Everywhere Can Be A Home

Posted on Dec 26, 2014 in Czech Republic, Greece, Malaysia, Personal, Turkey, USA | 2 Comments
Everywhere Can Be A Home

It’s that time of year when everyone starts reflecting on the year that is passing, and the milestones they’ve accomplished. For me, my reflections will come later. I moved to Istanbul on January 29, 2013, so the end of January seems like a more appropriate time to reflect on the year in review, on the […]

Melaka’s Living History

Posted on May 4, 2014 in Culture, Malaysia | 3 Comments
Melaka’s Living History

I’m always fascinated by the influence of cultures in a city. Even if the original population is long gone, a mark is left, a city is shaped. Melaka historically was a great port in Malaysia, which brought many different colonizing cultures to its banks– from the British, who ruled over Malaysia until 1956, to the […]

Pieces and Shards of Kuala Lumpur

Posted on Apr 24, 2014 in Malaysia | 3 Comments
Pieces and Shards of Kuala Lumpur

I experienced Kuala Lumpur in pieces, as though lit by a strobe light or seen through a zoetrope.  I was in and out of the city constantly over my two weeks in Malaysia. I stayed in three hostels, plus my friend Azali’s house. My base shifted, my internal compass recalibrated, and KL came to me […]

Enter The World Of The Batu Caves

Posted on Apr 16, 2014 in Malaysia | 8 Comments
Enter The World Of The Batu Caves

The best thing to see in Kuala Lumpur is outside of it. Encompassing limestone crevices, the Batu Caves are a giant Hindu shrine that climbs steep into the mountain, eight miles outside of Kuala Lumpur. Their natural beauty is abundant, but the most noticeable feature of the caves is the 140-foot tall statue of Lord Murugan […]

Gaudy Lights & Jetty Feasts: Chinese New Year in Penang

Posted on Apr 8, 2014 in Culture, Malaysia | 2 Comments
Gaudy Lights & Jetty Feasts: Chinese New Year in Penang

Incense, oranges, fireworks. Temples gaudy with sparkling lights. Quiet days. Mad red nights. I didn’t know I would find these things when I went to Penang. I didn’t realize I’d be in Malaysia for Chinese New Year when I booked my trip, so I didn’t quite know what to expect. Penang was a mixed blessing […]

Street Art and Chill Vibes in Penang

Posted on Apr 3, 2014 in Culture, Malaysia | 9 Comments
Street Art and Chill Vibes in Penang

I had to escape the overwhelming heat. I’d been walking for hours under the bright Penang sun, and I desperately needed a seat, a cold drink, shade. I wandered dazed down Lebuh Campbell and turned into a small dark alley that was filled with people. I’d like to pretend that “stand in the middle of […]

The Best Thing I Did In Malaysia: A Hike To Monkey Beach

Posted on Mar 20, 2014 in Malaysia, Stories and Essays | 15 Comments
The Best Thing I Did In Malaysia: A Hike To Monkey Beach

At first, it sounded perfect. A walk through the woods to a beautiful beach– who wouldn’t like that? When the guy at my hostel recommended a day in Penang National Park, I jumped at it. I didn’t quite realize what I was getting into. The National Park was easy to get to from the center […]

The Ecstatic Food Experience of Penang

Posted on Mar 17, 2014 in Culture, Malaysia | 4 Comments
The Ecstatic Food Experience of Penang

I only had one plan in Penang, Malaysia: eat. The island is known as the food paradise of Southeast Asia, full of street food stands and ethnic delicacies from the large Chinese and Indian communities. The city of George Town would be the map of my scavenger hunt. Upon arrival, I found out that I […]