Hoi An

Banh Mi

Posted June 16, 2012  /   By Adam and Amanda  /  0 Comments

Hoi An is world heritage city in central Vietnam that is close to a few awesome beaches and also known for really good food.  The thing that it is most famous for though is it’s wide variety of tailors.  I thought about getting one, and even printed out a bunch of pictures from GQ to …

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Adam and Mandy Top Gear Style

Posted June 15, 2012  /   By Adam and Amanda  /  0 Comments

Hue is supposedly the old imperial capital of Vietnam and I hear there a lot of palaces and what not, but we weren’t here for such things.  We came to Hue for two reasons: 1) To eat the best food in Vietnam and 2) To rent motorcycles for the epic ride down to Hoi An.  …

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Phong Nha Farmstay

Farmers on the Road near Phong Nha

Posted June 10, 2012  /   By Adam and Amanda  /  0 Comments

Although we absolutely loved Hanoi, we were ready to get off the beaten track a bit a check out something a bit more rural.  After a bit of internet research and a few emails, we discovered the Phong Nha Farmstay and it seemed perfect!  The owners Ben (Australian) and Bich (Vietnamese) built a beautiful French …

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Ha Long Bay

Halong Sunset

Posted June 3, 2012  /   By Adam and Amanda  /  0 Comments

Ha Long bay is one of those things that you just have to do in Vietnam.  All over Hanoi we saw posters, tourist agencies and flyers showing the beautiful karst cliffs rising out of the sea and advertising the fact that it was recently added to the list of the New Seven Natural World Wonders …

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After our first night in Hanoi, we looked at each other and decided that we hated it.  The streets were covered in filth and the endless motorbikes deafened us.  We were disappointed because we had really been looking forward to the food in Vietnam but we couldn’t identify any of the food from grimy street …

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The biggest wedding I have ever seen.

Posted May 25, 2012  /   By Adam and Amanda  /  1 Comment

Our main reasons for visiting Taiwan was to visit my childhood friend Annie and to attend my friend Eric’s wedding.  We had built up an idea in our heads that since we were arriving to a big city in a developed country, travel would be much easier.  But after arriving we had a funny revelation …

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Kuala Lumpur

The Brills and the Kennys

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I have always found Kuala Lumpur to be a fascinating city, and I was excited for Mandy to see it for the first time.  Malaysia’s diverse population of Chinese, Malay and Indian come together to form city with a wide variety of architecture, food, and customs.  KL is a modern city, complete with some of …

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Mercado and Brill Portrait

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We decided to make a trip to Jakarta to visit Amanda’s cousin on her father’s side, Manny and his family.  Manny is the GM at the beautiful Millennium Hotel.  When we arrived at the airport we were pleasantly surprised to see that Manny’s driver and another staff member picked us up by car, especially after …

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Posted May 19, 2012  /   By Adam and Amanda  /  0 Comments

It took us quite a while to figure out the actual name of this city.  I have seen it variously spelled Yogyakarta, Jogyakarta, and Jogjakarta.  It made it pretty difficult to figure out how to buy our departing plane ticket.  The airport code is JOG if anyone is interested.  Anyway, Yogyakarta, is a big university …

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Mt. Bromo

The path to Bromo

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Unfortunately, Pepe’s domain only extended to Ijen, but at least he still wanted to come along with us for the drive to Bromo.  We stopped at tourist office in Probalingo to finalize payment for “Bromo system”  aka prearranged tourist plan.   We stopped by an internet cafe so Mandy could call her mother for her …

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