award-winning solo travel blogger

Ticking off my bucket list, one adventure at a time.


  1. Watch gorillas in the mist (the animal, not the movie)
  2. Release turtle hatchlings into the sea  (Tanjung Jara & Bali)
  3. Traverse Africa and its national parks
  4. Climb Mount Kinabalu See the sunrise from Mount Kinabalu
  5. Backpack across South East Asia (in progress)
  6. Hug and feed an orang utan
  7. Skydive (Boulder, Colorado)
  8. Pretend I’m fearless and bungee jump
  9. Rock climb (Railay, Thailand)
  10. Be a little girl again at Disneyland  (Hong Kong)
  11. I’ve snowboarded, time to learn how to ski  (Vail, Colorado & Lake Ohau, New Zealand respectively)
  12. Surf like that penguin (Cherating, Malaysia)
  13. Get a PADI diving license (I’m a Divemaster)
  14. Road trip across Malaysia (Halfway there)
  15. Take my parents on a holiday 
  16. Join the Sea Shepard Taiji Cove Expedition, Japan
  17. Speak Spanish in South and Central America
  18. Party with the Red Hot Chilli Peppers live
  19. Laugh so hard I pee in my pants


  1. Grand Canyon, US (2009)
  2. Pyramids of Giza, Egypt (2012)
  3. Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy
  4. Great Wall of China, China
  5. Taj Mahal, India
  6. Stonehenge, England
  7. Northern Lights
  8. Dive the Great Barrier Reef, Australia (before they destroy it)
  9. Machu Picchu, Peru
  10. Petra, Jordan – Ancient City (2012)
  11. The Roman Colosseum, Italy


  1. I really, really, really, really want to see a narwhale. Or a humpback whale. Or a whale of any kind. (Swam with humpback whales in Tonga!)
  2. Dive in Sipadan
  3. Dive with manta rays
  4. Dive with dolphins
  5. Try shark’s fin soup…. just kidding! Mei Mei Chu is 100% fin free :)


  1. Teach in a school (I miss my kids)
  2. Have a solo dance performance
  3. Go vegetarian for 30 days (It was NOT easy)
  4. Get a tattoo by 21  (Got it the very day I flew out of Mauritius)
  5. Learn a musical instrument (I play the uke now!)
  6. Write a book
  7. Live life on my own terms
  8. Write for NatGeo


  1. Get a pet snake! (His name was Karl Marx)
  2. Crash a wedding
  3. Graffiti a wall
  4. Fly a plane
  5. Become lady president of the world


  1. Javier Lo says:

    Growth – #8 : That is surgery!

  2. […] For now, seven years on and still woozy from the fall, I’m crossing skydiving off my bucket list. […]

How I Accidentally Became A Cross-dresser In Somaliland

Guest Post: Zaina Brown

Crossing a border into someplace new always gave me a jolt of excitement. That first impression could be warm like a hug, polite like a handshake, or rude like a middle finger. Somaliland, however, felt like a punch in the face. Was this whole trip a big mistake? For the first time in my life, I considered flat-out giving up on a country – and it hadn’t even been 24 hours.

Why Egypt Should Be In Your 2019 Travel Plans

When Malaysia Airline’s inflight magazine Going Places asked me to recommend where their readers should travel to in 2019, I thought long and hard. Among all the countries I have backpacked, what is the one place I would recommend my friends and family to go? Where is the one travel destination that I would gladly return to?

Egypt. My heart is yearning for fascinating African nation of Egypt.