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Posted on Feb 21, 2013 | 4 comments

Part Two: Son- Fondled, Slept- In a Bar, Living- Literally On Shit: It’s A Good Week, No?

Part Two: Son- Fondled, Slept- In a Bar, Living- Literally On Shit: It’s A Good Week, No?

Welcome to part two of walking through hell, and eventually, getting out of it.  In part one, I cried myself to sleep, said more “anicca’s” then a priest says rosary, and tried to figure out why we put our family through this. I figured it out. Cuz life on this island is worth it, and working for Koh Rong Dive Center is beyond worth it. That’s why we go waaay out of our comfort zone sometimes- to get something we want. Island life isn’t a five-star hotel. Daily I speak to those exiting who don’t want this rawness, and quadruple that number who do. Today’s post looks at what happens when you grow too fast, when you don’t have the resources to contain overnight becoming the most popular kid in the class, and what happens when The Nomadic Family walks back into a tropical paradise which cannot accept them. (Hence, the ever-loved putting our kids to bed in a bar part. 🙂 ) In Which Overnight Exponential Growth Is...

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Posted on Feb 19, 2013 | 17 comments

Part One: Son- Fondled, Slept- In a Bar, Living- Literally On Shit: It’s A Good Week, No?

Part One: Son- Fondled, Slept- In a Bar, Living- Literally On Shit: It’s A Good Week, No?

Yes, I will admit that these past 30 hours have been more than I can handle. I’ve cried myself to sleep two nights in a row; lulled the kids to sleep to the drunkard cheers and the speakers of CoCo’s Bar  massaging our butts, and have repeated “Anicca, anicca, anicca” more times than I can remember. “Anicca” is what Orazi screamed mid-way through the roller coaster ride in Vin Pearl Land Water Park when he realized that begging Kobi to stop the ride wasn’t working and he, little man that he is, decided to enjoy the ride, damn it, and screamed “anicca” with arms waving in the air. ‘Anicca’ is the Pali word meaning “everything passes” that Kobi and I learned in our Vippasana Meditations [insider video]. It has become a family mantra for helping us get through sticky stuff, and these past days have been so anicca-requiring beyond what I can fully comprehend. So, where should we begin? With our son being felt up, twice? Our parenting hall of fame...

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Posted on Feb 17, 2013 | 6 comments

Insider Adventure Trip To Tonle Sap Lake With The Locals- A Photo Essay- Cambodia, The Nomadic Family Travel Blog, Budget World Travel w/Kids, Southeast Asia

Insider Adventure Trip To Tonle Sap Lake With The Locals- A Photo Essay- Cambodia, The Nomadic Family Travel Blog, Budget World Travel w/Kids, Southeast Asia

I’m not used to being hugged, kissed, and pet like this. I’m not used to being caressed, cuddled, picked up and squeezed. I’m not used to it, but I’m learning. This is My Khmer Mom (soon to be Muslim Mom… you’ll see). Her name is Lina and she has a little corner store down the street from the amazing, we-stayed-there-for-five-months Garden Village Guesthouse in Siem Reap, Cambodia. She loves me, without a lot of words but with tons of laughter and affection. God, I hope I can grow up and develop that touchy-feely-cuddly personality. I’m not and I’d like to be. So, Lina took a day off from work to take us on an adventure trip to Tonle Sap Lake, but we didn’t go where any of the white men go, we went to where the locals chill. That, we like. Enjoy these amazing photos and the bonus video of Lina practically making out with me on a hammock off the lake. God I love her!   And the...

