Thailand Travel Stories, Page 17

Outside the 20 Foods We Eat

Outside the 20 Foods We Eat
“There are 250,000 known plant species in the world, but only 20 of them provide 90% of our food.”
-- Edenfoundation.com

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I was told my Josef of the Eden Foundation in Sahara, Desert of the country of Niger, West Africa that 20 species of plants provide 90 percent of the planets food. Whenever, I walk into a food market, I am now haunted by his words, and of course I actively look around for the non-twenty foods.



Easy to find some interesting foods in Thailand, of course I do not know their names, and even if I learn their Thailand names, how do I get that name translated into English.



Many type of strange and unusual vegetables and fruits.



Well, another one, who knows what they are?

I guess there are 250,000 know species of plants on the Earth, even more rare to me are the number of honest and good NGO Non Governmental Organization that may be doing good work. As best I can determine, the Eden Foundation is doing good work trying to help stop malnutrition near the Sahara Desert of Niger, West Africa.

Niger now ranks are the lowest developed country on the planet according to the Human Development Index.

A very rare specie, an NGO that is doing something to help the the world.
Edenfoundation.com

Outside the 20 Foods We Eat


Voted Best Commercial in Europe

Voted Best Commercial in Europe
Sorry, I have a friend that sends me jokes everyday, this video is too funny video, if you have no children, you need to watch.

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Voted Best Commercial in Europe


Cheap Housing in Korea for 10-15 US Dollars

Cheap Housing in Korea for 10-15 US Dollars
A reader of the blog wrote me an excellent way of finding cheap housing in Korea.

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Cheap Housing in Korea

Name: Chris
Country: USA

Message:

Hey Andy,

I was browsing your blog and noticed that you mentioned that you wanted to plan a stay in Korea and Japan.

I just wanted to relate what I did, that worked pretty well for a cheap but quality place to stay, when I moved to Korea to apply for ESL jobs. You may already be aware of this option, but I thought I would write about my tip anyway just in case.

You will almost certainly need to take a taxi from the airport, however I suppose that you could take a bus if you can translate the bus routes and schedule. But giving the fact that you will have no clue about Seoul (unless you’ve been there before, I have no idea), I would suggest that you splurge on a taxi, especially if you are travelling at night. The city is just too big. Also, the taxi driver can negotiate for you with your room. He wont be on a kickback arrangement, especially given the type of motel where you may want him to take you.

Ok. What I did was to have the taxi driver take me to a love motel, which are all generally very nice throughout Seoul ( I didn’t live anywhere else). They are also everywhere. Having your own bathroom, TV with cable, and a queen bed is standard. They will also clean your room. The rooms can range in size however, so you may want to take a look before you decide. Many are nicer than others, but the minimum quality is generally pretty nice. The thing is, you should be able to negotiate a rate of 300,000 - 350,000 won for the month. Which, when I was there a couple of years ago, was equivalent to $300-350 for the month. $10-15 a night is good for a metro like Seoul. You may be able to get cheaper, especially the further outside Seoul you go. All in all, a cheap country for your basic needs. I hear Busan, the second largest city, and on the coast, is a good option as well. I am sure you can break the 300 mark if you try.

As a matter of fact Busan may be all around more user friendly for a traveler friendlier people, smaller but still big, cheaper, coastline, etc.. Seoul really doesn’t offer anything in an interesting or positive sense that cant be had in any other Korean metro.

The love motel owner may think you a bit strange, but will be glad for the steady tenant. The older couple that ran my motel gave me open access to the fresh linen and towel closet, as well as their private washing machine.

If you do opt for Seoul, try to locate central, as the outer neighborhoods will mean long subway or bus rides to get to the center.

The love motel strategy may work in Japan as well.

love your Blog. I am currently in real estate as you were, planning my internet strategy and travel escape as you did. Not back to Korea though, at least for many years(don’t piss any Korean women off-its like dancing with the devil himself), but that’s a story for another time.

happy trails..

ANSWER:

You have a name, the one you stayed in sounds nice?

Excellent, love hotels are in most countries and often the quality of the rooms are better than the local Tourist Hotels. I have some funny stories about Love Hotels, however R or X-Rated.

Whey I was in West Africa, I learned to stay in,
“Chambre de Passage.”

Which mean more or less Love Hotel, I used them for a month before I realized this phrase meant “Love Hotel.”

ADDENDUM

Hi Andy,

I'm stayed at the "Sheri", a yeogwan (korean motel) at the yeokgok subway stop, near Bucheon, on line 1 (southwest corner of the subway map just south of Onsu). Its behind the stairs, about a block down, on the quiter side of the subway station. The name is in roman letters on the side of the motel. I managed to make a deal with the manager for 350000 won( $12 per night) for 30 days which is great, however, I wouldn't recommend where I stayed simply because I made the mistake of choosing a motel in an outer suburb of Seoul ( still completely urbanized). I didn't know where I was in location to the main city when I arrived. It was 3am and I had no map.

