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 out of a […]

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 followed was greatly appreciated. In any […]

Life as a Nomad: Winter 2016

These 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 see the light of blogging day. See previous months here. If I could sum up this winter in one word, it would be validation.  For months I’d been wondering if I […]

On ‘Expat’ as Identity

(The office, Shanghai. 2009)  In the early weeks of 2008, I set out on a six-month trip to China. It seemed so insignificant at the time — I was still reeling from the death of my grandmother over Christmas, and was entangled in an emotionally abusive relationship that, at the age of 18, I couldn’t […]

Because of Singapore

Five years ago this summer, I boarded a one-way flight to Singapore. I had recently turned 21, graduated college, and decided I wanted to live and travel outside the US for the foreseeable future. I didn’t know where to go, though, so I found myself headed for Singapore: no job, no friends, (almost) no money. […]

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 is marvelous and made of puppy tears and will cure your long-standing eczema. In principle, I support solo travel. It’s definitely something I think everyone should try at least once. But personally, it’s not for me. As […]

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. old. When I graduated from the Class of 2010, I was 20 years old, had $700 to my name — and zero clue what to do next. This is the story of how in the five years since, I’ve lived in […]

From Sochi to Shanghai (and a few places in between): Life in 2014

It was bound to happen eventually, but 2014 is the first year I’m not entirely sad to see go.  In my recap two years ago, I had deemed 2012 the best year ever and was “scared” for 2013’s ability to rise to such epic precedents. 2013 indeed matched (and surpassed) the year before, but its many […]

An Accidental Year Around the World

The thing about accidentally going on a year-long round the world trip is that you don’t actually realize you’re on one…until it’s over. I mean, when you plan to travel long-term, you usually have a start date. You (usually) have an end date. You are aware that you are on An Adventure. Whereas for the […]

The 5 best things I ate in Singapore — #1: Black Pepper and Chilli Crab

In this monthly series, I’m counting down the top five things I ate in Singapore. For previous posts, check out number 2, number 3, number 4, and number 5. The countdown is over — time to reveal my absolute favorite thing to eat in Singapore: #1: Black Pepper Crab, Long Beach Seafood // Chilli crab, Mattar Road Seafood  This. Of all […]

The 5 best things I ate in Singapore — #2: Lanzhou Lamian

In this monthly series, I’m counting down the top five things I ate in Singapore. For previous posts, check out number 3, number 4 and number 5. #2: Soup dumplings and fried tofu — Lanzhou Lamian There’s a place in Singapore that’s near and dear to my heart; a small unassuming shop slightly hidden amongst the touristy […]

The 5 best things I ate in Singapore — #3: Bak Kut Teh

In this monthly series, I’m counting down the top five things I ate in Singapore. For previous posts, check out number 4 and number 5. #3: Bak Kut Teh — Founder Bak Kut Teh  I’m always intrigued by the way different cultures interpret certain foods and flavors. Take bak kut teh. To me, this Singaporean soup is […]

The 5 best things I ate in Singapore — #4: Eight-Flavor Xiao Long Bao

In this bi-weekly series, I round up the five best things I ate in a particular city or country. Currently I’m counting down the top five things I ate in Singapore — see number 5 here.  #4: Xiao Long Bao — Paradise Dynasty During my nearly three years as a pescetarian, I turned down some of my […]

The 5 best things I ate in Singapore — #5: Fish Meat Bee Hoon

In this bi-weekly series, I usually round up the five best things I ate in a particular city or country.  However, I lived in Singapore for over a year — meaning my top five favorite places are also my locals. I’ve shared these meals multiple times with friends and family; over these bowls of soup or […]