Volunteering: when doing good does harm

Volunteering has conventionally been linked to good people with good intentions. When done well, volunteering can benefit many people, communities, professionals and governments as well as raise awareness on social issues beyond the duration of the volunteering itself. In recent years, however, we have come to understand that there can be severe harm done due … More Volunteering: when doing good does harm

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Bangkok traffic as seen from a motorbike taxi (and DJ Kilmore)

In Bangkok, when you want to cut through traffic fastest, motorbike taxis are your answer! Today, I decided to film my route from home to work and back (and realised my camera is crap at focusing in the dark). I hope you enjoy the clip! Speaking of shut up and “drive”… Yesterday, I did a … More Bangkok traffic as seen from a motorbike taxi (and DJ Kilmore)

Ten things that are ‘normal’* in Thailand, but not elsewhere… and vice versa

* By ‘normal’, I mean ‘socially accepted’ rather than ‘common’. Ten things that are ‘normal’ in Thailand, but not elsewhere 1. Eating disorders When you visit Thailand, you notice soon enough that everyone is pretty slim or even skinny. When I first arrived, I thought this was a natural thing – generally speaking, Asians have … More Ten things that are ‘normal’* in Thailand, but not elsewhere… and vice versa

Thailand floods 2011 – Volunteering for relief

This monsoon season and its heavy floods have been the worst in 50 years in Thailand. So far, there have been nearly 300 reported deaths, over two million people affected (with 110,000 people left homeless) and damages are estimated up to US$ 5.1 billion. And water levels are continuing to rise due to heavy rain … More Thailand floods 2011 – Volunteering for relief

The Vegetarian Festival – another thing I love about Thailand

The Vegetarian Festival (เทศกาลกินเจ) was held in Thailand 27 September – 5 October 2011 (or, the equivalent Thai year of 2554). This annual Festival is the celebration of the Chinese community’s belief that abstinence from meat and various stimulants will help obtain good health and peace of mind. Ironically, my visit to China was the last … More The Vegetarian Festival – another thing I love about Thailand