Tag Archives: Bali


27 Jun

Souvenir ShoppingNow that vacation season is in full swing, what kind of souvenirs do you buy on a trip? Do you wander the trinket shops, aimlessly looking for something that strikes your fancy (grumbling husband in tow)?

What if souvenirs could be part of the adventure of your vacation, like a quest for a specific piece of treasure?

Wouldn’t that make the object that much more special when you see it in your home? Because that’s the point of souvenirs, right? To see them in your home and bring you back a memory of a certain time and place. Do you really want that memory to be your agitated husband in a chintzy trinket shop?

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Carpe Diem

12 Dec

Four years ago, our college friend Fu-Min invited us to his wedding in Singapore. It would be in December. Holiday mania would be in full swing. There probably wasn’t a busier, more stressful time to be traipsing off to the far corners of the earth. That’s why it couldn’t have been a better time.

We came up with a plan: After the wedding, we’d join the bride and groom in Bali for a few days of R&R.

And who did I call to invite along with us? Sue, of course.

She said this is crazy. She said it couldn’t be a worse time of year to get away. She said she’d never been there. She said it’s so far to travel for such a whirlwind trip.

I said, carpe diem, Sue. She understood, and she agreed.

It was one of those moments when you know, in your heart of hearts, you have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. And, thankfully, neither of us were willing to let it pass us by. Sue rarely did let those opportunities pass her by.

Sue arrived in Bali first, alone, after 12 hours of flying, her first time setting foot in Asia … and without her luggage.

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