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Melaka, Malaysia: A UNESCO World Heritage City

Melaka, Malaysia: A UNESCO World Heritage City

Dubbed “The Historic State,” Melaka’s position on the Malaysian peninsula made it a key location for warehousing and trade, particularly with the Chinese. Like most of Malaysia, the Hindu, Chinese, Burmese, and Muslim inhabitants peacefully coexisted up until the Portuguese invaded the city in 1511, […]

Is it a scheme or a scam?—Navigating tourism in Yogyakarta

Is it a scheme or a scam?—Navigating tourism in Yogyakarta

Something that kept coming up as I planned my trip to Indonesia is the belief that locals will try to get away with charging tourists way more than whatever the goods or services you’re trying to buy are actually worth. I’ve made it a habit […]

Sunrise at the Borobudur Temple

Sunrise at the Borobudur Temple

It was 3am when I rolled out of bed, threw on some clothes, and stumbled onto the hostel’s patio to wait for the van to pick me up. The agenda? Watch the sunrise over Borobudur Temple, the largest Buddhist temple in the world. Built in […]

Making Plans

Making Plans

The initial sheen of travel has started to wear off, and I’m thinking more about how I want to spend the next year. I landed in Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia on Tuesday and decided to stay until Sunday, not because Jogja is a particularly interesting city […]

Port Barton, Palawan

Port Barton, Palawan

Port Barton is an idyllic beach town situated three hours north of Puerto Princesa and two hours south of El Nido on the island of Palawan, Philippines. Known for being a backpacker’s paradise, Port Barton is the perfect place to go when you want to […]

Apo Island, Dumaguete, Philippines

Apo Island, Dumaguete, Philippines

I know, I know. I left the Philippines almost two weeks ago. When will I stop posting about it? Well, I promise this is one of two more posts I have about the island (for this trip, anyway). Getting to Dumaguete from Cebu Dumaguete is […]

Three Days in Kuala Lumpur

Three Days in Kuala Lumpur

I learned many lessons in Kuala Lumpur. Cities aren’t my thing (at least with traveling) Don’t tinder Pod style beds are cool until your dormmates start hooking up like it’s college again Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Trip Duration: 3 days/3 nights Accommodations: Reggae Mansion, THE PARTY […]

Living the Local Life in Bohol, Philippines

Living the Local Life in Bohol, Philippines

My grandmother has a ministry in Mabini, Bohol, Philippines, so I spent two days in Bohol with her and her pastor’s family. It was a unique experience because while I got to spend a substantial amount of time with the locals, I also attempted to […]

What’s in My Bag: The Southeast Asia Edition V.2

What’s in My Bag: The Southeast Asia Edition V.2

Prior to leaving for my trip, I wrote a post outlining what was in my bag. A month in, I’ve reconfigured and reorganized what I have for a few different reasons: 1) I was tired of feeling like hot garbage; 2) While it’s somewhat expected […]

Singapore: The Perfect City-State

Singapore: The Perfect City-State

If there’s one country that does infrastructure right, it’s Singapore. This truly international city—it has four national languages: English, Mandarin, Tamil, and Malay—has some of the most picturesque buildings, cleanest boardwalks, efficient public transportation, and lightest traffic I have ever seen in a city of […]