Don’t be a tourist. Just fly there.

In the morning, now strengthened by the breakfast buffet and too hot instant coffee, I asked the hotel front desk for the best way to get from Phnom Penh. His response? “Just fly there. Buses take too long and are dusty and tourists think they’re fun. They’re not.” Alright then. I’m going to fly. Two…

What to Do with a Day in Taipei

My friends abandoned me in a foreign city, and now I must figure out what to do. Just kidding. I knew they were staying in Taizhong to visit some old friends, so I took the early train up to Taipei, stashed my luggage in a train station locker (so convenient – LOVE), and ventured out…

Scenes from the Kenting Night Market

Taiwanese night markets are a thing of beauty. Check out some of my favorite photos below from Kenting: Squidoo Bee Wop Serious street gamers View of the main street from our hotel balcony Roadside pizza oven Fried Milk: Don’t knock it till you fry it! Bright lights, small city¬† Neon lights Surprised Blue Octopus

A Shark Bites Toast and A Literal Telling of To The Lighthouse

Kenting is a place of magical happenings. But it can also be a place of arachnophobic horrors. For breakfast, for instance, you can go to Shark Bites Toast, a local food joint with fun, shark-themed decor. It was a bit Sharknado for me, but at least I had a decent breakfast at a good price….

Do You Know the Way to Kenting Bay?

Bright lights…small city We are on a mission. A mission to find sunshine and a beach. Kenting is just about as south in Taiwan as you can go, and that’s where the beaches are. We take a train ride to one town, then catch a two hour long bus ride to Kenting. Overall, it’s easy…

Ba Da Bing!

Temple rooftop The second morning in Taipei is just as beautiful and cloudless as our first day. Bacon Dabing It is in a small family restaurant down the road from our hostel that I am introduced to the local breakfast speciality – bacon dabing. It’s bacon, in a pancake, cut-up, and layered with a spicy…

How to Follow Directions

Taipei 101 By all accounts, Taipei should be an easy city to figure out. We tried to orient ourselves using the directions from the hostel, but we end up walking one day, then another, and then yet another before giving up and hailing a taxi. We try to give him directions, and bless his sweet…

When in Doubt…Taiwan!

We had approximately two weeks from my return from Bangkok and the start of school again to take a quick holiday. At first, Sarah and I planned to go to Chengdu, see the pregnancy-faking pandas (see the latest panda gossip here: ), roam out into the steppes around Tagong, and possibly see a few more…

I Cooked with Poo…and I Liked It!

If you have time whilst you’re on holiday in Bangkok, please, please, PLEASE take the cooking course called “Cooking with Poo.” Kung Poo started her cooking business in the Klong Toey slums of Bangkok, eventually turning it into the amazing class it is now. She started with having two people in the class in one…

Rock the Boat, Don’t Rock the Boat, Baby

When in Thailand, visit the floating market – at least, one of the four possible floating markets. A few of us hired a driver to take us to a market (Damnoen Saduak) about an hour’s ride outside Bangkok proper. We eventually were dropped off at a large covered dock, where long boats waited for tourists….

Turn Down for Wat

No trip to Bangkok is complete without a trip up the Chao Phraya River to the beautiful wats dotting the skyline. One beautiful Sunday morning, I commandeered our hotel’s tuk-tuk to the BTS station and took it out to the far stop on the river. From there, I found the easiest way to see all…

The Mighty Chatuchak

No, it’s not the mascot of a little league hockey team in Canada. Or the name of some mythical beast. Chatuchak Market in Bangkok is the epitome of weekend markets – so much so that it’s like getting lost in the maze of Ancient Crete, except one would hope that the Minotaur isn’t waiting at…