What the fungi?

Back in the good ole days, being a kid on school holidays meant roaming the neighbourhood with the local gang, trying to stave off boredom and keeping out of Mum's hair. Tell any mother that you are bored and before you know it there are chores being dished out. So…

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enough stuff

Choosing the perfect accommodation can be one of the most challenging aspects of travel, especially so when we've not previously been to the place and are unfamiliar with the lay of the land, cool areas etc. There are so many things to consider, and location is often a decision we…

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Rabbits in the headlights

Have you ever had to front a video camera and come up with something mildly intelligent or amusing?  Well, it is not as easy as it looks. It is a bit dazzling, let me tell you, even if you are very familiar with the subject matter.Now, I'm certainly not about…

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Not another cooking class

We decided we wouldn't do a cooking class in Penang because we were running out of time and to be honest, we've done lots of classes and we felt we didn't really need to do another.That was until we sat chatting with a Kiwi couple on a blistering hot afternoon…

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Musings @ 100

This has been one of my most challenging relationships. Ever close-by looming, enticing, demanding, flattering, criticising. How many times have I considered ending it all and consigning it to another of life's "character building" experiences? How many times have I said to Dave, I think I've had enough of this?…

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Giving in to Bali

When #1 son Adam asked us to join him and his wife Jacque, together with Jacque's family from the U.S. to spend Christmas/New Year with them in Bali I have to admit to secretly wishing that they had chosen a different location. Up until recently Dave and I belonged to…

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Bless this house

After our incredible elephant experiences in Surin our little troupe of Bamboo travelers made our way by bus across the Cambodian border to Siem Reap. That transit and border crossing sit right up there with some of our most interesting and exciting to date. The process was the strangest we've…

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Elephants at large

Elephants at large Leaving Surin Town, with 17 intrepid travelers crammed into the back of an open truck, we headed out towards our home for the week, Tha Tum village, together with an assortment of luggage, hopes and expectations. Our groupies for this trip were: Sue & Dave (that's us)…

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The heArt of Penang

A few months ago, sitting in a brilliant little Asian-fusion café in Maroochydore on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, I found myself wondering about the origins of the interesting graffiti type artwork around the walls. I think we've all seen these pictures wherever the mere suggestion of Asian food is served. Something…

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Heaven is a Malaysia hawker

An important aspect of traveling to a foreign country is figuring out the food and how we’ll eat, and while it's also one of the most exciting aspects, it can turn out to be quite stressful. That first introduction to an Asian hawker center can feel a bit overwhelming. My…

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