On Growing Up: Age 23

It was my 23rd birthday last weekend, which means I’m 2 years closer to cheaper car rentals! I did think about that silver lining for a while and that was the best of what I came up with… Birthdays for me a generally an emotional roller coaster. On one hand, I love large gatherings… but at the same time, I hate large gatherings for me. Which puts me in a weird position of having quite a small birthday celebration when really I’d rather chill with the whole lot of them. Without being the person to invite anyone. But that’s not the point of … Continue reading

Seeing Stromae

Based on my Instagram, a blind man could tell that I saw Stromae a few weekends ago and lost my shit. I lost it so hard that I questioned whether I ever had shit to begin with. I’m not even going to bother with telling you who Stromae is because if you don’t know, well, you should be ashamed of yourself. Let me just preface this by saying I am not into celebrities. I could couldn’t care less who’s dating who and what they’ve done to their face recently. So the fact that I booked a flight to Denver from Austin … Continue reading

On Travel Blogging

I was born traveling. Within the first 10 years of my life, I’d been to Los Angeles, Singapore, Japan, and Taiwan. Instead of memories filled with chasing down ice cream trucks in the neighborhood, I held onto the time I floated on a crocodile floatie in a pool in Singapore or the time I ate wonderful sweet treats from a stick on the street in Taiwan. However, like many things, I wasn’t able to appreciate it until I realized it was missing from my life. Come sophomore year in college, I was feeling a bit tied down, physically and spiritually. … Continue reading

Looking for some clarity on Mount Bonnell

Last Thursday, I enlisted a few travel coworkers to come hike with me after work. Things have been a bit rough recently and when this happens, I find that retreating back to nature helps me the most. Although “hike” would be a generous word for the path up to Mount Bonnell, the views at the top were worth it (worth what, the lack of hike? Everything’s worth the lack of physical activity). Honestly, we should’ve known it wasn’t going to be tiring when a group of businessmen still in their suits strolled up the gravel path. Alongside the path were rocks … Continue reading

Why you should travel with a GoPro

February, before heading off on my post-study-abroad 6-week backpacking trip, I took the plunge and bought a GoPro. I justified this purchase by telling myself that I didn’t want to lug out the ol’ DSLR while in Morocco, drawing more attention to myself as a tourist than necessary. But honestly? While skiing during the winter, I’d gotten my hands on my friend’s GoPro and became addicted. It was astonishingly simple to use; just strap it onto any mount, strap that to somewhere stable on your body or on the stick, and head off! There are only three buttons: one that … Continue reading