What Dreams May Come – Those personal favorite moments that explicitly remind you why you went traveling in the first place.

  • The Yacht Week x The Monsoon Diaries: French Polynesia Days 5 & 6: It’s Never a “Bor-a Bora!” April 28, 2022
      After an epic regatta run, we made sure to stay up on deck to take in the view of our approach to the legendary and iconic island of Bora Bora. After all, a warm welcome from the dolphins at the reef pass is more than enough of a reason to stay outdoors.     Or you can stay ...
  • I Dream Of Djénné January 31, 2022
        You need to wake up at 6am for a day like this.     After an early breakfast in San this morning, we began a long 3 hour drive to Djenne – known as the ‘capital of mud’.     After crossing a few military checkpoints getting into Djenne, we then had to wait for some drama to die down over some ...
  • No “Soufriere”-ing By The Pitons January 6, 2022
      If I’m in the photo or the photo is really really professional, then the photography credit goes to Paul Woo.     Survivors of the reckoning.     This morning we cruised down the west coast of St Lucia towards Soufriere, home to the famous Pitons, beautiful botanical gardens, sulphur baths, and waterfalls.     It’s time to celebrate getting this far!     The crown jewel of ...
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FML. – Moments where I /someone/something failed at life and it was pretty funny.

  • Svalbard Day 7: Colesbukta June 26, 2022
    Last day.     Our last stop before our voyage comes to an end is at Colesbukta, a former Russian coal mining settlement long since abandoned.     A surreal paradise of the abandoned, let the buildings speak for themselves.     Or the local reindeer here:     We took a ride on the pipeline here to the very edge of the lake.   And it was here ...
  • The Svalbardian Triangle: Pyramiden June 19, 2022
      Postponed 3 times over 3 years, we’re finally making this voyage happen. It may not be starting off pretty once we arrived, but what matters is that we’re here.     Using miles for my first voyage on SAS Airlines, I spent only $70 to snag a Business Class flight into Oslo. This also meant my first time ...
  • Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch … to Manchester June 2, 2022
      Waking up in Caernarforn, we spent the morning exploring the castle grounds where the investiture of the Prince of Wales took place in 1911 and again in 1969 for Prince Charles.     After an hour here we then drove out for a detour to *inhale* … Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch, the world’s second longest town name) after Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukakapikimaungahoronukupokaiwhenuakitanatahu in New Zealand).     Name ...
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This Is A Crisis. – Moments where I/someone/something failed at life and it wasn’t really that funny (at least at the time).

  • Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch … to Manchester June 2, 2022
      Waking up in Caernarforn, we spent the morning exploring the castle grounds where the investiture of the Prince of Wales took place in 1911 and again in 1969 for Prince Charles.     After an hour here we then drove out for a detour to *inhale* … Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch, the world’s second longest town name) after Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukakapikimaungahoronukupokaiwhenuakitanatahu in New Zealand).     Name ...
  • The Yacht Week x The Monsoon Diaries: French Polynesia Days 7: Returning to Raiatea April 30, 2022
      Today from Bora Bora we set sail back to the main islands at 10am. And for 3 hours we braved the rocky seas as I watched the whole boat except me and our skipper Borna fall like flies. I hope my Disney and 90s throwback music helped. Hakuna Matata.     What a relief when the tossing and turning stopped ...
  • The Yacht Week x The Monsoon Diaries: French Polynesia Days 5 & 6: It’s Never a “Bor-a Bora!” April 28, 2022
      After an epic regatta run, we made sure to stay up on deck to take in the view of our approach to the legendary and iconic island of Bora Bora. After all, a warm welcome from the dolphins at the reef pass is more than enough of a reason to stay outdoors.     Or you can stay ...
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“No Serendipity, No Story!” (WTF Moments) – The most wonderful moments in travel are the coincidences we discover with other people.

  • Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch … to Manchester June 2, 2022
      Waking up in Caernarforn, we spent the morning exploring the castle grounds where the investiture of the Prince of Wales took place in 1911 and again in 1969 for Prince Charles.     After an hour here we then drove out for a detour to *inhale* … Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch, the world’s second longest town name) after Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukakapikimaungahoronukupokaiwhenuakitanatahu in New Zealand).     Name ...
  • You’ll Never Be “A-Lone”don! May 27, 2022
        Can you believe it? Nearly 160+ countries around the world in the past 12 years and I still have no real posts on London!     And I think that’s because to even start writing a post about London is to try to do my home city of NYC justice in a single blogpost. Is there a point ...
  • Why Did the Chichen Itza Cross the Road? May 15, 2022
        Probably the most visited site in the world that I have never been, until this weekend. Upon a destination wedding invitation last year by my friend Norman Chen, whom I last saw when we stopped in Chicago on our USA Road Trip back in August 2020. Agreeing to a Westin promotion where we could stay ...
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Way Way Off The Beaten Path – Totally out of the box travel experiences; you won’t find these experiences in any guidebooks.

  • Svalbard Day 7: Colesbukta June 26, 2022
    Last day.     Our last stop before our voyage comes to an end is at Colesbukta, a former Russian coal mining settlement long since abandoned.     A surreal paradise of the abandoned, let the buildings speak for themselves.     Or the local reindeer here:     We took a ride on the pipeline here to the very edge of the lake.   And it was here ...
  • Svalbard Day 6: Kongsfjorden & Engelskbukta June 25, 2022
      After some drama suturing up my knee last night, I slept in and skipped breakfast as our ship sailed into Kongsfjorden, an expansive fjord spilling with glaciers.     By mid morning we then moored off Ny Ålesund, one of the northernmost settlements in the world and a current research station.     Taking zodiacs to Blomstrandhalvøya, opposite of Ny Ålesund, we then ...
  • Svalbard Day 5: Liefdefjorden, Jakobsenbukta, Monacobreen June 24, 2022
      After a day on pack ice northwest of Svalbard and recovering from karaoke the night before, today we sailed into Woodfjorden, Andrée Land.  The name Woodfjorden is referring to the large amounts of driftwood that cover some beaches. We then landed at Jakobsenbukta for our morning hike     As everything lately has started to blend and looking the same, we ...
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A Funny Thing Happened On The Way Around The World. . . . – Some stories simply can’t be categorized.

  • Love In The Time Of COVID-19: The Flu Shot September 15, 2020
    TLDR PSA (look how serious I am); Get the flu shot. While getting the shot may not entirely prevent you from catching flu, it’ll still dramatically decrease your chances of accidentally infecting or killing others (like grandma), or ironically dying from flu yourself. Before COVID-19, patients with flu symptoms would overwhelm ERs every year, all infecting one ...
  • Knock-Knock-Nakh-chivan On Heaven’s Door: 2 Days In Nakhchivan August 29, 2018
      It’s time to shift monsooning back into higher gears — today we’re visiting Nakhchivan! A landlocked exclave separated from Azerbaijan by Armenia (or as some say, physically located within Armenia), but an otherwise autonomous region under the control of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Nakhchivan is similar to exclaves like Alaska (thanks Alan Sedgwick!) and on a level less ...
  • How I Visited 150 Countries During Med School+Residency & Still Became a Doctor June 30, 2018
    June 23, 2018 6:46pm: Counting down the last 14 minutes in my last shift of residency and the rest of my life. 6:47pm: In 13 minutes I am about to graduate as an attending physician.   It’s remarkable to look back and realize all it took was losing a wager to myself to get here. 4 years of college, 4 years of ...
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