• Advice for Expats
  • 8 Fields of Photography Men Can Actually Appreciate

    Guy Shooting a Picture at Night

    Photography has the potential to be as good or as shitty as you want it to be. If you surround yourself with the good stuff, you’ll think it’s awesome. But surround yourself by the bad stuff, and you’ll quickly lose interest. In this article I discuss eight different fields of photography that are not only fun and interesting, but also work hand in hand with our natural male instincts.

  • Expat Interviews
  • Interview with My Brother: A Newbie’s Reflections on China

    Another year has passed, and my big brother has wound up in Asia for the second time in his life. Last year he saw straightforward Japan, but this time he’s in mean China, a country that never throws foreign travelers a crutch. Will China chew him up and spit him out, or will he be one of the rare Westerners that falls in love with the country? Read this interview to find out what my brother thought of the Middle Kingdom after spending one month in the country traveling to four very different cities.

  • Rants
  • 10 Unsavory, Yet Uniquely American Characteristics

    A Homeless Man on the Streets of El Paso, Texas

    I always want to think the best about my homeland, but my experiences abroad have taken those rose-colored glasses off and forever changed the way I see it. I recently spent two months back in the good ol’ US of A, but I could never enjoy myself too much because of the usual never-ending American BS. Read this article to find out which ten uniquely American traits were the most reverse culture shock inducing.

  • Trip Reports
  • Trip Report: Seven Days in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

    The Royal Palace in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

    I have mostly fond memories of my two trips to Phnom Penh – the cultural vibrancy, the laid-back vibes, the nightlife, the excellent foreign cuisine – the city was just such a cool place. But those trips were over five years ago, and both me and the city have surely changed a lot in that time. So can Phnom Penh still hold on to its former glory? Read this trip report to find out.

  • Trip Reports
  • Trip Report: Seven Days in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

    Nightscape of Ho Chi Minh City and the Saigon River

    In part two of my Vietnam trip report, I find myself down south in Ho Chi Minh City for the third time in my life. I previously had mixed feelings about Vietnam’s largest city, so will anything change this time around over five years later? Read this trip report to learn my third impressions of Vietnam’s famous city in the south and just how it compares to its famous city in the north.

  • Trip Reports
  • Trip Report: Seven Days in Hanoi, Vietnam

    After a long five year hiatus, I’ve once again found myself in Vietnam. My two week trip starts in the capital of Hanoi, and then ends in the megacity of Saigon. Though I’ve been in the country twice before, it’s actually my first in Hanoi. Did I wait eight years too long to see Vietnam’s cultural capital, or is it just a visit once then never again kind of city? Read this trip report to find out what the former capital of French Indochina is really like in 2017.

  • Trip Reports
  • Trip Report: Seven Days in Shenyang, Liaoning, China

    Liaoning Broadcast and TV Tower in Shenyang, China

    Just when I was about to declare this year’s trip to Northeast China a giant flop, Shenyang came in to rescue my fleeting hope for the country. But what set Shenyang apart from neighboring Chinese cities like Changchun, Yanji, and Mudanjiang? How could it even be that much different? Read this trip report to find out what made Shenyang – the largest city in Northeast China – well worth a visit.