Hot Summer Day at the National Zoo

What to do when it’s 95 degrees outside with 70% humidity? Go to the zoo, of course!

Capital Fourth

Scenes from our neighborhood July 4th festivities:

Crystal City Car Show

Father’s Day in our new neighborhood:

DC Pride Parade

Scenes from our neighborhood pride parade this weekend:

California Coast

One thing I always look forward to doing during home leave is taking a leisurely drive along Highway 1 between LA and SF Bay Area. This time around, we started in Santa Monica (where we used to live), stopped off at El Matador Beach (where we married 10+ years ago), checked out the SLO Concours, elephant seals, drove through Big Sur, dined in Carmel, spent a lovely afternoon in Monterey, before finally arriving in the bay area. I can’t wait to do it again.

San Luis Obispo Concours d’Elegance

One of my favorite summertime activities is attending car shows. With Cars and Coffee on hiatus, I had to look elsewhere. Luckily, San Luis Obispo Concours d’Elegance happens to coincide with our home leave so we made a pit stop on our drive from SoCal to the bay area to check it out…


Before making our big move back to the US, we took one last family holiday in the Indonesian island paradise Bali…

Krabi, Thailand

With our departure only a few weeks away, we decided to take full advantage of our remaining time by squeezing in a couple more trips. First up, Krabi:

Sarawak Cultural Village

If you want to experience the indigenous cultures of Sarawak but don’t have the time to go deep into the jungle for a few nights stay at a long house and hang out an Iban tribe, then the Sarawak Cultural Village is a pretty reasonable substitute. It’s a living museum, and in many ways, it reminded me of the Polynesian Cultural Center in Hawaii.

Bako National Park

Part of the draw for Kuching is the abundance of nature activies that are within easy reach of the city. Bako National Park, a forest reserve at the mouth of the Bako and Kuching Rivers, is a prime example. From Kuching, it’s about a 45min drive to Bako Jetty, and from there, a 15min boat ride to the park entrance. Depending on the amount of time you have, you can choose trails lasting anywhere from an hour to an entire day…

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