Dear Asia

It is crazy to think that two years ago, I stepped foot into your crazy, unique, chaotic continent. 26 months ago I was packing my bags to uproot my life to Thailand, and now I am packing my bags in Taiwan to replant my roots back home (maybe…) For most people, they would never choose…

Paradise in Palawan

Crystal clear waters, endless white beaches, an underwater world that will take your breath away, a destination that truly looks like paradise… Yep!  Welcome to El Nido, Palawan, Philippines. What they tell you is that El Nido will be the most beautiful place you’ll ever see.  What they don’t tell you is the trek you’ll…

Run

Two weeks ago marked an entire trip around the sun for me here in Taiwan.  It also marks my second year working and traveling in Asia.  I took some time before I decided to write this blog, to reflect on my journey these last two years.  When I told people I was coming back to Asia…

Okinawa (Better Late Than Never)

It was time for another trip out of Taiwan, so a few weekends ago I headed to Okinawa, Japan for a few days. It was such a nice trip to get out and explore a place I had never been before. When I visited Japan a few months ago, I just spent time in Tokyo and…

Basketball in Taiwan

For anyone who has contacted me in the last month or so, my responses have been pretty much the same. You; “How are you” Me; “Busy, busy and more busy”. Okay, I am sorry about that, but cool things have been going on my friends, well for me at least I think they are cool….

Three Kaufman’s In Asia

When I first started to travel long-term, people always asked me what  I was running away from, wondered why I wanted to be gone so long, and would mostly tell me I was crazy or weird. Suffice it to say, I didn’t get a lot of encouragement and support in the beginning. Sometimes your friends and…

Scuba Diving

A few weeks back I went down south to an island off the coast of Taiwan called, Xiaoliuqiu.  IT WAS BEAUTIFUL! It had been a while since I went scuba diving, so a weekend trip down south was exactly what I needed at the time.  I spent my time on the island exploring, laying on the beach and…

Comeback Season

Two weeks ago I accepted a new job! This is something I am really excited to write about because it involves one of the biggest aspects of my life, basketball. You’re looking at Taiwan’s newest basketball coach for Shulin Youth Organization.  The organization is small, and is comprised of about 35 kids ranging in the…

Konnichiwa

A few weekends ago, I ventured over to the country of Japan for a long weekend trip.  I had been dying to go to Japan, so I planned a trip when the opportunity came about.  I didn’t really know what to expect at first.  I had talked to some friends who have been before and…

5am Sushi

While in Japan I was determined to find the best sushi possible (at a reasonable price). I was informed by some friends before coming that the Tsukiji Fish market was a must see. Apparently you can’t find sushi better than right at the market, and boy was everyone right.  Every morning around 4am there is…

Busy Living Life.

I made a promise to myself that when I returned to Taiwan after being home in February,  I would be better at posting more blogs. Well obviously I failed miserably. I’m sorry!!!! I’ve been MIA for excellent reasons so cut me some slack. Taiwan is truly an amazing place. It’s been everything I’ve hoped for…

Weekend Adventures 

Last weekend was my first trip out of Taipei since I got back to Taiwan. Side note– if I didn’t say it enough, I really loved being home. It was a much needed trip to see love ones and be reminded how amazing my home life is. I feel extremely privileged, and have never felt…