Bandung: A Volcano, Hot Springs, and lots of Free Time

“Rent a Car” and foreign exchange counters were the first things welcoming us as we walked out of the Jakarta airport in Indonesia. Ignoring the desperate calls of the car company representatives, we decided to first exchange our money. At the time (May 2011), CAD$1 would buy you around Indonesian Rs. 8,500. I exchanged about $100 and left the forex shop with a fat wallet full of rupiahs. It was hard to imagine where I’d spend 85,000 during the next two weeks in Indonesia. But I would soon learn that with water bottles priced at Rs.2,000 each, and a good meal easily costing Rs.20,000, I would spend it all plus much more. But hey it was still super cheap, so say the least.


Stopover in Singapore

I started writing my Singapore journal thinking that it would be one my shortest blogposts. We barely spent three days there, I thought. As was the case in Hong Kong, the rising mercury had had no mercy on us. It was hot as hell, I recalled, which had prevented me from truly enjoying myself. But as I began to write, I realized how so very wrong I was! Everything I had seen in that short span of time came back to me: there was a museum shaped like a huge lotus flower… a theatre molded into a giant durian… a long bridge curving like the DNA Helix… a luxurious ship chilling on the heads of three tall buildings… and a jumbo-sized wheel looking over everything like a boss! This, my friends, is just a simplified description of the magnificence of downtown Singapore only. Wait till you hear what else makes this city-state a true modern Asian attraction.


Beijing Through my Eyes (Part 2 of 2)

Beijing has a lot to offer a tourist. To me, some of the sights are much more memorable than others because of the crazy situations I got into… Read on and check out my video! 😀

This post is continued from Beijing through my Eyes (Part 1 of 2).

Love at First Sight – The Great Wall of China

What does a “Wonder of the World” feel like? I think I know after seeing this one.  From the second I caught a glimpse of it, I knew it was going to be stunning. But it was much more than that.  It connects past civilizations with the present in a way that is impossible to describe in words.  Truly a masterpiece!  Its breath taking scenery and never ending length has left me with a memory to last forever.  Oh Great Wall, how could I not fall for you?

Stealing because my camera couldn’t have captured this


Beijing Through My Eyes (Part 1 of 2)

Characters of the Story: F.L.A.T.S.A.M.
Each Letter stands for one person. One of the A’s is myself =)

First View

Vertical Panorama View

I was lucky to have the window seat and had my first view of China as we finally approached land after flying over the Pacific for hours.  Saying that we were super duper excited is an understatement.


The Recipe for an Epic Summer

Life is not divided into semesters. You don’t get summers off, and very few employers are interested in helping you find yourself. Do that on your own time. ~ Bill Gates

What’s the best way to celebrate the end of 17 years of school? To go on a memorable vacation with your friends, of course! And that’s exactly what I’m doing. (I know… I can’t get over the fact that I’m done!)