Adventures in Food

Eng’s Noodle House Singapore – Photo Essay

I think I am getting island fever.  I love living here in Bali, and generally praise the food, but anytime a foodie lives in a small town, at some point they itch to try something new.  They think about what is missing from the local food scene. They fantasize about food. I have yet to have noodle hallucinations, but I do miss some of the great Chinese food we have had in places like Singapore and Kuala Lumpur.  Considering we have two more months before we leave the island on our first visa run in six months, I am left salivating over photos of Eng’s Noodle House in Singapore.  It did not help that our Singaporean friend, Leigh, was visiting last week, and was tempting us with offers of exploring more of Singapores famous food stalls. We visited Eng’s several times during our trips to Singapore, as it is a short walk from where we were house sitting for George and Daisy.  It was not our intended destination that first night.  We tried to go to a strange sort of hawker center, which had a pleasant Thai pork dish we had the day before.  Unfortunately, the stall was closed, as were most of the other stalls in the food court.  Deflated, we started to walk back towards the house, while trying to find an alternative for dinner.  Eric had his heart set on that pork, though. As we walked the busy street, we were drawn in by the simple sign, and the even simpler menu at Eng’s Noodle House Singapore on Tajong Katong.  The place was also pretty packed, which... read more

Where Did You Sleep Last Night – Da Nang, Vietnam with A Couple of Nomads

The second in our series of guest bloggers, who are chatting about where they slept last night.  This time, we are in Da Nang Vietnam with A Couple of Nomads. Who Are You?   I’m Leanne from A Couple of Nomads, with Coran my husband being the other half of the couple. After many trips away to Asia on holidays we decided there must be a better way to have a work life balance than 1 holiday a year. We decided to sell everything and test the waters as digital nomads. We left in May of 2013 and we’re still going. The blog is full of our experiences and plenty of tips for those who want to do or try what we’ve done. Where are you right now? How long have you been there? Da Nang, Vietnam. 1 month so far, but we are planning to stay 6 months in total. What made you choose this destination? Why did you go? Da Nang has great wifi, cheap but good accommodation, plenty of food choices, an international airport and a fantastic beach. All of the things we desire in a locale being digital nomads. We needed somewhere to go before the burning season started in Chiang Mai. Other location independent travellers had mentioned that Da Nang was like Chiang Mai but with a beach. We had been to Da Nang but only to travel through on our way to Hoi An, which is where most tourist go. For us Hoi An is lovely but too touristy and a little too quite to stay for a longer period of time. So... read more

Day Trip From Ubud – Keramas Beach

People who have lived in Ubud for a long time suggest that in order to survive living in Ubud, you need to leave Ubud.  At least once a week.   I have yet to feel the need to escape Ubud that much, but recognizing that Ubud is a bubble, and often feels a bit like high school in some ways, it is nice to escape once in a while.  The first time we escaped to the Bukit, it did not work.  We fled back to Ubud early and vowed never to leave the bubble again.  Obviously, it was a veiled threat.   When we arrived back to Bali in late November, and knew we would be here for six months straight, we recognized we would have to leave, to escape.  Eventually.  Problem was, we did not know how.  We spend enough money living in Ubud, so the last thing I want to do is to hire a driver for $20 or $30 one way to take us out of town.  And, we were hesitant to drive the motorbikes very far outside of town, being new drivers and not knowing the roads well.  Besides, the thought of driving south to someplace like Kuta just seemed like a waste of time.  I do not think highly of Kuta.  At all.   Then we started to see friends’ pictures on Facebook of this little oasis called Keramas Beach.  It is a place the other expats in town don’t really want me to talk about.  As most beaches are quite a distance from Ubud, at least an hour and up to 3 or... read more

A Two Person Thomas Cook – RTW Problems

The more bloggers I follow, and the more I read, the more I realize we are not alone out there.  Long term slow travelers, perpetual nomads, round the world trippers.  Packing and unpacking, researching and booking travel.  Passport stamps, frequent flier miles, foreign transaction fees. Part of these logistical concerns involves accessing money all over the world, at least that’s how it seems.  We have a tendency of leaving a country and bringing some currency with us, particularly with for countries that we intend to return to, at some point in the future.   Yeah, it makes sense to carry some US dollar with us, in case of emergency.  Currently, we have a little excess left over from our trip to Myanmar last year, where we needed crisp and clean $100 bills to exchange into Burmese kyat.  Keeping some Euro also makes sense as we tend to be there from time to time. One of the benefits of keeping some of this currency lying around is to avoid having to race to an ATM when we return to a country.  But, it also is almost like a pride thing.  Eric has been carrying a small plastic Ziploc bag of random currencies around, for what seems like years.  When organizing our belongings a few months back in Kuala Lumpur, Eric took inventory of our currencies.  We were a little surprised to see exactly what we had: $167 is Thai Bhat $282 in Singapore Dollars $212 in Myanmar Kyat $113 in Vietnamese Dong $247 in Indonesian Rupiah $361 in Hong Kong Dollars $157 in Euro Plus something equivalent to about a... read more

