North Sumatra

We’re still in Pulau Weh for one more day.  Next we’re off to search for Orangutans in Gunung Leusur National Park and then back “home” to Kuala Lumpur. Two days ago we did the best dive of our lives at Batee Takong.  To start we dropped to 45m (160 feet) to witness larger sea fans…

Safe, Sound, and Happy

Hey Everyone, The internet has been a bit dodgy.  We were completely unaffected by the Earthquakes near Padang, and equally unaffected by the earthquake and subsequent Tsunami in American Somoa – which were over 600 and many thousands of miles away respectively. We completed our PADI Rescue Diver Certification last week – which means we…

It’s official….

Well, we did it! We are officially Advanced Open Water Divers. The class was not super challenging but we got a lot of good information out of it and (of course) a chance to do some awesome diving. The fish life here is so diverse that we see new types of fish everytime we are…

Pulau Weh

Finally we made it to Pulau Weh… It took a bit of work but we’ve been able to relax for the last four days.  We are in Pulau Weh, which is a small remote island off the Northwestern tip of Indonesia, just off Indonesia’s largest island of Sumatra.  To get here you must go through…

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Batu Caves

We started our day today with lamb, chicken, and pork in a variety of delicious sauces at an Indian restaurant next door to our guesthouse.  We also had an orange soda (a symbol that we’re really on vacation), tea, and a bottle of water.  It cost us 15 ringgit – about 4 US dollars. Full…

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Val Goes Bald

I’m in Asia…..finally!! Yeah. I have made some attempts to post sooner but the Internet apparently hates me in Malaysia. I was lucky enough to get to spend some time with many of my family members, take some photos, and make some new memories of home before taking the amazingly long series of plane rides to get here….

Landing in a Jet Plane

Guess what? We’re in Malaysia! After 27 hours we finally have a room booked in the “Little India” district of Kuala Lumpur. Everything went pretty smooth, with the hardest part being the LAX grind and getting onto our first flight. The Hong Kong airport is a marvel in itself, it’s by far the most modern and nicest…

Leavin’ on a Jet Plane

Today is the day. In a few hours we’ll get on a plane to fly 15.5 hours and 7,254 miles to Hong Kong, then another 4 hours and 1,559 miles to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. We’ve had an awesome week in California with Val’s family and friends. We’ve gorged ourselves on In & Out Burgers, California…

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