Santipada – Living Meditation

It’s two weeks ago when we past Santipada Buddhist monastery near Keri Keri, North New Zealand, the first time. Early in the morning the gates were still closed, but the women living next door told us they should open soon and it’s possible to visit the place. We decided to wait and prepared some coffee in…


New Zealand’s Far North

Okay, let’s go. We are on the road after spending almost two weeks in Auckland. We’ve been quite excited and also somewhat impatient the last days. It’s time to leave the city! We follow highway 1 and stop for the night at a campground that belongs to a local pub. A group of locals is chatting…


Jakarta – last days in Asia

Our time in Asia is running out. In only three days we will be on the plane from Jakarta to Auckland, New Zealand. We’re excited and looking forward, but first we have to go from Yogyakarta to Jakarta. We decide to take an overnight bus again to save some money and sleep while traveling. To…


Yogyakarta and Mount Merapi

Yogyakarta Indonesia’s 30 day stay permission is causing some unusual time pressure for us. Almost three weeks are over and we are still on Sumatra. Distances are huge and we always made them by using public transport like the locals do. We never met any other tourists in long distance buses. Foreigners mainly use planes…


Lake Toba – the world’s biggest volcanic lake

It’s early in the morning when we leave Berastagi to go to Lake Toba (Wikipedia). We’re looking forward to visit this place since Helen got the recommendation to go there from Eric, the french guy, she met in Kuching/Borneo. It is the biggest volcanic lake on earth. With its impressive 100 kilometer length and 30…


Sabang Island – The Secret Treasure

There is a magical place off the northern tip of Sumatra. An island the locals mainly call “Sabang” and known as “Pulau Weh” among tourists. The vulcanic island covers an area of 156,3 qm within the Andaman Sea and is well known for its underwater ecosystem and rich diversity of fishes. So people mainly come…


Good Bye Malaysia, Hello Indonesia!

Labuan to Kota Kinabalu OK, it’s time for our last days in Malaysia. The forth immigration into Malaysia is done. We can stay again another three month, but this time we only need four days 🙂 To stay here is easier than in any other country so far. We wanted to walk around Labuan a…


Brunei – The Golden Sultanate

On our way through northern Borneo we pass the country of Brunei. It’s a small sultanate surrounded by Malaysia except it’s coastline in the north and has a population of around 415.000 inhabitants. Brunei’s development is highly based on oil and natural gas production especially since the late 20th century. As a result a remarkable…


Cyril’s Secret Sanctuary

The Rainforest World Music Festival is over and so it is time for Helen to start the Tusita Meditation Retreat. Because we don’t want to take advantage of the hospitality of the Hare Krishna family I move on, too. Last week we visited Cyril, a nice guy running a guesthouse. He has built a combination…


Happy days at Tusita, Kuching

Foreword If you already followed our blog you might remember that meditation is really interesting for us. Since we’ve been in Thailand I practiced every day a little bit and I always had the desire to stay longer at a monastery than just five days. After Helen and I decided to spent some time seperate I…