Travel ~ Here & there

A Summer Spent at Big Bear Lake

A Summer Spent at Big Bear Lake

Realizing that it was already midnight, I looked up and saw the sky full of stars....

Tulum Daydream Days

Tulum Daydream Days

Most mornings were spent walking on the beach and afternoons lounging and eating fish tacos

Azulik

Azulik

The magic begins as you enter a cave-like opening made entirely of wood

Yucatan & Quintana Roo Cenotes

Yucatan & Quintana Roo Cenotes

The water was so inviting I couldn't resist jumping in

Las Piramides de Teotihuacan

Las Piramides de Teotihuacan

The name means The City of Gods in the native Aztec language

Mexico City

Mexico City

Mexico City was much more than good food, talented artists, and old architecture

The Treehouse in the Rainforest

The Treehouse in the Rainforest

I felt some relief. It didn't look like one of those dark, scary forests

Alaska Part 2:  Looking for Bears

Alaska Part 2: Looking for Bears

This is our planet. This is real. You are a tiny nobody in a vast and...

Alaska Part 1: Cold Mountains and Wild Animals

Alaska Part 1: Cold Mountains and Wild Animals

And that's probably what made me want to visit Alaska--that I knew so little about it

Naoshima Island: An Exploration into Art

Naoshima Island: An Exploration into Art

It was like stepping inside a painting. I went in and allowed it to swallow me...

Kyoto: Traveling Back in Time

Kyoto: Traveling Back in Time

I imagine waking up in the morning, sipping warm tea while staring out at the garden,...

Tokyo Walks

Tokyo Walks

Our eight days walking around the city made me remember how much I love photography

Tokyo: Neon Signs and Infinite Alleys

Tokyo: Neon Signs and Infinite Alleys

You become nothing more than a set of limbs--a part of a whole, moving in a...

My Four-Day Journey from San Francisco to New York by Train

My Four-Day Journey from San Francisco to New York by Train

It's as if the train is a confession booth where people step in to share their...

Palm Springs

Palm Springs

There is beauty in minimal design--of keeping only what's important

Salton Sea

Salton Sea

A closer look revealed that they were, in fact, thousands of fish bone fragments

Mendocino

Mendocino

When our arms became too tired, we'd draw our paddles in and let the current carry...

Specimens

Specimens

Every few feet, we'd stop and see a fresh group of mushrooms growing on the side...

Postcards from Amsterdam

Postcards from Amsterdam

The pedestrian and bike lane were only separated by a line so it was confusing for...

White Spaces

White Spaces

According to folklore, two trolls were dragging a ship to shore when daybreak came and turned...

Looking for Whales

Looking for Whales

Every time someone pointed at the water, people turned to that direction only to see nothing

Reykjavík

Reykjavík

If you gazed up, you'd see snowflakes dancing, twirling around in circles, before landing on the...

San Francisco Streets

San Francisco Streets

The light summer clothes that we're used to wearing now transforms into cozy sweaters and thick...

Oregon Star Party

Oregon Star Party

We converged in darkness illuminated only by red flashlights. I had never seen so many stars...

Matt Davis Trail

Matt Davis Trail

A spontaneous 2-hour hike up a mountain with flip-flops, snacks, and a couple of new friends

Six.Five Hours Away

Six.Five Hours Away

At dawn, before the sun came out, we rented a car and drove all the way...

The Great Big Ocean

The Great Big Ocean

It wasn't the first time I had seen the Pacific Ocean, but it was the first...

On the Road

On the Road

Point Reyes is a cape sitting several miles in Marin County, northwest of San Francisco

Rediscovering the Meaning of Being

Rediscovering the Meaning of Being

I fell in love with San Francisco. From the hilly, winding roads to the infinite cozy...

Boracay

Boracay

I could live like this--falling in a trance, watching the blue sea as it blends with...

And the Final Stop: Chiang Mai

And the Final Stop: Chiang Mai

That sense of belonging, of knowing, and remembering--that's how I felt when I woke up that...

