Snorkeling, and playing dress-up in Bali

One of my favorite daily activities on our recent trip to Bali was definitely my morning walk. I loved the sunrise and the view! The perfect way to start the day!  “Can we swim?” Everyday the hotel had a ‘feed…

The ever exotic Bali, Indonesia

Indonesia is an interesting country made up of fourteen thousand islands. We were lucky enough to visit Bali, one of the more well-known islands, last month. Bali, as well as all of Indonesia, is a considered an “emerging market”, that relies…

Batu Caves (and lots of monkeys), Malaysia

Our second day in Kuala Lumpur included a trip to Batu Caves, one of the most popular Hindu shrines outside of India. Over 400 steps lead up the limestone mountain to a series of caves. I love the use of…

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

After a busy summer for Matt at work, we finally got back on the road last month. Our first stop of a recent trip was to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. I really didn’t know much about this city, or country, prior…

Hiking Mt. Fuji x 3 = Perfection!

Call me crazy, but as hiking season was upon us, I heard the beckoning of Mt. Fuji again. This time though, I wanted to hike without the girls. I wanted to spend the day with Matt, enjoying his company and…

Gonpachi, A.K.A. the "Kill Bill" restaurant?

 Gonpachi is a restaurant in the fashionable Roppongi district of Tokyo, and is apparently best known to westerners, as the “Kill Bill” restaurant. I’ve never seen the movie, so I wouldn’t know, but many famous people have also eaten here,…

A mikoshi parade

A mikoshi parade is a very familiar sight at any Japanese festival. A mikoshi is believed to be a vehicle for the gods, to move them from the main shrine to a temporary shrine during a festival. Some of the larger…

Ukai-Toriyama, a traditional Japanese meal

My dear friend Kayoko, invited us to Ukai-Toriyama for lunch a few weeks ago. The restaurant is located in a beautiful, mountainous area of Japan, not too far from our home. The grounds were exceptionally beautiful, of course. One of…

Japanese street food

 In Japanese culture, it is considered rude to “eat on the go”. You always eat at the restaurant or eat at your destination, never while walking around (yes, this includes your coffee). For this reason, Japanese street food is pretty…


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