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Posted on Aug 31, 2012 | 3 comments

Bucket List #23784 –  Koh Samui, Thailand

Bucket List #23784 – Koh Samui, Thailand

Islands! Like we mentioned in a previous post, islands have always given  us the sense of   “wow”.  We just love them!  The idea of relaxing on the cool fresh sands, hearing the meditating sounds of the waves, feeling the touch of the breeze on the soft skin of the face, and accepting the awesome energy of that shiny ball called the Sun. And as we are in Cambodia for the past 3 months, we are already planning our next move of the chessboard called Asia.  We know that our next destination will be either a great beach or an awesome island.  We are hungry for these feelings I had described and we want to be there soon. Considering Koh Samui, Thailand Though we are not sure which way we will be heading, we already took our “rusty” bathing suits out of the bottom of our backpacks so that they can see some daylight. On one hand, we have considered heading south of Cambodia to see what is the fuss...

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Posted on Aug 30, 2012 | 2 comments

New York City – Our Big Rotten Apple

New York City – Our Big Rotten Apple

“Time flies.” I heard this phrase so many times in my life.  Not fair. Not fair at all. It flies when we’re having  a great time; but when it’s tough,it freezes as you inch your way out of hell. I sit here, month 19, calm as a meditating lotus. I’m in room 52 of the Garden Village Guesthouse in Siem Reap, Cambodia.  Doing a ‘looking back’ and the memories flood and swoosh from the time we left home 19 months ago, with 3 kids, 8 backpacks, and 10 passports.  It started out very painfully. We were confused, exhausted, sick, angry, and… I  should probably stop the list right here. Like Dorothy’s house swept up into a foreign land; strangely, I feel like I’m going back there, and then. Lotus flower? She’s gone. Heart beat- accelerated, palms-sweaty; curse words- spewing. Hard times like our arrival to Bangkok arise. It is in those moments,those huge international first-step moments, when we really ask ourselves what the fuck we’re doing. Beginnings are always...

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Posted on Aug 27, 2012 | 3 comments

Miserable: Last Minute Trip To Battambang, Cambodia

Miserable: Last Minute Trip To Battambang, Cambodia

I was walking the streets of Siem Reap, Cambodia on a very hot day (still in the rainy season though). I met a Belgium friend, Amaury, who was seated in a ticket kiosk. I approached to say ‘hi’ and found out that he plans to leave the very next morning  by bus to Battambang. “Where? Who? Why?” I asked.  Turns out, Amaury was the god father of a local orphan boy and had emotionally “adopted” the boy, who lives in an orphanage in Battambang, with his 4 siblings. Committing to this project, Amaury travels to Battambang approximately every month, for a weekend, to spend time with this child.  I adore that! So without thinking a lot about it, I got excited to tag along. And,  the more exciting news was that my son, Orazi, who was so much less excited with the idea of being away from me; wanted to join too. So now, the boys, both my son and I, are planning this last minute , spontaneous trip...

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Posted on Aug 24, 2012 | 12 comments

Dream! Before It’s Too Late

Dream! Before It’s Too Late

Is there something stirring in the bottom of your soul calling you to a bigger life, a better life, an epic life, the life you know you were meant to live? Perhaps it’s always been there, but you’ve been afraid to feed it. You’ve been told not to feed it. You’ve become convinced that big dreams and a life in technicolor is not for you. A nd so you’ve settled for grey. You’ve settled for normal. You’ve settled for good enough. But in your soul, you know that good enough is not “good enough.” Not for you. Dreams. What’s the big deal? A dream is a dream is a dream. We see them in the movies all the time. We go to sleep and have them. But what happens when we stop living for them? Who do we become when we no longer allow our dreams to guide us to that next plateau? I am a believer of dreams, big and small; and have some amazing pictures and the...

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