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  • Beach Time

    When to Take a Family Vacation to Nusa Dua

    If you are like me, you spend a lot of time around your children, but often that time is not ‘with’ your children. It’s within the vicinity of your child, but the mind is on the anxiety of the daily tasks, ever present email or Facebook. Children sense our distractedness and we deny them the one thing […]

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  • My 2 year old can out-snorkel you

    I’m not joking. I’ll place bets on it. My 2 year old can and will out snorkel you. “Hi, My name is Miss I. That’s a picture of me snorkeling in the waters of Menjangan Island in Indonesia. I am ridiculously adorable above and below water. I’m the daughter of a King and by our […]

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  • A Walk in the Woods: West Bali National Park

    I love trees. Big ones. Lots of them. My love of the forest stems from the significance of trees and the calm mind that I experience when surrounded by stacked levels of ecosystems. So I like hiking in the woods. Could I keep that feeling while hiking with my small children? From the rather frigid […]

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  • Finding the balance of Travel and Home

    When I first starting dating Mr. King in my early 20s, it was a time of massive transition for me. I had just finished with graduate school, moved back in with my parents while I hunted for an apartment downtown, started working in the corporate world and was trying to figure out what in the […]

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  • Mugged in Manila

    Mugged in Manila

    No one will tell you to visit Manila because it’s a lovely place. They will warn you about the sex trade, dirt and downright desperation that the streets hold. And it’s true. We were shielded from the dirt and grime of Manila by staying at a 5 star property. Luxury thread count sheets, televisions in […]

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  • My favorite Komodo dragon Photo

    Hiking with Komodo Dragons

    …continued from last post. The past 2 1/2 days of sailing the blue waters of the Indian Ocean let our eyes feast on nature’s finest, vibrant islands and sea life. Now we were heading to Komodo Island to hike around and say hello to Komodo Dragons, hopefully at a distance. I know what you’re going […]

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  • 4 Day Sailing Journey to Komodo (with kids!)

    That is NOT what we said while hiking on Komodo island. That is what the rest of the 20 young passengers of our boat said when they saw we had, not one, but two children with us. And yes, in fact, these two kids were going on this adventure trip and sharing this boat with […]

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  • Pizza at Chillout on Gili Air

    6 Great Beachfront Restaurants on Gili Air

    We spent 10 days lazying on the shores of Gili Air, eating our hearts out at the many beach front restaurants. Beachfront restaurants are a perfect option for families with small children. Besides having the most splendid views on the island, they are a built in playground for children. Our kids entertained themselves playing on […]

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  • Doing nothing & everything on Gili Air

    It’s been a full week on the little island of the coast of Lombok, Indonesia called Gili Air. We’ve spent hours lounging in the shade of a large tree by the ocean, intermittently snorkeling in the clear blue water, eating, talking business, life and love with our friends, the Pearce family. We’re celebrating our 2 […]

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  • One hour alone with a Sea Turtle in Gili Air

    Exhilaration. My blood and heart are pumping. My mind and body are in awe of what they just experienced – maybe to never experience again. I’m sitting at the Wiwin restaurant along the shore of Gili Air watching a vivid orange boat floating in front of the mountains of Lombok. My ginger tea is on […]

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  • Disembarking the fastboat to Gili

    Getting to the Gili islands of Lombok

    We’re off on an epic 2 week trip starting in the Gili Islands of Lombok and ending of the far away eastern islands of Indonesia to see the Komodo dragons. It’s going to be one heck of an adventure, and a non-preplanned one too. Ever since our backpacking with the kids stint in Belize, we […]

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  • Preparing for Nyepi in Bali

    Yesterday there must have been 100 incense sticks sending their dancing plumes into the air around our home. The fragrant softness that is now familiar brings a sense of calm energy and reflection in the space, causing you to inhale the aroma and enjoy it fully. The offerings, each one made by hand from local […]

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