Category South East Asia

SUMOPORE SOJOURN: It takes a village…

Day 11: Wednesday 22nd April, 2015 (Note: If you are considering any volunteer work overseas please stay safe, read our blog disclaimer and consider your personal decisions carefully. Also consider that volunteering with a family in tow, involves far more considerations, compromises and sacrifices, than that of a solo traveller). We had contacted our next Sumatran host Yoan […]

Sumopore Sojourn: Fishing and Flying Foxes

Day 10: Tuesday April 21st, 2015 Through couchsurfing we had gotten in touch with Linlin. She was born in Java but is currently working in Medan at an outdoor education centre. She kindly requested to meet us and offered us lunch. So after a pleasant breakfast with our host Adin we set out to find her. Yet, another […]

Bus ride to Medan

Sumopore Sojourn: Over Hill and Dale

Day 9: Monday April 20th, 2015 After our wet and wild adventures yesterday, we spent the first hour on chores – washing and drying out our clothes in our hotel room. They would still be wet when on our departure but at least they would be clean and drip dry, such are the compromises of […]

Sumopore Sojourn: I Lava You

Day 8: Sunday April 19th, 2015 Indonesia is a located on the Pacific Basin’s “Ring of Fire”. It is mostly known for the famous huge eruptions of Krakatoa and Tambora, in the 19th century. So it is not surprising that the country has approximately 130 volcanoes, many of which are currently active. This makes Indonesia one of the […]

Sumopore Sojourn: Spider-Senses Are Tingling

Day 7: Later on Saturday April 18th 2015 The lunch stop before we hit Berastagi was fun.We chose not to sit on the bus, like most of the passengers, as our driver hoes into a huge meal. None of us wanted to eat but it was just nice to stretch our legs and hang out […]

Sumopore Sojourn: Wake Up & Smell the Coffee!

Day 6 & 7: Friday April 17th / Saturday April 18th, 2015 Our time by the lake is drawing to a close, and our thoughts turned to our departure – which trail out of this watery paradise? Not relishing the recommended route of returning to Parapat and backtracking via Medan, we took up the generous offer of a […]

Somopore Sojourn: Leap into the Lake

Day 5: Thursday April 16th 2015 Another day in beautiful Tuk Tuk. We have enjoyed our apartment here. Not only does it have two huge king size beds, it’s own kitchen, ensuite and integrated TV area but there is also more sleeping space in a secret loft which the boys loved to climb up to. […]

Sumopore Sojourn: Land of the Batak

Day 4: Wednesday April 15th, 2015. We are now on the main island Pulau Samosir, which is about the same size as Singapore Island. We awoke this morning in the town of Tuk Tuk, which is a traditional home of the Batak people. Batak is a collective term used to identify a number of ethnic […]

Sumopore Sojourn: Six Transfers

Day 3: April 24th, 2015. Today we are excited to be entering a new country, Indonesia. We are extra excited to be going to the fabled Sumatra. Today our objective is to reach Lake Toba, and it will take six different legs to do so: taxi-ferry-taxi-plane-taxi-ferry. What could possibly go wrong? When we were planning […]

Sumopore Sojourn: Bedded down in Balestier

Day 2: April 13th, 2015 In the early hours we hear the other residents of the complex preparing for their day. Our host lives in a typical, old, narrow terrace house but each floor has been divided into a series of funky one bedroom apartments, complete with tiny kitchen area and an all opaque glass […]

Sumopore Sojourn: A Dream Start

Sumo-pore Sujorn: The start of a small family adventure to Singapore and Sumatra.

One last time...

Week 51 – The Home Run

11 – 15th August 2014 Turning for Home Our homeward leg generates a weird kind of day:  we left London Gatwick on a rainy Sunday afternoon, and, like a series of half-remembered scenes from a movie, our journey back homeward flashes between long stretches of idle time in the air. First, it’s a 3 hour […]

Week 16 – Languishing in Vientiane

9th of December – 15th of December To be fair to the small city of Vientiane, We probably didn’t give her a fair go. This was a week plagued by sickness, consolidation, completing end of year school work and making plans for India. Our heads were turning towards India and our hearts were still with […]

Far Horizons

Week 15 – It’s a New Year and We’re On the Road Again

2nd – 8th December 2013 Happy New Year After over two months it’s time to farewell Luang Prabang.  But first up is the Hmong New Year celebrations, for which we delayed our departure. The Hmong are one of the larger minorities in Laos, a country which is a multi-ethnic society, representing approximately 8% of the […]

Top 10 things to do with kids in Luang Prabang, Laos

Welcome fellow travelling parents and kids! So we spent two months living in wonderful Luang Prabang with three small children whilst on our budget family gap year. If you want the details you can read all about it in our weekly travel blog (weeks 5 to 14). So to help you, we thought we would […]

Week 14 – All dressed up, with a place to go!

25th November – 1st December 2013 This week begins on our 92nd day on the road! Thats three months  – hard to believe. It also marks our last week volunteering with OPT (in our posts OPT part 1 and part 2) and in Luang Prabang, Laos, (Weeks 5 -14) which has been our little home […]


Week 13 – Weaving in Two Birthdays

18th – 24th November 2013 Mixing it with the locals – Birthday and Baki This week we’ve spent time deepening our friendship with some of the locals we’ve met long the way. On Monday, we took up an invitation to a local children’s birthday party.  One of the tour guides who routinely visits OPT on […]

Ock Pop Tok: Part 2/2

Ock Pop Tok – Volunteer English Teacher/Trainer/Marketing/Public Relations October 2nd to December 1st, 2013 (Note: If you are considering any volunteer work overseas please stay safe, read our blog disclaimer and consider your personal decisions carefully. Also consider that volunteering with a family in tow, involves far more considerations, compromises and sacrifices, than that of a solo traveller). […]

Week 12 – LP through the Looking Glass

11th – 17th November 2013 A visual journal of this week in Luang Prabang

Technology, Lao Style

Week 11 – Old School, New Tech

4th – 10th November 2013 Hitting the Books This week it was a case of getting down to some work – for Prunella the teaching continues at Ock Pop Tok, and, for Graham and the boys, hitting the school books. Learning on the road can be fun.  Prunella is teaching some of her OPT students […]

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