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My name is Jeannie Mark

I’m a mid-lifer who quit a growing corporate career to reawaken my passions — and forge a life set by my own rules.

4 Years of Travel

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A Last Look at China


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How to Make the Most Out of Playa del Carmen


So I’ve been living in Playa del Carmen for a while now and have had the chance to witness different ways of enjoying this growing city.

It obviously depends on the length of time you have to play with. I chose a different route than others, but very happy to talk about the various options out there.


April 25th, 2016|Categories: Playa del Carmen|Tags: , , , |2 Comments
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Bali for Solo Female Travelers


I’m writing this post for me. Well, and for you, too. While I’ve seen a fair amount of Asia, Bali is still a mystery to me. One I hope to conquer early next year.

Indonesia reminds me of the Philippines. Like the Philippines, Indonesia is composed of thousands of islands. 14,000 to be exact.

For safe and fun travel, I think Indonesia ranks up there as fairly easy to navigate for solo female travelers. It feels like you can walk around without having to clutch your bag every two seconds, and relax into each travel day. But at the same time, you’re treated to the crazy, refreshing drum beat of Indonesian culture. A solo gal can handle this!

In anticipation of visiting Bali, here’s my bucket list for when I venture there sooner, rather than later:


April 22nd, 2016|Categories: Travel Tips|Tags: , , |0 Comments
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Making A Solo Trip to Sydney


Some solo female travelers feel uneasy about heading to a large centre. There’s being noticeably alone in a big city, along with not knowing how to enjoy things solo, especially if there are concerts, events, or other neat things to do.

But having traveled to about 49 countries or so (honestly, I’ve lost count, because my memory is awful) has taught me that going solo in a city is not terrible at all, but really liberating!

Sydney, Australia is one of those cities that’s easy to navigate, find new friendships, yet still enjoy something solo, if you wish.

It’s all there; it’s just a matter of finding it! Good thing I’m here to tell you. Here’s my unique solo guide to Sydney:


January 25th, 2016|Categories: Travel Tips|Tags: |4 Comments

Playa del Carmen, is it Paradise?


I made a grave mistake. The darkened highway suddenly burst with lights as the ADO bus barrelled towards the centre of Playa del Carmen. All that light made me cower.

Popping sounds exploded in my eardrums before I realized it was music blaring from a store. I peered out the bus window, seeing too many brightly lit stores and people, moving swiftly down the paved sidewalks.

After four months of existing in a silent world of star filled nights and empty beaches in Xcalak, this slice of civilization was frightening. There is comfort in solitude. I felt protected in the bubble of my routine that nobody could intrude on.


January 20th, 2016|Categories: Life, Playa del Carmen|Tags: , , |18 Comments
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My Past Year, And What’s Next?

Again, I go silent.

My excuse, if I have one, is I’ve been recharging. The holidays were a time to get back to a community of friends, get more in touch with goals I want to push forward for 2016, and quite honestly — figure out what I want to do with this blog.

I’m slowly gathering energy again to devote more time to this blog, to write my heart out.

According to numerology, my year is anahata — the year of being unhurt, unstruck, unbeaten.

But I couldn’t have gotten here without all the things that happened last year. Take a stroll with me as I review the most memorable moments of 2015.


January 6th, 2016|Categories: Life|Tags: , , |6 Comments
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Why Park City, Utah is My Next US Destination


I admit, it’s been a while since I visited the US.

There are a few cities I’m keen to see in the next few years, such as Los Angeles, New Orleans, and Boston.

But what some of you may not know is I LOVE film, and have thought seriously of attending the Sundance Festival in Park City, Utah, but the festival got bigger and bigger every year, which was a little intimidating.

What with stars swirling all around and bigger films that got buzz, I kind of put off bothering with Sundance.

But now I feel renewed energy to check out the festival, especially after reading about how diverse and interesting Park City, Utah is!

Here are four ways I plan to make the most out of the Sundance Film Festival, despite not being an A-List celebrity:


December 15th, 2015|Categories: Travel Tips|Tags: , , |3 Comments