If I were to do it again, i would certainly choose a more centralized location, as to avoid the 45 minute subway ride into town. It seems like no big deal at first to stay in an outer region of a city, however, it can be akin to living on the moon after a bit because there are NO foreigners and no one speaks english or they are too timid to try ( wrong frame of mind, I know, but its the truth). The only things to do were to eat and go to the internet cafe. Or take the trip into Seoul. Can't speak to the monthly prices closer to Seoul though.

The last part of my tip that Ieft out, that is almost crucial to make it work, is to have a small pocket calander with you. This is to be able to show the motel owners, and translator if you have one, how long you wish to stay. Without the calander, it may be tough to communicate what you want. Luckily, the motel owner had one hanging in his office that we used.

Also, if staying in Seoul, I highly recommend locating near a subway stop. At the airport, you can show the taxi drive a subway map, that you can print out here,
www.asiastudytrip.com/study_abroad_images/Seoul_Subway_Map1.jpg ,
and pick a subway stop and say 'yeogwan'. Even better if you have an address of one that you want to try first. Almost all yeogwans have 3 little 'steam' sauna smoke symbols on their sign, so they are easy to spot if the first one doesn't work out. They are literally everywhere.

I recommend staying on the North side of the River, as near to that tangle of subway lines as possible. Seoul is huge, and the distances on the map are deceiving. Staying near a college area may be good. You may wish to try along line 4 as it rises above line 1 in the north. Anwhere along line 1 as it runs east-west above the river could be good.

Last tip, the forums at www.eslcafe.com tend to be great for Korea and Japan info of all kinds, as there are so many expat teachers there. Typing 'yeogwan' into a search box may yield results. One note though, I generally don't hear of teachers negotiating the rate i did for a month. Its hard to know who has actually tried and who is talking about only what they think they know, with no experience in actually staying a month at a yeogwan.

Hope this helps...

Chris

Cheap Housing in Korea for 10-15 US Dollars


The Word Backpack is a Problem

The Word Backpack is a Problem
The word “Backpack” is really causing problems, I for years have called myself a Backpacker, however maybe it time to stop using this word.

NOTE: If you want a good Long-Term Travel Bag go to a Scuba Gear Shop, they do NOT sell them in Outdoor Gear Shops.

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I remember this American Girl coming into my room in Hampi, India and saying,
“You are a true backpacker.”
I asked,
“Everyone has a backpack, aren’t they backpackers?”
She said,
“No, a true backpacker as all the equipment in their pack to live anywhere, they have a tent, sleeping gear, and can cook food, a true backpacker can go out and live in the wilderness.”

True, I did have and still have all the equipment in my Travel Bag to live anywhere, I have a Rain Poncho for a Tent, I have Mosquito Net for the sides, and a Hammock for a bed, or to use for a blanket. I have a really good cooking kit, I can cook easily about anywhere. However, I do not carry around food and water, I only have maybe a one to two day supply of food.

However, I do my best to find a Travelers Room, I do not want to live outdoors.

Always baffles me how a ultra light Backpack could go ultra light and carry enough food and water for a trek of one week or more. Food is incredibly heavy to carry, and would double the weight inside the bag. Oh well, I think they are for the most part, weekend warrior hikers, go up for one or two night and play around. I would just dump the food and fast for a couple of days, and for sure I would not need clothes, really easy to go ultra light for two days.

THE WORD BACKPACK HAS TO GO…It is finished, it is a label that means almost nothing to a traveler. Maybe I will call it,
“Long-Term Travel Bag.”
Or
“Multi-Purpose Travel Bag.”
Or
“Traveler Bag.”
Or
“Long Term Travel Pack.”

Whenever I use this really unrelated term, “Backpack,” I get a plethora or off topic, unrelated, really annoying comments on the blog. The average reader is incapable of differentiating between a bag used for hiking and a bag used for long-term travel.

I talked with my friend Mark of
Itinerantwitness.com

He is looking for another Travel Bag, he said,
“The backpack stores do not talk about how to lock the bag.”
“They really do not get it, a travel bag must first be lockable.”

I am going to get strict on comments on blog post, I am going to moderate, delete, or remove any links that refer to bags without a locking system. They just are not important, they are hiking bags, then the reader wants to obsess on the shoulder straps and waist harness. 95 percent of traveler do not even use the waist harness, it is not needed, except in rare situations.

I have learn one thing, presently if you are looking for a good travel bag, do not go to the Outdor Gear Shop, go to the Scuba Gear Shops. The best bags I have seen for travel, have almost always been bags made for Scuba Gear. In a way, this makes sense, Scuba Gear is expensive and heavy, you do not want them to steal the gear, and the bag must be tough to accommodate the weight.

