Sketches on Instagram

I’ve been heads down traveling around and not making the time to write while doing so. But I want to make sure that I’m delivering quality content and not just more digital garbage. For the last few months of my one year trip, please enjoy some short pieces on Instagram. Until July 13, 2017, I’ll be working on my 100 Day Project of translated sketches. We’ll see what I do with my account after that. As for blog posts, I want to sit down and dedicate my full attention to them after I end my trip so that you can get my comprehensive travel insights at their best.

You can also start reading my blog from the beginning with my 7kg limited packing list.

June 7, 2017
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How to eat at Sushi no Midori's Monday special

Sushi no Midori is a restaurant chain in Tokyo with quality seafood at an economical price. To maximize your return on investment, you can take advantage of the original location’s Monday-only all-you-can-eat sushi buffet. It costs ¥3,600 for men, ¥3,000 for women, and ¥1,500 for kids between first and sixth grade. None of the other locations offer this special, no matter what day of the week.

April 16, 2017
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Sakura on Google Maps

Sometimes Google Maps falls short when it comes to telling me how to use public transit to get from point A to point B. Other times I get frustrated because it doesn’t support biking directions in Taipei or offline maps in Morocco. Despite these annoyances, it still manages to surprise and delight me: I discovered a new (?) feature that displays cherry blossom season status and viewing locations.

March 31, 2017
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The path to Taiwanese citizenship, step 1

Not sure if you’ve heard, but the current American president is off his rocker. So I got serious about getting my Taiwanese citizenship to open up my global options. Because a friend who’s also American-born and has parents who are Taiwanese citizens is interested in the process, I’m starting a series of posts about my experience.

February 24, 2017
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India Q&A

My first trip to India was quite the food and cultural adventure, thanks to Intrepid. Check out my answers to real reader questions to learn more about it.

February 7, 2017
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Happy (Chinese) New Year!

I hope everyone has had a nice start to 2017 despite the inauguration of Emperor Trump. I am celebrating Chinese New Year for the first time in Taiwan with my extended family. We’ve paid our respects to those ancestors who came and went before us by burning incense and paper money, as well as offering all kinds of food and alcohol. Dad, Alex, and I have played two full rounds of mahjong with dear 100-year-old Grandpa already. And we’ll be eating a crazy awesome dinner tonight for Chinese New Year’s Eve. While waiting for the food madness to begin, it’s a good time to reflect on where I’ve been and where I’m planning to go.

January 27, 2017
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Is T-Mobile's Simple Choice plan that simple?

If you have an unlocked GSM phone, you can easily avoid buying and carrying around a bunch of SIM cards with you especially if you’re traveling to a bunch of different countries by subscribing to any T-Mobile Simple Choice plan. They include unlimited data and SMS, and phone calls are 20 cents per minute. (I use my Google Voice number to get around that.) Check out the full list of supported countries, but I’m going to be keeping a running tally of how well the service really performs in each city I visit.

December 25, 2016
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Day-tripping supplies

This post covers a special request topic from Aja who wonders, “What do you take with you when you are out for the day? You seem pretty minimalistic, and it would be an interesting insight to how you actually travel.”

Whether I’m out for an hour or eight, I pretty much carry the same stuff every day. Check out this comprehensive list of what I bring with me.

December 23, 2016
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Nagasaki peace declaration

Visiting the Nagasaki Peace Park and Atomic Bomb Museum moved me to shed tears. My heart grew heavier as I listened to the testimonials of the bombing survivors. Tomihisa Taue, the major of Nagasaki, delivered this speech on August 9, 2016, the 71st anniversary of the atomic bombing during World War II. I think it is worth sharing with a wider audience than those who can make it to the museum.

December 12, 2016
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