Category Archives: Travel

What I Learned from Nearly Dying in Malaysia

Exactly 365 days ago on my twenty-third birthday, I was doubled over struggling out the hospital to return to my home in rural Malaysia when the nurse ran up to me exclaiming that they found a bed for me. In that time i was very […]


Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, East Malaysia / Borneo – For our last long weekend from teaching this school year, I met up in Kinabalu with six other Fulbrighters and Camilia, a friend of mine from France whom I met in the Philippines (yeah, a tad random). […]

Parking in Malaysia

With a motorbike, walking in Malaysia has become utterly antiquated. In front of a restaurant: In front of the mall (I think those orange cones were meant just for me): On the sidewalk in front of my gym (not pictured):

Passport to the Rainforest World Music Festival

Here’s a short tale less about the destination and more about the journey. January: 30+ of the 50 ETAs book tickets to the Rainforest World Music Festival on a separate island called Borneo six months in advance. Thursday: Charlie, Janice, and I each bike from […]


A sign prominently posted above some RHB ATM machines in Kuala Lumpur, where we gathered this past weekend for a fellow ETA’s birthday. Props to the scammers for being able to pull off something like this.

Tioman Island

A two hour motorbike ride and a two hour ferry ride got 25 of us (half of the Malaysia ETAs) to Tioman Island to celebrate two fellow ETAs’ birthdays this past weekend. A close-up of the tower pictured in the main banner image above: We […]

Motorcycle Lessons

Friday 9pm: Our Mentors and mentors, who have been saints in helping us acclimate to Malaysia, drop off our newly-purchased motorbikes at our house. “We’ll teach you and Charlie how to ride them on Sunday,” they said. Sunday… right. Friday 10pm – 12am: Sit on […]