Just a week back, we welcomed the new year. Today though, we are sharing with you our first newsletter issue for 2018. This is also the tenth and final year in which we will be issuing this quarterly newsletter.
It has been almost a decade, and the fourth issue in October this year will mark our 40th newsletter. Wow. And to think it all started because one of you suggested that we ought to bring to life our travels from a time before blogging became the popular platform and IG an obsession for many. Cannot imagine having started this all these years ago and still having some of you as our faithful readers. Many thanks for your support.
So what has been happening recently?
For one thing we’ve survived. The desert that is. Phew! And we have been awed. It was definitely not a journey that we regret and when our journalogs are published you will surely understand. We are talking about our just concluded journey to Jordan and Israel.
Well we hope you had a wonderful December break too and are freshly rested for the start of yet another exciting year. Here’s our latest issue : The Long Journey Q1-2018. Time to get the engines started again as we roll back into a 9-5 mode.
Let’s all make it a good start to the year!
It would be cliché to say yet again how time flies, but then it really did. Heheh. And now we are into the last months of the year. Oh what a year it had been so far! Having just come back from Hua Hin on our road trip, we have to report that it was a wonderful adventure making that drive. A journalog cometh soon…
And it has been a little more quiet in this last three months. Time to let Bankie recover a little! But that might have to wait. You may recall we’ve been longing to get to Jordan for the longest time right? Well guess what? The group has formed!! Yaaay! It means sometime in the middle of December we shall be waltzing to the airport on the way to another of our bucket list destinations. Woohoo!
But of course that would still be some months away.
We hope you too had a fun filled three months. Even if not traveling a lot, there can still be fun in our own backyard too! Sometime towards the end of the year, we shall make an announcement. It has a lot to do with having fun in your own neighbourhood(s). Look out for it!
Here’s our latest newsletter: The Long Journey Q4-2017. Enjoy!
Bonjour. Good morning (day). Guten Tag. 早晨. Hyvää huomenta. Buongiorno. おはようございます. Selamat Pagi. And the list goes on. If your language is not in this sentence it just means that we’ve come to a stop with the last one that is in Malay. That’s all.
Oh wow. So much has happened in just 6 short months.
The last time we said that time flies. Heheh. We now think that time has warped! Just like Star Trek heroes warping through space and time, it seems like the lunar new year was just over, wallet freshly recovering from the wounds of giving out a plenty of red packets.. 满江红…
So what’s Mel and Suan been up to in these last three months? Work! That’s what we did. After depleting the bank accounts (rather emptying it) late last year and in the first 3 months of the year, it was time to let little ‘bankie’ to recover. But work also brought us places May through to June so Bankie might need a little more time to recuperate. Yes we name our bank account too just like the car we used to drive (we are car-lite now yeah!). We thought using money as part of the naming would be fun but “monkie” doesn’t quite appeal phoentically. LOL.
Not being in Singapore meant we did not receive any visitors either….sigh. But we did catch up with friends in the big Apple though… Our latest newsletter is here: The Long Journey Q3-2017! Take a peek.
Sometime in September if we get the slot, we’d finally touch Hua Hin through the use of the timeshare apartment instead of heading to Phuket or Chiang Mai. And we shall road trip there too! Heheh, we have also just placed bookings for a journey to the land of the prophets at the end of the year. Yes – Jordan here we come, although Israel is included too. Bankie will surely be exhausted by then. Again.
What are your plans for the 2nd half of this year?
Salutations to all ex-colleagues and friends,
Time flies when you are having fun, someone said. Don’t know who did, but that person sure was a genius who said it. Because it’s true. You know there are days that seem so long that the seconds feel like hours? Well, the exact opposite is true when you are on the move!
In the last three months, we’ve gone on a culinary overload in Thailand and a mini road trip along the northern coast of Japan. On both journeys we were blessed with good weather and smooth travel. For five consecutive months since last October we had been on the move each month. Time to recuperate. LOL!
We are still trying to finalize when we can touch Petra and how…It’s coming soon to summer and all advisers we sought recommend not being there when it is at the height of the heat. Sigh. How now brown cow? Watch this space! On the other hand it seems Cuba could be coming closer than we originally thought! Well, never give up! Persevere and we shall prevail.
In any case here’s our latest newsletter: The Long Journey Q2-2017. Until next time,
Happy New Year! It’s 2017.
Dear friends, ex-colleagues,
Can you imagine that? Barely one year ago, we started this blog. And we also begun to place our quarterly newsletter here instead of sending the PDF file out to you. What was the original intent? Well to be terribly honest, it was to drive some readership traffic to this blog in its infancy. LOL.
So what’s up?
Finally did a road trip in Thailand (driving that is). Now that was a real milestone, which means…we’ll do this all over the rest of the country as well! And a new corner of Korea has been touched – Busan! We can almost compare the two cities (Seoul & Busan) to Tokyo vs Osaka. Perhaps not a fair comparison to some, but that’s our 2 cents! And rushing out this post today, we have just returned from the biting cold of Harbin 3 days ago! Fingers still twitching…
Read our latest newsletter here: The Long Journey Q1-2017.
It’s time to make some travel resolutions for 2017. What will yours be? For us, we intend to:
- Touch Petra, Jordan
- Walk arond Havana, Cuba
- Do a drive around Hua Hin
Wish us luck (please?). For now this will do, as we cannot commit too much since these are already ambitious touch points. We are looking forward to a travel filled 2017! Hope you will too!
It has been almost a month since we did the fantastic road trip in Phuket. Well, more like daily drive excursions, cos’ we were not moving from one location to another. Oh how time flies!
We’ve been on the road since that time as well, thus the journalog has been slow in being completed. As you know, Mel does not like to cut up the journey into separate posts by the day! Besides, we do have a life aside from blogging which we can say is far from not exciting!
So in hindsight, would we have done our road trip any differently?
Yes indeed!! We would have rented the car from day one that we arived in Phuket and expanded our range well outside of the island to Phang-Nga and possibly even towards Krabi! Because all in, it’s within a 100km radius. Perhaps when we return to Phuket in a few years, we could consider that.
And now, we present out road trip to Phuket: here.
Enjoy! And give us your comments. May you have exceedingly good ideas on how to squeeze the most out of your time on this island that some may consider paradise!