Bahay Kalipay

Imagine a place where you live in a bamboo treehouse surrounded by banana trees. In the morning birdsong gently lifts you out of a deep relaxing sleep, and you awaken to a warm, sunny day. When I wake up, one of the first things I do is make a list, in my head or on…

Perhentian Islands

We took an overnight bus ride from Langkawi to the Perhentian Islands on the east coast of Malaysia.  It was a double decker bus and we were seated directly above the driver (possibly the most dangerous place to sit?) but at least it had the best view. After a bumpy boat ride we arrived at…

Couchsurfing in Langkawi

With 8 dogs and 37 cats, Jeff’s house is not your typical couch surfing pad. We arrived on the island of Langkawi by a nauseating 3-hour boat ride. Jeff met us at a pizza shop and showed us to his house, a quaint two bedroom nestled in a little patch of forest. Wild monkeys greeted…

Sydney

From Melbourne we cruised up the coast through Wollongong and Sydney. We did the whole trip by train, which was scenic and relaxing. Wollongong is a beach college town reminiscient of my alma mater Santa Cruz. We couchsurfed with some students there which was nice – family style meals every night. We went out dancing and even…

Melbourne Boathouses

Here are some photos of the famous boathouses in Melbourne. This is one of the last places I visited before going home for a two-month break from traveling. I’m going back to Australia in the end of May!