Just a Taiwanese-American blogging about his travels outdoors and occasionally his thoughts on life.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Video: Hiking Castle Rock, Saratoga

Hiking Castle Rock in Saratoga, CA.


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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Video: Hiking in Henry Cowell State Park

Made a video of my hike with my dog. I went hiking in Henry Cowell State Park in Felton, CA December 2014 with my dog Gucci. Located near Santa Cruz over the 17 hwy.


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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Video: Almaden Quicksilver County Park, San Jose

Took a video of me hiking with my family up in Almaden Quicksilver County Park.


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Sunday, November 09, 2014

Hiking Los Gatos Trail, Los Gatos, United States

Now that I'm back in the States working again, I haven't had much time to travel but I have however, still found time to hike every now and then on the weekends.

A local hike that I like to visit often is the Los Gatos trail. Situated just 15-20 minutes away from me, the Los Gatos trail is conveniently located right in the middle of downtown Los Gatos. Parking is easy and finding the trail head is simple as well.

Once you're on the trail, you are then afforded plenty of options to choose from. Whether you want to hike a flat road trail all the way to the reservoir or something slightly more challenging like to the top of the mountain, the choices are there.

Here is a short video that I  shot to give you an idea of what the hike is like.

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Video: Hiking in Villa Montalvo

Hiking in Villa Montalvo on the Orchard Trail loop. Located in Saratoga, the hike is incredibly easy that not only doesn't take much of your time but is also very close, making it a convenient choice when you don't really want to spend half the day in the mountains.


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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Video: Hiking Los Gatos Trail to Novitiate Park

Took a video of me hiking a simple hike nearby. Los Gatos Trail to Novitiate Park 2014. This isn't the only trail in the area, there are many others that start from Los Gatos.


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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Iceland: Potential Next Trip

Someone posted a scenic picture of Iceland and I decided to check on Kayak how much tickets were. Surprisingly, not too much. About the same as a ticket to Korea. Right now, plane tickets only costs 800 to get from San Francisco and the flight is only 12 hours with transfers.



Before, I was considering on making Australia and New Zealand my next trip but Iceland is quite beautiful as well.

Skogafoss Falls in Iceland
And if I do fly over, I should probably visit some other countries as well. I'm thinking something like Iceland --> Norway --> Sweden --> Finland--> Estonia --> Latvia --> Lithuania --> Denmark. So another two month trip essentially.


The question then is, where will I find the time and money. It is times like these that make me really wonder if there is a career out there for me that allows me to travel. But even as I say it, I wonder if I would enjoy traveling the same if it became a job.
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Friday, May 30, 2014

Osaka Castle, Osaka, Japan

Here are some pictures of my trip to Osaka castle.

All the cherry blossoms were in bloom.

I didn't know that cherry blossoms came in different shades depending on the region.



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Minoo Park, Osaka, Japan

Back in April, I flew back to Japan for 9 days.

I first flew from SFO to LAX and then from LAX to Tokyo. From Tokyo, I then rushed to a connecting flight and ended up in Osaka.

During my stay there I visited some places outside of Osaka city. One of the places I went to was Minoo Park. Although small, it's a great place to spend half the day either with friends or by yourself with a book.


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Saturday, May 10, 2014

Cost of Traveling To Asia


For those of you interested in how much it cost for me to get around. A Rough outline of how much transportation cost me:

From SFO,USA to LAX, USA to Tokyo, Japan:
Delta Airlines 570.20

From Tokyo, Japan to Nagano, Japan
JR EAST SIBUYAKU Train 70.50

From Nagano, Japan to Kyoto, Japan
JR EAST SIBUYAKU Train 63.57

From Kyoto, Japan to Osaka, Japan
I paid with cash so I forgot.

