Drink in Vietnam: Best Juice in Ho Chi Minh City

Have you been to Ho Chi Minh City? If you have, you know how hot it can be. You must drink in Vietnam. I mean, not alcohol (well, that too…), but water or some kind of fluid to keep you hydrated. Before I write further about all the incredible food we’ve stuffed our faces with […]

Radio Calisthenics: My Secret Shame

When this trip began twelve long months ago, I fantasized about many of the changes that were coming to my life: New experiences? Check. Newer, wiser mindset? Uhm, maybe. A slimmer waistline? Oh, definitely. I mean, a life on the road means an active lifestyle, right? Har-dee-harr-harr As I prepped and planned our trip in mid-2013, I remember […]

What I’ve Learned from Family Travel: 15 Insights From a Traveling Dad

People sometimes ask me what I’ve learned from family travel. After our first full year on the road, I tried to express how I felt. Interestingly enough, much of what I wrote then still rings true with us today, but there is more to the story. What I’ve Learned from Family Travel If I’ve learned […]

Things to do in Ubud with Kids: Ceramics and Silversmithing

As you may have read in my recent posts, creativity has been on my mind. Bali was certainly one great place to express it. Alas, the “Eat Pray Love” boom has caused irreparable damage to the island. Some would even advise you not to go at all, but don’t listen to them. To be sure, many […]

Art Classes in Ubud with Kids: Wood Carving, Traditional Painting

As I mentioned in my last post, I am the father of two very different children: one with a natural love of the arts and one with other predilections. Like all children, my son and my daughter are creative in their own ways, but where my girl has an unabashed fascination with drawing, painting and performance — her own […]

Absurd expressionism: pretension, parenting and exposing kids to art

Art is such a loaded word. It can soar off the tongue showered in reverence, or be spat out of the mouth like a bitter pejorative. There will never be a consensus on its definition, and I’ll skip any pretentious pondering of what art “is” or “isn’t” — after all, everyone has their opinion. But when an art-world darling recently […]

What’s in My Bag: Our Year-One Family Travel Gear

As August flies by, we get ever closer to our first anniversary of full-time family travel. Twelve months ago, I was frantically selling our belongings at home and collecting all the travel gear, while at the office I was hammering out a remote working agreement with my boss. Family Travel Gear When we first left Japan, we carried a ton with […]

Berastagi with Kids: Lake Toba, Sipiso Piso waterfall

For the final installment of my Sumatra travel series, let me tell you about our final day in Berastagi with kids. Our first day was spent climbing a volcano and soaking in a local hot spring. We had so much fun that we hired the same driver to take us further afield the following day. Abdy, […]

Hot Springs and Mount Sibayak in Berastagi with Kids

Have you hiked up on active volcano? We have. We hiked up Mount Sibayak in Berastagi with kids. It was a trip. You see, it’s only an hour away from Mount Sinabung that has erupted several times since September, 2013. We didn’t scare kids with this fact, but were thinking what if ourselves. Mount Sibayak […]

Bukit Lawang with Kids: Jungle Trekking, Tubing and Orangutans

This was our first time to Sumatra, Bukit Lawang with kids, but it won’t be our last. The flight time from Penang was about 50 minutes. Then from the Medan airport came a three-hour drive over rough roads as we moved further from the city and close to one of the last jungles that orangutans […]

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