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Tour Istanbul

This year’s vacation is a little challenging. We brought forward holiday plan to March making the interval between the previous one (Sri Lanka and Maldives) merely 2 1/2 months because of Dominique’s schedule in June’s project and December’s internship. As the boys get older, it is harder to plan holidays. It’s not the best traveling … Continue reading

Fun adventure – Ranu Kumbolo

We arrived at Malang early morning 3:58am on Friday, 16 June 2017. Driver picked us up at Malang train station and brought us to a home-stay to wash up and had a few hours of sleep. By 7:30am, we packed clothes, necessities and snacks enough for 2 days and put the rest at house. Although … Continue reading

The Problem with Spontaneity 

The first 2 days in Jogja (Yogyakarta, Indonesia) to Prambanan, Borobudur and Mount Merapi were simply awesome. Today’s city tour was a disappointment. In fact, today’s feeling have been a chance to reflect how much city tour disappointment we experienced in the past at other countries. Probably next time, when I plan itinerary, I shall … Continue reading

Road trip in Chiang Mai

20 December 2015 The trip was to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep. After a few minutes of orientation in the city, my eldest son, Robin took on the wheel. His first real driving experience is not in Singapore. It is Thailand! Revisiting the temple 24 years later is unthinkable. Back then, both Goh and I … Continue reading

Impromptu Chiang Mai

19 December 2015 Day 2 in Chiang Mai. Without much planning, things still go on pretty smooth. The app  Today, Robin arrived from Singapore on Tiger Airways, one day later than us because of examination. Yesterday, car rental, Avis and National, both at the airport were fully booked. We were once worried about our unprepared … Continue reading

From Thailand to Laos by bus [Chiang Rai to Luang Prabang part 2]

24 December 2015 After 25 hours, not 18 hours, we finally arrived Luang Prabang. Our bus was stuck at the mountain road between Udom Xai and Luang Prabang because of an accident to another vehicle. It caused a massive jam. The bus driver turned off the engine and we were there for almost 7 hours … Continue reading

From Thailand to Laos by bus [Chiang Rai to Luang Prabang part 1]

When I was preparing for our Laos trip, l encountered a lot of difficulties mainly from lack of information. I told myself I want to write a blog post to help like-minded travelers like myself to do an inexpensive cross-border travel from Thailand to Laos. We went through a lot of untrodden path & we … Continue reading

Take Nothing But Pictures and Leave Nothing But Footprints – jungle safari at Chitwan

There is a sentence in a travel guidebook that says: “Nowhere else in the world does the landscape change do greatly over so short a distance as Nepal, from the mountain areas of the Himalaya, down through lush valleys and into the tropical plains of the south. Consequently, the flora and fauna, much of it … Continue reading

Adrenaline Junkie In Us

    Surely the most welcoming sight after 4 long days of walking was the mini-bus that brought the 9 of us to Pokhara Eco Resort. Bidding farewell to our 3 porters was a difficult thing to do. I got emotional and I tried hard to hide it. I didn’t really chat with the guys … Continue reading

Morbid eye opener – visit to Pashupathinath

As morbid as it sounds, but life ends in death is inevitable.   There is one place which occupies my mind – Pashupathinath. It is located at 5km east of Central Kathmandu. My family did not visit the temple because entrance to the temple precinct is forbidden to non-Hindus. Before this, we visited 3 renowned … Continue reading