Spending Christmas, or other holidays, away from home can be difficult. Or. It can be warm-and-sunny, swim-at-dawn, dance-at-night, relax-on-the-beach easy. Right now, I am recalling how I spent last year’s Christmas holiday–on Palolem Beach. Although it was far from a traditional place to spend Christmas, I couldn’t complain. Continue Reading →
Sometimes you just gotta get away. You don’t know why or where, but some travel itch inside you grows and grows until you just hop in the car and drive somewhere. This happened to me very recently. On Wednesday, I drove south to North Carolina to visit Anna, a great friend of mine who lives in Greenville. We were going to go camping, but after consulting the weather forecast we decided to make a day trip to the Outer Banks instead. In Philadelphia, one would say we ‘went down the shore’. Continue Reading →
Most serious travelers are familiar with the joys and pains of the overnight bus. Each country has its own style of bus, some more comfortable than others, each having their pros and cons–mostly cons. Here is what you can expect of overnight travel in three Asian countries.
Returning back to your country of origin after a long time out is an odd sensation. It leaves you feeling disoriented, sad, bored, and out of touch. Coming back to the states left me longing for Asia again. I found myself missing the little things, saying things to people like: “In Thailand there are fruit smoothie stands all over, and you can buy one for a dollar.” or “In Vietnam it only cost me 3 dollars to fill my motorcycle tank with gas for the week.” or “In India, night buses have beds on them and you can lay down all the way to sleep.”
I found myself listing all the great things about all the countries I’d been to, and the people that I was telling did not care–at all. So instead of talking to myself and reminding myself of all the good things I was missing, I decided to compile a list of some of the things I was grateful to have at home.
Since coming back to the states, one of the things I have appreciated most is having access to a kitchen and being able to prepare and cook my own food. I’ve been having an absolutely wonderful time chopping, slicing, marinating, blanching, baking, broiling and frying. This past week I took my first stab at making stock from scratch and decided to put it to use to make some pho – recipe here. It came out pretty well (if I do say so myself) and it looked awesome: Continue Reading →
Ok. I know I’ve been majorly slacking on the blog recently, especially considering that I don’t have a job and I’m not on the move anymore. Yep, that’s right, I’m back in the states. I’ve been applying to and visiting grad schools this past month, and generally adjusting to life in the western world. Everyone keeps asking me what it’s like to be back. And the answer is, (duh) ‘it’s totally weird, but nothing has changed.’ Continue Reading →
One of the cool things about Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia is the art. The city itself is a UNESCO world heritage site and boasts architecture of all different styles mixed and luckily preserved throughout the old city of Georgetown. The city attracts an interesting mix of tourists and locals and is home to several unique artists and galleries. But the art doesn’t always stay inside. It tends to fill the streets, gracing the walls of many a building, not unlike my own hometown of Philadelphia. Continue Reading →
This month I’ve decided to photoessay with some pictures I’ve got stored up of signs. Over the past year and a half that I’ve been in Asia, I’ve encountered some pretty squiggly alphabets. Here are the best of them that I’ve uploaded while listening to that song Signs by the Five Man Electrical Band (here is a very small embedded video that you can listen to as you scroll): Continue Reading →
Today, the roads to Hampi are well-trodden by tourists on the south India circuit. In the 14th and 15th centuries, the same was true. In it’s heyday, Hampi, known then as Vijayanagar was the historical center of the Hindu religion and the southern hub for culture and commerce in India. Continue Reading →
This year on the blog I’ve decided to start a new feature: the First Friday Photo Gallery. The idea came to me when I realized that I had all these beautiful pictures to share (some of which can be seen on my facebook page), but didn’t have enough to write a whole post about them.
In my home town, Philadelphia, on the first Friday of every month, artists open their gallery doors all over the city to share some of their current work. So, I’ve decided to do the same–to open my virtual photography gallery. Continue Reading →