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...
Siquijor Love Potion: Witch Doctors in the Philippines

Siquijor Love Potion: Witch Doctors in the Philippines

You learn a lot of useful things while traveling. I certainly did while searching for a Siquijor love potion on an island in the Philippines that’s purported to be home to witch doctors. For instance, I didn’t know that a manananaggal is a hideous,...
Pacu Jawi: Traditional Cow Racing in West Sumatra

Pacu Jawi: Traditional Cow Racing in West Sumatra

Pacu Jawi (pronounced like “pachu jawi”) is traditional cow racing in West Sumatra. Yes, you heard that correctly, cow racing. These lively, muddy (and potentially dangerous, depending on where you stand) events serve as a fun excuse to gather and...
Songkran 2016 in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Songkran 2016 in Chiang Mai, Thailand

To say that a 23-hour flight felt short sounds like madness. But that was my sentiment when I heard the roar of our landing gear unfolding above Bangkok. My flight with Taiwan-based Eva Airways was so enjoyable that I hated to see it end. I had an empty seat next to...
Is Travel Addiction Real?

Is Travel Addiction Real?

And then there were bees. Fifteen minutes ago, I was hiding on my porch from a scorching afternoon. I was quietly, harmlessly pecking away at my keyboard, trying to find a way to describe how travel addiction is real and not just something travelers claim. Yes, Travel...