Money Matters in South East Asia

Money is obviously important everywhere and anywhere, but especially when you’re moving from one place to another, and changing currencies. Here are a few things we discovered about money as we traveled.

Should I Book Accommodation Ahead?

Should I Book Accommodation In Advance? No – often you can negotiate a cheaper price when you are face to face wth the owners. No – you can see what the room is actually like before you pay. How clean, how bright, what’s provided, etc. Yes – often you are guaranteed a booking, though not…

Why We Traveled, and Why You Should Too!

We got to a cross-roads in our relationship and in our lives, about two years ago. We had good jobs and a bit of money. We could have invested the next few years climbing up our career ladders, purchased a house and a lengthy mortgage to go with it, or we could spend our money…

Image Size Management

For the first few months of our blog, we used to upload images in their native size, which is 4K. This is rather insane and I have now decided that it is not something we want to do for several reasons: 1. Upload & download bandwidth cost 2. Upload time 3. Readers really don’t need…

Six Months is Up! Yikes!

Just renewed our travel insurance with World Nomads. Can’t believe we are only two days away from the end of our original 6 month cover! It seems so long ago that we were reading up about different travel policies and then finally, last minutely, deciding on the Explorer Package with World Nomads. Also, a Happy…

Data Management – Photo Backup While Traveling

When we set off on our several months long trip to south-east Asia, I always expected us to take A LOT of photos. I had heard horror stories of people that lose or have their SD cards stolen during the last week of traveling, loosing all of their photos. This was not a risk I…

Off the Beaten Track, my arse!

We like to think we’re non-tourists. That we’re getting off the beaten track, but no way Jose. There’s complaints about the hot weather, the need for air-conditioned shopping centres, the constant hunger for the big brand, fast food joints. And that’s all from Lionel. And me. But we’ll get better at this.

Leaving my parents at a bus stop in the rain.

This morning my parents checked out of the nice serviced apartment in Singapore, and as such, we were also forced out. They took the MRT with us to Kranji Station and then we took the bus towards Malaysia. It was raining heavily so it was quite dramatic as we said our goodbyes – though the…