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!

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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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Awesome Office Spaces

Well, it’s freezing here in Atlanta today, and I have serious office envy for anyone who isn’t stuck in an icebox of a building like I am…which may be why this recent article from Buzzfeed on gorgeous start-up office caught my eye. Whether they’re here in the States, in Europe, or in Asia, these offices…

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Memories of Samar: Typhoon Relief for the Philippines

Three years ago, I sat on a rooftop in Catbalogan, Samar, with my grandmother and her sister, singing a karaoke song about a place you go when times are rough and the people who can help you move forward. Back then, I was a backpacker on an expat adventure, stopping in the Philippines to meet my extended…

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Bangkok: The Frenemy City

In honor of the Loy Krathong festival (one of my favorite things from our time in Thailand), a throwback blog post remembering my fraught relationship with Bangkok. Bangkok, Thailand: November 2010 Bangkok and I have not been friends. I have lived in this country lo these two months, and still we  squabble bitterly. By now…

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Never Go to Thailand: Thailand

Don’t let the name fool you—while it sounds like a negative, this video’s all about why Thailand is so awesome that if you visit once, you might never leave. As someone who lived there for a time myself, I can attest that this video hits all of the things people—visitors and expats alike—love about Thailand.…

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