Taking no prisoners. Including herself.

Drinking a cup of tea and thinking of warm days in Vietnam, I find something I wrote while there: “I start to think of home. I imagine how things are going to be different once I return, what exciting new changes I’ll make in my life, how thrilling it will be to tell others of […]

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§202 · June 12, 2006 · JetSet · 2 comments ·


A Bangkok Story I walked into the glowing white supermarket, a halo of sanitation. Thinking myself rather native and shopping for the new breakfast I’ve fallen in love with — a discovered fruit equivalent to a steroidal grapefruit sliced and cellophaned like the sterile environment from which it came — I pick up a package […]

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§201 · June 8, 2006 · JetSet · 1 comment ·


Okay, okay, okay. I know that I’ve been back from my trek to Asia for over a month now, but a promise is a promise, and I did promise there were more stories to come– I said patience was a virtue, right? Right. Speaking of patience, after taking a little fall and spending some time […]

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§200 · June 5, 2006 · JetSet · 2 comments ·


Some fundamental truths, both here and abroad: 1. Life is short. (Welcome to the second week in the fifth month in the year of 2006, one less year of your life) 2. Money does not grow on trees 3. Love hurts 4. April showers bring May flowers (or, rather, in San Francisco: sunshine, and a […]

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§192 · May 10, 2006 · JetSet · (No comments) ·


Flew in yesterday, and how odd the feeling of my apartment, work, city… not to mention streetlights and air pollution regulations. Amazing how long 2 weeks can feel when every day is new, stimulating, and chock full (good lesson on how to live a life?) This morning I walked through Chinatown; I think I miss […]

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§190 · May 2, 2006 · JetSet · 2 comments ·


Forget God, community, Mother Theresa or volunteerism; if one wants to feel a part of something greater than oneself, all one will have to do in the future is move to Bangkok. It was made very apparent that Asia is the new America, and culture is flowing at an amazing rate from this major world […]

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§184 · April 26, 2006 · JetSet · (No comments) ·


Jet set is right. I’m a bit lagged, to be certain. But it’s not the few drinks I had last night-  nor the rapidly rising temperature in Hanoi today- nor the diesel fumes, rock quarry dust, days of notetaking, frantic attempt to grasp onto a few Vietnamese words or harrowing 7 hour car ride back […]

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§183 · April 22, 2006 · JetSet · (No comments) ·


“I travel half-way around the world, and all I get is this stinkin’ opportunity” So, it seems like I can’t even get away from work, even when on vacation. Pfft! [rolls eyes disingenuously] Actually, I am very excited: I was speaking with my host-friend Jenny, who works in public health here in Vietnam, and she […]

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§182 · April 19, 2006 · JetSet · 2 comments ·


Look Both Ways At first I thought taxi rides were my favorite thing. Weaving in and out of motorbikes, other taxis, and bicycles laden with every kind of cargo one can imagine: flowers, fruit, construction material, children, you name it. There is a chaos to it, but a kind of order, too. Then I went […]

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§181 · April 19, 2006 · JetSet · (No comments) ·


A Review of Together: Chinese violin soloist Tang Yun with the Vietnamese National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Adrian Tan. This is NOT a review. I have very little working knowledge of classical music and am in no position of authority or expertise to critique it. So, when I say “review” I mean “re-view” as in […]

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§180 · April 18, 2006 · JetSet · 2 comments ·


Service First thing is an apology.   “We ah soah sorry to keepa you waitin,” she raises an eyebrow, extends a hand toward me, asking with the inflection in her voice to please see my passport. I show her. “Miss Deeshjong,” she emphasizes my name once she is privy to it. “We ah sorry, Miss Deeshjong, to […]

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§179 · April 17, 2006 · JetSet · (No comments) ·


Reality sinks in as your friend in Asia sends you a last email reminding you to take a taxi cab from the airport to her house. “Just write my address on a piece of paper,” she instructs, “tell the cab driver 34 A Pho Yen The Can Ngyen Thai Hoc, but don’t let him/her use […]

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§178 · April 16, 2006 · JetSet · 1 comment ·


Countdown to departure for Vietnam in T-4.5 days. There has been a decided lack of NotKeepingScore posting due to Visa-tracking, immunization-getting, and work-wrapping-up. Stay tuned for dispatches from Southeast Asia.

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§169 · April 12, 2006 · JetSet · (No comments) ·


The Project page has been updated to accurately reflect the current project situation (you can breathe a sweet sigh of relief. I know you were all worried there for a moment). And what’s more: we’ve got a new project to launch. Yippee! This one is pretty fantastic. Be excited. Be very excited. “Project JetSet”: Go, […]

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§168 · April 6, 2006 · JetSet, PROJECTS · 1 comment ·