¿Pura Vida o Vida Pura?

Pure Life — It’s the phrase that sums up Costa Rica. In Spanish it’s vida pura, because the adjective ‘pura’ goes after the noun. However, in Costa Rica, the Ticos and Ticas say Pira Vida. I even saw a store’s sign that read Pura Vida, so I think it works both ways. Though I’m thoroughly… Read More

Alfredo Sanchez Lives!

Alfredo Sanchez was sitting at the lunch table with four strangers — one of whom had nearly killed him less than an hour earlier. With that behind him, Sanchez was eager to sink his teeth into his meal. In one breath he uttered something in English. Then, his curiosity piqued when the Asian woman who… Read More

La Jungla

It was three years ago that I ventured into the jungles of the Philippines to be nosey and stay one night with the Batek people. Perhaps that experience has led me to this latest adventure. When I left my job in Saudi Arabia earlier this month, I knew that in order to maintain my tax… Read More

Miss Korea 2017

The title of this blog is intentionally misleading. No, I am not writing about a beauty pageant in Korea, which some might find interesting. Then again, there are those who would find a beauty pageant in Korea less interesting due to a plethora of cosmetically altered faces, lack of diversity, and overwhelming body-image complexes. Instead I… Read More

Lonely Planet

I wish I could go to Singapore again. When I was 13 years old, I traveled there with my family. But this time I want to travel alone by choosing the destinations myself. Written and Translated by Yu Na Jang Edited by Larry Wiggs Yu Na’s original text is below: I wish I could go to Singapore again. When I… Read More