Filter our Archives (choose one or more)

Feb
27
2014

The Art of Ambling in George Town

Written by Stephenie Harrison February 27, 2014
Posted in Malaysia

The capital of Penang province, George Town is known for several things: its food, its historic buildings, and its Thai embassy that issues 60-day tourist visas within a single day. I think you can all guess which of these three things attracted us to the city, but I’ll admit, in between eating (the topic for […]

Feb
24
2014

Feeling Blah about the Batu Caves

Written by Stephenie Harrison February 24, 2014
Posted in Malaysia

A surefire sign that you’ve acclimated to Asia is when spotting a wild monkey fills you with dread rather than joy. Monkeys are to Asia what skunks are to North America—menacing little scavengers that you’re best off giving wide berth. I don’t need to be sprayed by a skunk to know I wouldn’t enjoy it, […]

Feb
21
2014

Our last Chewing the Fat was a tough act to follow, no doubt, but if anyone is up to the challenge, it’s absolutely this guy: Jimmy Dau from Jimmy Eats World! A foodie of top order, we’ve followed along as Jimmy has eaten his way through Latin America, impressing us not only with his capacious […]

Feb
19
2014

Kuala Lumpur Photo Walk: Pudu Market

Written by Tony February 19, 2014
Posted in Malaysia, Photography

I had been looking forward to our time in Kuala Lumpur for a while for many reasons, not the least of which being the chance to get some really great street photography time under my belt. Since well before we left on our tip I’ve been following Robin Wong, a KL-based photographer who primarily shoots […]

It’s true that I liked Kuala Lumpur a heck of a lot better the second time around, but if I’m being 100% honest with you (and I’m always 100% honest with you), part of why we spent as much time in the city as we did was because of Chinese New Year. When you think […]

Feb
13
2014

I have been in a tailspin lately. A downward spiral. Meltdown mode. Call it what you will, I am a hot mess. I feel at war with myself, rent down the middle, and though I have been trying my best to reconcile my personal discord, I have been failing spectacularly. When all I want is […]

Having spent over a decade of my life on university campuses attempting to ascend the ivory tower of higher learning, I can assure you that most of the stereotypes about academia and its disciples are more fact than fiction. Actually, I’m guilty of perpetrating many of them myself, especially when it comes to the joke […]

Readers, do I ever have a treat for you this week! I’ve had this interview in my back pocket for a couple of weeks now and I have been SO EXCITED to share it with you, because not only does this week’s Chewing the Fat interviewee have a passion for food that is positively infectious, […]

I am not an architecture buff. I’ll admit a preference for a pretty or striking building over a dull concrete slab—I do have eyes, after all—but I don’t know any of the lingo and I can’t speak about any of the styles or periods in anything other than an interrogative way (i.e., “Is this an […]

Feb
03
2014

A Traveler’s Prerogative

Written by Stephenie Harrison February 3, 2014
Posted in Malaysia, Musings

Do you know how long it takes to form a first impression about a person? 100 milliseconds. In contrast, it takes about 350 milliseconds to blink your eyes. So, as travelers, quite literally within the blink of an eye, we determine the fate of a city or a country three times over. I like to […]

I’ve gone back and forth about whether to write a wrap-up post for our time in Borneo—normally I only do these for countries (which Borneo is not, made up as it is of three different countries) and much of what I have to say about Malaysian Borneo is true for Malaysia as a whole. Then […]

Jan
29
2014

The Cat’s Pajamas: Kuching in Photos

Written by Tony January 29, 2014
Posted in Borneo, Photography

Our final stop in Borneo was Kuching, a sleepy riverside city masquerading as the capital of Sarawak province. In Malay, kuching means “cats”; even though the city is named for the Kuching River rather than any actual population (or governing body) of cats, the name still seems apt: like its namesake, Kuching slumbers during the […]

Jan
27
2014

“What do you think this is?” Joseph, our guide, holds a small, green object in his hand, about the size of a grape, but clearly much firmer. I’ve never seen anything quite like it before, but given that we’re at the recently relocated Satok Market, one of Kuching’s most famous food markets, I’m reasonably certain […]

Jan
24
2014

Attention budget travelers! This week’s Chewing the Fat is all for you, as we’re sitting down with Agness, a true superstar when it comes to seeing the world on limited funds. Dubbing herself a “Polish tramp”, Agness left home (and her comfort zone) in 2011 to travel the world on the cheap, with the goal […]

Jan
20
2014

Stepping out of the pint-sized airport in Mulu is like being vaulted straight into a nature documentary. We’ve already been on Borneo for about two weeks, but it isn’t until we’re walking the 1 kilometer stretch of road from the airport to the grounds of the national park that I really, truly feel that we […]