Osaka, Japan to Seoul, Korea
Peach Airlines 70.03

From Seoul, Korea to Busan, Korea
KTX ticket 36.99

From Busan, Korea to Bangkok, Thailand:
Thai Airways 509.49

From Bangkok, Thailand to Chiang Mai
Nokair 144.33

From Chiang Mai, Thailand to Krabi Town, Thailand
Nokair 105.05

From Bangkok, Thailand to Taoyuan, Taiwan
EVA airlines 291.15

From Taoyuan, Taiwan to Taipei, Taiwan
I forgot, cheap though.

From Taipei, Taiwan to Taizhong, Taiwan
I forgot, used cash.

From Taipei, Taiwan to Hualien, Taiwan
I forgot, used cash.

From Taipei, Taiwan to Manila, Philippines to SFO, USA
Manila Air 568.80

Rough total of transportation costs: 2430.11 between and within 4 countries. Perhaps the number is closer to 2600 when you take into account the train rides in Taiwan but it really shouldn't be that much higher.


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Video: Beitou Thermal Valley Springs, Taipei, Taiwan

Finally got around to putting together the clips I recorded on my backpacking trip around East Asia. If you want to see more detailed explanations of my experience in each location, as well as some neat pictures, refer to the blog updates.

Notice: All videos are shot in 720p so ideally I would like you to watch them in 720p. I especially encourage this on videos that are of scenic places like the Monkey Park or Thailand's beaches.

Up in New Beitou are a lot of hot springs because of the natural thermal activity there. Here is a very short clip of one of the attractions you can visit while exploring the small town. Free to enter.




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Video: Yangmingsan, Taipei, Taiwan


Finally got around to putting together the clips I recorded on my backpacking trip around East Asia. If you want to see more detailed explanations of my experience in each location, as well as some neat pictures, refer to the blog updates.

Notice: All videos are shot in 720p so ideally I would like you to watch them in 720p. I especially encourage this on videos that are of scenic places like the Monkey Park or Thailand's beaches.

Attempted to go hiking in the mountains north of Taipei but got lost and ended up just exploring one of the parks. Although it wasn't the challenging hike that I wanted, it was still a nice trip.

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Video: Koh Phi Phi, Thailand

Finally got around to putting together the clips I recorded on my backpacking trip around East Asia. If you want to see more detailed explanations of my experience in each location, as well as some neat pictures, refer to the blog updates.

Notice: All videos are shot in 720p so ideally I would like you to watch them in 720p. I especially encourage this on videos that are of scenic places like the Monkey Park or Thailand's beaches.

Videos from my trip down south to the islands. Beautiful experience and I am glad to have captured some of it on film. The night fire shows were amazing.

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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Video: Mae Taeng, Thailand

Finally got around to putting together the clips I recorded on my backpacking trip around East Asia. If you want to see more detailed explanations of my experience in each location, as well as some neat pictures, refer to the blog updates.

Notice: All videos are shot in 720p so ideally I would like you to watch them in 720p. I especially encourage this on videos that are of scenic places like the Monkey Park or Thailand's beaches.

Videos of my amazing hike in Mae Taeng, Thailand. A beautiful, fun, two day hike into the jungles of Chiang Mai.

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Video: Chiang Mai, Thailand

Finally got around to putting together the clips I recorded on my backpacking trip around East Asia. If you want to see more detailed explanations of my experience in each location, as well as some neat pictures, refer to the blog updates.

Notice: All videos are shot in 720p so ideally I would like you to watch them in 720p. I especially encourage this on videos that are of scenic places like the Monkey Park or Thailand's beaches.

The alright city of Chiang Mai! Not a whole lot to do in the city. Most of the fun involve day trips outside the city to nearby towns.

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Video: Wat Pho (Grand Palace), Bangkok, Thailand

Finally got around to putting together the clips I recorded on my backpacking trip around East Asia. If you want to see more detailed explanations of my experience in each location, as well as some neat pictures, refer to the blog updates.

