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What to do in a far-away emergency?

I'm thinking of going backpacking with a couple of friends in Southeast Asia for two weeks, and using a GPS tracker with an alert function. Only trouble is, who should I alert, and what could they do? [more inside]
posted by edbyford on Oct 15, 2011 - 7 answers

4 day Long weekend in Asia - where to go?

My wife and I are living in Manila and would like to get away for the long weekend in Late November/Early October. I was thinking of going to Japan but after watching a tv show on Taiwan, it looks amazing. I'm sure Asia has more to offer, so please help us pick a destination! [more inside]
posted by Admira on Oct 13, 2011 - 4 answers

Going Hither But Not Thither

I will soon have 12 days in Asia for a photoshoot and am trying to narrow down four choices of where to go. Please help. [more inside]
posted by Xurando on Sep 24, 2011 - 4 answers

Best Gumbo in the Congo

Have you had good European or American food outside of America or Europe? If so, where and when? I was watching "No Reservations" on Netflix and was struck by how many Western countries had good examples of Eastern food. I haven't traveled in the East at all, but I can't help but think that the opposite must have happened. Please tell me if you've had great Smothered Chicken and Biscuits in Beijing. I want to hear!
posted by bswinburn on Sep 23, 2011 - 34 answers

Asian slideshow background music needed

I'm looking for Asian music for background music for a slide show featuring Viet Nam, Thailand, China and Singapore. Suggestions would be appreciated.
posted by lanita333 on Sep 6, 2011 - 3 answers

Who'd say no to an exciting adventure? My husband.

How can my husband and I balance my dream job (in Asia) with his not-quite-wanting to go? [more inside]
posted by blazingunicorn on Aug 23, 2011 - 44 answers

Birds do it, bees do it. Even educated fleas do it...oh and your grandmama.

Old people have sex? Please help me find media representations of geriatric sexuality in various media such as in commercials, movies, posters, television, newspapers, and so on. [more inside]
posted by Knigel on Aug 16, 2011 - 30 answers

Traving to Thailand and Malaysia for ten days

Ten days in Thailand and Malaysia. I need ideas of what to do, where to go and where to stay. I know ten days for two countries is short but that is all I have. I love adventure and I also love to kick back and relax. I will be leaving from Montreal. [more inside]
posted by alshain on Aug 14, 2011 - 15 answers

What to sell along the way? RTW honeymoon from US to Europe & Asia

What to sell along the way, RTW honeymoon from US to Europe & Asia [more inside]
posted by hussmanne on Aug 8, 2011 - 1 answer

There's a beach but no-one to walk it with!

I moved/relocated four months ago to a small island in SE Asia. I never really thought much about dating before this - I always seemed to have a partner if I wanted one - but there are so few single guys here looking for Western women that it might become a bit of an issue. But if I try online dating, my matches are likely to be from hundreds of miles away which could end up with me not meeting anyone that way either. Should I give it a go? [more inside]
posted by mudkicker on Jul 27, 2011 - 10 answers

Where does sex typically happen for people without beds?

Where do couples from floor-sleeping countries have sex? [more inside]
posted by veganfilmjunkie on Jul 10, 2011 - 10 answers

Where to buy Asian-style sleep pad?

Where do I buy a sleeping mat? [more inside]
posted by veganfilmjunkie on Jun 27, 2011 - 9 answers

Should I spend two days in in Bangkok, Hong Kong, Singapore or Tokyo?

Should I spend two days in in Bangkok, Hong Kong, Singapore or Tokyo? [more inside]
posted by emily37 on Jun 24, 2011 - 26 answers

Can I rent beach huts in South East Asia?

Can I rent beach huts in South East Asia? [more inside]
posted by logicalsequence on Jun 21, 2011 - 6 answers

Need advice on finding a job in Asia.

Need advice on finding a job in Asia. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 16, 2011 - 3 answers

How do you pick your Anglo name?

I live in Australia, and have noticed lot of the students I study with who are from somewhere in East Asia will adopt a Western name while they're over here, presumably to make things easier for thick-tongued Anglos. I'm curious about how these names are selected. [more inside]
posted by nicolas léonard sadi carnot on Jun 3, 2011 - 50 answers

Avoiding the sads while traveling alone in Asia

Single female traveling solo for nine days in Kuala Lumpur and Bali. Please reassure me that I'm not going to be sad and lonely and freaked out the entire time. [more inside]
posted by ladybird on May 19, 2011 - 16 answers

I need to understand more about cultural differences in doing business with Japan

I need to understand the Japanese cultural importance of "saving face" with respect to business, and how I can make myself less frustrated with an ongoing business negotiation I'm involved in. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 20, 2011 - 10 answers

How to find concierge (private) doctors / medicine in Europe and Asia?

