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Finding Romance in Thai Cuisine: A Lesson in Life and Love

When we lose a physical connection to a place, we tend to replace it with other connections – new relationships, friends, nightlife, or beaches. No matter what it is, we attempt to find signs of familiarity in the new road we have chosen to tread. In my case, I found romance in Thai cuisine. I had fallen head over heels for it that indulging in a bowl of phở gà (chicken noodle soup) here in Vietnam feels very much like adultery. In my two-week love affair with Thailand, I learned how central food was to my travels, and how I Continue reading

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On Leaving Home in Search of Another Home

It’s been three days since I left home and, although I feel that I belong to the road, I’m still nursing a broken heart that’s been wounded by infinite goodbyes. Since two weeks ago, I had been leisurely walking the streets of my hometown. I noticed the arrogant goldenness of the sun, the shy verdancy of the mango trees’ foliage, the sorrowful ashen cement jungle that’s the business district, and the iron-red hues of our house’s paint. From our rooftop, I stared at the fleeting clouds and spent the afternoons waving at airplanes while praying that the travelers they carried Continue reading

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I Quit My Job in Pursuit of a Bigger Life

On a cloudless Sunday morning in late 2015, I dropped the bomb I had been carelessly trying to hide and told my parents and my siblings that I would quit my job in 2017 to travel the world. I spoke not from the position of seeking approval but, rather, with a tone that sounded more like FYI. I am immensely blessed to have a family who encourages independent thinking and who trusts that our passions and potentials are guided by a deep sense of purpose.  Two months ago, when I informed my senior manager about my intention to leave the Continue reading

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