New Zealand Pt. 1

We had a really fabulous time in Sydney, it is a really fun, dynamic city. We spent a couple of busy days there and then flew to Auckland, New Zealand. We rented a car and spent the next week and a half driving around the North Island. It was incredible. I would absolutely make the…

Coming Home

I have not posted in a while, because things have been overwhelmingly busy. We came back to Austin in August, so I have had about 6 months to reflect on our experiences overseas.  I actually plan on doing things a little out of order. I have at least 3 more posts that I would like…

Sydney

Chinese New Year is a major event here in Penang. So major that you get at least 2 days off of work to celebrate it. On the flip side of that if you are not celebrating CNY there is not much to do. A lot of the restaurants close as well as a lot of…

Prague

Prague….what can I say about Prague. It is magical. It is liking stepping into a fairy tale. It is a city I would visit over, and over, and over if given the opportunity. I want to see it in every season. It has taken the top spot as my favorite city. It was surprisingly emotional…

Christmas in Switzerland!

I am long overdue writing about our 2nd Christmas here in Malaysia. How is it already the end of March?!?!? I started this post months ago, but for some reason it did not get saved (user error more than likely) so I had start from scratch. I have just not had the time to start…

Chinatown Art Walk Challenge

It’s been awhile since I have updated you here, there are a few reasons for this primarily things have been fairly ordinary around here (as ordinary as they can be here anyway).   We did a quick weekend trip to KL to the bird park which we awesome.  The best part was when a bird…

Deepavali

Things around here have been fairly quiet lately.  We have been pretty close to home lately.  It’s been the rainy season, and it has been raining a lot.  Last year was much drier than this year, on the flip side of that we have not had any of the horrendous haze/smog we had last year….

Singapore

So here we are one year later in Penang.  We have decided for a number of reasons to not renew Nathan’s contract another year, so it looks like we will be here for just one more year.  We will be making the most of the next year just as we have the last one by…

The Wet Market

I cannot believe that we have been here in Penang for almost a year.  We have gotten used to life here for the most part. There are still things we miss, but somehow things like the Wet Market are no longer foreign. A wet market is where the locals shop for produce, meat, fish and  just…

Monkey Beach

We were so excited to have family in town for a couple of weeks.  My cousin and her youngest daughter came for a visit while her husband and oldest daughter  stayed home so she could go to really cool summer camp.  B had the BEST time playing with his cousin Boo.  We were on the move…

The Cameron Highlands

We had a three day weekend, which happened to fall on my birthday weekend, so we decided to go on a mini-holiday to The Cameron Highlands. It is about a 3 hours drive from Penang, and is Malaysia’s most extensive hill station. Discovered by the British in 1885, it was primarily used for tea growing due…

Siem Reap, Cambodia

We recently took a long weekend trip to Siem Reap, Cambodia.  It was an amazing trip. I had absolutely no preconceived ideas what Cambodia would be like. I knew it would be hot, but Penang is hot so that really wasn’t a concern. The only thing I knew about Cambodia, is terrible things like, war, landmines…