A Beginner’s Guide to Hostels

Hostels have a notorious image: it’s cheap, but it’s also dirty and unsafe. You don’t have any privacy and you share space with complete strangers. It’s a breeding ground for disgusting uncouths, backpacking types who have no money to book proper accommodations. If you nodded in agreement to every single point I’ve raised, now’s the…

The Sunday Currently, Vol 2

March’s The Sunday Currently, where I talk about the books I’m reading, skin care products I’m obsessing over, and being mentally elsewhere.

A Bittersweet Sunrise in Bagan

It’s 4AM, a couple of hours after the hostel party wrapped up and a couple of hours before their hangovers kick in. I’m one of the few who skipped the previous night’s festivities, choosing to sleep early for an early wakeup call. I tiptoe down from the upper bunk bed, grabbing my button down and…

The Sunday Currently, Vol 1

I love the little moments as much as I love the big ones. The way they slowly tug you, pulling you in unexpectedly. How simple and beautiful it is to be just be. I don’t know how we all got here, but we have the tendency to ignore the small details that make up the…

Moving Forward

We’re four weeks into the year and yes, I’ve been radio silent. Not because I don’t have anything to say, but more like I have a LOT to say. I’ve already mapped out content until April, maybe even until May, but I’ve found it hard to start writing. I came home more than a month…

What 2015 Taught Me

When I was younger, time felt very slow. I couldn’t wait to grow up and do things, daydreaming about the day I reach a certain age and achieve certain accomplishments. I thought being 25 meant a well-paying stable job, a long term relationship and maybe a condo unit or a car under my name. Now…

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…