Jakarta Traffic

It did not take me very long to realize that Jakarta was not a walkable city. Almost as soon as I arrived at my hotel, I asked the receptionist where I could buy an adaptor. Obviously, as a technologically dependent millennial, charging my smartphone and laptop are top priorities. She pointed me to a mall nearby. As I

Myanmar Yangon Paya Shwédagon Pagoda

Obtaining a tourist visa for Myanmar in Phnom Penh was much easier than I thought it would be. In fact, the whole process was probably easier than what it would have been back in the US, the country from which I hail. Aside from some initial confusion on where the Myanmar Embassy was located, it

Pool at the Hotel Temple Tree in Langkawi Malaysia

As I sat in a sweltering hot taxicab, heading down an outwardly abandoned gravel road, I thought to myself, “There’s no way I am in the right place.” At this point we were several minutes past the lively Pantai Cenang street, which runs along side the popular Pantai Cenang beach in Langkawi. The sidewalk had

White People in Bali

Bali as a whole is great for your traditional white person. But Ubud, located in a more central part of the Bali island, is basically every white person’s paradise. From jewelry classes to raw juice bars, Ubud has many appealing factors for white people. Inspired by the popular website-turned-book Stuff White People Like, I decided a

Standing at the Borobudur Temple in Yogyakarta

Yogyakarta is one of Indonesia’s largest cities and tourist attractions. Unlike urbanized Jakarta, the city does not have massive skyscrapers or problematic congestion. In fact, Yogyakarta’s city center is small and quaint. Pedicabs line the streets. Shops are small. And there are only a handful of Western chains. If in search of latest fashion trends

Selamat Datang Monument roundabout

Love them or hate them, if you find yourself spending time in Jakarta you will inevitably make your way to a mall at some point. Even on days I assured myself I would not step foot into a mall, I always managed to make it to one. Somehow. Malls in Jakarta are like little communities.

Sri Mahamariamman temple, Kuala Lumpur

Located just a road away from the bustling Petaling Street (KL’s famous Chinatown) lies the magnificent Sri Mahamariamman Temple. The holy temple is almost awkward in its’ surroundings, placed alongside banks, shops and other commercial endeavors. This temple sticks out like a sore thumb in this predominantly Chinese neighborhood. Before entering, it is very important

Yogyakarta Borobudur Temple

After seeing Yogyakarta included in the New York Times list of the “52 Places to Go in 2014,” I knew I had to check it out. Going in without any real expectations (aside from it apparently being a “must-see”), I have to say I left satisfied. It is hard to compare Yogyakarta (or as Indonesian’s

Kosenda Hotel Awan Lounge

I don’t typically do hotel reviews. Actually, never. But I had to say something about the Kosenda Hotel. The place is small, as are the rooms. But also quite chic. So chic I just had to write about it. Background to the stay So far my trip in Jakarta had been anything but pretty. Plans kept

Staying in Shape when Traveling

I know how hard it can be to stay in shape when traveling or living abroad. When I first moved to Thailand in October 2012, I gained 15 pounds in less than two months. “How did I let this happen?” I asked myself. But I knew exactly how. The equation is simple: Little physical activity