• unexpected neighborhoods : kampong glam

    If you’re visiting Singapore, don’t miss the often overlooked area of Kampong Glam! It’s my favourite part of Singapore, simply because there’s so much culture within the area. I particularly love Haji Lane, the old “hipster” street. It’s become much more upscale in the past few years, but has retained some of its alternative roots. Take a walk down the lane, making sure to stop in some of the stores. If you’re feeling hungry, I highly recommend Going Om. Going Om is a very zen, very down to earth kind of place, reminiscent of cafes in Nepal. And that makes sense, considering the owner was inspired by the Himalayas when…

  • unexpected haw par villa

    Haw Par Villa is a weird and wonderful little part of Singapore! Formerly known as Tiger Balm Park, Haw Par Villa was founded by the Tiger Balm Brothers, who had moved their business from Myanmar to Singapore in 1937. It’s filled with old Chinese myths and folklore, the 10 Courts of Hell being one of the more popular attractions. Would you ever wander through this place?      

  • unexpected wanderlust : a day in NYC

    It was Family & Friends weekend at the school I’m currently studying at, so my mom flew out to visit! During her visit, we took full advantage of our rental car and decided to take some day trips. One day was spent in New York City. Studying in a small town only makes me appreciate cities more- there was so much to see and do, and even when we didn’t want to do anything, just walking around was so stimulating. Love the city. Seeing Mumzies was so wonderful- that woman is the craziest traveler (#relatable) and so joyfully serendipitous. So much love for the most important woman in my life.      …

  • unexpected tips: IPSY for the glam traveler

    Alright, I’ve gotta admit it. As much as I talk about being a traveler who prides herself in carrying her life in a carry-on rucksack, I do love to put makeup on and dress up for evenings out. Balancing that inner girly-girl with the more prominent dirty hippie is certainly a challenge, especially when that girly-girl wants to carry an entire bag dedicated to makeup. Recently I was sent an ipsy glam bag, and that’s solved my problems! ipsy is a beauty subscription service that sends you a small pouch full of beauty-related samples every month for just $10 a month! It’s not too expensive, so your travel funds won’t be used up! The…

  • unexpected gap years

    “Anya, have you ever thought of taking a gap year?” “What’s that?” “It’s when you take a year in between high school and college to do something meaningful.” “No Mom, I’m going to graduate from high school and go straight to OSU.” ^^^A real conversation I had when I was twelve. When I was sixteen, this “conversation” happened. “Hey Mom guess what I’m taking a gap year didn’t I have such a good idea” My parents knew I was going to take a gap year before I did. When I was younger, I wasn’t considering one at all. Only through moving to Singapore did I realise that I had (and still…

  • unexpected overview: gap year

    I decided to call an end to my gap year, as I’m starting university soooon and technically, my gap year should have ended about 4 weeks ago (around when I left last year). It’s been the most incredible year, and I’ve learned an insane amount during the past 12 months. I couldn’t be happier with how I chose to spend this year, and I feel incredibly blessed & lucky to have been able to have such crazy little adventures. Overview: Gap Year The Numbers Total Kilometers Traveled: 109,066 km In the air (by plane): 94550 km In the sea (by boat): 3988 km On the tracks (by train): 7666 km On the…