Two Weeks in Thailand

I spent the last 2 weeks in Thailand, on vacation from my India internship. Unlike the last time, when I was primarily in the north, this time I explored some of the islands in the south with a girlfriend I had met in Chiang Mai two months ago. It was a glorious two weeks filled…

Saying Goodbye to Thailand

Saying goodbye to Thailand was hard. I know I’ve said that about every place I’ve been to – clearly I fall for places quite easily – but there was something special about Thailand. Part of the reason behind this gap year was to help me better understand my identity. Because of my varied cross-cultural upbringing,…

A Weekend in Mae Hong Son Province

Last weekend, I traveled to Mae Hong Son province with three other volunteers. A popular destination for travelers, we were all curious to see what all the fuss was about and as with most places here in Thailand, it did not disappoint. To save time as we only had the weekend off, we decided to…

A Night On a Lake

Imagine spending a night in the middle of a lake….on a little cottage built on a sturdy bamboo raft floating in the water. Imagine feasting on a dinner of freshly cooked fish and then falling into a deep sleep under the stars, feeling the gentle movement of the house every time a boat passes by….

Images that will Stay With Me

Yesterday, I visited the orphanage, ALC, for the last time, to say my final goodbyes. This is the same orphanage that we did construction work at when the USC group of volunteers visited us. Of all the schools and organizations that we work with, this is the one I will miss the most. The Thai…

An Amazing Weekend in Northern Thailand

“Adventure is a path. Real adventure – self-determined, self-motivated, often risky – forces you to have firsthand encounters with the world. The world the way it is, not the way you imagine it. Your body will collide with the earth and you will bear witness. In this way you will be compelled to grapple with…

Scooters, Lakes and 12,999 Monks

Every year, on one particular day, 12,999 monks line up on a closed-off highway at 6.09am (9 = lucky in Thai culture) to receive donations of food from the citizens of Chiang Mai. The event is a big deal and scores of families wake up early to participate. Dressed in white (which represents purity), they…

Happy New Year!!!

Happy new year!! Here are some pictures of our celebration in Chiang Mai, which consisted of lanterns and fireworks over the moat surrounding the old city. Here’s to 2013! Hope this year brings us all lots of luck, love and success in our endeavors 🙂    

Singapore in Pictures

I spent one week in Singapore, which was a good length of time to get to know the city and its surroundings. Modern and developed, it’s an easy city to navigate, although I wouldn’t say it’s as compact as people make it seem. I mostly stayed with a friend who recently moved here from New…

Macau

Located just a one-hour ferry ride away, Macau, China’s other Special Administrative Region (SAR), makes for a great day trip from Hong Kong. This world famous gambling hub is hugely popular amongst foreigners and Chinese alike, but even if casinos aren’t for you (personally, they’re not really my thing), Macau is still a fun place…

Escaping into Nature in Hong Kong

  Hong Kong can get chaotic and overwhelming, but what I love about the city is that there are pockets of greenery you can always escape to for some peace and quiet. Sadly, I didn’t get a chance to explore the New Territories, which are supposed to be beautiful, but below are some photographs of…

The Hong Kong City Life

Here’s a glimpse of Hong Kong city life in pictures. Main areas captured include: Central (“downtown” area made up of office buildings and shopping malls) Causeway Bay (main shopping district) Wan Chai (good for cheap eats and skyline views from the Wooloo Mooloo rooftop bar) Jordan (good for market/street food) Mongkok (bustling area of local…