What an incredible week spent in Langkawi, Malaysia to celebrate my 25th birthday. Thanks very much to everyone for the birthday wishes! 

When I arrived in Langkawi, I have to admit I was a little concerned that I was entering a ghost town. As I arrived to my hostel I couldn’t help but notice that everything was closed and there was literally nobody outside walking around the main strip. I forgot that it’s Ramadan, and most of the island actually shuts down during the entire holiday period. 

This was actually a blessing in disguise. I essentially was able to claim and explore the island completely to myself and a few other friends I made in the hostel. Waterfalls, private beaches, swimming holes - you name it. Everything was completely empty and it was an awesome experience to enjoy all of what the island had to offer without worrying about any crowds.

The best way to get around on Langkawi is by scooter, and so being able to cruise around and explore also reminded me of my awesome time in Lombok. I hit 100km/hr on my scooter this past week! Funnily enough, the poor scooter actually broke down on my last night there…good timing. Take a look at my photos to see some of what Langkawi has to offer (work in progress…does anyone know why Squarespace takes nearly 10 min to upload a single picture???).


First week in Lombok -

Just a couple weeks ago, I had never even heard of Lombok. Luckily, a friend I made in Singapore recommended it to me. He suggested that I skip all the touristy hustle and bustle in Bali and go straight to Lombok. He was absolutely right. I still plan to go to Bali towards the tail end of my trip, but I fell in love with Lombok so much that I extended my stay here.


The vibe on this island is just what I needed. The locals and the travelers passing through have all been amazing and kind - and just in a week, I’ve already made some incredible friendships. Not to mention, the island overall is simply gorgeous. Whenever I hop on my scooter and cruise around enjoying the sights, I find myself with the biggest smile on my face.

So far my first week has been filled with:

  • Beach bumming

  • Surfing

  • Hiking/camping the crater rim of Mount Rinjani (more to come on this later)

  • Literally chasing waterfalls

I was supposed to leave for Bali today but I plan to get some extra surfing in and also enjoy the peaceful vibe before I head to Bali to do the usual Bali things…


Surf’s up…

An extreme dramatization of my surfing abilities. I’ll be on a longboard riding waves 1/4 of the size pictured here lol.

An extreme dramatization of my surfing abilities. I’ll be on a longboard riding waves 1/4 of the size pictured here lol.

I put pen-to-paper on my condo lease last night! Move-in date is technically not until April 1st, so I am hopping on a plane to Indonesia today for 2.5 weeks in the meantime! The plan is to spend about a week in Lombok, an island just off the coast of Bali, which is known for its surfing. This is only my second time surfing and the last time I went was basically a year ago in Costa Rica. I’m hoping a week will be enough time to shake off the rust and hopefully get even better. Now that I’m in SE Asia, I want to get better at surfing since it’s a more feasible option than snowboarding now.

After Lombok I’ll head back to Bali to spend some time there. I don’t really have a set agenda just yet; I plan to play it by ear. Since I’ve been volunteering at the hostel, condo shopping, and adjusting to the new time zone, I’m looking forward to finally being able to relax and reset. Once I come back to Singapore, I plan to conquer a few goals I’ve set for myself. More to come on that later…