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  • Exploring the Cave of Gua Tempurung

    Exploring the Cave of Gua Tempurung

    Ipoh, Malaysia

    Before heading back to Penang we decided to visit Gua Tempurung in the Kinta Valley. Gua Tempurung is one of the larger cave systems found in the scenic limestone hills of Perak. It is the largest natural limestone structure in Peninsular Malaysia. While one can not undertake a 4 hour adventure with toddlers, you can still enjoy the wonders that exist in a 40 minute tour.

  • Lost in the Lost World of Tambun

    Lost in the Lost World of Tambun

    Ipoh, Malaysia

    Read about our stay at the Lost World Hotel, our tour of the theme park and the best massage of my life. You probably won't want to miss the story of my son removing his clothes and bolting for the 50 foot lake before we could blink also.

  • Where To Eat In Penang

    Where To Eat In Penang

    Penang, Malaysia

    During our stay in Penang, we have visited a number of places to eat. I found it so hard to choose the restaurants to eat out despite the number of alternative blogs, tripadvisor and Penang websites. So here is a list of the places we ate and you can decide for yourself, which places you, think you will enjoy the most.

  • My Mum on Orang Utan Island, Bukit Merah Laketown Resort

    My Mum on Orang Utan Island, Bukit Merah Laketown Resort

    Penang, Malaysia

    When my mum decided to come visit us in Penang not only was I ecstatic, but my husband was ecstatic (babysitter back), and my kids were over the moon. We counted down the days to her arrival and then it was time to pick her up at the airport. We went many places in Penang with my Mum including Penang Hill where my son got concussion (thank God mum was there), but there was one journey we wanted to take with her and that was to Orang Utan Island.

  • The Love That Lasts a Lifetime

    The Love That Lasts a Lifetime

    Penang, Malaysia

    “I know you like me.” “What?” “I’ve known for like 6 months.” “Oh.” “So are you going to ask me out?” Thus went the conversation that started the love of a lifetime. When I was 16 Josh asked me out. When I was 21 Josh married me. That means that 2012 we have been dating for 15 years and happily married 10 years. A decade. An achievement.

  • Our Foray into the

    Our Foray into the "Real" Penang

    Penang, Malaysia

    It gets me when people say you haven’t seen the “real” ____. Whether it’s the “real” Disneyland, or the “real” Penang. Where I live and what I experience is real. So what makes my “real” Penang any less real then someone else’s? What makes our perception any more real than someone else’s? I’m pretty sure I’m not living in “fake” Penang. Today we were honoured to have a local give us an insider’s look at Penang. It didn’t change my mind about my “real” Penang, but it certainly was a different side of Penang - one that we thoroughly enjoyed.

  • Penang Butterfly Farm Not As Bad As I Thought

    Penang Butterfly Farm Not As Bad As I Thought

    Penang, Malaysia

    I don’t really “do” butterfly parks. Butterflies are pretty, sure, but a whole park on them, sounds like a 100 yawns a minute. We had managed to skip them in every country we had been to, but at the guests request we must acquiesce.

  • Strangers Partying in Penang

    Strangers Partying in Penang

    Penang, Malaysia

    A group of 8 travelling families converge on Penang to enjoy & share their nomadic lifestyles with each other. Suddenly strangers become friends and friends become family.

  • A Tropical Birthday on Monkey Beach

    A Tropical Birthday on Monkey Beach

    Penang, Malaysia

    That was an absolutely amazing day. 3 boats, 30 people all headed to Monkey Beach. We had a 5 year old’s bday party there with fairy bread (Americans never heard of it!), we swam, we fed monkeys, and we talked for hours. You ever have one of those days that are just so perfect and so unique and so unbelievably mind-blowing you can hardly believe it's real. I am in that moment!

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