Did you know that Sloppy Joe’s were invented in Havana? Yes, those good ol’ Sloppy Joe sandwiches were invented in Havana. Remember that ground beef/tomato sauce mixture you slopped on buns? Then you devoured it in minutes thinking it was the best thing you ever had? Sloppy Joes were the brainstorm of a local Havana restaurant (Paladar) owned by a guy named – you got it – Joe. It happened in the 1920’s during prohibition when mobsters and gangsters began to flock to Havana for its availability of alcohol and gambling. Joe wanted to cater to this … More… →
If you have ever wanted to go back to the 1950’s, you can easily do it in Havana, or anywhere in Cuba (with the exception of the tourist resorts). It’s fun to actually feel the Cuba time warp. For us, it was like going back to our childhoods. Younger travellers could experience what it was like to live in your parent’s time, or even your grandparent’s. The 1950’s were very cool. Classic Cars in Cuba There are not just a few old cars in Havana – they are everywhere! It would be fair to say … More… →
We cannot deny it, our trip to Cuba was definitely not our best trip. Of course there were amazing things about Cuba, but we always promise our readers to write exactly the way we experienced a country, and not to glamorize and sensationalize it like a tourist brochure. The Weather Check the forecast before you go. 28 of the 30 days we were there (to escape our cold Canadian winter), the weather in Cuba was cold, windy and rainy. I mean so windy, it would blow your hat clean off, and so cold that the locals were … More… →
Time. Have you ever noticed that we are slaves to time almost every minute of the day? Time to get up, time to go to school/work, time to get a job finished on time, time to go for lunch, time to get more work done, time for coffee, time for an appointment, time to go home, time to make supper, time to do dishes, time to get groceries, time to get gas, time to do the things on the list before going to bed, time to go to bed, time to get up… rinse and repeat, and repeat, … More… →
Orangutan Break-In We were down for breakfast at the Myrne River Resort in Borneo when David told us that there had been an Orangutan Break-in! Most of the cups and glassware had been removed from the Coffee and Snacks station in the centre of the Restaurant because a wild Orangutan had wandered into the open-sided restaurant and started smashing everything in the Coffee station! Gulp. I almost choked on my coffee, as I glanced around to see if there were any orangutans lurking nearby. We had heard of lots of different types of break-ins, but never … More… →
It was time for the Borneo Jungle Walk in Sabah, Borneo. As we entered the jungle, the first thing to walk across was a swinging rope bridge, which David managed with ease. I won’t say how T managed on the rope bridge, but I have this vision of him with arms and legs sprawled in all directions between the ropes. Suffice it to say that he looked like he had had “ten too many”. Voodoo in the Jungle Real Borneo jungle is choking with trees and foliage of every description, and the way the … More… →
Gigantic Butterfly Relaxing on the deck before our Borneo River Safari, something moved beside my chair. I looked, and made a small gasp. There was a huge creature fluttering on our patio window a foot away from me! I stood up, stepped back… and took a closer look. Well, it was just a butterfly! But it was the most gigantic butterfly I had ever seen. We were in the middle of jungle after all. It was kind of pretty too, in fact, beautiful. For a few moments, I was mesmerized just watching her, probably with the … More… →
Travelling through the mountains of Borneo, we made a stop at Gomantong Cave, known for its ancient Bird’s Nest harvesting. A delicacy in this part of the world is Bird’s Nest Soup. Inside the Cave The first half-kilometre into the cave is a beautiful forest. Not only is this magnificent cave full of the priceless bird’s nests of the Swiftlet bird, it is also full of bird poop, bats and cockroaches! There were actually piles of bat dung 8-10 feet high, and the walkway was 3 feet off the ground. Not my favourite cave. David Tseu, our … More… →
One of our stops on our way to a new jungle resort in Borneo was for Indian food. What a treat it was to watch this guy making each individual fresh roti, and with a bright smile that showed how much he really seemed to enjoy doing it. To watch it was true art. How to Make Roti Starting with a little ball of dough he starts stretching it and throwing it in the air until it is paper-thin and two feet across! Then he folds the thin dough many times into a square, oils … More… →
We had rented a cabin and were about to spend a week on an uninhabited island, Uoleva Island, in the Haap’ai Group of Tonga. It was an island we would have all to ourselves with absolutely breathtaking white powder beaches and crystal clear turquoise water (perfect for skinny dipping). There were no roads, no cars, no shops on the island. Flying Over the Dozens of Islands of Tonga As we flew over the islands of Tonga, the clear, blue atolls were amazing! We flew over island after island, atoll after atoll, with miles of white sand and the most brilliant … More… →
