5. I explored my confidence as a woman when I performed in Seoul’s only burlesque group. 6. I booked a trip to Hanoi, Vietnam for Christmas vacation but was denied entry to the plane because I didn’t have a visa. I refused to go home so I exchanged my airline tickets for the next plane to the tropical island of Saipan in the Northern Mariana Islands. 7. I sat on the top of a public Nepali bus as it zigzagged through the Himalayan mountains. 8. I climbed 5,545 meters into the heavens to witness Mount Everest and the Himalayan mountain range. 9. When I was dropped off at the wrong pier on the 2-day slow boat cruise through Northern Laos to Luang Prabang, I had to walk alongside the boat for 8km.