Surrounded by Sharks in Thailand

Surrounded by Sharks in Thailand

The first of the sharks appeared around 9 a.m. Or perhaps they had been there all along, circling in the cloudy water around us. Who knows. The safety of the beach, the only dry, horizontal surface for a long distance in any direction, suddenly seemed that much...
A Khao San Road Welcome

A Khao San Road Welcome

On the ground in Bangkok for less than an hour and I was hopelessly lost. I stumbled along wearily through a midnight forest of neon. Khao San Road was flicking its forked tongue for the Friday night circus. Masses of vespertine clowns were in top form. The party was...
Celebrating 13 Years Out of the Cubicle

Celebrating 13 Years Out of the Cubicle

I am happy to report, that after 13 years since leaving for my first vagabonding trip abroad, still alive! Today marks the 13th trip around the sun for my odd, travel-centered, low-paying, high-reward lifestyle of choice. I left the despair of my IBM cubicle in...
The Witch Doctors of Siquijor Island

The Witch Doctors of Siquijor Island

You learn a lot of useful things while traveling, particularly in a place such as Siquijor Island in the Philippines. For instance, I didn’t know that a manananaggal is a hideous, blood-sucking witch capable of detaching her upper torso and sprouting wings to...
A Midnight Run to Atlanta

A Midnight Run to Atlanta

Drastic times require drastic measures. With the fate of my trip to Thailand in just a few days resting on some bureaucrat’s desk, I decided to take matters into my own hands — where they belong. I made an appointment for 8 a.m., hired a sleek Nissan, and...
Komodo Dragons on Rinca Island

Komodo Dragons on Rinca Island

Somehow, by hook or crook, my tale of adventure with Komodo dragons on Rinca Island in Indonesia managed to win a silver prize for animal encounter in the Solas Best Travel Writing of 2014. I’ve been wanting to win won of these and make it into the annual book...