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  • Swinging My Legs Over the Grand Canyon, Arizona

    Swinging My Legs Over the Grand Canyon, Arizona

    Dec 12, 2012 Southwest, USA

    Standing on the precipice with the wind tearing at my hair looking down thousands of feet into the grandest canyon of them all you can’t help but imagine its origins. My heart starts racing, the wind is pushing me back from the edge, which in the back of …

  • Why You Should Rethink the Google Map That Says it’s 6 Hours from San Diego to Palm Springs to Joshua Tree to Vegas

    Why You Should Rethink the Google Map That Says it’s 6 Hours from San Diego to Palm Springs to Joshua Tree to Vegas

    Dec 11, 2012 Southwest, USA

    Soon we were driving in pitch black. There were no street lamps and no cars on the road. We drove like this for nearly 4 hours before we saw the eerie glow of Vegas' neon garb on the horizon. Join our 10+ hour road trip from San Diego to Vegas, via Palm S…

  • SeaWorld San Diego… You Sunk My Battleship

    SeaWorld San Diego… You Sunk My Battleship

    Dec 11, 2012 Southwest, USA

    In 2007 Josh and I had watched the Shamu show twice, impressed with the killer whales and their trainers interaction, movements like dancers in a choreographed show. In 2012 SeaWorld sunk my battleship. Find out why the death of a trainer in 2010 resulted…

  • Cheetah Race At San Diego Zoo Safari Park

    Cheetah Race At San Diego Zoo Safari Park

    Dec 10, 2012 Southwest, USA

    Having previously visited San Diego and loved the zoo we did not have the opportunity to visit the Safari since it was quite far out and difficult to get to. Since we had a car and the opportunity we decided to skip the zoo this time and discover the San …

  • Sunsets & Seals at La Jolla

    Sunsets & Seals at La Jolla

    Dec 10, 2012 Southwest, USA

    La Jolla, San Diego's "Jewel by the Sea". Dramatic coastline, spectacular views, hugging seals & sunsets that intoxicate you.

  • Where to Stay Near Disneyland, Anaheim

    Where to Stay Near Disneyland, Anaheim

    Dec 7, 2012 Southwest, USA

    When researching for places to stay at Disneyland I was confronted with two issues. One was cost and the other location. Neither go hand in hand really.

  • Disneyland LA: The World’s Happiest Place on Earth Just Got Merrier

    Disneyland LA: The World’s Happiest Place on Earth Just Got Merrier

    Dec 5, 2012 Southwest, USA

    I’m going to Disneyland. I'm not excited for me. I'm excited for my kids. I can’t wait to see the awe and innocence on their faces reflecting every little discovery they will make! Check out their awe. And also check out my video as I take you for a ride …

  • $1000 on Theme Parks - We're not in Asia anymore - Universal Studios

    $1000 on Theme Parks - We're not in Asia anymore - Universal Studios

    Dec 5, 2012 Southwest, USA

    So USA is the land of entertainment. But entertainment is not cheap when it comes to the big brands. Witness our frustrating apartment move before hitting a fun day at Universal Studios LA.

  • Chewing Gum in Hair Leads to Hollywood Hop-On-Hop-Off to Santa Monica Pier

    Chewing Gum in Hair Leads to Hollywood Hop-On-Hop-Off to Santa Monica Pier

    Dec 1, 2012 Southwest, USA

    With Josh still in Portland for business our third day got off to a rough start. A friend from Australia was visiting and we wanted to meet up. It never happened. We missed him by a few hours Why? As I was getting the kids dressed I started to brush Mia’s…

  • When Alone With Kids in Hollywood Visit El Capitan Theatre

    When Alone With Kids in Hollywood Visit El Capitan Theatre

    Nov 30, 2012 Southwest, USA

    Our second day in Hollywood my husband left us for business is Portland. And all of a sudden I found myself a single mum in Hollywood. After researching some of the only places kids are welcome in Hollywood we found El Capitan Theatre & Wreck it Ralph.

  • The Magic of Yi Peng - Floating Lantern Festival in Chiang Mai

    The Magic of Yi Peng - Floating Lantern Festival in Chiang Mai

    Nov 28, 2012 Thailand

    When tens of thousands of glowing lanterns fill the sky and drift away on the warm currents of the atmosphere your cares float away too. Your wishes, your worries, your prayers lifting to the heavens to be swept into the arms of God or to be enveloped int…

  • Hungry Hungry Hippos at Chiang Mai Zoo

    Hungry Hungry Hippos at Chiang Mai Zoo

    Nov 26, 2012 Thailand

    Big, huge, flabby gums masking giant, munching teeth. And it took more then one potato before they would close their mouth to chew. Hungry Hungry Hippo! An enjoyable day with a songthaew of hilarious personalities.

  • Top 7 Things To Do in Penang

    Top 7 Things To Do in Penang

    Nov 22, 2012 Penang, Malaysia

    We have been to many places in Penang. It seems we have been the busiest we have ever been in this supposedly small Malaysian state. We have made friends, we have enjoyed beaches, played on playgrounds and had a “semi-normal” life… followed by an abnormal…

  • Legoland Malaysia – Asia’s First & It’s a Winner!

    Legoland Malaysia – Asia’s First & It’s a Winner!

    Nov 10, 2012 Johor, Malaysia

    If there was ever a land to be picked to visit for me it wouldn’t have been Legoland. We don’t own Lego, I don’t build Lego, I never even dreamed of what a town made of Lego could be. But the idea of visiting this brand new theme park in Johor had me intr…

  • The 6 Lands of Legoland Malaysia

    The 6 Lands of Legoland Malaysia

    Nov 10, 2012 Johor, Malaysia

    There are 6 different themed lands that make up Legoland Malaysia. Here is my play by play for each one that we visited. Take the time to read if you plan on visiting with kids... That way you can form a plan of action!

  • Poo Calamity at Little Big Club

    Poo Calamity at Little Big Club

    Nov 9, 2012 Johor, Malaysia

    It was hard work to find out about this place in Johor. There is no clear web presence, no signage on the way and well, i guess for a brand new theme park it has a long way to come. But I will always remember it as the day my 3 year old got stuck in the T…

  • Exploring the Cave of Gua Tempurung

    Exploring the Cave of Gua Tempurung

    Nov 3, 2012 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 …

  • Our Foray into the

    Our Foray into the "Real" Penang

    Oct 20, 2012 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 …

  • Penang Butterfly Farm Not As Bad As I Thought

    Penang Butterfly Farm Not As Bad As I Thought

    Oct 13, 2012 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.

  • A Tropical Birthday on Monkey Beach

    A Tropical Birthday on Monkey Beach

    Oct 11, 2012 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 th…