Our First Six Months Together…We Hated Each Other

When I started to think about writing our “love story” I wondered why I would share this, and if anyone would be interested in reading it.  Particularly because we don’t have one of those lovey-dovey relationships.  In fact, the thought of even calling it our love story kind of bothered me.  It reminded me of the lyric’s to one of my favorite ballads from one of my favorite bands, “Somebody” by Depeche Mode:   Though things like this Make me sick In a case like this I’ll get away with it Just in case you too don’t want to hear about our old school romance, here I feel like I can get away with it, because we absolutely hated each other during our first six months together.  There was no love in sight, unless it was love-hate.  Regardless, you can enjoy some photos of us looking incredibly thin.  My favorite part.  Love-Hate, or Just Hate After final exams ended, Eric promised to prove to me that not all men are scum.  And, in that fateful month of May 1997, we had our first date, of sorts.  It is interesting, because we met so young, I have been on very few official dates in my life.  I dated a couple of older guys in college, ones that had graduated and had real jobs, and went out to dinner a few times.  But, for the most part, meeting men (aka boys) in college involved meeting at a party or at a bar, or maybe renting a movie from Blockbuster, which was still a thing back then.   So, our first “date” on May... read more

The Day I “Wrestled” a Snake in Bali

I have no photos to truly support this blog post, this experience.  Sometimes you just have to trust me that an experience happened, in one way or another.  One morning, Eric and I decided to spend some time at Luxe Cafe, which has some of the fastest wifi in town.  I needed to download an application.  We decided to go the long way, through the villages, rather than attempt to drive against traffic on a one way street, often patrolled by local police.  I made my way north out of our driveway onto the “main” road of Jalan Tirta Tawar.   I generally enjoy driving up this part of Ubud.  Rice fields and villas dot the sides of the road.  There is very little traffic and on this sunny morning, I was enjoying the breeze as I drove my motorbike north.  Until, just before the bend at the top of the road, a giant snake suddenly crossed the road.   I had no time to react, or stop, and could not have driven around it without careening into the rice paddies.  He was dark brown.  He looked wet.  Most of all, he was the longest snake I have seen outside of a zoo.  He may not have been longer than I am tall, but he was probably at least four feet long.  I am sure his length will increase as I continue to tell this tale over the years.  Just like the size of the bear I once hit grows with each telling of the story.  But, that is a story for a different day.  So, imagine this sight: ... read more

Embracing the Cold in Limerick – Winter in Ireland

In July 2012, we first set off on this round the world adventure.  Or this, Southeast Asia or bust adventure.  We knew that Asia, and more importantly, warmth was in our future.  We hate the cold.  I loved living in Chicago for five years, but I hate the cold.  I love the look of fresh snow, but I hate the cold.  I love jeans, tall leather boots, and sweaters, but I hate the cold.   Our first stop when we left the hot summer in the US that July was a holiday on the west coast of Ireland with family, and it was certainly not hot there.  The family picked on me mercilessly because I just could not get warm, wearing jeans and socks and sweaters, curling up under a blanket on the sofa.  And that was summer.  I’m a summer girl, and I enjoy summer all year round.  The cousins went swimming.  I wore a scarf. I, honestly, hesitated about evening attending World Travel Market in London.  Early November in rainy London?  I would much rather stick it out in the hot and humid rainy season in Bali.  I don’t even have clothes for cold and rain.  Regardless, we knew it would be a good opportunity, we had some friends to stay with in London, and we were positioned well to catch Depeche Mode in Dublin that same week.   That is how we found ourselves in Limerick for a week in November.  It would be a good chance to stop in to see the family.  I tried not to let the weather bother me.  After all, we... read more

Getting Matching Tattoos in Ireland

After sharing our tips for successfully traveling as a couple, and even offering my first installment of our love story, I am starting to realize that perhaps we are one of those couples.  We get eye rolls from friends, and despite the fact that we despise PDA, we still manage to make people think we are just a little too close.  After all, we share a brain.  So, when we were at Eric’s cousin’s house in Ireland, enjoying a birthday party for her ten year old son, we decided to get matching tattoos in Ireland.  How ridiculous can you get?  The house was filled with so many of Sean’s cousins running around that I could not even count how many kids there were.  And, each of the those kids had a parent, who was drinking rather heavily.  We were joining them.   Every time I turned around my wine glass was filled. Every time I turned around, Eric had a new beer in hand.  It was actually a pretty fun night.  Probably the best ten year old birthday party ever.   Towards the end of the evening, and after many a drink, Eric and I decided to get matching tattoos.  Now, we are not stupid enough to drive drunk through the Irish countryside to get to the tattoo parlor.  We were at least smart enough to sleep on it, sober up, and then get tattoos.  But, it seemed the decision had been made.  So, in the morning, we emerged, slightly hungover, and made our way into downtown Limerick.  After doing some shopping and grabbing some lunch, we made our... read more

