Back to reality

I can’t believe that the vacation we have been planning for over a year has come and gone. How does that happen? We got back from Malaysia late last night. The trip was amazing. Absolutely amazing. Now I am in the process of doing laundry, getting caught up on emails, work, and other tedious chores that I ignored for three weeks. It will take a few days to get caught up on everything, especially sleep. In the meantime I wanted to share a few photos from our holiday. Also, during my absence several new followers signed up. I wanted to say welcome and thanks! I’ll do my best to visit everyone, including my new friends, over the next week. Have a wonderful day!




This orangutan didn’t want his photo taken. I struggled for several minutes and this was the best I could get.

Not a bad spot to enjoy a cocktail whilst watching the sunset.

Not a bad spot to enjoy a cocktail whilst watching the sunset.


Blue-eared Kingfisher


If you think these two orangutans are “having fun” you would be correct

Proboscis Monkey

Proboscis Monkey

About TBM

TB Markinson is an American who's recently returned to the US after a seven-year stint in the UK and Ireland. When she isn't writing, she's traveling the world, watching sports on the telly, visiting pubs in New England, or reading. Not necessarily in that order. Her novels have hit Amazon bestseller lists for lesbian fiction and lesbian romance. She cohosts the Lesbians Who Write Podcast ( with Clare Lydon. TB also runs I Heart Lesfic (, a place for authors and fans of lesfic to come together to celebrate lesbian fiction.
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69 Responses to Back to reality

  1. Yayyyyyy!!!!! TBM is back :). It has not been the same without you, but I am glad you had a wonderful holiday and can’t wait to hear all about it. Take the laundry and stuff slow – it will still be there tomorrow.

  2. T.F.Walsh says:

    Welcome back… sounds like you had such a wonderful trip:)

  3. aFrankAngle says:

    Welcome back …. and glad the trip was a success. Given the pics here, you will have many tales to spin into a post! … but first, get yourself situated.

    • TBM says:

      Thanks Frank. I do have lots to share, but I’ll take your advice and take my time. It’s been a long time since I’ve had such long flights to and from a place.

  4. Caroline says:

    Welcome back, TBM. Can’t wait to hear more.
    Wonderful photos.

  5. Anna says:

    I can’t wait to hear more about your trip! Pleased to hear you liked Malaysia, indeed it’s amazing. Good luck with getting back to your everyday life, I could imagine you being a little “spaced out” for the beginning.

    • TBM says:

      I do feel a little spacey, but somewhat better today after a good night’s rest. Just need to get back on London time.

  6. bocafrau says:

    Welcome back! Can’t wait to see more shots from your adventure!!! 🙂

  7. niasunset says:

    Welcome back dear TBM, I missed you 🙂 Seems that there would be amazing photographs from this vacation. I loved them. Thank you, love, nia

  8. samokan says:

    Welcome back, great shot. Can’t wait to read your Malaysian adventure 🙂

  9. Jackie says:

    Welcome back! 😀

  10. biblioglobal says:

    Welcome back! Looking forward to hearing the stories from your trip!

  11. poppytump says:

    Welcome Home TBM …from your teasers of photos it looks like some trip !
    We await more ….
    Meanwhile don’t get the Laundry Day Blues will you 😉

  12. hillarypat says:

    I was wondering where you were! Welcome back- can’t wait to hear about your trip!

  13. thirdeyemom says:

    Wonderful!!! Can’t wait to hear all about it! Hope the climb went well!

  14. wolke205 says:

    Welcome back 🙂 I can’t wait to read and see more of your vacation 😀

  15. Lucid Gypsy says:

    Woowee so glad you had a good time, isn’t Malaysia incredible? I think I recognise the Tunku Abdul Raman islands from KK? and teh Probocis, did you go up the Kinabatanga? 🙂

    • TBM says:

      I highly recommend Malaysia for people. Such a beautiful country: the people, culture, the sights, and the sunsets! We did spend one day in KK the day before the climb. It was a relaxing day–good thing since the next two days were anything but relaxing. Yep we did several river cruises along the Kinabatanga and I loved it! So many animals and birds–a true treasure for nature lovers.

  16. Carol says:

    Welcome back! Glad you had a wonderful trip.

  17. Letizia says:

    That is so cool that you got to see orangutans – that is a dream of mine! Great photos – can’t wait to hear more about your trip.

