Written by author of Spellbound in Chiangmai and Understanding Thailand's Money Culture, this book takes you on a journey from fascination to infatuation, then to realization and finally disillusionment - stages that many foreigners go through when they decide to settle down in the Land of Smiles after seeing all the good things about it.
Chapters in the book include:
Low Cost Of Living
Thai Hospitality & Tolerance
The Tough and the Geek
Reality - Complacency
Reality – How Calm Are They?
Reality - Education
Reality – Belief in Miracles
Reality – The Price of Reputation
The Real Thai Values
Reality – Do You Know Your Rank?
Reality – the Gods Themselves
The Problem With Mai Pen Rai
Mai Pen Rai In Reverse
Farang Remain Farang
Honesty & Rule of Law
It Gets Even More Absurd
The Truth – Distaff Attractions
Stage One – Infatuation
Why Thai Women?
Stage Two - Discovery
How The Good Girls Do It
Stage Three - Denial Or Compromise
Sneaky & Superficial
You may have heard about Luo Guan Zhong's Romance of the Three Kingdoms or watched movies based on this classic which is part history and part fiction. You may have also tried reading the original work. Chances are, you gave up after a couple of chapters. The subplots are too complex, not to mention the dizzying numbers of names and characters.
In his version of Three Kingdoms, Chan Joon Yee put in great effort to write a unique and vastly more readable version of this monumental saga. This book and others in the series will give you valuable insights into the plots, tricks, battles, palace drama and colourful characters that lived during this chaotic period in China's history.
One misfortune followed another. Lauren was raped by relative and the trauma from the assault left her broken and depressed. She indulged in alcohol and self injury. No amount of therapy helped until she found a way to distract herself from the pain - tattoos.
This book tells the story of how a severely traumatised woman found solace in permanent body art.
They duo escape to Litang, one of the highest, harshest settlements on the planet. Managing AMS as best as they can, they continue their journey into Daocheng. From there, they make their way into the stunning Himalayan sanctuary of Yading, finally returning to Daocheng to catch a flight back to Chengdu from the highest airport in the world.
The 10-year power struggle between regional governors and warlords finally saw two emerging winners. With Cao Cao occupying a territory south of the Yellow River and with Yuan Shao in the north, a battle for supremacy between these two childhood friends became inevitable. This would go down in history as the Battle of Guan Du. How did Cao Cao emerge victorious in spite of being greatly outnumbered. This is one of the important lessons that the Three Kingdoms saga has for us.
This is the defining moment in the Three Kingdoms saga for there would be no three kingdoms without the Battle of Red Cliff.
Cao Cao became the unstoppable winner in the struggle for power after defeating Yuan Shao at Guan Du and taking over Jingzhou without a fight. The entire northern and central region came under Cao Cao’s whip.
Seething with greed, Cao Cao then moved his forces along the bank of the Yangzi River, ready to attack Sun Quan’s territory of Dongwu in the Southeast. Greatly outnumbered, scholars and administrators in Dongwu urged Sun Quan to surrender. Dongwu advisor Lu Su and Admiral Zhou Yu decided to defend their territory by joining forces with Liu Bei and Liu Qi, son of the late Liu Biao.
With the minds of Zhou Yu, Lu Su, Huang Gai, Zhuge Liang and Pang Tong put together, an elaborate plot that could win this seemingly hopeless battle was hatched.
Online information tells us that Kinabalu is an “easy” climb requiring no technical climbing skills. While the part about the standard tourist trail being non-technical is quite true, many who have approached the mountain without adequate preparations found out the hard way that the climb is far from easy for the inexperienced and ill-prepared. While most people will still be successful in climbing the mountain because of the amenities that have vastly improved over the years, not that many people know how to prepare for a comfortable and enjoyable climb.
Written by Singaporean adventurer Chan Joon Yee (blogging at knapsacktreks.com) who has climbed this mountain several times over the last 20 years, including a post-earthquake climb in 2016, this book offers advice on how to mitigate some of the discomforts while climbing this very popular peak.
Sure, you may still make it to the top in your swimming trunks or wrapped up like an Eskimo; Climbing Kinabalu Comfortably shares some valuable tips with sheltered newbies on what to bring and how to prepare for maximum comfort and enjoyment on this entry-level high adventure.
She thinks she is a man trapped in a woman's body ...