Hi Friends and family. Another year has passed. Its Christmas time again and Navi and I find ourselves missing home. Missing our loved ones.
Christmas in the tropics just isn’t the same. Of course, every restaurant and supermarket has a Christmas tree and plays Christmas music ad nauseam but there’s no cosiness out here. No sense that Santa is on his way. The stifling heat has stifled Christmas. Boo-Hoo.
It’s been a peaceful year for us on the whole. We ticked off some bucket list items and got to catch up with family. We didn’t see as many countries as we’d planned for but we had some cool travel companions and we learned some valuable life lessons.
Goodbye 2016. You passed in a flash like a drunken twirling dance.
Before the year expires and I forget them, here are a few of the dancing twirling highlights of 2016.
Have a very merry Christmas everyone. I wish you happiness and lots of happy memories, wherever you are today.
Travel Memories from 2016
As last year ended, another began. Staring out over misty Bangkok rooftops at the first sunrise of 2016.
Watching egg and spoon races. The surreal city of Yangon. Myanmar’s Independence Day Celebrations.
Lunch in a stilt house on the beautiful glassy waters of Inle Lake, Myanmar.
Cruising the dusty dirt roads of Bagan in search of hidden temples on our purple electric motorbike.
A frosty morning cooking class in Nyaungshwe with ZuZu and her giggling sister.
Sitting on the warm ferry roof, heading back from Rabbit Island. Dreaming of a cold beer with our friend Carole.
Taking a breath and some well needed water in the cool shade of the West Gate, Baphuon Temple, Cambodia.
Battling the icy torrents. Fully clothed white water swimming at Teuk Chhou rapids Kampot.
Shopping for Saris, Indian style in Phagwara.
Secretly eating two Pind burgers in a row while the family was out.
Walking the fields of the Pind to fetch the evening milk with Nav’s father and her uncle.
The most marvellous dining experience on earth. Lunch at the Golden Temple, Amritsar.
One adventure ending and another just about to begin. Raveen and Binderi have everyone in tears. Farewell hugs at Chandigarth station.
A hyperactive Tuc-Tuc driver’s hour long night time mystery tour to the very top of Jaipur and a beer on the battlements of Nahargarh Fort.
An evening with the Super Trees, Marina Bay, Singapore.
The Transformers ride at Universal Studios Singapore. Twice! Simply unbelievable.
Pranking my niece on April fools day with this homemade cardboard cockroach.
Waking up in an AirBnB apartment and preparing our own food for the first time in 9 months. In-Vito Suites, Kuala Lumpur.
The ever so tasty and ever so cheap Masala Dosa. Where else but the legendary SK Corner, Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur.
Sunset beach combing at Romantic Beach, Perhentian Besar, Malaysia.
Navi passing her PADI Open Water Scuba course.
A close encounter with turtles, squid and sharks in the crystal clear waters off Perhentian Besar.
Realising a secret personal dream. Shopping for high rise rental apartments in Kuala Lumpur.
Landing our first web design client.
A day out for my 40th birthday at unforgettable Koh Ker.
Dinner and wild Cambodian Karaoke with our friendly neighbour Isobel and her extended Khmer family.
An emotional hello at KLIA airport with David and Lyn at the beginning of our two week Malaysian adventure.
3 days living in the clouds. Our Super swanky apartment complete with infinity pool at Platinum Suites, Kuala Lumpur.
Eating a Thai meal and getting slowly drunk inside a mini market and medicalbreeze, cowering from a thunderstorm on Perhentian Besar.
Peace and serenity among crumbling stupas. An early morning trek to the top of Phnom Beuk.
Paradise on earth. Butterflies, colour springs, ancient carved riverbeds and virgin forest. Cambodia’s best kept secret. Kulen Mountain.