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7th August 2016

So thrilled you dusted off your keyboard!
Wow! Great to read your blog again. Keep them coming. Monkey business indeed. We have a good friend in D.C. and overtime someone mentions a monkey he says, those damn monkey's! Not a fan. They always look so inappropriate. Great photos.
8th August 2016

Thanks MJ! Yeah -- going through the photos made me decide to whip something up -- 20 minutes -- didn't know that was possible!! Thanks for reading~ :)
4th August 2016
cutest monkey smile!

Tender or terrors?
Those babes with their little mohawks are so cute, and how funny and adorable when one climbed up to groom you. But yikes, those tales of terror were scary--glad you escaped unscathed.
5th August 2016
cutest monkey smile!

Thanks Tara -- agreed! They're awfully cute -- especially those mischievous expressions -- but I'll be a bit more wary next time before I let one climb on me.
4th August 2016
what's this?

Awww...
This is so super adorable! :D
4th August 2016
what's this?

Thanks Ren! Yeah -- he was really cute. So glad his mom wasn't nearby. ;)
4th August 2016

Oh my gosh that is so funny. What the heck was in your hair?!? BTW I'd feel right at home there, since the inmates at my job throw poop at me all the time! Lol
4th August 2016

Thanks for reading, Andrea! Haha -- right? I still wonder if the baby got something that is usually in my hair (dandruff, long piece of hair) or if there was something else that it managed to munch on. Love its expression though. They are so funny (and vicious)! Why are you getting poop thrown at you?!!!
4th August 2016

Your first blog in four years!!!
I've been looking forward to the day that both you and Ali can get away from Admin duties and reminisce about your travels...or even take new travels. BTW, I hate monkeys. I like gibbons.
4th August 2016

Thanks for reading, Bob! I think we look forward to that day too -- but we wonder when we will ever retire these days. On the upside, at least we have each other and that's more than enough to make me grateful. I like orangutans and chimpanzees. ;)
3rd August 2016
family time

Family Time
A special pic of a special moment. This little guy is definitely connecting with the camera. As a mum I presume you can relate to the intimacy of this photo.
4th August 2016
family time

Dave -- yes, very true. I adored all the babies and looking back on their photos so many years later doesn't lessen the response to wrinkled, baby, cuteness-overload. In fact, I think the mom hormones just make me drool more quickly over cute baby animals. I'm sure you can relate as a dad -- hehe. ;)
3rd August 2016

How about I call it a monkey hair-do?
Michelle, I enjoyed reading it thoroughly! I don't recall reading your blog before; we always argued in emails, and that's the extent I read your text...why don't you write more? You have a freestyle that grabs a reader! Anyway, enough of pampering! Michelle, I am traveling to Bali in November, any idea where to stay in Ubud...not very expensive, but not a dingy joint either? Any recommendation what to see around,...temples, rice terrace...and oh, I forgot, Monkey Forest. Thank God, I lost most my hair, they will spare me. Any tips would be appreciated. By the way, it's lovely to see you without the scuba mask, never thought I will; that's a bonus :)
4th August 2016

Thanks for reading, Tab! Oh dear, I don't recall arguing with you in emails and am sorry if you felt that way -- I only hope to help while being efficient with our short amount of time to devote to various parts of the site. In terms of Ubud, it was many years ago. We really winged it and didn't book anything ahead of time. Ubud was fantastic (you could really go and find any accommodation and wander around to explore everything -- that's what we did!) and Padang Bai was lovely too. I wasn't a huge fan of Kuta, but some folks love it -- a bit too crowded and metropolis for my preferences -- great for surfing if you're into that!
3rd August 2016

Monkey memories
Has everyone had this experience at the Monkey Temple. We had a hair brush stolen and nearly a camera. I learned a lot about life and the human condition while watching these nasty beasts! They have a beautiful place to live and plenty to eat for everyone and yet can't help themselves from fighting, stealing, harassing and just generally ruining everyone's good time. Just like humans! A vivid memory for us, even more than three years later. Thanks for sharing!
4th August 2016

Nanci -- thanks for reading and commenting. You are so right -- they are a fascinating study/reflection into the human condition. Also very interesting that different groups in different conditions will behave differently (potentially more loving, more warlike), brings to mind the question of nurture vs. nature.
26th July 2016

Summer Camp ESL
I found your website to be very useful. I am teaching in China and since the school year is coming up, my principal has asked me to prepare a summer camp for our chinese students. I completed some training with some staff from Beijing for a day and we followed similar ESL summer camp games much that you have employed/provided. I still will look up some more on other websites, but I have your website saved as a favorite. -Cameron
26th July 2016

Hi Cameron
I'm so glad to hear it and thanks for leaving a comment! I always found that the more fun you could make it for yourself (as well as educational), the more fun the kids would have. They can totally sense if you're not into the material -- must be a super power they have -- hehe.
28th April 2016

Thanks a lot for that comment Michelle, I always appreciate that. Your photos are wonderful as well. If you want travel companions I always like to travel with someone so you can find my contacts on my profile. bye bye
28th April 2016

Awe -- thanks Marcos. I'm afraid my job right now is TB administrator with my traveling shoes tucked away until some future date. Need to update my blogs! Look forward to your future travels! ;-)
13th November 2013

Yummy!
I have some foody friends who are eating their way through Malaysia now. I'll tell them to try this, then I will try this in my hostel kitchen. How lovely to meet someone like Fatimah--a mother away from home. Happy cooking!
3rd July 2013

summer camp
Hi, I'm planning for my first ever summer camp and have found your website very useful. I want to do the storyteller with UNO, but I was wondering how you split the kids up, or if they played in pairs or what? I'm going to have at least 25 kids, which I know is a little extra, but wanted to get your input on what worked well for you. Thanks so much, Kelly
29th May 2013

complicated
very interesting read - and you write beautifully! I agree that it's very complicated issue. In my home country Indonesia the beggars are mostly coordinated by "mafia" - very sad situation. I typically prefer giving the donation to an organization; but now reading some of them (maybe) corrupt - that worries me!
4th March 2013

Begging
I finally figured out how to open your travelog. I think the problem with giving to a beggar is you get on the sucker list. I used to be generous when charitable reps called me once or twice a year. Now my land line rings seven or eight times a day. Even though I am now terribly rude if I answer at all, the cacophony never ends. Wow! Your writing has improved. I wish I had remembered how to open your blogs sooner. "Nobody wants to be a beggar when they grow up." Christopher Walken in Dogs of War
4th March 2013

Hi Dad! Glad you liked it. I don't like charity calls either. Within this year, the times that we've given any donations is when we actually search out a specific charity and contact them or face-to-face encounters. I'm glad you accessed the blog and I'll be calling you very soon! Love, Michelle

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