Exotic Bali in a Day: Rice Terraces, Monkeys, Temples and More

Mandala Suci Wenara Wana Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary in Ubud Bali, Indonesia

Clearly, a day in exotic and exciting Bali is not enough. Even in the rain, the island is fascinating. For us, it was a cruise port with Royal Caribbean. We docked in Benoa and hired a private driver to show us the sites. We skipped the beaches as it was raining most of the day. Here […]

Your Guide to 5 Great Beaches in Palawan, Philippines

Corong Corong Beach, Palawan, Philippines

{This post was written for Albom Adventures by Carmela Kim Alvarez of Let’s Palawan.} Palawan, an island region west of the Philippine archipelago, is a popular travel destination for many reasons. One of the things that sets this island from all other tropical spots, though, is how it is filled with so many beautiful shorelines. […]

Macaque: The Tale of a Tail in Malaysia and Morocco

Macaque eating a banana at Batu Caves, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Spotting wild monkeys always makes us smile when we travel. My first encounter was long before I met hubby. We were drifting down the Belize River at dusk when my friend’s father pointed out the howler monkeys up in the trees. This was in the days before I had a digital camera, and the photos […]

Always Bring Toilet Paper! (AtoZ Travel Tips)

always bring toilet paper

Always bring toilet paper.  I am not a rule follower, so generally any rule that starts with “Always” gets a roll of my eyes. Today starts the Blogging AtoZ challenge 2013 for which I am presenting one travel tip which I learned the hard way each April day (except Sunday) beginning with consecutive letters of the […]

Photo: The Monkey God at Batu Caves, Malaysia

monkey god

This larger than life statue of Hunaman, the Monkey God is located at Batu Caves, in Selangor, just outside of Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia. Photo ©Rhonda Albom 2012 Larger than life, this huge statue of Hunaman seemed a bit of a surprise at the far end of the Batu Caves temple complex, located outside Malaysia’s capital city […]

Wild Monkeys at Batu Caves in Malaysia

Another adorable wild monkey - this shot © Sarah Albom 2012

I had heard mixed things about Batu Caves including enough negative that I wasn’t really sure I wanted to visit. I can say now that I am glad I did. We were touring for a few days in Malaysia with Ben, a guide that we would happily recommend to anyone. He encouraged our visit and […]

Feeding, Bathing and Riding Elephants in Malaysia

elephants in malaysia

Today was an interesting day. We went to an elephant sanctuary. One that claims to look after the animals. We learned about them, fed them, and even got into the stream to help bathe the elephants. Then we were invited to ride on elephants in Malaysia. It certainly was quite a different Malaysian experience than […]

Initial Impressions of Kuala Lumpur Malaysia

Petronas Towers are the worlds tallest twin structures.  We decided not to go up, as the observation deck is the bridge at floor 44 and we are going to Dubai in a few weeks and plan to go up in the world's tallest building.

The first stop on our 250-day adventure was immaculate Singapore, so I am not sure we were quite ready when we arrived in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  Our first impression was a quick bathroom stop before we cleared immigration or customs. It was also the girl’s first exposure to squat toilets, along with some confusion as […]

Our Initial Impressions of Singapore


We are on our way.  Our first stop is Singapore, for a quick 2-day stopover. Already we know, it will not be long enough. A small island nation, Singapore is situated off southern Malaysia. With a population of 5.3 million, it is more densely populated than New Zealand, yet it never felt crowded to us, but […]