Monthly Archives: June 2012

Pining for Penang

I know you all thought the trip was over and the blog posts would stop, but I finally have a reliable enough internet connection to post this, and I didn’t want you to miss out… We flew from Penang to Singapore last Sunday, and by the time we landed I was already pining for a […]


It’s our final full day in Singapore and it has been quite an experience here. It’s my first time being away from Pittsburgh for this long and though I love it here, I’m ready to go home. I thought it may be appropriate to share a bit of what have been my favorite experiences and […]

The King of Fruits

We spent the afternoon with Mandy and Georgie yesterday and as promised, tried the infamous durian. They got it from a supermarket in Harbour Front, so after everyone finished their shopping, we had to go outside to eat it. It was a little intimidating at first, I’m not going to lie. Especially when Mandy said […]

Eating my way through Southeast Asia

During our two or so weeks in Southeast Asia, I’ve had the opportunity to taste so many foods, fruits, and flavors that I dont think I ever would’ve tried if I didn’t have this experience. Some of the food we have tried has been weird, some of it has been a little smelly, but for […]

Life Line

In lecture last week, we talked about our “sense of place,” particularly in relation to Kuala Lumpur, and how this sense only tends to build with time. I was lucky enough to have experienced this in KL, even though we were only there for four days. Every night after the IFTA had ended, I wandered […]

Durian Durian

No, this is not the Malaysian/Singaporean cover-band for Duran Duran. Instead, our talents lie in the creation of all things durian.┬áIn the hours that the five of us have spent waiting in airports and hotel lobbies we’ve come to see the durian market as an untapped gem. For the past two weeks we’ve been witness […]

The Batu Caves outside Kuala Lumpur

On Tuesday, our first full day in Kuala Lumpur, we took a tour of several sites around the city. Our first stop was the Batu Caves, a series of limestone caves turned into a Hindu shrine to the god Subramanyan. I expected the caves, which are over 400 million years old according to our guide, […]