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Can I Interest You In Scorpions on a Stick?

Scorpions on a stick. They. Are. Everywhere. Stall after stall, food cart after food cart, row after row, glistening under spotlights, inviting locals to stop by for a crunchy snack or tourists to wrinkle their noses and take a photo for the sheer novelty of the idea that Chinese people like to eat strange creatures […]

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From the Airport to the Andaman Sea

I arrived in Langkawi and was looking forward to relaxing after the blur of the bustling city that was Singapore. This was one of the splurge parts of my vacation where I booked a resort hotel called The Andanman which is tucked away from the main parts of the island. The Andaman Hotel is located down […]

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What is ‘Needle Butt’?

Needle Butt, or 屁股長針 (pì gu zhang zhen) is a Chinese saying literally translated to “needles growing out of one’s butt.” This means that, due to the prickle of all the needles on the butt, the sufferer is unable to sit still for long periods of time because…well…it’s uncomfortable. I’m not sure exactly where my […]

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I LOVE MONKEYS! (and you should too)

Monkeys are everywhere in Bali, especially at the temples. You are often warned when venturing into monkey territory to avoid wearing hats or glasses, because the devious little things can and will swoop down from the trees, take your head/face-wear, and hold it for food-related ransom. Or they’ll simply swipe your food if you have […]

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The Taiwanese Are Politer Than Canadians

It’s a fact. Don’t try to argue with me on this one because you won’t win. The idea that Canadians are polite is obviously only endorsed by those who have never been to Taiwan. The Taiwanese are not simply polite. They are polite. Here are some examples: Politeness on Public Transit On the Taipei Metro, […]

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How To Choose Souvenirs Wisely

I’m one of those girls who likes shopping surprise surprise. In order to prevent myself from accumulating half of every city I visit, I’ve implemented a first-thought-when-seeing-desired-object rule that’s worked very well for me over the years: only acquire what you love at first sight OR what makes you laugh at first sight.   When […]

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About Grace

Hi, I’m Grace! Welcome to Girl Gone Wandering! You probably stumbled upon this page through one of my posts want to know a bit more about the person behind the sometimes sarcastic, sometimes somber voice. I am: Canadian-identified—born in Los Angeles, USA to Taiwanese parents, grew up in Vancouver, Canada That person at barbeques who […]

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Saving California

A poem for a special someone about finding love and acceptance while feeling heartbroken beyond repair. Saving California We warmed the sands of English Bay until the sun set— two west coast kids too soon grown out of their youth, after 5 with a cheap bottle of rum, quarter-pack of marbs, and Bob Marley in […]

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