It’s 12:30am. The room went dark a while ago, I can’t remember when. I’m lying in a 20-bed dormitory in Chiang Mai’s city center and I’m nursing my first anxiety attack ever. It’s only beginning to subside after two and a half hours. Tomorrow is day two of Songkran, the raucous three-day water festival celebrated […]Read more "Waste"
Songkran is the raucous 3-day water festival celebrated by Thailand and other Southeast Asian countries, recognizing the Buddhist/Hindu Lunar New Year. It was a damn good time filled with imitation Super-Soakers and plenty of Thai Rum. I channeled my inner 10th grader and played the city-wide water fight in 1st person shooter mode. -S Photo: […]Read more "Songkran: Call of Duty Style"
Perception of time fades swiftly once you’ve settled in. Not knowing what day it is and not needing to know what day it is. Not having to change your clothes or brush your hair, not having to take care of yourself like they do in the ‘real world’. Just existing. Not much more than basic […]Read more "The Paradise Effect"
Watching the presidential race unfold abroad is an eye opening experience. As I speak with people from all over the world, all walks of life, all financial situations, all kinds of political systems, I’m gaining a powerful perspective on what’s going on in the states right now. When I left the states, the Trump campaign […]Read more "A Political View from Abroad"
Constantly on the move and far away from the creature comforts of home. To be a Stranger in a Strange Land is a real life nightmare for many. To some, it’s the thrill of a lifetime. It’s generally uncomfortable to have to learn “Hello”, “Thank You”, and “Where is the toilet?” in a new language […]Read more "Small Wins"
You know you’ve entered drinker’s territory once your flight lands in Yangon and you order yourself a Coldilocks. By default, you’ll be served a 640ml bottle of Myanmar Beer. XL style… oh yeah. If you want to be a baby and nurse a standard 12oz. bottle or can, you’ll have to ask the waiter or […]Read more "Booze Review: Myanmar Beer"
You only need a few things when visiting the vast, epic grounds of ancient Angkor in Cambodia: A tuk tuk driver An experienced local guide A cooler full of snacks, water, and ice cold beer In Siem Reap, the local brew is Angkor Beer. This stuff is most necessary in the hot hot heat that overcomes […]Read more "Booze Review: Angkor Beer"
Selamat Datang Penang (Welcome to Penang). The Crossroads of Curry. The Pearl of the Orient. We were told that Penang Island boasts the best food in all of Asia; “You’ll never eat a bad meal there,” more than a few said. When you’re traveling through foreign lands, how could you believe such a statement? There’s […]Read more "Selamat Datang (Penang: Part I)"
Yesterday, during an awesome hike in Singapore’s MacRitchie reservoir, I was telling Kiley about my old weird obsession with Nike SB dunks and their cool design influences. I used the Heineken dunk as one of the original designs that really inspired me to get into the “sneaker head” thing. The Heiny’s were my “holy grail” […]Read more "The Heinekens"
Sleek marketing design and a strong brand name made me want to buy my first overpriced beer in Southeast Asia. Singapore’s finest is anywhere from $4.50SGP for a 12 fl. oz. can in a supermarket to $15.50SGP for a pint in a bar or restaurant. Unfortunately, the “fun police” (Singapore’s Government) have levied high taxes on […]Read more "Booze Review: Tiger Beer"