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    Leaving Vegetarianism

    The other day, I was having lunch with a friend who had been a vegetarian before arriving to Korea. Although she had decided to become a non-vegetarian, the thought of eating meat still didn’t sit well with her consciousness. This was understandable. We all have ideologies and beliefs that provide meaning to us. For many people, being a vegetarian is a huge part of their identity. It was for me. By choice, I was a vegetarian for 16 years of my life. While I was a vegetarian, I enjoyed it. It was never really difficult for me as I always had easy access to a lot of vegetarian food while…

  • Asia,  Taiwan,  Travel

    A Daytrip to Danshui

    An hour subway ride north from central Taipei, takes you to a neat little town called Danshui. It is the perfect daytrip for relaxing, shopping, and eating delicious street food. Begin by walking along the Danshui river

  • Asia,  South Korea,  Travel

    The Garden of Morning Calm

    One of the most majestic gardens in Korea, is “The Garden of Morning Calm.” Situated in Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do, this massive 30,000㎡ garden is open year-round. Every season highlights different facets of its beauty. We visited this garden during winter. It was a pleasant stroll.

  • Asia,  Thailand,  Travel

    9 Awesome Vacation Destinations in Thailand

    Thailand is one of my favorite countries in the world for many reasons. Besides the delicious cuisine, friendly people, interesting culture, this country has some really awesome places to vacation. Over the years, Jason and I have visited numerous islands and beaches throughout the country. In this video, I highlight 9 key places to visit in Thailand! Every place is characterized by its unique atmosphere and activities. Whether you are into rock climbing, scuba diving, snorkeling, swimming, or just relaxing on a beautiful beach, Thailand has something for everyone!

  • Asia,  South Korea

    Trying Something New: Snowboarding in Korea

    People who are good at snowboarding always make it look so easy as they gracefully ride down the snowy hills. I really admire their skills.  Although snowboarding is a fairly popular leisure activity in Korea, I have always tried to avoid it. Truth be told, I was a bit intimidated by snowboarding. Both feet on one board while sliding down a snowy hill…ummm…No! In the past, I had tried surfing in Indonesia, and had decided riding a board just wasn’t for me. This fearful attitude, had kept me away from riding boards whether in water or on the snow for a long time. However, here is my conflict. When it…

  • Asia,  Malaysia,  Travel

    Gunung Mulu National Park: A Rainforest Adventure

    After living in Taiwan for a year, we decided it was time to continue with our World Trip journey. The first country we visited during this second segment of our World Trip was Borneo. This is the third largest island in the world. It is divided between 3 countries: Malaysia, Indonesia, and Brunei. We visited the northern part of the island, which is mostly occupied by Malaysia. The Malaysian Borneo has two states, Sarawak and Sabah. Since Gunung Mulu National Park is located in a very remote area in the Sarawak region, we flew from Kota Kinabalu to Gunung Mulu airport. It was one of the smallest and cutest airports we…

  • Asia,  India,  Travel

    3 Days of Ashram life in India

    Ever wondered what it would be like to spend a few days in an ashram? I did. In fact, I was extremely curious. What kind of people live in ashrams? How do they live? What do they have to sacrifice? The journalist in me, had so many questions that needed answers. More importantly though, I wanted to experience the ashram life for myself. It was while traveling through Kerala, India the opportunity arose. We met a fellow traveler, who convinced us that visiting The Amritapuri Ashram” would be a great experience. Instantly, we were both on board with the idea. Why not? It is not everyday you get the chance…

  • Asia,  Thailand,  Travel

    The Long Neck Karen in Thailand

    One of the main reasons why I love traveling is to learn and experience different cultures. I am simply fascinated by how different cultures view the world through their own unique lens. For example, the notion of beauty usually varies throughout cultures. For the Long Neck Karen people, the ideal of beauty is an elongated neck. Traditionally, from an early age of 2 to 5, young girls will begin wearing brass rings around their necks. Every 5 years, more rings are added. The weight of the rings pushes the collar bone down and compresses the rib cage making the neck appear longer. It is believed that women with long necks…

  • Travel

    South Korea: Our Golden Ticket to Traveling

    I had always had a keen desire to travel since I was a teenager. I was curious to know what lay beyond this small circle which I had called my world. I would wonder, what life was like in other countries. I wanted to experience different cultures, meet interesting people, try unique foods, and see the incredible places the world had to offer. But, I was only a teenager without any money. I told myself that after I completed my undergraduate degree, I would travel the world. However, the next thing I knew I was enrolled in graduate school. It was the next step, right? At least that’s what I…

  • Asia,  India,  Travel

    A Day To Remember: Trekking in India’s Periyar National Park

    When you are on the road for a year, every single day is different. Some days however, become permanently imprinted into your memory forever.  One those days for me was when we went to Periyar National Park. This could have been our last adventure! I am not exaggerating, keep reading. It was a beautiful sunny day in South India, and we had signed up for an all day trekking tour at Periyar National Park. This is one of Kerala’s most popular national parks due to its beautiful nature and wildlife. People flock to this amazing park, lured by the possibility of spotting wild elephants, deer, boar, and perhaps even tigers!…