San Clemente Pier, California

California Dreamin’: 9 Cool Things To Do in SoCal

It was love at first sight when I visited in May. Read on for my beginner’s guide to southern California. The Edison Unmarked entrances, bartenders with handlebar mustaches, and turn of the century decor — if you see all of the above, my friend, you have arrived at a speakeasy. As hipster as it gets,…

Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, China

11 Ubiquitous Signs You’re in Asia

I love Asia. I love its oppositeness to everything familiar in the West. I love its kinetic energy, its relentlessness, and yes, its “weirdness.” The fact is, Asia is only weird to westerners because we don’t entirely understand it. Guess what? Not understanding it is what makes it so exciting. Unless you’ve been lobotomised, Asia is…

How to Use Miles to Travel for Free: A Beginner’s Guide

I’m a budget traveler who relies heavily on flights redeemed with miles to get around the world. I’ve been beating the man since I was 21 starting with my first flight to Europe which cost just $300 (without miles). Once I learned the miles game, the world opened up for me. Step one is signing up for…

Sufjan Stevens live at the State Theatre in Sydney, Australia

Live in Sydney: Watch this Ethereal Sufjan Stevens Performance

Excuse me while I go a bit fangirl in this space. Only, going “a bit” fangirl is an oxymoron, isn’t it? Well, maybe not — it’s not like I loitered behind the theatre after the show; I didn’t try to steal the setlist from the still-reverberating stage. When Sufjan Stevens finished his angelic performance, I simply thanked the music gods…

Checking In: 5-Star Luxury at Maya Ubud, Bali

Checking in to the luxurious Maya Ubud is a five-star experience. Bali is hot and you’ll be sweaty from a day zipping around in a taxi bound for temples, coffee plantations, rice fields, and beaches. At Maya Ubud, you’re greeted with a welcome drink and a cold towel. Cool off in the open-air lobby before…

Balinese dancer, Ubud, Bali

10 Things to Eat, See & Do in Bali

Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary is exactly what it sounds like — a nature reserve and temple complex with more than 340 long-tailed macaques roaming freely. These entertaining socialites do not hesitate to climb on, steal from, and perch from visitors brave enough to interact with them. We thought all our junk was…

The crew of Ulitao sail Tumon Bay in "American Soil, Chamorro Soul", a documentary film about the people of Guam

Watch my Guam Documentary Now!

A year in the making and I’m proud to say I finished my first documentary film. “American Soil, Chamorro Soul” made its world premiere on April 29, 2016 at a film festival on Guam. The doc was well-received and I felt a tremendous sense of accomplishment and relief to have finished it, even through the…

Tamarama Beach, Sydney, Australia

On the Beaten Path in Sydney: Bondi to Coogie Walk

Bondi to Coogee Walk is a must-do in Sydney. I only made it to Tamarama Beach, 15 minutes from Bondi, because I was spellbound by the views. This free path is popular with runners, photographers, and dog walkers for good reason. Every turn is more beautiful than the last with intricate rock formations, technicolor waters, and fresh…

Ansley Sawyer climbing rock

The Truth About Life as a Digital Nomad

Ansley Sawyer is a producer with Brandon Li, whom you may recall, was the cinematographer on my Guam documentary. In 2015, I interviewed Brandon about life on the road, including the misconceptions and myths about digital nomadism. Now you can read my candid interview with Ansley, a millennial whose Facebook check-ins inspire a flurry of…

Ovolo Hotel at Woolloomooloo, Sydney, Australia

Checking In: My Sexy Sydney Airbnb

You know those Booking.com commercials where the weary travelers check-in to their hotels and are elated? That’s how I felt arriving near midnight in Sydney at Finger Wharf Woolloomooloo. Getting from Guam to anywhere besides a handful of Asian cities is a long process. I often arrive in a new city under the cover of night,…