Pictures we took while volunteering at Aquaponics Thailand in Chat Trakan.
Cycling around the world to study culture and sustainability.
A beautiful lizard.

Photos: Aquaponics Thailand

Pictures we took while volunteering at Aquaponics Thailand in Chat Trakan.

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Photos: Bangkok Protest

Pictures we took on our walk through Lumpini Park during the Bangkok protest.

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Earth Block Construction

We learn to make and build with compressed earth blocks in Thailand.

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Recipe: Raw Oatmeal Chocolate Balls

Looking for a good snack to satisfy your sweet tooth? Try these vegan oatmeal chocolate balls! They are both delicious and healthy.

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Photos: Bangkok, Thailand

A gallery from our week in Bangkok, Thailand. See pictures of the Grand Palace, Temples and Reclining Buddha!

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Farmer: Bobby Burns

“I have stargardt disease. I am legally blind. When I discovered worms were blind, I developed my passion. I call myself the worm warrior.”

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Recipe: Pickled Garlic

Pickled garlic is a healthy, crunchy snack that won’t leave you with bad breath.

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How To Make Raised Garden Beds

A wise farmer named Sun once told me that growing food is all about managing the soil.

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Photos: Chumphon, Thailand

Pictures of the beautiful temples, beaches, wildlife and waterfalls in Chumphon, Thailand.

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Photos: Kinabatangan River, Borneo

Pictures of the proboscis monkeys, orangutans and hornbills we encountered as we cruised up the Kinabatangan River in Borneo, Malaysia.

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Recipe: Peanut Butter Oatmeal

Waking up early in the morning to cycle is not easy. Neither is finding a healthy breakfast on the road. Most places serve fried chicken, rice or noodles, but there comes a time when a greasy meal is not appealing and you want something healthy and filling. So we came up with a solution!

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Photos: Scuba Diving on Mabul Island, Malaysia

Pictures of of our stay on Mabul Island, Malaysia, where we became scuba certified.

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Photos: Asiatic Organic Farm, Borneo

A gallery of the photos we took during our stay at Asiatic Organic Farm in Borneo, Malaysia.

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Travel Guide: Banjarmasin, Indonesia


If you like to stray from the well-worn path or are looking for a real adventure, you will want to visit Banjarmasin. Rich with culture and charm, the city offers experiences you won’t find in any other part of Indonesia.

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Travel Guide: Palangkaraya, Indonesia


There’s really only one reason to come to the capital city of Kalimantan–to see a wild orangutan.

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Photos: Penang, Malaysia

A gallery of the photos we took in Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia.

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Photos: Our Malaysian Family

A gallery of the photos we took with our adoptive Malaysian family in Serdang, Malaysia.

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Farming In Borneo

In early January, we flew to Borneo for an opportunity to work on an organic farm in Sabah.

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Travel Guide: Uluwatu, Indonesia


Need a break from crowded cities and burning trash? Forget about heading to Kuta, Uluwatu is the place to be.

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Photos: Ipoh, Malaysia

A gallery of the photos we took at various temples in Ipoh, Malaysia.

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Our day trip to Gunung Kawi temple in Tampaksiring, Bali, Indonesia.

Travel Guide: Ubud, Indonesia


Good food, cheap accommodation and beautiful temples and landscapes abound in Ubud; we’ll show you where to look.

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Photos: Butterfly Farm, Cameron Highlands

A gallery of the photos we took at the butterfly farm in Cameron Highlands, Malaysia.

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Photos: Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

A gallery of the photos we took in Cameron Highlands, Malaysia.

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Photos: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

A gallery of the photos we took in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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Travel Guide: Indonesia


Planning a trip to Indonesia? Here’s everything we learned during our 1 month stay in the land of a thousand kings.

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Recipe: Bengkang Pandan

For the past few days we have been staying with a Malay family. Every night they make a traditional Malay dessert, called Bengkang pandan cake. We had to get the recipe and share!

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Happy New Year!

It’s been a while since we posted anything, so we thought it was time for an update. Many people are asking to see pictures and hear about our travels, so here goes!

