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Life In An Immigration Detention Center

Derek Freal is locked up abroad

Recently I happened to find myself locked up abroad in Indonesia for 16 days all because of a tweet. (Yes, a tweet…a deleted one at that!) Now let me show you around my cell at the immigration detention center, my new (and hopefully temporary) home.   This post was written while I was locked up … Read More

Monster Pizza Challenge in Las Vegas!

The Sofia pizza from Pizzeria Sofia in Rayong, Thailand

In the grand pantheon of arousing audio/visual entertainment, food-based television ranks second only to hardcore porn. They are very similar if you really stop to think about it. Both give us a graphic, up close and personal look at the satiation of very deep, primal biological urges. That is why food television is more popular … Read More

Deported Because Of A Tweet: My Immigration Horror Story

I'm A Bad Tweeter

As I type this I am locked in a cell in an Indonesian detention center. Why you may ask? Surely someone who has been traveling the world non-stop for five years is smart enough not to get himself deported. Well, apparently I am not. However rather than being deported for some heinous act, like smuggling … Read More

Top 20 Exotic, Weird & Delicious Fruit in Asia

The amazing, weird, exotic and delicious fruits of Asia

New foods and traveling go hand in hand with each other. While meat lovers and vegans will never both agree on which foreign foods are delicious, everyone loves fruit. Plus it just so happens that the fruit you grew up eating are boring compared to the amazing, weird, exotic and delicious fruit in Asia that … Read More

*NEW* Version Of My Siak Tourism Film + Amazing Race Video

My Siak Tourism Film

I grew up acting then gave it all up for a career in a cubicle. Fun stuff, right? NOT! After five years of the Office Space-lifestyle I had a midlife crisis at 24. That is why I started traveling and what has led me to where I am today. Those of you that follow my … Read More

Kebun Binatang Bandung: The Most Depressing Zoo Ever?

Hungry bears beg for food at Kebun Binatang Bandung Zoo

Zoos, although an educational and inspiring experience for children, often caused mixed feelings among adults. It is rare that I visit them nowadays but a couple weeks ago while in Bandung I did happen to pass through Kebun Binatang Bandung Zoo. Only after traveling and being forced to stop does one truly realize how the … Read More

Ryugyong Hotel: North Korea’s Failed Attempt At Luxury

Ryugyong Hotel in Pyongyang, North Korea

Nothing epitomizes the conundrum that is North Korea better than the Ryugyong Hotel in the capital city of Pyongyang. It would have been the world’s tallest hotel, had it been completed on time. Instead it has merely become yet another symbol of North Korea’s lofty ambitions and subsequent failure achieve them.   Ryugyong Hotel History … Read More