Seegs Quarterly Apr – June 2016

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It’s time for the second Seegs Quarterly! I’m looking back on these past few months with lots of gratitude. Gratitude for the experiences I’ve had, for the patience to know that hard times don’t last and will eventually turn to good, for the interesting people I’ve met around the world, and for my unique lifestyle that wouldn’t have been possible years ago. I spent the first part of the quarter wrapping up things in Taiwan. I was pretty whiney towards the end of my time in Taipei and couldn’t wait to leave, but that was unfair of me. Because I knew…

Hanging Out in Asia’s Themed Cafes

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Visiting a Themed Cafe in Asia is a thing. I’ve been able to visit several throughout Taiwan, South Korea and Hong Kong but they’re littered throughout all of Asia, with many of the concepts originating in Tokyo. Here’s a look at the four themed cafes that I’ve visited: Hello Kitty Cafe Pink. If I had to sum the Hello Kitty Cafe up in one word, it would undoubtedly be pink. This themed cafe is located in the Myeong-dong neighborhood of Seoul, South Korea. Beyond the cafe, this neighborhood is everything you’d picture Korea to be: bright lights, Korean pop music playing…

My Lasting Impressions and a Goodbye to Taiwan

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I left Taiwan in a hurry because of a family emergency, and therefore I didn’t get to do all the things I’d been planning like visit my favorite noodle shop one last time and say goodbye to friends. Maybe it’s for the best, though, because goodbyes are the worst and give me a ton of anxiety anyways and I didn’t know it at the time  but I’d have more than enough sadness waiting for me when I arrived back in the States. When I’d first arrived in Taipei, I posted my first impressions of the city varying from the delicious food…

Losing a Loved One When You’re Halfway Around the World

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The call came at 11:18 pm, as I was googling Game of Thrones fan theories. I could tell right away that it was serious from the tone in my mother’s voice. My grandmother had been placed in hospice and was given 48 hours to live. I immediately started making calls to see what I could do, and if I’d be able to make it home in time. After about two hours on the phone with various airlines, I’d gotten myself a way home via 4 different layovers and 2 days of travel. It was all worth it for a shot…

6 Foods You Must Try in Seoul

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The food game in South Korea is strong. With the Korean food scene in other parts of the world starting to blow up, I was excited to see if things were different in Korea, much like how food in China is vastly different from Chinese food in America. But either surprisingly or not, Korean food is true to it’s roots and much of what you’ll find in Korea (at least in my brief experience) is exactly what I’d pictured Korean food to be like, except much more fresh and delicious. Here’s what in my mind are the 6 foods you…

Mastering the Art of Dining Alone

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At this point, I’ve probably eaten more meals solo than with dining companions and when you do something frequently enough, you start to prefer it. While it might seem that this is a sad topic, I look at it as quite the opposite. In my mind, being comfortable eating out alone is one of the most obvious signs that someone has the utmost confident in themselves and could care less about what people think. Also, if you’re on the road, you’ve gotta eat, and that shouldn’t be something that stresses you out. Here are a few of my tips so…

Seegs Quarterly Jan-Mar 2016

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Welcome to the First Seegs Travels Quarterly! Besides just having very travel specific posts, I think it would go further if I shared more about my journey as a whole. The internal journey is just as important as the external one. While I don’t have enough interesting things happen to me to post monthly updates, I’ll do a general update post about every 3 months, which will of course turn out to be 4 times a year. Hence the name. My business background also makes me partial to quarterly findings :) So here’s what happened from January to March 2016: I finally…

Taiwan Lantern Festival

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On the last (15th) day of the Chinese New Year celebrations, I went to the Taiwan Lantern Festival in Pingxi. This festival is rated as the #2 festival in the world by the Discovery Channel right alongside better known worldwide festivals like Carnevale in Rio and Oktoberfest in Munich. It’s also been recognized by Fodor’s and CNN Travel as “must do in your lifetime” festivals. After experiencing it now firsthand,  I will resolutely say that this festival should be on everyone’s bucket lists if it isn’t already. The purpose of the lanterns is to attract the good spirits and signal…

Celebrating Lunar New Year in Taiwan

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I was so lucky that my arrival in Taiwan coincided with the Lunar New Year Celebrations ushering in the year of the Monkey. Everything just kind of fell together, as often the best experiences usually do. It was truly something I’ll never forget. There are 15 days of celebrations beginning on the lead up to the exact day of the Lunar New Year (New Moon) and culminating in the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the lunar cycle (Full Moon), which marks the end of the celebrations and formally begins the New Year. While I’ll run down the 15…

First Impressions of Taipei

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I arrived in Taipei in what was literally the coldest it’s been in 15 years. OF COURSE that would happen to me, and I have to just laugh about it. I had come from New York, which was simultaneously experiencing the “Snowstorm of the Century”, therefore many people from back home probably couldn’t understand what I was complaining about. But the difference is since it’s never really that cold in Taiwan, there is no heat to be found anywhere. So whatever temperature it is outdoors (38° F in this case), it is the same temperature indoors. Ok. End of weather-related…