Reflections- March 2016

After a busy February left me too ill by month’s end to do much of anything, I finally got back on track in March. No less busy by any means, but healthy and heading in a very production direction. Here are some of the highlights of our month.


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In the early part of the month we visited Yangon, Myanmar for four days. I will be posting about this incredible trip with some highlights, tips and features in the future, but for now I’m reposting some of my grams from the trip throughout this post to, hopefully, whet your appetite for more information about visiting Yangon. It’s really an experience unlike any other that we’ve had. Not only is it a bit like traveling back in time to an era with less technological advances and infrastructure, the lack of western outlets, such as McDonalds or Starbucks, made it feel much more immersive than we usually experience.


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In March I also was honored to be added to Jocelyn of Speaking of China‘s list of 2016 Blogs by Western Women Who Love Chinese Men! In addition to being a great read, Jocelyn’s blog is a hub of sorts for the AMWF community (Asian Man, Western Female) so I am really excited to be listed among all the great bloggers who share their experiences as part of a cross-cultural marriage. Although I don’t write directly about our relationship often, being an AMWF  does influence our experience here in Singapore and as we travel around Asia, especially since in pretty much every SE Asian and Chinese diaspora country we visit, Jeremy is mistaken for a local at first blush (aka, until he opens his mouth and doesn’t speak the local dialect). In mostly positive ways, I know that my travel experiences are slightly different than those of the typical western traveler in SE Asia as a result of my marriage.

Here are some posts from March:

Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin

I posted two posts about our February trip to Hong Kong. First, I posted about Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin temple (above), our favorite temple in Hong Kong. We went on a really busy day- Renri, which in English is called Human Day, or Everybody’s Birthday- right in the middle of Chinese New Year, which was a test of our patience, but I think we got to see how popular this temple really is, and, as Jeremy put it, we got to see the temple being used as it was intended to be used, instead of us just running around gawking without context, which is sometimes the case, to be honest. Our next post about Hong Kong was about two dim sum restaurants, Dim Dim Sum and One Dim Sum, that we enjoyed eating at in Hong Kong and includes photos of the food, as well as dishes we wish we had tried. We have so much more we could post about Hong Kong, and we will probably will at some point in the future.

Wat Chaiwatthanaram

I also posted a trio of posts about a day trip we took from Bangkok. We visited several sites at the UNESCO World Heritage site, Ayutthaya Kingdom. There are numerous ruins from this old city, and we spent 5-6 hours touring around these sites. We could have easily done more as we didn’t see anywhere near all of it, but it was a fantastic day. We went on the last day of 2015 so everything was free as locals visit temples before the end of the year, but it was not crowded at all. In contrast, Bangkok itself was packed the entire time we were there. I really can’t recommend visiting Ayutthaya enough. After we finished up there, we went on to two more sites that are side by side: Bang Pa-In, the Thai Summer Palace, and Wat Niwet Thammaprawat, a Buddhist temple constructed in the style of a European gothic church. Both of these sites are an interesting blend of Asian and western styles of architecture and decor. I highly recommend stopping by these as well.


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In March I walked 195, 139 steps. I wore my fitbit 28/31 days so my average over those 28 days is 6,969 steps per day. So close to my goal of 7,000 per day! In April, I’ve started blogging 6 days a week for the A-Z Blogging Challenge. My topic is Singapore sights and food. This is actually supposed to be a rest day from blogging during the challenge, but I like to do a monthly reflection.

This month we also head to Bali for the first time. So excited! How about you? How was your March?




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