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6 Mistakes I Made Backpacking Asia

I spent three weeks backpacking Asia in March with one of the other Suitcase Six ladies. Marie and I had an unforgettable time exploring Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, and Hong Kong together. As I come to the end of sharing my Asia adventures, I wanted to […]

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Encountering Elephants, Ethically.

(Most of the amazing photos of elephants in this post were taken by the fabulous Marie Richardson, who herself appears in the others that I took!) The last stop in Thailand for Marie and I was a really special one. Elephants have long been one […]

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Singapore Prison Systems – Why the country’s criminal justice system is ranked #4 in the world.

2016 was a big year for Singapore and their criminal justice system. There was a change of command with Mr. Desmond Chin taking over as commissioner for the Singapore Prison Service (SPS), replacing Mr. Soh Wai Wah. The SPS also “unveiled new core values…Synergy, Vigilance, […]

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5 Days in Krabi, Thailand

 The beginning of our 1.5 weeks in Thailand was spent on the west coast, in the town of Krabi. After a quiet 40-minute taxi ride from the Krabi airport to our accommodations at the Bananas Bungalows, Marie and I arrived at what would become my […]

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Planning for Portugal: Step 3 – Considering Our Objectives

After deciding we wanted to spend our 16 days in Portugal, Christian and I started to think about what we wanted out of our trip. So far, our main objectives have boiled down to the following: Melissa will be working in Lisbon, Portugal during the […]

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How Accessible Is Malaysia?

Of the places I visited in Southeast Asia, Malaysia was one where I experienced the most intense culture shock. This was likely intensified by factors like illness and jetlag, which are not directly related to Malaysia. None the less after reflecting on my time, I […]

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3 Days in Kuala Lampur: My Malaysia Itinerary

In Southeast Asia, Marie and I spent a total of 3.5 days in Kuala Lampur (KL). If we had more time, I would have liked to explore the rest of Malaysia and take a few day trips around the country. I know there are plenty […]

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Planning for Portugal: Step 2 – Choosing a Destination

It’s time for Step 2 of the Planning for Portugal series: “decide where I’m going and for how long.” This is where I explain why CK and I have decided to spend all 16 days of our October vacation in Portugal! We knew there were […]

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Green Singapore: A City for the Eco-Conscious

In March, I got to spend about five days in Singapore with Marie and I fell in love with the place. One of the things I most appreciated about the city was that even though it’s got a population density comparable to New York City […]