Home Sweet Home, Indonesia, Life in Asia

My Indonesian Home Makeover Part 6: Door Day & Decor Details

Doors are an important part of any home. The ability to close, lock, and open them again are basic functions that every door should have. Not long after we moved into our new home, we realized that many of our doors did not function properly. It was so odd how many door issues we had,… Continue reading My Indonesian Home Makeover Part 6: Door Day & Decor Details

China, Food, Indonesia, Life in Asia, Photos & Video, Qatar, Singapore, Thailand

My Favorite Markets in Asia

A marketplace is where a community comes together. People gather to buy, sell, eat, drink, laugh, gossip and connect. Around the world, so many family’s livelihoods depend on a thriving market. In America, we don’t really have an equivalent. Farmer’s markets are fun & quirky, but rarely does an entire community do their shopping at… Continue reading My Favorite Markets in Asia

Home Sweet Home, Indonesia, Life in Asia

My Indonesian Home Makeover Part 5: Furniture Shopping & Curtain Making

If I’ve learned anything about home decoration & renovations in Indonesia, it’s that nothing is simple as a foreigner. Furniture shopping is no exception. We chose to rent an empty house this time around, as our last home rental was fully furnished. So this was our first experience with buying furniture in Indonesia. And what… Continue reading My Indonesian Home Makeover Part 5: Furniture Shopping & Curtain Making

Planning, Pop Culture, Travel Gear

5 More Podcasts for Long Travel Days

I’m still such a huge fan of podcasts. It’s almost all I listen to while traveling, cleaning, or trying to sleep. That’s why I put together my original blog post, 9 Podcasts for Long Travel Days back in 2017. I’m still following all those podcasts...and more! I recently found a few new [or new seasons]… Continue reading 5 More Podcasts for Long Travel Days

Home Sweet Home, Indonesia, Life in Asia

My Indonesian Home Makeover Part 4: More Updates, More Hurdles

Let the updates continue! We are slowly making progress on this new home, and the results are evident! After a few minor changes, we began some of the larger changes we wanted to make. Starting with the master bathroom. We were ready for a sink in our bathroom! In the rare case that Indonesian houses… Continue reading My Indonesian Home Makeover Part 4: More Updates, More Hurdles

Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Landmarks, Life in Asia, Nepal, Photos & Video, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam

Top 10 Favorite Places I’ve Visited in Asia…So Far!

Asia is such a fascinating continent. It’s wildly diverse. It’s mountainous, tropical, rural, urban, populous, remote, affordable, expensive, naturally stunning and architecturally beautiful...all at once! I first visited Asia in 2005 when I traveled to India. I immediately overwhelmed by new sights, smells, tastes and sounds. And I also immediately in love with Asia. I… Continue reading Top 10 Favorite Places I’ve Visited in Asia…So Far!

Home Sweet Home, Indonesia, Life in Asia

My Indonesian Home Makeover Part 3: The First Updates

If you are going to be a home owner, or renter, in Indonesia, there’s one word you should learn in the Indonesian immediately. It’s the word tukang [pronounced too-kahng]. A tukang is the person you call when there’s a leak in your pipes, a hole in the roof, walls that need painting, tile that needs… Continue reading My Indonesian Home Makeover Part 3: The First Updates

Home Sweet Home, Indonesia, Life in Asia

My Indonesian Home Makeover Part 2: New Home, New Quirks

As with any new [to you] house, there’s going to be quirky little things. Maybe it’s an usual layout or tile choice. Every previous owner has different tastes and preferences. Well, the same is here in Indonesia…but on a totally different level. As I shared in my first blog post in this series, we are… Continue reading My Indonesian Home Makeover Part 2: New Home, New Quirks

Home Sweet Home, Indonesia, Life in Asia

My Indonesian Home Makeover Part 1: Choosing the Right Home

Home. It’s more than just a house. It’s a place to live and thrive, raise a family, share meals, and be with friends. In our recent global travels, we’ve been without a place to call home for more than 12 months. We’ve stayed in other people’s homes and hotels, but we haven’t had a space… Continue reading My Indonesian Home Makeover Part 1: Choosing the Right Home

Inspiration, Photos & Video, Qatar

Laying Over in Qatar

"Is it safe?” That’s what people kept asking me when I told them our layover back to Indonesia would be in Qatar. Well, after asking, “Where is that?” The Middle East, especially in America, is often talked about with fear and apprehension. It’s not really a top destination in the minds of many Americans. But… Continue reading Laying Over in Qatar