11. A Singapore Celebration


When your husband hits a big milestone (like turning 30) and you’re living as an expat, you don’t want to stop the celebration after one fancy dinner. You want to make it the most memorable birthday yet – not just a birth-DAY but a birth-week… maybe even a birth-MONTH…(yeah, no that’s going a little too far). But you get where I’m going with this. It needed to be special and the birthday boy had full reign. For this trip, Shawn’s only requirements included a big city, decent weather and good food. With this easy list of conditions, we dropped our next pin on Singapore, the world’s only island city-state, the land of weird laws and notable cleanliness. Located at the southernmost tip of continental Asia and only about 80 miles from the equator, makes this city-state hotter than you could imagine. The lowest temperature recorded for this island nation was a mere 66 degrees in January 1934! So needless to say, this city is a giant bubble of heat, but there were no complaints coming from the two of us. It was a welcomed change from our blend of smog and bone-chilling weather back home in the ‘Du.

Before we began booking our trip to Singapore, the only things we really knew about the city where it’s universal reputation for

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10. Floating Through Bangkok

The morning we landed in Thailand’s bustling capital of Bangkok, we connected with a guide, Sam, that was recommended to us by a fellow traveler in Phuket. He was known for providing a thorough experience of Bangkok’s floating market. Today, these markets serve mainly as tourist attractions, but they originated in a time and within locations where water transportation was a large part of daily life. These markets became the core of communities for centuries through out the central plains of Thailand since the 1300’s. Once we arrived in Damnoen Saduak district, about two hours outside of Bangkok, it felt as if we had stumbled into a whole new world (cue Aladdin sountrack). We boarded our traditional long tail boat and wandered through

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09. Island Hopping in Phuket


What is the first vision that comes to mind when you think of Thailand? White sands and turquoise waters? Mouth watering pad thai with a side of panoramic ocean views? Phuket was nothing short of what we expected for the bikini and vitamin D portion of our trip. On day one, the first thing on our agenda was to hop on a scooter and hit the beach for some rays while we waited for lions in our stomachs to wake up. We drove down a slice of the coast until we found the perfect spot to claim as our territory. We found a stunning cove and laid out our mark before cooling off in the blue waters. The water was crystal clear and the perfect way to start off our adventures in this world famous beach town. We wanted to take advantage of the access the scooter gave us, so we found a cafe on the other side of the island and set out to the see the scenery. As we continued to explore the island we hand our eyes on the

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