Kyoto, Japan

I always enjoy visiting Kyoto and I’m always a little surprised that I enjoy it as much as I do. It’s more religious, more spiritual, more traditional than Tokyo…all adjectives that in my day-to-day life I’m not looking for. But somehow, on vacation, churches, temples and shrines are so much more interesting. Some of these …

Hakone, Japan

With a planned itinerary of Tokyo – Hakone – Kyoto, the only destination that would be new to me was the countryside of Hakone. We went in search of the traditional onsen experience, bathing in the hot springs created by Japan’s active volcanoes. A Japanese coworker helped me research and book our ryokan Gourakansuirou, an …

Impressions of Tokyo

Tokyo is one of my favorite cities in the world, and I feel like such a traitor for saying this, but it is my absolute favorite city in Asia (sorry, Hong Kong). I love the blending of the old and the new, the traditional and modern, but most of all, I love how clean, orderly, …

Bali Orchid Garden

Left Andrew by himself at the hotel and headed out to the Bali Orchid Garden in Sanur to take some photos. I was on a quest to get butterflies and dragonflies but it proved much harder than I thought. For more photos from our Bali trip, click here.

Mozaic Restaurant

Mozaic Restaurant is one of the top 100 eating experiences in the world according to Times. Chef Chris Salan is a genius! The flavors were amazing and unique. For more photos from our Bali trip, click here.

Ubud, Bali

Ubud is the cultural and arts center of Bali, Indonesia. We planned to stay there for 4 nights but left early to return to Sanur. Guess we’re more beach bums than we are culterati. For more photos from our Bali trip, click here.

Sacred Monkey Forest

The Sacred Monkey Forest in Ubud, Bali. Fore more photos from our Bali trip, click here.

Impressions from Bali

Some random images from Bali… For more photos from our Bali trip, click here.

Jimbaran Bay Sunset

Ate fresh lobster and grilled fish at restaurant Bumbu Bali’s in Jimbaran Bay. The beach at Jimbaran Bay is beautiful – white sand, blue waters, stunning sunset. We can only afford dinner here, since a night at the Four Seasons costs around $800. For more photos from our Bali trip, click here.

Balinese Temples

We visited two of the four sea temples in Bali – Temple Tanah Lot in the west and Temple Uluwatu in the south. Both were stunning but crawling with tourists. For more photos from our Bali trip, click here.