Two weeks after my first trip to Malaysia, I typed notes on my phone. I mentioned “the egg-yolk sunrise peeking through KL’s skyscrapers” and “the odd feeling of seeing street signs that have Tagalog-sounding words on them.” Now when I think of that whirlwind trip to Kuala Lumpur, what I remember most is the hostel where I stayed.
Another 365 days of reading is over! Aside from books I have yet to finish (looking at you “Infinite Jest”), my goal this year is to reread some old favorites and read more women writers. Continue reading
Prior to our week-long adventure, my most vivid memories of Thailand were from Alex Garland’s “The Beach.” Perhaps you’re more familiar with the Danny Boyle film starring Leonardo Di Caprio. Needless to say, “The Beach” was a book that I loved: I read it in the span of a weekend and a homebound train ride. It’s a classic story about the pursuit of paradise. From the book, I took Thailand to be a hedonist’s haven of unspoilt nature and worldly pleasures.
The plan was to have fun. Fun, we had agreed, without actually holding a discussion as to what constitutes fun during our trip, was to grab a few drinks and get a little buzzed. Continue reading
I profiled a woman who has been living in the flooded village of Artex Malabon for 45 years. You can find it on Pacifiqa, the website I write for. The incredible photos are by my friend Kim Pauig. I hope you find time to read it.