Welcome!

I’m a full-time cubicle-dweller slowly making my travel dreams come true.

Many people believe that you either have to be rich, or quit your job completely and backpack as a nomad. Those are great, but not everybody has the opportunity to do either. What if, like me, you’re a young professional who wants to build your career first; but don’t want to find yourself regretting one day that you never lived while you were young?

Scarlet Scribbles is here to show you how it can be done.

Ever since 2011, I’ve made the commitment to travel 1-2 times every year. Ideally: one budget trip, one splurge trip. Whatever your travel plan may be like, I hope you find something useful here! It’s time to stop dreaming and start planning your next adventure.

Where do you want to go?

Cambodia Travel Blog

Indonesia Travel Blog

Singapore Travel Blog

Taiwan Travel Blog

Turkey Travel Blog

United Arab Emirates Travel Blog

*Coming soon: France, Hong Kong, Italy, Malaysia, Switzerland, Thailand, Vatican City.

Not sure where to start?

Here are some highlights from the blog:

10 Reasons Why Medan is Food Heaven! – I’m really proud about this one because it’s my first viral post with over 1K shares AND it’s about my hometown. Medan is not on the radar for most travelers, but that’s a shame because the food is second to none!

The Emerald of the Equator: 34 Indonesia Provinces in 34 Pics – There’s more to Indonesia than Bali. As the world’s largest archipelago, Indonesia offers a rich mix of cultural heritage, natural beauty and biodiversity. Still not convinced? They said a picture is worth 1,000 words, so here’s a 34,000-word essay for you.

- The Surreal Landscape & Fairy Chimneys of Cappadocia – In 2011, I flew to Istanbul for a university project and it quickly escalated into a vacation around the entire Turkey! Cappadocia and its many alien-like panoramas, in particular, had me bitten by the travel bug which I’ve since never recovered from.

- A Steamy Turkish Bath Experience – Imagine living the life of a sultan for a day.

- The Beggars Dilemma: Why I Skipped Tonle Sap Lake in Cambodia – It’s an issue that most travelers face when traveling to non-First World countries. Does giving perpetuate more harm than good? And if so, what can we do as a responsible traveler?

- Cambodia’s Crunchy Crawlies: Andrew Vs. Exotic “Food” – Spiders… Snakes… Frogs… Food correspondent Andrew braved himself to report on Khmer’s finest culinary.

- Taiwan: Trip Summary & Suggested Itinerary – For some reason, this has become the most viewed and inquired entry in the blog (together with the entire Taiwan series), and if it has helped people to plan their Taiwan trip, then I’m happy about it! :)

Have fun browsing around! If you have any question or suggestion, feel free to contact me.

6 Fun Activities to Do Around Jakarta

Tired of shopping in Jakarta? Why not throw in a good family time with one of these six attractions for a change?

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Monas: Icon of Jakarta

I remember Monas from 15+ years ago.

Standing 433 feet proud in Central Jakarta, the sight of an Obelisk tower with a gold foil-covered flame statue at the top and a wide goblet at the bottom is a unique departure from the typical squarish buildings of Jakarta.

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Dubai’s Unofficial Obsession: Twin Towers

You’ve heard about Dubai’s many superlative achievements. But there’s one pleasant architectural aspect of Dubai which has, surprisingly, been under-marketed. Continue reading

Arabian Sunset & Desert Safari in Dubai

Forget about skyscrapers and 7-star hotels, Dubai’s finest offer is the dunes.

When we booked for the desert safari ride, we were expecting an experience that is equal part amazing and torturous. After all, desert is one of the harshest environments on Earth—it’s hard to expect nothing less than merciless heat waves as you guzzle water thirstily.

Having experienced it first hand, I’m happy to report that nothing could be further from truth than that. Desert safari is 100% pure fun, 0% agony. Continue reading