Archive for the year 2014
No filter anywhere. Barcelona winter sky.
Looking to travel to Singapore? Here are some great tips on where to go after dark and how to go beyond the guidebook in Singapore.
1. What made you decide to spend eight weeks traveling through Singapore?
I chose Singapore primarily for research reasons (as mentioned in my bio) but Singapore applies their ultramodern innovativeness to more than just education, which makes the city safe, easy to get around and filled with mind-blowing architecture. I also loved its ethnic neighbors — Chinatown, Little India, Arab street — you could travel the world in less than an hour via metro-hopping. It is like a more authentic version of Epcot for adults!
2. What was your favorite misadventure traveling through Singapore?
A friend and I visited Haw Par Villa on purpose but it was stranger than we ever imagined. Haw Par Villa was built in the 1937 by the owners of Tiger Balm as a way to teach kids morals through Chinese legends and folklore. Now, it’s partially abandoned and free to visit its 1,000 terrifying, life-size statues. You can see a woman breast-feeding a granny, dress-wearing rats drinking tea and demons yanking out their tongues…
If you ever find yourself in Russia, and someone offers you a glass of Vodka, you don’t turn it down. The same is true in Italy, when being served food, whether you’re hungry or not.
San Pedro Market, Cuzco, Peru. Photo courtesy of Andean Discovery.
Aperitivo: Drinks Paired with Food
The freshly baked focaccia sits in front of me. Next to it, taking center stage, pieces of toasted bread sit underneath well-oiled, succulent tomatoes. Across the way, a tiny, purple pyramid of olives fills a white bowl, and rests in a golden sea.
Just a moment ago I ordered a glass of Prosecco. Upon its arrival came this savory selection of appetizers, posing a real problem for me. It’s six o’clock in the evening and a four-course dinner awaits me later tonight. I have no intentions of spoiling my appetite. On the other hand, turning down food in Italy could give the wrong impression that something is wrong with the meal, injuring the pride of those serving it.
Placing my wine back on the table, I admire…
I had a chance to chat with Viviana Guzman
recently about her music and how she got started with her career as a flutist. Her first answer really astonished me, so a dialogue continued. Below, a more recent photo of her playing in Easter Island
is a far cry from how and where she played music as a child.
Viviana grew up in a body cast so she couldn’t run and play like most kids and as a result, she started music lessons when they flipped her over in the hospital gurney where she lived in Chile. It was here and how she learned how to play piano as a child.
Chilean-born, she has been described by the New York Times as “an imaginative artist,” who now performs over 80 concerts a year throughout the world and has performed in 120 countries. By age 15, she had played as a soloist with orchestra, studied with Jean-Pierre Rampal and was featured on NBC’s nationally televised John Denver music special.
She has since appeared as soloist with orchestras in Wisconsin, Vermont, Houston, Khabarovsk Chamber Orchestra (Russia), Filharmoncia de Santiago…
The DryCASE Waterproof Phone Case
(DC-13) is a flexible, crystal-clear reusable case that allows for full use of your device while protecting it from water, sand, mud or pretty much anything else you can throw at it! Designed to create a watertight vacuum seal, this case allows you to use your smartphone underwater (up to 100 feet deep).
How it works: you merely slip your device inside the DryCASE and use the vacuum hand pump to remove all the air and then use the included neoprene armband to attach the case to your arm or other secure place. It’s a great way to keep your phone with you while swimming, kayaking, windsurfing and more.
A built – in three-way headphone jack lets you use both stereo headphones and a microphone to listen to music or take calls. And because of its flexible shape and size, the DryCASE can be used with almost any size phone, camera or MP3 player. It is priced at roughly $40.
The DryBUDS Waterproof Headphones
can be used while you’re out doing adventure sports and activities, such as snorkeling, swimming laps or playing water
Sonoma County Restaurant Week (Monday March 10th through Sunday March 16th): I always feel like I need to announce Restaurant Week with the same voice Oprah used to announce that her audience was flying to Australia in 2010. “And you get a three-course dinner for $19! And, you get a three-course dinner for $29!” I’d shout over the screaming audience. Talk show dreams aside, it’s hard to believe this is the fifth year that Sonoma County celebrates its hardworking restaurateurs with a five-day celebration of all things delicious.
Pork belly from Belly Left Coast Kitchen in Santa Rosa, just one of the more than 100 restaurants participating in Sonoma County Restaurant Week March 10-16th, 2014, which is roughly an hour north of San Francisco California.
Beef tartare from Partake by K-J, which will be served during Sonoma County Restaurant Week.
Trillium chef Jeremy Baumgartner prepares for the opening of the new Mendocino restaurant. Photo courtesy of Trillium Cafe.
With well over 100 restaurants spanning Santa Rosa, Sonoma, Healdsburg, Petaluma, the coast, and everything in between,…
Over a period of 9 days in Sharjah, in the United Arab Emirates, from February 6th to the 14th, 2014
, the night shines and the city is reinvented. Urban space is offered an escape from its daily routine… it becomes a new land of mystery. Streets are lit up, architecture is altered, parks and gardens appear under a new light. Magic, light and sound move the audience.
For those unfamiliar with Sharjah (الشارقة (ash-shāriqah), it is the third largest and most populous city in the United Arab Emirates, forming part of the Dubai-Sharjah-Ajman metropolitan area. It is located along the northern coast of the Persian Gulf on the Arabian Peninsula and has been ruled by the Al Qasimi dynasty since the 18th century.
The festival is a special time for exploration and adventure; in each corner a new image appears – the colours are multiplied and endless. Eyes sparkle, questions arise… let’s take a look at the highlights of this fabulous festival from last month.
Below is a video to give you a more alive experience of the event.
We went to Sedona, Arizona
last year during high season. Cool morning temperatures bring perfect mid 70′s during the day in the fall, where it’s crisp enough in the evenings for a fire and some s’mores. My husband and I absolutely love being by the ocean, but we thought we would give the desert a try. After waking the next morning and stepping out onto our balcony, I could not get over the views.
Room with a view…
But it’s not the ocean, I tell my husband. He quickly agrees. Oh well, we are here, we might as well make the most of it. I suggest we go for a hike. Sedona is a hiker’s paradise. With more trails to choose from than we had days there, we opt to hike the trail right across from our bed and breakfast. It’s only 4 miles, I tell my husband…
There are supposed to be vortex spots throughout Sedona. One of them is on the trail we were on. I stopped in the general location of this supposed vortex spot. I closed my eyes, I focused, I slowed my breathing. Did I…
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