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Summer is coming (at least in the northern hemisphere). In the tropics, days are hot and humid when rains seem to be scare. Need help cooling off? Here are some tips when air conditioner is nowhere to be seen: 1.…
We were stuck in Tokyo's airport on a three hour layover with not enough time to leave and explore the city, but just enough time to want to ram your head into a wall. Walking past the Guccis' and Fendis',…
Who was that teacher who you revered? Most of us have at least two or three. We usually remember a specific moment from them. I remember one of my teachers because of the feeling of receiving recognition as an insecure…
Improvising a class is kind of like free-style dancing; its best to know a bit of technique to not look like a complete fool. One of the most basic 'techniques' in ESL teaching is the ESA method (Engage, Study, Activate).…
Everyone says when you volunteer, it is so rewarding and you get back so much more than you give. Well, I can attest to these statements with my volunteer experience. I volunteer weekly at Holland House in Kathu, Thailand, which…
When most of us think of Buddhist art, we picture Buddhas with their eyes closed in a meditating position. We see the world as one. But these two temples in southeast Asia throw out the traditional rules of religious art,…
*Names have been changed to protect a child's identity.   “Alice was in the shower with her dad. . .” my co-worker was telling me.   Holy shit. I just dropped this precious four year old girl as a student,…
  <![if !vml]><![endif]> Photo by Joseph Holland Politicians and Publicity Stunts Phuket's Gorvernor Maitri Inthusut in a traditional silk Thai jacket released the first turtle out to sea in a publicity stunt for the cameras. The event took place at the JW…
  Unfortunately, for elephants the jungles of Asia no longer offer a sanctuary against man. This elephant rescue program, along with others across the region, offers an opportunity to improve the quality of life for the once street begging and…
You know what happens when you go diving and you don’t pay attention to any of the fish? They start paying attention to you. Along with 450 other people, I participated in cleaning up the reefs around Phuket, Thailand.  Fourteen…