A Day of Firsts – Arriving in Kota Kinabalu

Drugs are bad, mmkay? In Malaysia, drugs are really bad. Possession of illegal drugs can get you executed. I wondered why the Malaysians are so against drugs, but having been here for a bit, I quickly figured it out. It seems that whoever created the traffic patterns and road layout here in Kota Kinabalu was high as a kite and they wanted to put an end to that nonsense. Just as an example, let's say you are traveling down a road that comes to a T-intersection and you need to turn right because the place that you are going is RIGHT THERE on the right. Nope, you cannot turn right, even though there is a perfectly good two way street there. You have to turn left, go about a half mile down the road, do a loop around a roundabout and come back the other direction to get where you just were. It helps to visualize this when you realize that they drive on the left side of the road here, so a left turn does not cross any traffic. All of this would not have been a problem, except we made a big mistake. Read More

Six Weeks in Taipei

It has been quite some time since we updated our blog with travel notes. Sara and I have spent the last six weeks or so in Taipei, Taiwan where our younger daughter was going to school to learn Chinese. We had lots of local adventures, but also worked on a few projects quite a bit, so it really wasn't much of a vacation. I did come to realize that I very much love Taipei and want to move there someday. We stayed with Sara's family and really want to express our thanks for an incredible experience. We did not write anything about this part of the trip for a few reasons. The biggest was that we just did not have time. Things were always quite hectic and the little down time that we had was spent relaxing. Another big reason is that we do actually plan on living in Taipei for a few years at some point down the road. I have a lot of good ideas for blog posts, but I want to save them for when we actually live there. It is such an incredible country that it is my goal to build the best Taiwan blog out there. I don't want to do a half-assed job, and there is so much to write. Read More