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Hanging Out With Jimmy

It’s my last night in Bangkok—for this trip—and I am standing outside the 7-11 on Soi 5 waiting for Jimmy Wong to arrive. A torrential thunderstorm just hit the city and the streets are under water. I managed to catch the Bangkok Skytrain before the rains came, but by the time I got to the […]

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Getting Inked by Jimmy Wong — Fresh Ink

Jimmy finished up this Thai-style tattoo this trip to Thailand. I am really impressed with how this tattoo turned out. Now, we can start thinking about the cover-up that he will begin work on in March.

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Hanging out with Jimmy Wong

After another night of getting inked, Jimmy and I take time out to pose for another photo. It’s been a good holiday in Thailand and of course always nice to hang out with Jimmy.

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It’s a small world

The other night I am sitting in my room watching the top story on 60 Minutes about the devastation of Hurricane Katrina which to my surprise included an interview with Lt. Gen. Russel Honore the top military leader on the ground in New Orleans in charge of recovery efforts.I first met Honore in 2001 when […]

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The accidental journalist

I have never fancied myself much a writer when it comes to many of the contributions that I have made for The Korea Times the past five years. It’s all been pretty accidental–being in the right place at the right time I guess. When I started writing feature articles for The Korea Times in the […]

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The people who define me

What I have come to enjoy most and perhaps appreciate even more about living and working overseas is the opportunity to meet different people from all walks of life. Whether it’s the colleagues I teach with, the students in my classes, or the people I meet living and working in Korea, without question over the […]

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An Evening with Jimmy Wong — “A Work in Progress”

It’s 10:30 on a Tuesday night in late June in Bangkok and I am waiting for Jimmy Wong to arrive at his tattoo shop in Bangkok. I’ve been coming to Jimmy Wong’s tattoo shop quite regularly (which means every time I am in Bangkok) ever since I first stumbled across his shop by accident in […]

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How Did They Know?

I have been traveling to Thailand for years as well as getting tattoos done while I am there and this is the first time that I have stayed at a hotel where there was a “warning” like this left in the room. Obviously, this hotel in Phuket has had problems with some of its guests […]

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Tattoos by Jimmy Wong: Cover-up in progress

Jimmy finished this cover-up on my right arm this trip to Thailand. He is going to have to add some more color when I am back here again in September.

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Small town guy…Big city living

The other day I was packed in like a sardine along with what probably seemed like a couple hundred other commuters on a subway car heading to the center of Seoul, and I thought to myself, “man, how could anyone do this day in and day out?’’ I am a small town guy, born and […]

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