Bev and Stan

The Dreamchasers

Bev and Stan

My soulmate husband Stan and I have always been captivated by foreign cultures, and what we can learn from them. This passion has fuelled our global travels, as well as my study of foreign languages - French, Spanish, Indonesian, Thai, and soon possibly Balinese. We continue to chase lifelong dreams, taking adventurous risks while learning and doing as much as possible.

Whether I am at home, or elsewhere in the world, my guitar is always with me, as I use music to connect with people of all cultures and am repeatedly convinced that music is indeed a universal language. I have been very privileged, as I have had both the desire and the ability to pursue my dreams, chasing them with my soulmate by my side, forever grateful for this life.

"This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples. No need for complicated philosophies. My brain and my heart are my temples. My philosophy is kindness." Dalai Lama

In addition to following the call of travel, and completing a teaching career - my husband both a teaching and nursing career - I have also followed a calling for music, recording two complete albums and four EP's as a singer/songwriter. My last album "Standing on a Platform of Kindness" (2016), is an eclectic collection of life stories and travel experiences drawn musically from a diverse background of delta blues, folk rock, world rhythm, jazz, and roots. For the whole enchilada - music, discography, bios, media, reviews, personal stories, photos, blog, events, Spotify, Soundcloud, and more, visit: www.bevzizzy.com

Thank you for your interest in our travels.





Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud March 25th 2020

Our return flight to Canada from Bali was originally booked for April 28th, but we moved it ahead to March 21st in light of our Canadian Government’s calls for its citizens to return home, combined with those of our son and his partner - both highly trained nurses - strongly encouraging us to get on a flight home while we still had that option. But let’s backup a bit, to convey a sense of how quickly things were changing in our world, just as they were everywhere else. Wednesday, March 11th: Conversation with my niece and her husband in Vancouver. Me: “Bali is so chill. If you didn’t listen to the news or other tourists talking about the news, you would not even be aware that anything was wrong. It is totally calm here. No one ... read more
Indonesian Government Declaration, March 18th
 Bali International Airport: Quiet
Singapore International Airport: Quiet

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud March 15th 2020

Bali’s New Year’s Eve day, as determined by the Balinese Saka calendar, is a Hindu holiday mainly celebrated in Bali, Indonesia. This year the celebration takes place on March 25th. It is also known as Nyepe Day, or the Day of Silence. On this day, the entire island of Bali turns off all power, stops all traffic, abandons all global activities, including the internet, and remains in silence. Streets are literally empty of all traffic, as only emergency vehicles are allowed, and people are expected to remain in their homes or their yards, but cannot venture on any public streets. All businesses are closed, including the international airport in Denpasar. The intention is multifaceted: to spend quiet time connecting alone or with family; to rest and meditate upon the year, resolving to practice forgiveness for any ... read more
Ogo Ogo in All Its Terrifying Glory
Ogo Ogo Proud Village Community Creators
Ominous Mount Agung from our Bedroom Window

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Pha-Ngan March 1st 2020

We know we love this island for its beautiful beaches, especially the quiet sunset cove reef we are lucky enough to actually live on during our time here. And we love this island for its spiritual and laid back 60’s vibe. At least, that is the story on the west side of the island where we reside, where yoga studios and vegan restaurants are plentiful, and kirtan chanting and djembe drumming every night at sunset is the norm. By contrast, the southeast side of the island features party energy, focused around the phases of the moon: from the major event full moon parties, to all facsimiles thereof: quarter moon parties, half moon parties, waterfall parties, etc. It is estimated that twenty to thirty thousand people attend the famous full moon party each month, coming from all ... read more
Receiving My Red Sash Degree
Happy Moment in Time
Fresh Coconut Happiness

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Pha-Ngan January 25th 2020

My Thai Language teacher has a delightful sense of humour and a razor sharp whit, and is not too shy about whipping her private class student - me - with it. An example of this came about in a recent lesson. She would recite a sentence for me in English, and my task was to verbally give it back to her in Thai. This exercise worked fairly well, as I could spit out the translations with a fair amount of speed for the shorter phrases: “How are you?”, ”What is your name?”, “Where do you live?”, “Do you speak Thai?”, “What day of the week is it?”, etc. But as the exercise continued, the phrases became longer and more complex, and my thinking and speaking wheels slowed considerably. Finally, my astute teacher - feigning falling asleep ... read more
Greeting, Entering  a Temple or Greeting a Monk
Greeting Elders,  Parents, Teachers, Authorities
Greeting, General Public

