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 […]

More Beijing Photos – Meeting Locals, Drumming, Olympics, Temples

drumming in hutongs

There is just so much to capture in Beijing photos that I just can’t do it justice in a reasonable amount of posts.  So hang on to your hat and get ready for a whirlwind photo tour of Beijing – the rest of our favorite sites (although I did save a few for tomorrows China […]

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 […]

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 […]