Burmese Buses Part 2: Bus ride from hell.

Posted by on Jun 22, 2013 in Blog | 1 comment

Not that I believe in hell, but if I did, my version of hell would be a bus ride through the Burmese country side on these horrifically windy roads in the pouring rain, with no space, unable to sleep, and feeling nauseated, while people puke all around me. Oh and in hell, I’d never arrive at my destination. Well that’s what that Tuesday night felt like. First, the bus was over an hour late leaving and when you already have an 8 hour ride ahead of you, well, that sucks. Then we get on the bus and an hour later arrive at our first...

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Burmese Buses

Posted by on May 19, 2013 in Blog | 1 comment

On Friday, at 5pm, Lacey and I boarded a bus from Yangon to Inle Lake here in Myanmar. We pull up to the bus (after taking a cab there that was approximately 120 degrees and cost extra for air conditioning – which we eventually agreed to due to the heat and humidity. “2 percent for looking in the mirror twice,” right? Get the reference?) and I spot a guy with a bucket of water and a small cup which he is using to pour water over the engine of the bus. And we haven’t even pulled out yet. Bad. Sign. So we get on the...

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Posted by on May 18, 2013 in Blog | 2 comments

I arrive in Yangon after two flights and head to baggage claim in a country I’m told has no ATMs and will only take crisp, new US dollars to be exchanged. However, upon arriving at baggage claim, I see two money changers AND an ATM. I decide to use it but somehow my math is so bad, I almost took out only $11. Thankfully a nice man nearby helped me figure out that 91,000 kyat = $100 so that’s what I took out. It felt super weird typing $90,000 into an ATM! Then, thankfully my hotel had airport pickup so for the first time in a long...

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Cambodian Bus Rides

Posted by on May 14, 2013 in Blog | 4 comments

Had an interesting day today: I buy a ticket for the 2:45pm mini bus being told it is 2-2.5 hour ride from Sihanoukville to Phnom Penh. I buy my ticket early (for once) and am told I’m seat #1. When I get to the bus station there’s a bus sitting there so I go to get on it and I’m told that’s not my bus. So I sit down with my pack to wait. Naturally, I’m a couple minutes early. I ask how long the ride is and I’m told 4 hours. Yikes. But that the regular sized bus is at least 6 hours. Then a man gets off...

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Survivor Philippines: Episode 6. Crazy Trades!

Posted by on Oct 26, 2012 in Blog | 4 comments

It’s rare that on Survivor, after all these years, something can happen that you’ve never seen before. Well, thanks to Jonathan Penner, that occurred this week! See what I thought of Jonathan’s crazy deal in my weekly reality nation article here: Share It: Hide...

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Big City, Small World.

Posted by on Oct 25, 2012 in Blog | 1 comment

Depending on whom you ask, Beijing is a city of almost 30 million people. So the question I keep asking myself is how could a city this big be so small? My friend Mike sent me an email the other day asking if my sister and I would like to join him to go to a friend’s birthday party on Saturday night. I asked my sister and she said she already had a birthday party that night. The conversation went like this: me: just sent you an email from mike cocktail bday party sat. Sabrina: cool i thnk i am going ot this bday party with karl is it...

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Strategic Subway Riding.

Posted by on Oct 24, 2012 in Blog | 1 comment

I miss my NYC commute–one stop on an express train. Mere minutes on the train. I never had to worry about getting a seat. Here, that’s not the case (I spend well over an hour on the train daily). So, I’ve developed a serious seat-getting strategy. Maybe others employ this type of seat-getting strategy in NYC if they have a long commute, but I don’t, so this is new to me. Here’s a brief tutorial: In order to get a seat, you need to be on the ball. You have to anticipate who is going to get up next (so if someone...

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Acquiring Halloween Costumes.

Posted by on Oct 23, 2012 in Blog | 1 comment

Given that all Halloween costumes you see in the US (except for the handmade ones) are likely made in China, you’d think finding a Halloween costume in Beijing would be simple. Not so. I have purchased each piece of my costume separately. Finally, all the pieces are falling into place. This is just another teaser post because I’m not revealing my costume yet! Stay tuned. Share It: Hide...

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The Crew.

Posted by on Oct 22, 2012 in Blog | 1 comment

My sister Sabrina has been living in Beijing since she graduated from college minus one year while she was getting her masters in the UK. And she has developed an amazing group of friends here. There’s something special and amazing about an ex-pat community. When I go out with my own friends in NYC and meet other people’s friends, I usually don’t take their phone numbers or plan to start hanging out with them. In Beijing, I’m constantly making new friends. Everyone here is connected to everyone else through no more...

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Survivor Philippines Episode 5! Rant Against Quitters.

Posted by on Oct 19, 2012 in Blog | 3 comments

If you’re interested, check out my weekly article on this week’s episode of Survivor. I go on a pretty harsh rant against Dana, who quit the game this week. There’s nothing I hate more than quitters on Survivor. Read about it here: Share It: Hide...

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