Kuching, Borneo with a baby

As the end of my one year maternity leave loomed, the idea came to me that L and I should take a trip together just the two of us. As the time drew to an end, I was conscious of how lucky I was to have had the time with L and that it was […]

Top 5 of our round the world adventure

Since we’ve been back, a few people have asked about our favourite place on the trip so I thought I would sit down and reflect on our favourite places and experiences over the 24 weeks that we were away.


From Kuala Lumpur, we took the bus South to Malacca, another World Heritage site. In the past, it was ruled by the Portuguese, British and Dutch. The Dutch influences were particularly evident around the town, with road names like Heeren Street and the town hall being called the Stadthuys.

Kuala Lumpur

From Kota Bharu we flew to Kuala Lumpur. We found a great deal to stay at the Shangri-La with a rate that included afternoon tea and two hours of cocktails and canapés and one of the first things we did was make sure we got value for money there – no dinner was required after […]

Perhentian Islands

Wow. I’d heard a lot about these two islands off the East coast of Malaysia and our visit definitely didn’t disappoint. We stayed on Kecil (small) island which is more popular with backpackers while Besar (big) island has more of a family feel to it. There’s not much on these islands other than the hotels. […]


We’re now back in Malaysia, first stop was the island of Penang. We stayed for 2 nights in Georgetown and then moved to the beach. Georgetown is a really interesting mix of lots of different cultures, with Indian, Chinese and British influences. Our hotel was Yeng Keng, an old private residence built in the mid […]