Monks in Chiang Mai
April 8, 2014, 2 Comments

Living in Chiang Mai, I am constantly treated to spectacular visual beauty, thanks to the hundreds of temples and religious activities which regularly occur here. Any given morning, en route [...]

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The fat girl in Thailand

February 18, 2014, 105 Comments

This post is a part of the year-long Comfort Zone Project. “Oh, why you so pom pui?” People ask me. Strangers. Friends. You name it. Pom p ...

Comfort Zone Project

The Comfort Zone Project

February 10, 2014, 46 Comments

“Life’s not about living happily ever after … it’s about living.” That is the tagline for my blog, and was the motivatin ...

A sunset in Chiang Mai

5 ways to beat the Expat Funk

February 9, 2014, 2 Comments

Just like hitting the Travel Funk, as an expat, I’ve come to learn, you hit the Expat Funk, too. Know what I’m talking about? It’s t ...

  • Elephant Nature Park Spring
    Spring in Chiang Mai
    February 2, 2014, 20 Comments

    I wake up and walk out of my air-conditioned room. I step into the teak upstairs of my home and am hit. A blast of steam, of hot, humid air [...]

  • Visit the White Temple in Chiang Mai
    The things missed as an expat
    January 23, 2014, 26 Comments

    The grass is always greener. Oh, the age old quote (is it a quote?) will always ring true. Regardless of where in the world I am. Why? Well … even [...]

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    The truth about expat friends
    January 4, 2014, 30 Comments

    “You’re my best friend,” he says to me in a drunken slur on New Year’s Eve. “Really, you are.” I stand there, with the red brick stupa glowing gold in [...]

  • Christmas in Thailand
    ‘Tis the Season … sort of
    December 28, 2013, 10 Comments

    Twinkling lights adorning homes. Nativity scenes. Malls overloaded with garland, Santa and merriment. That’s how I recall the holiday season in America. Nothing short of sensory overload to the tune [...]

  • Elephants on Instagram
    The elephants of Instagram
    December 23, 2013, 17 Comments

    I often get asked what my life is like as an expat in Thailand. But, more than anything else, I get asked what my experiences with elephants entail. So, what [...]

  • A child in a village in Cambodia
    2013: Life-changing moments as an expat
    December 12, 2013, 26 Comments

    “Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes/Five hundred twenty-five thousand moments so dear/ Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes/How do you measure, measure a year?” – RENT, Jonathan Larson [ ...

  • The last time I saw my grandpa
    Love, life and loss … again
    October 27, 2013, 19 Comments

    No one said being an expat is easy. No one said it is all unicorns and rainbows and glitter (damn). In fact, being an expat means missing out on the [...]