I'm looking to find doctors who practice private/concierge medicine in Europe and Asia. These doctors typically charge an upfront fee and gives you significantly more attention (ie, he has 500 instead of 3000 patients; is available immediately 24/7). They usually practice family medicine or internal medicine. This type of doctor is growing in the US, but I can't seem to find them elsewhere in the world...
posted by JiffyQ on Apr 20, 2011 - 9 answers

Be my tour guide guide, please!

Help me find the laid-back path to Laos & Cambodia around Songkrang! [more inside]
posted by hampanda on Mar 21, 2011 - 7 answers

Foreign Book Rights: How much should I charge, given these sales figures?

Foreign Rights to a Book: How much should I charge? In the last week, two agents from two different big literary agencies in a rich Asian country (not China) have, apparently independently, come calling for one of my non-fiction how-to books. One gave this pitch, which seems to me low-ball: [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 8, 2011 - 3 answers

If I'm going to spend 24 hours flying there, I might as well stop somewhere on the way

If you had five nights to spend on stopovers en route to Australia, and your options were Dubai, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Auckland, how would you apportion your time?
posted by smackfu on Feb 21, 2011 - 20 answers

Do they make portable seats for use on Asian squat toilets?

Do they make portable seats for use on Asian/Indian squat toilets? Can you recommend one? I have an older relative that wants to travel to India but he's got bad knees and that makes it difficult or impossible for him to use the squat toilets found throughout the subcontinent. More details inside... [more inside]
posted by exhilaration on Jan 31, 2011 - 13 answers

Flying to Singapore in 3 days. I want an adventure!

At the last minute, I'm going to Singapore (+Indonesia/Malaysia?). Not too excited, even though I should be. I don't "do" vacation. Help me plan a worthwhile 7 days! [more inside]
posted by hasna on Jan 27, 2011 - 13 answers

Asthma medicine in Asia: are there restrictions on import, and is it easily purchased?

I take Clenil Modulite (Beclometasone dipropionate, a daily steroid) and Ventolin (Salbutamol, as needed) for my asthma, in inhaler form. I'm visiting Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, China, Japan, Russia and Mongolia in the course of a backpacking trip starting next month. I want to take these medicines with me, but am finding it hard to find info about restricted drugs in these countries. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by Kirn on Jan 23, 2011 - 5 answers

Can I live in SE Asia on $10-$15 per day?

Hi friends. Planning a RTW trip with no time limit. I have a good amount of funds set aside, but I'd really like to settle somewhere in SE Asia (prefer Thailand or Vietnam) for at least 3-6 months and survive on about $10-$15 per day. Is it possible for an American to find decent (i.e. not too dangerous or dirty) accommodation and eat at that price? I'm not including any party dollars (alcohol, night life etc) in that amount...just the basics to survive. Would prefer to live near a city, or at least a small town...just not too far into the country side. Also, I will be splitting the expenses with a friend. Any useful experiences or knowledge to share? Thanks.
posted by Yunani on Dec 28, 2010 - 14 answers

How to deal with cancelled international flights?

The Great Blizzard of Christmas 2010 has severely derailed my plans (love snow as I do). I was supposed to fly from Newark to Hong Kong on Dec. 26th at 3:30, arrive in HK at 8:30pm Dec 27th, then fly Air Asia Hong Kong-Bangkok on the morning of Dec. 28th with a connecting flight immediately following from Bangkok - Luang Prabang, Laos. Newark is supposed to get a foot plus of snow tomorrow. I am feeling a little screwed. Is anyone out there skilled at making the best of this kind of situation? I've never dealt with it before, and have spent the last eight hours trying to make something work. Details below. [more inside]
posted by betsbillabong on Dec 26, 2010 - 9 answers

Can I watch Hulu in Asia?

Now that I'm hooked on Hulu & Watch Instantly Netflix, will I be able to utilize them while traveling this winter? Or, are there similar websites that I can use to watch TV shows or movies on my Mac laptop from SE Asia and Australia?
posted by jsslz on Sep 30, 2010 - 8 answers

One continent. Six months.

So I'm in my final year of medical school. I have about 6 months of extraneous time on my hands. Help me find something both interesting and useful to do in Asia for those 6 months. [more inside]
posted by genmonster on Sep 16, 2010 - 4 answers

One night in bangkok...then what?

