How to Drive in Malaysia Without Dying

“Apologies in advance if I let out a heart-stopping scream or two as we drive home,” I tell my visiting friends when picking them up from the airport. They laugh and laugh, until we have a near-death experience that leaves them screeching like a pterodactyl and embedding their fingernails in my dashboard. Some Malaysian drivers…

Rock a Weekend in Bangkok

  “Oh sorry, I can’t join you on the ride, I’m going to Bangkok for the weekend.” When I uttered those words, I looked around to see if someone else said them, because I’m really just not that cool. Seriously – read that sentence aloud and you’ll see that it makes you feel like a…

Learn to Kiteboard in Boracay

Let’s admit it: kiteboarding is awesome and you’ve always wanted to do it, right? You’ve dreamt of skimming atop the ocean at Mach 5, popping massive jumps, hooting like a drunken hillbilly at the awed crowd of onlookers, and speaking entire sentences using only the word ‘dude.’ The only thing that can make kiteboarding better…

Kek Lok Si Chinese New Year Lights

Pardon me while I pop my eyes back into my head. During the two week period of Chinese New Year – and sometimes a week or two afterward – the huge Kek Lok Si Temple complex in Air Hitam, Penang glitters with 10,000+ colorful lights and lanterns. It’s simply breathtaking and remarkably peaceful. Chinese New…

Magical Wet Markets

“Hey Cimeron, do you know a place where I can buy both an eel and a bra, eat breakfast, make new friends and stock up on durian fruit?” asked no one, ever. My friends, prepare yourself for the magical glory known as The Wet Market, which will become one of your favorite places on earth…

Koh Yeah! Thailand’s Southern Islands

Exploring Koh Lanta, Koh Rok and Krabi “If my phone were waterproof, I’d email my resignation letter right now,” said my friend Patra while floating in the sparkling light blue waters off Koh Rok, Thailand. With its sugary white sand, palm-fringed beach, bright coral and florescent fish swimming in the bathtub-temperature water, being at Koh…

Thaipusam

A Piercing, Memorable Experience If you plan to go to Thaipusam, which I wholeheartedly recommend, prepare to have your mind utterly blown. And prepare to dance. And prepare your friends for the fact that you’re going to firehose a billion brilliant photos at them via Facebook, Instagram, email, telepathically and every other imaginable way. Thaipusam…

20 Incredible Festivals in Penang

Penang likes to celebrate, and you will too once you experience some of its one-of-a-kind festivals. The vibrant blend of cultures and religions are reflected in the holidays and events celebrated around the island throughout the year. Penang has more than twice the number of holidays than the US, which in-and-of-itself is something to celebrate!…

The Pre-Move Scavenger Hunt

So you’ve decided to move to Malaysia! Once you’ve completed your happy-dance, you’re going to need to prepare for the move by asking some strange questions, like: Can I get replacement kiteboard fins there? (Fat chance!) Rubbing alcohol? (Yes, but it’s called something different). Deodorant? (You’re in luck… if you like to smell like a…