While in Phuket we took a day trip to the Phi Phi Islands. It was a very bumpy boat ride & very crowded once we got there but it was worth it.
I spent the rest of my time in Phuket by the pool…
Thanks again, Ellen for coming to visit!
Back when I was employed I had a pretty awesome job as an International Recruiter at Microsoft. I worked with a wonderful group of recruiters. Ellen was one of those peps. She came to visit Singapore a few weeks ago. We had originally planned to travel to Bali but there was a mishap with Ellen’s return trip so she found herself with four more days in South East Asia. We pooled our Starwood points and found a Westin Hotel in Phuket so a little trip to Thailand was also booked.
First up Ubud- Bali (one of my new favorite places)
Like a good wife I used, Expedia & found a great deal to stay at Bebek Tepi Sawah.
We went on a wonderful bike tour around Ubud. It started off at a coffee plantation, took us by rice fields and through varies villages. It was the highlight of my trip!
I can’t wait to go back with Matt!!!
My journey home for Christmas was a long one which included a 10 hour layover in Seoul. I was able to make the most of my brief stay and took a bus tour of the city. It was a frigid 27 degrees when I landed. After living in Singapore for 5 months I forgot what cold felt like!
In November Matt and I were finally able to take a trip together in Southeast Asia. The opportunity to explore this part of the world was one of the reasons we decided to make the move to Singapore so it felt good to take our first trip. We chose to go to Chiang Mai, Thailand. Our timing was perfect because we were there during Loi Krathong (Lantern Festival for those of you who don’t speak Thai). During the festival thousands of people release sky lanterns made of paper into the air they also release floating banana-leaf containers decorated with flowers and candles onto the rivers to worship the Goddess of Water.
My camera was not behaving (AKA- I’m not a good enough photographer) so I had to borrow this picture to show you what it was like.
We made friends while having a beer at a riverside bar. In our little group of 6 we represented France, Spain, Holland and US. We did a group Lantern and wrote wishes/ messages on the sides.
The rest of our trip included exploring the beautiful Buddhist temples, Matt getting a 2 hour Thai Massage, eating amazing Thai food, shopping at the night bazaar and spending time lounging by the pool.
It was such a great trip! We highly recommend Chiang Mai.
Em & Matt
Way back in September I was able to tag along with Matt on one of his work trips to London. I’ve never been to England before so I was super excited. We also made a quick trip to Amsterdam to visit our dear friends Kirk & Bre and meet their new baby girl!
First stop Emirates Stadium, Go Arsenal!
Our first EPL game! QPR vs Chelsea
Had to have a few pints before the game…
Tower of London
Amsterdam it’s good to see you again!
It’s been awhile since I’ve updated our blog. We’ve been racking up the frequently flyer miles! In the last six months Matt has traveled to Australia, Amsterdam, London (twice), Japan, Hong Kong, Macau, Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand (Chiang Mai & Bangkok), Malaysia and the US. My list isn’t quite as long… I’ve been to Malaysia, London, Amsterdam, Thailand (Chiang Mai & Phuket), Korea, US & Bali. Our passports are quickly running out of room. Per usual I took a ton of pictures hope you enjoy!
Em & Matt