Monkey Abroad

Videos and stories of the life abroad – food, culture, travel & work

20 Dollar Travel

April 19, 2016
by Kevin Cook
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20 Dollar Traveling! Video Series: 2016 Schedule

Holy Cow! 我的天啊!It seems like this 20 Dollar Travel video series might actually work out! The pilot episode of 20 Dollar Traveling (Shanghai) was relatively popular, especially in China. In fact, lots of opportunities have suddenly emerged after the video went … Continue reading

don't speak chinese

April 3, 2016
by Kevin Cook
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Live in China but Don’t Speak Chinese? Here’s How to Fix That

If you live in China (or plan to live in China) but don’t speak Chinese, this article is for you. Although it’s technically possible to spend a long time in China without ever learning to speak or read 中文, your life here will … Continue reading

pigeon meat

August 12, 2014
by Kevin Cook
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(VIDEO) Roasted Pigeon in Kashgar, Far Western China

I love trying new food, especially when I have to travel to eat it. In the far west of China’s XinJiang province is a small city called Kashgar, where you can find an interesting Muslim Uyghur specialty: roasted pigeon. Click here to watch … Continue reading

June 14, 2014
by Kevin Cook
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(VIDEO) The Effects of Exercising in China’s Air Pollution

It’s no secret that China suffers from some of the worst air quality in the world, but how does abhorrent air quality affect people who work or exercise outdoors? I want to see if I can tell the difference between exercising on … Continue reading

squat toilet

April 6, 2014
by Kevin Cook
6 Comments

(VIDEO) How to Use an Asian Squat Toilet

If you’re a foreigner living or traveling in Asia, sometimes nature calls when you least expect it. And if you’re far from home, you’ll have to run to the nearest public restroom to take care of business. Unlike in western bathrooms, … Continue reading

February 28, 2014
by Kevin Cook
5 Comments

(VIDEO) Eating Pre-Packaged Chicken Feet in China

Americans snack on beef jerky. Chinese people snack on chicken feet. After months of living in China and seeing—but never touching—pre-packaged chicken feet on the shelves of every supermarket here, the time has come to sample this oddly popular Chinese snack. … Continue reading

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