The Long Journey Q1-17

Happy New Year! It’s 2017.

Dear friends, ex-colleagues,

Can you imagine that? Barely one year ago, we started this blog. And we also begun to place our quarterly newsletter here instead of sending the PDF file out to you. What was the original intent? Well to be terribly honest, it was to drive some readership traffic to this blog in its infancy. LOL.

So what’s up?

Finally did a road trip in Thailand (driving that is). Now that was a real milestone, which means…we’ll do this all over the rest of the country as well! And a new corner of Korea has been touched – Busan! We can almost compare the two cities (Seoul & Busan) to Tokyo vs Osaka. Perhaps not a fair comparison to some, but that’s our 2 cents! And rushing out this post today, we have just returned from the biting cold of Harbin 3 days ago! Fingers still twitching…

Read our latest newsletter here: The Long Journey Q1-2017.

It’s time to make some travel resolutions for 2017. What will yours be? For us, we intend to:

  • Touch Petra, Jordan
  • Walk arond Havana, Cuba
  • Do a drive around Hua Hin

Wish us luck (please?). For now this will do, as we cannot commit too much since these are already ambitious touch points. We are looking forward to a travel filled 2017! Hope you will too!

Author: Mel & Suan

Mel works his day job for a living, but lives for antiquities, history and geography at all other times. He enjoys writing and thought sharing and obviously traveling. Suan is a homey person, who like girlie stuff such as cross stitching etc. Enjoys shopping & modeling for Mel. What a match!

36 thoughts on “The Long Journey Q1-17”

  1. It was interesting reading about your travels along the great ocean road – you were indeed blessed by the weather. The majority of winter’s days would not look like that! I have not seen it from the air – looks like a great vantage point.

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  2. Our 2017 is going to be a lot less adventurous travel-wise than 2016 and 2017. As we are moving back to our hometown, I would like to explore that a little more. Hopefully look at Melbourne and Victoria in the same way we have looked at and explored BC and the west coast. Looking forward to hearing about your travels. I know nothing about the places you are going to, so should be enlightening 🙂

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    1. Oh u are headed back to Melb? Wow that’s a very liveable city! Yes, exploring your own “backyard” is something we all should do. Because we tend to “neglect” the ones closest to us!


  3. There are so many places I want to see.. I am thinking on traveling ( and walking) in France in September … and we have a road trip again ( February/March) never a dull moment. Good luck to you and safe travels.

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          1. the trails starts in different cities. I am thinking mostly of the trail from Le Puy-en-Velais. I don’t think it passes by Lourdes. I am not a religious person. I don’t really thin going to Lourdes is a big deal for me. I like to walk and visit other countries.

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  4. Good luck to you both!
    I must say thank you for leaving great comments on my posts as well. Let this be a wonderful year. I look forward to reading about Petra when you visit!

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  5. Wishing you the luck you asked for… 🙂
    Yes, may we travel a lot this year! It’s been awesome finding you guys last year. Here’s to a fabulous year for us this 2017!
    I’m going to now read your newsletter.
    Much love and hugs xxx

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      1. Should I? I wonder… because the thing is you two make me jealous. He-he! It is fab, of course! It looks like a lot of work. The content is great and the overall look is just fantastic. The pics are terrific! I wish I could do the same.. but it’s okay, I will leave you guys to do it and I will just enjoy reading it.
        Well done! Truly awesome! 🙂
        Much love and hugs xxx

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          1. Ah, thank you for your faith in me. I don’t want to sound negative… but when I am able to post a trip within the month of taking it, then I can consider. Currently, I’m not managing posting a trip within the same year. Hahaha!

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            1. Mel: well, perhaps if you collect the articles first and when you have sufficient material you can start. That’s how we accumulated articles. The blog did not start until early last year though we had been writing for quite many years! And today we can only post once every 2 days. There is just so much to do in daily life.

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              1. I find it easier to post on my Thoughts blog as posts don’t need pics. The Travel blog posts take time as I take high resolution pics and I don’t have a proper photo editor (also reads “not motivated to learn an editor) to do my resizing and adding the copyright line on each of the numerous photos I use.. maybe I should choose less… but so hard. I’ll keep practicing.. it makes perfect, apparently, right?
                Thanks so much for your suggestions and tips. I’d really love to do a newsletter. As a teenager, my dream was to have my own monthly teen magazine 😆

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                1. Actually there is the Microsoft Office Picture Manager. You can open all of the pictures in a folder, select them all and resize, crop, made smaller etc. It is just a few clicks. Ofcourse you need to save them before exiting, but it is really easy. Perhaps try that?

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                    1. We have the office 2007. But it comes with earlier versions too. Just that when you install MS office you need to select it. Do not think it is pat of the default selection.


  6. Many thanks! We started this many years back as a way to keep in touch with friends and former colleagues who had become friends. Back in the day we did not have a blog and so there was enough time over 3 months each time to prepare something more detailed. Sounds like you enjoyed reading the newsletter. Thanks once again!


  7. Hiya guys. I just thought I’d say how much I really really like your newsletter. Its such a great idea but also so well presented and full of awesome pics and info. Really great. Phew I’m ranting already LOL

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