Finding Nemo x 3

Dear Diary, Today I found the most amazing necklace in the world!  Honestly, I am NOT exaggerating!!  It is one-of-a-kind so it is absolutely perfect for a princess or a princess (wannabe). 🙂 To Do List find something to wear with it find somewhere to wear it     Advertisements

An Evening at the Mari Mari Cultural Village

David from Canada and Andrey from Russia joined me for my first trip to Sabah.  I had arranged with Viator for the evening with dinner at the Mari Mari Cultural Village on the first day.  It was entertaining, informative and I recommend it for people who do not have mobility issues.  The boys had a … Continue reading

Diary of a Princess (Wannabe)

Once upon a time in a land far, far away there lived a little girl.  Her name was Andrea and she was named by a committee of her older sisters (she had five). These older sisters doted on her and showered her with gifts of clothing, jewellery, luggage, and trips.  Thus was the seed planted … Continue reading

Borneo – An Island Apart

Borneo is the third largest island in the world.  Approximately one-third of it is East Malaysia made up of the states of Sarawak and Sabah.  Prior to actually visiting Borneo, all I knew about it was that it was home to some very special simians including orangutans and proboscis monkeys, and used to be home to … Continue reading

Neko, Gatto, Kuching?

This year I finally got to go to Kota Kinabalu in Sabah so naturally, I am going to begin this series of posts by writing about Kuching, Sarawak.  All joking aside, my first trip to Borneo was a two-day trip to Kuching for business seven years ago.  Kuching is Malay for cat and there are … Continue reading

Living With Fear

The following is the text of a talk I gave to the Introverts Network. The synopsis read “Andrea Brandle steps outside her comfort zone for a few minutes to share her belief that fear can and should be overcome. She is an introvert and her advice is “if I can do it, so can you”. … Continue reading

Out of Africa, Again – My Last Day in Kenya

10 April 2016 – Kenya Airways changed the Malindi – Nairobi flight to 10 a.m. so I lost my last day in Malindi but because I am the luckiest girl in the world, I ran into Roger, the owner of the Driftwood, in the little bookshop at the Malindi Airport.  He was buying a newspaper … Continue reading

Out of Africa, Again – Surprise Birthday Party, Day 2

Saturday, 9 April 2016 – I had a breakfast of strong coffee with heated milk, a plate of fruit, and an omelette.  It was raining and there was a blinding flash of lightning followed immediately by deafening thunder. Later, one of the housekeeping staff said that the lightning strike had killed three children.  I really … Continue reading

Out of Africa, Again – Surprise Birthday Party, Day 1

Friday, 8 April 2016 – After the dhow trip, we went to the bar at the Driftwood where some of the other ‘party people’ were gathered for drinks and lunch.  I had eaten two samosas on the dhow so I was not hungry; I had a pina colada.  There were a couple of regulars at the … Continue reading

Out of Africa, Again – Sailing on the Indian Ocean

The highlight of day 8 of my trip was going out for a few hours in Malindi Marine Park on a dhow called Big Mama.  There were five ladies including me and Krista; Roger, the owner of the Driftwood and captain of the dhow, and three crew members.  Often the dhow trips are a whole day … Continue reading