The Essence of BURMA

One writer fondly recalls time spent in Southeast Asia's Burma, once the doors of tourism were opened. Burma (aka Myanmar) has more than 100 ethnic groups and a population of approximately 50 million people. Still, it is possible to find peace and quiet in this lovely country that borders China, India, Bangladesh, Laos and Thailand. Burma is my favorite place in Southeast Asia, and maybe … [Read more...]

SHANGHAI: A Far East Family Feast

From the maze of lanes in the Old City market where locals haggle over live flinching bugs, to Pudong’s illuminated space-age skyline, Shanghai is a feast for the senses. Shanghai bridges the past to the future with sensory-rich experiences, but traveling with children in China’s most populous city needs clever planning. I’ve compiled some tips to keep the beasts at bay. First of all, the … [Read more...]

Unplugged in Ubud, BALI

The verdant rice fields, temples and spiritual village life of Ubud, Bali offers a back-to-nature family break away from tech driven tantrums. If my kids were left to their own devices during vacation, they would be eternally plugged into some kind of device: Minecraft, Youtube, Angry Birds, iTunes, iMovie… iDunno. I often question whether killer apps are killing kids’ appetite for real … [Read more...]

SINGAPORE: Fabulous at 50

Join the jubilee and hit the ‘new kampong’ like a local as the lion city celebrates 50 years of independence. Singapore, a former fishing village, has transformed itself into a stylish powerhouse with rooftop gardens, gourmet burgers, indie flicks and nightclubs. Start off your stay with a fresh ginger ninja soda on the hippest new block in Singapore, Keong Saik Road, located on the fringes … [Read more...]

Golden Temples and Floating Markets in BANGKOK

From majestic palaces, to open-air markets and elephant rides, Bangkok offers a myriad of ways for visitors to experience Thailand’s unique culture. As the capital of Thailand, Bangkok serves as the country’s cultural, spiritual and culinary center. With more than 10 million inhabitants, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with all the city has to offer. Our suggestion is to sample the best of … [Read more...]

Guide to LOS ANGELES

You may think of Los Angeles as a land of Tinseltown dreamers, tight facelifts and tanned bimbos, but delve beyond the celebrity status and you'll find plenty of relaxing nature escapes and creative urban pleasures. From scenic mountain hiking and sunny beaches to shiny museums and multi-cultural eateries, it’s always a picture perfect day in LA. Where to Sleep Traffic in LA is … [Read more...]

NSW South Coast, AUSTRALIA

A leisurely road trip along the South Coast of NSW is one of Australia's great drives with spectacular coastal scenery, wildlife and loads of adventure experiences. Crystal-clear bays and lakes, uncrowded beaches and beautiful rivers are perfect year-round for fishing, diving, canoeing and boating while the pristine bushland entices bush walkers, bird-lovers and cycling enthusiasts. For the … [Read more...]

Santiago, Chile

Michael Webb explores the bustling capital of Santiago, Chile and makes a few new discoveries. Sleep Aubrey: Stylish new boutique hotel in Bellavista, run by friendly Australians. If you cannot secure a room, stop by for a drink or dinner. (Constitucion 299-317; 02 940 2800) Austral Suites: Located in Providencia, 16 apartments of varied sizes for $80 a night and up. (Francisco Encina … [Read more...]

Paris: Last Minute Holiday Shopping Trip

Francophile Jennifer Evans Gardner hits the City of Lights for a festive gift-buying spree. It’s that time of year again. The malls are packed with shoppers converging upon the usual suspects like The Pottery Barn, Banana Republic, and Victoria’s Secret in search of holiday gifts. The thing is, I’ve never been a mall girl, preferring to do my gift buying in charming sidewalk boutiques. Imagine … [Read more...]

Seoul: Spa and Shopping

Spas 24/7: When in Korea...you must do as the Koreans do. These 24-hour-spas, or jimijilbangs, are where much socializing and relaxation occurs. Most spas in Seoul offer a full menu of services and are a very grandiose version of western spas. Dragon Hill Dragon Hill is the largest of the jimjilbangs. It has a family feel to it with the kitschiness of 80s Vegas meets an amusement park. … [Read more...]