What to Expect During a 10 Day Silent Retreat

I don’t exactly remember when I decided I wanted to attend a 10-day silent retreat. I think I read about one online and found the idea challenging and exciting all at once. The idea stuck, and soon it made it onto my bucket list. I decided on Wat Suan Mokkh in southern Thailand, which is extremely well known to Buddhist all over Thailand. On the website is a schedule, but without any past experience it was hard to know what it actually meant. I thought I’d share exactly what happens in...

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Learning Muay Thai aka Kicking People with My Shins

I'm officially making my mom proud by taking a class where I learn to kick some booty. I think the proper term would be "self defense", but that doesn't sound nearly as fun. Learning Muay Thai is probably one of the best workouts and therapy anyone could ask for. This form of martial arts originated in the 16th century during battles. One particular fighter was so great, that when he was captured they offered to let him fight for his freedom. After winning, he became famous and the style of...

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Two Days & One Night in Khao Sok National Park

Khao Sok National Park Cheow Lan Lake Overnight Tour

My favorite experiences always seem to be the ones that I don't know that much about. I research everywhere I go, but sometimes you see too many photos and reality doesn't live up to it. Other times, you only get to see a few photos, and you end up being totally blown away in person. That's how my trip to Khao Sok ended up. You can read about how I fell in love with the tiny little town here, but this post is about my time in the Khao Sok National Park and Cheow Lan Lake.

I decided to do...

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Thailand’s Best Kept Secret: Discovering Khao Sok

When people think of Southern Thailand, their first thought seems to be the beautiful islands, scuba diving, and the nightlife scene. It’s exactly what I thought of Southern Thailand too. It seems to be the hottest new tourist destination, and there aren't a lot of unspoiled spots left. Unless you head to Khao Sok.

Khao Sok isn’t totally off the grid. In fact, it’s an incredibly cute little tourist destination. The main street, which is one of the only streets, is lined with...

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Learning About Peranakan Culture in Singapore

Pernakan Museum Tour in Singapore

A couple of months ago, I hadn't even heard of a Peranakan. Little did I know, I was about to find out my best friend is Peranakan. After getting tips on things to do in Singapore, my BFF mentioned a museum I should visit. For me, museums in foreign countries lack any form of excitement. I spent a few days in Frankfurt, Germany going to every museum in town, and a lot of it was text heavy and light on the visuals. Unfortunately, all of the text was in German, so I didn't get a whole lot out...

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Exploring Chinatown in Singapore

chinatown singapore

Whenever I get to a new country, the first thing I do is explore the area around my hostel. I always feel like I need a day to adapt to the culture and knowing I am within walking distance of my temporary home makes me feel at ease. At the very least, I know I won't get too lost. My hostel happened to be in Chinatown, so I figured I'd just do a little walking around the first day. Little did I know, Chinatown is kind of a big deal in Singapore, and it made for an awesome first day of...

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Visiting Gardens by the Bay in Singapore

Gardens by the Bay Singapore Cloud Forest

If you've ever thought of visiting Singapore, you probably heard of Gardens by the Bay. If you're sitting there scratching your head thinking, "I don't know Michelle... that doesn't sound familiar" then let me rephrase. You know that area with the really weird giant trees, and the waterfall inside a round building, and that other building with a boat on top? Yea, that area! Well that my friends is Gardens by the Bay. It's pretty much the thing every tourist thinks of when they think of...

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12 Things To Do and See in Munnar, India

12 things to do and see in munnar india

If there's one thing I've learned about travel advice, it's that you should listen to everything but still form your own decisions. For instance, one backpacker told me Munnar, India was just another city. Another told me they went on a day trip, and there's really no reason to stay longer than that because there's nothing to do. My boyfriend and I had already booked a hotel for a week, but I was confident that there was a ton to do and see in Munnar. I was in no rush to see it all in one...

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16 Things to do in Kochi, India

things to do in kochi india

Kochi, a small city on the coast of southern India goes overlooked on most itineraries. Although a popular hub for northerners, it's not often visited by foreigners who prefer to see monuments like the Taj Mahal in the north. Those who do venture south often find themselves in larger cities like Goa. Fort Cochin, however, is worth a visit for a few days. After spending over two weeks there, we got the lay of the land and even repeated Uber drivers (a sure sign you've seen it all). So what...

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Taking an Indian Cooking Class in Kochi, India

There’s something poetic about sitting down to a great meal. The aroma of spices wafting through the air. The bright colors on the plate before you. The only thing better than eating a wonderful meal, is the satisfaction you get from knowing you cooked it.

After researching several cooking classes online, I decided to call Flavor Cooking Class, which is located in the Casa Linda Hotel in Fort Cochin. We arrived at a somewhat deserted hotel at 11:00 am sharp and let ourselves into the...

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