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The View from the Summit in Indonesia

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The world was black and far away as we waited on the summit of Mount Kinabalu; a ghostly memory suspended four thousand metres below. High up in the night-time sky we huddled for warmth against the bitter cold and watched for the sunrise, the murmurs of success and relief as climbers reached the summit mingling […]

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: Exploring Tune Hotels

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Traveling in Asia has been our life for the last eighteen months. George and I love to fly on Air Asia, they have great fares and fly everywhere we want to go. They are to Asia what Southwest Airlines is to the United States; a reliable low cost carrier with many flights.  During a recent […]

Tripping down Asia’s Memory Lane: My Top 10


I have never understood how anyone can like January. The sad, sinking feeling caused by limp, leftover tinsel hanging in shops, braving the dreary weather without any promise of a mulled wine stop, realising that everyone you know has vowed to lose weight, save money or quit drinking- it is a real slog of a […]

Penang, Malaysia: My Island Hometown

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There is only one place in the world that inspires me everytime I go – Penang, my island hometown in the northwestern state of Malaysia. It is a place that I’m so familiar with, having been born in the town of Butterworth in the late ‘80s, yet so foreign all the same, as I have […]

Sabah, Malaysia “Land Below The Wind”

Mt Kinabalu Sabah

SABAH “LAND BELOW THE WIND” Sabah also nicknamed “Land Below The Wind” is one of the four Territories on Borneo, the third largest island in the world. The others are Sarawak, Brunei and Kalimantan Indonesia. Sabah is home of around 2 million people of over 30 different ethnic groups, speaking 80 different dialect. She is […]

Monkeying around Malaysia

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I love the elements of surprise and unpredictability that are associated with travel and the Malaysian island of Penang will forever hold a special place in my heart. Having solely followed the itineraries set up for me when travelling in groups, the spring of 2011 was the first time then eighteen-year-old me ever traveled completely […]

Huffington Post Travel: Traveling in Sin

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As seen on Huffington Post Travel: A Review of Traveling in Sin: I love reading travel books; memoirs are enjoyable and well-written accounts make me feel like I’m truly present in another part of the world. For this reason I was looking forward to reading Traveling In Sin, a memoir about an adventurous couple from the […]

Malaysia: Spirit of Liberation


It was not my usual Sunday to begin with. This was probably the highlight of my 2013 year. After more than 3 decades living in this beautiful land, I had the opportunity to visit Batu Caves during Thaipusam festival for the very first time. Yes! first time. Shocker, right? Well..I’ve visited Batu Caves many times […]

Happy New Year From Malaysia

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Happy New Year from Langkawi, Malaysia! (from our recent newsletter) For the last three weeks we have been house sitting with a large garden to water, two cats to play with and a car to drive to all the best beaches on the island. Want to try housesitting? I can highly recommend two books on […]

Seven New Years Together: Love, Celebrate, Grow

Happy New Year 2013!

Arriving to the upscale restaurant dressed up and excited to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Puerto Rico, we were shocked when the maître d’ blurted, “You are late but we will seat you.” Our expectation was that our 8:00 p.m. dinner would lead to hours of frivolity in Old San Juan; however, from the moment […]