What I Will (And Won’t) Miss About South Korea

I’ve just left South Korea after over a year there, which is the longest time I’ve ever spent abroad. It was an experience full of adjectives – exhilarating, confusing, educational, frustrating, amazing – and never boring. I’ve been thinking a lot about the bittersweetness of my departure, and of all the things I will and […]


PHOTO: Man, Son, Boat – Malapascua, Philippines

Right now, I’m visiting family in San Francisco, California. It’s my first time in the States in over a year and my first time seeing my extended family in much longer than that. It’s been wonderful to see all of them, so for this week’s photo, I wanted to share another family’s portrait. This one’s […]


PHOTO: ROK Soldier Looking Into North Korea

This week’s photo is from my recent visit to the DMZ (Demilitarized Zone) that separates North and South Korea. This photo was taken inside the JSA (Joint Security Area), in which visitors can actually cross the line into North Korea. This South Korean soldier is standing on guard looking into North Korea. He is standing […]


Link Roundup – Money & Travel Edition

Since I pretty much suck at getting these finished each week, I am going to change the title from “Links of the Week” to “Link Roundup.” That way, I get to slack off more. Yay! And because you are extra lucky, this first roundup even has a theme: money and traveling. (Did I mention I’m […]


PHOTO: Thai Elephant Conservation Center

In a recent interview with lovely Amanda of A Dangerous Business, I was asked what my favorite travel experience has been thus far. I immediately thought of my time at the Thai Elephant Conservation Center in Lampang, Thailand. I spent some of the best days of my life at this wonderful place. Want to know what my version of crack […]


Links of the Week – 2/9/12

Filipino boy on boat

Here are the coolest things I’ve found around the web in the past week. (Okay, fine, the past few weeks.) Jack & Jill Travel featured an awesome photo post of Cambodian houses on stilts. Exactly what I pictured when Brangelina said they were adopting a baby from there. I love animals. Like kind of a […]


Seven Things That Surprised Me About Tokyo

Traffic at Shibuya Crossing

I was going to try to make this a list of five things, as that is a nice number, and it would match my Five Things That Didn’t Surprise Me About Tokyo. But, I failed. Too many things surprised me about Tokyo. And I thought I knew about Japan. I am half-Japanese, after all. Here […]


Five Things That Didn’t Surprise Me About Tokyo

1. The women are gorgeous and incredibly stylish. I mean, gorgeous. I walked into one department store and thought to myself, “There are more beautiful women on this floor than in the entire state of Ohio.” This picture does not do them justice, but I didn’t want to be a creeper and start taking photos […]