Category Archives: Asia/Middle East

Go West, Young Woman, Go West!!!!!!

MadinetZayed3 Go West, young woman, go West!!! The Western region of Abu Dhabi is probably one of the lesser celebrated regions of the United Arab Emirates.  Most first time visitors to the UAE, want to experience the glitz and glamour and the frenzied pace of it’s big sister cities, Dubai and Abu Dhabi.  Yet, when you want to escape the chaos inherent of “big city” life and when you really want to become Read more »

40 Days and 40 Nights (Fiji, Bali, Thailand, and Australia)

Deidre welcome to Bounty Island In December of 2013 I started my 40 day journey across 4 countries: Australia, Fiji, Bali and Thailand. Being the budget traveler I am, I searched for deals high and low online and was soon able to book all four destinations including flight and lodging for under $2,500 USD. First stop on my list: Melbourne, Australia followed by Nadi, Fiji, Bangkok, Thailand and Kuta, Bali. Before visiting these Read more »

Love in Ubud, Bali

Bali_featured image2 I’ve been a fan of the novel Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert for years.  Before knowing anything about the book, I assumed the “love” would take place in Italy.  Doesn’t every woman secretly dream of amore with a gorgeous Italian man who calls you bella? After becoming engrossed in the book and fairly certain that she would “pray” at lot in India, I quickly understood that she would Read more »

Got Shopping?

Got shopping In this day and age, you do not have to even leave your house to shop for anything anymore. But there are a few of us that enjoy the craziness and chaos of going shopping. It gives people like me a purpose when I travel. Yes, I said a purpose.  Shopping is a must, not an option. So if you are a shopper like me, look over these recommendations on the best shopping destinations in the world. Am I telling Read more »

Stimulating and Satisfying: Six Awesome Tokyo Restaurants

japan food3 Tokyo cuisine is all about freshness, flavors, and vivid presentation. It aims to take your senses to the highest level possible. Tokyo chefs strive to take risks, and are not afraid to color outside the lines. The following restaurants are sure to have your senses firing on all cylinders: Fresh Fish May I have the ocean with that octopus please? Uoshin - There are 5 branches situated throughout Read more »

Globe-trot experience in Abu Dhabi

At the Abu Dhabi Grand Mosque.   A couple of weekends ago I had the pleasure to trot the globe from Oman to Abu Dhabi for an extended weekend trip, courtesy of HM Sultanate Qaboos.  The weekends here in Oman were mandated from Thursday and Friday to Friday and Saturday...thus giving us happy government employees of Oman a free 3 day weekend the first weekend in May due to this change.  Oman and Saudi were the last two Read more »

Ayurveda in Sri Lanka

Barberyn Resorts 2 Looking for a healthy getaway on a palm-fringed beach with romantic sunsets? Try Ayurveda, the most ancient system of health, at Barberyn Ayurveda Resorts in Sri Lanka. Barberyn Resorts provide all the advantages of a luxury beach resort with the facilities of a professional Ayurvedic health center. Both resorts share the same philosophy of promoting authentic Ayurveda, yoga and spiritual enrichment. Read more »

Omani living, the true test of Expat life

Student art work of Omani Sultanate.   I’ve been inundated with inquiries about living in Oman as of late with plenty of people uber excited at the prospect of coming here to teach abroad.  While I sat upon my rooftop I felt inclined to write this piece while I pondered this life of living abroad the past few months in the Middle East. I must say that I feel like I’ve handled the culture shock of leaving Busan, South Korea Read more »

Hangzhou, China’s most Romantic City

Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal-5 What to See and Do in China’s Most Romantic City....... When Marco Polo visited Hangzhou, China 800 years ago, he was so taken with this beautiful city that he observed:  “In heaven, there is paradise; on earth there is Hangzhou.”    Those words resonate today as visitors continue to be captivated by the natural beauty of this dynamic city.  The storied West Lake with its scenic islands, Read more »

City Guide: Exploring Manila

Makati city   Manila is one of the most exciting cities in Southeast Asia. Filipinos are passionate about this city steeped with turbulent history and rich culture. Due to the fact that over half the population is under 25 years old, Manila is now finding itself headed in new directions. Familiar tradition now merges with bold, progressive ideas surrounding technology, entertainment, and design. Places Read more »