Asia

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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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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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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 […]

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The Suitcase Six Singapore Itinerary

Marie and I went to Southeast Asia for three weeks in March, and because Marie is a talented photographer, we have incredible shots to document the trip. I’ve already shared an itinerary showing how long we were in each city (Suitcase Six in Southeast Asia: […]

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Suitcase Six in Southeast Asia: Our Itinerary

Early in 2017, Sarah and Marie spent 25 days traveling Southeast Asia. Their itinerary, including dates, cities, and flight times, and accommodations are below.  Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand & Hong Kong: 2017 Day 1 (Feb 27): Leave for Chicago for Singapore. (6:55 pm) Day 2 (Feb 28): Flying… SINGAPORE Day […]

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Gardens by the Bay – Horticulturist Heaven

Marie and I visited the Gardens on our first day in Singapore and loved them so much that we came back on our final night, almost a month later, to see the Gardens by night. I was stunned by the variety of the gardens. We […]