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Shanghai Quick Start Guide

This post has been on my to-do list for ages. Today, I met new friends who are in the city for the first time to attend Le Wagon coding camp! Finally, I have a reason to write this and add some value. Here are some of my favourite places in Shanghai. If you’ve been in Shanghai for a while, please feel free to add your favs in the comments!

10 Days in Thailand & Cambodia

bangkok, Thailand, flower market

Day 1: Bangkok Arrived in Bangkok. There were 4 of us; one coming from Shanghai, two from Washington D.C., and another from Michigan. We managed to all arrived within 24 hours of one another. We spent the night at THA City Hotel, a no frill, cozy boutique in a nice part of the city. Conveniently located and easy to get around. Day 2-4: Koh Samet The hotel arranged a taxi … Read more

3 Days in Siem Reap

cambodia siem reap itinerary, angkor wat

On a whirlwind trip with my Peace Corps loves in January, we hit up Cambodia. We traveled just after New Year, and thus was a high tourist season. Angkor Wat was understandably crowded, but I live in China, so nothing is that crowded for me. The city isn’t very big, so depending on how much temple-hopping and relaxing you want to do, 3 days can be enough. Our main activity … Read more

One week in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam

I’ve been living in Asia for the last four years, but yet never ventured to Vietnam. I heard there is good coffee, so I decided to give it a go! One note of caution: Vietnam recently changed its visa policy for Americans. We now are able to obtain 1 year, multiple entry tourist visas to Vietnam. Downside is, that visa costs $135, and no other short-term visas are available; not … Read more

Birthday Cleanse: Yoga Detox Retreat in Kerala, India

The sanctuary where we practiced many hours of yoga, meditation, and relaxation. On the start of a new journey, each day is filled with incredible newness. When a day goes by, it feels as though a week has passed. My 30s has been this way thus far. Several months ago, I felt my life was losing direction. The corporate grind and the comfortable Shanghai life bored me. I needed clarity, … Read more

Inner Mongolia: Xiwuqi Grassland Marathon

I attempted my very first timed race in the Xiwuqi Grassland Marathon in Inner Mongolia. Races are a great excuse for travel. Inner Mongolia is fascinating, and I felt as though I’ve been transported to another world while running on the grassland. Day 1: Shanghai – Hohhot We took the direct flight from Shanghai Hongqiao to Hohhot (呼和浩特) in the morning. Checked into the Holiday Inn. Spent the afternoon roaming the … Read more

Icy Winter Wonderland

Every winter, I see the famous Snow and Ice Festival on my social media timeline from friends whom live in China. I am not one for crowded tourist attractions, and never quite feel the crowd is worth whatever amazing thing one is meant to see. Yet, when my friend Jen asked if I want to check out Harbin for the weekend, I agreed. Don’t knock it until you try it, … Read more

Year-end in Yangshuo

Last Minute Booking 2014 had been a very busy year. Few weeks ago, when Ctrip had round-trip flights from Shanghai to Guilin for 789 RMB all-inclusive. I booked it. I had booked the trip rather spontaneously, and decided a trip alone to reflect was the best way to end and begin a year. After speaking to a few friends, it was evident that I should spend my time in Yangshuo. … Read more

24hr Vacay

Recently, I’ve been getting back into running. I’m not a good runner by any means, but I enjoy the process. I enjoy the meditative nature of zoning out to music and having time totally to myself. Since being introduced to Runnershai, a running group in Shanghai, I’ve been going to the Tuesday night run when I can. Recently, the group organized a 24-hour relay challenge. I hadn’t planned on going, … Read more