Landmarks, Life in Asia, Photos & Video, Vietnam

Saigon Walking

“To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted.” – Bill Bryson Waking up in a new city or a new country rarely… Continue reading Saigon Walking

Books, Funny & Weird, Pop Culture

8 Books That Will Inspire Wanderlust This Summer

Can reading be an addiction? If so, I’m addicted to reading. For multiple years in a row I’ve completed reading challenges of over 50 books a year. Back in 2013 and again now in 2016, I’ve been doing a travel-themed reading challenge called Around the World in 80 Books. As I read books set in… Continue reading 8 Books That Will Inspire Wanderlust This Summer

City Guides, Landmarks, Life in Asia, Singapore

Seeing Singapore in 3 Days

Singapore is a crossover city. It’s East meets West, it’s modern meets traditional, and it’s glam meets gritty. The former British city-country is known for it’s clean streets, intense traffic, high prices, and good food. So I wasn’t sure what to expect when we booked our trip to Singapore this year for our visa renewal trip.… Continue reading Seeing Singapore in 3 Days

America, Indonesia, Language Learning, Life in Asia

Top 5 Tips for Learning a New Language

I’ve always wanted to learn a new language. As an American, I grew up speaking English and only English. During high school & college, I attempted to learn some Spanish, but it never stuck. I’ve always been in awe of Europeans or Asians that can speak 2, 3, or 4 languages. While being born a… Continue reading Top 5 Tips for Learning a New Language

Food, Funny & Weird, Indonesia, Life in Asia

All About the Oleh-Oleh

Several years ago, I took a test to determine my “love language”. It’s not as weird as it sounds. It’s the idea that we all have specific, and sometimes different ways, we best give and receive love. My personal love language is receiving gifts. Now, I know that makes me sound like a materialistic, gold-digging… Continue reading All About the Oleh-Oleh

Food, Indonesia, Landmarks, Life in Asia, Photos & Video

Eating Our Way Around Yogyakarta 

I could write a love story about coffee & food. A young iced latte meets a strong dark roast and it’s love at first sight, they live happily ever after at a trendy cafe that is regularly Instagrammed by hipsters. I love the search of a great restaurant or cafe, and the satisfying meal to… Continue reading Eating Our Way Around Yogyakarta 

Books, Planning, Pop Culture

Ready for Adventure | Reading for Adventure

“Books are the carriers of civilization…They are companions, teachers, magicians, bankers of the treasures of the mind. Books are humanity in print.” Barbara W. Tuchman  I’m a reader and I’m a traveler. I’ve visited 25 countries so far, and countless more in the books I read. I think reading has the ability to transport you… Continue reading Ready for Adventure | Reading for Adventure

America, Holidays, Indonesia, Inspiration, Life in Asia, Photos & Video, Planning

Hope for 2016

A new year is synonymous with new beginnings. Fresh starts. Clean slates. It’s a time of looking back and looking forward. We reflect and cast vision. It’s a chance, for at least one time a year, for self-evaluation. I was really happy with my 2015. I loved looking back and reflecting with Instagram and blogging.… Continue reading Hope for 2016

America, Australia, Food, Funny & Weird, Holidays, Indonesia, Inspiration, Life in Asia, Photos & Video, Planning

My Top 2015 Moments of 2015

As New Year’s Eve approaches and 2016 draws near, I finish blogging a series on my top 15 moments of 2015. This has been an incredible year. I can’t think of another year of my life that has been filled with so much accomplishment, first times, victories and significance. I loved writing these posts, creating… Continue reading My Top 2015 Moments of 2015