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Photos: Kebun Kaki Bukit, Malaysia

A gallery of the photos we took at Kebun Kaki Bukit in Jugra, Malaysia.
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Recipe: Polish Chocolate Cake

You wouldn’t expect to learn how to make Polish chocolate cake in Malaysia, but that’s exactly what happened at Kebun Kaki Bukit (Foothill Farm).

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Photos: Malacca, Malaysia

A gallery of the photos we took in Malacca, Malaysia.

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Photos: Little India, Singapore

A gallery of the photos we took in Little India, Singapore.

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Photos: Gardens by the Bay, Singapore

A gallery of the photos we took at the Gardens by the Bay, Singapore.

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Photos: Uluwatu Temple, Bali, Indonesia

A gallery of the photos we took at the Uluwatu Temple, Bali, Indonesia.

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Photos: Ketut’s Village, Bali, Indonesia

A gallery of the photos we took at Ketut’s Village, Bali, Indonesia.

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Photos: Baluran National Park, Java, Indonesia

A gallery of the photos we took at Baluran National Park, Java, Indonesia.

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Photos: Kaja Island Orangutans, Palangka Raya, Indonesia

A gallery of the photos we took in Kaja Island, Palangka Raya, Borneo, Indonesia.

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Photos: Floating Market in Banjarmasin, Borneo, Indonesia

A gallery of the photos we took at the floating market in Banjarmasin, Borneo, Indonesia.

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Photos: Canal Tour in Banjarmasin, Borneo, Indonesia

A gallery of the photos we took on a Canal Tour in Banjarmasin, Borneo, Indonesia.

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Our day trip to Gunung Kawi temple in Tampaksiring, Bali, Indonesia.

Photos: Gunung Kawi Temple, Bali, Indonesia

A gallery of the photos we took at the Gunung Kawi Temple, Bali, Indonesia.

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Photos: Ubud, Indonesia

A gallery of the photos we took in Ubud, Indonesia.

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Learn how to make a traditional Balinese spice paste

Recipe: Base Gede

The only thing I love more than eating good food is learning how to make it so I can relive my gluttony in the future. Indonesians use simple ingredients to create incredibly complex flavors.

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Choosing the Open Road

When most people start an adventure, they usually depart feeling a sense of preparedness and excitement. This was not even remotely our experience.

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10 Questions with Fannie

Stephanie (a.k.a. Fannie) is my older, adventurous sister who has always inspired me to live life to the fullest.  Stephanie has backpacked all throughout Europe, biked from Virginia to California, hiked the Appalachian trail, and biked through New Zealand… the list goes on.  She is the one we turn to when we have any questions about our cycling tour. Here are 10 questions I thought would be helpful and fun to share.

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Yoga for Cyclists

Long-distance bicycle touring is tough on your body. You spend hours a day cramped up in a position that is hard on your wrists, neck, shoulders, back and legs, so it’s important to spend a little bit of time each day stretching to show your body a little love for all its hard work!

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Recipe: Sopes!

What are sopes?  I had the same question for my friend, Maria, who said she was craving them one day while we were working at the St. Regis.  Here’s how she explained this Mexican delicacy: fried masa flour cakes topped with refried beans, lettuce, tomato, onion, avocado, feta cheese and a special homemade green chili sauce.

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Recipe: Raw, Vegan, Gluten-Free Key Lime Pie

Our friend Cherish, who works at The Garden Café at Common Ground, is an amazing baker.  She focuses on creating healthy desserts that are either raw, vegan, gluten-free or all of the above.  I had to have her over so she could share one of her amazing recipes.

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Aquaponics!

A preview of our new backyard aquaponics system, design courtesy of Olomana Gardens.

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we’re 2 months into the new year and have plenty of new projects happening on the farm!

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Taro Exhibit

Yesterday Common Ground received an extensive kalo (taro) collection from Paul Massey, who teaches our Saturday sustainable gardening course, runs Regenerations Botanical Garden in Kalihiwai, and actively propagates and shares a diverse collection of perennial plants that will be critical to Kaua’i’s long-term food security via a monthly Seed Exchange.
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sunday morning market cart!

Sunday mornings at Common Ground just got even better! Come for Carol Dumeyer’s 10AM yoga class, brunch with live entertainment, and now for some garden fresh fruits, veggies and flowers!

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