I'm 29 years old, speak English fluently, and if you catch me on a good day, you might hear me using a smattering of Malay, a beautiful language I learned from my beloved grandparents.
A little about my background - I graduated with a degree in economics from California State University – Northridge (go Matadors!). Numbers and finance have always fascinated me, but another part of me has been head-over-heels in love with Mother Nature for as long as I can remember. My studies and work commitments initially kept me from spending as much time as I would've liked in nature's embrace, but life has a funny way of getting you where you need to be.
In 2022, I took a leap of faith and purchased a van that has since become my companion on countless escapades. Renovating it has been a labor of love and a constant work in progress, much like my journey with nature. Despite juggling my time studying for my CPA exams, I make it a point to explore the outdoors as often as possible.
I decided to create this blog not just as a record of my personal escapades, but as a platform to connect with others like you, fellow travelers who are just as excited by the prospect of a starry night sky or a picturesque campsite as I am.
Ah, the Mariposa 60, my trusty companion on so many treks. It's lightweight yet durable - a godsend on those longer journeys. The multiple pockets have been perfect for organization, and the padded hip belt has been an absolute game changer for comfort. One minor gripe: the hydration sleeve could be a little more accessible, but overall, it's a solid, reliable backpack.
This innovative little stove does more than just cook your food. I was amazed by the feature that converts heat into usable electricity, allowing you to charge your devices. Talk about multi-purpose! However, if you're in a rush, this might not be your go-to. It took me a bit longer to boil water compared to my old propane stove.
Relaxing in the Eno DoubleNest Hammock has been some of the most comfortable moments in my camping life. It's spacious enough for two people, although I often luxuriate in it alone. The downside? While it's perfect for sunny, clear days, it leaves much to be desired in cold or wet conditions. An additional tarp or underquilt is a must-have for those circumstances.
While Coleman has always been a reliable brand, the Sundome Tent left me somewhat disappointed. It's easy to set up and the ventilation is good on warmer nights, but in the face of a storm, I found it underperformed. I encountered some leakage during a heavy downpour, which was far from ideal. It's okay for fair-weather camping, but for anything more challenging, I'd suggest looking elsewhere.
Sleep comfort on the trail? Yes, please! This inflatable pillow has been a dream to rest my weary head on after a long day of hiking. It's lightweight and deflates to a super compact size, making it easy to carry. One minor issue: the slippery surface means it can slide around in your sleeping bag. I've found wrapping it in a shirt helps keep it in place.
This sleeping pad hasn't quite met my expectations. While it's lightweight and has decent insulation, the comfort level is less than impressive. If you're a side sleeper like me, it can be a bit rough on the hips. It's a good option for the ultralight backpacker, but if you're someone who values a comfortable night's sleep, you may want to consider other options.