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

Grip tightened, throttle open, lowered helmet cutting through black diesel. I was the last in the three-motorbike convoy that left the Harau Valley at high speed. I kept up for maybe an hour or so before the mad tentacles of Sumatran traffic separated us. It came in...
A Thailand Vagabonding Welcome: Songran 2016

A Thailand Vagabonding Welcome: Songran 2016

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...