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April 2016


People of Tokyo

The people of Tokyo; man, they’re everywhere. Not just everyone, but everything is everywhere. The men become one in the blur of their black and suits, while the women wear beige. Boys on the metro giggle while showing each other their smartphones. Girls walk…


How to Survive Family Vacation

My family and I aren’t the “vacationing once a year” type for various reasons; but mostly because of everyone’s ridiculous work schedule. Seriously, my mom never stops working from any of her three jobs – getting free time with…

Kaisu Hostel Bar Café
Accommodation Asia

Keeping Up at Kaisu

There are many places in Tokyo to find some peace and quiet (believe it or not) and for me, that place is decidedly Kaisu Hostel. There’s warm lighting, chill indie music, and a view of an outdoor garden filled with…

I lost my passport at the airport, and now I'm sitting here in the Asylum room.
Asia Life Stories

That Time I Lost My Passport At The Airport

[Video: Here’s what to do when you lose your passport while in-transit] There’s a little place in the Beijing airport where you can register to use the AIRPORT-FREE-WIFI network. With an airport as modern as Beijing’s you’d think accessing…

Accommodation Asia

Finding Comfort at ARTnSHELTER Tokyo

Tucked away in an inconspicuous neighborhood in South Central Tokyo are two girls – one German, one Japanese – chatting over some snacks on the bean bag chairs. They’ve just met, and I can tell, when the German girl…


Letting Students Become Teachers

There’s an obvious shift in the way humans are learning. Now, not only is every person with access to internet connectivity able to learn most skills their heart desires, but the student has become the teacher in most cases.…

Life Stories Motivation

When Going Out Alone Gets Creepy

Step One: Actually Going Out  I have a confession: I haven’t explored Los Angeles nearly as much as I’d like to. Whether it was due to the fact I was tired after days of meetings, filming, or editing, I never felt the…

Asia Motivation

To Tokyo I Go

If you would have asked me five years ago, (psh, even two years ago) if I ever thought I’d be going to Tokyo right now, I would have been like, um, no? Yet, here I am, on a 12-hour flight…


Why I Stopped Skimping

So, here I am writing a blog from a jacuzzi. Now this is a first. They say inspiration can come from anywhere – yet sitting at home at my kitchen table sure doesn’t do the trick day after after, hence…