Chan Joon Yee is a writer, adventurer and healthcare worker born in Singapore in 1964. He has travelled widely and is well-acquainted with several Asian cultures, societies and literature.
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.
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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