Kanyini

Haven’t Done This in Way Too Long

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Hey there 20 people who read my blog — I used to write quite a bit of poetry (although I called them raps back then, to feel cooler, of course) back in college, and remembered that was fun. So here’s the first installment of hopefully many more poems/raps/writings. Most of the time I simply begin writing, hoping something will come of it — and try...
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J Weezy’s Favorite Bars [Rough Cut]

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***This post is unfinished, but I decided to launch it rather than let it sit in my Drafts forever. Will get around to finishing it soon!  We all have those songs that have stuck with us from our youth. Whether you grew up in the 1970’s, 80’s, 90’s, or 00’s… Music impacts us most when we are growing adolescents; hence why Mick Jagger is still...
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Mid-Month Review: Celebrating Thaipusam in Kuala Lumpur

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On Thursday Jan 25th, I went to the Warriors-Timberwolves game with my Dad. It was the 20th game we had been to together this season, and by all accounts, a typical midweek affair. We did our usual routine: keep the keys after valet parks our car (so we can get out of the lot faster), hit the restrooms before going up to the lounge for...
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The only constant in life is change

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Why is it so difficult for us to change our habits, especially as we get older? I’ve been thinking about this question quite a bit since arriving in Kuala Lumpur last Sunday, knowing that I’d have to eventually stop procrastinating and write my first post in about 4 years. Time to dust off the old writing muscles. If you’re still wondering why I’m even in...
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Where I’ve Been

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There are certain topics of conversation while traveling that inevitably happen, no matter where you are in the world. Where are you from? How long are you here for? What have you seen? My favorite countries are the ones that ask about food first: What have you eaten so far? For some reason, people also always ask, Where else in the world have you been? Answering...
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End Month 1 Review: Adjusting to the “New Normal”

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After Month 1 of 12 working remotely, there’s not that much I have to say about the experience that is very enlightening. While myself and 40 other people in our group have discussed at length the various challenges and surprises we’ve encountered this month, many of those experiences are not very interesting to share with others. It’s very similar to the discussions people have in...
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End Month 2 Review: Chiang Mai, the City of Coffee Shops

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First things first: this is not a review of the coffee shops in Chiang Mai, Thailand. You can find plenty of people doing that on the internet already. This is a review of my personal experience so far after the 2nd month of a year long Remote work/travel world tour. To catch up on Month 1 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia see my End Month Review...
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End Month 3 Review: Westworld Meets Eastworld

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After living in Taiwan for 2 years and traveling throughout Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Singapore, I thought I knew what SE Asia was all about. Then I moved to Vietnam. Hanoi is unlike any other place I’ve been to in the world, and as I’ve boasted in a previous post, I’ve been around. There are 4 million scooters; 1 for every 2 people in the...
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Going Dry in the Desert

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As we kick-off  Month 4 of Remote Year, a new journey begins. We’ve left Asia and enter a vast new world: Marrakech, Morocco. The country has deep French and Arabic roots, but at its core it is dominated by Muslim influences. It feels far away from the cosmopolitan modernity of KL, the laid-back coffeehouse expat dream of Chiang Mai, and the compact hustle of Hanoi....
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Finding Happiness in a New Environment

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We left the cloudy, grey, claustrophobic streets of Hanoi in April for the sunny, palm tree-laden oasis of Marrakech. I started running outside again, stopped drinking alcohol, and explored the stunning Moroccan mountains, coasts, and Saharan desert. Friendships deepened, family members and I reconnected. I was re-energized by new challenges at work, and found it quite easy to be happy here. So why was it so difficult...
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