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Cat Island (Also known as Gili T)

They say that there are more cats than people on Gili Trawangan. I definitely believe that. But the strange part is that none of them have full tails. In fact, they either have no tails whatsoever or it looks like half of the tail was chopped off. After encountering an entire half-tailed family while walking … Continue reading »

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Only 100 meters outside of Ubud

I met Megan as I was leaving my first hotel in Ubud, Bali and on my way to my second. I found the first room to be very dark and realized that I could get more for my money if I did a little face to face bargaining with other hotels. About 3 minutes after … Continue reading »

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Crash and Burn in Hong Kong

I met up with a New York friend, who is known to embrace a good time, in Hong Kong. He was there for a few days to attend a global private equity conference. The night of the conference’s big dinner, he finagled me a pass and a seat at his dinner table. I pieced an … Continue reading »

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Hans and Wolfgang in Halong Bay

I met Hans and Wolfgang when we first sat down to dinner aboard our ship bound for Halong Bay, Vietnam. Two middle-aged German men, each with a dry sense of humor and an air of familiarity that instantly made them feel like family. Wolfgang had lived in Indonesia for over nine years in addition to … Continue reading »

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Flashpackers

Prior to my departure from New York, numerous people asked me if I would be backpacking through Asia. My response: not quite. At the time, I really didn’t have a proper term to describe what I was doing as I wasn’t a budget backpacker nor was I luxury traveler. At the Red Bridge Cooking school … Continue reading »

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Pussy Cat in Hanoi

I was sitting at a cafe in Hanoi, politely minding my own business when a nice western family came in to the cafe. The mother and father walked in first followed by their wobbling 2 year old daughter. I gave her a big smile and a wave. Then she started pointing at me yelling, “pussy, pussy.” A … Continue reading »

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Saigon Moonwalk

Two Irish girls who I met briefly in the Siem Reap airport insisted that, when in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam), I must do the Vietnam Vespa Adventure tour at night. As I am currently in a place where when someone says, “jump off this bridge, it was awesome,” I say, “where,” I signed … Continue reading »

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Stuck in No Man’s Land

Leaving Thailand can be surprisingly difficult, so can getting in. Most of my trip so far has been planned at the last minute. I’ve learned that prices don’t change much if you buy a flight the day before and, if they do, you can easily go into a booking agency (they are everywhere) and you … Continue reading »

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Cooking with Poo

Taking a cooking class in Bangkok came highly recommended. And, since I already feel like I’m gorging my way through Asia, I thought a cooking class would be very fitting for when I return to New York  and feel like eating Asian food again (8-12 months). With a little research, I came across, cookingwithpoo.com. I was … Continue reading »

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Anticlimactic Koh Samui

Sunday morning I woke up before dawn, suffocated and sweating in my down comforter (remember, I’m in a tropical paradise). I decided to go for a walk on the beach to watch the sunrise and perhaps visit what was described on my map as “the most popular tourist attraction in Koh Samui.”  This: http://www.kosamui.com/lamai-beach/hinta-hinyai.htm Yes, really. On … Continue reading »

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