southeast asia

Recipe Sunday | Pad Thai

Recipe Sunday

I had never eaten Thai food before I went to Thailand, and I had no idea what to expect. I didn't know if the flavors were spicy or cheesy or if they used noodles or rice or pasta or tortillas. Really, its completely sad how little I knew. I had heard about this...

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More from Tioman Island, Malaysia

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A few weeks ago we posted some images from one of the most relaxing spots we visited in Asia - Japamala Resort on Tioman Island in Malaysia. Well, in case you didn't get enough goodness the first time around, and in honor of the fact that we're lazing on another...

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Images from Siem Reap, Cambodia

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It's the first question that everyone asks, and rightly so. What was our favorite place on our trip to Southeast Asia? It's also a tough question to answer, and rightly so. We pet tigers, we rode elephants, we jumped through waterfalls, and we hiked through...

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Recipe Sunday | Khmer Spring Rolls

Recipe Sunday

Its BAAAAA-AAAACK! After a *brief* hiatus, Recipe Sunday is back in full swing here on the bloggy blog, and I've got such a crazy assortment of recipes in the bag. You may have heard through Twitter and Facebook that Jeff and I took cooking classes on our trips to...

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Lovers of Fried Chicken

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We're back. If you follow us on Twitter or Facebook, you already know it - The Youngrens are stateside once again. Jeff and I landed in LAX on Wednesday, which means we've been home for a couple of days now. This is the point in our trip where we do two things: (1)...

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Jumping In

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Right now I'm sitting at the little desk in our hotel room in Kuala Lumpur. Jeff is catnapping in the other room. I'm wrapped up in a robe, with my feet tucked inside those cushy white hotel sandals that you find in the closets wrapped in plastic. Its twilight...

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Our Last "Hurrah"

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Jeff and I only have a week left in Asia, so what are we doing? We're sleeping. And eating. And then napping. You know, before we go to bed again. Don't judge. We're on vacation people. In the middle of all of this extreme laziness, though, we have built up enough...

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It's been two weeks

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It's been exactly two weeks since my last blog post. When I read that out loud, I feel a mixture of gentle relief and slight nausea. This is the longest gap of time with no posts on this blog since I can remember (which really isn't that far back - I blame the...

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Japamala Resort | Tioman Island, Malaysia

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I can't believe we're here. Honestly. Its such a reality check every time I look outside and see high rise apartments all around us. I can't believe we're in Singapore. I can't believe we've been to Malaysia, Cambodia, and Vietnam. I can't believe we're about to go...

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Highlands Coffee Cafe | Saigon, Vietnam

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While sitting on top of one of the Angkor temples in Cambodia watching the sunset last week, Jeff and I chatted with a group of travelers that had just arrived from bike riding through Vietnam. They said the city streets in Saigon are filled with more scooters than...

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Unexpected | Mersing, Malaysia

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So this isn't a typical post about kids in South East Asia. In a conversation I had with our guesthouse owner here in Cambodia yesterday, he mentioned that there are two "cliche traps" for traveling photographers: kids and monks. A monk in a temple is easy to find...

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Malaysia: Mersing Boats

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Its a little strange trying to tell a story when you don't know what the story is. On our way to Tioman Island off of the coast of Malaysia just north of Singapore (more on that later - we can't wait to share the images from this AMAZING place), we had to stop in a...

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