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vignettes of song

Tuesday, April 29th, 2008

people sing alot in bali. and not american idol-type singing. this is not singing for any audience, just for themselves. i often catch people singing just for the joy of singing.

yesterday i had lunch in a little balinese restaurant and across the road from where i was sitting, there stood a policeman, singing. he had his arms outstretched, palms up to the sky, and the biggest smile on his face. the cars passing in the street between us drowned out the sound, but i’m sure it was lovely. he didn’t see me watching him, and when he finished his song, he looked up to the sky, clapped his hands as if to say “what a fine day!” and turned around to walk down the street. i have to agree with him, it was a fine day.
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beautiful bali

Friday, April 25th, 2008

offerings on kuta beach, bali

beautiful blue skies and white sand beaches. narrow little streets lined with shops and smiling faces. heavenly spa treatments for less than the price of a hamburger back home. yes, we’ve landed in paradise – also known as bali.

jess and i arrived just around midnight a few days ago (so tired from the plane ride!) and fell into bed as soon as we arrived. we didn’t have much of a chance to check out our surrounds until the following day when we took off on foot to find a hotel closer to the beach. and once we could get a feel for the area, we realized just what a beautiful place bali is!
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attack of the mini-pirhanas!

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008
while playing tourist on sentosa island just off the coast of singapore, we visited the fish reflexology spa that kirstin and thea recommended... for $35 you get the pleasure of dipping your feet into a tank of hungry little fishes ... [Continue reading this entry]

culture shock singapore

Monday, April 21st, 2008
jess and i are not your typical backpackers. we don't carry around those big turtle-esque bags on our backs, roaming the street for hostels when we arrive in a city. we appreciate comfy beds and fluffy pillows. and we (usually) ... [Continue reading this entry]

happy (thai) new year!

Monday, April 14th, 2008

every year from april 13th through april 15th in thailand, chaos breaks loose on the streets. you may think everyone's gone mad, but really it's a celebration of the ... [Continue reading this entry]

it’s a delicacy, right?!?

Saturday, April 12th, 2008
ok i think i get the prize now for the weirdest eating experience... grasshoppers, tarantulas - piece of cake. how about a little snake blood?!?! do i win?? (check out the end of the blog for the video evidence!) to celebrate our ... [Continue reading this entry]

made-to-order madness

Monday, April 7th, 2008
nguyen phuoc cloth shop, hoi an hoi an is a beautiful, historic little town known as THE place to come to get clothes tailor-made. sinceĀ i ... [Continue reading this entry]

the fabulous madame cuc!

Saturday, April 5th, 2008
. madame cuc!, originally uploaded by maliayosh. if you're on a budget (and even if you're not!) you MUST visit one of madame cuc's hotels in the pham ngu lao area of ho chi min ... [Continue reading this entry]

a heavy heart

Thursday, April 3rd, 2008
some of you read the blog i wrote about cambodia and the khmer rouge and wanted to know more... its really sad that they don't teach us much about it in school. i feel so ignorant, but i ... [Continue reading this entry]

the best way to spend a birthday…

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008
pho in vietnam! yum!, originally uploaded by maliayosh. ... is in two countries in one day! =) this year i woke up in cambodia and fell asleep in vietnam on my birthday, and i ... [Continue reading this entry]