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 [...]

unexpected southeast asia: 5 favourite cities for solo travelers

unexpected southeast asia: 5 favourite cities for solo travelers

Solo travel in SEA is always a blast. The other travelers are (generally) super warm and friendly, the food is fantastic, the sights beautiful, and the weather, warm (most of the time)! Although you can't REALLY go wrong traveling in Southeast Asia, here are my TOP 5 destinations for solo travel! Bagan, Myanmar  Bagan is [...]

unexpected kindness: taiyuan, china

unexpected kindness: taiyuan, china

My way out of Kunming took a string of flights and trains. The first leg was Kunming to Taiyuan. My flight arrived at 9 pm, and I wouldn’t leave until 11 pm the next day. So I booked a hostel (use my affiliate link here!) and thought nothing of it. The flight went smoothly, and [...]

unexpected mongolia: trekking in the altai mountains

unexpected mongolia: trekking in the altai mountains

In the beginning of July, I mentioned that I wanted to explore Mongolia. It's a place travellers often overlook, and it was calling my name! So I made it happen. Phil (from my Chinese school) and I met back up in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, and then flew out West to the Altai Mountains. The Altai are [...]