late-twenties Americans. Which country to pick, where to go, what to do? [more inside]
posted by halogen on Oct 11, 2012 - 16 answers

Finding work in Asia from abroad

I'm a young Australian, and I want to work in Asia. How do I make that happen? [more inside]
posted by mxc on Sep 22, 2012 - 8 answers

Best Resources for a Trip Around the World

What are the best resources, websites, and blogs for someone who is planning a trip around the world? [more inside]
posted by smitt on Sep 5, 2012 - 6 answers

Looking for bird guides to Asia.

I'm in Japan and looking for the best bird guides for the whole of South-East Asia. [more inside]
posted by DisreputableDog on Aug 24, 2012 - 2 answers

Help me plan my trip to Asia!!

Help me plan my trip to Asia!! [more inside]
posted by Trinergy on Aug 10, 2012 - 14 answers

AT&T iPhone in Asia. How?

I have an AT&T iphone that I'd like to use on an upcoming trip to Asia. What do I need to do? Is it as simple as a jailbreak and a new SIM card?
posted by New Old User on Jul 19, 2012 - 16 answers

How do I find a list of legitimate overseas English teaching opportunities?

After decided not to go to law school this fall, I find myself somewhat at loose ends, and have decided to look into teaching overseas. Google searches have led me to a confusing plethora of programs, as well as to endless warnings of scams of all types. Is there some sort of centralized database of 'clean' programs, and if so, where might I find it? [more inside]
posted by AdamCSnider on Jul 15, 2012 - 5 answers

Why would two rats be upset at a turtle stealing their radish?

Help me identify the (possibly Japanese) folk tale illustrated on this plate. [more inside]
posted by girlgenius on Jul 6, 2012 - 1 answer

How can I bring my sibling home?

What legal avenues exist for blocking a potentially negligent relative foster parent arrangement? New parents reside in Southeast Asia. Special snowflake details within. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 1, 2012 - 9 answers

What beachy vacation can take en route to Taipei?

I live in Toronto, and I have to go to Taipei in June for my brother's wedding. (I've never been to Taiwan.) In addition to the week i spend in Taiwan, I also want to go somewhere culturally interesting with good food and beaches, and i want to either fly there on my way to taiwan, or i want fly there and back from taiwan. Where can i fly to and from taiwan, cheaply? Or where can i stop en route to taiwan, without it breaking the bank? (Right now, my ideal beach vacation stop is Bali, but it appears to be an expensive flight from Taiwan, and it isn't a place i can get to as a stop en route.) [more inside]
posted by Kololo on Apr 1, 2012 - 9 answers

How can I get these toys for my son?

Looking for some help getting some toys that seem to only be available in Asia. [more inside]
posted by never used baby shoes on Mar 31, 2012 - 2 answers

Where should I go in SE Asia?

Southeast Asia filter: where should I go later this month? [more inside]
posted by pete_22 on Feb 6, 2012 - 7 answers

Hello Tokyo

How do I get the best deal on a multicity flight that goes from Whitehorse - Vancouver - Tokyo - Taipei - Hong Kong - Whitehorse? [more inside]
posted by YukonQuirm on Jan 16, 2012 - 11 answers

Asia vs Europe (The Final Countdown)

We live in the USA. My family of five, two adults and three kids (youngest 11, oldest 17), are planning a trip for this summer (July/August). We have friends who have invited us to two very different parts of the world and we're trying to decide where to go. We can either take a France/Italy trip, or go to Hong Kong (and maybe make our way up to Japan or down to Thailand if the price is right). Looking for experiences, advice, stories, from those of you who have traveled the world that will help us make the choice. [more inside]
posted by crapples on Jan 13, 2012 - 24 answers

What to do after we eat all the dim sums.

[TravelFilter] Two weeks in Hong Kong - what should three twenty-somethings do after we've eaten all the dim sum? [more inside]
posted by mokudekiru on Dec 8, 2011 - 8 answers

How can I find a better-than-average teaching abroad job?

I am a special education teacher in the USA who wants to teach English abroad in Asia, then return to the States to join a doctoral program in education and continue teaching. How can I make this experience a step up in my development as an educator, rather than just an adventure? [more inside]
posted by chickenandwine on Dec 5, 2011 - 11 answers

Dog types and characteristics unique to asia

This article says that there is more variety in Asian dogs than in western dogs and that there are some dog types and characteristics that are unique to Asia. What are they? The article talks about DNA diversity, but doesn't talk very much about how the differences are actually expressed.
posted by empath on Dec 5, 2011 - 3 answers

McKinsey for the Right-Brainers?

McKinsey for the creative type - Are there firms which do 'creative consulting'? [more inside]
posted by vastopenspaces on Dec 4, 2011 - 15 answers

Fun activities and clothes shopping in Malaysia?

I'm in Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia. What are some fun activities and places I can visit? Also where can I shop for cheap, good quality clothing? [more inside]
posted by naskar on Nov 23, 2011 - 11 answers

How do I ship an iPad to Cambodia?

What's the best way to deliver an iPad from Vancouver to Cambodia? [more inside]
posted by kaefer on Nov 7, 2011 - 3 answers

Help this freelance writer in Asia figure out his next career move!

I’m a writer, doing OK in a small pond, but I’m looking for a bigger pond to swim in. Help me figure out my next career move. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 3, 2011 - 3 answers

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