Twenty Eighteen

My usual favorite moments post from 2018. 2018 was a year of gains and losses; left Oregon (a place I called home for more than 5 years), got a MBA from INSEAD and also a new job. Anyway here's the more fun parts of it, I guess 2018 was pretty awesome on the travel aspects. Hope you enjoy. Happy Holidays and Happy 2019! Shall let the pics do the talking. ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

DECEMBER - Mrauk-Oo, Myanmar ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฒ 2 plane rides from Yangon and a 4.5 hours boat ride later.. Finally we are at Mrauk-U.. Hereโ€™s one of the endless temples we visited.

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DECEMBER - Mrauk-Oo, Myanmar ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฒ The little kids that followed me around town and kept poking my lens with their gun shaped tree branches ๐Ÿ˜ they were also really happy when I showed them pics of themselves on the lcd ๐Ÿคฃ

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DECEMBER - Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, Myanmar ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฒ

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DECEMBER - Bangkok, Thailand ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ญ

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DECEMBER - Krabi, Thailand ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ญ A sketch and slippery hike at Railey Beach to this viewpoint on the first day of the trip ๐Ÿ˜…

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DECEMBER -Emerald pools in Krabi, Thailand ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ญ

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JANUARY - Hanoi, Vietnam ๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡ณ Spent the first day of 2018 roaming the empty yet messy streets of Hanoi post- countdown party. Hopped onto an uber moto with mad driving skills. Driving and texting on a motorcycle weaving through the no traffic light streets and Americans claim Asians are bad drivers.. Really? ๐Ÿค”

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JANUARY - Sapa, Vietnam ๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡ณ Kids of my homestay, Vi and Ahn. While she was preparing dinner for us with her wood + charcoal stove.. her kids were playing with my iPhone.

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FEBRUARY - The ridiculously dense Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam ๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡ณ from above.

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FEBRUARY - Sunrise at the evercrowded Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ญ where I was standing in shin deep mud haha

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FEBRUARY - Tonlรฉ Sap lake, Cambodia ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ญ Little kid floating in a styrofoam box on Tonlรฉ Sap lake rowing his โ€œboatโ€ around asking for money. So sad Eugene donated a buck ๐Ÿ˜ฐ

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MARCH - Perth, Australia ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ

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MARCH - The Pinnacles, Australia ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ Insanely cool Mars looking landscape at the Pinnacles at sunset before some awesome milky way skies.

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MARCH - Taipei 101, Taiwan ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ผ

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APRIL - MacRitchie Reservoir, Singapore ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฌ 1st DJI Spark flight haha

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MAY - Sigiriya Lion Rock, Sri Lanka ๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ฐ The ancient lion rock fortress of Sri Lanka. Apparently a Sri Lanka king built his palace on the rock. Eventually converted to a Buddhist monastery and finally became an UNESCO site. Looks pretty awesome from above.

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MAY - Colombo Train Station, Sri Lanka ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ฐ

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JUNE - London ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Flat iron steak and Monmouth coffee was amazing haha

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JUNE - Tel Aviv, Israel ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Israel is often compared to be as dynamic as Silicon Valley. However, Israel is truly unique with its cultural and entrepreneurial traits. From the experiences I heard over the week of exploring its ecosystems, I was extremely impressed with the startup nation; the military aspects, the infrastructure that truly supports entrepreneurship and even the 3.5 hours security check that emptied my entire bag before my flight out ๐Ÿ˜‚

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JUNE - Jaffa Port, Israel ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Ran by this area almost every morning in Israel. Reminded me of Cinque Terre in Italy ๐Ÿ˜

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JULY - Last min Jordan research on the Dead Sea, Jordan ๐ŸŒŠ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ด๐Ÿคฃ
Was at the Dead Sea across the border in Masada, Israel couple days back and water was perfectly reflective and calm. However, it was really windy in Jordan. Crashing waves resulted in some damages; hurting wounds, Jordan travel guide and a Nikon remote. ๐Ÿ˜

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JULY - Petra, Jordan ๐Ÿซ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ด 5 nights, 1 cancelled flight ticket, 2 hours on skype with the agent, 1079km drove in a Toyota Corolla and became 3 shades darker. Hereโ€™s one from my 4th of 7 wonders.

The roads of Jordan were ridiculously hard to drive where people donโ€™t like to keep their headlights on at night, donโ€™t like to drive in the lanes, randomly drives in the opposite direction on highways and the chaos at roundabouts. Survived. ๐Ÿ˜‚

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JULY - Doha, Qatar ๐Ÿ‡ถ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Roaming the aisles of Souq Waqif, where Bedouins and locals used to trade livestocks. ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

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JULY - Spend the summer at Dell, Singapore ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฌ had a lot of fun and also learned a ton from my Korean boss and fellow coworkers. Love it ALOT.

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AUGUST - Marks the 1st in 12 National Days I actually got to spend in Singapore. Pretty nice seeing everyone dressed in red and white at ION. Kit Chan's Home is on repeat as usual ๐Ÿคฃ and it's the time of the yr to loop some NDP songs and I was basically on a fireworks shooting spree. ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฌ #SG53 #majulah

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AUGUST - Melaka, Malaysia ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡พ

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SEPTEMBER - Changi Beach, Singapore ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฌ Totally reminded me of Cannon beach in Oregon.

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SEPTEMBER - First time at F1 Singapore ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฌ

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OCTOBER - #ShotoniPhoneXS Really like this!

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OCTOBER - Shanghai, China ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ณ #ShotoniPhoneXS Interesting week learning more about copycats, innovative ideas and the role of the government in the progress of the Chinese economy. However, my biggest takeaway was how crowded China truly is. #somanypeopleeverywhere

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NOVEMBER - Beijing, China ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ณ Great Wall of China peppered with fall colours but not people. Moments of peace before the cable car crowd came by from behind. (5 of 7 new world wonders checked)

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NOVEMBER - Beijing, China ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ณ โ€œFoggyโ€ aka really bad air morning at Forbidden City, Beijing with some fall colours before the crowd arrives ๐Ÿคฃ

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NOVEMBER - Beijing, China ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ณ The humongous egg of Beijing. itโ€™s like a Tamagotchi ๐Ÿฃ or Digimon ๐Ÿ‘พ about to hatch haha feels so out of place amongst the forbidden city and traditional looking buildings/structures in Beijing. 

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NOVEMBER - Holland Village, Singapore ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฌ Monsoon season in Singapore and my first lightning attempt. not too bad an attempt I guess.

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DECEMBER - Multnomah Falls, Oregon ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ with Lance. Great week meeting and catching up with friends in Portland. :)

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DECEMBER - Mount Hood, Oregon ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Ridiculously cold morning snowshoe with Justin. Havenโ€™t felt like my fingers and toes were falling off in a long time.

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DECEMBER - San Francisco, California ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ The everchanging landscape of SF with the new Salesforce building with a dance on the digital panel by night.

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DECEMBER - Golden Gate Bridge, California ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ got all drenched but somehow I really liked the foreground waves of this pic. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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And finally Happy Holidays and Happy 2019, looking forward to my last trip of 2018.. I promise..