Little profile update is long overdue...so here it is....
You exist only through what you have done, not what you have wished or dreamed...
Some dream their life...I live my dreams...
Life is about experience,sharing and love...
It's just over five years of blogging...but trust me, I didn't start travelling with this blog...that's more like a 20 years old story....
Simple rule, don't pretend, because you get what you work for!
We had the chance to meet many fellow travelblogers over the last 5 years, and hope to meet a lot more of you in the near future, as this is a great community.
The past 5 years have been pretty amazing. I understand that not everybody needs to accept, understand or share our views on life. But this is the way we love to lead our life.
Yesterday was good, today is great...tomorrow will be better, just maybe a little different!
I promise, on the road....we love to be...the 250++ blog entries speak for themselves...and yes, I've got great kids!
February 14th 2014
This place is so weird...but so amazing...so weird... We took the short of two hours flight on Peach, a Japanese low cost....with very very small space between seats, reaching Sapporo airport just on time for dinner before taking the 3 hours shuttle bus all the way to Niseko. The New Chitose airport, 50km from Sapporo is actually a funny adventure...as there is a huge shopping center in the middle of it. The bus ride give us a good idea of what was lying ahead. Few Japanese, some Honkies and Chinese....and a lot of Aussies with few Europeans. We arrived at the Black Diamond Lodge just before 11pm. This place is suppose to be the "cheap" option....trust me, there is no cheap options for lodging around Niseko....there are just cheaper ones...and I had no intention to stay ... read more
February 10th 2014
Second little stop of our Japanese adventure. Not that far from Kyoto, but a first for me. We travel light for these few days, so we went on the train direct to Nara. It takes only an hour from the Westin in Kyoto. So after walking all morning long in Kyoto, we spent the all afternoon discovering Nara....and walking even more... An afternoon for Nara is more than enough, but hey, this place is pretty amazing too. First, you have the little deers. The first three we saw were fun...than we realized, they don't have few of them, but rather hundreds, or perhaps even thousands of them around the parks and forests of Nara. To the point that these guys have solid priority even on the dogs...pretty cute! I forget to take a picture of the ... read more
February 8th 2014
Back in January 1996...that's a long time ago... I was in the middle of my last year at University. Preparing to graduate in Economics and writing my last paper on the ODA and FDI relationships between Japan and ASEAN. I had never been before to Asia, I was just 22 years old, I had studied Japanese, 2 hours per week at University for 2 years....and I was convinced that over the next few years, I would be living in Japan...or Asia. That I knew... First few years at University, I was a student leader convinced of a bright future in the political spheres...than made a switch...and became a pretty rewarded golf teacher for Club Med...all over sunny places...while being a full time student. Than came January 1996. I was doing my last few months at University...going ... read more
February 3rd 2014
We are already in February, and this is only my first entry on travelblog.org for 2014. I told you, settling back in Bangkok means for us a life which is much more sedentary...and I have to play around the school schedule of Tiffany and Leslie. Nevertheless, this didn't stop me to do some little trips in January to Saigon and Shanghai, but no blogging about those here. After a full month in Bangkok, I can tell you, life is good. We have well settled in a seriously nice flat. The kids are doing pretty well at school, and I even managed to sort out a pretty cool social life...so nothing to complain on that side. 2014 will see less travel...or will it? Well, I still have to work...yes it does happen...and Leslie and Tiffany are back ... read more
December 25th 2013
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year...from Home, in Bangkok! This is it, after 18 months...when in late June 2012 the movers came in to pack most of our "stuffs" in storage..18 months later, the same movers are back....we have gone around the world, but our 120 boxes and 20 cubic meters didn't move much...and they are back...at home! Many people live their life thinking....if only one day I could... I don't believe in dreams when it comes to deal with one's life...I believe in projects....than later on, after some planning, and some hard work, and a little of luck, in amazing experiences...and for me, those are often simply...on the run. After living 17 years in Asia, I needed a little break... but not a big one! Never forgetting my own little quote, Asia is my home, ... read more
December 17th 2013
Yes, as of now, there is no need to claim I'm young anymore. Forty is a turn in anybody life...there is no need to claim we wish to do something in our life...if at forty you haven't done something with your life, it may simply be already too late... This entry should be important, kind of a landmark. I took time to chose the pictures, took even time to put them in the right order. This entry should have been written on the 17th December...that's four days after my birthday. And here we are, the evening of the 21st December. Next stop is already Christmas...and still, I haven't had a minute to myself the last few days to write any line of this entry. A busy man, one who has goals...and two fun kids to take ... read more
December 6th 2013
I'm on my way home...well, this if you consider that I'm currently homeless since July, and that we are moving in our new appartment only just before Christmas. But still, I'm on my way home, and the best one, is that Tiffany and Leslie will be back with me for my next blog...coming soon! I love diving, playing golf...great wine...and yes, skiing too. I have had the chance to ski in the States at Lake Tahoe, Alta and Mt Hood...so a new discovery is awaiting me at Beaver Creek. You may never have heard of Beaver Creek. When driving from Denver, it's just the next resort after Vail, some people even actually call this Vail area...I'm sure you have heard of Vail! I landed late in Denver, got a night at an airport hotel for a ... read more
December 3rd 2013
From Scottsdale....to Grand Cayman...don't even try to ask me why...more golf, and some diving too obviously. But why Grand Cayman? The place is run by Brits...and inundated by Americans and Canadians. It's still thanksgiving week-end, so as you may guess, the place is packed. So why Grand Cayman? Well, pretty simple. I needed few more miles to keep the right frequent flyer card color which allows you to keep in front of the crowds. My initial plan was New Orleans, but the flight paths were just too complicated. So I went straightforward for the itinerary which would give me the fastest transfer...some diving, some golfing, and a not so bad hotel, and Grand Cayman came in. Let start with the airport...took me just short of two hours to go from the plane to the taxi...what's that ... read more
November 30th 2013
If you like golf, this entry is pure indulgence....if you don't like golf, don't worry, more diving is on the way. I went pure "epicurism" over the last few days, it is actually bordering to way too much fun when it comes to golfing. Arizona is a mecca when it comes to golf...and yes, I did play three times the Old course at St Andrews, Scotland! Try to compare Scottsdale in Arizona to St Andrews in Scotland...in November...that's simply not a match! Remember last Monday...I was indeed somewhere 200km north of Port Sudan in the morning. Then the same day came Port Sudan, transit in Khartoum, Dubai. On Tuesday came...left Dubai, transit in Addis, tried to sort out a messy situation in Joburg...Wednesday was...two meetings in Hong Kong, transit in Shanghai and LAX...and finally got a ... read more
November 25th 2013
The only way to claim you have dived the world…is simply…to dive around. My first try at the Red Sea was back in the summer of 2008 on a live-aboard, for a week of diving in the South of Egypt out of Marsa Alam diving places like Daedalus. At the time, I found the experience pretty average. Since that day, I have also dived out of Aqaba in Jordan, another rather average experience, but one which is easily enjoyed before or after the magnificent Wadi Rum or the wonders of Petra. Aqaba is a perfect dive trip for a day or two… But there is more to the Red Sea. I have dived Djibouti, but that’s not really anymore the Red Sea. I will dive sooner or later Saudi Arabia…but for now, here I am ... read more