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…

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Tuk-tuk: Your Bangkok “ride of a lifetime”

    Do you remember that Visa card commercial back in 2002 where James Bond (Pierce Brosnan) rented a tuk-tuk, those sputtering three-wheeled open air taxis  to cut through the traffic and catch up with his date Zhang Ziyi in Bangkok and how the tuk-tuk collapsed to the ground from fatigue? I always thought that…

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Roatan, Honduras

Surrounded by the blue waters of the Caribbean Ocean about 30 miles north off Honduras is a gem of an island called Roatan, the largest of the Bay Islands. Roatan is an island about 40 miles long and 2.5 miles at its widest point boasts of white-sand beaches, unspoiled bays and spectacular coral reefs. On…

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Twin peaks of Saint Lucia

    THE famous twin peaks of Saint Lucia—the Piton mountains is the first landmark you can see when you approach the Castries port in this eastern Caribbean island. I was excited to finally check off this island from my bucket list after I joined a group tour a few months ago. Fast forward, we…

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Early morning at the India Gate

I first saw the India Gate from the Parliament Building in New Delhi and I thought it was just a short walk away, but I guess I was looking at it from a forced perspective. It was a good few blocks down the street with intersections and heavy traffic so walking would require more than…

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Chiang Rai’s Golden Toilet

IT is not a golden palace where a royal family lives, or a temple but it is a public restroom. The golden toilet at Wat Rong Khun temple is probably the most luxurious and the most photographed restroom in the world. I usually take sneak photos of everything and anything everywhere I go but I…

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King’s Well in Malacca

The King’s Well or Hang Li Poh’s Well is a historical water well in Kampung Bukit China in Malacca City. It is the oldest water wells in Malaysia and is now one of the top tourist attractions in the city. The well sits right next to the Poh San Teng temple At first glance, the…

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Parasailing over Saipan waters

  SAIPAN— Parasailing is one of the most popular marine activities in the island that never fails to lure thousands of tourists to Saipan every year. For those who have never tried parasailing, all you see are just those colorful parachutes floating above the Saipan lagoon on bright sunny days but if you have experienced the…

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Experiencing Paris in Las Vegas

I SAW it the moment the taxi drove through the famous Las Vegas Strip from the McCarran International Airport that early morning—the towering 541-foot replica of the Eiffel Tower. It was not actually in my list but I knew I was not going to leave Las Vegas without going up to the Eiffel Tower. At…

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Isley Field: Remnants of a World War 11 airport

SAIPAN—Beyond the paved roads bordered by the flame trees and hidden from view by the thick tangan-tangan jungles outside the Saipan International Airport are relics of the World War 11—remnants of important structures that played big roles during the bloody war in a site that not everyone knows about. If you drive straight past the…

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