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…

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…

Change of Plans

When I initially set out to plan my Southeast Asia backpacking trip, I eyed two months of wandering six countries: Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand and Indonesia. I’ve been to three of the six, but I haven’t had the chance to fully explore them other than Siem Reap in Cambodia, Hanoi in Vietnam and Bangkok…

Money Matters

As I mentioned from my last post, I was hoping to share the other side of being a digital nomad and/or a perpetual traveler. I’ve noticed how most travel bloggers paint a pretty picture, without talking about the other things that happen when you choose this alternative lifestyle. For the first round? Money matters.

Welcome to Reality

Pick up your phone and scroll through your Instagram feed. I bet there’s one travel photo there, an OOTD snapped in front of a gorgeous landscape or some shot of food all laid out on a wooden table. There’s this friend of yours frolicking in Santorini and another surfing the waves in Baler. Everyone seems…

The Sky Over The Sea

When I was younger, my parents enrolled me and my siblings in a famous swimming school. I was an awkward 12 year old, the oldest kid in class going through treading, swimming strokes and basic ledge jumping. The question here is: why am I taking swimming lessons at that age? Most kids spend their toddler…

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: