Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque

I read enough about Brunei to know what it was going to be like before I arrived. But as the saying goes, “A picture only says a thousand words.” With that logic, writing depicts even less. It’s hard to explain something without actually experiencing it. “You have to see it to believe it.” And that’s

Royal Regalia Museum - Street View

I have to be straightforward. The word on the street is true. There is very little to do in the minuscule nation of Brunei. And of the few attractions, they are quite spread out geographically– especially the more outdoorsy activities. But right in the central area of Bandar Seri Begawan–the capital– is the Royal Regalia Museum.

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Petronas Towers in the Skyline

The Petronas Towers are the tallest buildings in Southeast Asia. And at one point the world. Today they still hold the record for the tallest twin towers in the world. Situated near the Kuala Lumpur Tower, the buildings are supposed to represent a gateway into the future. Architect Cesar Pelli found his inspiration for the design

Southeast Asia Tourist Visa Policies - Airplane Wing

Oh the dreaded immigration process. Nothing like standing in a long line after an unimaginably longer flight. Even worse? Not having the proper documents to get into the country. Even worse? Not taking the necessary steps before arriving and actually being denied entry. I’ve heard the horror stories. Having to cancel a trip to Vietnam

Typhoon Haiyan Destruction in the Philippines

The typhoon that hit the Philippines in this past November made up the bulk of international news. As of very recently, the Philippine government confirmed that Haiyan killed more than 6,000 inhabitants. 1,800 people are still missing. More than that, Haiyan drove nearly four million Filipinos out of their homes. But, it’s not the first storm

Two women on computers in Vietnam.

It’s no question social media has taken over society as we know it. Who needs to pick up a phone, or God forbid write a letter, when an old pal is just a click away on Facebook? Just as this turn towards social networks is happening in the US, it’s also happening in Southeast Asia.

Internet Usage in Southeast Asia (1990-2010)

Before the early 2000s, internet penetration in Southeast Asia was virtually nonexistent. Heck, that was the case basically everywhere in the world. Fast forward to 2010 and the majority of SEA nations have a population of internet users above 10%. The obvious exceptions are Cambodia and Myanmar. However, if you consider more recent findings (especially

Image of roof deck in Shanghai's tallest building.

Having the tallest building in the world represents economic and industrial prowess. Despite arguments on the waste and inefficiency these monolith structures create, the battle between nations for the tallest building in the world will continue. At least for now. And East Asia is winning. People argue about the classification, of course. Whether antennas at the

Before traveling to Jakarta

Jakarta is the capital city of Indonesia with 10 million residents. Like major US cities, it is a melting pot. It is chaotic–just as most emerging economies. And in about two months I will be in making my way back to Southeast Asia, where one of my stops will be Jakarta. I will be visiting