Why is it still OK to be racist towards Asians?

This is an essay about casual racism, white privilege, and speaking out as an Asian minority in a … [Continue Reading]

Expat Edna

Watch out! Unusual tourist scams to avoid in Paris

Whenever I go to Montmartre, I always keep my hands firmly in my pockets and out of sight.  Why? … [Continue Reading]

Watch out! Unusual tourist scams in Paris

13 ways I saved money for travel as a teenager

We were poor when I was growing up, to be blunt about it. My parents immigrated to the US in the … [Continue Reading]

How I saved money for travel as a teenager by Expat Edna

Travel Makes the Heart Grow Fonder: 21 Lessons from 21 Countries

If there's one thing every travel blogger loves to talk about on the internet, it's that solo travel … [Continue Reading]

Travel makes the heart grow fonder by Expat Edna

Worth the wait: Highlights from Japan

For the longest time, I've wanted to visit Japan. And for the longest time, I've told myself to … [Continue Reading]

Highlights from Japan by Expat Edna

Five years on: How I moved abroad after college and built a career through travel

This week marks the five-year anniversary of my college graduation. FIVE years! Well I. feel. … [Continue Reading]

5 years on by Expat Edna

Floating over Melbourne by hot air balloon

Is there any better way to see a city than from above? I love sunrises and I love heights. So … [Continue Reading]

Melbourne at sunrise by hot air balloon by Expat Edna

Two Days in…LA

How much can you really see with only two days in Los Angeles, a sprawling city the same size as … [Continue Reading]

Two Days in LA by Expat Edna

I Love My Neighborhood: Westerpark, Amsterdam


In this series, I ask expats to share the joys of local life they’ve found in their corner of the world. If you’re just joining in now, previously covered cities can be found here. Today's post comes from Jessica, an American I met over the summer (via Snapchat!) and has since become a close … [Continue reading...]

Life as a Nomad: The Whirlwind Summer of 2016


These wrap-ups are for me to share personal tidbits, the little things that make up my life abroad -- and to help you (and me!) keep track of where I've been. See previous months here. 2016 is the year I've forced myself to answer the question: How much is too much? How long can you live … [Continue reading...]

On Balance and Burnout


This is the face of someone who has spent two solid months burning the candle at both ends. "You look destroyed," my old flatmate observed the morning of my last day in Singapore. I certainly felt it -- physically, mentally, emotionally. "I'm not okay," I admitted, and the bear hug that … [Continue reading...]

Escape from Manila


Manila was chockers. Jam-packed schedules and early call times; four days went by in a blur. It was also the city where I took the least amount of … [Continue reading...]

Instagrammed: Return to Penang

Penang by Expat Edna-3

Sunday was a travel day. We took a red-eye from Colombo to Bangkok to Manila; we are now over halfway through our filming schedule. Two episodes down, … [Continue reading...]

Evolving thoughts on extroversion

Colombo, Sri Lanka by Expat Edna-2

I had one task on our last day in Sri Lanka: find the DHL. Two hard drives had to make their way back to our editor in New York, tout de suite, and as … [Continue reading...]

Coconuts and Colombo

Cafe Kumbuk, Colombo by Expat Edna

Of all the countries on our Asia filming schedule, Sri Lanka was the only place I'd never been. So I went in truly not knowing what to expect, and … [Continue reading...]

A month in my shoes

Cocomi Bio Farm, Sri Lanka by Expat Edna

So the Olympics! Those happened. I said I was going to try to blog during it, and I didn't. For once I even had the time -- but I didn't have the … [Continue reading...]

Is Rio really that bad?

Olimpica Rio by Expat Edna

No. NO. Stop it. I've been receiving daily messages asking about Rio: is it safe, is it clean, is it ready? This happens every Olympic … [Continue reading...]

Rio, Day 0: An Accident & Settling In

At home in Rio by Expat Edna

I'm attempting to write more from the road: quick thoughts I've jotted down, with photos taken from my phone instead of DSLR. Less polished, but more … [Continue reading...]

A year of saying yes (and what’s next)

Monaco by Expat Edna

*A note: I wrote most of this piece before the world completely burst into flames. So I kept putting off hitting publish, as it felt inappropriate to … [Continue reading...]

Why is it still OK to be racist towards Asians?

Expat Edna

This is an essay about casual racism, white privilege, and speaking out as an Asian minority in a white-dominated industry. I've taken a few days to … [Continue reading...]

Life in Taipei: April 2016

Late night breakfast, Taipei by Expat Edna

My monthly wrap-ups are for me to share personal tidbits — the little things that make up my life abroad; stories and photos which may not otherwise … [Continue reading...]

Why I don’t buy SIM cards when I travel

Sunset in Neyagawa by Expat Edna

The question came up casually the other day, while discussing Snapchat habits. I had mentioned in passing that since I rarely buy SIM cards, I usually … [Continue reading...]