Beneath the Blue

Life below and above the water in the Maldives The entire boat is tense, ready to spring into action. As we drive up and down the house reef, the crew scans the water for telltale white spots that mark the whale shark, the planet’s largest living fish species, “We might only have one shot. Don’t

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A 5-Star Culinary Journey in Phu Quoc

Phu Quoc island is well known for its pepper gardens, sim wine and pearl farms, but did you know that there is a vast world of culinary wonders for travelers to experience here on Vietnam’s Pearl Island? Duong Dong Night Market and Ham Ninh fishing village are packed with local restaurants and bars serving up

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Ideas For Tet Travel Closer To Home

Tet is a blursed time to travel. While it’s a great time for a quiet staycation, hanging out with friends and enjoying the blissfully empty streets, staying home feels like a bit of a waste of precious time off. Unfortunately, the alternative is dealing with crowds and jacked up prices if traveling anywhere in Vietnam,

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Time for Taiwan

The A Mei Tea House in Jiufen—a three-storey restaurant done with an exterior of darkened wood fringed with red, bulbous lanterns on the building’s façade—is a sight to behold in its own regard. The pleasure is increased for fans of the Japanese animated filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki who will immediately identify the building’s uncanny similarity with

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This is Taiwan

The A Mei Tea House in Jiufen—a three-story restaurant done with an exterior of darkened wood fringed with red, bulbous lanterns on the building’s fascia—is a sight to behold in its own regard. The pleasure is increased for fans of the Japanese animated filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki who will immediately identify the building’s uncanny similarity with

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A Day Trip to Nara

Shrines, temples, parks, deer and delicate ceramics in an ancient Japanese town Chrysanthemums’ scent – In the old town of Nara, Many ancient Buddhas. -Matsuo Basho (1644-1694) If I imagine cherry blossoms’ scent instead of chrysanthemums’ scent (we visited Nara in early spring after all), this poem by 17th century haiku master paints the picture

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Ode to Oslo

48 hours as a tourist in my own city Let me start by saying this is not your typical “48 Hours in Oslo” article because, well, I live in Oslo… and I was born here. While I have lived abroad for a majority of the 22 years in between, Oslo is the only place I

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Chasing Waterfalls

A day out at Niagara Falls, Canada What is it about waterfalls that intrigues us so? Is it the constancy that provides an antidote to the usual chaos around us? Or the awesome power of falling water that reminds us of how little we truly are? Or could it be the ultimate human desire to

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Renew, Restore and Rebalance

Design a life of peaceful intention and laidback luxury at Lobster Bay Lombok Villas and Residences The five-star hotel market is due for a shakeup and a new boutique resort is planning on doing just that. Lobster Bay Lombok Villas and Residences is located on Lombok Island in Indonesia, the island right next door to

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Teamwork Makes The Dream Work

Oliver Horn, the newly appointed General Manager of InterContinental Phu Quoc Long Beach Resort, discusses sustainability, hashtags and the importance of the right team You have worked in many different countries (Russia, UK, South Korea, Austria, etc.) before becoming General Manager (GM) at InterContinental Phu Quoc Long Beach Resort. What are the advantages of working

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