Travel

SPIRIT HOUSES OF THAILAND

Before diving in, it’s important to mention that the belief of Spirit Houses are solely unique to these four Southeast Asian countries: Thailand, Laos, Burma, and Cambodia. Cool, right? Now, let’s begin. Upon exploring the busy cities of Bangkok and Chiang Mai,  it’s easy to notice these miniature shrines placed near homes and local businesses. They’re everywhere! This traveler concluded that these quaint shrines were showcased for locals to pray. It wasn’t until learning that Spirit Houses are significant to Thai culture since the country’s formation. Read more…

Culture

THE TRIBALISM OF SPORTS

As an outsider of the sports world, it’s hard to understand other individuals who live for a certain sports team. The Olympics and FIFA is easier to grasp, the world coming together to watch the best athletes compete every four years. Fun!  What’s puzzling the most is the branding of it all. Why do people like to separate themselves from one another by choosing a specific sports team?  Debating over which team is best, is it healthy Read more…

Culture

SOUPS OF THE WORKING CLASS

Soup, the food with an intention to warm our hearts and comfort the soul, is universal in any language. Each soup has a distinct recipe, made with ingredients produced from the motherland, fused by the palates of neighboring countries or through colonization. The best soups are made by using anything and everything in supply to make the meal as hearty and filling, as possible. An inspiration came to mind after eating a delicious bowl of Menudo; to Read more…