Where to visit with an extra week (or just short of) in Southeast Asia? [more inside]
posted by gyroscope on Sep 8, 2010 - 12 answers

Help me plan my awesome Southeast Asia journey

What is the best time of year to travel in Southeast Asia? [more inside]
posted by Afroblanco on Aug 30, 2010 - 15 answers

Where is this Buddhist Temple?

I found an exposed and undeveloped roll of 35mm film dated 1977, and had it developed. The pictures are here, most of them taken at this Buddhist temple, somewhere in Asia. Anyone know where the photos were taken? [more inside]
posted by ShooBoo on Aug 28, 2010 - 10 answers

Will a nearly-expired passport give me trouble traveling in Japan and Singapore?

I'm traveling to Japan and Singapore soon, returning to the US on October 1, 2010. My passport expires April 11, 2011. Singapore's entry requirements state that the passport must be valid for at least six more months. Do I need to renew before I go? [more inside]
posted by Maximian on Aug 7, 2010 - 14 answers

Fast, asian rap?

Fast, asian rap? [more inside]
posted by wooh on Aug 6, 2010 - 12 answers

WWOOFing in India?

Can anyone recommend specific WWOOFing farms in India? [more inside]
posted by comfortinsound on Jul 18, 2010 - 2 answers

What to do in Japan while on vacation

My buddy and I are going to Japan for vacation. We need help in deciding on where to stay and what to do. [more inside]
posted by GooseOnTheLoose on Jul 17, 2010 - 12 answers

Cheapest way from SE Asia to Canada?!

Cheap-flight filter: SE Asia to Vancouver? Any suggestions for carriers or cheap flight websites? [more inside]
posted by hamandcheese on Jun 29, 2010 - 4 answers

Recommendations for Bali?

[Travel Filter] Bali recs? [more inside]
posted by k8t on Jun 16, 2010 - 8 answers

My spoon is too big.

Why are Chinese spoons shaped like that? [more inside]
posted by danceswithlight on Jun 13, 2010 - 18 answers

We all want to change the world

Asking for a friend: "I have a week off in July and I want to spend it volunteering in Asia. Ideally, I want to help save the sea turtles, but I'm open to other ideas. Do you have any advice on this matter?" [more inside]
posted by aniola on May 27, 2010 - 4 answers

Why do academic/business people in certain countries use personal email addresses for work purposes?

Why do I see people from emerging or developing countries use personal email addresses rather than official addresses for work-related correspondence? [more inside]
posted by elgilito on May 26, 2010 - 11 answers

Instead of Bangkok?

Help me and my mom to decide where to go instead of Bangkok. [more inside]
posted by Suciu on May 19, 2010 - 25 answers

Who will plan the global vacation that I'm too stressed to plan for myself?

What are the best reputable Web sites for booking packaged, affordable global travel from the U.S.? Not looking to actually travel until 2011. [more inside]
posted by croutonsupafreak on May 19, 2010 - 10 answers

No skin? No sweat!

How can I keep cool while covering up? [more inside]
posted by Gordafarin on May 13, 2010 - 16 answers

Help plan our Asia trip.

Bali or Malaysia (or the neighborhood) for a week in June with a toddler. Ideas? [more inside]
posted by k8t on May 10, 2010 - 4 answers

Who marks up their art on purpose?

Is there an Asian practice of placing dots in the corner of paintings to show imperfection / humility? [more inside]
posted by reverend cuttle on May 7, 2010 - 15 answers

Good recruiters and programs for teaching English in Japan?

Can you recommend recruiters or specific programs for someone who would like to teach English in Japan, starting this fall? [more inside]
posted by cirripede on Apr 29, 2010 - 6 answers

How do you research international relocation?

I'm an American who is thinking about moving abroad. Most likely to Mainland China, although Taiwan and Singapore are potential options. What's the best way to go about doing some research for a move overseas? [more inside]
posted by jasondbarr on Feb 24, 2010 - 10 answers

Should I travel to Southeast Asia in the rainy season?

If I'm planning a trip to Southeast Asia in late September/early October, should I be concerned about the weather? [more inside]
posted by josh.ev9 on Jan 30, 2010 - 4 answers

Teaching English as an Asian

How difficult is it to get a job teaching English in Asia as an American-born Asian? [more inside]
posted by jsmith78 on Jan 25, 2010 - 13 answers

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