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.

My Upcoming Qatar + Greece Travel Itinerary

The travel bug has bit me hard again!

I’ve been planning my end-July to mid-August vacation for a few months now. With my Schengen visa application finally approved, I can now officially declare that I’m going to Greece + Qatar this year! And here’s a draft itinerary we’ve put together:

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The Weeknd’s “I Can’t Feel My Face” is the Next Summer Smash

The Weeknd

What’s the secret formula to get yourself to the top of pop echelon? Former indie R&B darling The Weeknd demonstrates in this week’s Pop Superstardom 101: Continue reading

Krabi’s Best Beaches: #1 – Hong Island

Hong Island is essentially Maya Bay‘s breathtaking beauty minus the disgusting crowd.

Maya Bay on an empty day would theoretically beat Hong Island, but good luck with that impossible quest. As far as I’m concerned, Hong Island offers the best tropical island experience you can get in Krabi. Continue reading