Phabulous Phuket

If Phuket were a person, it’d be diagnosed as “happily schizophrenic.” There are so many sides to Phuket that there’s something to wow everyone. But that can make it a bit overwhelming to plan a trip, so I’m going to help you out by listing some custom dream-trip itineraries to suit a variety of tastes…

Malaysian Hospitals: Incredible, Affordable Care

  While freeing an endangered sea turtle from a discarded fishing net, I learned three key things: Some fish can be real assholes. The Malaysian ambulance and hospital system is incredible and amazingly inexpensive. My awesome friends are able to find humor in painful situations, and they take great footage for future laughter. (No wonder…

Dreamy Diving and Snorkeling in Koh Lipe, Thailand

When was the last time you were encircled by a school of 10,000+ curious yellow snappers? Or swam through a rainbow-colored coral garden bejeweled with electric-purple starfish, giant waving orange sea fans, ruby red barrel sponges the size of washing machines and soft coral that looks like psychedelic broccoli in sparkling shades of pink, blue…

Cost of Living in Penang

Thinking of moving to or retiring in Penang? This is how much it costs to live here. It’s really no wonder why International Living ranked Penang as #6 in their roundup of the “10 Best Places to Retire Around the World in 2017.” Our friends keep asking me if they should retire here, so this…

Learn to Dive on the Cheap in Pulah Weh

Imagine being inside a snow globe, only instead of snowflakes swirling around you, it’s hundreds of multi-colored fish. That’s what it’s like to dive in the tropics, and no matter how many times you do it, you’ll never cease to be amazed. And there’s no better or more affordable place on earth to learn than…

Paradise Found: Koh Lipe, Thailand

Koh my God. Look at this slice of heaven! If you’re like me, you’ve probably daydreamed about finding a mythical tropical paradise with empty beaches surrounded by sparkling aquamarine water. But every time you’ve looked for it, you’ve instead found yourself on a trash-strewn patch of sand wading through a sea of loud Chinese tour…