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Brunei Borneo – Modernity vs Monkeys

“Just go up the forested hill back of the hotel,” says our cheery breakfast server to our query of where to see monkeys. It is our first morning in Bandar Seri Begawan, the capital of Brunei. As suggested, we approach a paved road veering upward from the side of the Radisson. “Hey, this climb is good for at least a few hundred calories,” I say to Rick as inspiration. A break in the trees mid-way awards us a glimpse of the city below and a breath-levelling moment. At the top is a dirt path into dense foliage. We proceed along a twisting route over tangles of roots. Chirping, buzzing and rustling rainforest sounds fill our senses. Suddenly the tops of trees begin to sway and there they are – long-tailed macaques, some leaping over our heads to reach the trees on the other side! “How’s that for monkey-business our first…

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Lively Taipei Taiwan

Taipei is dramatic – animated crowds, wild traffic, vivid signs that leap out from every angle along the streets of Jhongjheng District where our Taipei M Hotel is situated! Around each corner are eatery selections galore, convenience stores, a short walk to some of the city’s fine sites and to the main metro station. Each…

Astounding Armenia

Yerevan, the capital of Armenia, rests in a valley with the Hrazdan River winding through it. It is known as the pink city for the many prominent buildings in locally mined stone called “tuff” in mostly pinkish shades. Others are rich taupe and a few sport soft orange hues; the latter locals claim is rarest…