Munduk: One Homestay, One Amazing View

After our horrific experience with the mountain mafia at Mt. Batur we both really needed to be picked up by the Balinese and shown that ‘hey, that was just some crazy town– but the rest of us are pretty great!’ The town of Munduk accompanied with Kadek the owner of the guesthouse we stayed at did just that for us, and some. 100% if you go to Munduk you’ve got to stay at One Homestay with Kadek, the man can do it all! It is... Read More

Photo Friday: Clouds Closing on Mt. Agung

Mt. Agung is the tallest volcano on Bali  As we drove into the popular diving town of Tulamben, we passed by Bali’s biggest volcano, Mt. Agung. We drove past just before sunset as the clouds closed in on the moutain, allowing us a rare glimpse of the usually hidden crater.  Read More

Mt. Batur, Bali: The Truth About a Mafia-Run Tourist Town

The last few years of travel have seen us deal with many situations… let’s see:  I’ve shut down a guesthouse after they stole $100 from my bag. Rhys interrogated an Indian guy and then ripped through his home searching for his stolen phone. We’ve dealt with gut-wrenching Indian hospital visits. But we’ve NEVER had to deal with a town run mafia. ADVICE: DO NOT GO TO MT. BATUR in BALI. Let’s rewind this story back... Read More

Ubud: Did Eat, Pray, Love get it right?

UBUD. Oooh- boo’d. After setting foot in Kuta for a sleepless night with club music blasting through our room’s walls we needed to ride far away from Kuta, drunk Australian boys, and clubs. Ubud couldn’t have been more ideal. You’re probably thinking Eat, Pray, Love, meditation and all that sappy Elizabeth Gilbert talk of falling in love in Bali—- and I hate to admit, but she’s right. (You can even meet the... Read More

Southeast Asia’s Endless Arrary of Fruit

Living in a tropical climate definitely has BIG BONUSES. Sunshine, tans, & poolside lounge chairs ready for your needs all day, everyday. Add in the abundence of exotic fruit available for $1-$3/kg and you’ve got heaven on Earth for me. The fruit in Vietnam is out of this world– an endless array of colors, shapes, sizes, and flavors. Don’t take my word for it though, the pictures below speak for themselves! 1. Jack Fruit: My... Read More

Antimalarial Drugs: Are they worth it?

There are countless things to prepare before setting off for your travels. Plane tickets, visas, insurance, clothing & accessories, immunizations, currency exchange, location research,… The list drags on & on as your brain ticks over & tries to account for all eventualities on the long & winding road. If your travelling to South East Asia, you’d better add antimalarial medication to that list as well. Or should you?  To... Read More

WEIRD Signs, ‘say-what?!’

English Signs in Asia that make no freaking sense. They’re everywhere. No escaping it. Here are some of my favorites… & Thank God you don’t.   This sign is EVERYWHERE in Korea. Even if you can swim, who would ever dare to swim in deep water? It’d be like sentencing yourself to death.   Aren’t all boys jealous that girls and ladyboys are always getting so many things cheaper? Must get annoying.     Read... Read More

South East Asian Persuasions

The following is a general list of the things we wish we had known while travelling through South East Asia…  T.A.T. (Tourism Authority of Thailand) Lots of tuk-tuk drivers around Bangkok may well start boasting to you about this oh-so grand organisation called the TAT. They will excitedly explain how the TAT is there to support you, the poor lost tourist. They may even claim it was put into operation by the King himself!… to... Read More

Fort Canning: The Battle Box

Our first stop-off in Singapore was Fort Canning, a smallish park in the centre of Singapore.  Fort Canning is a brief walk north of Clarke’s Quay, right in the heart of Singapore’s bustling business centre. It’s a welcome break from the city streets with a Spice Garden, Fort Gate & Wall, & the impressive Fort Canning Centre that use to be British Army barracks. The park’s name is owed to the British fort that... Read More

Hostel vs. 4 Stars!

Singapore brings along a swell of emotions. Our tour through South East Asia finishes here. I am packing up in 2 days and moving to some strange land of chopsticks and will be the most ‘settled’ I have ever been, & having a job longer then I’ve ever been in one before. This whole ‘teaching’ thing is actually happening, not something so far in future that it’s pointless to think about anymore. Oh, yea I’ve... Read More

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