Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Puppy Love!

Meet 妹妹 MeiMei


Already has us wrapped around her little paw!

Monday, December 13, 2010

friends.

Check out our friend Tom's new blog.


Tom is a friend from Taiwan.  He and his wife, Alice, moved into a new apartment last spring which had it's very own OVEN!  A very rare thing for Taiwan.  We spent a number of weekends hanging out and enjoying delicious food with Tom and Alice.  They are very adventurous in their cooking and love to try a variety of new recipes. We're excited to be able to keep in touch and see what they're cooking up.  We miss you guys!

**Note: the blog is in Chinese, so you'll have to use google translate to read it!  Go here and enter the web address and language to be translated.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

food...good for the heart, and tummy.

We're slowly getting settled into our new place and it FEELS SO GOOD!

We seem to be in a very convenient location - close to the grocery, hardware store, many restaurants, and the library.  Yesterday we got our library cards and the first book we checked out was this:


because on Friday, we picked out a puppy!!

Isn't she adorable?!! (sorry the picture isn't that great - camera was running out of battery)  She's an Australian Shepherd and only 5 weeks old.  We have yet to name her...so far the suggestions include:


Aloysius Snuffleupagus
Temperance
Maggie
Sally
Dottie
Atlas
Geo
Boots
Gladys
Ethel
Max
Liberty
Justice
Brownwin
Yantzey
Zola
Patch
Silky
Viola
Janeatecc
Tai
Jehan
Harris
Do-Bi

Any more?!?

Because she's so young, we won't be able to bring her home until January 1st.

This weekend we've also been doing a lot of cooking.  We stocked our pantry with homemade granola and egg noodles.  We also made some refrigerator pickles, dried apples and the most delicious Honey-Whole Wheat bread.

Last night we busted out the crock pot and roasted a whole chicken with yummy veggies.  Tonight we're having bean soup with some left over chicken.  Both will keep our tummies full at work this week as we both start our new jobs tomorrow!!!

It's been great not working these past few months - traveling, visiting family and friends - but we're both looking forward to work and the routine that it will bring to our days and weeks.

Hope everyone is staying warm and enjoying the festive holiday season.  Until next time....

Friday, November 26, 2010

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

SouthEast Asia Recap 2

BALI
After Singapore, we headed to Bali for a week.  We spent two days in three very different parts of the island.  First we were in Ubud, where we found it a bit most touristy than we like, but still nice.  Then it was on to Candidasa where we stayed at the Ashram Gandhi, which was quite and relaxing.  Finally we spent a few days soaking up the sun and walking along the beach in Sanur.  You will find some more detailed information and pictures here from our posts along the way, but here are some additional photos from our time there.


Batik Making Class in Ubud





Dan took a carving class while I was at my Batik class

Ashram Gandhi

Sanur, Bali, Indonesia
Tai Chi in the morning light.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

SouthEast Asia Recap.

Well, it's been a week since we left Vietnam and we've had little time to just "be."  It feels great to be home and we're excited about our upcoming move.  Because of all we have going on, I'm just now sitting down to look through our many photos.  Over the next few weeks I hope to recap our trip in a few installments.  Once I've gone through all the photos I'll add a slideshow to the blog...but there are just too many to sort through to do that just yet!

So, let's start.

SINGAPORE
We shared a bit about our time there here, but here are a few more pictures to add...




getting a henna tatoo in "Little India"



Singapore's many colors, day and night.

As said before, there are only two things to do in Singapore
"shop 'till you drop" OR "eat your heart out"
and eat we did. 

a plethora of Indian food
a variety of satay on the street

and while we didn't partake, we could have had our very own
"cup of corn"

Monday, November 22, 2010

The Adventure Continues.

Two years.  It's been a wild and crazy ride, one that's taken us around the world and back. 


What better way to celebrate than to start a new adventure, in Indiana...


In December we'll be moving to Fort Wayne, Indiana where Dan will be working as a recording studio engineer at Sweetwater.


So much to be thankful for...it's good to be HOME!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Good to be home.

