Archive for June, 2012

MESSAGE: London *Video*

Saturday, June 30th, 2012

London (“the City”) was hopping when I was there – celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, gearing up for Wimbledon and anticipating hosting the Olympics = What a summer!

While I’ve been to London once before, this time I stayed for …

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Packing: European Holiday *Video*

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

Brits famously say: “There is no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothes.” I’ll remember that next time I’m in Stonehenge being pelted with marble-sized hail stones and 70 mph winds!

As I left Borneo, I donated my flimsy …

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Just in Time for Summer!

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

For our latest Donate my Dollars gift, I asked my Twitter followers and Facebook friends to nominate their favorite nonprofit organization to receive a $1,000 donation.

We received 9 nominations – not so many for free money! But several of …

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MESSAGE: Borneo *Video*

Saturday, June 23rd, 2012

Borneo, the 3rd largest island in the world, is a place unto itself – a magical spot full of amazing wildlife and nature and constant discovery.

The island is home to 16 million people and comprises 3 countries: portions of …

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Spectacular Sipadan *Video*

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

Sipadan, Malaysia’s only oceanic island, is located in the Celebes Sea off the coast of Borneo. The island is formed by living corals growing on top of an extinct volcano. A national marine park, Sipadan is protected and no one …

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Orangutan: Man of the Forest

Monday, June 18th, 2012

At 130 million years old, the Borneo rainforest is the oldest rainforest in the world. The rainforest is home to 15,000 species of flowering plants, 3,000 species of trees, 221 species of terrestrial mammals, and 420 species of birds. The …

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Borneo Jungle Camp *Video*

Friday, June 15th, 2012

My next adventure was in Borneo! I headed to the eastern Malaysian province of Sabah, lured by the chance to see organutans in the wild and dive Sipadan, reportedly one of the best dive spots in the world.

The Jungle

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Island Abodes

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

Mabul, an hour boat ride from the northeastern Borneo coastline, is the closest island to the renowned dive spot Sipadan and the only place for divers to stay. Since you have to travel a good long way to get to …

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MESSAGE: Singapore

Monday, June 11th, 2012

I remember the first time I visited Singapore with my family. I was 15 and it seemed so exotic with the steamy heat and pungent smells of clay pot rice and char su being sold on the street corners. My …

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South Asian Reads

Friday, June 8th, 2012

As I’ve mentioned before, I love reading the local literature of a country I’m visiting. I think it enhances my understanding of my new surroundings, giving me extra insight on the culture and past histories.

Here’re a few of the …

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