Notice: All videos are shot in 720p so ideally I would like you to watch them in 720p. I especially encourage this on videos that are of scenic places like the Monkey Park or Thailand's beaches.

Here is a video of the Golden Palace in Bangkok, Thailand. Probably one of the most famous place to go in Bangkok for tourists during the day. Don't get fooled by the tuk tuk drivers outside, the palace is rarely closed.

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Video: Wat Saket (Golden Mound), Bangkok, Thailand

Finally got around to putting together the clips I recorded on my backpacking trip around East Asia. If you want to see more detailed explanations of my experience in each location, as well as some neat pictures, refer to the blog updates.

Notice: All videos are shot in 720p so ideally I would like you to watch them in 720p. I especially encourage this on videos that are of scenic places like the Monkey Park or Thailand's beaches.

First day in Thailand, I take the canal ferry to see the Golden Mound.

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Video: Haedong Yunggung Temple, Busan, South Korea

Finally got around to putting together the clips I recorded on my backpacking trip around East Asia. If you want to see more detailed explanations of my experience in each location, as well as some neat pictures, refer to the blog updates.

Notice: All videos are shot in 720p so ideally I would like you to watch them in 720p. I especially encourage this on videos that are of scenic places like the Monkey Park or Thailand's beaches.

Went to visit the temple by the ocean, Yunggung Temple. Very beautiful. Definitely worth a visit.

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Video: Beomosa Temple and Mt. Geumjeong, Busan, South Korea

Finally got around to putting together the clips I recorded on my backpacking trip around East Asia. If you want to see more detailed explanations of my experience in each location, as well as some neat pictures, refer to the blog updates.

Notice: All videos are shot in 720p so ideally I would like you to watch them in 720p. I especially encourage this on videos that are of scenic places like the Monkey Park or Thailand's beaches.

Hiking in Busan. First I stopped by Beomosa Temple. There is not much to see. It's more of an escape for some people and not so much a tourist attraction. You are not supposed to film when you are near the temples.

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Hiking Mt. Geumjeong behind Beomosa Temple.

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Video: Mt. Bukhansan, Seoul, South Korea

Finally got around to putting together the clips I recorded on my backpacking trip around East Asia. If you want to see more detailed explanations of my experience in each location, as well as some neat pictures, refer to the blog updates.

Notice: All videos are shot in 720p so ideally I would like you to watch them in 720p. I especially encourage this on videos that are of scenic places like the Monkey Park or Thailand's beaches.

Videos of my hike at Mt. Bukhansan near Seoul, South Korea. A really nice hike that I would have liked to do more of had I the time.

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Video: Gyeongbokgung Palace, Seoul, South Korea

Finally got around to putting together the clips I recorded on my backpacking trip around East Asia. If you want to see more detailed explanations of my experience in each location, as well as some neat pictures, refer to the blog updates.

Notice: All videos are shot in 720p so ideally I would like you to watch them in 720p. I especially encourage this on videos that are of scenic places like the Monkey Park or Thailand's beaches.

After the DMZ, I went to visit the main palace in Seoul. It was okay. I wasn't really blown away by it. The changing of the guards was neat though.

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Video: DMZ, Seoul, South Korea

Finally got around to putting together the clips I recorded on my backpacking trip around East Asia. If you want to see more detailed explanations of my experience in each location, as well as some neat pictures, refer to the blog updates.

Notice: All videos are shot in 720p so ideally I would like you to watch them in 720p. I especially encourage this on videos that are of scenic places like the Monkey Park or Thailand's beaches.

Videos of my trip to the DMZ near Seoul, South Korea. A lot of the places restrict you from filming so there is not much to see.

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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Video: Todaiji Temple, Nara, Japan

Finally got around to putting together the clips I recorded on my backpacking trip around East Asia. If you want to see more detailed explanations of my experience in each location, as well as some neat pictures, refer to the blog updates.

