Southeast Asia

Learning how to cook Indonesian food

While I love eating Asian food, I barely know how to boil rice myself. Seriously. I buy my rice in those frozen packets from Trader Joe’s or gingerly poke at a pot of Minute Rice, with about 50/50 success rate. So thank goodness the Warung Enak Indonesian cooking class take-home recipe book includes a how-to […]

February 20, 2012 Continue reading…

Cycling through the Bali rice paddies

When I was zipping around Seminyak on my hot pink motorbike and saw people cycling through the cluttered streets, my first thought was: ARE YOU CRAZY? Smog, potholes, crazy drivers, the need to create your own lane and create your own throughway in a world without the authority of traffic lights or dotted lines. And […]

February 17, 2012 Continue reading…

Postcard from a Gili Trawangan sunset

My first night in Gili Trawangan, I watched an absolutely phenomenal sunset from a beachside restaurant and alternated between cursing myself for leaving my camera at home and simply enjoying the view without a viewfinder. I spent the next few nights stretching into sun salutations at dusk, and emerging to skies drunk with stars. So […]

February 16, 2012 Continue reading…

Stretch into a sun salutation in Indonesia

I committed to at least one yoga sesh or run each week in my 2012 resolutions; I fully believe that yoga helps make me a better traveler (and person). The humidity, smog and uneven surface areas quickly ruled out any running in Bali, but thankfully the yoga offerings went above and beyond. I managed to squeeze […]

February 15, 2012 Continue reading…

The spell of Gili Trawangan: sincere or a sham?

As soon as I said I was going to Bali, it seemed like everyone told me to go to Gili Trawangan. More fun, more beautiful, more laid-back: the island was everything that Bali used to be. There is a slightly faded charm to biggest of the group of three isles, located a three-hour fast boat […]

February 10, 2012 Continue reading…

Postcard from Ubud Market

If food is the heart of a culture, then markets are its oxygen. Markets are the life source of a community: a place not only to buy and sell sustenance, but to exchange stories, recipes and smiles.   Ubud Market was no exception: it buzzed with energy, enthusiasm and a healthy dose of chaos. In […]

February 9, 2012 Continue reading…

First impressions of Bali

Bali was my way of baby steps into Asia. I wasn’t sure what to expect, and I wasn’t sure what sort of Westerner I’d be. Would I fall in love with the culture and the scenery and the people and the fact that everything is cheap as chips? Or would I be like the woman […]

February 8, 2012 Continue reading…