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June 20, 2014

favourites // pushing boundaries to phnom chisor


Is this real? I think to myself. Is this actually happening right now?

I'm speeding down an unpaved highway in the Cambodian countryside without a helmet, at 60km, sitting behind "Sam" my motorbike driver, holding on for dear life with one hand and eating a fried banana that he gave to me with the other. All the while, dirt and dust being kicked up from passing vehicles is hitting me in the face.

When I look up the trees lining the road give way to clear blue skies full of fluffy white clouds. Aside from the aforementioned dust, the view is stunning. We pass makeshift gas stations, which just have 1litre glass fanta bottles full of petro. We pass homes, with children and livestock roaming freely. We pass the greenest fields and trees I have ever seen.

This is the kind of stuff I read about on travel blogs and watched on travel programming, now I'm freaking experiencing it in real life!

June 16, 2014

lady! lady! where you go?


"Why you no tuktuk?" a man calls out after me. I had just politely smiled said I wanted to walk, declining his offer for a ride, "Lady! Lady! Where you go?"
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Since I arrived in Phnom Penh (above photo) on Friday, I must have been offered rides on various modes of transport close to 100 times now. This is to be expected when travelling in Southeast Asia.

Here in Phnom Penh, there are cyclos, tuktuks, motorbikes, and in a blue moon, the rare taxi, which does not have a meter of course. As a person of asian decent, I think I get asked less frequently than more visibly obvious foreigners. It comes in the form of hellos, honks of horns, charades of holding handlebars and revving, and questions of where you are going.

June 12, 2014

guesthouse // hiroshima


Currently, I'm chowing down on some Kaya toast with soft-broiled eggs in Singapore's Changi airport awaiting a connecting flight. The last 4 weeks in Japan few by so quickly. The last city I was in, Hiroshima, made me still wish I had more time. While in Hiroshima, I stayed at Akicafe Inn Guesthouse. This is the first guesthouse I've stayed at and I wish I had tried them out sooner! (I booked through expedia and it was only 2000 yen, or roughly $20 per night)

When I arrived, I wasn't sure what to expect but it was very clean, comfortable and had a great vibe.

What does a Japanese guesthouse look like?

June 8, 2014

favourites // the nakasando


Yesterday I booked a flight to Cambodia for the coming Thursday. Since my time in Japan is coming to an end, it is due time that I get my act together and start writing about it. Originally I had planned only to stay for 1.5 - 2 weeks, but due to the political instabilities in two of the countries I wanted to spend the most time in, I ended up extending my stay to 4 weeks!

I've stayed in 4 cities, Tokyo, Nagoya, Kyoto, and Osaka, over the last couple weeks and will top off my time in Hiroshima.

What has been my favourite part so far?

June 1, 2014

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Sorry for the mini-hiatus. If you follow me on instagram or facebook you know I'm still in Japan. I've been dragging my feet on the blogging front because I really wanted to enjoy my time on this trip and not force any posts.

Originally I thought I needed a blog to occupy some of my time, but the days are going by faster than when I was at home in the routine of my previous everyday life. How could 17 days have already past since I left Toronto? Really, what I'm saying is, I'm having too much fun to blog at the moment.

What have I been up to?