Notice: All videos are shot in 720p so ideally I would like you to watch them in 720p. I especially encourage this on videos that are of scenic places like the Monkey Park or Thailand's beaches.

Videos of my day trip from Kyoto to Nara to see the deers and the Todaiji temple.

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Video: Kurama, Japan

Finally got around to putting together the clips I recorded on my backpacking trip around East Asia. If you want to see more detailed explanations of my experience in each location, as well as some neat pictures, refer to the blog updates.

Notice: All videos are shot in 720p so ideally I would like you to watch them in 720p. I especially encourage this on videos that are of scenic places like the Monkey Park or Thailand's beaches.

Hiking in Kibune and Kurama.

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Video: Fushimi Inari, Kyoto, Japan

Finally got around to putting together the clips I recorded on my backpacking trip around East Asia. If you want to see more detailed explanations of my experience in each location, as well as some neat pictures, refer to the blog updates.

Notice: All videos are shot in 720p so ideally I would like you to watch them in 720p. I especially encourage this on videos that are of scenic places like the Monkey Park or Thailand's beaches.

Videos of my hike in the mountains behind Fushimi Inari

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Video: Nagano and Jigokudani Monkey Park, Nagano, Japan


Finally got around to putting together the clips I recorded on my backpacking trip around East Asia. If you want to see more detailed explanations of my experience in each location, as well as some neat pictures, refer to the blog updates.

Notice: All videos are shot in 720p so ideally I would like you to watch them in 720p. I especially encourage this on videos that are of scenic places like the Monkey Park or Thailand's beaches.

Entering Nagano, Japan



Hiking Jigokudani Monkey Park

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Morning ceremony at Zenkoji Temple, Nagano

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Video: Nikko, Japan


Finally got around to putting together the clips I recorded on my backpacking trip around East Asia. If you want to see more detailed explanations of my experience in each location, as well as some neat pictures, refer to the blog updates.

Notice: All videos are shot in 720p so ideally I would like you to watch them in 720p. I especially encourage this on videos that are of scenic places like the Monkey Park or Thailand's beaches.

Here are clips of my hike in Nikko, Japan, the beautiful temple town.

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Video: Tokyo, Japan

Finally got around to putting together the clips I recorded on my backpacking trip around East Asia. If you want to see more detailed explanations of my experience in each location, as well as some neat pictures, refer to the blog updates.

Notice: All videos are shot in 720p so ideally I would like you to watch them in 720p. I especially encourage this on videos that are of scenic places like the Monkey Park or Thailand's beaches.

First up is a video of me at San Jose Mineta Airport waiting for my flight to Tokyo, Japan.




Landing in Japan

Asakusa, Tokyo, Japan.


Ueno Park, Tokyo, Japan


Shinjiku, Tokyo, Japan

Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan

Meji Shrine, Tokyo, Japan

Akihabara, Tokyo, Japan
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Friday, February 28, 2014

The End to My Asia Trip

Thus ends my two month travel to Asia.
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Landing in San Francisco

I arrived in San Francisco around 6pm on Wednesday.

The flight From Manila to SFO was not too bad, I spent most of the time watching documentaries and movies. One documentary was on Jeff Bezos, the man behind Amazon, and the other was on Chris Sharma, one of the world's best rock climbers.

Customs took awhile to get through because there were many people in line.

Upon exiting, I had a difficult time finding the exit as well as means of getting home. I had two options on how to get home: shuttle or caltrain.

In the end, I opted to take the caltrain because it was much cheaper than a shuttle. I got home around 9pm.
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Layover in Manila, Philippines



Its about 9pm here in Manila, Philippines. The flight from Taiwan took 2 hours and the layover is another 2.

It'll be a 10 hour flight back to San Francisco where i hope to catch the caltrain down. The Manila airport is not very good, it's quite small and dirty.