    • TBM says:

      I was amazed that we stumbled upon four different orangutan(s) in the wild. I thought for sure we would only see them in the sanctuary but we lucked out!

  18. Glad you have returned! Love the kingfisher picture.

  19. Oh, welcome back! From the looks of the photos, you really did have an amazing time! Looking forward to seeing more.

  20. nrlymrtl says:

    Great to have you back. Look forward to more pics from your trip and to hearing about how the climb went.

  21. I’m so glad you had a great trip. Can’t wait to hear about the hike. The sunset photos are gorgeous! It must have been hard to leave.

    • TBM says:

      It’s always hard to come home. On one hand I’m excited to see the boys, on the other I don’t want the fun to end. Soon I’ll share about the hike. That was an experience!

  22. pattisj says:

    I’m glad you’ve returned safely. You have been missed. Looking forward to seeing what you’ve seen–once you are rested a bit.

    • TBM says:

      I got quite a bit of rest last night. Fell asleep on the couch around 7 pm then went to bed. Nothing like a good nap before bed 🙂

  23. Novroz says:

    welcome home, TBM 🙂
    I have a feeling you had woderful time in Malaysia and are now much healthier after all the hiking you have done 😉

    Looking forward to read your adventure. I can see that you went to Malaysia on Borneo part. Love the photos especially the cute frog.

    By the way, you are the person I think the most when I wrote this post> 🙂

    • TBM says:

      Thanks for sharing the post. I love the clip and will have to keep an eye out for the movie. How cool that one of your students made the film.

      We spent two weeks on Sabah and I loved it. Wish I could go back right now.

      • Novroz says:

        I sure hope he will manage to sell it abroad so many can see it too 🙂
        Yeah he was always been a creative student.

        You like it that much…I am sure many stories will be shared here 🙂

      • TBM says:

        I loved it and hope to share many stories.

  24. IsobelandCat says:

    Welcome back and great pix. Have you seen this from Avaaz?
    Save the forests and the wildlife!

    • TBM says:

      I hadn’t seen it. Thanks for raising awareness and I just posted it on my blog. I hope it helps. People and actions like this make me sick.

  25. Hi. Great to have you back. I had got a ready a saying or blessing which we give people before they embark on a mission or a trip. It is “sendru va, vendru va” which means “Go forth and come back victorious.” I forgot to say that before you left.
    Glad to see that you have come back safe and sound. Can’t wait to read all your stories and see all the photographs.

    • TBM says:

      Thank you and I love the saying. I’ll have to remember that when friends and family embark on a trip. I do miss being away, however it is always nice to come home. Now I just need to get back into a routine. I hope you’be been well.

  26. The Hook says:

    Your reality still trumps mine!

  27. Beth Ann says:

    You were missed!!! I love seeing the pics you posted and I am sure there are so many stories to come!!! Can’t wait to read all about the adventure and see your fabulous pics. Welcome back. Rest up!!!

  28. Fergiemoto says:

    Welcome back! Glad you had an amazing time! Good vacations usually seem to just whiz by for me. They’re not long enough. I’m looking forward to reading about your trip.

  29. lynnsbooks says:

    Oh no. over so soon! As it really been three weeks? I’m looking forward to more of your photos and stories about what happened and whether all your hard work and training beforehand paid off for you.
    Lynn 😀

  30. The Guat says:

    Ahhhhhhh that happens to me every time I escape my reality, which isn’t very often. But I can completely relate to the fact that you plan for a really long time and then before you know it you’re back … doing laundry. That happened way back in 07 when I went to Australia I couldn’t believe it was over, but how awesome that you have pics and that climbing experience to remember. Love those sunset boat pics. Very nice, my friend. So glad you had a great trip.

    • TBM says:

      I really want to go to Australia, but my problem is finding the time. Not only is it far away, but it’s so huge and I want to see so many different parts. I’ll need at least a month or two. And how many of us have that much vacation time. Where did you go when you were there?

      • The Guat says:

        I wish I would’ve had two months. It would have been even more awesome. But I did the best with the time I had 🙂 I went to Sydney, Uluru, and Cairns. 🙂

      • TBM says:

        I bet you had a great time. I hear all of it is amazing and my two month wish is a pipe dream at the moment.

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