Category Archives: Indonesia

Daily Dose of Beauty: To the Market

Daily Dose of Beauty: Adding a bit of light to the darkness as we get through the pandemic together. This series features travel photos and stories from my archives, shared with you as we shelter in place. April 26th, 2020 Today we’re visiting world markets! Going to the local market is a highlight of any trip abroad or at home,

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The Difficult Decisions of Adventure Travel

View over the Khumbu Valley

With a heavy heart, I’ve been following the recent catastrophe on the Annapurna Circuit in Nepal. For anyone unfamiliar, 39 people died when cyclone Hudhud moved north from India into Nepal bringing unprecedented levels of snowfall to the Annapurna region. Trekkers and guides were caught in whiteout conditions — some of them while crossing Thorung La Pass at over 17,000

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Borobudur

The world’s largest Buddhist temple, Borobudur, sits on the Indonesian island of Java. It’s interesting to note some similarities Borobudur shares with other significant sites around the world. Borobudur was constructed around 750 AD — about the same time Tikal was at the height of its power as a kingdom of the Mayans in what we know today as Guatemala.

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Siladen, Sulawesi, Indonesia

Siladen: the impetus for my recent scuba certification and exploration of the underwater world. Thankfully I followed through with my studies, my pool session, my mask clearing and my open water certification. Had I not, I would have missed half of this glorious experience by merely sitting on the surface of a magical world below. Two of our good friends

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Sleeping Giants

I’ve safely returned from a vacation on the eastern Indonesian island of Sulawesi. Last Wednesday, our departing flight from Singapore was delayed due to a… VOLCANO. That’s a first! The volcano had erupted on Tuesday so Silk Air wanted to wait until the coast was clear before attempting to land in Manado. Good choice. We arrived late, but without incident,

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Bunga Raya

Bunga Raya

Bunga Raya is on Gaya Island, about 45 minutes by private boat from Kota Kinabalu. It’s one of only two resorts on the island, lending a remote, secluded feel to the whole experience. Guests stay in treehouse-style villas set on the jungle-covered hillside overlooking the bay. Concrete paths connect all the villas with the resort’s amenities (infinity pool, restaurant, grill,

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