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Cheers, Deb! Happy days!
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2-5 January 2018 In 2005, we took the bus from Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang. I remember that I kept passing out during the trip but, whenever I would wake up, I was astounded by the scenery that surrounded us. It was so beautiful that it looked fake, like CGI.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2018 at Desperate Measures
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30 December 2005 Part 1 All the travelers we've met coming from the north have told us that Luang Prabang is a small town. Well, it isn't that small, especially when you arrive at nightfall, tired and hungry (and more than a little bit out of it), with too many... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2018 at Desperate Measures
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31 December 2017 - 2 January 2018 I don't remember the ride from Vientiane to Vang Vieng in 2005. We must have taken a mini-van and fallen asleep. I just remember getting out of the vehicle and the sound of our jaws collectively dropping at the sight of Vang Vieng's... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2018 at Desperate Measures
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21 December 2005 Vang Vieng has gotten a bad rap because of all the drugs and backpackers allegedly turning it into one big party place. We pencil in two nights for this small town, which has become a popular rest stop for those traveling between Vientiane and Luang Prabang. We... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2018 at Desperate Measures
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29-31 December 2017 It's 12 years later and I do not recognise Vientiane at all. It is, obviously, a lot more modern, but is still very rural. There is a wat or a stupa around almost every corner. On our street alone, there are at least three wats, one of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2018 at Desperate Measures
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14 December 2005 If you look at a map of Thailand and Laos, Chiang Mai doesn't seem too far away from Vientiane, so why our bus went from A to F (for "Fucker!") just to get to B is beyond me. I am not amused and turn up Metallica on... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2018 at Desperate Measures
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It's the first time in a long time that I am traveling during the holiday season. But I've brought my polka dots with me! Sending you the very best wishes for 2018 from Vang Vieng in Laos! The view from our room at Vieng Tara Villas. See you in the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2017 at Desperate Measures
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I meant to write an update a few billion times but, since I last wrote, I was in Cebu, Manila, El Nido, Manila, Cebu, Siargao, Cebu and, now, I'm in Japan. So I'll just fast forward to now, shall I? Nicolas and I were just in Niseko, Hokkaido upon the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2017 at Desperate Measures
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It's October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month. A few years ago, I did a story on my masseuse and her trials and tribulations. At that time, she had just battled breast cancer but was struggling with its aftermath. Later, I heard she had passed away. I didn't even know she had... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2017 at Desperate Measures
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It's October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month. A few years ago, I did a story on my masseuse and her trials and tribulations. At that time, she had just battled breast cancer but was struggling with its aftermath. Later, I heard she had passed away. I didn't even know she had... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2017 at Desperate Measures
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It's October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month. A few years ago, I did a story on my masseuse and her trials and tribulations. At that time, she had just battled breast cancer but was struggling with its aftermath. Later, I heard she had passed away. I didn't even know she had... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2017 at Desperate Measures
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So, after four months of back and forth with Garmin, I finally got my vívosmart HR at the end of August last year. By then, my initial excitement had dissipated. Not to mention that my brand spanking new fitness tracker was rendered obsolete before I even got it with Garmin's... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2017 at Desperate Measures
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Last month's Tour of Duty: Aug 10-12 Cebu Aug 12-24 Manila (Did yoga from Aug 15-21, except on the 17th when I had a very bad hangover from too many shots at a bachelorette party.) Aug 24-27 Singapore (Saw Foo Fighters in concert on the 26th!) Aug 27-30 Manila Aug... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2017 at Desperate Measures
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So far, I've been good on the no sugar front. Only had one mango the other day. Sometimes, I think about chocolate chip cookies, but it's a good thing I can't be arsed to bake now. Especially since I haven't found the right recipe for crunchy chocolate chip cookies. I... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2017 at Desperate Measures
Hi Sally! Thank you for your comment. The instructors at Kermit are long-staying visitors to the island.
Toggle Commented Aug 3, 2017 on Yoga at Kermit Siargao at Desperate Measures
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Today, after reading "The Sweet Poison Quit Plan" by David Gillespie, as recommended by Hong Kong-based Scottish mate, Xen Gladstone, I'm going to attempt to kick my sugar addiction. When Xen was living in Manila in the 90s, he was a pretty hefty guy, so when Rosan and I bumped... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2017 at Desperate Measures
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When I last checked in with you, I was supposed to be on Day 11 of the 30-Day Shred, but was really only on Day 8. Well, I'm now supposed to be on Day 19 and... I have not progressed beyond Day 8. I know. It's shocking. I'm shocked. I'm... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2017 at Desperate Measures
Thanks, Jane! I finished the Brownie Chips. Doh!
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After I wrote my last (lack of) fitness update from Manila, I shamed myself into going back to yoga. To my credit, I went 13/14 days. And, on most days, I did two to three classes. Yep. What can I say? Shame, Catholic Guilt and the need for Penance are... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2017 at Desperate Measures
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10. The road is long, and is difficult as hell. I don't know what I was thinking, but I didn't think it would be that hard. Everyday, as I would limp to the showers on my broken feet, I'd ask myself, "Why am I doing this again???" There was one... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2017 at Desperate Measures
Thank you, Martin, it was my pleasure. All is well on this side of the universe, thanks for asking! It's too bad I didn't get to meet the rest of the family in Santiago. Perhaps another time? All the best! G
Thank you, JohnGlenn!
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We met a lot of amazing, wonderful people along the Camino. Like Jake Moorman and his father, Martin, from Halifax, West Yorkshire, whom Rosan and I met as we were exiting Hontanas and heading into Castrojeriz. We met on this road outside Hontanas. 12 April 2017. They were walking with... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2017 at Desperate Measures