Visiting Ayutthaya

Visiting Ayutthaya

Ayutthaya was a lovely place if only I'd paid more attention to it

Ghostly Monks of Amphawa

Ghostly Monks of Amphawa

I noticed a slow, ghostly shape gliding in the canal

Amphawa Floating Market

Amphawa Floating Market

People ate their meals by the canal on a wooden platform

Railroads & Greenery

Railroads & Greenery

We heard the train whistle and the slow chugging of its engine

The Train to Kanchanaburi

The Train to Kanchanaburi

As soon as the taxi sped off, I realized that I didn't know where I was

Walking Around Bangkok

Walking Around Bangkok

At first glance, Bangkok looks chaotic

The Center of the Backpacking Universe

The Center of the Backpacking Universe

Everyone was supposed to be out of the streets by 10 PM

Yogyakarta

Yogyakarta

If there's one word that I would use to describe Yogyakarta, it'd be Texture

Prambanan

Prambanan

I came here for the legend

Borobudur Sunrise

Borobudur Sunrise

Everything I felt was of no importance compared to the grandness of this place

The People You Meet Along the Way

The People You Meet Along the Way

Even though we just met, they went out of their way to make me feel like...

A Walk Around the Island

A Walk Around the Island

I heard a faint sound coming from one of the houses. Chanting

The Quiet Charms of Nusa Lembongan

The Quiet Charms of Nusa Lembongan

Deep inside I knew I was lost

Walking Around Kuta

Walking Around Kuta

I developed a habit of shaking my head sideways as I walked down the street

Bali’s Water Temples

Bali’s Water Temples

With luck, the sun was out when we got there

An Unlikely Incident

An Unlikely Incident

But then there was a sudden tilt to the right and an 'Oh no!' coming out...

Festive Encounter

Festive Encounter

Noticing the stranger, the girls curiously looked at my camera and then flashed a smile at...

East Bali: Of Ferries & People

East Bali: Of Ferries & People

I was amazed at how the passengers were able to maneuver themselves so they wouldn't fall...

Bali Salt Farmers

Bali Salt Farmers

The farmers cross paths without stopping to say hi

Kintamani and Anything Along the Way

Kintamani and Anything Along the Way

I found myself in a car with four strangers from different parts of the world

Tales of Monkey Forest

Tales of Monkey Forest

I was hoping there'd be more people so the chances of me being attacked by macaques...

Ubud: Early Morning Walk

Ubud: Early Morning Walk

Taking a right turn, I found myself walking towards Ubud market

Expectations

Expectations

What have I gotten myself into? Am I doing the right thing here?

Strolling Around the Neighborhood 2

Strolling Around the Neighborhood 2

As if being pulled by an invisible string, I followed my intuition

Preparing For My First Solo Trip

Preparing For My First Solo Trip

My soul-searching begins next Monday!

Neighborhood Stroll

Neighborhood Stroll

Every brick, every motion, or the lack thereof becomes more significant than they are

Mount Pinatubo Trek

Mount Pinatubo Trek

I was completely blown away by the landscape

Two Days in Apo Island

Two Days in Apo Island

The water was calm, there were no waves in sight, making the horizon look infinite

Passing By Baguio

Passing By Baguio

I have fond memories of eating fresh vegetables, riding horses, and walking the hilly streets

Sagada Part II

Sagada Part II

Nothing seems to be going our way

Sagada Part I

Sagada Part I

I stared outside for what seemed like hours watching the mist move through the mountains

When the Storm Comes

When the Storm Comes

"Let's go!" I said, grabbing the only thing I needed to bring—a camera

Third World

Third World

The local kids ran around excited

South But Not Too South

South But Not Too South

We drive down from the city

City Folks Out and About

City Folks Out and About

Only now that it's swallowed back into the forest do I wish I saw it when...

Chasing the Sun

Chasing the Sun

Jeremie and I decided to leave everything behind

Dream of Dreams

Dream of Dreams

My eyes trail the wires and wires connected by wooden posts