Checking in mix-ups and mishaps

I like flying, but like most travelers, the checking in process at the airport is one of the aspects that I find less appealing. I just want it to be over and done with as fast and as soon as possible. I was heading to George Town, Exuma Island in the Bahamas from Nassau with a…

Read MORE

Visit to the Long Neck Karen Hill tribe

The Long Neck Karen Hilltop tribe is one of the top attractions that draws a never-ending stream of tourists to Chiang Rai, Thailand’s northernmost city. Some time ago, I finally got to see the tribe in their village one afternoon. Thatched huts with rows of open stalls met our eyes, all filled with displays of…

Read MORE

Chasing the Bahamas swimming pigs

  The first time I heard about swimming pigs years ago, I did not exactly jump up and down or thought that I would ever visit the famous pig island in the Bahamas. I grew up in neighborhoods where people raised pigs for a living while making the lives of people in the neighborhood a…

Read MORE

The Queen’s Staircase: A Bahamas landmark

Tucked in between towering 100-foot limestone walls below Fort Fincastle in Nassau, Bahamas is a flight of steep stairs is a landmark in the Bahamas–the Queen’s Staircase. Brief history The British colonized the Bahamas and it became a target for others to wanted to control the island, hence three forts were constructed to protect the…

Read MORE

Bus mix ups (and downs)

The dispatcher made another call and a rickshaw appeared. We were loaded into it and off we zoomed into the rain and darkness with instructions to pay the driver 200 rupees. The driver flew the rickshaw over humps and bumps while we held on for life. THERE’S nothing worse than missing your bus in the…

Read MORE

‘Frisked’ at the Hong Kong airport

One thing about air travel that I never look forward to is having to go through TSA inspection. I have yet to meet someone who looks forward to having to take their shoes and jackets off and surrendering all their belongings for X-ray, then raising their arms in total surrender to the body scanner, but…

Read MORE

Visit to the Thunderball Grotto

I first fell in love with the Thunderball Grotto back in the late 90s when I first rented the James Bond spy film “Thunderball.” In my mind then, it was just another fantasy location way beyond my reach. Never in my wildest dreams or imagination did I ever think I would set foot in the…

Read MORE