Bali, Indonesia May 2016

Trying to catch up with some posts, in May we headed to Bali for a weekend with Bill. This time we stayed in Nusa Dua, on the south side in a private gated resort area. We choose the Westin as it was promised to have a great kids club and overall family friendly vibe.

The resort itself was great, very clean and big – we booked a family style room and the girls got their own bean bag chairs.

The best part was of course the beach though. The sand is man-made and brought in constantly to keep it looking good, they sweep the beach several times a day to get rid of trash or seaweed that might have washed ashore. The girls loved building sand castles.beach Krisp Krisp2

We rented a day bed and gazebo so we can lounge all day and watch the kids playing in the sand. Great burgers and fries as well.P0710071 P0930093 P0860086 P0750075

A whole family of squirrels came over and you can feed them right out of your hand, although the staff told us its much safer with a cup. There was a guy selling ice cream nearby and he gave us a couple of cups with nuts in them to let the girls feed the squirrels.P1040104 P1150115 P1660166

The staff setup a little fishing adventure for the kids, you get to catch and release all the fish in their pond. Katie must have caught like 30.
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All in all, it was a great trip and looking forward to heading back someday.P1710171 P0520052

tokyo disney

Since there are no direct flights from Hawaii to Singapore, we decided to stay a night in Tokyo.  This allowed us to break up the trip so the kids weren’t jammed into planes for 17 hours in one day. With a full day in Tokyo, we decided to hit up Tokyo Disney around lunch time and still till it got dark.  The girls loved it as you can imagine and I can’t wait to bring them back again.

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kona beach park

One of the nice things about Kona was the abundance of local parks with great facilities. We took the kids to one 5 minutes from the house one afternoon to try to tire them out before dinner.

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But before we did that, I just had to have some super loco moco at one of the local joints.  I got it with a hamburger, chicken cutlet and a huge hunk of spam. Katie wanted some, I could tell.


pu’uhonua o hōnaunau

Good luck trying to pronounce that name. It is a national park about 45 minutes south of where we were staying in Hawaii. It was refuge for the Hawaiian royalty of old.  The large stone walls were built around 1550 and still standing (although they did say they re-enforced parts of them). What a beautiful background though and the sun was shining – what a nice day.

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You can’t tell from the picture below, but there was a sea turtle swimming around near the shore.

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Qumi likes to point out that when I take pictures, I don’t always pay attention to everything going on.  Case in point, below Lisa is still in the shot. Oh well, I guess this is why I still have a day job.

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My brother Scott and his family came along to “get some nature” as he put it.

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After only a short time there, we realised the girls were starting to get sunburn even though we put sunscreen on twice in 20 minutes.


This old junker was just on the side of the road, but I thought it looked pretty cool, so I had Qumi snap a quick picture.