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Trouble with Jellies

Finally: I can breathe fresh air as my lips begin forming a smile and my eyebrows slowly loosen their squeeze on my forehead. I am sitting on the balcony of my little apartment on Boracay Island, in the Philippines, looking out at the full moon behind a palm tree and the crisply outlined white clouds…

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Worst Airline Ever: Cebu Pacific Air

There.  I was hoping the title of this post would be catchy enough so that people Googling CebuAir Pacific would come up with my site and be spared the horrible experience of doing business with them.  It is now my mission in life to alert travelers around the world to NEVER, under any circumstances, fly…

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A Moment of Silence for Danielle Yeager

I apologize for the lag in posting, but a recent tragedy has immobilized me from doing much of anything. Two days ago, a friend gave me some terrible news: my friend–a beautiful, funny, creative, free-spirited girl, and briefly my roommate this past summer–Danielle Yeager, passed away.  My heart is breaking over and over again for her wonderful…

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Brunei Darussalam, land of lovely surprises

I heard the alarm, but refused to open my eyes. “You wanna shower first?” I said, half asleep. This is my sneaky way of stealing a couple extra minutes of sleep. “I showered last night. You can go ahead and take one,” Kate replied, already up and moving around the room. Damn. It was 6:30,…

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Road Trip to Kinabalu National Park

Kate and I had had enough excitement for a lifetime while adventuring in Banggi. I should have warned her, in retrospect, that traveling with me might not be what most people think of as a “normal” or even “pleasant” travel experience. I tend to find myself in really unusual situations rather frequently, and I somehow…

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Trials and Tribulations on Banggi Island

It all started with an intriguing story, over some iced lemon tea with just a little sugar, please: …”my Couchsurfer took a boat to an island, where no foreigners have been…camped on the beach…my friend Jimmy took care of him…” Fiona was telling us about this place we could go if we wanted to see…

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Well Hello, Borneo

Never in the span of my 25 years of this sometimes unpredictable existence have I booked a plane ticket departing the next day.  That is, never before yesterday. Yesterday, I was feeling spunky.  Yesterday, I was bored.  Yesterday, I was feeling a little too lazy in Kuala Lumpor.  Yesterday, I was tired of things. So today, I…

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