Getting sick while solo traveling - My dungue fever scare

I’m spoiled to be from a place where I get a mosquito bite maybe once every 3-4 years, but now that I’m in a tropical area and will be traveling around in countries with some possibility of catching a nasty mosquito transmitted disease like dungue, I’m pretty careful of these suckers. So when I suddenly got 5 huge mosquito bites in Singapore, and started to feel sick afterwards, I got pretty worried.

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Singapore at Night

Some snapshots of my nighttime Singapore adventures. I got pretty lucky with the timing of my Singapore trip. I managed to catch a couple celebrations here completely by chance, including the 100th anniversary of the Marina Bay Barrage. I was also staying in Singapore’s Little India, which was extremely festive because I happened to be staying there during the lead up to Diwali.


My first night I walked over to Marina Barrage, a large dam at the mouth of Marina Bay, which had some good views of the city

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A Morning in Singapore

A photo journal of a walk I took around the Marina Bay area in Singapore. I got out at ~5am one morning, so I could see the busy metropolitan city during quieter hours and catch the sunrise over the city.


Took a taxi to Marina Bay in the morning around 5am in the morning. I was able to get there early enough to get a great photo of the city lights reflecting over the quiet morning waters in the bay before sun came up.

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My Week in Australia

I spent just a little over a week in Australia, which is not a lot of time to explore this huge country. I didn’t have much time here because I need to get to Nepal by November and I wanted to visit Singapore and slow down a bit there before I go do my 16 day long Everest Trek in Nepal.

I didn’t want to rush and try to see too much, so I gave myself 4 full days in Sydney, and 3 full days at Uluru (in the middle of the Australian outback). With this itinerary I figured I would have just enough time to explore and enjoy each place at my own pace with some wiggle room for improvisation.

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Cooking While Traveling

Food is expensive, especially in the countries I’ve been to thus far: New Zealand and Australia, and it’s not much different than food from the U.S. So to save on expenses I’ve cooked about 90% of my meals, only buying food on travel days. I’ve whipped together some pretty decent meals and I feel like my cooking has improved drastically already (out of necessity so I’m not eating instant noodles for over a month), but I’ve also created some pretty ‘interesting dishes’ when I was strapped for ingredients or did want to spend too much on groceries.

So from normal to weird, here are some of the meals I’ve cooked on the road so far:

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My Month in New Zealand

I flew into New Zealand with a very loose idea of what I wanted to do and I wasn’t even sure how long I was going to spend here. Instead of creating an itinerary beforehand, I wanted to figure things out as I went by talking with locals, other travelers, and playing things by ear because I had the luxury of time. Now as I am waiting for my flight out, here’s a look back on the itinerary I ended up with during my month in New Zealand.

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Photographing the Milky Way with a Sony A6000/A6300/A6500 Camera

For about a year I’ve been trying to see the Milky Way, which isn’t visible in the light polluted Los Angeles Area, and after visiting a handful of dark sky spots: Joshua Tree National Park, Death Valley National Park, and Fairbanks, Alaska, and not seeing it due to weather or other conditions; I finally caught my first breathtaking view of the Milky Way on the Big Island of Hawaii. *See bottom of post for more on this

Since then my next goal has been to photograph the Milky Way. Initially I just assumed that I couldn’t do it without thousands of dollars of equipment, but after some research, learning and a lucky attempt in Raglan, New Zealand on a night with just the right conditions, I realized that it’s possible to capture spectacular images of the night sky with a mid-level DSLR or mirorrless camera.


I think anybody nowadays with a decent camera can take this photo or better. Just takes a bit of research and persistence.

What you need:

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Hiking Mount Ruapehu

I heard from other travelers I met in New Zealand that Tongariro National Park was a place I couldn’t miss if I wanted to see some of the unique nature/volcanoes of the North Island. The area itself has 3 majestic active volcanoes: Tongariro, Ngauruhoe (Mount Doom in “The Lord of the Rings” films) and Ruapehu, as well as some more cool colorful lakes and boiling mud pools.

So I headed over hoping to do one big hike in the area.

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Volcanic Landscapes of Rotorua and Wai-o-tapu, New Zealand

This is my photo journal exploring the volcanic and geothermal landscapes on New Zealand’s North Island. It was otherworldly in both sight and smell.

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Unglamorous - Choosing Between Moldy Socks and Rotten Eggs

I love traveling because it expands my perspective and I get to see new places, meet so many different people, and experience new things around the world. But even though Instagram might try to convince us otherwise, it would be crazy to think that it’s all glamorous.

This is a story of one of the unglamorous moments of travel:


About 2 weeks after I started to travel through New Zealand, I arrived at a town called Rotorua. I was here because this place was known to have a lot of volcanic and geothermal activity with steam vents, boiling mud/water pools and geysers. I thought that was cool and wanted to check it out. Upon arriving I noticed that the city also had a distinct smell of rotten eggs due to all the volcanic/geothermal activity everywhere releasing sulfur into the air.

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