A Rare Experience We felt extremely privileged to see the Pygmy Elephants in Borneo. These Borneo Elephants are the cutest elephants you have ever seen! They look like they are straight out of a Disney movie. They have big baby-face heads, big floppy ears, chubby tummies, straight husks and long tails. Apparently, they are quite gentle unless extremely provoked. Playing in the Mud At first the Pygmy Elephants were walking into the forest, but they must have decided that we needed a little show, and slowly they started to turn around and come back. It … More… →
The Lake It was the most mesmerizing lake we had ever seen. Set in the Borneo rain forest like a jewel of peace among wild thorns. (Double-click on any photo to see it full size) Reflections so perfect and so still, you’d swear there were two lakes. Most astounding was the silence. In any forest you will hear the sounds of birds and animals and insects, yet at this enthralling place in the Borneo rainforest, there was not a sound. The unusual silence was hypnotic. Even the remote Northern Lakes of Canada were not this noiseless. … More… →
Sepilok Orangutan Nursery We were still giddy from seeing the wild Orangutans that morning. After returning to the gorgeous Sepilok Nature Resort, we had lunch and a short break before we headed to the Sepilok Orangutan Nursery and Rehabilitation Centre. The Orangutan Nursery and Rehabilitation Centre houses orphaned and stolen baby orangutans. Many of the little orangutans were originally pet orangutans that had been illegally kept as pets; some were orphaned babies whose Mothers had died or been killed. They were all babies or between 1-2 years old. Stolen and Orphaned Orangutan Babies The … More… →
Move over Africa – Borneo could offer as much as Africa, without the price! Check out our amazing adventures below while on Borneo Safari, and just see if you wouldn’t rather go to Borneo at half the cost of going to Africa. WILD ANIMALS OF BORNEO With one of the oldest rainforests in the world, and protecting the endangered Bornean Orangutan, the Bornean Elephant, the Proboscis Monkey, the Sumatran Rhinoceros, the Leaf Monkey, and the Bornean Clouded Leopard, Borneo is fast becoming an alternative to the African Safari. Afar named Borneo first in a list of unique safari … More… →
The Wilds of Borneo Wild. Untamed. Natural. Full of natural jungle and wild animals! Wild Boars, Macaques, Elephants and Orangutans. Private Tour of Borneo We highly recommend a private tour of Borneo. To drive to, and find, the wild animals and accommodation in the depths of the jungle on your own would be a very challenging experience, and it’s doubtful that you would have the inside of knowledge of a professional local guide. Just take a look at this fabulous Itinerary created by our private tour guide, David Tseu (We’ve added prices in … More… →
Skip Manila in the Philippines. It is a big, noisy, busy, dumpy, dirty city. Sorry to be so blunt, but that is the truth. Unless you like big, noisy, busy, dumpy cities, that is. Leaving El Nido Leaving the fantastic islands of El Nido, Philippines, was difficult, and as we flew over the Philippines towards Manilla, it was with a wistful goodbye. We will always remember these gorgeous plush lagoons and islands. When we were told that El Nido was voted the best island in the world, we were a bit doubtful. We thought the … More… →
Arrival El Nido Airport The Philippines were gorgeous. We can never forget the amazing colours of the ocean or the sweet people, but something else pops into our heads as soon as someone mentions El Nido, Philippines. The lovely welcome and the not-so-lovely departure from El Nido Airport. We’ve mentioned this in earlier posts (Getting To The Best Island In The World), but we also want to share our videos of arrival and departure with you so you can truly feel a connection to these experiences, and just so you know what to expect if you go to El … More… →
As one of the most beautiful places on earth, El Nido was a week of pure indulgence. Relaxing in a hammock, staring out across an aquamarine bay studded with gorgeous islands, tucking into a good novel, eating great food, and with barely anyone else there, what could be better than that? Really Fresh Chicken For Dinner Of course there were a few surprises. Like the day we were sitting in the restaurant of our resort, Garden Bay Beach Resort, wide shutters open to a soft breeze on a warm day, when we heard a fluttery noise nearby. Looking … More… →
Dazzling Colours 5 of the most stunning islands in the world are off El Nido, on Palawan Island in the Philippines. Majestic and breath-taking views in every direction simply made this one of the most memorable tours (and we usually dislike tours) that we have ever taken. Simply jaw-dropping. We hope our photos demonstrate the true beauty of El Nido, Palawan Island, and the stunning islands surrounding it. Palawan Island was named the best island in the world by Travel + Leisure Magazine, 2016. We were skeptical, but now we have to agree. The jaw-dropping and changing … More… →
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