Eating out in Korea

A Calendar Year Abroad: Reviewing 2017

This year has been one for the books. Back in August 2016, we never could have truly seen how our lives would twist, tumble, and change. I want to take a moment to review and appreciate the amazing adventure our first calendar year abroad has been. From friends to our jobs and on to travel, … Continue reading A Calendar Year Abroad: Reviewing 2017

The architecture of Singapore

The Architecture of Singapore, Part 9

People call Singapore the Fine City for many reasons. Comparatively, the laws concerning public behavior are strict, resulting in literal fines if you don't comply. Additionally, the cost of living is high. We talked to an Indian family who told us that the government taxes cars heavily, both in their purchase and on the road. … Continue reading The Architecture of Singapore, Part 9

Beautiful photo of Singapore's architectural Downtown Core

The Hearty Durian (Or, the Food We Loved to Regret in Singapore, Part 8)

Though we had an amazing time in Kuala Lumpur and wanted to stay, we had to move on. The next morning, we hopped on an hour-long flight to Singapore, the land of the mythic king of fruits, the hearty durian. Now Singapore was an interesting beast. It was our least favorite of the three countries … Continue reading The Hearty Durian (Or, the Food We Loved to Regret in Singapore, Part 8)

A Palace, a Temple Tour, Banana Leaves, and More, Part 7

The previous evening, we had made our way up Menara KL Tower and watched a beautiful fountain show by the Petronas Twin Towers. Today, we thought it would be best to go around on our own temple tour while continuing to graze our way through the spicy delicacies that Kuala Lumpur had to offer. But … Continue reading A Palace, a Temple Tour, Banana Leaves, and More, Part 7

The Petronas Twin Towers Are a Treat at Night, Part 6

LAST TIME: During their adventures that morning in KL, our heroes had made their way past Lord Murugan into the Batu Caves only to confront his monkey henchmen! Later, the mysterious spirit-guide reappeared to recharge them for their journey through Merdeka Square and Masjid Jamek. All along, KL Tower and the Petronas Twin Towers haunted them in the distance. As … Continue reading The Petronas Twin Towers Are a Treat at Night, Part 6

Beautiful sunset with Lotte World Tower skyline

Living Abroad: Think Twice Before Quitting Your Job

In case you've been away and somehow didn't know, I upended my life in America to teach abroad in South Korea. I spent a lot of time thinking about whether or not this move would be beneficial or detrimental to my goals. I did what I usually do when I'm mulling over a question: I researched...

Angry Monkeys Attack at Batu Caves (and Historical KL), Part 5

After our first full day in Malaysia, we were loving the food and loving the country. But today we had plans to visit the famous Batu Caves and other cultural attractions around central KL. So after eating breakfast (again, with kaya toast! delicious), we walked along until we got to the Komuter rail. Getting to … Continue reading Angry Monkeys Attack at Batu Caves (and Historical KL), Part 5

Great pancake snack stand on Petaling Street

Petaling Street in KL Is the Big Time (Or, Gimme a Whole Lotta’ Roti Prata, Part 4)

I'll be short: I was so excited for dinner at Petaling Street our first night in Malaysia, but it was totally sidetracked. The time it took getting out of the airport in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia was a bit of a bummer. From long lines at immigration, difficulties with an ATM, buying umbrellas and bug repellent, … Continue reading Petaling Street in KL Is the Big Time (Or, Gimme a Whole Lotta’ Roti Prata, Part 4)

Taipei 101 and the city at sunset

Taipei Christmas (Or, Yongkang Street and the Best View, Part 3)

I never expected to be in a city like Taipei on Christmas Day. And perhaps symbolically, this was one of my favorite days of the entire trip. Our walk about brought us to many beautiful and cultural highlights. Traditionally, I'm usually at home with family, a tree lit in the background and rugrats screaming around the … Continue reading Taipei Christmas (Or, Yongkang Street and the Best View, Part 3)

Shilin Night Market, Snails, and Trails (Or, Why Taiwan Is a Foodie’s Paradise, Part 2)

Day two of our trip would have us exploring a mountain, cultural streets, and a night market. If there's one thing I love about going new places, it's the food. Nevertheless, since we were hitting three different countries, the cost concerned me. I wanted to keep it as affordable as possible, especially since living for 10 … Continue reading Shilin Night Market, Snails, and Trails (Or, Why Taiwan Is a Foodie’s Paradise, Part 2)