• 10 signs you’ve backpacked in southeast asia

    1. You own elephant pants or fisherman pants 2. You have this picture (or a very similar one) did you even go to Asia if you didn’t get to see some elephants? 3. You know food poisoning is not an “if,” but a “when” and you know that it’s NOT going to be a fun couple hours/days 4. You love street animals dogs, cats, all of them! 5. Your first aid kit becomes your most prized possession Food poisoning, upset stomach, headache? “I have stuff for that.” 6. You’ve had a bucket and you know how dangerous they are 7. Mosquito repellent = liquid gold 8. You’ve grown to like…

  • unexpected birthdays: 17 favourite travel memories

    Today is my younger sister (Montserrat/Squish/the taller sibling)’s seventeenth birthday! I am immensely lucky to have been traveling with her since the age of three. I can’t think of a better travel companion. 17 of my favourite travel memories with Montserrat, with only the cringiest of photos.   1. Climbing & Camping in Joshua Tree, CA 2. Chasing Waterfalls in Obed, Tennessee 3. Bouldering in France 4. Hiking through Cinque Terre, Italy 5. Shopping in San Giminano, Italy 6. Being Embarassing Muggles at Platform 9 3/4 in London 7. Walking Along Old City Walls in Dubrovnik, Croatia with some pretty cool visors and sunglasses 8. Finding Starfish in the Bahamas…

  • unexpected expat wife: 10 things you’ll hear during a get together

    Before leaving for Nepal, I played Singapore expat wife for a week and IT WAS WONDERFUL. These ladies are so so lovely, always welcoming and in for a good time! I went to quite a few functions hosted by the American Women’s Association and enjoyed every single one of them, from a three course lunch (with wine of course!) to an artisan chocolate making class to a Chinese tea ceremony! During my time being a very young expat ‘wife,’ I started to get a feel for the main topics of conversation. 10 Things you will definitely hear during a Singapore Expat Wife Function 1. “How long have you been in Singapore?”…

  • unexpected wanderlust: 10 photos that will inspire you to trek in nepal

    Today’s the day! Today’s the day! By the time you guys read this, I’ll be in Kathmandu! I have unexpectedly returned to my favourite country for an internship, a chance to reconnect with this beautiful place, and of course, to once again fall in love with the mountains. While the photos you’ve seen may showcase some stunning natural beauty, the best part about Nepal is the memories you make here. The people, the food, the other travelers, and of course, the trekking… Every little component of your trip will come together to create the most beautiful thing- Nepal. This country is the most wholesome, magical, welcoming, ELATING place in the world.…

  • unexpected raksi

    A quick little story about drinking random stuff * * * Raksi is a traditional Nepalese/Tibetan spirit made from distilled rice, kodo, or millet, enjoyed during religious ceremonies, but also consumed by the general public as they wish. Whilst trekking in Nepal, I’ve come across this drink many times, but only in Shika (pronounced see-kuh), a stop along the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek, did I decide to try it. It had been a long day of trekking, and Nathaniel and I were in a really nice little teahouse. There was a speaker, which Nathaniel played his music out of, the food was delicious, we had just bought a new supply of…

  • unexpected rant: why traveling sucks

    Why Traveling Kinda Sucks There’s nothing like returning home from a trip. You return to the comfort of your bed, the laughter of family and friends, the same old routine you used to have. Frankly, coming home from traveling is returning back to your old life. As you’ve traveled around, you have changed into a different person. You learn that your life back at home is easy and wonderful. Living abroad, in a collection of hostels, hotels, and homestays, has made you appreciate your “real” life, the life with hot showers and actual beds, walls that actually conceal noise. You don’t need to filter your water before drinking it. You…

  • unexpected ER

    I spent part of my day attempting to talk to Thai doctors in an emergency room. Sometimes, getting thrown straight into the middle of Southeast Asia’s chaos only makes you realize why you love it so darn much. I started my day out unsure of what to do, after eating some toast with my hostel mates. I decided to head over to a cafe, sleepily sipping on a Thai iced tea and writing in my journal, all half dressed in my pajamas still. I started creating a budget for Nepal and decided to take some diamox (altitude sickness medication) with me, just in case. My parents wanted me to get…