Random things I know thanks to Asia

So I was thinking the other day about all this new information that I have learned thanks to life overseas, and I just wanted to share a few things. I think that the list will get bigger and bigger as time goes on. Also, if you’ve lived overseas, feel free to chime in on the comments.

1. when driving, the driver is almost always next to the yellow line. even when you’re on the other side of the car…on the other side of the road.

2. in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, you can check in for flights at the high speed railway rather than the airport. it’s SO convenient.

3. Coke tastes better when it’s made of real sugar.

4. westlife

5. Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam and Myanmar use full pages of your passport. the Philippines, Malaysia, and Thailand only use stamps. Indonesia just changed the look of it’s visa – it used to be a whole page; now it’s half a page. Granted, it can still take a whole page, depending on agent placement.

6. Seven eleven dominates. You can also get a good meal at a seven (the cool kids all call it “seven”).

7. If you’re from Kentucky, everyone will relate your state to KFC. KFC is everywhere in Asia.

8. So is coke.

9. it’s possible to know the flight schedules of every airline that leaves your airport.

10. food purchased from a street vendor cannot be beaten for tastiness.

11. intestinal issues are normal.

12. deworming is a regular part of life.

13. Johnny will never stop walking…

14. you can’t always count on a gorgeous girl to actually be a girl.

15. starbucks plays the same music all over the world. if you walk in a starbucks here, and close your eyes, it’s like you are in America.

16. eggs are not refrigerated in stores, and that’s totally fine.

17. blood is a perfectly normal flavor enhancer for soups. congealed, it’s great to eat with chicken.

18. it’s perfectly normal to celebrate American holidays with other nationalities – ie, celebrating the 4th of July with Brits.

19. money can be super colorful

20. angry birds have taken over the world.

…and I’m gonna end with that. But as I think of more, I’ll add them in the comments. And seriously, chime in!

Second Anniversary

Happy two years overseas to me!

On this day, two years ago, I came to Thailand to begin this journey. I had no idea how long I’d be here, or where this would take me.

Since that day, here’s a few things that have happened:

– learned a language (and can bluff through a few more with some carefully selected vocab)
– been to 8 different countries (southeast asia is a little more spread out than, say, Europe).
– made many new friends
– adopted a puppy
– learned to drive a manual – on the other side of the road – while sitting on the other side of the car
– started ministry in a village where there previously was none
– made some awesome friends among other overseas workers
– joined up with a thai church
– bought an intense camera
– worked on keeping up relationships back home (not doing as well on that as I wish)
– continued to keep up my amazing taste in music

I’m not sure what the next year holds – right now my tentative return date is December 15th, 2012. I also have to admit that I have no idea what happens next from there. Truly, no idea. It just reminds me of a day when I graduated college and had no idea what was happening next…and you know, God was good and provided a lot (incidentally, it’s been five years since college – FREAKOUT).

Anyway, I celebrated with a peppermint mocha from Starbucks. Here’s to another great year in Thailand.