The internet is fast though and there is HD NBA games streaming in front of me.
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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Last Night in Taipei, Taiwan

On my second to last day in Taipei, I left Sylvia's apartment in the morning and headed off into the city to check into a hostel. At that point, I had stayed with Sylvia for probably a week or so and felt it was about time to give her some space.



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Taipei Zoo, Taipei, Taiwan

On Tuesday I met up with Charlie and we went to the zoo.

Initially, the plan was to go hiking but for whatever reason, we ended up going to the zoo instead. I think it was a combination of how close the zoo was to the stop we were heading towards and the gondola next to the zoo. Charlie wanted to ride the gondola and so did I.


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Weekend Getaway, Yilan, Taiwan

On Saturday, I took the train up north from HuaLian to Yilan to meet up with Sylvia, Cow Pig Fish, and Nicole.

To get around, the girls rented two motorcycles.



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Friday, February 21, 2014

Hiking Taroko Gorge, Hualien, Taiwan

Around 9am I headed to the train station to grab a bus to Taroko. The train station was bustling with people trying to get you to join their tour and some of them were pretty persistent. For about 230 TWD I got a roundtrip bus ticket to the park from Hualian.

At Taroko, there are many sights to see, I don't think you can see all of them in one day but you can definitely see the important ones before the sun sets. Supposidly, Taroko is the larged marble gorge in the world, more than 1,000 meters deep and it is because of the marble that the gorge still exists today.

I started off at the Taroko Park Headquarters, moved to Bulowan to hike the Swallow Grotto trail, and then finally to TianXiang to hike Baiyan waterfall trail. If I came here again, I would like to try the Shakadang trail.

There really isn't much to say about the first two places. The headquarter was pretty but nothing in comparison to the park itself.


The swallow grotto trail was nice as well but because I didn't complete the trail, I didn't get to see all it had to offer.

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Hualien, Taiwan

On thursday I left Taipei and headed south east towards HuaLian. The city reminds me a lot of Taichung in that, there seems to be not much to do within its immeidate vicinity. Much of what people come to this city to do involves taking a bus an hour out or so.

Tomorrow I will go to Taroko Gorge.



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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Hiking Xiang Shan (Elephant Mountain) Taipei, Taiwan

Tuesday morning I went hiking at Xiang Shan. To get there is really simple: take the red line to Xiang shan exit.



Located really close to the city, Xiang Shan is a really easy hike. Although it can be steep in the beginning, it's not long at all and you can make it to the top in a half hour or less.



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Taichung to Taipei, Taiwan

On Monday I had absolutely no plans and just hung around the hostel. I tried talking with the girl working there but she just wasn't interested. Fortunately, i started talking with another guy who was eating breakfast and we ended up spending the day together. His name was Charlie and although he is originally from Taiwan, he currently works in New Zealand.

Charlie rented a vespa/taiwan-motorcycle and we rode up the mountain to xingzhu.

There, we went to a popular summer resort called xingzhu summer resort. Albeit small, the place is perfect for pictures. The ride up to the resort was probably the best part of that day trip. The mountain was very nice to look at.


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Taichung p.4


On Sunday I took the bus to sun moon lake south of taichung. The trip by bus took an hour and a half. 

While walking along the lake I randomly ran into Monika and Patrick and their aboriginal host family.

I would have to say that drinking tea with them was the highlight of my day at sun moon lake.




The family invited me to stay with them for 2-3 days but because my clothes were back in taichung i could not. Had I stayed, I would have been taken to the light festival further south and a day of hiking in Ali San.
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Sunday, February 16, 2014

Taichung p.3


On Saturday I spent most of the day lounging around the hostel. I woke up around 11am, went out to get lunch, and chatted with Elley, the girl working at the hostel bar/cafe.

Around 4pm I met up with Cathy and You and just followed them around while they shopped at 一中接 market. At one point i wanted to buy a plain black hoodie but the sizing of the sweaters in taichung is weird and even XL shirts are too tight on me. Vendors there do not like you trying on clothes so it made finding a sweater even more difficult.


