Sunday, November 23rd, 2014

Facing My Phobia at the Fish Spa in Bangkok

I have a few random phobias, and a few of them are about animals.  One is birds, especially pigeons — touching them, them landing on my head, poop landing on me from the sky.  But my biggest phobia of all is my fear of fish. Growing up, we would spend our summers camping on a [...]

Can I live without an iPhone? F*ck No.

Those of you who know me know that I’m unhealthily attached to my iPhone.  So I have no idea why I thought I could manage seven months with only an iPod touch, relying on free WiFi. Well, not everywhere in Bangkok has free WiFi.  You have to work to find it.  There’s the Green House [...]

Chatuchak Market: Bangkok’s Weekend Market

If you’re in Bangkok during the weekend, you must visit Chatuchak Market.  This gargantuan market is a microcosm of Bangkok in itself: chaotic, humorous, immense, diverse, full of delicious food and hot, hot, hot. Chatuchak Market, also called Jatujak Market or JJ by the locals, is open on Saturday and Sunday from 9-6.  I can’t [...]

Eating Insects in Bangkok

“You want to get bugs?” And this is why my travel blogger friends are awesome! It was my first sweltering night in Bangkok, and I was spending it on Thanon Rambutri, drinking Chang beer with two of my travel blogger friends: Pamela of Spunky Girl Monologues and Matt of Backpacking Matt. Pamela had been living [...]

Bangkok Sightseeing: Wat Pho and Wat Phra Kaew

After arriving in Bangkok, I knew where to start my sightseeing: visiting temples!  Wat Pho and Wat Phra Kaew are the two most famous ones, located right next to each other in Ko Ratanakosin. Wat Pho Wat Pho is the oldest and largest temple in Bangkok.  And by temple, it’s actually several temples within one [...]

Boston A to Z: 26 Perfect Photos

It’s time to pay tribute to my beloved hometown: Boston, Massachusetts. Since a picture can convey much more than words, here are my favorite 26 things of Boston, shown in photos, A-Z! Architecture.  I.M. Pei knew what he was doing when he juxtaposed the Hancock Tower with Trinity Church! Brunch cocktails.  Try a blood orange [...]

Packing List for Seven Months in Asia

So, how do you pack one small backpack for seven months in Southeast Asia? It’s not easy. I’ve agonized over every single item in here.  And yes, I’m well aware that I’ve overpacked.  I couldn’t help it.  But I’ll send items home if I need to. When it comes to clothing in general, I’m like [...]

Why Do I Feel So Guilty?

The Asia Jaunt is about to begin.  The day after tomorrow, I leave for New York; the next day, I fly to Bangkok via Seoul. You’d think I’m excited — and I am.  I’m very excited, and I’m very much looking forward to my adventure. It’s just that an overwhelming guilt has taken over my [...]

A Day at the Maine Diner

Before leaving for seven months in Asia, I knew that I had to get my final New England lobster fix.  And for me, there’s only one place: the Maine Diner. You know that I’ve extolled its virtues before.  It’s one of very few restaurants for which I’m willing to drive over an hour.  You can [...]

The Gellert Baths of Budapest

Image: chop1n One of the nice surprises about Budapest is that you’ll find thermal baths all over the city!  The baths are built around natural hot springs, and because there are so many establishments throughout the city, most of them are a bargain to visit. My friends and I knew that we had to go. [...]