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The Ultimate Guide to Backpacking in Singapore

Singapore is a country full of secrets. It’s futuristic and other worldly. Athletes run during the day and night. Free work out classes along Marina Bay motivate people to join in and exercise. Commuters on the subway abide by the “This Seat is Reserved” rule, always leaving it empty even when it’s packed. The sidewalks […]

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The Ultimate Guide to Backpacking in Vietnam

Vietnam is glorious. It’s hectic, stunning, and surreal. You can walk the streets of Saigon and relish in the sounds of motorbike horns and shouting salesmen, or you can find your oasis in the mountains of Sapa. You can float in the mud in Phong Nha, and you can custom make that banana suit you’ve […]

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Getting my iPhone & Hula Hoop Stolen on the Same Day

Getting my iPhone & Hula Hoop Stolen on the Same Day

I wrapped the blanket around my hula hoop like a tortilla around the fillings of a burrito: out of sight, out of mind. Hiding the hoop, hiding the calories. I hesitated at the door before I shrugged and walked down the hallway decorated with pink plush pillows and black walls. No one is going to […]

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My Trek & Homestay in Sapa

In the terrace rice fields And towering green mountains I found my oasis The clouds wrap around the mountains And cradle them Like a newborn baby in a blanket Permanent foot prints mark the path Where nature will never grow again Forever banned We will never feel its wrath Strong Hmong Women Carry their babies […]

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Ten Non-Touristy Things to do in Cambodia

The first thing that often comes to mind when someone says they’re visiting Cambodia is Angkor Wat and the Killing Fields. Although both of these activities are definitely ones you shouldn’t miss, there is way more to Cambodia than these two touristy destinations. Stunning beaches paint the coast of Cambodia and offer some of the […]

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My Motorbike in Dalat was the Devil Himself

I had to choose between being blind and holding my breath. I weighed the options as my glasses fogged up like a mirror, and inevitably chose the latter. It was probably safer.  When the hell is fog going to end, I thought as I maneuvered my motorbike through the mountains in Dalat, Vietnam. I focused […]

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Phong Nha National Park: Vietnam’s Secret

Phong Nha National Park boasts some of the most remarkable views in the entire world. From meandering roads, Mountains, Cliffs, And rivers, It’s a wonder how something so beautiful is unknown to most travelers. The adventurous can spend the day exploring Dark Cave. They ride Vietnam’s longest zip line, Splash around in a buoyant mud puddle, […]

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Kampot: A Majestic City in Cambodia

The colonial-style houses, like the tattered edges of an old novel thats collected dust on a shelf, line the streets of Kampot amongst rusty tuk-tuks and motorbikes. A blue wooden door, battered from the rain, slowly creaks open back and forth in the gentle breeze.  I walk along the street next to peach and lime […]

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How to Avoid the Top Scams in Cambodia

Welcome to backpacking in Southeast Asia! These are a few of the scams I’ve encountered or heard about while traveling and living in Cambodia for five months. They’re easily avoidable as long as you know what to look for and how to handle the situation. Don’t get ripped off or get yourself into trouble. This […]

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Lice in Cambodia

I had been lost in the dream world of air conditioning and Chipotle when, suddenly, I was rudely awakened from my own arm and hand. It seemed like they had become allies throughout the night and were at war with my scalp.  My nails were digging into my scalp as if programmed to scratch it raw […]

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