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Celebrate Your Next Special Occasion in Style in the Philippines

June 13, 2017
Celebrate Your Next Special Occasion in Style in the Philippines

The Philippines is a great place to spend a special occasion – be it a celebration of a loved one’s birthday or your wedding anniversary. The Filipino hospitality, great Filipino food, fantastic beaches, and affordable luxury hotels will definitely make your celebration a memorable one. To help you think beyond the usual celebration plan and make your special occasion an unforgettable one in the Philippines, here’s a list of ideas that will surely work! Take a Helicopter Tour in Manila…

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Nusa Penida Island: A Destination For Independent Travelers

January 2, 2016
nusa penida

I almost died on Nusa Penida. Kind of.   Alright, “almost died” may be a bit dramatic, but we did almost get hit by an oncoming truck when we stopped in the middle of the road to lovingly gaze at a little piglet, shivering in the rain.   In fact, this was one of the few times in my life that I have ever seen a piglet and I’m pretty sure that Nusa Penida had more of them than people.…

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A Balinese Spa by The River

November 27, 2015
Getting a Balinese massage at the spa on the river

There I was, laying nearly naked by the river, only rising to rinse topless in a waterfall. My skin was smooth and smelled of coconut, my muscles at ease just like my mind. Maybe I should have felt uncomfortable, ashamed to be there on this rock, drenched in the  flow of nature’s shower, exposed. But, I didn’t. It felt just right. I wanted a Balinese massage. They are advertised all over Ubud’s streets and within the pages of tourist pamphlets,…

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What to do in Canggu on an Overnight Trip

November 18, 2015
what to do in canggu

I love working from home but this week I felt like crawling out of my skin. When Saturday rolled around, we did some last minute planning, packed a bag and drove the motorbike to Canggu.   About an hour drive from Ubud, you can find Canggu, a sort of “surfer’s paradise” of Bali. You’ll know you’ve arrived by the motorbikes outfitted with surfboard racks and shirtless, tanned drivers with tasseled hair. Girls in jean shorts and bikini tops are chatting…

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Taking an Art Class in Ubud, Bali

November 9, 2015
Bali art, ubud art class

Ubud is absolutely overflowing with opportunities to gain new skills and explore potential hobbies. Advertisements for Balinese dance lessons hang from resort windows and art class offerings are sneakily stuck into local galleries. A significant portion of the expat population is enrolled in yoga teacher trainings and classes offering barista lessons and raw food chef certifications are easy to find. Overwhelmed with my options, I decided to narrow it down and take an art class to better understand the local…

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Travel Blogger Retreat on Koh Phangan, Thailand

October 30, 2015
Travel Blogger Retreat

I did it! My cheap ass finally decided to man up and invest some money into something that I really believe I can do. I had started a travel blog back in college “This is me Living”, paid my 14 year old, whiz kid cousin to set up my WordPress site and write some code (yeah, he was 14 and taught himself how to code!) and started writing articles. I had the ideas, I had the travel experiences, but I…

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Oops! I Booked a Party Tour in Ha Long Bay

September 26, 2015
ha long bay vietnam

Our ten year anniversary felt like a big deal, especially after spending the previous year doing long distance. Since my boyfriend and I had recently moved to Hanoi, Vietnam, it was an easy decision to spend our special day at Ha Long Bay. Based on the recommendation of a friend, we booked onto the Castaway tour for 3 days and 2 nights on a secluded island in the bay. Sounds magical right? We thought so too. Things began to seem…

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Wrapping up: What I gained from my life in Chiang Mai

September 13, 2015

It’s been nearly seven months that I’ve been living in Chiang Mai and as my yearning to leave grows stronger, I find it necessary to sit back and reflect on my time here. From walking the streets with my resume back in March to now being looked at as a “veteran” expat within the community, my experience in this city has constantly evolved. While some days were filled with hate for my teaching contract and apartment lease ball and chain,…

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How to Arrange a Temple Stay on Mt. Koya, Japan

September 8, 2015

Updated: September 2017   Visiting Japan was high on my travel bucket list. After booking a stay in Osaka and Kyoto, I decided to look for a more authentic, Japanese experience. With the usual tourist spots covered on my itinerary, I wanted to shake things up a bit and do something that was more of a Japanese experience than just sneaking photos of Geisha girls on the street. I decided on a temple stay on Mt. Koya. A Japanese temple…

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Vegan Restaurants in Chiang Mai: A Breakdown of my Favorites

September 6, 2015

I’m not going to lie to you and say that traveling while vegan is a piece of (dairy free) cake. Between language barriers and different concepts of what vegan actually means, (fish sauce still comes from an animal god damit!) successfully receiving a meal that you can actually eat can be difficult. So, when I moved to Chiang Mai after more than a year living in Asia, and realized the availability and variety of vegan food, I almost fainted with…

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