Fast Forward to Bali

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 I have done a lot of road trips!  I would describe it as intestine-like.  Corners at angles you would never see in the Western world with trucks barrelling down them at suicidal speeds while cutting the corners.


A sign on the way up to Pai

We enjoyed another day in Chiang Mai where we took songteows to eat, shop, and get massages.  Mike went a little crazy trying to get all the pictures of the Chiang Mai traffic before we left….

Don't go under a bridge!

Don’t go under a bridge!

With Grandma and Grandpa in a songteow.

With Grandma and Grandpa in a songteow.

We said a teary farewell to G-ma and G-pa.  They flew back to Canada and we flew onto Malaysia.  We had a mere two nights in Kuala Lumpur in a fancy shmancy hotel where we slept for 12 hours straight on our first night.  Black out curtains are the bomb I tell you!  We ordered room service for the first time ever with the kids and they were awed and amazed that food could be delivered to your hotel room!  Ah, the little things in life!

We explored Petrosains Science Centre.  It is owned by Petronas, the big oil company in Malaysia.  There seemed to be lots of propaganda about the oil industry going on here which made for an interesting conversation with the kids.  Nevertheless we enjoyed our full day of science exploration.

We gawked at the Petronas towers and enjoyed the playground in its shadows.

Petronas Towers.

Petronas Towers.

And then we had a late night flight to Bali!!!!!!

We were on a late night flight because it was a steal of a deal with Air Asia but it was REALLY hard on our family.  Our seven year old, Lan,  got really sick in the last half of the ride.  He held it together until the airport shuttle bus from the plane to the terminal.  We tried to catch his vomit in a bag but the people standing next to us got splashed.  Immigration took a good 45 minutes and it was the longest 45 minutes you could imagine with one boy crying because he felt so sick and the other barely standing up because he was so tired.  We weren’t done there though and had to survive the hour and fifteen minute cab ride to Ubud which is where we decided to base ourselves.  Again Lan lost his cookies in the cab.  We finally got to our room at one am, by this time the kids had fallen asleep and we were able to carry them into their beds.  Lan woke up a few hours later with a fever.  What a hard night!

Two days later Kayden, our five year old, got whatever it was that Lan had.  We have been laying low recovering from our illnesses.  Not the best start to Bali!

But the good news is we found a BEAUTIFUL house to rent for our time here!  I am so excited to sleep in a bed with my husband…..for the last few months we have all been in the same bed or sleeping one parent and one kid to a bed.  Let me tell you, that can get pretty old pretty fast!

The best thing about our house is that I get to cook.  Before we left I was so excited to not have to cook anymore but eating out at restaurants three times a day can be exhausting when you have children!

Pictures of our house are coming in the next post!


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  1. Joanna says:

    It was nice to meet you, your husband and your boys in KL..hope the rest of your journeys are great…we look forward to your stories about Bali.

    1. worldschooled says:

      So nice to meet you guys too Joanna! Glad we finally got to connect!

  2. Lisa Wood says:

    Sure sounds like an adventure to your start in Bali…and yeah a big bed makes the world of difference.
    With regards to cooking…I will do a house swap any day – I so could easily eat out three times a day at restaurants (I don’t like cooking!!) but I get what you are saying – a kitchen and a house makes a difference.
    I love the idea of travelling to Bali – it sure sounds like a great place to explore with young kids.
    I have also heard how cheap it is to live there compared to Australia – would do anything to have a house with a cleaner/cook 🙂
    Looking forward to seeing your house photos.

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