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not-so-lonely girl living in an open world. casual vegan with serious meandering issues.

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Orientalism, Memoirs of a Geisha, and Sex Workers

Orientalism, Memoirs of a Geisha, and Sex Workers

Growing up, I had exposure to Asian culture, albeit superficial. Asian women were the pinnacle of beauty to me as a child- I picked out a certain American Girl doll as a birthday gift simply because she looked the most “Asian.” I was envious of her long, […]

Evolving Views on Fatness and Self-Love

Evolving Views on Fatness and Self-Love

Oprah on stage with a wheelbarrow of 67 pounds of fat to represent her weight loss, in 1988.  Content Warning: Fat-shaming, thinspo, symptoms of eating disorders, and racism are discussed in this post, and in links featured at the end. There is a growing national […]

Trang Layover: Sleep & Eat

Trang Layover: Sleep & Eat

On the weekend of December 9th-11th in 2016, I had a long weekend from my position as a Thai University teacher thanks to Constitution Day. Based on the first of 11 coups in Thailand during the 2oth century, this holiday has a fascinating history. I’m […]

Recommended Chinese Fiction + Nonfiction

Recommended Chinese Fiction + Nonfiction

My love affair with historical fiction and nonfiction books started once I returned from China in 2012 (I discuss my trip to China and how it ignited a passion for travel in my first post, here). Intrigued by the palpable, rich historic aura of the […]

Vegan Eats + Khao Yai / Phimai Master Post

Vegan Eats + Khao Yai / Phimai Master Post

My friend Ryan and I managed to squeeze a lot of adventure into a 3 day weekend in the Khorat Plateau. With a rental car, we saw many highlights in the region: we stayed in Nakhon Ratchasima, got lost in Khao Yai National Park, saw […]

Serial Season 2 + Prasat Hin Phimai

Serial Season 2 + Prasat Hin Phimai

After getting hopelessly lost in Khao Yai National Park, Ryan and I decided to soothe our egos by sightseeing elsewhere the next day. We headed off to Phimai Historical Park. This is an hour north of where we were staying in Nakhon Ratchasima and almost […]

Getting Lost in Khao Yai National Park

Getting Lost in Khao Yai National Park

Let me tell you about Khao Yai. As Thailand’s first national park (established in 1962) it’s humongous- it encompasses over 770 square miles. The mountainous geography is stunning and attracts tourists from abroad. It’s home to many endangered animals, like elephants, gibbons, tigers, Malaysian sun bears, […]

Travel Reads: From the Apache Wars to Alzheimer’s

Travel Reads: From the Apache Wars to Alzheimer’s

Traveling cheaply in Southeast Asia entails long rides in buses and trains. Reading helps to pass the time. Though bumpy roads are common, there’s usually little else to do! Here are 4 books I’ve read within the last month during my travels in Southern Vietnam […]

Nakhon Ratchasima Hotel Review: Flamingo Hotel

Nakhon Ratchasima Hotel Review: Flamingo Hotel

In anticipation of the 3 day long weekend in Thailand, my friend Ryan and I went to Khao Yai National Park, which is 3 hours northeast of Bangkok. That Monday, December 5, had a national holiday in Thailand as Father’s Day. However, because of King […]

Lopburi/Saraburi Sights + Youtube Video

Lopburi/Saraburi Sights + Youtube Video

Wat Phra Sri Mattana Rahathat at sunset Though I went to Lopburi for its annual Monkey Festival Banquet, I saw more than Wat Prang Sam Yot, or the monkey temple. Lopburi, which is 2.5 hours north of Bangkok, has plenty of ruins to offer. King […]

Vietnamese Coffee Giveaway!

Vietnamese Coffee Giveaway!

Hi all, I’ve decided to host a giveaway for the loyal followers of this site! The winner gets 2 bags of authentic Vietnamese coffee beans and 2 bags of authentic Vietnamese coffee grounds, from three different coffee plantations! The giveaway initially had a deadline of […]