Where Did You Sleep Last Night – Penang Malaysia with Ali’s Adventures

I have admired so many long term travelers and travel bloggers since starting With Husband In Tow.  I am always amazed at both how similar they are to us, and how different they travel from us.  In the first in a series of guest blog posts, I ask some of my favorite bloggers Where Did You Sleep Last Night?  My goal, to gather more varied travel tips from travelers, and to learn about destinations all over the globe.  The first in our series, Ali Garland! Follow Ali’s Adventures on Twitter and Facebook.  Here, we learn about Penang Malaysia with Ali’s Adventures. Who are you? I’m Ali, an American expat living most of the year in Freiburg, Germany. On my blog Ali’s Adventures, I write about my travels, life as an expat, and all the mistakes my husband and I are making in our new lifestyle we call Beyond Vacation. I enjoy sharing my personal travel experiences with others, plus destination info, how much we spent and other advice. On my other blog, Travel Made Simple, I aim at showing new travelers how to travel and how to overcome their travel-related fears. Tell us More About Your Beyond Vacation Lifestyle? The idea behind Beyond Vacation is to have a life filled with more travel, potentially working on the road, and spending more time in one place. It’s not about taking a long vacation, it’s about making travel part of life. But sometimes it’s hard to remember that means we need to slow down. We want to be in a different place, experience the food and culture, and enjoy the change... read more

Jet Setting for Depeche Mode in Dublin

According to Wikipedia, the Jet Set:   “was a term for an international social group of wealthy people who traveled the world to participate in social activities unavailable to ordinary people. …” Despite our record of traveling to the far corners of the globe and back, I’ve never considered myself a jet setter.  I mean, while working in the States we flew to Rome for Labor Day and to Amsterdam for Thanksgiving, but that hardly placed us into the category of jet setter, even with our former incomes.  There was also the time we flew first class, last minute, to Hong Kong for Christmas, and had an epic trip, which included an expat Christmas party, bar hopping until 6 am, and absinthe cocktails.  Okay, maybe we were jet setters.  Jet setters probably don’t use miles though.    With Depeche Mode being one of our favorite bands, and having officially started this permanent journey heading to the DM Baar in Estonia, it only seemed fitting to fly across the world to see them.  In fact, it totally made sense.    We were living Bali and knew that World Travel Market was going to be in London at the  beginning of November.  As we contemplated whether to go, I obviously checked the Depeche Mode concert schedule and noticed they were playing in Dublin just a few days later.  Under the guise of a trip to Ireland to see family, and encouraging Eric’s mother to fly out to Limerick to see us, we found ourselves booking a flight to London, a Ryan Air flight, and two tickets to see Depeche Mode in Dublin... read more

Sunsets in Bali – a Photo Essay

My goal with this blog is not to make people who are living in the cold depths of the United States or Canada feel jealous, or to hate me in anyway.  Honest.  It’s the truth.  I will however, encourage other people who feel stuck in their lives or stuck in their jobs to make a little bit of a change, or make a big huge change.  I am well aware that not everyone can pick up and move to Bali, but people do, and lots of folks out there can.  Even those of you who read this and say “well I can’t,” you never know. So, for this week’s Friday Fotos, I thought I would provide some inspiration.  We managed to score a house in Bali that has simply stunning sunsets most nights of the week. What is even more amazing is how different the sunsets can be.  It is like a new painting in the sky, each and every night.  We don’t take photos of the sunsets every night, as we often attempt to play the game of experiencing life rather than recording life.  But, when we do take photos, they tend to provide a snapshot, a mere glimpse, of what our evenings are like living in Ubud, Bali.  And, I barely edited these photos, no photoshopping here. And, this particular night was one of my favorites.  The rice was just harvested around the house, leaving still pools of water behind.  For one night, I imagined what it would be like to live on water front property.  The reflections of the sunset in the rice paddies was simply... read more

