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Top Things to Do, See & Eat in Xi'An, China - Terracotta Warriors, Dumplings, Muslim Quarter and more...

Top Things to Do, See & Eat in Xi’An, China – Terracotta Warriors, Dumplings, Muslim Quarter and more…

For any traveler to China, Xi ‘An is a must. But there’s more than just being on the Silk Road and the Terracotta Warriors to get excited about. In this 3,000 year old city, historic sites abound and live in juxtaposition with today’s modern city of 8 million...
Rules for Tipping in US, China, Thailand, Europe, UK, Brazil and More...

Rules for Tipping in US, China, Thailand, Europe, UK, Brazil and More…

If you are like me, one of the things I always look up before I go to a new country is the rules of tipping or tipping etiquette. Being American, I come from a country where we tip for everything. If someone raises a hand to help you...
7 Rules of Etiquette When Eating and Traveling in China - Read Chubby Hubby

7 Rules of Etiquette When Eating and Traveling in China – Read Chubby Hubby

You might think there are no rules in China, that anything goes. Actually, this is not true. There are very clear rules of Chinese etiquette – they are just different than many other places in the world. So slurping soup and spitting in public is totally acceptable –...
On Our Bookshelf - The Longest Way Home & Honeymoon with My Brother

On Our Bookshelf – The Longest Way Home & Honeymoon with My Brother

As much as I enjoy writing about travel, I also enjoy reading about it. Here are two of my favourite books in which the authors go on journey’s that are both physical and emotional. I, like these authors, have discovered the most authentic versions of myself by finding...
Everyone Loves Dumplings! A Guide to Dumplings Around the World

Everyone Loves Dumplings! A Guide to Dumplings Around the World

The more I travel the more I notice similarities across cultures rather than differences between them. For example, I have yet to visit a place that doesn’t have fried chicken as a dish in some shape or form. Same with dumplings…I was surprised to notice they are everywhere!...
Travel Diary from Vienna, Part #2

Travel Diary from Vienna, Part #2

After getting my bearings in this small and lovely city I set out sample more of Vienna’s culinary delights. At the recommendation of an Austrian friend, I make my way to Cafe Central for breakfast. It’s an amazing space, grand in every way with amazingly high ceilings and...
Something New - Travel Diary from Vienna, Part  #1

Something New – Travel Diary from Vienna, Part #1

I usually don’t write about things I don’t feel confident to make an expert recommendation on. Thus, even though I travel extensively outside of Asia, I don’t feel qualified to make recommendations in London, Buenos Aires, Paris, etc…. But it occurred to me today as I was wandering...
Read Chubby Hubby - A Beer Lover's Guide to Shanghai

Read Chubby Hubby – A Beer Lover’s Guide to Shanghai

Chubby Hubby was long one of my favorite “go to” food blogs. The founder of Chubby Hubby, Singapore-based Aun Koh, is known worldwide for his award winning food blog and I even remember seeing him on an episode of Top Chef when it visited Singapore.  (yes, I am a...
Let's go Farming, China Style - Organic Farms and CSA's in Shanghai

Let’s go Farming, China Style – Organic Farms and CSA’s in Shanghai

  Who knew there was such a plethora of organic farming in Shanghai?!? Underneath the Hermes scarf and the Italian driving loafers, I must confess…I have an inner hippie. She lurks beneath the surface and pops out occasionally. I think it has something to do with growing up...
A Guide to Koh Lanta, Thailand – What to Do and Where to Eat, Sleep and Drink

A Guide to Koh Lanta, Thailand – What to Do and Where to Eat, Sleep and Drink

A guide to one of the most relaxing and chill islands in Thailand If you are looking for an island in Thailand where you can enjoy some of the best of the Thai beach scene, here’s why Koh Lanta should be on the short list. Lesser known than...
72 hours Prague – Shopping, Sightseeing, Eating & Drinking

72 hours Prague – Shopping, Sightseeing, Eating & Drinking

An old friend gives me the insider scoop on Prague gems over a recent visit I was visiting an old friend of mine in Prague, Jason. Jason and his partner have been living in Prague now for 7 years and are clearly authorities on this charming and picturesque...
Guide to Fantastic Boutique Shopping in the Soho / Central area of Hong Kong

Guide to Fantastic Boutique Shopping in the Soho / Central area of Hong Kong

Hong Kong is my favourite city for boutique fashion shopping in Asia Shopping in Asia is legendary and nowhere more so than in Hong Kong, where Asians and expats alike make pilgrimages to the wonderous twice annual sale periods to stock up on designer fashion. Hong Kong is...