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Seven reasons we love housesitting

Seven reasons we love housesitting

Jul 5, 2018

1.We love animals Ever since I was a little girl I have had a dog, or a cat or often both. And this for me is the hardest part of travelling, not having a pet. So discovering housesitting was like manna from heaven for me. This way I get to love and look after all

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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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A touch of olde England in the Cameron Highlands

A touch of olde England in the Cameron Highlands

Jun 27, 2018

Sitting in a pretty cottage garden in front of a Tudor style building we could have been in England. A  little speckled hen pecking around in the garden beside us just completes the picture. But any illusions of being in England evaporates when the evening call to prayer begins. We are still in Malaysia, though in

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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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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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Taman Negara National Park

Taman Negara National Park

Jun 21, 2018

Since we left Kuala Lumpur this morning we have been on a mini bus for 3 hours and a river boat for 3 hours. So when we round the bend to see the floating restaurants of Kuala Tahan, it is a welcome sight. This is a small river community where you can visit the ancient

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A wild day out from Phnom Penn

A wild day out from Phnom Penn

Jun 9, 2018

  “Cheeky Monkey”, this term is very apt for the little rascals that greet us at Phnom Tamao. They watch with big eyes as we buy bags of bananas and tiny sweet potatoes and then their pleading looks really slip into overdrive. We happily oblige before our guide nicely reminds us we have lots more

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Coastal Cambodia

Coastal Cambodia

Jun 2, 2018

I’m not sure how to write about coastal Cambodia. From the photos I have taken, it looks a stunning place. But then aren’t we all programmed to take photos of attractive vistas? Post them on Facebook to make our friends envious? The problem I have with coastal Cambodia is the omnipresent litter problem, especially the

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An ox cart ride through rural Cambodia

An ox cart ride through rural Cambodia

May 18, 2018

We were both suffering from temple overload after Ayutthaya and then a couple of days in Siem Reap. So I stamped my foot and demanded an animal experience. My James, wearing his obedient husband hat, leapt into action. He spotted a sign outside our hotel advertising  an Ox Cart Ride through rural Cambodia. And figured

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Ayutthaya – where to start!

Ayutthaya – where to start!

May 17, 2018

Just when we thought we knew Thailand pretty well we came across Ayutthaya. This stunning city of ruins, 80kms north of Bangkok was the capital of Siam(old Thailand). From 1350 until 1767, it flourished as a prosperous international trading port. Then it was invaded by the Burmese and burnt to the ground. With such a

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Amphawa Floating Markets

Amphawa Floating Markets

May 7, 2018

You can enjoy Amphawa floating markets as a day trip from Bangkok, as it is only 50kms or so away. But being us, with time on our side, we decided to stay a couple of days. Amphawa is, as you would expect situated on a river. The Mae Klong river is wide and edged with

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Train Travel Thai Style

Train Travel Thai Style

May 2, 2018

As you know public buses tend to be our transport of choice when travelling in Asia. But what happens when the buses don’t go where we want to go? We switch to trains! We are heading up the east coast of Thailand and find that buses don’t go to Hua Hin from Chumphon. The girl

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