Articles by: Su-Yin

How to Get Robbed in Quito

How to Get Robbed in Quito

During the past three months of Quito-living, Simon and I have managed to remain unscathed – no robberies or kidnappings that we’d heard so much about. But as safe as Quito may have become in the last few years, we made a mistake when we decided to go bargain hunting! […]

Traditional Dance in Ecuador

Lessons in Latin American Culture: Su-Yin Goes Native

“Like” my blog to get weekly blog updates on my experience with the online Latin American Culture Course. Born in Singapore and raised in Australia, I was exposed to almost zero Latin American culture growing up.  Shakira and Jennifer Lopez aside, now that I have moved to Ecuador, I’ve decided […]

Mompiche: One of the Last Ecuador Beach Paradises

Mompiche: One of the Last Ecuador Beach Paradises

A love of food, the beach and a birthday brought us to Mompiche… One of the last idyllic and untouched beaches in Ecuador, Mompiche was a wonderful surprise birthday treat. My boyfriend Simon was recommended Cabañas Iruña by our Ecuadorian neighbor – simple, secluded, right on the beach and the caretaker […]

Saturday in Sangolqui for Ecuador Food

Saturday in Sangolqui for Ecuador Food

Sangolqui is a town famous for its daily open market (mercado abierto) and food. People from Quito make their way every weekend for delicious eats, and the locals  think of their city as a colorful and magical place. Located in Valle de los Chillos, Sangolqui has a population of about […]

tiny fungi i found at cascadas azul in ecuador near mindo

Swimming in Blue Waters: A Short Trip to Cascadas Azul near Mindo

Breath-taking, humbling, inspiring – Ecuador hides many secret places, where it’s just you and nature. I found one such tranquil space last week. Our Spanish teacher, Ligia Perez, invited us to stay a night at her family house in a nature reserve near Mindo called Cascadas Azul (Blue Waterfall). Mindo […]