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The Land of the Rising Toilet Seat

JAPAN | Monday, 18 May 2015 | Views [197]

Japan was always going to be very different after a month in China and it didn't dissappoint. Tokyo was a great city to catch up with friends from Sydney, watch baseball, eat sushi and sashimi and relax.   Travelling around Japan on the bullet ... Read more >


Team Captain vs Champ, who rules in China?

CHINA | Monday, 27 Apr 2015 | Views [358] | Comments [1]

Everything in China comes in BIG scales, the " Giant " Panda, " Super Loud " Tourists, " Great " Wall of China, " Huge " infrastructure network and " Superb " public transport systems. Public transport, food and accommodation are fairly cheap, however, ... Read more >


The Road To Mandalay

MYANMAR | Monday, 23 Mar 2015 | Views [397] | Comments [2]

Myanmar (aka Burma) Minglabah. Neither of us really knew what to expect here and maybe we picked the wrong month to visit. Myanmar was hot, incredibly hot at 38C, it was dusty, so dusty and a smoky haze lay over the country the whole time we were ... Read more >

Tags: dust, heat, oily food, pagodas, sick, trekking


Family and Friends

MALAYSIA | Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | Views [470] | Comments [1]

Singapore - or is it SingaBORE? Singapore was the start of the Asia part of the trip, but apart from good food and Shawn's brother being here, it was a stopping off point to enter Malaysia. Date: 02/02/2015 to 05/02/2015 (3 days)   ... Read more >

Tags: chinese new year, family, friends, snorkelling, south east asia


It's Time To Go

AUSTRALIA | Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | Views [740] | Comments [7]

After years of saving and months of preparation, s o we are off again for a new adventure and what a start it has been to our 2 years away from Australia. Shawn finished worked on 18th Dec 2014 and a lot of Andrew's family came out for an ... Read more >

Tags: australia, christmas, family, friends, new zealand, trekking, wedding


The BIG 5 and Mount Kilimanjaro (Africa)

SOUTH AFRICA | Friday, 6 Aug 2010 | Views [1000] | Comments [7]

Africa - the continent of amazing wildlife, spectacular sunrises and sunsets, incredible costs to the travellers (more expensive than Europe!!), unbelievably friendly and non too friendly locals and a continent which only has 1% internet ... Read more >


Amo l'Italia

ITALY | Friday, 28 May 2010 | Views [706] | Comments [4]

Buongiorno (pronounced Bon journo) from Italy, a country neither of us had visited before but always wanted to, we've had a great 3 weeks here. Arrived into Venice from Croatia and were pleasantly surprised to find Venice as beautiful, relaxing ... Read more >


Sailing Croatia

CROATIA | Wednesday, 12 May 2010 | Views [620] | Comments [1]

I should think by this stage, you are all sick and tired of our blog but we thought we will keep this up to date. Here are a few lines about Montenegro and Croatia. Montenegro -  A very small country, beautiful coast line. Great mountain ... Read more >


The Geeks and The Greeks

GREECE | Wednesday, 14 Apr 2010 | Views [693] | Comments [3]

Kalimera (Good Morning), that's my very first Greek word, arrived into Athens 18th March and as we flew to Mykonos, we thought we would have a cheap month island hopping around this bankrupt country, little did we know!! Since the Euro was introduced, ... Read more >

Tags: island hopping in greece


Skiing and Sailing

BULGARIA | Friday, 12 Mar 2010 | Views [546] | Comments [3]

Well we are back again after a great week learning to ski in the Bulgaria mountains. Our next stop, or Shawn's next stop will be the 2014 Winter Olympics representing Malaysia at downhill. Weather was fantastic, plenty of snow, cold temperature and ... Read more >

Tags: skiiing


Walk Like An Egyptian

EGYPT | Saturday, 13 Feb 2010 | Views [1080] | Comments [4]

Assalamu Alaikum. We finally escaped the harshest winter in England for years on the 20th Jan for Luxor, Egypt - and we landed in heat!! Egypt was also the first country that we both looked like tourists unlike just Andrew in the last 5 months. ... Read more >


Front Page News - Clowning Around

UNITED KINGDOM | Saturday, 9 Jan 2010 | Views [1124] | Comments [1]

We have been in England nearly one month and are experiencing harshest winter in 30 years. Every trip we have done is affected by snow and ice, and as spectacular as it was initially, it is making out trip very hard work. Had a very good christmas ... Read more >

Tags: blizzard, christmas, new years day, snow


Cold Winter, England

CAMBODIA | Thursday, 24 Dec 2009 | Views [1078] | Comments [8]

A quick update before christmas. Laos continued to go well and we even managed to get tickets for the opening ceremony of the SEA games (South East Asia Games) in Vientiane and saw Malaysia beat Cambodia in soccer.   On flying into Kuala Lumpur then ... Read more >


Good Bye Asia!

LAOS | Monday, 7 Dec 2009 | Views [711] | Comments [4]

Vietnam  Been a few weeks since we last blogged so we thought we would give you a quick update before we leave Asia for UK.  Vietnam continued to go well though never really trusted the Vietnamese people. It's all about getting as much money from ... Read more >


Good Morning Vietnam

VIETNAM | Saturday, 14 Nov 2009 | Views [743] | Comments [7]

We are back! A few weeks later, we are now half way down Vietnam. Been an exciting cheap experience. Flew into the capitol Hanoi, home to thousands of motorbikes and 1km strip of dog meat restaurant!! Crossing the road means a whole new meaning in Vietnam.... Read more >

Tags: rip off, scenery, world heritage


Relaxed, Ready to Move

THAILAND | Tuesday, 3 Nov 2009 | Views [485]

Relaxed in Bangkok for the last 3 days. Eaten lots of great food. Organised visas for Vietnam and ready for our flight tomorrow morning. More from Vietnam. Hopefully the typhoon clears up by then. Apology for the photos. They will have to wait till ... Read more >

Tags: stop over


We Did It!

NEPAL | Monday, 26 Oct 2009 | Views [1268] | Comments [12]

We did it. 22 days of trekking round the Annarpurna, we made it back to Pokhara in one piece. We went through all weather conditions, torrential (unseasonal) rain for 36 straight hours which produced amazing waterfalls, but most scary was that number ... Read more >

Tags: trekking


I see dead people

NEPAL | Friday, 2 Oct 2009 | Views [1226] | Comments [2]

Today is our last day in Kathmandu. We are leaving for a 21-day trek early tomorrow morning. After sorting out the trekking stuff. We took a taxi to 2 of the temples suggested by hotel front desk. The first was Boudha Stupa, the iconic landmark in Kathmandu ... Read more >


Conquering the Giant

NEPAL | Thursday, 1 Oct 2009 | Views [732] | Comments [1]

29th Sept. Arrived in Kathmandu International Airport. It felt like we have time traveled back to the 70s. The amount of time and paperwork to get through Immigration was ridiculous. Not a good first impression. Our transportation to the hotel (Ganesh ... Read more >


Back from England

UNITED KINGDOM | Tuesday, 29 Sep 2009 | Views [403]

Here we are, 3 weeks of racing around the world to England and back to australia. We are now in Kathmandu to begin the trip. In UK, managed to c all my family which involved travelling the length of England. Never been on so many trains or slept in so ... Read more >


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