Malaysia, Where We’re All Food Fanatics

It’s a funny thing being in a country like Malaysia. People here love food. It’s said that Malaysians live to eat, not the other way around. Most countries have a specific food culture, some stronger than others and some better than others, but Malaysia really walks the walk when it comes to food pride. Here, everyone gushes about the diverse cuisineContinue reading “Malaysia, Where We’re All Food Fanatics”

The Healing Touch of the Blind

We finally arrive by taxi to the place I’ve been waiting to try all weekend. A sign for blind massage points up to a narrow staircase; the building’s exterior has seen years of heat and rain in this Little India neighborhood called Brickfields. The exterior is fooling, but what’s inside is more than worth theContinue reading “The Healing Touch of the Blind”

Food For Thought: Dining In The Dark

“Food for Thought” I‘ll never think of that expression the same way again after eating at Dining in the Dark. Last weekend, I completely changed my perspective on the meaning of dining and what I really enjoy most about sitting down to a meal, whether simple or extravagant, What I’ve come to discover is the stunningContinue reading “Food For Thought: Dining In The Dark”

A New Life, A New Start in Malaysia

People have mistaken me for being Asian more times than I can count. Maybe it was meant to be that I’d end up here on this side of the world, but I’ve always been drawn to Asian food and culture, never dreaming that living here would be remotely possible. Now I call Malaysia home, andContinue reading “A New Life, A New Start in Malaysia”

Pulau Keke: A Sliver of Sand in the Deep Blue

Paradise was closer than we thought. Before we moved to Makassar, I knew we’d be living on the coast, but never suspected visiting an island like this would be on a normal weekend itinerary. Not far off the southwest coast on the island of Sulawesi, a sliver of uninhabited sandy escape pokes its head out into theContinue reading “Pulau Keke: A Sliver of Sand in the Deep Blue”

The City of Angels

Los Angeles, like other great global cities, rouses a certain kind of swanky grandeur in people’s minds. There’s a palpable pulsing energy of perfection, aspiration and possibility in the City of Angels…Basking amongst the opulence and laid back So-Cal vibe is half the fun. As I walked 5 miles from West Hollywood to the ritzy BeverlyContinue reading “The City of Angels”

The Bittersweet Bon-Voyage: The Coming and Goings of a Young Expat

Once my mom gave way to her sadness, my reaction was inevitable and overcame me like an immersive hot flash. The twitching feeling in my lips, the hot tears welling up and reddening cheeks. I turned away quickly before they could see me fray into a blubbering mess. I kept myself composed, said a simpleContinue reading “The Bittersweet Bon-Voyage: The Coming and Goings of a Young Expat”

Champagne, France

 After living in the City of Light for over a year at the time, I had to admit that the glittery sparkle of Paris had worn off un petit peu. My cousin and aunt’s visit was the perfect way to awaken my tourist eyes again there and beyond. They wanted to visit the Champagne province just northeastContinue reading “Champagne, France”

Wishes Come True on Ko Lanta

If you want it badly enough, the wind will grasp your wish and take it up into the night. Khoom Loy as they’re called in Thai, or wish lanterns, carry the bad luck and misfortunes away with them into the sky. What a breathtaking backdrop to our New Year’s evening. As we dined with the sand between our toes, beachContinue reading “Wishes Come True on Ko Lanta”