Why I Traveled 36 Hours to England Just to Watch the Rugby World Cup Final

Why I Traveled 36 Hours to England Just to Watch the Rugby World Cup Final

Two days before the Rugby World Cup Final, my partner and I ran a sleek operation in which he optimized for the flight arrangements and I monitored the clearing prices on Viagogo for the for the Rugby World Cup Final tickets. I’d already been watching the ticket prices for about 6 months, so when prices cleared at a discount to face value, we went ahead to buy the tickets and left right away for the epic match at Twickenham in England. Many people thought this was insane, but frankly, we both thought it was one of the best travel decisions

6 Things That Made The Maasai Mara Magical

6 Things That Made The Maasai Mara Magical

The little single propeller Safarilink plane flew for 45 minutes from Nairobi to Naboisho, across the wide open savannah of Kenya. lt landed on a narrow and short strip of cleared, dry savannah ground in the middle of the Maasai Mara. And just like that, my partner and I were in the magnificent Maasai Mara. The African savannah has captivated me since my childhood days, when I watched The Lion King nearly every weekend for about a year. I never actually tired of it. It remains one of my favorite movies till this day. Since then, I learned also about

2014, A Big Pivot, and Other Incredible Things

2014, A Big Pivot, and Other Incredible Things

2014, what a big year! I’m so thankful for everything I’ve experienced in 2014. Myanmar. I started the year on Inle Lake in Myanmar. My partner and I stayed at a villa at the ultra quiet and tranquil Inle Lake Resort. We drank cocktails while watching a stunning sunset (many more Myanmar photos here). The Big Pivot. I realized that I wanted to be back in tech and in a startup. I reflected on what worked for me and what didn’t in the past, what I wanted and what I didn’t, and took my time to find the best startup to join. I

Connecting With My Chinese Roots

Connecting With My Chinese Roots

A few weeks ago, I unexpectedly connected with my Chinese roots in Taiwan. This might not be well-publicized, but Taiwan now seems to me a pretty good (and uncrowded) place to discover your Chinese roots and heritage, in case you were looking to do that. Although there is that big and now-mighty country China, which probably comes first to mind when people think about Chinese history and heritage, on my countless trips there I have found it to be too crowded, too big, and in full economic growth overdrive. Taiwan is a lot more chilled out. If you are looking to connect with

Inside the Pyongyang Maternity Hospital

Inside the Pyongyang Maternity Hospital

A few weeks ago, a friend of mine said she would never ever visit North Korea, because her rights could be taken away at any time, and there was no rule of law to protect her if anything went wrong. That’s true, but it’s only relevant if you do anything to disrespect the state and its revered leaders (like refusing to bow to Kim Il Sung in the mausoleum and his public statues in an act of self-subordination to the state, regardless of your beliefs). Otherwise, it’s very unlikely any harm will come to you. I told her the story of my visit to the Pyongyang

Top 5 Exotic Warm Water Dive Spots That Are Worth the Trouble

Top 5 Exotic Warm Water Dive Spots That Are Worth the Trouble

Since I got my PADI diving license more than 2 years ago in Aqaba, Jordan, I’ve been itching to explore more wonders in the underwater world. Unfortunately, the first few dives that I did immediately after getting my license were in the famously beautiful, clear and warm waters of the Red Sea in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt. I had done myself in. How do you beat diving in the Red Sea?! But luckily for me, I have an equally adventurous partner who loves looking for exotic warm water dive spots too. Together, we have traveled to several far-flung places specially to dive,

7 Interesting Ways to See Israel & the West Bank

7 Interesting Ways to See Israel & the West Bank

As part of my 3 months off work, I wanted to go to the Middle East because I couldn’t think of anywhere else in the world that was as emotionally charged and conflict-ridden as it was…and so I went. I didn’t know much about its politics, and so didn’t have any preconceived ideas about what it was like in that part of the world. My partner and I went with just enough research to know that we could get from Jordan to Israel without much difficulty, and so we landed, with Jordan’s desert sand still in our shoes, in Tel