Hangzhou, Historical, Lynn, Outdoors, Shanghai, Urban, Work, Wuhan

The First Time I _____ Alone

12 Jun , 2016   Gallery

So I really wasn’t sure how best to title this post, given that the experience I’m going to write about was a first for me, but first of what, I can’t seem to pinpoint. Not the first time I got an airplane by myself. I did that for work in early 20s going to Baltimore, Maryland […]

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Hangzhou, Historical, Lynn, Outdoors, Shanghai, Urban, Work, Wuhan

Itinerary: Two Weeks in China

11 Jun , 2016  

Dates Travelled: April 11, 2013-April 23, 2013 Number of days: ~13 including flight, 11 days not including travel time Cities Travelled: ~4  (Shanghai, Wuhan, ZhuJiaJiao, Hangzhou) Total Personal days: ~6 days Series Tag: China2013  Day 1-2 – Paris to Shanghai to Wuhan Arrived in Shanghai at 7am Pudong Airport Flew from Pudong to Wuahn Tianhe Airport at 11am Checked in at hotel […]

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Jo, Outdoors, USA, Work

The time I was forced to go on vacation

2 Jun , 2016  

So it was Sunday night and I was supposed to be off in two days and we had booked nothing with no idea what to do. “Am I going to end up wasting my precious vacation?” I dry sobbed. We live in a strange time.  Digital technology has enabled us to shrink the world, and at the […]

India, Lynn, Urban, Work

The Time I Celebrated Ganesh Chaturthi

22 May , 2016   Gallery

Fireworks. If there’s something that should invoke excitement in anyone of any age, it should be fireworks. I’m not talking firecrackers you light up in a park on July 4th/Victoria Day/Chinese New Year or whatever excuse you get to use to buy these explosives out of a truck parked on a side street that’s illegal […]

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Adventures, Canada, Jo, Outdoors

The time we went to the Devil’s Punchbowl

4 Apr , 2016  

Every step sucked at my feet, trying to swallow me.  A moist smacking sound followed each step. A wet squelch would come when I managed to pull my rubber boot free each time. It was me versus the mud and I was determined not to lose. E and I were on an outdoor mission after hibernating […]

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Lynn, Outdoors, Sri Lanka, Work

The Time I was Forced on a Guided Shopping Tour [Sri Lanka]

20 Mar , 2016   Gallery

I didn’t get to fly much as an adolescent. Between immigrating to Canada at 9 and up to my second year university at 19, I don’t recall getting on an airplane except once back to Taiwan when I was 12. Travelling at the time mostly involved driving to the  US and within Canada, so my understanding of the […]

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India, Lynn, Sri Lanka, Work

The First Time I Went to India for Work

7 Mar , 2016  

When I told people I was going to be going to India and Sri Lanka for work, I was uber excited but was mostly met with a mixture of surprise and concern by the people I told. Growing up, I went to school with a lot of people whose parents come from India and Sri Lanka, […]

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Netherlands, Roadtrip

The Time We Ate Poon in the Netherlands

22 Feb , 2016   Gallery

Although the breakfast at IKEA was ingenious and delicious, it, of course, was not the only thing we ate on our roadtrip. In fact, as I had mentioned before, it was so rainy in the last leg of our trip that we didn’t get to do much, except eat. After we left Brussels, where we […]

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Adventures, Jo, Myanmar, Travel tips

5 Reasons You Should Skip Myanmar…For Now

12 Feb , 2016  

I recently did a quick round-up of why you should visit Myanmar right now. A lot of it was focused on the tourism sector’s relative infancy compared to other well-beaten paths in South East Asia.  For some people, the new-ness is a draw.  For others, it could be a drawback. Just as a precursor, this […]

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Adventures, Jo, Myanmar, Outdoors

The time we flew over Bagan in a hot air balloon

29 Jan , 2016  

It took me years to finally bite the bullet and dump $300 on what I thought would be a 5-minute skydive. Years later, I can still remember my heart pounding.  The thrill, the exhilaration, the force of the wind pushing my breath back into my throat. Skydiving was definitely more than a 5-minute experience. It was the […]

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