yangmingshan

Final Rainy Hike in Yangmingshan, Taiwan

For my final journey through Taiwan's Yangmingshan National Park, my luck with the weather did not change. It was a wet hike as a memory.
Dotonburi canal

I Don’t Trust TripAdvisor’s Travel Reviews

I'm not a fan of TripAdvisor for the most part. They have some worthwhile information and deals for travelers, but the crowd-sourced reviews are awful.
kavalan whisky

A Taste of Kavalan, Taiwan’s Premier Whisky

As my first assignment as a freelance reporter in Taiwan, I took a trip to the Kavalan Whisky distillery in Yilan for a taste of award-winning whisky.
florence italy

Street Scenes in Florence, Italy

Wandering the streets of Italian cities like Florence was a beautiful experience, even in the heat of August.
portuguese stew taipei

Eating Around Taipei

There are a lot of great and interesting restaurants in Taipei. Here is just some of what I ate in Taipei, including Modern Toilet and Din Tai Fung.
sand dunes mui ne

In the Sand Dunes of Mũi Né

A brief adventure in the White Sand Dunes of Mui Ne, Vietnam.
washington dc

Cocktail and Beer Exploration in Washington, DC

On a trip through Washington, DC to find more than just Smithsonian Museums and monuments. This time it was to find some great drinks.
ben thanh market saigon

Traveler Reads: The Quiet American by Graham Greene

Review of Graham Greene's The Quiet American, one of Anthony Bourdain's favorite books, which is set in Vietnam during its war with France.
yehliu taiwan

Otherworldly Rock Formations at Yehliu

On a day off from work, I headed to the northern tip of Taiwan to see the natural wonder that is the rock formations at Yehliu Geopark.
columbia trail

Biking Along the Columbia Trail in New Jersey

As the weather warmed up in New Jersey, I joined a group for a bike ride along the Columbia Trail. Afterwards, we stopped at Long Valley Brewpub for lunch and beer.
jersey city brew fest

Drinking Local at the Jersey City Brew Fest

"Drinking is an emotional thing. It joggles you out of the standardism of everyday life, out of everything being the same." - Charles Bukowski I hadn't...
heavenly lake temple

Literary Travel Inspiration

"What is true peace, I cannot know. A hundred wars have come and gone as I’ve grown old. I bear their burdens in my bones. Mine’s the...
mui ne seafood

Seafood Feast in Mui Ne, Vietnam

Exploring all the seafood, and a few other dishes, that Mui Ne has to offer. As Mui Ne is a tourist resort town, the food wasn't as good as in other parts of Vietnam, but there were some highlights.
bagan myanmar

Traveler Reads: Burmese Days by George Orwell

The categorization of expats is what makes George Orwell's Burmese Days relevant today. The scenery and situations may have changed, but there is much more with which to identify as we travel the world.
patuxai south view

Touring Vientiane on a Bike

On my first full day in Vientiane, I decided to go biking through the capital city. While biking Vientiane made it easier to see more of the city, I should've been better prepared.