New Zealand, world travel

New Zealand 3.2 – Tongariro Alpine Crossing

We obviously weren’t going to waste a gorgeous day, but we were staying in Rotorua, which was two and half hours away from Tongariro by car-- and it is in the opposite direction to Auckland, where we would catch our flight home the next day. So should we still do it? Of course, you know we were doing it!

New Zealand, Other, world travel

New Zealand – Part 2.1: Kepler Track

<- Previous | NZ | Next -> Registration A week prior to our flight to New Zealand, I checked the three days weather forecast for Auckland: rain, rain, and rain. Then I checked Queenstown, again it was rain, rain and rain. Since Milford region is known to be among the wettest in New Zealand, I… Continue reading New Zealand – Part 2.1: Kepler Track

Peru, South America, world travel

Hiking Cordillera Huayhuash without a Guide – Part 1: A Challenging Trek

Peru’s Cordillera Huayhuash (pronounced “why wash”) Circuit is one of the most gorgeous treks in the world. For years I had pictured myself in front of these turquoise glacial melt lakes and jagged snow capped peaks soaring...

Grand Staircase - Escalante National Monument, North America

Coyote Gulch

Last week, Tricia and I took a 3 days 2 nights camping trip in Coyote Gulch in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. We were blown away by the unique landscape every step of the way in this park. I hope my photos come close to showcase its breathtaking natural beauty.

Chile, Part 2 - The "O", Patagonia - A Paradise at the End of the World, world travel

Day 4: Sunrise on Las Torres!

The night sky was full of stars and I don’t recall seeing the moon. We both wore our headlamps which seemed to send a beam of light straight into heaven when we look up. It was super cool. Our trail quickly led us into a thick patch of woods, and it was pitch black around us except for...

Chengdu - Now and Then

Chapter 1: Hello Chengdu!

I don’t recognize much of this city anymore- its streets, its skyline, and its people have all transformed while I was away. But I recognize this feeling in me and the accent, a distinctive type of flat-toned sichuanese dialect with a laid-back speech pattern and drawn out vowels that are uniquely Chengduren....