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    Mt. Bromo, The Jewel of East Java

    Wednesday, December 17, 2014

    It was a very tired office week. I felt that I have no energy left to face another day. Out of the sudden, a friend from my college called and asked me to go to Mt. Bromo with him and another friend. I instantly agreed because of one reason.  I’d never been to Bromo, period. […]

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    Grateful for the journey in Australia

    Wednesday, December 17, 2014

    Grateful for the Journey It started with a dream in June 2012, shortly after my cat Hamish, the last of my animals, died. In that alternate landscape, I was climbing polished wooden stairs as large bay windows revealed the dark night sky on either side of the staircase. I tried to make out the stars […]

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    Hidden Treasure: Ambialet, France

    Wednesday, December 17, 2014

    In the heart of France’s Midi-Pyrenees lies a secret gem, a tiny town, a fairy tale. Ambialet. Here, on a September evening, the sunlight’s rays are Midas’ fingers, transforming the mountainside into a tiara that puts the Crown Jewels to shame. Leaves of emerald, topaz, and ruby adorn gilded branches; at the mountain’s summit, an eleventh-century […]

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    To Delhi with Love

    Tuesday, December 16, 2014

      Just hours before I took my flight to India, a friend told me a story of a woman who’d been abducted in Delhi. She’d gone to use the bathroom in a restaurant, her friends had waited for her to return, but she never did. This was my friend’s way of warning me. I was […]

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    On my two feet at the foot of the mountain in the Philippines

    Tuesday, December 16, 2014

    I could still taste the scent of dewdrops coming alive with the early morning. I could still hear the moonlight radiant in the young night sky. I could still smell the bliss of a seemingly carefree walk from the rooms to the cafeteria through the growing grass and then the fresh gravel. I could still […]

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    Meal in Heaven at Saburo’s, Oregon

    Tuesday, December 16, 2014

    An automatic smile highlights my face every time I’m at Saburo’s Sushi in Portland, Oregon. Going to the restaurant used to be a treat only for birthdays, and maybe once every few years, since there’s almost always a line at the door. In more recent times, I’ve been going there quite frequently and have established myself as a […]

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    Strenghtened By Fate in Kaduna, Nigeria

    Monday, December 15, 2014

    Barely two weeks after two churches were bombed in the city of Kaduna, Kaduna state, the postings for the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) was released and I was posted to Kaduna state. Naturally, I didn’t want to go there and proposed to defer my service as I told a friend who encouraged me to […]

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    Inspiration in Progress in the USA

    Monday, December 15, 2014

    Inspiration in Progress… I once read something long ago that has stuck with me until this day: “Tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today.” I hear it on repeat inside my head anytime I want to be lazy about my studies or anytime I think that I cannot achieve a goal. I […]

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    Whim Tripper, Australia

    Monday, December 15, 2014

    Whim Tripper By Ray Beard She stood on the clean white sand in her pink bikinis under a brilliant blue sky.  A few surfers were catching four feet waves gently rolling in on an otherwise smooth sea. It was all round a picture perfect scene, albeit if she had not been in the frame I […]

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    IlluminOcean: #MyDanaPoint 40 Nights of Holiday Lights

    Monday, December 15, 2014

    Experience IlluminOcean and celebrate the holidays in Dana Point with a mile stroll of Mingle & Jingle with literally thousands of lights sculpted into fantastic glowing sea-themed attractions. “The warmth of the Southern California winter season. The wonders of the deep blue sea. The dazzling spectacle of sights, sound and motion that’s electrifying our ocean views like […]

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Dec
17

Mt. Bromo, The Jewel of East Java

It was a very tired office week. I felt that I have no energy left to face another day. Out of the sudden, a friend from my college called and asked me to go to Mt. Bromo with him and another friend. I instantly agreed because of one reason.  I’d never been to Bromo, period. […]

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Dec
17

Grateful for the journey in Australia

Grateful for the Journey It started with a dream in June 2012, shortly after my cat Hamish, the last of my animals, died. In that alternate landscape, I was climbing polished wooden stairs as large bay windows revealed the dark night sky on either side of the staircase. I tried to make out the stars […]

Read More
2014-11-23_5472634730bdc_Ambialet.jpg
Dec
17

Hidden Treasure: Ambialet, France

In the heart of France’s Midi-Pyrenees lies a secret gem, a tiny town, a fairy tale. Ambialet. Here, on a September evening, the sunlight’s rays are Midas’ fingers, transforming the mountainside into a tiara that puts the Crown Jewels to shame. Leaves of emerald, topaz, and ruby adorn gilded branches; at the mountain’s summit, an eleventh-century […]

