Weekly Photo: Borobudur

Borobudur is an ancient Buddhist monument in the Muslim country. Located just outside¬†Yogyakarta in Central Java, Borobudur was built in the 9th century and then abandoned in the 14th with the rise of Islam in the region. Raffles, the famous British ruler of Java, brought it out of obscurity in 1814 and it is now …

Komodo National Park: There Be Dragons Here

One of the most exciting trips I did was visiting Komodo and Rinca islands in Indonesia. They are famous, of course, for the Komodo dragons that live on them.These giant monitor lizards roam around the islands and tend to hang out near the ranger stations (where they smell the food that is cooking). A visit …

Paradise has bad traffic

I’ve finally returned from my trip to Indonesia and Singapore. It was my true intent to write posts as I traveled. Unfortunately, it didn’t turn out to be possible. We were on such a blitz of traveling there was not be a moment to even breath, let alone write a post. While I had a …

Jakarta Indonesia

Jakarta is a complete assault on the senses. The traffic is intensely bad, the rivers and canals are terribly polluted, there is a layer of filth covering everything, and it’s truly amazing! There is a constant bustle of activity everywhere that never stops. On one street you see beautiful, modern houses and across from it …

Dragons and a good caning

With the house finally sold, I need a vacation! For the next three weeks, I am heading to Indonesia and Singapore with a couple of friends and my 15-year-old niece. Yup, my niece is going with us. She is very excited about the trip. This will be her first big trip and first international trip. …