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Mugged in Manila

Mugged in Manila

No one will tell you to visit Manila because it’s a lovely place. They will warn you about the sex trade, dirt and downright desperation that the streets hold. And it’s true. We were shielded from the dirt and grime of Manila by staying at a 5 star property. Luxury thread count sheets, televisions in […]

My favorite Komodo dragon Photo

Hiking with Komodo Dragons

…continued from last post. The past 2 1/2 days of sailing the blue waters of the Indian Ocean let our eyes feast on nature’s finest, vibrant islands and sea life. Now we were heading to Komodo Island to hike around and say hello to Komodo Dragons, hopefully at a distance. I know what you’re going […]

Pizza at Chillout on Gili Air

6 Great Beachfront Restaurants on Gili Air

We spent 10 days lazying on the shores of Gili Air, eating our hearts out at the many beach front restaurants. Beachfront restaurants are a perfect option for families with small children. Besides having the most splendid views on the island, they are a built in playground for children. Our kids entertained themselves playing on […]

Doing nothing & everything on Gili Air

It’s been a full week on the little island of the coast of Lombok, Indonesia called Gili Air. We’ve spent hours lounging in the shade of a large tree by the ocean, intermittently snorkeling in the clear blue water, eating, talking business, life and love with our friends, the Pearce family. We’re celebrating our 2 […]

Disembarking the fastboat to Gili

Getting to the Gili islands of Lombok

We’re off on an epic 2 week trip starting in the Gili Islands of Lombok and ending of the far away eastern islands of Indonesia to see the Komodo dragons. It’s going to be one heck of an adventure, and a non-preplanned one too. Ever since our backpacking with the kids stint in Belize, we […]

Preparing for Nyepi in Bali

Yesterday there must have been 100 incense sticks sending their dancing plumes into the air around our home. The fragrant softness that is now familiar brings a sense of calm energy and reflection in the space, causing you to inhale the aroma and enjoy it fully. The offerings, each one made by hand from local […]

Lake Brata- Bedugal, Bali

Road Trip to Freezing Bedugal, Bali

We’re freezing. I’m not sure how it can be this cold so close to the equator, but we are wearing the warmest clothing we have, including socks. The view from our not so child or adult friendly cabin is stunning. Lake Bratan has dark waters on this cloudy day and the horizontal line of mist […]

Three Gifts from Bangkok

My bikini didn’t get me in trouble in Bangkok. I wasn’t mugged, killed or offered any sexual activities. The well meant warnings were nice, but folks, I grew up in Cicero, a town near the south side of Chicago. I can hold my own in a city. I may not look like it, but I […]