From the monthly archives: August 2011

Our understanding of the word “resort” has expanded due to our experiences at Pulau Aur. What once was reserved for a luxurious hotel with a myriad of activities now also encompasses disposable plywood shelters constructed in second-little-pig fashion (refer to your local fairy-tale outlet if you’re a bit rusty. Hint: he’s not the brick-laying one).


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Palau Aur is a small island about 65 km off the east coast of Malaysia and about 150 km away from Singapore.  We chose this spot to be the location of our open water diver certification since it is known to have better diving and more authentic experience compared with other popular dive locations (like [...]

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Sign Off: Yum?

On August 25, 2011 By

We have found one of the cheapest and easiest ways to get chicken is to buy the roasted, whole chickens from our local grocery store.  Recently while buying our weekly chicken, I noticed this awesome slogan for the deli: “So Tasty, You’ll Forget Who You Are.”

Does the chicken give you amnesia?  [...]

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Arbiter Series: Immigration

On August 17, 2011 By

The world needs uninformed, biased judgement dolled out by an benevolent arbiter. I have been chosen by a higher power – myself – to inform the world of winners. You are welcome.

There are many painful aspects of international travel – not limited to long plane flights (especially the ones with surprisingly bad entertainment options), [...]

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Travel Tip #8

On August 8, 2011 By

In case you are curious, it *is* possible to bring a suitcase full of the following back to Singapore from the US:

- Deodorant (4)

-Toothpaste (2)

-Pretzel M&Ms (1)

-Chewing gum (2) — it is legal to chew gum in Singapore, you just can’t buy it in the country

-Comet cleaner (1) — I [...]

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