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My friend Jonah decided that he was going to break off his long standing relationship with the more common bills and use two dollar bills as the primary fodder in his wallet. I thought it was ingenious. Here's why:

I never like copying people's quirks, but this one is too good. I told him that I wanted to copy it, but whenever anyone remarked how cool it was, I would give him credit. He agreed.

I went to the bank yesterday and as I was leaving, I remembered that I wanted to get some deuces (oh, did I mention how cool all the nicknames are for them?). They had just gotten a shipment in, so I got my hands on a freshly minted stack of 100 sequentially numbered two dollar bills. Thanks for the idea, Jonah!

Lunch at Huay Tung Tao Lake, Chiang Mai

On True East

Monday’s post was a long one so today I thought I’d try and write something useful. It’s peak season here in CM and the tourists are everywhere. If you’re looking to escape the crowds, check out Huay Tung Tao Lake.

I’ve got a soft spot for it because it’s where my girlfriend took me for what I guess was our first date. It’s a short drive outside of the city so it’s easiest to get there by scooter or car, but I’m sure the red cab drivers will be willing to take you for a moderate fee.

The first time I went, we sat in a floating hut on a peaceful part of the lake and had a romantic lunch interrupted only by the occasional snake swimming just a little too close to comfort. The second time we opted to avoid the serpents and ate on the shore near the swimming area, which was busier.

The food is a tad more expensive than in the city but the scenery is worth it. We ate Tom Yum Pla Muk (the famous Thai soup, this time with squid), Pla Tub Tim Nueng Ma Now (some sort of boiled fish, presumably plucked from the lake) and Khang Moo Thod (which is pork chin apparently). It was good.

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