We hung out til 10pm and then we had dinner with Cathy's family. They seemed like a good bunch and I enjoyed their company.  Cathy's sister had just returned from school that day. She studies in Thailand. It was too bad I did not get to talk to the parents much. The least I could have done to repay them for getting dinner was provide better company.
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Friday, February 14, 2014

Taichung p.2


Yesterday I took the local train from Taichung north to HouLi with Cathy and her friend You. We went biking in HouLi Horse park. Cathy rode a normal bike while me and You got a tandem bike. It was difficult for many reasons but I still had a great time taking in the view, hanging out with my two friends, and eating baby tomatoes. 

When we returned to Taichung we went to karoke and then perused the night streets eating whatever looked good to us in the stalls lining both sides of the street.

I hope to go further south on Sunday to Sun Moon Lake and meet up with my friends Monika and Patrick.
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Taichung, Taiwan p.1

After three days i decided i was done with the city and headed south towards taichung. The train cost roughly 10 dollars and took about 2 hours to get there.

Upon reaching the city, my friend Cathy met me and took me to my hostel. The rest of the day was spent here and there around the city.


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Taipei, Taiwan p.2

On wednesday my friend Mao took the day off from work to hang out with me. It would not be an entirely outrageous exaggeration to say we ate every 2-3 hours.


For breakfast we had yuo tiao and doh jiang from some famous breakfast place. For second breakfast i had green onion pancake with egg. For lunch we ate at some restaurant near Din Tai Fong and for second lunch we had sushi. For dinner we went to a bar restaurant where you order a bunch of small dishes and beers.

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Hiking Yangmingsan, Bei Tou, Taiwan

On Tuesday I took the bus to Yangmingsan. Originally I wanted to do a half day hike but I planned poorly and could not find the trail head. I ended up just walking around the park instead. Although beautiful, the walk around the park was mostly unchallenging.



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Taipei, Taiwan p.1

On Monday I landed in Taoyuan International Airport. On the bus ride from Taoyuan airport to Taipei I met a fellow traveler named Monika from Poland. Monika currently studies in China.

Once I got to Taipei I immediately met up with my old friend Ah Kuang and we went to play indoor basketball. We played basketball for about three hours before calling it quits and heading home.

It was very nostalgic to play ball again but at the same time it was also a good reminder why I stopped playing. My knees are definitely gone from all the years of playing basketball.

We dropped my backpack off at Ah Kuang's house in Beitou and grabbed a late dinner. Gan yi mein was my favorite dish.

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Saturday, February 08, 2014

Koh Phi Phi, Thailand p.4


It should be no surprise that I left Ko Phi Phi dark brown rather than the pale white that I entered.

On Saturday I took the afternoon ferry out of Ko Phi Phi back towards Krabi. While waiting for the boat to leave, I ran into two french girls that I had met previously on the island, Felomina and Margeret. Felomina is short, now tanned by the island, with light brown hair while Margeret is tall, still white (despite the island's best efforts), and has long black hair. On one side of her head, Margeret has shaved a small portion of her hair off. Although strange, this style is not entirely rare, or new, and you can see it every now and then back in the states.

Once the boat started moving, we left our seats and moved up onto deck (as everyone tends to do) and just chatted in the amazing weather. I mainly talked with Felomina the entire journey back while Margeret read her book. Both girls are business majors and both have only a few more weeks before completing their degrees. Currently, they are studying in Vietnam because in France, they require their MBA applicants to experience a foreign country in order to better understand their own country's dynamics.

Upon landing in Krabi, we immediately parted ways because we were both running really short on time. I regret that I did not get their contact information. I regret in general, that I do not make much of an effort to get anyone's contact information that I meet on my travels.

