Cu Chi Tunnels

Am I the only one who thinks of tickling a baby and saying coochy-coo? The Cu Chi Tunnels were dug by the Viet Cong and consist of 121 km of tunnels around Cu Chi. These tunnels were used to house troops, women and children, transport communications and supplies, lay booby […]

An Unscheduled Move, A Nap & Allergies

The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry. I really want to be a smart ass and say my country’s PM would try to change that to “mice and peoplekind”. I must be feeling better! Well hello Saigon! I’ve always wanted to wander about your streets. I’m so […]

Ancient Town, My Ao Dai & This Damn Cold

I walked around the Ancient Town. Hoi An Old Town is an UNESCO World Heritage Site dating back to the 15th century. It’s very interesting looking at the many different types of architecture. I visited the Japanese Covered Bridge. It was built in the 1590’s by the Japanese to connect […]

A Beach, A Dragon & A Princess

I said goodbye to Hanoi and headed to Da Nang. I truly enjoyed my time in Hanoi. It is a fascinating city with so much history and many things to do. I flew on Vietnam Airlines and the flight was a little over an hour. I was the lucky passenger […]

Stairs, Trains & Wine

When you’re staying on the 6th floor with no elevator and it’s oppressively hot and humid, you PLAN your day around how many times you’ll have to climb the 6 flights of stairs. Still not recovered from this freaking cough and cold, I didn’t have much to do today other […]

Paradise Found in Ha Long Bay

Ha Long Bay is an UNESCO site located in Quang Ninh Province, Vietnam. It is gorgeous! The bay consists of 1000’s of little islands in different sizes and shapes. There is also Bai Tu Long Bay and Cat Ba Island. Taking the recommendation of my hostel, I booked a 2D/1N […]

Feels Like 45°C, Dodging Traffic & Homesick

I’m feeling much better. All my body parts ~ nose, head, bladder and bowel ~ seem to be functioning normally. Everyone knock on wood it stays that way. My ears are still popping as the stuffiness leaves me. You know those ear pops that come out of nowhere and are […]

Hanoi, Snot & Medicine

You all know THAT person on a plane that you’re stuck sitting beside. The one coughing up a lung. The one blowing their nose constantly. The one that grosses you out with all their germs. Today, that person was ME! I apologized profusely to the woman sitting beside me and […]

Wonderful Vientiane

Laos, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, borders Myanmar, China, Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand. Vientiane is the capital city. Canadians require a tourist visa and I got mine upon arrival at the airport. A quick, painless process. I wandered around and enjoyed the sites, the people and the atmosphere. I walked […]

Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat is an UNESCO World Heritage Site and was built in the early 12th century as a Hindu temple. It was changed to a Buddhist temple in the late 12th century. It faces West instead of East like other temples in this region. The Angkor Archaeological Park is 402 […]

Random Thoughts of the Day

Do you know what I’ve done today? Not very much! Had one of those lazy days. This hostel is wonderful and for the most part I’ve just been hanging out on the balcony chatting with people. I was told I look 32 by a young man. I’ll take it. He […]

The Killing Fields

I toured S-21 and the Choeung Ek Genocidal Center in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. It brought back many memories of touring Auschwitz in Poland. The horror of genocide still continues in our world. Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration and Extermination Camp I’ve heard about The Killing Fields, but didn’t know the details. I knew […]

Nation of Brunei, the Abode of Peace

I arrived in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei for a few days via Royal Brunei Airlines. Awesome airline! My bag is now 10 kg and they didn’t make me check it or charge me more. Give this airline a try if you have the opportunity. Immigration was smooth and I didn’t […]

Bako National Park ~ Borneo

Up bright and early again and headed to Bako National Park to see the Proboscis Monkeys. I travelled by bus and boat to get there. I took the red bus which was 5 Ringgit (1.50 CAD) because I’m trying to do this cheaply and the bus was nice. Comfy seats. […]

Borneo Orangutans and Out & About in Kuching

Seeing the orangutans was one of my best experiences! I was up bright and early to get to the Semenggoh Nature Reserve in time for the morning feeding. I’ve been using GRAB (similar to UBER) to get about for longer distances and my driver waited for me through the feeding […]

Komodo National Park

Arrival in Labuan Bajo & Boat Transfer to XPirates Dive Camp I left Kuta, Bali in the morning ~ Kadek once again picked me up at the hotel and drove me to the airport. I flew Nam Air and it was a quick one hour flight. My “window seat” did […]

PETRONAS Twin Towers

You’ve seen them in the movies! Remember “Entrapment”? Disaster movies that show various landmarks around the world usually feature them. These towers were the tallest buildings in the world from 1998 until 2004 when they were surpassed by Taipei 101. They remain the world’s tallest twin towers. PETRONAS Twin Towers […]

Swings & Monkeys

Kadek picked me up at 8:00 am this morning and we headed to Ubud. The first stop was the Terrace River Pool Swing. There were many other things to do like zip lining and riding a bike on a rope, but I only wanted to swing!! Mavia, the pineapple pic […]