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Dec
16

To Delhi with Love

  Just hours before I took my flight to India, a friend told me a story of a woman who’d been abducted in Delhi. She’d gone to use the bathroom in a restaurant, her friends had waited for her to return, but she never did. This was my friend’s way of warning me. I was […]

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Dec
16

On my two feet at the foot of the mountain in the Philippines

I could still taste the scent of dewdrops coming alive with the early morning. I could still hear the moonlight radiant in the young night sky. I could still smell the bliss of a seemingly carefree walk from the rooms to the cafeteria through the growing grass and then the fresh gravel. I could still […]

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2014-11-20_546e561354862_saburos.jpg
Dec
16

Meal in Heaven at Saburo’s, Oregon

An automatic smile highlights my face every time I’m at Saburo’s Sushi in Portland, Oregon. Going to the restaurant used to be a treat only for birthdays, and maybe once every few years, since there’s almost always a line at the door. In more recent times, I’ve been going there quite frequently and have established myself as a […]

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Nov
11

Bermuda Day 4: Rosedon Hotel Afternoon Tea, Gombey dancing, golfing and Romantic Sunsets #RBQuests

Bermuda Day 4: Rosedon Hotel Afternoon Tea, Gombey dancing, golfing and Romantic Sunsets at Tucker’s Point #RBQuests Thank you to the entire#RBQuests Orbitz Team! Especially Richard Bangs, Didrik Johnck, Ashley Moradipour, and Nhuri Bashir  of Burnt House Productions. Video Day 4: Bermuda: Afternoon Tea, Gombey dancing, golfing and Romantic Sunsets #RBQuests  Happy hugs from @FairmontSouthampton #RBQuests […]

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Nov
10

Travel Without Stress at the Airport

ASK THE EXPERTS: While all of us look forward to going on holiday, the one issue that many will have to overcome is the airport. With an incomprehensible number of people travelling through airports across the world each and every day, it’s hardly surprising that they have become renowned as a stressful experience. With this […]

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Nov
8

Searching for trams in Hong Kong

One of my favorite things about living in Hong Kong was traveling an hour south from my home to see the trams glide up and down the northern part of Hong Kong Island. So when I returned to Hong Kong two years ago for the first time in fourteen years, I made sure my husband […]

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Nov
7

Going Global: An Observation of Privilege

To the avid travelers, frequent movers, nomads, and vagabonds in this world, acquiring the necessary visas before a trip is pretty standard. As the Million Ways to Live project draws near, I too have had to spend a decent amount of effort on this very subject. We are planning to visit over 30 countries over […]

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We Said

Bermuda Elbow Beach
Nov
3

Los Angeles to Bermuda: Day One #RBQuests

Los Angeles to Bermuda: Day One #RBQuests November 2, 2014 Thank you to Richard Bangs, Didrik Johnck and Orbitz for inviting me on this adventure in Bermuda! See our videos from Puerto Rico.       Leaving Los Angeles For #Bermuda! #RBQuests begins again A photo posted by Lisa Niver (@wesaidgotravel) on Nov 11, 2014 at 8:18pm […]

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Lamande bakery
Nov
2

Discover the Delicious Treats at L’Amande Bakery

Vive la Différence! L’Amande French Bakery Serves Up Handmade French Pastries, Breads, Sandwiches and Salads Daily BEVERLY HILLS AND TORRANCE, CA—A total of 72 hours. That’s how long each and every L’Amande French Bakery croissant takes to be meticulously handmade in-house from scratch and from the simplest ingredients: flour, butter and salt. L’Amande’s very own laminating […]

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Nov
1

Wondering About Paris? 30 Travel Experts Share their Secrets

Thank you to Greg and Megan for including me in their article, 30 Travel Experts Reveal One Day in Paris Itinerary. I am honored to be part of this group: How These Travel Bloggers Would Spend One Day In Paris! Click here to read the article to see all 30 answers! -Lisa @ We Said Go […]

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Oct
30

Los Angeles: Discovering L.A. Live Downtown

My article about L.A. Live is on USA Today   L.A. LIVE: A Pulsing Center of Downtown This is not to be missed, with something for everyone By Lisa Niver Los Angeles Local Expert SEPTEMBER 26, 2014 L.A. LIVE is a thriving hub of sports and entertainment in Los Angeles, which surrounds the STAPLES Center and Nokia […]

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