Felomina had beautiful eyes and a nice smile. The last time I saw such beautiful eyes was probably Mimi's friend Celia.
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Koh Phi Phi, Thailand p.3

The night parties here at Ko Phi Phi have been fun. There are two things that define the beach parties at night here on the islands: buckets and fire-shows. I would explain the two but I feel the only way to fully understand would be to experience it for yourself, so I'll leave it at that.



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Koh Phi Phi, Thailand p.2

On Thursday, I went on a half day tour around the nearby islands. Ko Phi Phi is an assortment of islands rather than one big one so it's very common for people to go on half-day or even whole day tours. You can even charter a private boat and just tell them where to go rather than follow an itinerary.

Although beautiful, most of the islands are riddled with boats and tourists during the day. To get to the main island there is a port, but the other smaller islands only have beach entrances so you need to rent a long-tail boat or other kind of boat to get there.

The half-day tour that I paid for took me to some bays to swim in and then to another bay to snorkel in. Then it dropped us off at a few beaches to play with monkeys and sightsee.



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Koh Phi Phi, Thailand p.1

On Wednesday I flew from Bangkok to Krabi and took the ferry immediately to Ko Phi Phi don. The flight was about an hour and a half and the ferry was roughly the same.

Because Ko Phi Phi is an island and because of its popularity, everything is expensive and it can be argued that not everything is worth what you pay for. Mostly everything is twice or three times as expensive. Sunscreen is 400 baht or more while a meal will run you anywhere from 80-300 baht depending on what your order. On average, a meal is about 150 baht.


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Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Hiking in Mae Tang, Chiang Mai, Thailand p.2

On Sunday I went hiking in Mae Taeng. The hike was a two day, one night endeavor into the mountains. Mae Tang is north of Chiang Mai, the city I am currently staying in. The ride from Chiang Mai to the base of the mountain is about an hour and a half. From the base, the jungle hike to the top of the mountain is another 2-3 hours.


The first day we hiked to a small waterfall to cool off.




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Monday, February 03, 2014

Chiang Mai, Thailand p.1

On Saturday I landed north of Bangkok in Chaing Mai.

There is not much to do within the city of Chiang Mai, there are some markets, and some temples, but most are not too impressive. There was one that was nice though:



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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Bangkok, Thailand p.2

Bangkok has been great.

This morning, I asked the guy who runs the hostel where I could get a good thai massage and he suggested a place down the street. For an hour, I only paid 3 dollars. Insane. I felt bad so I tipped the guy an additional 12 dollars. It just did not seem fair to get an hour of amazing massage for only 3 dollars. I can't even imagine how much the guy makes per hour.

For meals,  I am paying about 30 cents to a dollar, depending on how greedy I feel. I am now on a steady diet of meat and fruits.

The day before, I spent half the day walking around the city going from temple to temple. I began my trip by taking the canal boat up to the Golden Mound.



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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Bangkok, Thailand p.1


At 200pm today, I landed in Bangkok Thailand.

The weather here is such a reversal of the weather in Japan and Korea. I cut my corduroys into shorts to adjust for the weather. Because I got in so late, I didn't have enough time to see any temples. Tomorrow, I will start early and try again.

In 3 days, i will fly north to Chiang Mai to hike in the jungle. If you don't hear back from me in a week. I may have died in the jungle.
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Haeundae, South Korea p.2

Busan has been amazing. So, so, amazing.

The other night, I met up with Jae, a guy I met on the couchsurfing website and we went to a few bars and a karoke. Kimchi, pork, and tofu with beer is the best. Almost every night in Korea has been meat and beer. It's no wonder Koreans are so big. Jae wanted to stay out til the typical 5am but I was dead tired that day from the hike and had to leave him. I think he was disappointed.

The following morning, I went with Grace to Yonggungsa Temple in Haeundae.


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Monday, January 27, 2014

Hiking Mt. Geumjeong, Busan, South Korea p.1

Today I went to hike Mt. Geumjeong. I started at Beomeosa Temple.



I hiked from the north gate all the way to the south gate.


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