Room in the Citadel

Stepping off the Beaten Path in Hue

After trying to blend in with locals in Hanoi and travelling Halong Bay independently, Brendan and I were hit square in the face by mass tourism upon arriving in Hue. In certain parts, there were more tourists...
Calligraphy

A Week in Hanoi

"Don't panic," I tell myself as I watch what seems to be an endless wall of unyielding scooters rushing down the boulevard. Crossing a road seems to be impossible from a visitors perspective, but is easily...
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Falling in Love with Books Actually

Three words: Cats. In. Bookstores. Yes, this is indeed a thing. I found both in Tiong Bahru, but before I start salivating on my keyboard, first things first. It is an hour past noon when I hop on a train...
Art in Gang 2

The Gangs of Yogyakarta

Contrary to what the name suggests, the Gangs of Yogyakarta aren’t hordes of heavily-tattooed Indonesian men roaming the chaotic, trishaw-ladden streets of the city. Gang I and II are in fact two narrow and...