Honoring Your Feelings

Truth: I spent most of my days wallowing in Bagan. Bagan, with its thousand temples, horse-drawn carriages and dusty roads. Bagan, a city I’ve dreamt for so long, so much that I was ready to fall head over heels in love with it. I arrived at my hostel at 5AM, where a dreadlocked manager told…

The Worst 3 Hours of My Trip

I sat inside the taxi, beyond annoyed. My driver has assured me that he will get me to the Yangon Railway Station and yet we’ve been going in circles around the city. Google Maps showed me how I’m a couple of blocks away but the driver refuses to pay attention to my instructions. Frustrated, I…

Travel Guide to Yangon

Yangon is the former capital of Myanmar, previously known as Rangoon. It’s a city on the cusp of modern changes, where free wifi and old architecture mix. There’s never been a more exciting time to make your way to Myanmar: it’s accommodating, sometimes frustrating, but there are a lot of authentic moments you won’t get anywhere…

The Big Things in Little Things

It’s past 6 in the evening and I’m huddled under the tiny roof of a Chinese pharmacy, waiting for the rain to peter out. The weather has been a confusing mix of clammy heat and wet muddiness, but I keep forgetting my rainproof jacket at the hostel. I’m on my way to the famous Yaowarat…

Luang Prabang is my ‘Thin Place’

I sat at the back of Wat Nong Sikhounmuang, my feet tucked underneath me. The older women seated in front of me are dressed in white, with scarves draped from their left shoulder to their right hip. They came in, chattering, booklets and meditation mats in their arms. A hush falls over the temple as…

On kindness, beauty and expectations in Myanmar

As I write this, it’s after dinner and I’m sitting in my little porch at Nong Khai, Thailand. I see the Mekong River, something that I only saw in textbooks ten, fifteen years ago. Laos is right across this sleepy border town, so near and yet so far. I have ten more days to go…

Travel Guide to Penang

Penang is one of the most exciting destinations I’ve been to, a UNESCO World Heritage Site famous for its food, street art and old world influences. Here are some of my travel tips based on my trip earlier this year:

The Perfect Stranger

I have to admit, I didn’t notice you at first. I was just passing time at the hostel lobby, intent on staying aloof. I didn’t see the point of reaching out to anyone when I had six hours left in the country before I flew home. But there you were, sharing the couch with me…