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This is James

This is James

Hi, I’m James.
I like to describe myself as “just a dumb kid from Dundee, Oregon”. Why, you ask?
Originally from Oregon, I’ve lived abroad since 2008 and relish the personal experiences that I have gained. I never imagined that one day I would walk on the Great Wall, or be crushed in the crowds that are Times Square on New Year’s Eve, or to play the Old Course. I feel fortunate to have been where I’ve been, to see what I’ve seen, and to have done what I’ve done.
I grew up tagging along with my parents as they played golf. I must admit that I was more interested in hitting daisies then golf balls and was much more proficient at it. But golf has pretty much been in my life for as long as I can remember.
While I am still probably better at hitting daises than golf balls, I enjoy golf. I enjoy the challenge of the game, the beauty of the courses, and the camaraderie the game fosters.
I don’t have a static bucket list of courses to play, mostly because it changes every day. I’m also not really interested in playing the world’s top 100, although I won’t say no.
I’m just a guy who wants to play the most interesting golf courses the world has to offer. Interesting, as defined by, well, us.
I’m really looking forward to teeing up the next chapter of my life- even though it’s not all quite known.
But, is it ever?

This is Menekse

This is Menekse

Hi, I'm Menekse.
Born on the 1st of January, I possess some of the typical characteristics of a Capricorn. Impatience, stubbornness, an inclination to know-it-all, love to follow rules. But I am also reliable, loyal, responsible - and very very persistent and strong-willed. That's pretty much my nature.
I have a lot of patience when something is important to me and when I want to achieve something specific. Even if it takes forever. The only thing which is probably untypical for a Capricorn is that I prefer the sea over the mountains. I am not crazy about mountains like they say in Astrology about Capricorns. I love the ocean. The smell of the ocean. The sound of the waves. And I love the moon and stars.
In the past, my parents and I used to spend our summer holidays in Turkey, our home country. At that time, I thought there is no other place in the world with such beautiful stars. Or so many of them!
But I am a curious person and love to travel! And I wanted to see more of the world then just Nürnberg (my birthplace) and Turkey to find out if there are other places in the world with such starry skies.
So, I became a travel agent ... in the hopes of being able to travel more and explore new places. But believe it or not, working in a travel agency is an office job, which putt (hehe) me behind a desk rather than in an airplane. Nevertheless, over the years I have put together a beautiful collection of starry skies.
But my thirst to see more, to experience more and to travel more is not satisfied.
I love life. And the world. And the older I get, the more I want to break out of my own characteristics. To explore the world and to just roll with it. I want life to teach me. To show me places. And to tell me stories.
But how? And, can I do it? Why don’t you tell me?
Follow me on my journey called life.
Follow me as I go “Puttering around the World“…

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One thing on our #bucketlist was to see the Probiscos monkeys while in Borneo. They only live in Borneo and you can imagine how excited we were to go the Bako National Park to find out if we get lucky and see one.

What do you think? Did we see one?

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Walking through Kuching, which is the capital of Sarawak, we saw so many cat statues and cat paintings. We knew that there was even a cat museum there. But what we didn't know is why there was all this hype about cats.

Well, here is the answer:

It was a misunderstanding! 
As the adventurer James Brook arrived in Borneo, he asked a local what the name of the city was. Brook pointed to the city, but there was also a cat sitting in  the direction that he pointed. The local thought that Brook was asking what cat means, and so he answered "Kucing". And this is how the city got its name.

True story or legend?

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Kuching was the city which surprised us the most. One reason why was the delicious and inexpensive food.
Here you see us at breakfast. Kolo Mee was one of our favorites which we had every day. Kolo Mee are noodles cooked in a clear sauce. They are served dry with just enough broth to keep the noodles jucy. It is topped with pork slices and fried onions for the crunch.
Our mouths get watery just thinking of it! 🍜
The best ones we had at Mee Sin Cafe (5 Ringgit!) and at Tai Pan Corner (4,50 Ringgit!).
Do you have a favorite dish that you could eat every day?

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I am so thankful that I can travel the world and play golf with my best friend!

What are you thankful for?

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Menekse started playing golf a few years ago, but she didn't play very often. She has always hit some great shots, but like us all, she struggles sometimes with consistency. 
Since our golf journey began, I have seen tremendous progress in her game. Especially around the greens where her chipping and putting have improved the most.

This was most evident when we played at The Mines Resort. She won't admit it, but she had a great round of golf with her best ever 18 hole score! I couldn't be more proud and love watching her enjoy the game more and more with each round!

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  • FINDING FAIRWAYS "Golf can best be defined as an endless series of tragedies obscured by the occasional miracle.” Anonymous

Remember that little fall that I had in Melaka? Unfortunately it happened the day prior to when we had the fantastic opportunity to play at one of the highest rated courses in Malaysia, The Mines Resort and Golf Club.

Due to my fall, I only played a few holes. And, so when you see me here in the middle of the fairway, know that it was truly the occasional miracle!

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Our last night in Melaka we wanted to see the sunset at this beautiful floating mosque. We found a nice place, the view was fantastic and soon we started taking pictures. James walked down to the ocean to get a "better" view. And then everything happened so fast. He slipped and felt pretty bad. We were really lucky that nothing severe happened.

It's easy to get distracted when you're trying to take THE shot, but please be careful, accidents can happen quickly.

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  • THIS IS US!! One of the greatest things about our journey is that we get to spend time together. 
Being together 24/7 might sound scary 😜  But for us, this has  been one of the greatest things that has ever happened to us. 
We really enjoy being able to share with each other both the big and small things on the road.

What do you share with your partner while travelling?

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Melaka also has some great street art to offer and as we saw this one, we had to stop and take a picture. We reminiscenced about our experience in Sumatra as we saw Orangutans. And it also made us excited about our upcoming trip to Borneo, where we planned to see Orangutans as well.

What was your most memorable experience with animals in the wild?

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Yes, the arrival wasn't smooth, but once we finally arrived Melaka welcomed us with open arms. We loved this unique city immediately and enjoyed all the sightseeing that we did here.

Here we are in front of the old and traditional Kampung Kling Mosque, which was originally built in 1748.
The ablution pool is original and is one of the most beautiful we have ever seen. 
Do you visit mosques, temples and churches when you travel?

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