Our Family in Faraway Places

You may be wondering how a Canadian woman and Filipino man working in South Korea ended up getting married, having a son and traveling all over most of Asia and beyond. It’s a bit of a long story but here is how we got to where we are today! How we Ended up in Gwangju, South Korea Danny After two years of living and studying in Japan, Danny had returned Continue Reading →

Is it OK to Swim with the Whale Sharks in Oslob?

It's not an easy question to answer. In recent years there have been quite a few articles and advocates who have encouraged people not to visit the whale sharks in Oslob. In order to have the whale sharks returning to the area daily so that visitors can swim with them, feeders give the sharks fish. This has resulted in the whales having an unnatural amount of contact with humans. The artificial feeding Continue Reading →

Hue Vietnam Travel Guide: Tombs, Towers and Tanks

Things To Do In Hue Vietnam Once the national capital from 1802-1945, Hue Vietnam is home to the ancient Imperial City (Citadel) and the tombs of several emperors.The ancient sites around the city are spectacularly beautiful and it was well worth the visit. Hue Imperial City (The Citadel) Emperors of Vietnam once lived in this walled fortress and palace. Much of the structure was damaged or destroyed by battles with the Continue Reading →

Wonderful Indonesia! 10 Beautiful Photos of Indonesia

In 2015 we were looking for a place to go on vacation with our son who had just turned 2 years old. A place that was safe for kids, had great food and beaches but also some adventure. We found it all in Indonesia! We traveled through Kuta, Ubud, Yogyakarta and then finally out of Jakarta. Watching the sun rise from the top of the ancient temple of Borobudur was Continue Reading →

Hampyeong’s Herptile Eco Park

Hampyeong which is about an hour away from Gwangju, Jeollanamdo, is well known across Korea for its annual Butterfly Festival. Few people, even locally it appears, know about Hampyeong Herptile Eco Park (함평파충류생태공원 ). It’s hard to miss though once you arrive into the area of the Eco Park as the building is shaped like a giant albino Burmese python (they have a live one inside!). I have not been able Continue Reading →

Teaching Tagalog to our Kids, Part 2: Batibot

This article is part 2 on resources we have been using to help us teach our son Tagalog while we are living in South Korea and traveling internationally. These resources can help others teaching children Tagalog both in the Philippines and abroad Please check out part 1 here: Teaching Tagalog to our Kids, Part 1: Flashcards and Books Batibot I know what you are probably thinking. "What?! Batibot is still around?" Continue Reading →

Dolmeori Beach in Hampyeong South Korea

Only about an hour drive away from Gwangju, Dolmeori Beach in Hampyeong is one of the closest beaches to the city. We usually make it out to the beach a couple of times a year but like many beaches along Korea’s west coast extremes in the difference between high and low tide can make it difficult to catch a good day for swimming. When the tide goes out at Dolmeori Continue Reading →

Hoi An, Vietnam: Spending Some Time Around the Old Town

In 1999, the old town of Hoi An was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The narrow streets are lined with buildings from centuries ago and in the evening lanterns light their way. Hoi An is more than just this historic town though! Beautiful white sand beaches line the coast, fantastic restaurants can be found and it is about an hour away from the temple complex My Son. Found around Continue Reading →

Genealogy Search Brings us to Mandalay, Myanmar and Hitting the Research Wall

Prior to our trip to Mandalay, Myanmar a woman on Tripadvisor had told us that St. Mary’s school where my great grandmother had worked as a matron was now NO. (8) Basic Education High School. A volunteer working for FIBIS also provided us with the same information (from the same source unfortunately). I also found on a post that most of the cemeteries had been moved out of the city Continue Reading →

Grieving a Loss or Death as an Expat Far from “Home”

Agni Pooja infront of the sacred Ganges river. Those who are cremated on the banks of the Ganges or who die in the city of Varanasi recieve instant salvation. I found out through Facebook that my great uncle in Canada is expected to pass away in the next very short while. I knew he was sick. He hadn’t been doing well recently but then suddenly there in my facebook news Continue Reading →