Mostly for convenience because our flight to Bangkok (and then onward to Hanoi) left very early the next morning, we chose to stay our last night in Taiwan in the city of Taoyuan which is close to the airport. Jesse chose our hotel because it was in town, but also very close to the night […]Read More A surprisingly fun time in Taoyuan
When we were researching online and asking friends and family what we should do in Taiwan beyond visiting Taipei, a unanimous suggestion was always to go visit the Taroko Gorge in Hualien county to take in some of Taiwan’s beautiful natural landscapes on the Pacific coast. So that’s where we headed next. We were warned […]Read More Touring Taroko Gorge and Hualien
Next up for us was to take one of Taiwan’s high speed trains down to the southwest coast and visit Tainan, Taiwan’s oldest city. The decision to visit Tainan came a little bit on a whim, mainly because I was told by another mother in Toronto who was originally from Taiwan that if she could […]Read More Feeling at home in Tainan
Spending a week in Taipei with my mother and sister was a wonderful way to start our vacation. We knew the kids would need some time to adjust to the 12 hour time difference (as would we!) so having some familiar faces and extra hands was a huge help to us. Jesse also very much […]Read More Family time in Taipei
We are back on the travel circuit but this time with 2 kiddos in tow. For those who didn’t already know, we have decided to take advantage of our parental leave time off and travel for 12 weeks together as a family. Our first stop is Taiwan where we will be joining PoPo (my mother) […]Read More Chanmans take flight!
So far in our trip I’d say we were doing relatively well on the parenting front. Daniel was rolling with the punches and adjusting to his new way of life, and I think even enjoying himself to boot. Truth to told, this trip isn’t really for his benefit…it’s for ours. We obviously would love to […]Read More A short trip into the Mekong Delta and a few parenting mishaps
Jesse does pretty much all the research and planning for our trips, so when he told me that he was thinking of going somewhere other than Phu Quoc (where we’d originally planned to spend our beach time in Vietnam), I assumed he had his reasons. Traveling with Daniel creates additional criteria we have to play […]Read More A Beautiful Beach Haven in Bai Xep
As Daniel began to finally settle into a decent sleep routine (still nothing perfect, but workable) we also hit our stride with the street food searches as well. Whereas before we didn’t stray too far from home when we first arrived, in our last few days we began to grab a taxi one way […]Read More Eat, Sleep, Play & Repeat…in Saigon
When Jes and I began our big 6 month trip in 2013, it took us about 5 days to actually acclimatize to the new time zone and pace of life. We were in Bangkok at that time, and I remember that we’d get so exhausted by mid afternoon that we would go back to […]Read More Sleepless in Saigon
Every day at nap time we read Daniel Dr. Seuss’ baby-ified book “Oh Baby, Go Baby”. At first we chose this book because (1) we received it as a gift so we had it on hand, (2) it has some fun interactive stuff going on in it, and (3) it’s relatively short and easy […]Read More Oh Baby, The Places You’ll Go!