I’m an electronic dance music travel blogger, and I also write about expat life as an Asian American.
This blog was started to mark my journey since January 20th, 2014 to get off the linear trajectory of life. Until the end of 2013, my life was operated with the “sure-fire success” formula of studying hard (great SAT scores), getting into a good college (MIT), getting a good job (management consultant in NYC), and getting married (not yet!).
After discovering how unhappy I was becoming but with no idea how to remedy it, I decided to throw some curveballs in my life: I stored all my possessions in NYC and stuffed all my essentials into a tiny carry-on bag, and hopped on a plane to Brazil.
I was so scared when I quit my job, informed my parents and friends, and got rid of my apartment. However, I think that deep down my gut told me that I was doing the right thing – and it was right, more than 2 years in and I haven’t looked back.
Since then, I have spent many months traveling around in South America, Europe, and Asia. I completed a Master’s degree in Tourism Innovation in Barcelona and have lived in Florianopolis (Brazil), Barcelona, and Amsterdam. I joined an Amsterdam-based company Party with a Local in 2015, which connects people around the world who want to party. It’s the kind of app that I wish I had known about when I started traveling, given that the primary motivating reason I traveled was to attend cool electronic dance music events in every city I went to. I’m currently working hard with the team to achieve product-market fit and grow the Party with a Local community!
In this blog, I write about my favorite things:
- The electronic dance music scene all around the world
- My experiences as an Asian American in different countries
- Peculiar things I notice while traveling
My favorite posts:
- How I Became Happy Again: Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost – But Most Are
- Food for thought: How to ask people where they are from
- Funny: How to go to the bathroom during Carnival at Rio de Janeiro, Peculiar phenomena of the Brazilian beach, Can I get a kiss?, How Men Fron Different Countries Hit On Women
- On Asian Immigration: I found bubble tea in Brazil, Asian clubbing in Brazil, Chinatown / Japantown / Koreatown of South America
- For Clubbers/Ravers: Q-Dance Chile: Using Couchsurfing to find festival buddies, Hardstyle and Trance in Taiwan, The Unspoken Rules of a Brazilian Nightclub, My Q-Base Misadventure
I’ve also written for iHeartRaves and EDM.com:
- The Ultimate Rave Challenge: Leave your phone at home
- Going to an EDM Show Alone
- Five American Rave Customs that Should be Exported
- Will Hardcore Hit the US? A Review of Dominator Festival
- Review of Ultra Music Festival Worldwide Editions
- Raves around the World: Australia
- Raves around the World: Canada
- Most Popular EDM Genre in the US
- See How Much Dance Music Fans Travel for Music