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MiMi’s in the Marigny

by nate on June 24, 2010

This post is a little different. It won’t be enjoyed in a few minutes at work. For this experience, you must take some deep breaths and clear your mind. The real experience is in the audio clip at the end of this post.

This is a little snipit of a random night in New Orleans. There’s a little local bar in the Marigny called MiMi’s, that epitomizes New Orleans. Worn down, grungy, musky, but full of energy as all walks of life  come together for a drink. I had a few beers downstairs before climbing the stairs to uncover the muffled sounds above. I found a little ragtag brass and strings ensemble in the corner of  the little second floor bar room. There were little tables scattered around the room with candles burning down, and tattooed couples two-steping in and around the band. The lights were dim, the spirits were high, and everyone drank and laughed another Monday night away.


  1. Clear your mind, and 6 minutes of your schedule.
  2. Put on headphones.
  3. Get comfortable.
  4. Press play, then close your eyes and drift.

New Orleans live music: MiMi’s in the Marigny

Live music in New Orleans: MiMis in the Marigny

If that wasn’t enough, we later noticed and chatted with two actors sitting at the end of the bar, Tim Robbins and Peter Sarsgaard, who are filming a movie close to that location.


Naked Worth

by nate on June 16, 2010

A theoretical room you will exist in for a moment.

I was having lunch today with a friend in Brooklyn, reflecting on the last 9 months of my life. While talking about the lessons, thoughts, ideas, and sensations of travel, I found myself really trying to describe what makes it all worth it.  I was sitting across from her, broke, in need of a haircut, with no job, and all the other realities that come from quitting and rejoining society.

So I began to describe a theoretical way of gauging this worth which became “naked worth.”

Imagine you’re sitting in restaurant and suddenly, POOF! A bright flash, and everything disappears except people. Your table, chair, clothes, bags, and even your food disappears. Looking around, you notice that  in fact all that’s left is some dull gray walls. As you look at the other people that were in the restaurant, you’re confused because now you can’t decipher  the server, VIP guests, cook, or cleaner. You also can’t remember what you did for a living, any jargon, deadlines, or profession. That information is not important here, because money doesn’t exist here. All that had so easily defined you and everyone else is now gone, and it’s not coming back in this room.

Everyone begins to move around for a few awkward moments, and slowly the chatter begins. New sets of people begin forming and chatting about some really interesting stuff. There’s no stress, just talk. Unique conversation begin because now everyone’s worth to each other is what they share. Personalities, insights, ideas, and gestures begin creating new relationships with these random people, because they’re naked of everything money, status or job related and seen for their “naked worth.”

I think traveling is a great investment in one’s “naked worth,” because:

  • You become a slightly better person to have on earth.
  • You add a little more humanity in the world.
  • You have a more patience, kindness, and  perspective.
  • You have more tales that expand and excite the people around you.

It doesn’t translate to being smarter, making more money, or being more interesting. It can easily be all or none of these. It’s more of a humanity fabric within. So long-term travel will certainly increase your “naked worth,” and when you’re standing naked amongst the other people, you will be different.


18 hours in Brunei

April 14, 2010

In our mad dash through the tiny sultanate, we found ourselves staying in an apartment on the 11th floor of the tallest building in Brunei, probably the richest country in all of Southeast Asia. As broke travelers, we did not expect our short visit to be so stylish. The small country of Brunei Darussalam sits […]

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Mamutik Island

April 7, 2010

We arrived in Kota Kinabalu from the jungle, and had just two things on our mind; laundry, and beach. Before our arrival a nice gentlemen from Holland had mentioned a few islands were very near KK, the largest city in Borneo. In fact, he said a little Island named Mamutik was just a twenty minute […]

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Lonely Planet likes our blog.

April 4, 2010

The extremely popular travel guide, Lonely Planet, has decided to add our blog,, to a special list of featured blogs on their website. This is exciting for us, because our travel trips, stories, adventures, and opinions are now on, shown next to related content for other travelers to enjoy and benefit from. This […]

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Borneo: Welcome to the Jungle

April 3, 2010

Whether you’re looking for a trek into steamy rainforests to see orang utans or a relaxing boat ride to spot the beautiful hornbill or oriental darter, you’ll find it in Borneo’s interior around the Kinabatangan River. But, if you hope for a “rocking” experience led by a group of local Malays, consider Uncle Tan’s Jungle […]

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Banana Island

March 23, 2010

It began as a single night camping trip to an uninhabited private island, but in the end was a 5-day/4-night stay on Banana Island, a small island populated by the Philippino family who owns it, with a couple of huts and a rustic pavillion for day trippers. We paired up with Santiago and Paula, a […]

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Coron Wreckdiving

March 15, 2010

The landscape around Busuanga Island is exquisite but the history of Coron Bay is what has put the island on the map, especially for wreck diving. The historical chapter relevant for divers began September 24, 1944, when a US Navy force of fighters and dive bombers attacked a Japanese supply fleet of up to 24 […]

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Island Walking

March 12, 2010

Another day trip we took from Borongan was to Divinubo, a nearby island that we could actually walk to during low tide. This little journey took us through a post-apocalyptic landscape or a “sunken” moonscape as we began to say. The ground was an interesting combination of volcanic rock and dead reef, equally hard, sharp, […]

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Spider Fight!

March 3, 2010

One night around a bonfire on the beach in Padre Burgos, some local guys held a spider fight that we placed bets on. The idea is this: two spiders fight on a stick until the death. The guys keep their players in match boxes and as one proud owner pulled out his big spider, he […]

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