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Snake and Scorpion Liquor, a Perfect Present

On a trip to Laos, recently, my parents found the perfect birthday present for Michelle: matching bottles of snake and scorpion booze. Recognizing the fact that my mom doesn't drink, this strange gift oozes with awesomeness. "Don't drink it all at once," my dad said. Unlike my mom, he's a fantastic tippler. The ...

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This Has To Be The Worst Massage Of All Time

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I found this lovely flyer in our swank Pondicherry hotel room... Couldn't help remembering this place I happened on in Bangkok:

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What’s in the Korean News

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I'm impressed that this is only "Part 1."

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Why Chinese People Eat Sea Horse

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Every time I pass by one of those classic Chinese pharmacies, I can't help but stop and wonder... And a few months ago, I decided to find out. Part 1: Eat snake for healthier skin Part 2: Eat ants to keep that lustrous hair Part 3: Deer penis will keep you strong Part 4: How to eat fried worms ...

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Why Chinese People Eat Fried Worms

Every time I pass by one of those classic Chinese pharmacies, I can't help but stop and wonder... And a few months ago, I decided to find out. Part 1: Eat snake for healthier skin Part 2: Eat ants to keep that lustrous hair Part 3: Deer penis will keep you strong Part 4: How to eat fried worms ...

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Why Chinese People Eat Deer Penis

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Every time I pass by one of those classic Chinese pharmacies, I can't help but stop and wonder... why on earth would someone eat this madness? A few months ago, I decided to find out. Part 1: Eat snake for healthier skin Part 2: Eat ants to keep that lustrous hair Part 3: Deer penis will keep you ...

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My doctor’s incredible office design…

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I'm not sure what's more disturbing: this doctor's office interior decor sensibility, or the fact that I still let her dig around in my ear canal.  (The camera is pretty exactly vertical.)

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Why Chinese People Eat Ants

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Every time I pass by one of those classic Chinese pharmacies, I can't help but stop and wonder... why on earth would someone eat these crazy things? A few months ago, I decided to find out. Part 1: Eat snake for healthier skin Part 2: Eat ants to keep that lustrous hair Part 3: Deer penis will keep ...

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Why Chinese People Eat Snake as Medicine

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Every time I pass by one of those classic Chinese pharmacies, I can't help but stop.  You've seen them -- the deer antlers and sea cucumbers sold in gift boxes; the dusty owls perched above the counter; the ants, sea horses, and snakes in cabinets.  You can't help but wonder...  at least, I can't...  why ...

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Medicinal Sea Horse Soup

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I adore TCM.  But I don't know what to say about this bowl of "Pigeon Soup with Chinese Medicine" we ordered last night at Gongti's Xuxian Lou (许仙楼的《川弓海马乳鸽汤》). Yep, that's a sea horse floating on top. I found myself eating around it, taking bites of dark red meats, chewing down foul beans, and sipping up the ...

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TCM 101: Cupping

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When she heard about my plan to get cupped, my old battleaxe of a language tutor was furious. "How can you make games of this? This is not a game! It's serious!" And serious, it is. But it's also pretty damn cool. Cupping draws bad blood to the surface, stimulating blood flow and qi. In ...

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