Away from home since a wee lad!
It all began when I left home when I was 14 with my dad. From a strict and tropical country that is Singapore, I plunged into the very cold, very rainy California winter. My world was turned upside down. Suddenly, cars drove on the right side of the road, it was zero degrees at night, hot water was on the right and my skin was suffocating. Despite all that, I had come here make a new circle of friends and forge a new life. I was not prepared for how much my life was actually about to change. Coming from a rather sheltered life where I had a maid growing up (almost everyone in Singapore did) to do everything for me, I had to do chores, which was something that was seen on TV.
In 2011, I took a backpacking trip across South East Asia for 6 weeks alone. I experienced for the first time what it was like to not speak the language, to not know anything about the food and culture and to make friendships from other countries that last forever. I met some of the most amazing travelers during that trip that inspired me to do the same thing. Infected by the travel bug syndrome, I knew that one day I will too trod the globe.
Then I thought,
Why not combine 2 things I love so much? The best part was that I could do what I do (or as some people call cheffing) ANYWHERE in the world! So I saved up as much as I could, sold everything I owned in the US and took off.
So here I am, out in the world, discovering new cuisines, new cooking techniques and flavor profiles, while meeting incredible people and experiencing out-of-this world experience. Join me as I venture through cultures, collecting traditional recipes and learning to cook their way, just so you can do it too!
I hope that I will not only inspire you to travel as much as you can but also cook adventurously!
What is 360nomads?
360nomads is about sharing. By sharing food, experiences, stories and friendships, this site aims to bring the world just a little closer.
I want to connect the food that you love to eat with the recipes that you can cook with, plus all the adventures and secret hideaways that you can go visit yourself! I want to show you that a life of travel is possible and cooking anything is even more possible.
Whenever I do research on the countries and cities that I’m going to, most websites give me the same old recommendations. Since then, I’ve stopped researching all together and relied on locals to give me suggestions. In this big life long trip of mine, my main means of lodging come from Couchsurfing. That usually means that they take me on personal tours to see attractions that no one knows about, along with suggestions of secret places. I would love to document and post about places like these so that you can check it out too!
Wherever I travel, especially if you have travelled with me, I try everything and anything that I find interesting and unique. Beyond that, I’m always interested in how they make them. Sometimes I get lucky and stay with a Couchsurfer that either cooks or knows someone who does and connects me, from there I learn to make the local delicacies and cuisine. With these experiences, I want to share them with you and give you the chance to cook them too! Every recipe has a story.
I want to show you that a life of travel is possible and cooking anything is even more possible. I hope that I will not only inspire you to travel as much as you can but also cook adventurously!
- Respect other Cultures – This is especially when you are in their country. I try to learn their language, their way of life and their food. This way I can fully enjoy and engage with the locals! The locals will be curious about this guy who’s trying to be like them too. You would want them to do the same when they are in your country too right?
- Spend money on Experiences – “You can always make money, but you can’t always make memories”. You meet a lot of travelers who are always on a budget, saving on every dime and pence every which way they can. This is all fine but they miss out on valuable experiences that they may not get if they did spend on that one road trip or adventure. I’m not rich nor am i supported by others, but when there is a good opportunity to experience something, I will put my money into it.
- Take your time – Although not everyone has the luxury and flexibility of time, it’s important to be realistic with how much you want to see. Those 2 month Euro trip or 3 months South East Asia trip that every newly graduated college or high school students take can be great since they see as much as they can, however, at the end of the trip, they only remember a couple of experiences from the trip. It’s impossible to appreciate a country by being in it for only a few days. Save up for next trip that allows you to slow down and see a city or country within a few weeks time span.
- Try everything once – For most people when they go to country, they will most likely never return again (unless it’s a life changing one). From point 1, you go to a country to experience another culture to open up your eyes to another different way of life. Taste that weird looking delicacy, hop on that infamous tuk tuk or even just try ordering a dish in their language! You will never know unless you have experienced it once. If you don’t like it, then you never have to try it again, plus now you have a great story to tell everyone.
“I can’t think of anything that excites a greater sense of childlike wonder than to be in a country where you are ignorant of almost everything. Suddenly you are five years old again. You can’t read anything, you have only the most rudimentary sense of how things work, you can’t even reliably cross a street without endangering your life. Your whole existence becomes a series of interesting guesses.• Bill Bryson,