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Tara Russell


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Bangkok , Thailand

Biographical Info:

In 1999, I was sent to Shanghai, China to work with General Motors. Unfortunately, at the time, I knew that Beijing was a city in China, communists wear red, and "The Last Emporor" was supposedly filmed in China (in otherwords, nothing about the place). Immediately, I fell in love with this strangely enchanting place....(I'll forward fast now)....Currently, I live in Bangkok with my husband (yes, we're expats too). I've become an Asia junkie--just can't get enough of this place. We'll be here a few (2-5?) years and I'm now actually doing volunteer work and working on several writing projects. I love to eat street food, meet the locals, find the hidden treasures, and especially, celebrate holidays with locals. I also love to learn new languages, so I'm currently studying Thai. Most of my time has been spent in Asian mega-cities, which often leads me to holidays at the beach. Initially, work brought me here, but a passion for Asia has kept me here.

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Summed up in a Mini-Bar

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Singapore vs. Ho Chi Minh City Kettle Chips vs. Pot-a-chi Chili Flavor Chips Perrier vs. Danhthanh Nuoc Khoang Thien Nhien Evian Water vs. Sapuwa Water Snapple vs. Nuoc Dua Pineapple Juice Twinings...

Destinations: Ho Chi Minh City | Vietnam

The Ride Home from Phan Thiet

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Watch out for the motor scooters. Everyone uses their horns. A herd of brown cows slowly crosses the road followed by three small women swatting them from behind. A mother and child bicycle home from...

Destinations: Phan Thiet | Vietnam

APEC--The Inside Story...

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APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Convention) is in the air in BKK.....and on the news and in the paper and splattered across the billboards and looking underneath your car when you pull into a building and...

Destinations: Thailand | Bangkok

Almost A Local, Underwear, and Thai Process

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You know you're almost a local when you find bugs in your food, nonchalantly remove them, and continue eating without interruption. Suddenly out of the corner of your eye you notice something quickly...

Destinations: Thailand | Bangkok

Koh Chang--Monkeys, Biking, & the Dukes of Hazard

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So we're driving around Koh Chang, an island Eastern paradise in Thailand, trying to find our hotel when I notice a "Monkey Training Camp" sign. Monkey training camps? First of all, we don't know...

Destinations: Ko Chang | Thailand

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