Somehow, I feel busier now than when I had a full-time job, a dog to take care of, and a workout routine. I blame the constant sensory overload of travelling through foreign countries. Not that blame matters. The point is I have not written as much as I would have liked to.
Since we left Indonesia almost a month ago (eek, that was a long time ago!) I have been catching up on posts, telling the prior week’s stories. But the gap between my blog and real life is growing faster than I can catch up. And I tried something new last week—I sat down at the end of the day and wrote about THAT SAME DAY. And it was nice. I actually remembered the details, both mundane and interesting.
So, I have a new strategy. I am going to keep the blog exactly one week behind real life. That way I have time to revise posts and edit photos to keep posting continuously. Hopefully. Fingers crossed it works!
And since my editors (also called parents) insist it’s confusing to post non-chronologically, here are snippets from the places I did not write about.
We stayed at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore after learning about the hotel from a travel show. It was PRICEY so we only stayed in Singapore one night. But it was worth it. The hotel (and pool) were spectacular. Serendipitously, a friend I studied abroad with was in Singapore staying in the hotel the same time. After years of not seeing each other, dinner at the 61st-floor restaurant together was wonderful.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
We stayed in an apartment in Kuala Lumpur for a few nights. Besides resting and travel planning a whole bunch, we explored a cave temple that was surrounded by monkeys.
The highlight in Kuala Lumpur was celebrating four years together on St. Patrick's Day followed by a fancy French dinner. Because, why not have French food on an Irish holiday in Malaysia?
We only have crappy phone photos from that day since I prefer not carry around my expensive camera when we drink a lot. Very mature, I know.
We spent over a week in Bangkok in a really comfortable apartment complex that had a gym and a pool. Most of our time was spent recovering from colds and stomach bugs. When we weren't laying around watching Netflix, we saw the city from a rooftop bar.
We visited the famous floating markets where we sampled a bunch of random foods including these little dessert tacos. So yummy.
We explored temples while sweating through all of our clothes. The leaning Buddha was very impressive.
And we took a Thai cooking class where we made tom yum soup, green curry, pad thai, and mango sticky rice.
And finally, we flew down to Phuket for a few days to see our newlywed friends, Christa and Rory! I was pretty upset to miss their wedding day but witnessing Rory opening a beer with his wedding ring for the first time almost made up for it. Despite the very low-quality photos, we had a great time together.