The Cunard Queens Have Balls

Dear Diary, I am so excited (dancing around in a most unprincess-like fashion)!  The Neptune’s Ball is the best possible place to debut my fantastic mermaid princess ensemble! Who knew the Cunard Queens had balls? To Do List find something to wear with it find somewhere to wear it find a way to fit into … Continue reading

The Jesselton Hotel

I had chosen the Kota Kinabalu 5 day tour with Borneo Adventures because it seemed to hit all of the high notes and was quite reasonably priced.  The first day included pick up at the airport with transfer to The Jesselton Hotel. When we checked in, the staff at the front desk asked what time … Continue reading

A Dress for a Mermaid Princess

  Dear Diary, I found it (jumping up and down and clapping hands with glee)!  The perfect dress to wear with the most amazing necklace in the world! Saks Fifth Avenue sells it and the designer is RENE RUIZ.  In this outfit, I will look like a mermaid princess!! To Do List find something to … Continue reading

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    

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