Life in Asia, Malaysia, Motherhood, Travel Gear

My Must Have Baby Gear for International Travel

Traveling as a mom and traveling with my little one in tow is quite an adjustment. Gone are the days of carry-on, minimalist packing and spontaneity. Now it’s diapers and wet wipes, nap times and nursing. But I wouldn’t change a thing. I had great experiences traveling solo to Cambodia and traveling with friends through… Continue reading My Must Have Baby Gear for International Travel

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

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

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

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

Diving, Indonesia, Life in Asia

A Freediver’s Journey – To 30m and Back (Pt. 2 of 3)

Guest blog post by Creagon Patrick in collaboration with Fusion Freediving in Amed, Bali. Click here to read Part 1 and Part 3. Three... I lay flat on the surface of the ocean, one arm holding on to diving buoy and the other flowing with the waves and mild current. Air rushes down my snorkel drawn… Continue reading A Freediver’s Journey – To 30m and Back (Pt. 2 of 3)

Diving, Indonesia, Life in Asia

A Freediver’s Journey – To 4 minutes and 34 seconds (Pt. 1 of 3)

Guest blog post by Creagon Patrick in collaboration with Fusion Freediving in Amed, Bali. Click here to read Part 2 and Part 3. “Relax... Relax every muscle in your body...” These were the comforting words of my dive coach. I was laying face down in a pool holding my breath. My first 30 seconds without the… Continue reading A Freediver’s Journey – To 4 minutes and 34 seconds (Pt. 1 of 3)

Inspiration, Landmarks, Life in Asia, Photos & Video, Vietnam

Why HaLong Bay?

When it comes to HaLong Bay, it’s really not about if you go, but how you go. This stunning bay filled with approximately 1,600 jutting limestone mountains is a UNESCO World Heritage and one of the top tourist destinations in Southeast Asia. Any guidebook and any travel blog will recommend experiencing this incredible piece of… Continue reading Why HaLong Bay?