A family of four's adventures around the world

Trips

The Grand Map

The Grand Map

713 days, 30 countries, 184 places, one family of four’s round the world journeys for two years.

We started as quarrelsome four and came back as wholesome one. We left with our egos and returned with the world in our hearts. Less is more. All is One. We are happier, healthier and better.

Electric Blue – A Novel of Almuñecar, Spain

Electric Blue – A Novel of Almuñecar, Spain

Note: 10-year-old Anita wrote this 15000-word novel for her Grade 5 Creative Writing project, inspired by her encounters and fantasies in charming white-washed Spanish seaside town Almuñecar, Spain. Leave a comment, share and cheer for her! :~) Enjoy! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~       “Bye, Dad!” I called through the […]

Night Train to Krakow, Poland

Night Train to Krakow, Poland

August 20th, 2016 We are not train aficionados. We take trains from time to time simply to move towards, or away from a place. We are more interested in the cleanness of the toilets in a passenger car than the type of the car, not […]

Vang Vieng, Laos

Vang Vieng, Laos

It was bitterly cold in Muang Ngoy, the northern Laotian town. After dark, we had to do push-ups and squats to stay warm. We missed the tropical sun in the south again. The only way going south was to backtrack the boat trip to Nong […]

Eating Vietnamese Hot Pot on a Hanoi Sidewalk

Eating Vietnamese Hot Pot on a Hanoi Sidewalk

It was damp and cold tonight. We found this hot pot place on a sidewalk of Hanoi’s Old Quarter. We had no idea how to eat it because they not only gave us the normal hot pot stuff, but also rice paper and cold, cooked […]

Some photos taken in Muang Ngoy, Laos

Some photos taken in Muang Ngoy, Laos

Muang Ngoy was an even smaller town in northern Laos. The only way to get there was by boat up the Nam Ou; road wasn’t built yet. The whole town had one dirt road. Well, if you count side streets I supposed there were two. The […]

Bumpy bus to Nong Khiaw

Bumpy bus to Nong Khiaw

One day in Luang Prabang, we went up the small 200 meters hill of Mount Phousi to see the famous sunset. The hill was sided by two rivers and the sun would set by the mountains behind the Mekong River. This was South-East Asia at […]

Luang Prabang, Laos

Luang Prabang, Laos

For hundreds of years, Luang Prabang used to be the city where the king of Laos resided. This is easy to see why. The city bordered by the rivers of Mekong and the Nam Khan on two sides, with the other sides by the mountain. In […]

Slow boat down the Mekong River

Slow boat down the Mekong River

Laos, 75% of the population lives under US $2 a day. With roughly the same size of UK in Europe, or the state of Utah in the USA, there are only 6.8 million of Laotians. Right beside Laos, there is Thailand with 67 million and […]

Sa-Wa-Dee-Ka, Kob-Kun-Ka

Sa-Wa-Dee-Ka, Kob-Kun-Ka

After a most wonderful tropical Christmas on Ko Lanta in southern Thailand, we were getting near the 30-day stay limit in Thailand while we still had to take the last shot of Rabies vaccine at Bangkok’s Red Cross. We can head further south to Singapore […]

Ko Lanta in the Andaman Sea

Ko Lanta in the Andaman Sea

I fumbled the book because there was no choices. The resort we were staying literally was kicking us out. The Christmas was nearing. The hotel room price was going up every night. At where we were staying, the room had gone up from 1200 Baht […]

Krabi, Thailand

Krabi, Thailand

Krabi town itself is not such a charming town but we found it quite OK with the night market and cheap quality restaurants. (May & Mark’s Kitchen beside the night market is a must try) We walked by the river and found the pier for […]

Train ride to Krabi

Train ride to Krabi

There are three options in terms of transportation to get ourselves out of Bangkok: bus, airplane and train. I have long fancied the old fashioned train travel on the tracks that the old British empire built, but had not had the money or time to […]