Travelers: Be a Gracious Guest, Not a Pest

Be forewarned, Bubba's going on a rant on this Mindful Monday.  (Okay fine, I'll stop with the speaking in the third person thing...) At the Sunday night market, we witnessed a case of cultural disrespect that was just one-act too many for me.  To us, traveling in another country (or any place outside your own … Continue reading Travelers: Be a Gracious Guest, Not a Pest

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What to Do With Your Old Gadgets? Electronics Recycling Options

Electronics Recycling Options are Plentiful for Older Gadgets - NYTimes.com. It's Mindful Monday once again, and as a geeky, techie guy (redundant?), it pains me to realize that my thirst for gadgets comes at a great environmental cost.  The life cycle of any gadget, from a watch, phone, laptop, to a car, can be rather … Continue reading What to Do With Your Old Gadgets? Electronics Recycling Options

How to be Our Good Neighbor: Offer Food!

Hi all, it's Foodie Friday at the GotPassport household.  Say, do you remember the image of decades ago when (supposedly) one would welcome new people to the neighborhood by giving them home made food?  "Hey, thanks for being my new neighbor, have some warm chocolate chip cookies!" Well, we have a Korean family (No surnames … Continue reading How to be Our Good Neighbor: Offer Food!

Got Passport Photo: Donating at Temples

No, we're NOT doing a "daily photo" thing... We'll leave that to the serious photographers; plus, we're not THAT ambitious! For some reason, I really enjoyed this photo of donation miniature bowls at a temple (wat) in Chiang Mai.  It was taken on 5th December during the King's birthday holiday.  You will find these bowls … Continue reading Got Passport Photo: Donating at Temples

Mote Hinghar: I Can Eat This Burmese Dish Any Time of The Day

It's Foodie Friday at the Got Passport headquarters. What's on the menu?  Mote Hinghar, of course. It is a delicious fish soup made with lemon grass stalks, banana stalks and  a lot of cooked small onions that melt in your mouth, eaten with somen like noodles.  It is usually topped with thinly chopped cilantro, green … Continue reading Mote Hinghar: I Can Eat This Burmese Dish Any Time of The Day

1st GotPassport Poll: Insurance Coverage for Your Auto Rental?

Hey, it's Thrifty Thursday at the GotPassport Blog, and I was thinking about our  "one way" road trip from Texas to California last year (so strange to say that), from which we departed via LAX to Chiang Mai.  Every time we rented a vehicle, I get into a quandary as to how I should insure … Continue reading 1st GotPassport Poll: Insurance Coverage for Your Auto Rental?