For years, I’ve had an interest in preserving  travel memories–  way before the digital age.   Scrap-booking was the way to go before blogging!  I guess you could say my first overseas trip was leaving Burma (Myanmar) to our new home to the US at the age of 12 in 1980.  That’s the same year J came to the US (although J was born in Canada and lived in Taiwan until they moved to the US ).

Fast forward and having traveled before and after college, during our marriage, and after having our child, I always hoped some day that we would live abroad, maintain simpler lives, and see more of the world.



In fact, after our 3-month sabbatical during the summer of ’09, we decided to relocate to Thailand in 2010. A’s dream came true and we left Texas during the holiday  weekend of Independence day of 2010.    Yes, the timing was purposeful!

Holy Mt. Zion, Taiwan in 2001
Holy Mt. Zion, Taiwan
Beginning of Our Family Annual Travel Tradition- M's First Birthday England 2004

Before we ventured out on our 2009 summer sabbatical, we started a twitter account under the name of @GotPassport in May 2009.  It was a way to connect with other travelers, obtain information, tips and guidance about our destinations.

We have found and met, on-line and in person, so many wonderful travel tweeps during this time.  Along the way we met other travelers and began to explore their blogs.   With a few tweeps encouraging us along the way, we decided it was time to preserve our story and record memories for our daughter.

Annual Birthday Trip to Italy 2006
Annual Birthday Trip Italy 2006

In April 2009,  I created an account with Matador Travel, but didn’t really blog there as much as we  thought we might or could during the time we were gone.   While in Thailand, J started a blog with WordPress.  Yes,  HE started blogging while we were in Thailand. 🙂 Guess I was too busy enjoying traveling.


Annual Birthday Trip Spain 2007

We are  NOT professional writers or photographers by any stretch of the imagination, although we like to think we have a big imagination and a lot of creativity. 

We also have a passion to share our philosophy to give large, plant seeds so that others would be inspired to commit more acts of kindness.

I have had a private blog in the past to preserve memories for our daughter.   Writing, in many ways helped mr pour my heart out in a private blog named “Big Hairy Audacious Goals.” Another reason I started that blog was because I was frustrated, drowning in my own emotions, NOT being able to return to Burma to aid with the Cyclone Nargis victims and survivors. That was in May of 2008, 7 months after I left my well-paid “Director” job at a local non-profit.

M volunteering @ Pre- Mexico Medical Mission Prep 2007

“How wonderful it is that nobody need to wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” –   Anne Frank


With student volunteers to Mexico Medical Mission 2008

Through our blogs, hopefully, our daughter will appreciate and understand the reasons  for our decisions, whatever they may be in our lives .  We want to guide her to become a responsible, kind, compassionate and humble human being.

Hermann Park in Houston 2008


Disneyworld March 2009

Blogging for us is not just about crossing things off of our Big Hairy Audacious Goals list.

We certainly have a lot of places we want to see in the world, that’s for sure.

However, this blog is  about being of service to others in need.

It is about planting seeds.

It is about living simply with less material things and more experiences.

It is about learning from the places and the people we meet in different parts of the world.

It’s about building community and creating win-win solutions.

It is about being true to who we really are.

It is about sharing lessons we’ve learned along the way, hopefully, passing on the lessons to our precious M.

We have been given the opportunity to create quite a decent life for ourselves in America and we are extremely grateful.  We wish to give not just in donations, but our effort and time, to people who will never be able to repay us.  We wish to live green, live small, give large and take little.

We feel that this standard of living  is the ONE for our family.

We love to travel, explore, serve and inspire others to do more good: that is our passion.

Our Friend and Guide, Mr. Plat in Cambodia 2009

We thank each of you for reading and visiting our blog.

We are truly humbled by the idea of having an audience.

When we are writing about our EXPERIENCES and SERVICE, we  feel a sense of  joy and pride in preserving the memories of something we so adore–  for our family– for our M.

We Say NO to Status Quo.
Live Green.  Live Small.  Give Large.  Take Little.
Take Notice.  Take Action.
Please read our Declaration of Independence post written while we were in Thailand Summer 2009, and How We Got Itchy Feet to Travel and See the World!


28 thoughts on “WHY WE BLOG

  1. Fantastic to meet you guys and read about a family, who believe in the same basic ideas we do. I too left Burma as child (of four) and returned in 2011 solo to do charity work. We too are passionate about travel and giving back. I will be returning again with my mother in October and hope to do some more charity work during my time there. We look forward to reading more about your family and hope you take the time to read about ours. We hope one day our paths will cross. 🙂 Pru & family.

    1. Wonderful Pru. Looks like you’re back in Burma by now. Sorry. I’m not good at responding to comments anymore. I do appreciate them so I need to be better at them. Hope you’re having a great time in Burma. I’m looking forward to a return in early 2016. Cheers.

  2. Your blog is so inspirational! We will be traveling to Chang Mai in one month and 12 days! We have sold everything we own as well and are taking the leap! Blogs like yours show us it is possible. We’d love to meet up with you in Chang Mai!

    1. Hey Rob,

      What a pleasant surprise to find you here on our site. Thanks for stopping by here. Yes, it was great to meet you in BKK. Hope we’ll run into one another again.. maybe in Chiang Mai??


  3. I recently got married and my hubby-slash-backpacking partner are now expecting our 1st child. I love reading about families who travel together. Will surely come back to read more of your posts!

    1. Awesome. Glad you found us. Traveling with a child is definitely doable! We’ve been traveling with her since she was only months young. It’s great!

  4. You guys are great! Thanks for being an inspiration to our blogging community. I am new, so need lots of tips. Feel free.
    I appreciate your values of living simply and ample giving. Will definitely visit often.

    1. Hello Dark Nomad,

      Thanks for your comment and for stopping by. We will have to stop by your website to check it out.

    1. @Lisa and @Dtravelsound

      thank you both for stopping by to learn more about us. We are very excited about our future. We also appreciate your support for sure.


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