American Meets Belgian: Une Histoire D’Amour

American Meets Belgian: Une Histoire D’Amour

Being engaged is great. In fact, it's a sort of comfort and simultaneous excitement I didn't think possible. I once looked at my Facebook newsfeed in disbelief at how everyone I knew from elementary was getting married and having babies. Weren't we just graduating from college? Maybe you can relate to the feeling. It was [...]

A Twenty Something’s Tale: Faking and Making It In Paris

A Twenty Something’s Tale: Faking and Making It In Paris

Photo by Bertrand Bussac. At Palais-Royal. It wasn't the first time an American ventured to Paris with high hopes and romantic dreams. The poetic longing for the world’s most romantic, picturesque city brought more aspiring individuals to its door before than me. Nearly a year and a half ago, I left the City of Light [...]

Hue, Vietnam

Hue, Vietnam

Our time in Hue has been more than amazing, and WOW is it hot here. Temples, pagodas, tombs...This along with beautiful scenery makes Hue a perfect place to soak up history and the local flavor. Last night was a full moon and incidentally, August is the 7th month in the Chinese calendar. Buddhists believe that [...]

Malaysia, Where We’re All Food Fanatics

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 cuisine [...]

The Healing Touch of the Blind

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 the [...]

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

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 simple [...]

Makassar: An American’s Culture Shock in Indonesia

Makassar: An American’s Culture Shock in Indonesia

They say home is where you make it (I wrote this originally in 2013. I've been back since then and must say a lot has changed in Makassar and that the general infrastructure of the city is much better.) Most humans are creatures of habit. When presented with the option, most of us will grab [...]