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Posted on Jul 28, 2013 |

One Dad, One Son, One Dream- Palazzo Pensionne- Cebu City, Philippines

One Dad, One Son, One Dream- Palazzo Pensionne- Cebu City, Philippines

You know us by now. We get wrapped up in super nice angel-folk all over the globe. We walk into town or send out an innocent email or two and get a bear hug. That’s what happened here at Palazzo Pensionne in Cebu City. Kobi contacted Richie, Richie said that he’d love to meet us, and the rest is history. Not only did he invite us to stay at Palazzo Pensionne but he even treated us to this amazingly gorgeous country club. And so, we entered his world, his community, and his story. This hotel is a dream created by one dad, who’s now passed away.  And of all the siblings, Richie, yes, Richie, is the one who worked with his dad, who took on this huge rejuvenation project to add another wing to the hotel, and yes, it is Richie, who got left behind to finish the project once his dear father passed away. And so, this tale touches our hearts, as Richie has. One dad, one son,...

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Posted on Jul 23, 2013 | 5 comments

Living It Up- Life on the Road Luxury Travel- HPL Hotels, Malaysia

Living It Up- Life on the Road Luxury Travel- HPL Hotels, Malaysia

You already know that we believe in angels. We talk about them all the time. Raffy here in Moalboal is totally, but totally, totally one. Victor from Melaka, Malaysia was too. (I haven’t written about him just yet.) And the old, old lady from Kampot, Cambodia was. She was just shining in her angel-light. (You’ll want to see the pictures. You can see the light in her eyes.) There are others who we randomly met or were introduced to us that created a chain of events that brought us great blessings. One such meeting was Daniel from Food Playground, who was introduced to us this crazay, hysterical night through Jason at Pillows and Toast in Singapore, who introduced us to Michael, who connected us with Nina, who put us in touch with Grace and crew, Lena and staff, and Pham and family. Needless to say, following this is about as clear as my sister’s neighbor’s boss’s cousin’s second wife, but trust me, for us who are living it, we...

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Posted on Jul 12, 2013 | 7 comments

Life on the Road Education is Cool Cuz Someone Else Is Doing It- Beary Best Hostel, Singapore

We’ve been to so many really amazing (and really disgusting) places around the world. Too many to accurately tell you about. But, a few of those places were just so cool that they just deserve to be spoken of. In Singapore, we got to chill in two different hostels, one right down the street from the other. They were both populated with nice staff, great vibes, and really cool atmosphere. And so, we wanted to show you a little behind-the-scenes peek at Beary Best Hostel in Singapore and how the kids love learning when it’s not with Mama and Papa Bear. Aren’t the colors of this place unreal? And it’s all IKEA, the entire place, everything, but everything is IKEA. God, I love that! There are three in the Beary Hostel chain. Ready for how cute this is about to be? Beary Nice Hostel Beary Good Hostel Beary Best Hostel We were hosted at Beary Best, and loved it. Thank you Beary Best! We love you, and miss you....

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Posted on Jul 9, 2013 | 26 comments

Mistakes That You Can’t Take Back, Or Can You? RTW Life Lessons- Philippines

Mistakes That You Can’t Take Back, Or Can You? RTW Life Lessons- Philippines

It is not easy to clean up our messes. No, I didn’t run over someone because I leaned over to grab my cell phone or any sort of one-second-changed-everything sort of moment. No, thank God, we are all healthy and glowing, diving with turtles at Savedra Dive Center (great FB video) in the Philippines and loving that our kids have such a vibrant social network. We even love it that the kids here call you a baby if you cry and steal playing cards when you’re not watching. These Filipino kids are giving our three a Doctorate in Street Smarts that they just wouldn’t get elsewhere. Toughening them up, watching them get cheated, and then learn how not let that happen again, has been rewarding. It’s amazing how fast you can learn when you’re motivated, eh? And we’re learning too. Learning that a lifetime reputation, which you built with so much care and vulnerability, can be crumbled in moments. We’re learning that what seems like a great idea, and...

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Posted on Jul 4, 2013 | 4 comments

What Does Freedom Mean For A Family Backpacking The World? That Next Adventure and This Moment

What Does Freedom Mean For A Family Backpacking The World? That Next Adventure and This Moment

In roughly 60 days, my family and I will be hiking the world’s tenth highest mountain, the Annapurna, seated proudly in the Great Himalayas of Nepal. You would think, and I would completely expect it from me, that I would be freaking out. I would say, “We’re not ready! We’re not getting in shape and hiking twice a week like we said we would!  We’re not progressively living in higher altitudes to help acclimate us to the harsher conditions of this 300+km trek peaking at 5,416 meters at Thorung La Pass!” But no, I’m very, very calm. Though we found nothing online that even referred to hiking this trek with kids, I’m no longer freaking out that we’re endangering our kids’ lives. Though we spent two months writing a sponsorship proposal that every potential sponsor has rejected, we know we’ll figure out how to afford this too. Remember, we’re ridiculously stubborn, don’t take ‘no’ or ‘impossible’ as an option, and find creative ways to piss off our friends and make...

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Posted on Jun 18, 2013 | 1 comment

Sleeping Siesta and The Problem With Money- RTW Life on The Road Financial Travel Tips

Sleeping Siesta and The Problem With Money- RTW Life on The Road Financial Travel Tips

Money is always a huge question around here. And I love it when readers ask me tough questions so that I can stretch myself to try and give tough answers.  We’re in month 28 and people always assume that we’re super rich, cuz we are! But not necessarily in the ways you would think. We learned how to manage it smartly and even consider to use an ISA to save it as we travel.  We’re not swimming in the mula, we’re swimming in freedom and time, options, and no obligations other than the ones we are most passionate about. That’s how rich we are. My friend Val Dawson at This Way To Paradise just posted this fable/story on Facebook. My dad used to tell it as a joke. It goes something like this: Sleeping Siesta An American goes on his two-week vacation to a small coastal Mexican village. He’s standing at the pier when a small boat with just one fisherman docks. Inside the small boat were several large...

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Posted on Jun 2, 2013 | 28 comments

The Most Illogical, Unreasonable, and Absurd Things We Pack- Life on the Road Tips

The Most Illogical, Unreasonable, and Absurd Things We Pack- Life on the Road Tips

We’ve been traveling a long time now. We’ve seen all sorts of odd things, participated in amazing festivals, and have slept under every imaginable and unimaginable condition you can imagine. (Oh, oh, oh! New all-time high, which even beats sleeping in a bar with the kids, is now… a slightly up-graded whore house. Yes, I’m proud, and yes, more details of this world-schooling classroom adventure soon.) We’ve reached all sort of enlightenments and insights (most famously noted in I Know Nothing And 99 Other Things The Road Has Taught Me), have endangered our lives more times than we’d like to admit, have volunteered as a family around the globe, and melted down and broken enough to be considered seriously off-balance. We sometimes consider ourselves reasonable, sane adults leading our family to greatness; and sometimes feel like lost, bewildered children besides ourselves in self-doubt. So, when people ask us questions about travel, like what do you pack, what unreasonable things do you tote around, and what would you have done...

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