The beauty of Bali

Before its too late, I must write about Seminyak and Ubud, polar opposite paradises in the magic of Indonesia. We had flown into Bali from Phuket, Thailand. One difference we noticed right away was that everyone wore helmets on scooters, versus the 50-75% of locals that…

Songkran: Celebrating the Gift of Water

Songkran is the New Year celebration focused around rejoicing for the coming storms in the rainy season. As in many cultures, water is a sacred resource, especially in this extremely hot location, and it is welcomed every year. Local people have made a game out of…

Memorial Day Weekend Adventure on Gili Trawangan

The Gilis! Islands of pure nature, party and relaxation. The Gili Islands are three very small islands off the northwestern coast of the island of Lombok, which is east of Bali. There is no law enforcement on these islands, no police, no cars, no dogs….

Lost in Bathroom Translation

So, in many places in the world, there isn’t toilet paper in the stall. Often you have to pay for it. Or, its placed outside the stall probably to discourage overuse. We were out and I went to use the ladies room, which had an…

The Ping Pong Show in Thailand, not what you might think….

All over Thailand, and especially in the touristy party areas you will always be approached by some guy saying ‘Ping Pong!’ Perhaps they come up to you with a laminated piece of paper with a list of random items, ping pong, Coca-Cola… I had no…

The Art of (island) Honking: Phuket vs. Bali

If you have every lived in Los Angeles, you know about the crazy drivers. And their obsessive need to use their horns. Back when I was living in the land of traffic and smog, I finally decided to go get my California Drivers License. Because,…

Big Buddha

You see it all around you in Phuket, especially if you are on the south side of the island. Big, white, Buddha, viewable from most points, since it is so high up. Even at night, it is lit up so you can see it from…

The Thai Massage (no happy ending) ;)

How did I wait almost two whole weeks in Thailand before getting my first Thai massage? Crazy! Because it was so relaxing and wonderful, and all for the price of about $13. Yes, that was for an hour, of full body, head to toe! They…

Blessings from Thailand!

Last Sunday Karim and I were blessed by a Buddhist monk at the Wat Chalong Temple. We arrived to a building next to a statue of a Buddha and some animals around him, reminded me of a Thai version of Noah’s Ark scene… The first…

You can buy almost anything at the Farmer’s Market…

Some of the best food I have had thus far, has got to be at the Farmer’s Markets or Night Markets. They are a little different. Farmer’s Markets sell produce, fresh fish, cooked meals and snacks, fresh fruit smoothies and some dry goods. Night Markets…

Scooter, or Bust!

Welcome to Thailand! Land of scooters, mango and the best (and some of the spiciest) foods you will get to try! Everyone rides a scooter here. Unless they have a car, in which case its a small pick up truck or perhaps a really nice car,…

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We have arrived in Phuket, Thailand! Officially we are residing in Cape Panwa of Chalong Bay, a sleepier, more relaxed area of the island. Our space is a top floor, studio apartment, with a private deck and jacuzzi tub overlooking the peaceful bay. To get…