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    Wishing upon a star in Iran

    Monday, September 1, 2014

    ‘Where will you be at the end of your trip?’ ‘If everything goes as planned, I’ll be watching the sun set over glorious Palangan.’ These were my thoughts two days before heading to Iran. I had shared them with one of my closest friends. I knew that I had a long way to go and […]

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    My tryst with independence in India

    Monday, September 1, 2014

    For as long as i can remember, I have been an independent soul. My father, a fiercely independent man himself, always tried to instill the sense of independence from when I was little. He would explain the small things in life that made us independent – read your own books – it’s the biggest joy […]

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    #TasteLA: Enjoying Field to Fork 2014

    Sunday, August 31, 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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    In Transit in Croatia

    Sunday, August 31, 2014

    I’ve always loved liminal places – hotel rooms, airport terminals… The generic in-betweenness of them is non-threatening, like a closed door that excuses you from worrying, because you can’t see what’s on the other side. Those in-between places liberate you from commitment to before and after. They are a kind of purgatory, a space to […]

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    Rural Relaxation in Malawi

    Sunday, August 31, 2014

    My bones creaked and my body yelped in pain as I rolled over and reached for my phone, but instead of the ghostly display satisfying my desire to know the exact hour at all times of day and night, I found only an inanimate piece of plastic. I then remembered, with the aid of the […]

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    On Motorbikes and Saviors in Thailand

    Saturday, August 30, 2014

    There are 762 curves on the highway between Chiang Mai and Pai, Thailand, according to the postcards and stickers plastering walls of tourist shops in the sleepy valley town. Minibuses service the area daily, but as every backpacker worth his baggy fisherman pants will tell you, the best way to enjoy these hills is on […]

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    Forgotten Thank Yous in India

    Saturday, August 30, 2014

    When you are travelling to the North-East of India, you expect to be feasting your eyes on the snowcapped mountains, the sun rise and the greenery. You expect to wrap yourself in a stole while drinking that hot cup of coffee, bang in the middle of the month of June. You expect to visit all […]

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    Mountain Freedom in Australia

    Friday, August 29, 2014

    The only time I feel free is when I am alone. But what does alone mean in this world? We can be on our own, yet our phone and computer lures us, tempting us with Facebook notifications, tweets, emails, and text messages. Despite most people needing solo time to recharge, we’ve become addicted to company. […]

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    Dancing Away the Sequins in Turkey

    Friday, August 29, 2014

    In many traditional Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cultures women are responsible for ensuring the honour of the family. Men’s passions are uncontrollable and wild, and all women are Eve, the temptress with the apple. He cannot help but succumb so a man is never held responsible for his sexual behaviour. The guilt is attributed the […]

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    From Relatives to Absolutes in India

    Thursday, August 28, 2014

    From Relatives to Absolutes in India Let me get straight to the point: leaving one’s home is an absolutely essential element in order to ‘feel free’. Let me get straight to another point: the above sentence makes a presumption that you already have a home. The context of home, independence and freedom is not absolute, […]

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Sep
1

Wishing upon a star in Iran

‘Where will you be at the end of your trip?’ ‘If everything goes as planned, I’ll be watching the sun set over glorious Palangan.’ These were my thoughts two days before heading to Iran. I had shared them with one of my closest friends. I knew that I had a long way to go and […]

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2014-07-08_53bbe5edb8ab7_DSC_0719.JPG
Sep
1

My tryst with independence in India

For as long as i can remember, I have been an independent soul. My father, a fiercely independent man himself, always tried to instill the sense of independence from when I was little. He would explain the small things in life that made us independent – read your own books – it’s the biggest joy […]

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2014-07-10_53bf0985443ee_intransit.jpg
Aug
31

In Transit in Croatia

I’ve always loved liminal places – hotel rooms, airport terminals… The generic in-betweenness of them is non-threatening, like a closed door that excuses you from worrying, because you can’t see what’s on the other side. Those in-between places liberate you from commitment to before and after. They are a kind of purgatory, a space to […]

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Aug
31

Rural Relaxation in Malawi

My bones creaked and my body yelped in pain as I rolled over and reached for my phone, but instead of the ghostly display satisfying my desire to know the exact hour at all times of day and night, I found only an inanimate piece of plastic. I then remembered, with the aid of the […]

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Aug
30

On Motorbikes and Saviors in Thailand

There are 762 curves on the highway between Chiang Mai and Pai, Thailand, according to the postcards and stickers plastering walls of tourist shops in the sleepy valley town. Minibuses service the area daily, but as every backpacker worth his baggy fisherman pants will tell you, the best way to enjoy these hills is on […]

Read More
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Aug
30

Forgotten Thank Yous in India

When you are travelling to the North-East of India, you expect to be feasting your eyes on the snowcapped mountains, the sun rise and the greenery. You expect to wrap yourself in a stole while drinking that hot cup of coffee, bang in the middle of the month of June. You expect to visit all […]

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They Said

Puerto Rico
May
31

Puerto Rico: Filming with Richard Bangs!

When Richard Bangs invited me to travel to PUERTO RICO to film with Orbitz and the Puerto Rican Tourism Board: I SAID YES! Please enjoy Richard’s article about our journey and the many videos from our visit! Lisa When Christopher Columbus made landfall in Puerto Rico during his second trans-Atlantic voyage, in 1493, a young […]

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india
May
30

Namaste India

After vowing that we would be on full alert, all systems go, eyes peeled and ears cocked, money changed, visas opened and as on guard and vigilant as we could possibly appear- Delhi airport was nowhere near as scary, hectic or confusing as we were incessantly warned it would be. In fact, it was one […]

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May
29

Why You Should Go to Melaka, Malaysia – Video

Melaka, Malaysia is not a city in the traditional, busy sense — there’s this sense of history and charm that breathes through the place and keeps you captivated for days. Life goes at a slower, deliberate pace and while you’re just about 2 hours from the traffic and hawking and noise of Kuala Lumpur, you may as well be worlds away.

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Vinci Town Photo
May
28

Wandering in Tuscany this Summer!

Wondering where to Wander this Summer? It is nearly June and I am wondering where to go this summer. My very close friends from my days as Julie McCoy, Assistant Cruise Director on the Love Boat, invited me visit them in Sardinia. I have never been and I cannot wait to go. I am trying […]

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We Said

tune KL night
Mar
24

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: Exploring Tune Hotels

Traveling in Asia has been our life for the last eighteen months. George and I love to fly on Air Asia, they have great fares and fly everywhere we want to go. They are to Asia what Southwest Airlines is to the United States; a reliable low cost carrier with many flights.  During a recent […]

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Condado Plaza Hilton
Mar
24

#RBQuests: From Old San Juan, Puerto Rico

I am on location in Puerto Rico filming with Richard Bangs and White Nile Media! This week we are creating videos for PRTourismCo and Orbitz Originals. Wondering what we are doing? I will be sharing social media with the tag #RBQuests. Use this link to the TagBoard or see below to follow along. My first night […]

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Mar
22

Guam: “The Hub of Micronesia” Hafa Adai

As our airplane descended toward Guam after departing Palau’s International airport in the wee hours of the morning, I reflected on how little I knew about the U.S. territory island called Guam. I knew the island of Guam, situated in eastern Micronesia, has had a strong U.S. military background; I also was aware that in […]

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Mar
19

Charm of Chiang Rai, Thailand

For our first visit to Chiang Rai, I searched on Asiarooms.com for a place with a pool. I found the Mantrini, which was recently featured in the magazine, Chiva and shared the Chiang Rai Charm of the property. While we stayed there, we enjoyed being next door to Centre Plaza and seeing a brand new […]

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