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About 2bagsandapack

Lifetime journalist, author, magazine editor and publisher, now semi-retired and traveling the world. My plan, after living in Costa Rica for 14 months, was to visit a new country in southern Europe every three months to experience the culture and the challenge of adapting to a new environment, while on a fixed income. That plan was sidetracked when I was offered a job in Indonesia, providing an opportunity to explore Asia. I'm also using this time to write, having now authored nine e-books, including photo-essays of my experiences in Costa Rica, Croatia, Sicily, Indonesia, Bali and Malaysia.

A new home

Normally, when I move, at least in the past five years, it’s been fodder for significant discussion. A new place, far away. A new culture, a different language. My move this week was somewhat different. I moved today from a … Continue reading

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Bored on a Sunday

With nothing much else to do, I decided to take my daily walk a little early today and satisfy some curiosity about the waterfront area about a half mile from my apartment. The area is behind the Pacific Palace Hotel … Continue reading

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Here’s a travel tip

Never decide to visit Singapore from Batam on a holiday weekend, even if it’s a Christian holiday (Easter) and there are mostly Muslims on Batam. My 60-day period between visa runs was due to expire on April 4 (Easter Sunday) … Continue reading

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