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    UK: Can we rewind and freeze?

    Tuesday, September 30, 2014

    UK:  Can we rewind and freeze? Have you ever had a moment when you thought to yourself: this is absolutely perfect?  Well I have and for me that moment happened on June 1, 2014 as the sun started to set on the beach at the Seven Sisters Cliffs. Flat 29 headed to the Seven Sisters […]

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    Ilocos Norte, Philippines: Paoay Opens Bacsil Sand Dunes

    Tuesday, September 30, 2014

    Sure, the sand dunes of Ilocos Norte have been used as the setting for the desert scenes in the movies Mad Maxx, Born on the Fourth of July, and the local blockbuster flicks ‘Ang Panday’ series and ‘Temptation Island’. The sand dunes have always been there. For the longest time, the locals knew it was […]

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    Should you be a Good Chinese Wife?

    Tuesday, September 30, 2014

    Please enjoy this excerpt from Good Chinese Wife: A Love Affair with China Gone Wrong  by Susan Blumberg-Kason The Chinese University of Hong Kong sits atop a mountain, north of Hong Kong Island and twenty minutes south of the mainland China border. When I arrived on campus in 1990 for a college exchange year, I […]

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    A Journey to Rediscovery in India

    Monday, September 29, 2014

    Rediscovery of Self in the Land of the High Passes I was sitting right in the middle of my sisters when my eyes fell on the handsome mountains covered with a blanket of snow on their tops. I began to jump and almost sat over my sister (who was next to the window) to capture […]

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    Ticking off the Top 7 Historic Attractions in Brussels

    Monday, September 29, 2014

    Brussels is Belgium’s capital and the largest city in the country. It is a cosmopolitan city with a renowned art scene that has been vibrant for several centuries. History and culture enthusiasts cannot afford to miss sampling the charms of this city especially after snagging those hard-to-come by last minute holidays from Ireland. A notable […]

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    Community Centre in Tokyo, Japan

    Sunday, September 28, 2014

      A Small Community Centre in Tokyo, Japan Ana Prundaru There is something magical about children playing outside; mesmerized by little things adults take for granted. Unfortunately, when I visited Tokyo for a summit, I barely saw any children chasing butterflies, or playing ball. Walking past playgrounds and museums with the scope of researching the […]

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  • Thank you from POPS

    P.O.P.S. the Club with Tim Allen October 16

    Sunday, September 28, 2014

    P.O.P.S. the Club In January 2013, in a dingy classroom at Venice High School, Dennis Danziger, a high school English teacher, and his wife, Amy Friedman, started a new high school club. The club was just a fledgling idea, with only two elements—first, the motto would be “First We Eat,” and lunch would be served; […]

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    I live. I love. I am. Netherlands

    Saturday, September 27, 2014

    My 23rd year in this body was rather intense. They say that the universe doesn’t always gives you what you want, but what you need. And that you will never be given something that you can’t handle. Well, all I can say is that the universe has tested me many times this past year. I […]

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    Saturdays in Manila, Philippines

    Friday, September 26, 2014

    I lean to open sliding doors and step onto the red-tiled lanai. It’s 6 a.m. A canopy of bamboo, trees, and pastel awnings portrays rural privacy. The mango Abby and I planted two years ago curtseys in a breeze, begging applause for her growth. I wonder if she’ll ever bear fruit. Most days, I walk […]

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    Gunung Mulu National Park: a World of Caves

    Friday, September 26, 2014

    The karst landscape of Gunung Mulu was inscribed in 2000 as Malaysia’s second UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site. Among many natural sites already present in the prestigious list, Gunung Mulu easily stands out as it is one of the few that is inscribed on all four natural criteria set by the World Heritage Committee. These are: 1. it being an outstanding specimen […]

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Latest Writing Contest Entries

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Sep
30

UK: Can we rewind and freeze?

UK:  Can we rewind and freeze? Have you ever had a moment when you thought to yourself: this is absolutely perfect?  Well I have and for me that moment happened on June 1, 2014 as the sun started to set on the beach at the Seven Sisters Cliffs. Flat 29 headed to the Seven Sisters […]

Read More
2014-09-18_541b1dc5563ed_IMG_20140809_124721407.jpg
Sep
29

A Journey to Rediscovery in India

Rediscovery of Self in the Land of the High Passes I was sitting right in the middle of my sisters when my eyes fell on the handsome mountains covered with a blanket of snow on their tops. I began to jump and almost sat over my sister (who was next to the window) to capture […]