A Jackie Day in Bali

Today has been so relaxing and I didn’t do a whole lot. I started off by hitting up Starbucks and going for a walk on the beach. The waves are big and I’m not a strong swimmer so I didn’t venture in. I’m a life jacket kinda girl! I washed […]

Goodbye Singapore and Hello Bali

A few last pics of Singapore! A wonderful city with the nicest people. The 44 hour layover was the best choice for my wallet, but I would have liked a few more days here. I’ll be back! Sweet Baby Jesus and all that is holy! I had the hot flash […]

My New Favourite City ~ Singapore

I arrived in Singapore after a very long flight. I have a couple things to mention before getting to the Sling and the spellbinding views of Singapore! I had the bright idea to walk the 8 km to the airport and I was a hot sweaty mess time I got […]

I Love You & Your Slings Singapore

The Singapore Sling! Makes me want to go dancing. I sat at the bar, talked to the people around me, cracked peanuts, threw my shells on the floor and savoured not one, but two, Singapore Slings at the Long Bar, Raffles Hotel in Singapore. I always wanted to do this […]

A Sky Dive and A Hop, Swim & Jump

First a warning for vegans and vegetarians … you may want to skip this post! Next, I’m staying in the noisiest hostel ever! This one was advertised as slightly older crowd and no alcohol permitted. Yep, the noisiest!!!!!! I spent some time last night figuring out my next steps from […]

A Hangover, Phone Calls & A Bridge Climb

After my wine tasting shenanigans yesterday, I’m feeling my age this morning. I’m now in Sydney at the Asylum Backpackers Hostel and it looks like an interesting place! I’m the old lady in the dorm, these young ladies sure like to leave their clothes all over the floor. I’d be […]

Seafood, Day Drunk & French Fries

I got drunk today. But I’m getting ahead of myself. I woke up in Tassie!! I’ve been told a lot that Australians like to shorten their words. Tasmania … Tassie, Parmigiana … Parmi, TD … Tasmanian Devil. I’m starting to get it. I did yet another small load of laundry, […]

Bathing Boxes, Security Guards & Tassie

I said goodbye to Linda, Harvey and Lizzie this morning. We took a fabulous walk on the beach. Stunning area! These are known as Bathing Boxes. Owned by locals their starting price is 300k. They have no power and you can’t sleep all night in them. I’ve had the best […]

Beaches, A Penguin Parade & A Road Trip

Another day started with … laundry! Again, with only one pair of leggings and the weather a little cooler, it’s all I’m wearing. I put my shorts on to wear while doing the laundry, but Barb loaned me a pair of pants and a big blue wooly jumper. I’m going […]

Kangaroos, Koalas and Devils Oh My

I’m loving travelling with my little carry on backpack. When I landed in Sydney and went through Immigration, the man asked if my pack was all I had and THEN he said don’t you have 20 pairs of shoes.  OMG I said do you know me? Maybe I’m on some […]

I’ve Walked On All 7 Continents

As of today, 4 June 2019, I have set foot on all 7 continents 🌏🌍🌎 North America (Born) Europe (1988) Asia (2012) South America (2013) Africa (2014) Antarctica (2018) Australia (2019)   Fun Facts … Africa is the only continent that is crossed by both the Prime Meridian and the […]

An Itty Bitty Walk

Usual morning, get up, do my business and shower in the coed bathroom, hide in the stall until anyone that may have heard me doing my business is gone, straighten hair that will be frizzy as soon as I step outside, put on my one pair of leggings and go […]

Walking Around Auckland

I’m still not sleeping well and waking up a lot. The messy girl with ALL of her clothes all over the floor sleeps all day and is out all night. I call her Pig Pen in my mind. There was finally another room available this morning so I’ve moved and […]

Ella Blanche Collins

Today started like any other day. I woke up, got ready and went to Starbucks. I walked around looking for something to do and decided to take the ferry to Devonport. During my ferry ride, my Mom called to tell me that my Grandmother had passed away. I called Bryan […]

The Shire ~ Welcome to my Hobbit Hole

I had the best day at Hobbiton! I did not sleep very well last night, I think I woke up every hour. I am not used to setting an alarm anymore and was afraid of sleeping in and missing my pickup in the morning. It’s also a big time change […]

Kia Ora Middle Earth!

“I’m going on an adventure!” said Bilbo Baggins in the Hobbit.  Kia Ora New Zealand!  Kia Ora means “hello” and comes from the indigenous Maori language.  New Zealanders (Kiwis) also greet each other with the Hongi (touching noses). I’m on another adventure in a new area of the world for […]

Travelling With Only A Backpack

I want a Louis Vuitton trunk, many of them.  I want to pack them and organize my stuff and travel with them.  I also want somebody else to carry them, carefully of course. I leave Canada on Tuesday, May 28 and fly from Edmonton to San Francisco (Air Canada) and […]

Spring / Summer 2019 Travel Plans!

I have to return to work soon ~ however, I am having one last hurrah and travelling to New Zealand, Australia and South East Asia.  I will have travelled to all 7 continents when I get to Australia and that is a dream come true for me.  I’m hoping to […]