unexpected itineraries: a weekend (or week!) in pokhara, nepal

unexpected itineraries: a weekend (or week!) in pokhara, nepal

It's getting to be trekking season in Nepal!!! After you've finished a trek, you might want a little break. While the prayer flags, mountain views, and endless amounts of daal bhat are certainly well-loved on the trail, your body can just get drained! Enter Pokhara. Pokhara is a 7 hour bus ride away from Kathmandu or [...]

unexpected itineraries: two weeks in thailand

unexpected itineraries: two weeks in thailand

Let’s talk about Thailand! Thailand is a great place. Sure, there are the 18-year-old gap-yearers running full force towards the full moon parties, and there are those who call themselves “true backpackers” who think Thailand has become too touristy, but Thailand is a gem. If you’re doing a massive Southeast Asia trip, I’d recommending going [...]

unexpected eats: a culinary lover’s basic guide to nepal

unexpected eats: a culinary lover’s basic guide to nepal

Gooood day, friends! Nepal isn't often seen as a foodie destination, but OH MY it has incredible food. Today's post is a list of the most memorable foods in Nepal. These are some of the foods I came across again and again! Have a read, start salivating, and book a trip to Nepal! And to my [...]

unexpected eats: making hainanese chicken rice

unexpected eats: making hainanese chicken rice

When away from home, there's nothing better than comfort food. Though we aren't exactly away from home, we're settling into a new one. Singapore is the kind of place that charms you, and well, despite being incredibly excited about relocating to Europe, we miss our Singapore home! So I decided to make some good old [...]

unexpected tips: 15 things I wish I knew before going to Mongolia

unexpected tips: 15 things I wish I knew before going to Mongolia

Mongolia is a stunning country with the friendliest people and a vibe that is completely it's own. Compared to the rest of the world, it's relatively unexplored. I didn't anticipate how difficult it would be to get around, and there are certainly some things I wish I had known prior to arriving in UB. I [...]

unexpected fitness: a guide to eating healthy in singapore

unexpected fitness: a guide to eating healthy in singapore

Eating healthy hasn't always been easy for me. It's a choice I love to make now, but when I was just getting started, it was always a little bit of a chore. The most encouraging, helpful thing during that time was to excite myself about eating healthy, wholesome food. Singapore, while maintaining its cultural, greasy, [...]

unexpected learning: keats chinese school

unexpected learning: keats chinese school

As you all know by now, I spent 8 weeks studying Chinese in Kunming, China. I’ve said it before and I’ll continue to say it, Kunming is a fantastic home base. It’s pretty easy to get to loads of different destinations. More than three months ago, when I was in the process of looking for [...]

unexpected mongolia: naadam and trying fermented mare’s milk?!

unexpected mongolia: naadam and trying fermented mare’s milk?!

Naadam is what I like to call the Mongolian Olympics. It's a festival/competition of three events: horse racing, archery, and wrestling. Naadam is quite interesting because there's the main one in Ulaanbaatar, but also smaller countryside ones. The two types of Naadams, countryside and UB, are completely different from each other. UB's is supposedly a [...]

unexpected tips: the 5 best activities southeast asia offers

unexpected tips: the 5 best activities southeast asia offers

Southeast Asia... There's nowhere in the world like this crazy little region. There are countless things to do here, and hey, it can be a little overwhelming. Luckily, fellow travel blogger, Isabel, is here to share her top 5 activities Southeast Asia has on offer... and they sound fantastic. Southeast Asia is a sprawling part [...]

unexpected china: five experiences you MUST have

unexpected china: five experiences you MUST have

Try chou dou fu You’ll smell it WAY before you see it. Miles worse than durian, chou dou fu (stinky tofu) has a smell reminiscent of rotting garbage. So of course I tried it. Compared to the smell, the taste is surprisingly mild. In fact, I even went on to try a bunch of old fermented [...]