Hanoi — I roam around Hanoi on my 125cc motorbike (Sylvia is her name) and alternate cafes for offices. Today’s office is actually called The KAfe. The crowd is a mixture of Vietnamese and expats. The blond wood is too hip and the cupcakes too Western for those came searching for Graham Green’s Vietnam. The coffee is good. The internet speedy. The electrical outlets are accessible and the staff doesn’t s...
Barcelona — I went back to Barcelona. I was there for almost all of October, which is just enough time to get over jet lag, readjust, fall back into your old life and then say good bye all over again. I spent my...
Reykjavik — Part of the difference is due to the difference in alphabet — there are characters used in the Icelandic language that slip off the Americanized tongue at first, but quickly become familiar the more y...
Tokyo — There are places whose names have a palpably tragic resonance; places you only know from the news, places that you saw plastered across front pages, gouged heads dripping blood, F16s swooping over he...
Dinner in America
Some people do wish Happy Good Friday for real
Healthy European Habits We Can Borrow
Bonds with identities, people and places. Learning how to walk in a kimono.
On conversations that feel like they are changing the world
The Eurasian Chinese restaurant experience.
Ramen shops: gateway to travel enlightenment
Baking the ultimate Universal language
"I'm from Libya," he said. I don't know what to say. It's as if he'd told me he'd just come from his father's funeral.
On cities that were made for friendship
It's all about eye contact
Small lungs shouting
Fête de la Musique: tasteful European fun.
A night at the Taverna. Greek food & dancing. These days we throw napkins because they are cheaper than plates.
LA GRAVURE A SON KABINET
Melasagaram, 1000 Performers
A matter of tribes.
Yes, it's a selfie.
Fox face Ema (絵馬), Fushimi Inari Shrine (伏見稲荷大社, Fushimi Inari-Taisha)
Torii gates at Fushimi Inari Shrine (伏見稲荷大社, Fushimi Inari-Taisha)
Camellia (Tsubaki 椿) Ambassador, Tsubaki Matsuri (椿まつり)
Home is where the jack-fruit is. A pungent perk of being Filipino.
I think alive, when I think Lome
Kanpai ... 乾杯
Nature vs nurture? What constitutes family, identity, home, culture, society...
Baptized in the sweat of my peers
Capital of culture?
dreamings ~ in medias res ~ in miniature
The graffiti in Reykjavík is subtly different from elsewhere.
Breakfast view, Tehran.
King Kamehameha Day in Honolulu, Hi
The statues around Reykjavík are depressing, simple, gorgeous, inspiring.
Queen and Mother and Fatherland and Country
When In Thailand: How to Get the Most out of Thai Fried Rice