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Posted on Feb 13, 2013 | 7 comments

Throw Up: Why I Never Want To Live On A Boat [Video] – How To Do Get To Koh Rong Island, Cambodia- Nomadic Family World Travel Blog, Budget Travel With Kids, Southeast Asia

Throw Up: Why I Never Want To Live On A Boat [Video] – How To Do Get To Koh Rong Island, Cambodia- Nomadic Family World Travel Blog, Budget Travel With Kids, Southeast Asia

I lied. I do that from time to time, OK, so bite me! Tracey always says that and it makes me laugh, so I hope you’re at least smiling. I miss Tracey, by the way, and I’m sad that my bird feels her wings are clipped and she has to stay in her cage. I love her, and in case you want to call us friends, you and I, let me tell you that you would love Tracey to death, so check out her blog and laugh and cry with me. She is one of the only blogs I still read regularly. OH, and she’s hysterical and definitely as insane as I am. And, oh, how in the world did I loose focus of the purpose of me writing to you BEFORE I even got passed line one? Woah! So, I guess my self-diagnosed ADHD gets worse at night, as I near forty, as the ‘new comment’ things flashes that someone else is talking back to me through this...

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Posted on Feb 11, 2013 | 2 comments

Is English The Language Of Love? The Nomadic Family Travel Blog, Budget World Travel with Kids

Is English The Language Of Love? The Nomadic Family Travel Blog, Budget World Travel with Kids

  I never thought of English as a romantic language until I heard a foreigner speak it. Like that drop-dead gorgeous guy in ER, when asked what his wife who had died was named, whispered, “Daniella” and Kobi and I both went ‘woah!’ and knew, right there, six months pregnant, that our first-born child would have to be named some derivative of that tantalizing sound. [We named our first child ‘Dahnya”]. And Kobi had that ridiculously sexy Israeli-English accent too. Well this survey of 1, 213 ESL speakers reminds me of many things that I had totally forgotten about. Like how Kobi learned English from the lyrics to songs like Tanita Tikaram’s Twist In My Sobriety or Paul Young’s That’s My Home. So, we’re back in Cambodia again, Koh Rong Dive Center is our hub, and the ever-romantic language of Khmer again is singing in our souls. Take a look at this and tell me what makes you smile, what you find is true for you. It definitely made...

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Posted on Feb 7, 2013 | 7 comments

Never Give Up On Your Dreams 101- The Nomadic Family World Travel Blog, Budget World Travel with Kids

Never Give Up On Your Dreams 101- The Nomadic Family World Travel Blog, Budget World Travel with Kids

We are living our dreams this second, and this second, and this second. We are. And so are you. Some dreams may be so big and more evident, like I’m traveling the world or I got over my fear of sharks (not yet, let me start my open water certification next month and we’ll talk). Some are really small and perhaps fall more important, like I didn’t blow up on my kids tonight even though I discovered all of the dirty dishes they were supposed to wash from lunch under the bed, or I will close that Facebook tab and get some real work done and actively work toward the goals I have set for myself. All goals and dreams, and all in their proper place and time. And so, in honor of living our lives Kicking-The-Ass-Of-Every-Excuse-Not-To-Make-Your-Dreams-Come-True , I’m going to do something I’ve never done before… I”m going to republish the really amazing article I wrote about making dreams come true, all the dreams I’ve accomplished since leaving...

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Posted on Jan 31, 2013 | 48 comments

I Hate Missionaries And Other Interesting Conclusions About Sexuality- Nomadic Family World Travel Blog, Budget Travel With Kids

I Hate Missionaries And Other Interesting Conclusions About Sexuality- Nomadic Family World Travel Blog, Budget Travel With Kids

I hate it that someone else thinks they know what is best and will forcefully go around making other people, or gently bribing others to come on over to the ‘good’ side. I hate anyone thinking that they have figured it out and have the right to show someone else the light. And then, I wrote I Know Nothing (and 99 Other Things The Road Has Taught Me), in which number one clearly states that every prejudice, stereotype and opinion I’ve held about anyone and anything has been melted away by world travel, leaving me an open-minded, and certified, inbicel. So, yeah, we met some missionaries. “Oh boy, ” thinks I to me-self as Kobi arranges a play-date, conveniently right before he waltz out of town for a week. “Great, so the mom is not even smiling, and you are pushing me into spending an afternoon sitting next to people who will try to bore Jesus, The Lord our Savior, down my throat? “And though I enjoy choking and...

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