Monday, February 2, 2015

Blog Entry #1: Korea Livin'


Greetings from Seoul!

Quick update to anyone who once followed this blog before I stopped making any real updates- I got really busy out of nowhere.  I do plan on updating my blog frequently now that I've made the goal to write 2-3 posts per week for you all to enjoy.  Mainly so that I can get back into my creative groove, and partially because I know how much you miss my writing (just kidding).

So, what have I been up to for the past year?

Well, I stopped and stayed in India for way longer than I thought that I would.  I lived in New Delhi for about 5 months or so helping my friend start up a business.  It went well for a while, but in the end, I couldn't happily live in New Delhi; the lifestyle just wasn't for me. 

After leaving India, I headed to South Korea, my motherland!  This was way back in July, so I'm writing about this much after the fact.  In September 2014, I started a 1 year contract teaching English in order to make some money and spend some time with my extended family.  I'm also getting to use my very limited, and I do mean limited, Korean.

While teaching English in Korea, I'm using this time to rest up from my weary travels and to focus on certain aspects of my career that I have neglected when I was working in India, such as my writing, photography, and videography. 

A part of me thinks that I lost sight of what I set out to accomplish, but everyone loses their way at some point so I shouldn't be too hard on myself.  That stuffs not important; what's important is that I'm here now, and that I've made the commitment to create because that's what I'm good at. 

This was obligatory.
I'm keeping this post short because I only wanted to touch base briefly before writing more fun, and in-depth posts about what's been cooking up in my head.  Look forward to a lot more interesting articles to come.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Traveling to Amritsar

I usually recount my travels in video format, but since my GoPro was dead for the entire 7 hours that I was in Amritsar, I decided to make a blog post highlighting the places that I visited.

I hopped on a night bus from Delhi that I booked off of MakeMyTrip.com, which is like the Indian version of Tripadvisor, and I left in the evening in order to arrive in Amritsar in the early morning.  The bus ride was about 7 to 8 hours and it went by as fast as closing and opening my eyes because I was passed out for the entire ride.  

Monday, March 10, 2014

A Word From a Budget Traveler: Money Hurts

A huge concern for a lot of travelers is whether a trip abroad is feasible to someone that lives on a budget.  Luckily, because a lot of developing countries have a cheaper standard of living, it's totally possible to plan out a trip overseas without having to be a cha-millionaire.  There are a lot of beautiful regions to visit as a budget traveler that'll have you experiencing a lot without emptying your pockets.  Regions like:

Monday, March 3, 2014

What's In My Pack?: India

I'm in the midst of packing for my trip to India and I decided to create a short video about what I'm bringing along with me.  I'm still stressing out and I'm pretty sure that I'll be packing late into the night.

Here's what I got so far, check out what is in my pack for India:

Sunday, March 2, 2014

What's In My Backpack?: Southeast Asia

I was messaging with a friend about travel logistics and I realized that a common concern for a lot of beginning travelers is what to bring along with them for their trip.  Well, luckily, I got some experience with this so I put together a comprehensive list of everything that you will possibly need to survive in Southeast Asia.

Please note that I used the word "survive" because I'll be listing the necessities for travel, everything else is just extra that you'll have to decide on for yourself.


Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Vlog 6: Kickin' It In Philly

This past weekend, I was lucky enough to visit some friends who live in Philadelphia before I make my grand departure off to India with an undeclared date of return.

My friend Thierry so graciously hosted me and a couple of friends for the weekend, and for three days we explored the city, ate tons of great food, and experienced the unique Philly culture.  I didn't know what to expect for the weekend, but what I got was a lot of laughs with some good friends and a good collection of videos filled with dick jokes.

What better use of this footage than making yet another Vlog filled with some highlights from my trip.

Check it out below, and I'll also be writing another post on the great locations that visited in the city.


Saturday, February 22, 2014

Vlog 5: Katsucon 2014

In my last post, I posted the video Katsucon 2014: The Faces of Cosplay which showcased the great cosplayers at Katsucon 20.  I spent a lot of time at the con recording cosplayers, but I didn't get to feature everyone in the last video so I decided to create a Vlog in order to share the rest of my experience at the con and give a behind-the-scene look at the recording process.

Watch Vlog number 5 and see Katsucon through my eyes from start to finish.