Short Stories From The Road #7: Torpedo Soup on the Menu

This is story #7 in my Short Stories from the Road series. Introduction found here Ants in Laos, frogs in Cambodia, crickets in Thailand, dogs in Vietnam… just kidding, I never ate dog. While the opportunity did present itself, I could not oblige as I love my furry friends a little too much. I never […]


Short Stories From The Road #3: Where’s the Bloody Wildlife?

This is story #3 in my Short Stories from the Road series. Introduction found here The sign stood looming before us. “BEYOND THIS POINT YOU SHOULD ENGAGE A GUIDE” I wouldn’t have used the word “engage,” but I think they got their point across regardless. After a quick glance at each other, Austin and I […]

Taman Negara Fungi

Taman Negara Rainforest: Snakes and Leeches and Fungi Oh My!

Welcome to Taman Negara! The jungle with the distinction as the world’s oldest. Pretty cool if you ask me. It’s located in the heart of Peninsular Malaysia and is definitely worth a visit. Especially since all the rainforest surrounding it for as far as you can drive has been converted to palm oil plantation. But […]


Thailand vs Malaysia: If You Can Only Choose One

Thailand and Malaysia share a border and are two of Southeast Asia’s most popular tourist destinations, but they are still distinctly different. I’d recommend a long visit to both, but if time is an issue, I’d hate to rush either country. There’s just too much to see and do! So if visiting both isn’t going […]

Malaysian Food

The Food of Malaysia

Malaysian Food cannot be summed up as only Malay. Large Chinese and Indian minority populations give this country more variety than any other Southeast Asian country that I’ve been to.

Skimboarding on Penang Malaysia

Skimboarding in Penang: Who’d of Thought?

Before the trip, my friend Austin had asked a skimboarding contact about whether there were any spots to skim in Southeast Asia. His response was the contact info of a skimboarder on the island of Penang in Malaysia. Once we made it to the island, what we found blew us away: an entire thriving skimboarding […]

Me and the Batu Caves

Officially Solo: Six Months Abroad Update

Welp, this morning I said goodbye to Austin, my travel companion over the last few months. We’ve traveled together on and off since February and quite simply, had an amazing time. Great guy and I wish him all the best in his future plans, which are quite lofty, but good for him. I’m not too […]

Langkawi Frogs

Frogs Chillin’ in a Langkawi Waterfall

After renting a motorbike and driving it clear across the Malaysian island of Langkawi, we found ourselves at the Seven Wells Waterfall. Jumping in for a dip, it wasn’t long before we realized that we had an audience. I was actually surprised how chilled out these little guys were. They didn’t flinch no matter how […]


The Perhentian Islands on a Backpacker Budget

When I think of Southeast Asia, island paradises are one of the first things that come to mind. Unfortunately, after a few island visits in Thailand, I also began to gather that paradise equated to a big hit on my wallet. Prices usually doubled upon leaving the mainland and when the Perhentian Islands were the […]