Krista Sidloski and Jordan Johner


Krista Sidloski and Jordan Johner


Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok March 20th 2013

After Luang Prabang, we rode further north into Laos to a city called Luag Namtha. The area is nestled in between the Chinese and Burmese borders and was a relatively tourist-free area. The first day we made the mistake of renting bicycles as a means to see a nearby waterfall and were exhausted after the gravel-strewn six kilometers toward it. The falls were pretty nonetheless, and we were virtually the only ones there at the time. A while after climbing up a steep, muddy path assuming (as many similar paths do) that it went to the top of the waterfall, the jungle thicker, the spiders more numerous and the path more slippery. It eventually became clear that this led nowhere of interest to us, and we returned cautiously back to safe ground. Our accommodation was a ... read more

Asia » Laos » West » Luang Prabang March 3rd 2013

After six hours of standing and waiting in the sweltering heat to receive a stamp on our passports at Thai Immigration, we made it through the border at Aranyaprathet. We swiftly moved forward, hiring a tuk-tuk to take us to the bus station. Catching the last bus through to our next destination in the late afternoon, we arrived in Nakhon Ratchasima (locally known as Khorat) an hour shy of midnight. Another tuk-tuk, to a name pulled from our guide book, and we arrived at the Tokyo Mansion. The next day we decided to take a little side venture into the surrounding area of Northeastern Thailand. A 20 baht, hour-long, local bus ride later and we arrived in the meagre town of Phimai. Getting off in the town's centre, we came across a game of Sepak Tekraw ... read more

Asia » Cambodia » North » Angkor February 24th 2013

Ah, the temples of Angkor. This was something I have been looking forward to since the conception of our journey. Krista, having been here once before, filled my head with her descriptions and recollections of the place. Rising at quarter to five in the morning, well before sunrise, we met up with a tuk-tuk driver we had prearranged to meet us the day before. Off we go, in the crisp air of the early morning, a breeze and the putter of the tuk-tuk tapping at our senses. It was a decently short ride and, though I should not have been surprised, we were not alone. There were other tourists in tuk-tuks headed the same way, for the same thing. Unlike the majority of them, however, we did not spend our first sunrise at the main spectacle ... read more

Asia » Cambodia » South » Phnom Penh February 19th 2013

We stayed a stone's throw away from the beach in Sihanoukville. It was the last few days of Chinese New Year and so the beach and the town were full of travellers. The beach was overflowing with bodies and umbrellas; seaside eateries and bars provided the latter. The first night's sunset was quite a spectacle and the three of us caught it with one dollar milkshakes in our hands and sand smattered on our feet. Simple fireworks cracked along the beachfront for most of the night, creating green and red sparks. The sound of the waves lapping on the shore mixed with the delighted screams of children and the murmur of conversation. A relaxing night, to be sure. The town was laidback near the beach, having a certain, ramshackle charm. Having finished our pressing business the ... read more

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok February 9th 2013

From Ao Nang we took another bus up the countryside into the massively popular (and tourist populated) Phuket. Situated on the most western peninsula in Thailand, it has been a hotspot for whitesand beaches for over twenty years. Since the tsunami in 2006 it has become the premier destination for those travelling to Thailand on vacation and it was not hard to see the truth in that as we arrived in Phuket Town. We ended up staying close to Kata Beach in the upstairs of a hair salon that doubled as a guesthouse. It was the nicest room we had so far, and even had an attached sauna (though nobody in their right minds would use that after a day in the local heat). That night we met up with Darcy's friend Rod and his Thai ... read more
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Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ao Nang February 4th 2013

After our day in Padang Padang we headed back up to Ubud for a few more days. The place is irresistable and none of us had any reservations about spending our last few days in Bali there. This time we found accommodation right on the main road, Monkey Forest Road, called Sagitarius Homestay. Walking into the entrance on the crowded street, one would never guess at the length or size of the estate. Everything in Balinese cities seems to be hidden behind the roads. Darcy wandered into the labyrinth a little further and ended up overlooking a beautiful garden which he found out was owned by an English lady. She owned a property, even ran a few rooms as a homestay and had been living here in Ubud for a number of years. During the first ... read more
Train token in Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Uluwatu January 26th 2013

Here follows part 2: January 16th-January 21st The morning in Seminyak was very pleasant, consisting of a lovely breakfast to the sound of an endless, playful Balinese melody and a swim in a beautiful pool. Then we were off in a taxi, to Ubud, the cultural heart of Bali. Some of you may recognize this as the place in the book/movie Eat, Pray, Love, though I assure you I saw no sign of Julia Roberts. Although, according to our guide book, you can visit the same old man and the same healer as in the movie. We did not. Our place of residence for our two days here in Ubud was Artini 3, which was quite a stunning place. As we were led to our room the ground dropped off down a hill, at the bottom ... read more
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Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Seminyak January 20th 2013

So much has happened in the last nine days. I will have to segment this into two parts, or it will be much too large. Part 1: Jakarta to Seminyak Our flight from Manila to Jakarta was disastrous, with Kris having recently been afflicted by chest pain, origin unknown. She fares poorly on flights when healthy, so she barely survived this one, the poor thing. We came out in the Soehkarna International Airport which was a drab, scarcely decorated, poorly designed place. Managing to ask for direction from a custom's worker who barely spoke english, we were taken upstairs to a second level where we were promptly ripped off for a taxi. We had a domestic flight to Yogyakarta that same night, four hours after we arrived, and the domestic terminal had to be driven to. ... read more
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Asia » Philippines » Subic January 8th 2013

After a 6 hour bus ride from Bangued, Krista, Devy and I arrived at a quaint resort just outside of San Fernando, aptly named Coconut Grove Beach Resort. There, we were to meet up with Darcy, who was on his way and would be arriving some hours after we did. With a restaurant/bar area overlooking the ocean and a lovely pool surrounded by palm trees, we were quite content and set about relaxing. Shortly after a bite to eat and a swim in a pool with unnaturally soft water, there appeared a tricycle bearing a familiar face. Finally, the real traveling was about to begin. We stayed there for just one night, and during the next day we ventured into San Fernando in hopes to extend our visa that was to expire just two days before ... read more
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Baguio City

Asia » Philippines » Abra » Bangued January 1st 2013

In the early morning hours of December the 21st we vacated our room on the seventh floor of the Eurotel and made for a bus station, somewhere in the sprawls of Manila. We boarded the Philippino equivalent of a Greyhound (quite a luxurious mode of transport for the country) and under the overly-powerful air conditioning set off into the night. Krista and I managed to grab the foremost of the seat and had a large window with which to observe the coming country. However, it was night. The downside of nighttime travel is, of course, that you cannot see anything. So, after an hour, I fell asleep with my hod bobbing helplessly to and fro. The scene I awoke to was quite picturesque and did justice to the preconception I had of what my initial glimpse ... read more
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