Photostory: Bali

A brief photo story of our motorbike journey around Indonesia’s famous island, Bali.   /* PausePlayPlayPrev|Next Beautiful rice fields are dotted all over Bali How cute is he! Mt. Batur The famous kaka dance Huge waves kept crashing into a lighthouse This is what we drove through all week! Sunrise of Lombok Island Mt. Agung, tallest volcano on Bali Sunset Over Mt.... Read More

Photo Friday: Monkey Madness at Ulu Watu

  One of the adorable antagonists at Ulu Watu, Bali   Ulu Watu is one of Bali’s top tourist destinations. There are however insane monkeys all over the place!… & they steal anything. We saw LOTS of primate pinches on our visit. But this little fella would never steal your stuff right? He’s so cute!… WRONG! The phrase ,”You cheeky little monkey” is very fitting around Ulu Watu.    Read More

Bali’s Top 5

Bali Ha’i may call you, Any night, any day, In your heart, you’ll hear it call you: “Come away…Come away.” Bali Ha’i will whisper In the wind of the sea: “Here am I, your special island! Come to me, come to me!” Bali called to us, like it does to so many…. & we came! We were granted one week to escape Saigon’s motorbike fumes and relax amongst Bali’s peacefully green rice terraces,... Read More

Photo Friday: Heavenly Hampi

  Clouds roll by the fallen Hindu capital of Hampi   Hampi… an elegant ancient Hindu capital of Southern India, rich in culture dating back to the 1300′s. We spent the day cruising around on push bikes, exploring the city’s ruins, biking past banana farms, old Hindu temples, picturesque palaces & the gigantic boulders that dominate the natural scenery. There was a laid-back vibe to this once booming city & the... Read More

Khajuraho Temples: Erotica Meets God

  Khajuraho’s Famous Gravity-Defying Pose   The temples in the small town of Khajuraho are seductively stunning. Even more impressive is that they were all built from around 950 – 1150 A.D, by a Hindu dynasty in the present day state of Madhya Pradesh. How can people THAT long ago construct these big, beautiful temples, each covered in such small intricate carvings?!   The most unique & intriguing thing about... Read More

Photo Friday: The Enlightening Lotus

  Enlightening Lotus Lanterns at Inwangsa   This week’s photo was taken on a recent trip to Seoul. We walked up a steep incline to a small temple on Inwang mountain, overlooking the murky metropolitan that is Seoul sprawled to the horizon. Inside the temple were these fantastic lotus lanterns, illuminating the hermitage with their pretty pink glow. The colour was radiant & added a great warmth to the already awesome atmosphere. The... Read More

Jeju’s Hot Spots

Jeju’s infamous Harubang guarding the waters at Hamdeok Beach Jeju is Korea’s top vacation spot & honeymoon island (with matching newly wed couples EVERYWHERE!). Dubbed the ‘Hawaii of Korea’, Jeju is scattered with volcanoes and boasts the best beaches in the country… although Hawaii comparisons may be a bit of an exaggeration!?! Nonetheless, it’s a must-see destination for anyone living in or passing... Read More

Korea’s Island Escapes

Korea is a penninsula where people can’t swim and islands are abundant. Before moving here, I never linked Korea with island hopping, but on so many weekends in the past year I’ve found us running away to random beaches whenever we caught a break from teaching.  From the West Coast to the East and the South, they’ve got a little bit of everything.    Our favorites: 1. Jeju-do: Korea’s claim to fame a.k.a. Korea’s... Read More

Seokbulsa Temple: Stone Buddha

Whilst living in Korea we have visited countless temples. While I enjoy a good temple, it’s still fair to say that the vast majority lack a distinct feature & are substantially the same. This is NOT true of Seokbulsa. Temples in Korea are typically dominated by wooden structures. Seokbulsa means ‘stone buddha temple’, & it lives up to its name. Smaller than nearby Beomeosa (where we did our templestay), Seokbulsa is often... Read More

Attempting ‘Buddahood’ (Korean Temple Stay)

Since our arrival in Korea 8 months ago, we’ve heard so much buzz surrounding temple stay programs. It is a perfect opportunity for travelers to experience Buddhism, living amongst the temple’s monks for 2 long days and one short night. For me it was the chance to try to understand this fascinating religion that I know so little about. In the last 10 months I have visited dozens & dozens of temples spread all over South East Asia... Read More

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