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April 2012

My list of Southeast Asia travel joys

My love affair with Southeast Asia was one of those opposites-attract scenarios: uptight, punctual hipster meets chaotic-bordering-on-crazy. Although brief, it was intense: it reminded me the act of breaking my rules can be its own reward. It...
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Staying skinny in Vietnam: it’s a constant struggle

The 80/20 rule that I apply to travel budgeting is also how I approach healthful eating. The vast majority of the time I eat whole, natural foods: raw fruits and veggies (yes, much too much pineapple to the chagrin of the barefoot doctor), cottage...
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Postcard from Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai isn't as breathtaking as the islands in the Andaman Sea or as bustling as Bangkok; indeed, the northern Thailand city is laid-back and livable. The streets are lined with food carts attached to motorbikes, selling tangy papaya salad,...
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Saigon: an assault on the senses

In Saigon, even something as mundane as crossing the street turns into a potentially-life-altering adventure. There are no stoplights or crosswalks: instead, there are massive roundabouts with countless, constantly shifting lanes of traffic. Cars,...
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Two years of living the dream

Two years ago today, I walked out of my stable, secure, sure-to-lead-to-success job in high-tech PR in Silicon Valley for the last time. A six-month stint in France was my proposed cure for a broken heart and stalled life, and I have to admit: it...
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