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…

Travel Guide to Chiang Mai

Oh, Chiang Mai. Where do I even begin? I was in the city exactly a month from the time I am writing this. After all the places I’ve been to in the past two months, it’s this city that I miss the most. I miss the sights, the people, the weather and most of all,…

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…