Category: Places

Taipei, Taiwan: A Small But Certain Happiness // 小確幸

Yeah… life sucks, we agreed and sighed, longing for an answer to life’s absurdity. It was a breezy winter evening in Taipei when I walked home with my roommate Yayoi. I remember our routine, awkward Airbnb introduction followed by the first night of an eerie silence in the 3-bedroom apartment. It was so quiet that ...

南十三 / Nan-Shisan: Alternative Coffee Culture in Taiwan

Tainan, Taiwan. In the narrow, intertwining alleyway of old brick houses, we paused in front of a rusty, sky blue door. It looked like a private home entrance without any business sign. I peeked through the mesh window and saw a mid-aged man conversing with a younger gentleman. Behind them was a modest cupboard with ...

A Picture Perfect Day Trip to Ljubljana, Slovenia

Ljubljana, what an intriguing name for a capital city. My love for the Slovenian capital started when I searched for its pronunciation on YouTube. No one really knows the origin of the name Ljubljana. Some say it stands for a flooding river. Others point out the Slavic prefix “ljub-” means to love. And I… will ...

Mexico City Street

Mexico City: Life After a Devastating Earthquake

Earthquakes are sterile. You can only remember them by the year, the magnitude, and the number of deaths. Mexico City earthquake: September 2017; Magnitude 7.1; 228 deaths and thousands injured; 44 buildings collapsed and over a thousand deemed structurally unsafe. How come no one names massive earthquakes like how the hurricanes are given generic names? As ...

Dubrovnik, Croatia - Game of Thrones

Dubrovnik, Croatia: a Midsummer Affair & Unexpected Encounter

I’d never seen that shade of deep Mediterranean blue. The bus ride from the airport to the old town of Dubrovnik was as mesmerizing as it could ever be. When the silhouette of “King’s Landing” formed its shape from afar, I screamed at the top of my lungs… silently. Like most Game of Thrones fans, ...