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Pha-Ngan January 14th 2020

This morning we woke up with a desperate need to drink fresh young coconut milk, and a new mission was born. I once watched locals in Indonesia shimmering up coconut trees, and my 16 year old monkey brain kept telling me “I can do that”. So Bev and I jump on our scooters, scrutinize the landscape, check every tree, and finally we spot the young green coconuts. There they are: all piled, one on top of the other, at a road side food stall. I could not believe our good fortune! I did not have to travel the jungle, worrying about snakes and all sorts of creepy crawlers, and climb a 40 foot tree in pursuit of young coconuts as temperatures quickly soared up to a balmy 27 degrees 😂 Now the next difficult task presents ... read more
Young Green Coconuts Spotted
The Coconut Hunter’s Tool Kit
Ready!

North America » Canada » Saskatchewan » Regina January 4th 2020

It is late December. We are about to start our 2020 travel adventures, and as we all know, traveling can be very stressful at times. Just days before we are set to depart, Mother Universe decides that we need a refresher course on controlling our emotions and anxieties, to prepare us for our journeys. And so it is that the roller coaster ride of emotions begins. Six days before our December 31st departure we wake up to a cold house. The furnace had stopped working during the night. For those of you reading this from elsewhere in the world, we live in central Canada, in one of the coldest regions of the country, and this is our winter season. Worry and anxiety begin to take hold. A non functioning furnace is the worst nightmare to experience ... read more
Mercury Tower, Bangkok
Bangkok - Chana Songkhram
Bangkok Lumphini

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud April 28th 2019

Two and half months have passed since the last post. Since then we briefly visited Gili Trawangan Island, and went on a sweet road trip with our friend Phari who guided us around Lombok, Indonesia - Bali’s more shy but equally beautiful Muslim sister - before we returned to our home base in Ubud, Bali. During the following two months in Ubud, we resumed our usual daily routines of yoga practice, lazy morning breakfast visits with other travellers, and I my Bahasa Indonesian language study, along with whatever else the day presented. What a challenge I choose to put my poor brain through! As I had just completed a six week course in conversational Thai, it took a week before I stopped mixing Thai with Bahasa Indonesian. It was initially frustrating, as I also felt I ... read more
Stan Teaching a Yoga Class
Celebrating Tessa’s 35th Birthday
 Melasti  Ceremony

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok February 18th 2019

I have only been studying the Thai language for a few weeks, but already the rewards are huge. For example, during our short stay in Bangkok, we had great fun engaging with the two non-English speaking taxi drivers we met. They were both delightful, but the last experience was exceptionally good! En route to the airport earlier today, our hip young driver uses Siri to translate his Thai questions to English, which I then try answer in Thai, with much assistance from him. This actually is very effective. Then he hands me his phone and asks me to find a Canadian artist on YouTube. Of course I could not resist bringing up my own music, so the next thing we know we are cruising down a freeway in Bangkok listening to Bev Zizzy Woman in Black ... read more
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Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok February 18th 2019

We spent our last two nights in Thailand in the city of Bangkok, resting after a long day of travel from Koh Phangan involving boats, buses, planes, and cars, in preparation for another full day travelling from Thailand to Indonesia. We have been to Bangkok many times before, to the point where we were getting a bit complacent about our visits to this quite amazing, diverse, culturally rich city. So we decided to change it up a bit, and switched hotels - a little upgrade from a tired hotel in the same neighborhood that we like. Its really quite amazing how a little change can create such a shift in attitude. We were inspired to venture out again, and quickly became absorbed in the Saturday night vibrancy of the Koa San Road area. There we experienced ... read more
“Me and My Friends”, says Stan
The Joy Luck Club Restaurant Wall of Witches
The Joy Luck Club Restaurant

Asia » Thailand » Southern Thailand » Nakhon Si Thammarat February 16th 2019

If not wanting to leave is an indication of having had a good time, then Koh Phangan definitely meets the criteria. Leaving on such a note is quite effective at getting you back, as this is now our 3rd annual return to this laid back island in Southern Thailand. Each year presents different experiences, and each year we extend our time here. Our first visit was 2 weeks, last year 1 month, this year 6 weeks, and we are planning 2 months next year. We‘ve always stayed at the same small resort, having lucked out right from the get-go with a place that we love, and have now begun to feel a bit like family as well. Our initial motivation for coming here was to find somewhere warm and dry in Thailand, where we could wait ... read more
Have I Mentioned We Love Biking?
 Every Song is Gratitude
The Sun Rises on Tessa




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