Costa Rica was originally supposed to be my senior trip back in 2009, but not enough students in my graduating class wanted to go and so the trip never happened. Frankly, going as an adult ten years later was indefinitely a better idea as I had the freedom and life experience to do it the right way as opposed to just going on tours with chaperones and staying in touristy hotels. Costa Rica is a country where you can do […]
1. Crocodile Farm: Went on a road trip with some friends from Siem Reap to Battambang, Cambodia. One of our stops was a crocodile farm where crocs are bred and raised for their meat and skin. Straightaway the owner showed us his baby crocs and offered to let us pick anyone of them up to hold. I didn’t hesitate but misunderstood him when he said, “they don’t bite if you hold them,” he meant to say, “they won’t bite if […]
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Tainan: The Descending Flight, Local Currency in Coins, Local Taiwanese Beer, Junk Motorbikes, Chinese Street Lanterns, Monkey Shisha Bar and Feeding Stray Kittens.Taichung: The City & Hiking.Puli: The Motorbike Drive from Taichung, Paragliding, and the Township.Kaohsiung: A Piece of the City, One of the Numerous Claw Arcade Machines and Monuments En Route from Tainan. Taipei: The City Meets the Mountains and Taipei Away from the Lights and Flash.
Osaka: Traditional Japanese Housing, Osaka Castle Grounds, & the Glico Running ManKyoto: Gion district, Kiyomizu-dera temple, Arashiyama Bamboo Forest and Kyoto Station.Uji: Uji Temple (as pictured on the back of the ten yen coin).Tokyo: Odaiba District, the Little Statue of Liberty, and the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation.
Tainan: I came to Tainan, Taiwan to work at an international American high school. I had grown tried of living in Vietnam despite having a high quality of life but things like pollution, communism, and the treatment of people, the environment, and animals pushed me to leave and find a new adventure. Random Facts About Living in Taiwan: 1. Every receipt is a lottery ticket with 8 digits printed on the top. The lottery is every two months countrywide. 2. […]
Tokyo was my last stop for my Japan trip and I had some reservations about going. I was growing tired of big cities, debating an over-packed itinerary, and was worried about being overwhelmed by a city even bigger than my old home of Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam. So, I just stuck with my instincts: check out a neighborhood a day at a time, relax at night, and just ride the wave. It was also the first time I decided to […]
Visited Japan for the first time in June where my second and third stop was Kyoto and Uji and I have to admit I loved them dearly because of the perfect blend of nature with city life. Here are some of my favorite photography spots for the photogenic souls. Maruyama Park:Kiyomizu-dera: Okochi Sanso: Mount Arashi and the Oi River: Fushimi Inari-taisha:Iwatayama Monkey Park: Arashiyama Bamboo Forest: Kyoto Station: Day Trip to Uji: I stopped in a barbecue place and the […]
I left the school I worked at in Vietnam to start a new journey backpacking Japan, visiting my family in Singapore, and to live and teach in Taiwan. I didn’t dislike Vietnam but couldn’t get past some of the cons that made me not want to extend my stay past my fifteen months of living in Ho Chi Minh City. Some of the things I do and don’t miss about living in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam: The corruption: My […]
With three days off from work thanks to Vietnam’s Kings’ Commemoration Day I booked a ticket from my home in Ho Chi Minh City, better know as Saigon, to explore the small, mountain town of Da Lat, Vietnam. A glance into my daily life in Saigon consisting of traffic jams, Vietnamese food, rudimentary construction sights, and teaching. Join in on the live music, despite the horrendous bar service, at V Sky Bar: Buy a round of Vietnamese rice wine […]