Here is a Scuba Gear type bag that would make a great travel bag, I would have no trouble recommending and have already done so on a post from Lima, Peru. Go read about a Travel Bag that is already very good.

Jamaica Smuggler

The Word Backpack is a Problem


The Lotus is the Travelers Flower

The Lotus is the Travelers Flower
The Lotus often called a Water Lily, it is also the Travelers flower.

There is a saying,
“He who taste of the Lotus will travel and never return home.”

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The Lotus is a never ending mystery to me, the Lotus is a symbol woven into many countries heritages and religions. However, there are travel stories originating around the comic book Tin Tin whereby he learns of the Blue Lotus. The Blue Lotus is an Opium Den, and once you enter it is hard to leave, and so is travel, it is an addition.

Once you taste the life of a traveler, you will never be able to return home…




There is no point in running Tin Tin, you can never go home…

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Adventures_of_Tintin

http://www.tintin.com/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Blue_Lotus

http://www.thefreedictionary.com/lotus-eating

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nelumbo_nucifera

http://www.hobotraveler.com/102lotus.shtml

The Lotus is the Travelers Flower


Help the Homeless Vagabond in Brooklyn New York

Help the Homeless Vagabond in Brooklyn New York
Wade of VagabondJourney.com need help, he is a Homeless person in Brooklyn, New York, USA.

Do you have an extra bed for an aspiring Vagabond writer, who need to spend 15 WEEKS in Brooklyn to finish up University?

Today is September 5, 2008

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Wade says,
“I just need a place fast. I have an unlimited metro card so I can live anywhere. I will be going to Long Island University at Dekalb and Flatbust”

Is that Flatbush?

Ok, whatever a good guy Wade, a fellow Hobo of the road, needs a cheap bed.

Go read of his plight on his Blog, trust me, not knowing where you are going to sleep is not fun.

This post below of his has email and contact information, please read and help Wade, although think about it, if he has no home, there would be some really good stories. No better to help him and lend him and extra room, he has MONEY.

Wade Says,
No Accommodation in Brooklyn.


Travel SpendoMeter

Travel SpendoMeter
I was watching Youtube.com and for kicks, did a search,
“Travel Tips Backpack”

I watched, or tried to watch a girl explain how to backpack the world.

She said something like,
“There are many sites that have Travel SpendoMeters that can help you budget your trip.”

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Being curious, I went and did a few Google.com Searches, however was not able to find one.

Where, I could not find one...

Now, a Travel SpendoMeter would be great, please log in on,
“Cameroon, Africa.”

I would also like to know,
“Tonga, Oceania.”

I can figure out Japan and Korea easy enough.

Ok, I do not know if there really are Travel SpendoMeters worth a hoot, however I have thought about creating one for years. I would do this, I would get on all the Lonely Planets, Roughguides, Footprints, etc guidebooks of the planet.

1. List out the three cheapest room prices per major Capital City in every country on the planet from each of the books.
(Requires a Library)

2. Enter all this into a database, sum and average up the cost on a per country level.

I would have a Travel Spendometer.

Note, she give some budget information, sort of made me laugh, the number one budget cost was not included.
“Beer.”

I do not drink, but I guesstimate the average person spend one-third their daily living money on beer.

People ask me how much it cost to travel in X country, I say,
“Do you drink, if you drink, double this number X.”

Here is the link to the video, all ok advice, sort on the serious side, all you truly need is a Passport, ATM Bank Machine Card, and the will.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_F78_lRl5ek

Well, if one of you out there in never never land know where to find a Travel Spendometer, please post in the comments below, I would appreciate the help.

Do not forget Cameroon, and Tonga, I really do not care about Europe, I know how much it cost,
“Too much for the enjoyment is doles out.”

Travel SpendoMeter


Labor Day USA

Labor Day USA
Interesting holiday this Labor Day, always intrigues me, seems like a “One Minute Manager” carry out Holiday.

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Thursday, September 4, 2008
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I do appreciate labor, however I am skeptical when any formalized institution says labor should be congratulated.

I tend to believe, this just means some more slaps on the back, and you’re a good guy type of thing, then I want to say,
“Show me the money.”

Truly I enjoy Labor Day, even here in Thailand where a USA Holiday means zip, nothing, nada, I am always lucky to know about a Holiday. I do appreciate my Mother reminding me when Fathers day is, this is needed help in life.

However, what does Labor Day mean to me, it is the end of Summer in the USA and the children are back in School. This makes me happy, they go to school and surf the internet and visit my page. Because the Parents are not longer babysitting their children, they get on the internet and surf the internet and visit my page.

Of course, all the normal go to work at 9:00 am, dawdle around until 10:00 am, return a few calls, answer the bosses question and then go hide behind the computer, pretend to work, surf the internet and visit my page people are still here as normal, the regulars.

I believe the biggest boom to the internet is when labor convinced the boss they needed to have internet in the office.

Labor Day USA