Singapore | Botanic Gardens

The Singapore Botanic Gardens was the first stop we hopped off our Singapore tour (not counting Suntec City Mall). It is also the latest among UNESCO World Heritage Sites we’ve visited. OK, it actually wasn’t named a World Heritage Site — Singapore’s first — until after we visited. But I’m counting it.

Singapore | Food & Shopping

Knife-cut noodles at Formosa Delights.As I looked through the hundreds of photos I took during our R&R to Australia, New Zealand and Singapore, I was disappointed by how few food pictures took — specifically the amazingly delicious food we had in Singapore. So you’ll have to bear with me and my couple Instagram/iPhone photos and let my writing describeContinue reading “Singapore | Food & Shopping”

New Zealand | Christchurch

Re:START container mall.After our night in Te Anau, it was time to start the journey to Christchurch on the other side of the South Island. The drive from Te Anau to Christchurch is a bit long to make in one day, so we picked out a beachside freedom camping spot in Oamaru on the South Island’s east coast.Unfortunately, we wereContinue reading “New Zealand | Christchurch”

New Zealand | Te Anau

After repairing our weather-related not-quite malfunction after freedom camping in Glenorchy, we set off toward Milford Sound, one of the must-see destinations in New Zealand. Unfortunately, nature had other plans in store for us.We stopped to get gas in Te Anau, the last town before the main highway to Milford Sound, and learned that the highway was going to beContinue reading “New Zealand | Te Anau”

New Zealand | Glenorchy & Queenstown

Lake Tekapo was our second-favorite part of our New Zealand campervan adventure, but Glenorchy was hands-down the highlight of our entire R&R to Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. We loved it so much, we changed our original plans so we could stay an extra night.

New Zealand | Lake Tekapo

Our second-favorite place of our New Zealand campervan adventure — and arguably of our entire R&R to Australia, New Zealand and Singapore — was Lake Tekapo. We spent our second night freedom camping at Lake Tekapo (and first night freedom camping on the South Island) and also enjoyed a beautiful three-hour hike along the White Bluffs of LakeContinue reading “New Zealand | Lake Tekapo”

New Zealand | Waikari Maori Rock Art Site

One of the great things about New Zealand is that it’s easy to stumble upon a great hike and/or beautiful scenery just about anywhere you go. We had done some advance planning before our 10-day campervan adventure — booked our flights and ferry ticket and sketched a rough outline of what we wanted to do — but beyond that,Continue reading “New Zealand | Waikari Maori Rock Art Site”

New Zealand | Marlborough Wineries

Cloudy Bay vineyard.The first stop of our New Zealand campervan adventure on the South Island was Hans Herzog Estate, one of the many wineries in New Zealand’s Marlborough region. As soon as our ferry arrived at Picton terminal, we drove straight to wine country.Not because were desperate for a drink, but because in winter, most wineries only stayContinue reading “New Zealand | Marlborough Wineries”

New Zealand | Orakei Korako Geothermal Park

After our day at Hobbiton and exploring the geothermal wonders of Rotorua, Kail and I were looking forward to spending our first night freedom camping. We’d picked out a site near the famous Huka Falls of Lake Taupo, but unfortunately part of the road — from what we could tell, the only road — leadingContinue reading “New Zealand | Orakei Korako Geothermal Park”