It's been 15 months since we've been on US soil, and being home feels great!  Today is the first day that either one of us has felt normal!  The past two days have been filled with little sleep and a lot of frustration.  Thank you jet-lag and Pennsylvania Department of Transportation for all the headaches!! =)  We're finally caught up on sleep and can legally drive our car!



While we were running errands today we decided to take some photos in what is left of the fall colors.  We missed the best of it, but we aren't complaining, it's still beautiful.  The weather has been nice the past few days and we've been able to take some walks, though we get cold much faster!  And this is just the beginning!
Tomorrow we will head to Indiana to visit and celebrate Thanksgiving with my family.  We look forward to seeing friends and catching up with everyone...it's been a while!! 



Thursday, November 18, 2010

Home at last!

We arrived home (Pennsylania) late last evening.  Today has been spent unpacking, doing laundry, and getting our cars up and running.  It's been a slow day as we are still pretty exhausted...Dan's napping as I write!  We have a busy schedule ahead as we plan to head to Indiana to visit family and friends on Sunday.  We're excited to be home and can't wait to see everyone and catch up.  Hopefully over the next week I'll get a chance to go through photos and update you on our travels...for now we're just soaking it all in and relaxing.  It's good to be home!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Greetings...

...from our 5th country in 4 weeks...Cambodia.

We've been moving fast over the past few weeks and thought it was about time to check in.  Things are great...we're seeing and doing so much, and enjoying every minute of it!  We spent a total of two weeks in Thailand before heading to Cambodia.  After leaving Raylai Beach, we headed north to Bangkok for a few days - it was interesting and kept us moving.  We spent many hours walking through markets and "window shopping" - what we buy, we have to carry in our packs!  After a few days we were ready to move on, Bangkok can be very exhausting with it's pushy tuk-tuk drivers and potential scam artists! 

Next we headed north to Chiang Mai...we tried to take an overnight train but were turned back to Bangkok due to flooding and ended up spending nearly an entire day traveling by bus (a very uncomfortable bus too!).  We fell in love with Chiang Mai instantly, with it's quiet old city and pleasant weather.  Our first day was spent wondering the many temples and markets.  Day two we headed out into the country for a day of elephant training!  And our final day was spent learning the art of Thai cooking.  It was a fantastic place to end our time in Thailand!

In order to leave Thailand before our visa ran out, and spend the most time in Chiang Mai, we opted to take a bus that would take us directly to our next destination - Siem Reap, Cambodia - rather than stopping in Bangkok again for a few days.  Unfortunatley, this meant that we were on buses in transit for over 24 hours.  We finally arrived here last night and spent our first day exploring the famous Ankor Wat. 

I know I'll have much more to say later about everything we're doing...for now I hope this helps to give a little glimpse into what we're doing. (they're kind of out of order due to slow loading...)


Elephant Training
Chiang Mai, Thailand

Ankor Wat
Siem Reap, Cambodia

Ankor Wat
Siem Reap, Cambodia

Ankor Wat
Siem Reap, Cambodia

Thai Cooking Class
Chiang Mai, Thailand

Thai Food we made!

Chiang Mai, Thailand

Chiang Mai, Thailand

Chiang Mai, Thailand

Chiang Mai, Thailand

Monk Chat
Chiang Mai, Thailand

We're planning to stick around Siem Reap for a few more days before heading on to Phnom Penh and on to Vietnam before heading home.  See you in a few weeks! 

Until next time...

Monday, October 18, 2010

Quick update!

We're in Bangkok(Thailand) now and have free wifi at the hotel, so I thought I'd take a minute to update you all.

We've been here a total of 24 hours, having arrived in the morning on an overnight train from the south. We had hoped to be heading further north this evening, but due to flooding, the trains weren't running yesterday or today... We'll check back today about possibly going tomorrow, but if not, we may have to take a bus, or change our plans. The train offers a sleeper, which is much nicer on an overnight trip than a bus seat - or a regular train seat as we found out a few days ago. Traveling overnight, we don't want to lose sleep then lose a whole day of seeing things because we're catching up.

For those following the weather, it looks like we're out of the path of Typhoon Megi, but we'll keep you updated if our travel plans change. Our prayers are with those in the path of the storm - the damage we've seen from previous storms is devastating and can take years to rebuild.

Until next time...