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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Where The Sun Meets The Ocean

Phu Quoc Island is heading to the most beautiful season of the year. Premier Village Phu Quoc Resort—a 5-star resort on the pearl island where guests can watch both the sunset and sunrise—is the perfect choice to enjoy sunny days with family and friends. Uniquely locating at the southern tip of the island, stretching along

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My Cambodia, Your Cambodia

Personal essays on the Golden Land As told by James Pham, Rachael Mussig, Shauna O Mahony, and Leanna Payne Living in Cambodia is at times incredibly infuriating yet touchingly endearing. Streets are alternately dusty or muddy, depending on the season, but reliably congested with tuktuks, cars, and motorbikes, especially in Phnom Penh, where even short

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Singapore Fling

Uncovering Singapore’s past, present, and future Despite being a quick two-hour flight from Ho Chi Minh City, Singapore and Saigon could not be more different. With gorgeous green spaces, spotlessly clean streets, a multi-cultural population harmoniously co-existing, and a modern, breezy lifestyle—Singapore is often held up as a model for Southeast Asia and beyond. Walking, eating, and

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GO, GO GEORGIA

Smear your face with sunscreen, lace up those walking shoes and let’s hit the streets; here’s how to spend time in Atlanta

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Things To Do In Hanoi

Despite Hanoi being the capital of Vietnam, it has for long been in the shadow of Ho Chi Minh City, Viet’s financial center. However, if you are in Vietnam, your trip is not complete without paying a visit to this amazing capital. The city is known for its distinct architecture, rich culture and amazing food

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