I've spent the last few months in Seattle, adjusting to a different pace of life and exploring new hobbies. After half a year of backpacking and climbing, it's nice to be stationary for a bit and learn how to bake, cook, and explore whatever else comes to mind. The Pacific Northwest is beautiful and in a lot of ways, similar to New Zealand. I've had a surprising amount of friends and family pass through town so its been fun catching up and exploring my surroundings with them.
Me and my little 1995 Honda Odyssey went around the South Island for a month and a half. We saw glaciers, fjords, blue penguins, baby seals, lots of sheep, and fat cats. I haven't traveled solo for sometime before New Zealand, so living out of the van by myself brought a real sense of freedom. It was a nice feeling to be able to go anywhere anytime and have everything you needed with you at all times.
I first came to Tonsai in 2013 on my first solo backpacking trip. It was then when I met Tony and Damien for the first time. Who would have known that three years later the three of us would roam Laos and Thailand together? The brutal heat and vicious mosquitoes made less than ideal climbing conditions but it's hard to deny the beauty, tranquility, and the special vibe here that brings people together.
Nam Pha Pa Yai is such a gem of a climbing camp! It is just north of Bangkok and is accessible by car or train. Being so close to the city, it is surprisingly quiet and intimate. There is no wifi and very little cell reception. The rock is solid and the routes are long and varied. With home cooked dinners and less than 10 people a night, it is a beautiful place to lay low and just climb. Did I mention you zipline to the wall? Also that you can stay in a tree house if you book early enough? I loved it and would love to return when the weather is cooler.
My one day layover in Malaysia turned into a full day tour of the climbing scene in Kuala Lumpur. Adi, a friend of a friend, meet up to resole our climbing shoes but ended up taking Crystal and I to different crags around the Batu Caves then showed us Camp 5, the local gym. It was a fully packed day with many surprises!
Singapore was a surprising blend of metropolitan and residential. I don't think I have ever been to a city that is so developed and international yet still very livable with rich cultural customs. Lind showed me around and we celebrated Chinese New Year together.
So...after Thakhek, we had the full intention of climbing strong and pushing hard but what reeeeaaally happened in Chiang Mai was...FOOD!
...and Decathalon. Decathalon also happened.
Green Climber's Home in Thakhek has proven to be my favorite climbing spot in Southeast Asia. The camp is a hub for the climbing community and a great place to meet new partners. The lack of wifi makes life simple: eat, climb, talk to someone new, sleep, repeat. The quality and quantity of routes here makes it perfect for climbers of any experience to grow and push personal limits.
Post Nepal, I met my college friend Lindy in Bhutan for a week. After a month of high elevation tea houses and hostels, it was a nice change of pace to have a driver, guide, and three-star hotels. In Bhutan, the men are handsome and the women are beautiful; the air is clear, the temples are mysterious, and the holy water strong.
From the cold oxygen-starved mountain days to hot and humid jungle living.
I couldn't resist hanging out with some of my favorite Malaysians in a harsh unforgiving environment.
Hey, hello! This is me, Yezi, having a birthday doughnut on my 30th birthday. This photo was taken after sailing on the Navimag Ferry through the uninhabited Patagonian fjords. I always loved traveling and dreamed of taking a long term trip for six months to a year. In late 2016, I left my job in animation and went to Asia. This blog documents my travels and my doodles along the way.