The Monday Meows

I admit it. I am and always have been a cat lady. Maybe even a cat freak. Ex-boyfriends have likened me to this domesticated animal, possibly because I am independent, can be quite sassy, and like to come and go as I please. If I could choose to be animal, I would be a bird- but … Continue reading The Monday Meows

Bucket Lists Part II: Aspirations Continue

Last November, I wrote a post entitled "You're Not Dead Yet! Bucket Lists: Part I". Rereading this entry, it's interesting to see not only how much my life has changed, but my priorities as well. Some of the places I wished to see when I originally wrote this dream inventory in 2003 have faded into … Continue reading Bucket Lists Part II: Aspirations Continue

How to be a “Real” Backpacker

Recently, on the bus from Penang, Malaysia to Phuket, Thailand, I met a group of four Indonesian men traveling together. Equipped with designer bags, sunglasses, and beaming smiles, they joked that they wanted to be "real" backpackers, like me. This got me thinking about what it means to be a "real" backpacker. While I'm wandering … Continue reading How to be a “Real” Backpacker

Growing up in Penang, Malaysia (Guest Post)

Many thanks to Wan Phing Lim of AsiaRooms for this guest blog post. Here is a delectable, vivid account of childhood in Penang, Malaysia. It goes to show that the smallest cultural details really do make the biggest impressions.  I have never visited Malaysia, but still, this piece inspires a combination of nostalgia and the desire to hop on a plane … Continue reading Growing up in Penang, Malaysia (Guest Post)