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The Pearl of the Andaman

What to do and where to do it when visiting Phuket

There’s never quiet enough time to do everything as something exciting is always happening on the island. And with a land area of 540 square kilometres, Phuket is Thailand’s largest island, making […]

By |January 22nd, 2015|Destination, Travel & Leisure|0 Comments
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Best of the best

Is Palawan truly the world’s best island?

The happy soundtrack I hear in my head is Bob Marley’s Everything’s Gonna Be Alright, except the percussion is provided by dozens of parrot fish crunching up coral in search of algae. Giant clams […]

By |December 17th, 2014|Destination, Travel & Leisure|0 Comments
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The Queens of New York

Founded over 350 years ago, Astoria is one of New York City’s most historic and diverse neighborhoods

Flashing neon lights and giant billboards that assault the eyes, theater marquees that trump the latest Broadway hits and a cacophony of taxi horns, shouting hawkers […]

By |September 4th, 2014|Destination, Travel & Leisure|0 Comments
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Ship to Shore

Traveling the world as cruise ship crew…

Working on cruise ships is one of the most unique jobs there is, and one of the best ways to travel the world. And because it’s such a unique lifestyle, people often ask me […]

By |August 27th, 2014|Destination, Travel & Leisure|0 Comments
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Become a Warrior King

Discovering the beauty of Ghana while volunteering.

The 4×4 trundles along the dirt path strewn with rocks, the odd shoe or tire lining the route underneath blossoming orange trees. austere mud houses, primitive graffiti and obscure parliament benches where locals hang […]

By |July 25th, 2014|Destination, Travel & Leisure|0 Comments
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Istanbul (Not Constantinople)

A love letter to the “City of the World’s Desire”

Dear Istanbul,

I know we’ve only known each other for a few days, but in that short amount of time, I’ve really grown to love you.

I love how I never know what to expect from […]

By |December 12th, 2013|Destination, Travel & Leisure|0 Comments
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Adventures on the High Seas

There’s cruising, and there’s sailing. Think high jinx on the high seas, instead of the blue rinse set cruising the deep blue sea

The first thing to greet us on the deck of Star Clipper is a fruity concoction in a champagne glass. “Where’s […]

By |October 25th, 2013|Destination, Travel & Leisure|0 Comments
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A Unique Blend

How a surge in the Chinese population influenced Singaporean-Malay cuisine

What do San Francisco and Dongguan have in common? Both are major worldwide boomtowns, but chances are you’ve never heard of the second one, whose population is already 10 times that of San Francisco. There […]

By |October 10th, 2013|Destination, Travel & Leisure|0 Comments
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Into the High Altai

A journey into the wide open spaces of Mongolia

The advice on the beer mat sounded familiar: “Time in Mongolia is an uncertain notion. Foresee some security gaps in your journey timing. Estimate distances in hours instead of kilometers.”

Others had also warned us that Mongolia could […]

By |October 7th, 2013|Destination, Travel & Leisure|0 Comments