Travel

[Travel guide] New York City

[Travel guide] New York City

Random Observation/Comment #333: I love planning trips, but not everyone likes to do the things I do. If you don’t like alcohol, good food, taking pictures, learning about culture, walking everywhere, or experiencing new things, you should probably stop reading this blog for travel advice. New York City is my home. It’s a metropolis of diversity and hidden fun activities...

[Travel Guide] Scotland

[Travel Guide] Scotland

Random Observation/Comment #327: I don’t think I spent a day sober in Scotland. I can’t be an alcoholic if I’m on vacation, right? Is Scotland, as a travel destination, right for you? Things you must like: Drinking whisky (period). That’s basically it. 

The Bad Idea Bears

The Bad Idea Bears

Random Observation/Comment #326: It’s a wonderful and terrifying thing to surrender control of the quite normal tendencies to, ya’know, know where you’ll be going on vacation. I wanted a spreadsheet so badly, but maybe it’s a good thing to let go a bit and live on the whim. You can’t get lost if you don’t know where you’re going, right?...

[Travel Guide] South Africa

[Travel Guide] South Africa

Random Observation/Comment #324: South Africa really needs a radio station devoted to Lion King songs. It would get all the tourist listeners. Is South Africa, as a travel destination, right for you? Things you must like: Adventures Roughing it in the wild Impromptu decisions Driving long distances (~7 hours per day) Animals far away Photography (because someone will be stopping...

Day 29: Travel Adventures

Day 29: Travel Adventures

Random Observation/Comment #316: I caught the travel bug in 2008 and I still got it. It’s like the photography, writing, table tennis, eating, and alcoholic bugs – they’ve become good friends. There’s something about traveling that makes me smile.  Maybe it’s the free spirit letting loose of all the stress, or maybe it’s the photographer in me that sees every...

The Travel Bucket List

The Travel Bucket List

Random Observation/Comment #281: I love traveling and I’ve gotten really good at it. There’s a method to my madness: 1) research, 2) planning documents, 3) well-packed and prepared bags, and 4) just wing it when you get there. I’ll probably write a separate blog entry about this. As mentioned in the previous bucket list blog post on foods, people usually...

Ireland: It’s so Green

Ireland: It’s so Green

Random Observation/Comment #277: I’ve been taking a lot of these long-weekend trips of 3 nights. I think they are the perfect number of days before you stop being productive with your foreign-country-adventure. After all, these vacations are more for my exploration of a new country than the relaxation from any type of stress. What can be so stressful if I’m...

Icelandic Journey with Friends

Icelandic Journey with Friends

Random Observation/Comment #274: I love adding things to my bucket list unintentionally and then checking them off immediately. Dog sled across a glacier. Check. Eat Minke Whale. Check. Gadinkadurgen to all (don’t try to look up this word because you won’t find it). Iceland is an absolutely beautiful place filled with random acts of precipitation and sporadic weather representing all...

Futuristic grandparents

Futuristic grandparents

Random Observation/Comment #225: My grandparents have such a boring daily routine that I’m surprised that they still know what day of the week it is.  It’s a continuous cycle that basically involves the following activities: walking, shopping for groceries, cooking, eating, napping, and watching TV.  I wonder if I will do this when I’m their age or if I’ll just...

Learning from someone more organized than me

Learning from someone more organized than me

Random Observation/Comment #224: Hong Kong and Japan are both wonderful places to visit, but not exactly the best places to live.  Japan is filled with cute small girls and has lots of cool toys, but the hierarchical system is too strict and unbearable.  People really need to loosen up and make adjustments to that old management style.  Hong Kong has...

My Last Last Hurrah

My Last Last Hurrah

Random Observation/Comment #220: There’s nothing more exciting than planning a trip.  It keeps me on my toes, and the constant research through travbuddy and flickr makes me anxious to explore even more destinations with my camera.  The drive to take pictures is even greater than ever with my new Canon Powershot S90.  I think it is the best purchase I...

Do You Remember the Time?

Do You Remember the Time?

Random Observation/Comment #211: Jake, James, and I would make the hottest person imaginable if only our powers were combined.  Separately, we do a very good job attacking and defending our different fronts.  I usually get the intellectuals and Asian girls.  James goes for the tall blonde girls that like eccentric guys with white t-shirts and tattoos.  And Jake gets the...

Doing Things I Missed in NYC

Doing Things I Missed in NYC

Random Observation/Comment #210: I’ve taken a lot of pictures of myself in the same position with the same smile, but with different backgrounds from places all around the Europe and Japan. I even used the SL flash for all of them so it makes me look brighter, and gives the slight possibility that I could have been photo-shopped into this...

