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To the Bay of Dragons!

Caves are stunning creations. Rock formations are spectacular.  Rock formations in the middle of bodies of water can be even more stunning.  This is Halong Bay, also called the “descending dragon bay”.  Halong Bay is a series of 1969 islands surrounded by over 1500 square kilometers of water.  Its huge.  No, its enormous! covered in islands, caves, holes, nooks and crannies everywhere.  Because of its sheer size and beauty it is a very popular tourist attraction and has been commercialized quite a bit, so be advised if you do come see it, there will be lots of people to see it, whether at the low season or the high season.

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Muslim Quarter, Little India, Chinatown and SEA Games?!

Singapore has so much to offer!  Beautiful architecture, organized infrastructure, simple to navigate transportation system, and the people are very nice!  Its no wonder its the most expensive city in South East Asia! My view from the hostel room of the Sultan Mosque, built in 1824! Its currently under restoration but still is open.  They are taking Dontations to help complete the project as well. I started my day getting up way to early and hit the town way to early as well. I quickly realized this city doesn’t wake up until around 11am.  Very few shops open their doors until after that…so you miss a lot of the excitement if you

Hello Singapore!

From an early morning on departure to a late arrival in Singapore.  24 hours of travel time! Im exhausted!  Got in to the Hostel around 1am, and 6 hours later I cant sleep! 7am and wide awake!  Maybe its because Im a time traveller…I am 15hrs ahead of PST – Its 7am June 12! Hula girl at Tokyo airport making an appearance!   Going through customs and immigration is easy peasy lemon squeezy. Just fill out the paperwork, smile, and don’t forget to sign the document like I did!  Oh, And I guess your not supposed to take pictures of immigration. Oops 😁😮 😇 Lastly, bringing any kind of illegal drugs

Packing – it’s a love/hate relationship

Everyones favorite thing and worst nightmare. The excitement and anticipation of new travels and experiences, but the feeling of forgetting the unforgettables! The feeling of “did I pack my phone charger?” Or “what about my glasses?” And the worst one “my camera!” Everyone has had the wonderful feeling of forgetfulness. Happens to the best of us.  So this is not my first rodeo around airports or travels. It’s just my first rodeo going alone and “backpacking” through many countries where things we take for granted in the USA are harder to come by.  Deciding what to take along is half the battle. You want to pack light but at the