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Posted on Jan 31, 2014 | 7 comments

Saving the Kittens, Gaia, and the Elephants Because We All Can- World Travel Blog Environmentalism

Saving the Kittens, Gaia, and the Elephants Because We All Can- World Travel Blog Environmentalism

Meet God. She’s a sweetheart and always bows down to you in this shy, modest way. She’s beauuuuuuuuutiful and always smiling. She smells like dog, but so she should cuz she is one. I have no doubt that this soul cannot be anything less than straight from heaven. There’s not a mean bone in her body, and even if Juley growls or attacks her, she walks away, well, floats away joyfully. We’ve fallen in love with cats and dogs, sheep and goats, and even ants and crickets all over the world. We’re an animal-loving, cuddle-magnetizing bunch and no matter what kind of fur (or lack of) we are so grateful to love. That explains the scrawny kitten Kobi and the kids saved from the net in the market in Panagsama Beach, Moalboal, Philippines and why my darling Dahnya said what only a softy animal lover like us could understand. She said…. What She Said “You know Mom, I know this may sound mean but I’d almost rather the kitten...

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Posted on Oct 25, 2013 | 2 comments

Life on the Road Interview: Fiona Backpacker From Scotland- Kanchanaburi, Thailand

Life on the Road Interview: Fiona Backpacker From Scotland- Kanchanaburi, Thailand

OK, seriously, I can’t take Kobi anywhere in public. It’s too embarrassing. We’re sitting in Kanchanaburi, Thailand at the Sugar Cane 2 (not to be confused with number 1) on the bamboo chairs and we start chit chatting with this adorable girl with a huge smile and foo-foo hair bows. She’s so adorable. Kobi: Hi. What’s your name? Foo Foo Girl: Fiona! Kobi: Oh, I’m Shrek! My jaw drops. “Oh my God, dear Lord Jesus Christ [says the Jew] tell me you didn’t just say that to her.” Earth swallow me up now. Her face contorts for the briefest split-second (and I’m pretty sure she rolled her eyes) before she breaks out in a laugh.”I get that a lot!” I don’t remember if she punched him (or I did, or I just wished someone would) but either way, she was a dear, with the cutest accent, a really beautiful new budding love story, and so much stuff that I think we have to legally disqualify her as a backpacker....

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Posted on May 23, 2013 | 41 comments

20 Quirky Family Life On The Road Reasons To Love Kanchanaburi, Thailand- A Photo Essay

20 Quirky Family Life On The Road Reasons To Love Kanchanaburi, Thailand- A Photo Essay

Kobi with heat-stroke acting more ridiculously than is legal: Here’s my unreal, super-adorable interview with Fiona.   Twenty-six seconds of me about to fall off the elephant: Fifty-six minutes of Solai feeding the elephant:     Ok, I lied, there are twenty-two. It’s hard to stop. Trust me. I have like 50 reasons to adore this place. So, these are our twenty-two reasons, even though as I wrote this and went through the pictures, I realize there are at least another twenty reasons, including the bar named “Corner Bar” and the one three doors down called “Around the Corner Bar,” the Angry shaped-sushi and fresh salad booth with that sweet mustard sauce at the night market, that amazing English used book store, and the kindly couple who let us make copies in their store for so little, but smiled so much the entire time. ——————————————————————-   We’re determined to inspire others to lead the lives they are meant to. The Saving For A Dream e-book is your first step...

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Posted on Jun 9, 2012 | 6 comments

Hot and Spicy Squid Lay’s- Who Knew?

Hot and Spicy Squid Lay’s- Who Knew?

  Who knew, right? Seriously, who knew you could feast on this disgusting artificially-flavored garbage? I guess it would work if you liked seafood, but I hate it. Does this makes me wildly unpopular to 80% of the world’s population?  Probably, but the smells around me in South East Asia are challenging me to no end. All of those   booths with sun-seared shrimp, lobster, squid, octopus, oysters, and other strong-smelling slimies. So, Lay’s Potato Chips has Asian varieties. Too cool. Watch this two minute grocery store discovery game. Guess what this flavor is?       So, yes, I’ve been challenged by the deep fried guess-what’s-on-your-plate Thai Roulette. Too much heat outside, too many strong smells, and way too much oil. I’ve written about my first day melting in the heat with a chili hot pepper stuffed in my mouth, Grandfathers, Teens, and Sex, our first Pad Thai, and will write more about discovering a totally new world unbeknownst to me until now. Ever had every (but I mean...

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Posted on Jun 4, 2012 | 21 comments

GrandFathers,Teens, & Sex- Bangkok, Thailand

GrandFathers,Teens, & Sex- Bangkok, Thailand

I will not judge, I will not judge, I will not judge. Damn it, I’m judging. I am. It’s hard for me to see all these men my father’s age with 20 year olds. Literally, grandfathers are making out with girls maybe 19 -25 years of age. And younger men-versions too, in their 20’s, 30’s, and up with prostitutes. Some of the girls  looking so cheap, so sexual. So everything I imaged a prostitute would look like. Some so young, some so old. Those are the ones who, even when I walk in the street holding Kobi’s hand, they look at him with lustful eyes and coo at him. Or that night we walked and a slimy pimp guy behind this really lost looking girl with push-upped bar little tanktop and fitting skirt covering her panty line and no more. He was laughing at her, pushing her into the street, while holding her cell phone and yelling at her. (Maybe she had made a phone call instead of hustling?...

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Posted on May 25, 2012 | 14 comments

Miserable In Bangkok, Thailand

Miserable In Bangkok, Thailand

I like traveling, I do. I do, really. I’ve chosen this lifestyle because I enjoy the thrill of a new place, the unknown, the fact that I am utterly clueless regarding where I’ll sleep, what I’ll eat, who I’ll meet. There is something beyond-words exciting about not knowing. And so, there is a whole bunch I don’t know about Bangkok, Thailand. Most notably, the three things I did not know were 1-how damn hot and muggy it would be 2- how badly I would be hit with jet-lag 3- how miserable you can feel when  1 and 2 are compounded with a hot chili pepper stuffed into your mouth   And so, travel is always more romantic looking back. “Remember when…” sighed Gabi to Kobi over dinner one night. Right now, it’s miserably hot and I’m desperately trying to adjust to that. Looking back, I’ll laugh and recall how romantic it all was, being in Bangkok and all that went with it. One of the lessons I am learning...

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