I’ve seen some pretty amazing things around the world, but now what? My thoughts on returning home to Canada, and trying to figure out life.
It’s a ritual entirely on its own. Propped up with empowerment, yet riddled with insecurities. It’s a ceremonial dance—women preparing their faces and their smiles for the world, while coddled inside the sheltered confines of the bathroom mirror. Unforgiving cruel nature is a blatant reality we choose to ignore. It’s a habitual practice, one that … Continue reading Listen First, Talk Later: One Woman’s Experience Living in a Sexist World
There is nothing more satisfying in this world than the sound of minced garlic and finely diced onions hitting a hot frying pan, anyone who disagrees with this statement is clearly deranged and it’s in your best interest to immediately cut such “people” from your life. Trust me on this one. The sultry hiss, the … Continue reading Rendang, the ‘Girl Next Door’ of Malaysian Cuisine
It starts off slow, almost eerily so. Depression, it creeps in like a thick fog, suffocating you mentally and physically. By now I know the feeling all too well. I can recognize the signs. I can feel the tightness in my chest begin to take hold, and yet despite my experience in this particular department, … Continue reading Missing Home: What Travellers Don’t Talk About
Disclaimer: for my non-Malaysian readers, there is a glossary of terms at the bottom of this posting. “Qasih, makan makan?” I’ve been stashed away for hours, meticulously tapping away on my laptop, day-dreaming, listening to music, and reading up on Canadian news. It’s a pretty standard Friday night, and for a moment reality escapes me. … Continue reading Meet My Malay Family: My Experience Living with the Lokmans
Landing in Phnom Penh was a blur. A surreal, overwhelming whirlwind of emotions. Crippled with a combination of insufficient sleep and a mild hangover, I timidly made my way outside the international airport in Cambodia, my brain offensively attempting to navigate sensory overload. “Here we go,” I thought—or perhaps I was talking to myself out … Continue reading A Nation Defined, But Not Defeated: An Unexpected Lesson Learned from Cambodia
I’m not much of an athlete by any means. I enjoy nature and a solid bike ride every now and again, but I’ve never been a, “let’s go for a stroll for no apparent reason other than to move,” kind of a gal. Rather, I enjoy sitting down to a very full glass of vino … Continue reading The Island of Penang, a Foodie’s Haven