Category Archive: Asia 2012/2013

Mar
28

Who Wants to Go to Legoland, Malaysia?

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I do, I do! When we told our children we might be able to fit Legoland, Malaysia into the tail-end of our trip they were over-the-moon excited.  Now I am not talking, “Yah! That would be cool.” excited. I’m talking jump up and down, hugs all around, tears of joy excited.  Seriously.  Tears of joy! You …

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Mar
19

Motorbike Accidents and Monkey Bites

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We have had a bit of bad luck in the last week…. First we had a motorbike accident.  We were coming down a one way road when a car that was parked on the left hand side pulled out and didn’t see us.  Mike saw the car coming but didn’t have time to react, I …

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Mar
13

Falling In Love With Bali

Offerings left daily outside in and around our house.

Truth be told, Bali was not even on our radar when we started our six month jaunt in South East Asia. When we were researching where we would like to spend our last month of travels before we head home for the summer, our goal was to find somewhere where we could relax, slow down, …

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Mar
11

Oh My Ogoh Ogoh!

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There will be no planes flying into Bali today.  There are no stores open, no restaurants, no gas stations.  There are no people walking in the streets, no motorbikes, no cars. Today is Nyepi, the Balinese New Year, a day of silence.  All of Bali stops for this day of meditation and introspection.  The most …

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Mar
06

Our Bali Home

View from the top of the stairs.

I found our home on Bali using the Internet.  Before we came here I entered into negotiations with the owner but then we decided we would not commit to a house sight unseen.  Instead we booked a night at a cheap guest house in Ubud and then contacted the owner once we got here. I …

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Mar
04

Fast Forward to Bali

Petronas Towers.

This past week has been a bit of a whirlwind.  We finished up our tour of Northern Thailand where I am proud to say not a one of us got car sick.  The route from Chiang Mai to Pai to Mae Hong Song is the most ridiculously winding road I have ever traveled on and …

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Feb
28

Riding Elephants in Pai

My mom meeting her elephant!

It’s been over a week since we rode bare back on elephants and my body is still aching!  Granted, my legs were clutching the elephant’s backside like my life depended on it…I used muscles I never knew I had. Just thinking about our elephant experience puts a grin on my face that I can hardly …

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Feb
23

Too Hot for a Hot Springs

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We love hot springs.  We have quite a few of them within a days drive of our home in British Columbia and they make a perfect winter weekend getaway.  There is nothing quite like soaking your body in hot water that comes straight from the earth while the a gentle sprinkling of snow dusts the …

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Feb
20

That’s One Huge-Mongous Cave!

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We have rented a van for one week to explore Northern Thailand.  There is something so freeing about having your own wheels.  I’m reminded of just how much I love road trips.  Our destinations are loosely planned and we have the freedom to stop and explore at will. After a late afternoon start from Chiang …

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Feb
15

Sun, Sand, and Smiles on Koh Jum

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Swimming, snorkelling, sunbathing, playing games, building sandcastles, eating, napping…..rinse and repeat. One week of complete relaxation on an island where there is really not much else to do.  Ahhhhh. We needed a rest from traveling.  Our children were getting to the point where every time we left our accommodation for the day they would whine …

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