Snake Fruit – Delicious Taste, Terrifying Nightmare


I just polished off a fresh cluster of snake fruit. It was excellent. Snake fruit, along with durian and a host of other fruit, is a natural growing gem of southeast Asia. The outside of the fruit is scaly like a snake and prickly like a cactus, but the inside is sweeter than honey, sour […]

Photo Favorite: Sunset on the shores of Lovina, Bali, Indonesia


Location: Lovina, Bali, Indonesia It was on a full belly of nasi campur that I was able to marvel at this incredible sunset over the dreamy shores of Lovina, northern Bali, Indonesia. I had just learned how to drive in Indonesia, the free for all rules of chaos. But sunsets are different, an opportunity to […]

Photo Favorite: On top of Borobudur Temple, Java, Indonesia


Location: Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia Among a host of awesome things to do and see in Indonesia, the ancient Borobudur temple near Yogyakarta on the island of Java was one of my most memorable impressions. Different from the Angkor Wat temple complex, Borobudur is an single standing fortress that looks like a square castle with multiple […]

Photo Favorite: Coast at the Bali Fish Market


Location: Bali, Indonesia In an effort to buy some fresh fish and have a meal prepared by the Bali House of Life Orphanage, we headed to the central Bali fish market.  It was mid morning and the fishing boats were all docked, waiting for their next fishing voyage at night. It wasn’t quite as energetic […]

What to Do When You Find Yourself in Jakarta

View of Jakarta from National Monument

I spent 4 days in Jakarta before proceeding onwards in my journey through Indonesia towards Yogyakarta to climb Mt. Merapi and check out the Borobudur temple complex.  Jakarta is a massive bustling metropolis that can be somewhat overwhelming. If you don’t just want to spend time getting lost in Jakarta’s labyrinth (which is usually a great thing […]

17 Reasons You Know You Love Southeast Asia


Migration Mark has been in South East Asia since March of 2009 and has grown to love a few serious things but mostly the extraordinarily quirky things. 1. Chili Peppers…Please! I grew up eating food with spice and sometimes with chili.  Throughout SE Asia however, I have nurtured my ever craving lust for the succulent […]

Trek From Mayoyao to Batad (Part I)


This is Part I of a 2 part series of a wondrous hike through the gorgeous 2000 year old paradise rice terraces of Mayoyao where one is not just a tourist but a family friend to the magnificent rising amphitheater of Batad, in the Ifugao province of the Philippines. I sloppily released a mouthful of […]

9 Days In Sumatra


I landed in the semi chaotic and slightly overwhelming, sprawling capital city of Sumatra, Medan. The streets were loaded with hungry motorists, racing for an edge over their competition. Hawkers hustled for the next Rupiah, eating portions of rice along the way, yelling their product for the street to hear. On my first night I […]