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 visit a new destination 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! Stop dreaming, start planning your next adventure.

Where do you want to go?

Cambodia Travel Blog

Indonesia Travel Blog

Japan Travel Blog

Singapore Travel Blog

Taiwan Travel Blog

Thailand Travel Blog

Turkey Travel Blog

United Arab Emirates Travel Blog

*Coming soon! What I’m blogging about next:

– Discovering the all-time classics of France, Switzerland, Italy, Vatican City

– From Kanto to Kansai: Flashpacking around Japan

– Finding tropical paradise in Bali

– More stuff from Hong KongMalaysiaIndonesia and Singapore

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 (hit 1K FB shares in 2 days) 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.

Krabi’s Best Beaches: #2 – Maya Bay

Maya Bay has the unique distinction as a contender for the world’s best, but also simultaneously worst, beach. I blame Leonardo DiCaprio for that. Continue reading

Krabi’s Best Beaches: #3 – Bamboo Island

Emerald green water. Turquoise blue sky. Waves crashing against white sand. Bamboo Island is Krabi’s most underrated beach, and we almost skipped it. Thankfully we didn’t. Continue reading

10 Best American Idol Performances

Earlier this week, American Idol announced that they will air their final season next year. Just at the right time, if you ask me.

The show had begun to lose some of its spark in recent years, but it continued to pop some truly memorable singing. Being a huge fan who has watched every single performance (and skipped most of the inane judges’ comments), I compiled a list of Top 40 best American Idol performances on Pinterest.

…which should really be a Top 100 actually, given the show’s strong repertoire. It was difficult to narrow down to 40, and even more painful to cut some A++ performances from the Top 10. But we ain’t got all day to turn this blog into an Idol encyclopedia, so here are 10 of my most favorite American Idol “moments” in chronological order: Continue reading