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This blog is for everyone who loves  a healthy, travel lifestyle

Southern Laos Part 2 – The Bolaven Plateau

Following our Champasak adventures, we met friends in Pakse  and headed on up to the Bolaven Plateau. We passed Paksong town on the way to our destination, Montra Flower garden. It  is a flower/fruit/vegetable farm that has several bungalows for tourists to stay.  It was already dark out when we arrived and the  first thing […]

Coffee Paradise in Ubud, Bali

My first visit to Ubud in central Bali, Indonesia was 5 years ago, mainly to check out it’s world-renowned spa and wellness scene.  The Bali massage, which you can find everywhere you turn in Ubud, is a wonderful combination of relaxing and restorative. The local people are sweet and there is a huge artistic community […]

Spectacular Coffee at Caffe Terzi, Bologna, Italy

Recently I visited Northern Italy for the first time and what a wonderful adventure it was.  I explored Torino, Treviso and surrounding area including Venice, Bologna and finally Rome. Italian food and drink was one of the main attractions for me and I ended up hitting the bar scene hard.   No, not that bar […]

Sidikalang, Sumatra Coffee Tour Part 2

Heavy machinery for coffee processing The morning after our wonderful coffee farm tour ,we finally got to meet our host and the Sidikalang coffee master himself, Samuel. We had a great chat about coffee over coffee, then it was on to the Poda Coffee processing area and laboratory. This is where we would do the coffee […]

Sidikalang, Sumatra Coffee Tour Part 1

I love coffee,  not just drinking it, but everything about it from hunting for the best coffee shop, trying different brewing methods, different varieties,  and learning about the coffee’s journey from farm to cup. On my second trip to Sumatra I wanted to dig deep into what makes this world-famous coffee so special.  I was at Lake Toba […]

Magnificent Lake Toba

For my Sumatra adventure, I considered skipping this popular tourist destination, as when I  researched it, there didn’t seem to be a whole lot  to do there. Thank goodness I came to my senses in the end.  While it is true there is not that much to do,  Lake Toba is a glorious place to […]

Coffee Addict, Best Cafe in Penang

Update March 17, 2019:  Coffee Addict is now at 24 Campbell Street.  It is still a winner I love me some good coffee and let me tell you Georgetown, Penang is a bit of a coffee wonderland.  Its roots go deep with countless old-style coffee shops, called kopitiams, some of which date back a hundred […]

A Tale of 3 coffees in Chiang Mai

I love me a good cup of coffee and one of the many reasons I love Chiang Mai is it seems wherever you are in the city, a good cup of java is just around the corner.   The coffee scene has really exploded here in the last five years with new shops opening daily. With […]