Singapore: It’s What’s for Dinner

Stall in the Food Opera, ION Orchard Mall

Kiosk in the Food Opera, ION Orchard Mall

<All photos here by Eddie Miller>

Our Los Angeles friends Samantha and Eddie worship at the temple of Asian cuisine. For them, exploring food-crazy Singapore was a little like being seated in the corner booth of heaven.

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Cape Cod: Jay and Tony’s Provincetown

Tony (L) and Jay (R) on Cape Cod

Our friends Jay and Tony have been together about 14 years, and in that time have traveled around the world with each other. But the place they keep returning to, year after year, is Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

With Fall temps in the mid-70s during vivid-blue sunny days, the high 40s on clear, starry nights, and changing autumn leaves on the way, this just might be the perfect time to escape there for a last-minute weekend of your own.

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Over the Moon in Fiji

Josh Cooper and Ashley Novak in Qamea, Fiji

Fiji = Dream honeymoon in the South Pacific

Everyone knows that.

But what does a Fijian honeymoon really look like?  How does it feel?

And how on Earth, once you’re there, could you ever bear to come home again?

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Ever Thought About Moving to Paradise?

Rainbow at the Pacific Resort Aitutaki, Cook Islands

Rainbow at the Pacific Resort Aitutaki, Cook Islands

On weeks like this one, when much of outlying Los Angeles is on fire, we like to fantasize about living in a tropical place where there’s very little stress…and plenty of rain.  A place, like, say, Aitutaki in the Cook Islands.

But what would a move like this really be like?  On our recent trip, we met a few people who were making a new life for themselves on an island paradise, far from home.

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A Balinese Way of Life

Young people in Bali are expected to marry young, have as close to four children as possible (one for each element), and stay in the village where they were born, working at/for the business of their parents.

We met one young woman of about 22 who was working in a dress shop geared towards tourists, but hadn’t left her village in three years; that trip had been to a beach town 20 minutes away.

Travel is unexpected in a culture that demands a strict adherence to ritual. Access to a vehicle isn’t always a given, either; every road is full trucks with multiple loads and of families (with both babies and small children) on single motorbikes. [Read more…]