I have a story to tell you. It’s the true story of my life over the last seven months, and it’s your story. Because we all have felt and experienced the exact same things at one point in our lives – each and every one of us: The joy, the pain, the disappointment, the healing, the elation, and the growth. How we internalize these experiences and what we choose to learn from them is what makes us uniquely human and deeply beautiful. It’s how you build your future.
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After 16 months away from friends, family, my culture, and my home, I found myself for the first time homesick. I booked a plane ticket back to Los Angeles, CA and waited in anticipation to be welcomed home. Integrating back into first world society after so much time away from it was and still is a daunting task. There is so much here that we take for granted in the first world that the reverse culture shock has been most interesting to me.
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Yesterday, Luiz Inácio “Lula” da Silva, former president of Brazil, was sworn in as a minister – as Chief of Staff. After hearing the news, people all over Rio de Janeiro were banging pots and pans, honking horns, and shouting “Fora a Dilma” or “Fora PT” (Get out Dilma; Get out Worker’s Party). Last weekend, before this announcement, millions of people protested in the streets against Lula and his party. The scandal and corruption in the current Brazilian government is nothing short of shameless. more “When a rich man steals he becomes a minister”
Cambodia is a country marked by strife and struggle. Its 20th century history is remarkable for crimes against humanity, genocide, war, and also for the international community turning a blind eye to the suffering for a very, very long time. This post is meant to retell a brief history of the Khmer Rouge. more “A brief history of the Khmer Rouge”
Koh Tao, Thailand is commonly known as a diver’s paradise. Over the years, the 21 km2 island has developed into a large tourist hub with scuba and free diving shops literally everywhere and also tons of snorkel trips to cater to those who prefer to remain above water. Known for beautiful white sand beaches, aqua blue waters, 30 meter visibility, and large and diverse underwater environment, the island, even in low season, has a lot to offer. Development brought paved roads, better quality foods, more Burmese than Thai people, yoga, gyms, and even Crossfit along with a plethora of bars and nightlife akin to what you would find at a full moon party on Koh Phangan, however not to such a large degree. Here I did a lot of diving, yoga, and Crossfit on Koh Tao. more “Diving, yoga, and Crossfit on Koh Tao”
For anyone traveling the southeast on the cheap, especially to the south of Thailand, a good tip is to fly through Kuala Lumpur. Because Kuala Lumpur is such a central hub for tourist and industry alike, flights from Bali, Australia, and elsewhere to Kuala Lumpur can be much cheaper than to Bangkok or Surat Thani (south of Thailand). And so that’s what we did. We hopped a relatively cheap flight to Kuala Lumpur from Sydney and got to spend one day in Kuala Lumpur before flying to Surat Thani for some island bliss. more “One day in Kuala Lumpur”
Byron Bay is like a breath of fresh air on a hot day. If I had to compare this place to a city in California, it would be Santa Cruz. It’s vaguely hippie with an upper class feel, lots of alternative folk and buskers, beautiful beaches, and amazing food. Lots of good times in Byron Bay. more “Good times in Byron Bay”
Melbourne is a cultural hub with lots of festivals, cafes, and a bit more diversity than Sydney. In all honesty Melbourne is pretty hipster, like a cross between Portland and Brooklyn with San Francisco weather. more “Melbourne is a cultural hub”
In the last six months, I’ve experienced the beautiful chaos of India, natural disasters and relief work in Nepal, decompressing in Hong Kong, touring and teaching yoga in Indonesia, a visa run to Singapore, and now a longer reconnection to the first world in Australia. After months several months in developing countries, the first impressions of an American in Australia is it’s good to be back in the first world. more “First impressions of an American in Australia”
My last days on Gili T were amazing and blessed with many happy moments and quite reflection. What a funny little island of partying tourists, wandering meth addicts, friendly locals, white sand beaches, scuba diving everywhere, amazing sunsets, even better sunrises, screaming mosques with loudspeakers, and a handful of yogis. more “The last days on Gili T”