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Archive - February 2011

Talkin’ Bout A Revolution

On this cold Saturday, hundreds of Canadians gathered on Parliament Hill, right in front of the Peace Tower, to march in solidarity with the people pushing for democracy in Libya and Yemen. The...

Human Beans

The difference between European coffee and North American coffee can be illustrated by the cup: in the old world, you sit down for hours sipping a concentrate of the precious beverage in a thimble...

Woman Seek Doctor

I got my first health card in 2005 when I became a permanent resident. This gave me the right to benefit from the many health care services paid for by OHIP, the Ontario Health Assurance Plan...

Winterlude 2011

We came back to Canada just in time to take a peek at the 2011 edition of the Winterlude, our yearly winter festival. This was Winterlude’s last week-end and even though some ice sculptures partially...

American and Canadian English 101

Language is highly cultural. Grammar and spelling can be taught at school but some vocabulary can only be learned in the street or even—gasp!—watching T.V. In my first few years in Canada, immersed...

Food in South-East Asia

Coming from Australia, where food was expensive and not exactly haute-cuisine, South-East Asia was a foodie’s paradise. First, food is cheap by world standard and simple meal usually cost under $5...

The Epic Journey Back Home

We left Singapore on Tuesday evening and arrived in Sydney early morning on Wednesday. We barely slept in the plane (note to self: budget airlines suck for long-distance trips). The F1 Hotel we had...

Signs in South-East Asia

I love taking pictures of signs because they tell so much about a country. For instance, Canada’s bilingual “stop-arrêt” sign is unique, and so are the many weather-related warnings, “ice falling”...

Images of Singapore

Singaporeans seem to have two main activities: shopping and dining. When you are done shopping, you grab a bite and when you are done eating, you go for a walk with your credit card in hand for some...

Multicultural Singapore

I have this theory that everyone should be a minority once in his life. The rich one among the poor, the poor among the rich, the short among the tall and the tall among the short ones etc. Just to...

Chinese New Year in S’pore

Happy Chinese New Year! 新年快乐!

As China and Chinese communities around the world celebrated the beginning of the Year of the Rabbit on February 2nd, we joined the party in Singapore.

Bangkok’s National Palace

So, did I fall in love with Thailand? I can’t say I did, for a few reasons. We enjoyed the scenery. The islands in the South, close to Malaysia, were great and people were really nice and helpful. It...

Say Wat?

Wat Pho, birthplace of traditional Thai massage and home to the imposing Reclining Buddha, Wat Traimit and its five-tons solid gold Buddha image, or Erawan Shrine, nested among Bangkok’s skyscrapers...

It’s A Mall World

Asian malls and markets are somewhat of a surreal experience to most Westerners. Upon entering the maze of shops, people usually go through several stages, notably “oh my God everything is so cheap”...

Hello Bangkok

“We are now in Bangkok and we arrived ten minutes ahead of schedule” bragged the flight attendant upon landing in the capital. Gee, I would have rather arrived ten minutes late and avoid the near...

A Thai Massage Story

Along with “Taxi boat? Taxi boat?” and “Tuk tuk? Tuk tuk?”, the ubiquitous call for massage is the most overheard sentence in Thailand, and you will hear it even in your sleep. Massage is both part...