we've had some really good family time this week (see above for our digs)...we've eaten great food, seen a hawker centre, been swimming, seen the skyline from the marina, and visited the botanic gardens.
last night we got out on the town with some tfa friends of mine who've been in myanmar for the past three years. it was great to see them, and today we're hitting chinatown with them to shop and eat. it's a little drizzly, but honestly, that's preferable to the complete and total sticky heat. i've NEVER been this hot in my life..and i grew up with Mississippi summers. ;)
the one hiccup we've been facing is my total inability to make a decision about our side trip... two minutes ago it LOOKED like we were going to phuket and krabi in thailand...beautiful beaches, jungles, and thai food.. what else could we want?but then, the stupid interweb kept keeping us from booking our flights and we realized that there was probably going to be a LOT of rain. So, we picked BALI.
it was a tough decision since Borneo sounds so cool and so does Thailand. Anna and Jared (my tfa friends) suggested Luang Prabang in Laos LAST NIGHT...and it sounds like heaven. but on such short notice for such a short trip the cost is absolutely prohibitive. we'll just have to come back so we can see it. then we thought about Hanoi, except it takes 5-7 days to get a visa. again, we'll just have to come back!
anyway, we're going with a beach and volcano vacay this time... which WILL NOT be bad. in fact, i bet it will be FANTASTIC. :) i'll take photos so you can see it.