Page 4 of KevinMartini Travel Blog Posts

My first trip out of the country since my 6 months in Asia, and it’s been extremely hard to convince myself that I only have a week out here. I told myself I needed to get out of the ‘travel’ mindset and into the ‘vacation’ mindset, but I am finding that is easier said than done. I don’t remember the last time I went on a vacation. Thursday night was my 30th birthday and in true fashion of trying as hard as I can to not act my age, I pulled an all-niter. It was a great night and I wouldn’t take it back, but it made for a worthless Friday. Well, not entirely worthless, but I didn’t start packing for this trip until 10:00 Friday night. I had a 6:00 flight out of SFO on ... read more
Leaving Cancun
View from Room

Asia » Burma June 20th 2006

No, I am not back in Myanmar, I am still in Hawaii...but I came across this Special Series by the BBC that might be helpful to people thinking about traveling there. They were written by a journalist who just got back. Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Part 6 No matter what is said in these articles, I still hold to my view that you SHOULD visit Burma. My blogs about Burma... BEFORE url=http://www.travelbl... read more

North America » United States » Hawaii » Maui June 10th 2006

I just came across this great article for those travelers out there (like myself) that are already in their careers, but decide to give it all up for awhile...looks like I'm not alone here. Click link: url= Life Between Jobs - NY Times So I have been doing a whole lot of nothing out here, and it's been great. I hung out with Mihwa in Oahu for the weekend, and then came over here to Maui where I am staying with Barry and Rachael (who are expecting their first kid in November!). It took me a good 4 days or so to get on a sane sleeping schedule but I think I'm back to normal now. I'm in bed at a decent time and up early to catch the World Cup matches and to work on ... read more

North America » United States » Hawaii » Oahu June 3rd 2006

"(I am) happy with that inordinate happiness that comes of exhaustion and achievement, and with which nothing else in life - no joy of either body or the mind - is even able to be compared" - George Orwell, Burmese Days So after… *Spending 5 months… *In 8 countries (US, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Australia, Malaysia, Myanmar)… *On 3 continents (North America, Asia, Australasia)… *With people of 35 nationalities (Canadian, Korean, Malay, Indonesian, British, Turkish, Kiwi, Ozzie, Brazilian, Indian, Spanish, Swiss...)… *While sleeping in 58 different beds in 58 different hotels, guesthouses, bungalows, dorms, ships, trains… *In 55 different towns, cities, and villages (Bangkok, Pai, KL, Hoi An, Pakse, Sydney, S’Ville, Siem Reap, Pak Beng, Nah Trang, Koh Tao…)… *Accessed using 31 means of transport (planes, tuk-tuks, boats, trains, h... read more

Asia » Burma May 29th 2006

If you read only one of my blogs all the way through...make it this one. Imagine a country… Where the Internet is only 5 years old, but is so heavily regulated by the government that it is almost impossible to contact the outside world Where citizens have to pay exorbitant fees to open a Cyber Café, after which, the government bans e-mail. (by only having 2 internet companies, both controlled by the military and both going through the same proxy with a list blocking hotmail, msn, yahoo, gmail, etc)* Where you can go 2 weeks without hearing a cell phone ring. (I heard one once and it sounded so foreign) Where in some places, horse and buggy are a common form of transportation. Where international phone calls can be made, but for a price so high, ... read more
Nuns in Yangon
Shwedagon Pagoda
Shwedagon Pagoda

Asia » Burma May 16th 2006

OK, I know I have been bombarding you with blogs lately...but I wrote this one for myself, to get my thoughts straight about Burma, and figured I might as well post it. The reason I came back to Bangkok was because of a possible job opportunity, but it's going to take some time to get things worked out there, and it was too hard to change my flight to come home right I am heading into Burma for about 2 weeks before I fly back to Hawaii. As far as I know, Burma, renamed Myanmar by the military regime, is the only country that Lonely Planet dedicates a whole chapter to “Should You Go?” There is a big debate about foreigners visiting Burma. On one side of the debate stands Aung San Suu Kyi, a ... read more

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok May 14th 2006

So here I am, back in Bangkok. What is this...the 4th or 5th time I have been here in the past 5 months? Well, however many times, I am getting pretty used to it. It actually feels a little like being home. I crossed the border from Malaysia into Thailand at 6:00am, I did it so early because I didn't have a Lonely Planet on Thailand (it's on its way home, hopefully, with my suits from Vietnam), and I didn't know what time the trains left for Bangkok. The border crossing was a breeze. Took a rickshaw to the train station and bought my ticket to Bangkok. The guy said they only had 3rd class, and the train didn't leave until 11:30am. So there I was sitting at the train station for hours. About a half ... read more

Asia » Malaysia » Terengganu » Perhentian Kecil May 11th 2006

I think that should be the new motto. I swear Malaysia is the friendliest country I have ever been too. Everybody is just so upbeat and helpful. The guesthouse staff, the taxi and trishaw drivers, the people in restaurants and on the streets. This is really a great place to be. It’s strange that many SE Asia travelers don’t make it down here. They are missing out on one of the most comfortable Asian countries. I need to start out with this funny story. The place I am staying right now has wireless Internet. But the owner started messing with the settings and it stopped working. Myself and this other guy started messing with it and got it to work. When the other guy saw I had a Mac he asked if he could check something. ... read more
Tea Fields
Fresh Tea

Asia » Malaysia » Wilayah Persekutuan » Kuala Lumpur May 4th 2006

Malaysia…Truly Asia …or so their tourism commercials say. Well, I haven’t been here long enough to confirm that, but I can say that it is definitely Asia, and I am truly happy to be back. I was just chatting with a friend online last night and I said something without even thinking about it…but I thought about it a lot last night and have come to believe it is true. I have come to the conclusion that different places on Earth have different energy, and this energy mixes with different people in different ways. I know, this might sound a little Lisa or my Mom talking…but it’s true. I have found that in SE Asia I feel the most alive. I am full of energy and I get up early in the morning. I want to ... read more
Downtown KL
Jl Petaling Night Market
National Mosque

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland May 1st 2006

I have been getting quite a few comments about how negative my last few blogs have been. Some people, who remain anonymous, are saying that maybe it says more about me than the country I am in. I absolutely agree with that, and I hope I never led anyone to believe otherwise. Australia is an amazingly beautiful country. Gorgeous beaches, great cities, amazing wildlife and the extremely beautiful deserts and geology of the Outback. You really couldn’t ask for more in a country. So why the negativity? I think it was just too much like home for me. The costs, the scenery, the language, and the people…it was a lot like America. What’s wrong with that? Nothing at all, it’s just not what I was in the mood for. I would love to go back to ... read more

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