Read More
2014-09-18_541ad75252b22_Kids-Temple.AP_.jpg
Sep
28

Community Centre in Tokyo, Japan

  A Small Community Centre in Tokyo, Japan Ana Prundaru There is something magical about children playing outside; mesmerized by little things adults take for granted. Unfortunately, when I visited Tokyo for a summit, I barely saw any children chasing butterflies, or playing ball. Walking past playgrounds and museums with the scope of researching the […]

Read More
2014-09-17_541a13e170a9a_Iam.jpg
Sep
27

I live. I love. I am. Netherlands

My 23rd year in this body was rather intense. They say that the universe doesn’t always gives you what you want, but what you need. And that you will never be given something that you can’t handle. Well, all I can say is that the universe has tested me many times this past year. I […]

Read More
2014-09-15_5417696248724_ShaneRomy.jpg
Sep
26

Saturdays in Manila, Philippines

I lean to open sliding doors and step onto the red-tiled lanai. It’s 6 a.m. A canopy of bamboo, trees, and pastel awnings portrays rural privacy. The mango Abby and I planted two years ago curtseys in a breeze, begging applause for her growth. I wonder if she’ll ever bear fruit. Most days, I walk […]

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Sep
25

The World Outside Your Window,USA

As I sit in my airplane seat, I look at the backpack full of workbooks in which I must address. “Alright, I should use these four hours wisely. I have enough time to finish at least one workbook. I can do this.” It seemed only a matter of seconds before realizing the plane was in […]

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They Said

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Sep
26

Gunung Mulu National Park: a World of Caves

The karst landscape of Gunung Mulu was inscribed in 2000 as Malaysia’s second UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site. Among many natural sites already present in the prestigious list, Gunung Mulu easily stands out as it is one of the few that is inscribed on all four natural criteria set by the World Heritage Committee. These are: 1. it being an outstanding specimen […]

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Room 27
Sep
22

The elusive Room 27 at Planet Baobab, Botswana

“Makgadikgadi? I asked what was out there, and they said ‘Nothing-only idiots go there.’ I thought fine, that’s the place for me.” Jack Bousfield, 1963 It was indeed this quote by the famous hunter, adventurer and safari operator, Jack Bousfield that convinced us to plan the most memorable breakaway imaginable. A Saturday in June marked […]

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Sep
20

Flamingos in the Atacama Desert of Chile

I knew flamingos were pink and I knew flamingos were big – it wasn’t until viewing them in the wild at Laguna de Chaxa in Reserva Nacional “Los Flamencos”  did I realize what a large and gangly bird they are. Their necks look like a crooked drain pipe. Compared to a blue heron or a Canadian […]

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Sep
19

PRAMBANAN TEMPLE COMPOUNDS: IN HUMBLE DEFENSE TO HINDUISM

Prambanan temple compounds came in as one of the first world heritage sites of Indonesia in 1991. This site was inscribed under two criteria: as a masterpiece of human creative genius, and as an outstanding example of an architectural ensemble that represents a significant stage in human history (i.e., spread of Hinduism in the East). It happens to […]

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We Said

Lisa Ellen Niver's first three articles on USA Today
Sep
2

WSGT: One Quarter MILLION on YouTube

We Said Go Travel on YouTube is at 249,266 views nearly ONE QUARTER MILLION VIEWS!  There are currently 498 subscribers. Will you be #500? Enjoy my next Instagram photo essays in the Jewish Journal:     My experiences at Taste of Los Angeles     Dining at Bourbon Steakhouse in Glendale     The media preview night at The NICE GUY  My bio is […]

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Sep
2

#MinaMoments: Bourbon Steakhouse at The Americana at Brand

I was excited to be invited to Bourbon Steakhouse at The Americana at Brand which opened only five months ago. Chef Michael Mina and his collection of fine restaurants have won so many awards; I could not wait to see what it would be like. I enjoyed starting the evening with the special bubbly from White […]

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Lisa Ellen Niver
Aug
31

#TasteLA: Enjoying Field to Fork 2014

Thank you to the Los Angeles Times for inviting me to enjoy the Taste of Los Angeles 2014 as a member of the media. It is  “A FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL THAT’S AUTHENTICALLY L.A.” I went to Field to Fork on Saturday morning which was hosted by Russ Parsons & Nancy Silverton. “Indulge in the bounty of California with […]

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Aug
22

Hollywood: The NICE GUY is OPEN!

What is The NICE GUY? The latest bar lounge hybrid experience from John Tezian, Brian Toll, Markus Molinari and Adam Koral of The h.wood Group. John Terzian says, “This is [The h.wood group's] first venture into a restaurant/lounge concept, it was an organic step for our brand, we created a fun and upscale lounge atmosphere […]

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