Our Nineties Love Story

People say that to be a good blogger you need to share. To be honest.  To be open.  I do share quite a bit on the blog, about our fears and insecurities about navigating this new life.  I have also shared on the blog and on Escape the Predictable Life about how we made the decision to quit our lives and choose this one as a new one.  I have even spoken a bit about how to be a couple on the road, and have mentioned a few of our fights.    But, one thing I have not spoken about is our past, our long ago past.  Our families, our relationship.  After all, we did not simply choose suddenly in 2012 to live this life of perpetual, albeit currently stalled, nomads.  It was a decision that was over 16 years in the making, perhaps even more.  People who meet us in person often say we are a great couple.  That we compliment each other well, and that it is great that we want the same things out of life.  It was not always this way though.  I thought I would share some of our earlier stories, to give you an idea of who we really are.  To share.  To be honest.  To be open. Way Back When We Were Skinny Eric was a lanky 6’4” and 165 pounds when we met back in 1997 at Rutgers University. He was quite cocky back then.  Told me he thought of being a model, with his blonde hair and blue eyes, coupled with broad shoulders.  He fancied himself a bit of a... read more

Bintang and Babi Guling in Bali

Now that we have this gorgeous Bali house, even if fraught with problems, we started talking about a house warming.  We had enough room, the gorgeous view.  We even had friends to invite.  Eric came up with the idea around New Years of hosting a Balinese inspired party – with babi guling and Bintang beer.  Babi Guling Being a Hindu island surrounded by Muslim islands, the Balinese tend to embrace their love of pork.  Babi Guling is a roasted pig, with crispy skin, stuffed with Balinese seasonings.  It is possible to find local babi guling stands, and there is the famous Ibu Oka in Ubud.  Babi guling in Bali is one of the main specialities of the island! The pork is served with some rice, slices of skin, perhaps some vegetables, often mixed with pork, a sausage or two, and other pork related delectables.  For a special occasion, like a wedding or important Balinese ceremony, an entire babi guling can be ordered and delivered to your house.  Of course, this was what Eric wanted to do. So, about a week before the big day, we had a consultation with “the babi guling guy.”  He came to our house to talk about how many people we had coming and what services he provided.  On the day of, at the perfectly appointed time, the babi guling guy showed up with a warm and toasty roasted pig about 20 kilograms, fully in tact, from snout to tail.  He was glowing a gorgeous red color, and smelled so fantastic.  Eric was in hog heaven, literally.  Shortly after delivery, Eric sliced off the skin,... read more

What is it Like to Live in Bali?

If you follow my Facebook Page, you can probably figure out what we do most days living in Ubud, Bali.  But, for those of you out there who are considering a soft retirement, or Escaping The Predictable Life, or are satisfied just living vicariously through us, I thought I would share what a typical day looks like for us, now that we are settled in Ubud.  Basically, what is it like to live in Bali?   Mornings in Ubud We are up most mornings before 7 am.  Although Eric has been setting an alarm to get up at 6:35 (argh), I prefer to wake up naturally through a combination of the sun streaming through our opaque curtains, or by hearing our gardner, Pak Mejo, walking around outside.  Luckily, we don’t have roosters telling us to wake up.  That is a particular problem because anyone who tells you the rooster crows at dawn has never spent time with a rooster.  Roosters crow all day and all night.  Seriously.  It is constant.   For a while we were waking up to ducks quacking as they cleaned the rice fields of bugs and things, but they seem to have moved on to greener rice pastures.  It’s unfortunate.  I miss them.  They are freaking adorable.  But, I am sure they will be back in the coming weeks at the rice was just harvested, and the replanting has begun. Breakfast generally consists of fresh cut papaya with a spritz of lime.  Eric makes coffee on the stove top in our Moka Express, with ground coffee from our favorite cafe, Anomali.  We check email, I check... read more

The Animals of Petra – a Photo Essay

It can be difficult to find cute animals in the desert, or at least interesting animals in the desert.  In Petra, I figured we would see at least a few, though, with all the stories of the horses, donkeys, and camels offering tourists entertainment at Petra.  Unfortunately, we heard about the aggressiveness of the touts, the animals’ owners, who often try to fleece the tourists, and even worse, the mistreatment of the horses. As we made our way further into the park, you could tell there were a lot of animals in Petra.  Well, you could smell there were a lot of animals around.  I, unfortunately, will always associate Petra with the smell of poop. I was very much on guard, and even once I started snapping photos of the animals of Petra, I did it on the sly, lest a tout demand that I pay for a picture of the animals.  I was certainly more ready to delete a photo than pay.  After all, we had already paid so much just to get into the park. I managed to sneak a few photos though, of donkeys. I tracked down a few horse drawn carriages – some waiting for fares, others barreling down the siq, the cavernous passageway leading to the famous Treasury.   This carriage, almost hit a cute cat that was stupid enough to cross his path. I can’t go anywhere without taking cat photos.  I just can’t help it. And, there’s no suprise that I end with some camel shots.  This is a desert in Jordan, after all. A face only a mother camel could love.... read more

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