James

Sometimes it is the small things that matter.

Sometimes it is the small things that matter.

Jul 10, 2018

When you travel for months on end with just a suitcase, and the ever generous airlines give you just 20kg luggage allowance, small things become surprisingly important. Back in January I was watching Suzannah pack her bag. She carefully strapped a teaspoon to the outside of a bottle. “Really ?” I said “you are taking

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Going Paperless

Going Paperless

Jul 9, 2018

9th July 2018 We all know that technology has had a huge impact on the way we travel today but the biggest change for us on this trip around Asia is going paperless. We have been to several countries and we have been on planes, buses, boats and trains. We have stayed in a lot

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Recommendations – we love them!

Recommendations – we love them!

Jul 7, 2018

7th July 2018 Recommendations are always such fun. Sometimes you agree with them, sometimes you beg to differ but they always take you in a new direction. Today we started on the planning phase of our Croatia trip in September. Our starting point was the itinerary that some friends had used last year. It really

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The quiet side of Penang Island

The quiet side of Penang Island

Jul 4, 2018

It was time for an explore. We had been loving our little bit of settling-in time during the first week of our housesit but now it was time to explore the quiet side of Penang Island further. Penang is an island of two parts. There is the built up side that is centred on Georgetown

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Saturday Night Sunset at Batu Ferringhi

Saturday Night Sunset at Batu Ferringhi

Jul 1, 2018

1st July 2018 Travelling around Asia over the last few months, we have been staying in hotels. So every night we have to go in search of somewhere to eat but as we are housesitting at the moment, we have had the luxury of eating our own cooking “at home” for the last few days.

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Winning the Air Fare Lottery

Winning the Air Fare Lottery

Jun 29, 2018

29th June 2018 The “air fare lottery” is a game played by about 5001 players. Wikipedia says that there are 5000 airline with ICOA codes and then there is you! The good news is that the other 5000 also play against each other. There are very few rules and only a loose relationship with logic.

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Meeting a Colourful Character

Meeting a Colourful Character

Jun 26, 2018

It seems that there is a tradition amongst the Penang expats that, when you leave, you give away a whole lot of stuff that you do not want to take with you. And that is how we met this colourful character. He is of indeterminate age and rather ill defined ownership. Like many of us

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Just turn left

Just turn left

Jun 24, 2018

A couple of weeks ago I was reading a blog about how to visit a busy tourist town and not get snarled up in the crowds. The taxi driver’s advice was; ” If you see people on your right, just turn left.” Last night we had our own version of this. For some reason, even

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Time to slow down, just a little

Time to slow down, just a little

Jun 24, 2018

Since we left Penang in April, we have stayed in 24 hotels, done 16 bus trips, 9 boat trips, 3 plane trips and an oxen cart ride. The adventures started in Phuket’s Kamala where we discovered some fantastic Pad Thai at a local street stall. In fact it was so good that we had to

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