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Posted on Nov 30, 2016 |

Snapshots from Our Heart of Hearts Home- BackHome Hostel, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Snapshots from Our Heart of Hearts Home- BackHome Hostel, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

I think it was before flood number two but after flood number one and it’s just the kind of thing I wanted to remember on Today. Today, I’m living my domesticated life here on a mountain-side in Israel. Today, I coached a gorgeous woman who is about to set off on their family’s world travel adventure and asked really powerful questions like, “What if my son blames me later for all that he missed back home?” Today, I sit with purring Kitty Cat and feel grateful that Kobi and I are figuring out how to live without the 9-to-5 lifestyle. Today, I’m so terribly grateful for the normal shifts and struggles and joys of raising three teenagers in a normal life. And so, in honor of today being just as it is; in honor of the November skies thickening and preparing themselves for all sorts of winter rains; in honor our life here at home, I wanted to remember BackHome- our truest home in Kuala Lumpur for 35 whole...

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Posted on Nov 3, 2016 |

Teenage Turmoil & Our Tel Aviv Family Vacation

Teenage Turmoil & Our Tel Aviv Family Vacation

1:47 a.m. ain’t what it used to be. I still love the utter silence, the aloneness, the ability to focus on the only thing making noise in the house- my fingers tapping on the keys. That part of my night-owl-ness I can still connect to. We’re leaving tomorrow for a week-long Israeli road trip and all the doubts of traveling again with my family make swallowing a real endeavor. We found the cutest little Airbnb five minutes walk from the beach. Awesome sponsors ready to make the Tel Aviv portion of the trip beyond kick-ass. Family, friends, and maybe even my long-lost cousins. All real woo-hoo-able. I think it’s the fighting around here lately that is bringing up all my fears and doubts about being in a closed vehicle or closed quarters with my kids. Like it or not, technology and having their own rooms have made our teenage-bursting home life more bearable when the shit hits the fan. Explode and then scatter, each to his own distraction corner....

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Posted on Oct 7, 2016 | 2 comments

Nothing For Sale, Nothing to Flaunt, An Ocean to Share

Nothing For Sale, Nothing to Flaunt, An Ocean to Share

  Welcome to my empty sign. That’s all I can manage to give you today, and I see it as a real sweet deal. Nothing. Nothing glittering, nothing flashing, nothing telling you that someone else or someone else’s life is better than yours. Nothing indicating that that something else is what you need, or that you are not good enough, or that if you wish to feel happy and whole than it’s just beyond this next purchase, or course, or website. I want to sell you into going into nothing, into sitting with yourself with no distractions, into hugging all the messed up and complicated layers of who you are and just be there.   And Then There Were Five- How Quietly Lovely Those Moments Can Be Last week, I started a really lovely and long post about my family’s life today and growing up and into our being. I decided it was more spiritual and less ‘nomadic family’ and published it here on gabiklaf.com. In it I said things like:...

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Posted on Dec 24, 2015 |

The Non-Christmas Revelations of an Un-Traveler- Nomadic Family World Travel at Home

The Non-Christmas Revelations of an Un-Traveler- Nomadic Family World Travel at Home

I’ve ceremoniously peeled off my sweat-drenched clothing four or five times now knowing that this time, this hot shower, this night I am shedding away this sleepless, achy dread and it’s over. It is now time to return to sunshine and energy, exercise and productivity, joyful motherhood and aliveness, living a passion-filled life and being an active creator of a meaningful daily existence, and yet again, no. No. It’s apparently not that time yet for I’m still here learning all that I am meant to from not-healing, not-doing, not-sleeping, not, not, not. I am learning from my ego bowing to What Is, from The Four Agreements that all my long list of those-who-hurt-me is not meant to be taken personally and that I can release them from my soul (one at a beautiful time). As a temporarily single mom (Kobi is healing in India for two months) I’m learning that my kids are amazing and still I am the designated responsible adult that needs to buy groceries and drive...

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Posted on Jul 27, 2015 |

Our First Family Travel Cruise Ever!  Sail the Baltic Sea with Tallink Silja

Our First Family Travel Cruise Ever! Sail the Baltic Sea with Tallink Silja

We are feeling so very international and swave now, now that we’ve experienced our first cruise. We just went on a 20-hour Stockholm, Sweden to Riga, Latvia Tallink Silja International Cruise! You see, we’ve been perpetually barefoot, and done the liquified homelessness thing, and we even, even, even did the I Hate This Home, and That One and This One, but always, always, always we dreamed of a cruise ship. And then, and then, we still want our cruises dream. I’ve told you about it, right? I want to spend 6 months of a rtw cruise ship teaching spirituality classes and meditation as part of the entertainment staff. The kids say they are dying to do it, but who knows if 6 months will not sound so hot after a week? I don’t think you can get off the ship once you sign a contract. At any rate, we’re dreaming of an Alaskan cruise, or one off of Chile, no, no, we want cold, anywhere where we can experience...

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Posted on Jul 15, 2015 |

Unfiltered, Unreal Sunset- Casa Del Mar, Langkawi, Malaysia- Family Travel Blog Treats

Unfiltered, Unreal Sunset- Casa Del Mar, Langkawi, Malaysia- Family Travel Blog Treats

Deep sigh. (Of gratitude, not sadness.) These were one of those oh-my-God-I-can’t-believe-we-got-to-be-there-and-do-that moments. It was unreal gorgeous! The Casa Del Mar Hotel which we had heard about for months, that quiet, romantic beach and it’s sunset, the food, the staff, the hotel manager whom we fell madly in love with. Langkawi was a dream and Casa Del Mar was 2000% a dream come true. I sometimes try to say in too many words what cannot be contained by the written letter nor the spoken tongue. I would like to show you a sunset video I did while at Casa Del Mar, and another three videos, two really funny, one really peaceful capturing sunsets around the world. There is deep magic in the sunset, and deep appreciation for having so much time to really be in them.  So many beautiful sunsets around the world but the Langkawi one. Wait. I know, but, no, and…. But, No, And “But” doesn’t fit because truly each one has been so uniquely differently and unreal. The colors,...

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Posted on Jul 10, 2015 |

Stockholm, Sweden- Summer 2015 [One Really, Really, Really Cool Video!]

Stockholm, Sweden- Summer 2015 [One Really, Really, Really Cool Video!]

So, we’ve loved Stockholm, Sweden- more than we imagined. You see, we’re usually not the ‘go-go-go-do-do-do’ sort of tourists. We’ve always looked at those who spend ten days on a powerhouse vacation and come home exhausted as missing out on the true value of travel. We’ve always said we travel vertically or “finger paint”– living with the locals and staying for looooong periods of time in one place to create community (perpetually barefoot) and not horizontally or “water color” – where you swoop in, shoot some pictures, and check it off your to-do list. Vertically or “finger painting” for us, include living in Cambodia for 8 months, India for 6 months, in Malaysia for 3 1/2 months and in the Philippines for 2 1/2 months. In all of those places except for in Malaysia, we lived in the same house for the vast majority of our home life there. That’s finger painting for us- getting down and dirty, no lines, no rules, just fully throwing ourselves into the concept...

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