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Learning to Scuba Dive in Thailand with PADI

Word on the street is that you’ll get the best scuba diving deals in Southeast Asia.

January 6, 2012 20
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World’s Worst Toilet: #6 Trekker’s Homestay Bathroom, Thailand

A village home stay with an outhouse isn’t horrible in the light of day. But at night with no light? That’s a different story.

December 28, 2011 7
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Exploring Beautiful Laos with Trekking

These days I enjoy trekking where it’s possible. Aside from a great workout, I like visiting mountain life, its lush and pristine settings of streams, hills and rice paddy fields and simple, hardworking and content inhabitants

November 28, 2011 8
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Photo Essay: Nature walk in Muju

Muju, South Korea. Walking through a forest with the autumn leaves in fall and life transitions into hibernation, I walk in silence with my camera. Life is tinged with a quality of abandon and everywhere I look, I am reminded how man exerts boundaries on nature.

November 27, 2010 3
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A Girlfriend Weekend Roadtrip to Mt. Seoraksan, Korea

It’s officially fall! The autumn leaves in Korea are revamping with vibrant color and it’s exciting to see what materializes in the picturesque. Fiery reds, oranges, greens and yellows, wash the land with the distinct feeling of fall. As a result, this Halloween I opted to take a girl’s road trip out to Mt. Seoraksan.

Girlfriend road trips are fun when you’ve got a great group of yogi gals, some semi-decent K-pop songs and a handful of road trip games. Essentially, very little can go wrong.

… unless you have a Korean GPS.

November 10, 2010 8
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Jeju’s Olle Trails: Reading its secret Love Letters

Jeju Island’s Olle Trails aren’t exactly a hidden secret, but for the western traveler it may as well be. With rival sights such as the Manggual caves, Mt. Halla, Loveland, golf parks, theme parks, etc… Olle trails aren’t one of Jeju’s biggest or loudest boasts. It should be…

Have you ever found a secret love letter? That’s how it felt when I discovered an Olle Trail. I stumbled upon a trail by accident when I was searching for haeneyo, and a love story opened before me.

October 16, 2010 17
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Hiking in Korea: Natural High vs Fashion Heavy

I love experiencing natural highs! Dancing in a disco completely losing yourself in the sound, absorbing a powerful meditation of either silence or chant, connecting to your breath as you perform a juicy downwards dog or just plain exploring a new place on foot… I need this kind of rewarding past time where I can listen to the uncluttered spaces of my heartbeat and come home to myself. This workout-meditation medicine however, always changes with my environment and circumstance. Those things worked for me when I lived in New York but somehow living in Korea, either the opportunity to enjoy them is not there or

September 27, 2010 7
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The Hike to Gatbawi, Daegu

The saying is, you can take your wishes to Gatbawi Buddha (the Stone Hat Buddha) and pray for them to come true. But that’s if you can reach him! The trail to Gatbawi is a steep 3-hour hike up Palgongsan mountain and there are two ways to go about it 1) you can take the rock steps, an steep 75 degree incline climb or 2) take the mountaineer’s trekking path. Both are pretty intense but the stairway will probably give you the hardest and sweatiest workout, as it just keeps ascending while offering little to no rest points! It’s a rigorous workout, to say the least.

September 26, 2010 7
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Trekking Tips & Sapa Homestay on the mud trail (Tavan Village: Day 3)

Falling asleep last night, to the sound of nature’s bugs and crickets felt relaxing. Nature noisy, but completely devoid of urban sounds. My rest was good, the bed was comfy and I was out the moment my head hit the pillow. Next morning we all gathered for breakfast– it came as a generous mound of pancakes, bananas and fruit! By 10:30AM, a new wave of Hmong were perched, sewing, waiting at their stakeout of the …

September 8, 2010 7
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