Why You Should Visit Singapore

Country 18: Singapore | This post is part of my 30×30 series. Read more here! My trip to Singapore was more or less a stroke of supreme luck—almost fairytale. An uncle I met on my trip to the Philippines happened to be stationed in U.S. navy housing in Singapore, and offered to fly me out for a…

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Why you should visit Thailand for Loy Krathong

Country 16: Thailand | This post is part of my 30×30 series. Read more here! Planning a trip to Thailand? There are two very Thai festivals that might pop up on your radar. One is Songkran, which is the Thai new year and is a riotous celebration with people flinging, shooting, dumping, and dunking water onto everyone…

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I too, eat America

Samut Sakhon, Thailand: February 2011 Sing to me, O America, a meal song. Of fast food joints draped in neon light, or fryers still hissing. Sing to me of the slow drip of ketchup from the stained red bottle. Sing to me of mall food courts—of burrito shops beside sushi beside pizza beside hot dogs. I will sing…

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Kanpai! to Kirin (Sponsored)

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Millennial Central for Kirin. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.   My college roommate moved to D.C. at the end of last summer, and while I didn’t envy her at all during the winter, the…

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Holi in Slow Motion

Holi was celebrated just a few weeks ago, and in my wanderings around the webs, I found this awesome video of the celebration in slow motion. I’d never heard of Holi before last year, and I find it a really beautiful way to engage with the community and herald the warmer temperatures. Variable posted this…

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73 Reasons to Live in Asia (At Least Once)

73 Reasons to Live in Asia (At Least Once)

Buzzfeed is tugging at my travel heartstrings today with a post about all of the different reasons you should live in Asia at least once in your life. Between that list, and my younger brother being in the Philippines this week, I’m  ready to grab a suitcase and jump on a jet!


Travel Inspiration: Taipei in Photos

Hey, remember that time I went to Taiwan? Yep. Me neither. And no, it wasn’t an Asian blowout weekend a la The Hangover II or the result of a few near-brushes with death on a tuktuk that all but erased the memory. In fact, given that we were only in the country for about nine hours,…

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Survivor Stories: Typhoon Haiyan

Perhaps it’s because I have personal connections to the tragedy of Typhoon Haiyan, but I can’t help but share this lovely piece from The Weather Channel. Normally I find The Weather Channel to have…well…somewhat sillier stories (“Saturn’s rings are HOW OLD?”), so I was surprised and moved to see “The Sea Washed it Away“: a…

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Christmas in Bangkok

A throwback Thursday post remembering what it felt like to celebrate Christmas in a country that doesn’t. December 2010—Bangkok, Thailand The plus side to being abroad? Santa comes to Thailand first. The down side? Well, I was anticipating lots of down sides. The strangeness of being in a country where Christmas is not celebrated. The…

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