How was your trip?

How was your trip?

Random Observation/Comment #208: As the trip winds down, I feel this nervousness that I can only describe as the feeling I get right before I wake from a lucid dream.  I try to concentrate on my hands and relish the dream state, but I know it’s slipping.  It’s like the universe realizes I’m close to finding the meaning of life,...

Muchisimas gracias por todo

Muchisimas gracias por todo

Random Observation/Comment #207: Christian is a gentleman and a scholar – or in more colloquial terms – he’s freakin’ awesome.  Not only did he act as a tour guide and “couchsurfing-type” host for a week, but he also reminded me of something very important: a summer is not a summer vacation without friends. Yes, I’ve met quite a few random...

A Study Abroad Winding Down

A Study Abroad Winding Down

Random Observation/Comment #206: There’s always a level of sadness during transitions.  I’ve found that I’m always looking for excitement, yet I deep down yearn for a conservative state of equilibrium.  No matter how much I reject these routines, I desperately cling on to creating a new familiarity.  When you’ve grown accustom to the freedom and the friendly faces, it’s hard...

Blessed with an Extended Family

Blessed with an Extended Family

Random Observation/Comment #205: The less I post; the more fun I’m having.  Without this me-time, I do feel a little bit claustrophobic, but at the same time, I’m usually spending it with people for a good reason.  It’s not exactly what you can call “efficient,” but I feel these small social breaks are mandatory for an enjoyable lifestyle.  I sound...

Productivity Bar

Productivity Bar

Random Observation/Comment #204: This soul searching business is wearing me out.  I’ve written and thought so much about each subject methodically, yet I can’t make a solid decision.  Every damn methodical and calculated approach has been used, but I don’t feel like I’ve gotten anywhere (Where you goin’? – Nowhere).  If I really had a passion for this thing (whatever...

Writing for You or Writing for Me?

Writing for You or Writing for Me?

Random Observation/Comment #203: I seem to make more interesting observations and comments in my twitter feed.  They are definitely more succinct and directly relate to my everyday life.  I’m tempted to remove this section, but I really like how I’m keeping track of the posts with the comment numbers. Ever since I’ve started writing, I’ve been trying to cling on...

Traveling Han-Style (Solo) vs Wingman’d

Traveling Han-Style (Solo) vs Wingman’d

Random Observation/Comment #202: I consider myself a quiet guy with a lot to say.  It requires a bit of prying, but it’s quite easy to get me on some weird topic rant.  Since I try to gain a little bit of knowledge in everything, I’m sure it won’t take a long time of searching to find something we have in...

Join Me Backpacking in August!

Join Me Backpacking in August!

Random Observation/Comment #201: Over the past 6 months, I’ve become a travel guru. I wonder if I have to wear any special attire.  In boy scouts, the badge I sew on would probably be of a guy wearing a backpack with a hiking stick.  In real life, my uniform would probably include sandals and the same badge, but with me...

A Hungarian Tribute

A Hungarian Tribute

Random Observation/Comment #199:  The past 4 months have passed by unbelievably quickly.  It felt like just yesterday we were all drinking our first beers in public, dancing on tables, and finding valid excuses to party every day of the week.  I’ve had an absolutely wonderful time getting to know everyone, especially the “Hungarian group” (to which I will dedicate this...

A series of parties

A series of parties

Random Observation/Comment #198: This dorm life I live is continuously surprising and ever-so lively.  Somewhere, a party lurks every night and sometimes they exist for the strangest reasons.  “It’s Thirsty Thursday – we have to drink.”  “Let’s party because it’s Wednesday and that’s hump day.”  “It’s Monday so I need a small low key party to slowly wean me off...

Why Study Abroad?

Why Study Abroad?

Random Observation/Comment #196: This blog has been around for a little over a year and I am glad I have kept it consistently updated about random things for this long. It’s has been my greatest success in side projects and has led to so many more different ideas that keep myself enjoying what life has to offer.  It took some...

My Intermediate Overview of Study Abroad

My Intermediate Overview of Study Abroad

Random Observation/Comment #194: It’s interesting how I’ve always saved the overviews of my trips until the trips are finally over when I’m in my pajammy-jams at 3PM while sadly trying to piece my life together for the next phase.  I never actually capture the intermediate stages of feelings when I’m truly happy or sad.  Instead, I’m usually writing it in...