The Morrison Hotel Gallery at Sunset
Feb21

The Morrison Hotel Gallery at Sunset

Morrison Hotel Gallery at the Sunset Marquis Rock Legends from the Morrison Hotel Gallery The famed and luxurious Sunset Marquis Hotel in West Hollywood was the place to be on Thursday evening, February 7th 2013, as iconic celebrity portrait photographer and gallery curator Timothy White kicked off the grand opening of the Morrison Hotel Gallery within the grounds of the legendary hotel. Set inside the hotel lobby and just across from...

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Aboriginal People of Australia
Feb03

Aboriginal People of Australia

Aboriginal People of Australia Aborigines The three stout Aboriginal women stood in the dusty dirt drive, their deeply-featured faces squinting in the late-day sun. They put themselves in a straight line – I spied them adjusting each other like children lining up in school – waiting for us to go down the line and say our good-byes. Marcie, the gracious one, held out gifts – coffee mugs and tote bags with their community’s Jumbun logo...

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My Review: UV Skinz Lindsay Long Sleeve Tee
Jan27

My Review: UV Skinz Lindsay Long Sleeve Tee

Sun Protection Woes I don’t know if the rest of the world feels the way I do about applying sunscreen. I find it messy and time consuming, but necessary in the fight against skin cancer and a leathery appearance. Factor in the traveling element and I am even less enthusiastic. Do I really have to bring an extra bottle with me to reapply when I have so many other things to carry? And what about those spots I will inevitably miss? Not...

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My Review: Jiva Coffee Cubes
Jan23

My Review: Jiva Coffee Cubes

I am Addicted to Coffee. My coffee addiction has cost me both time and money, especially when traveling. And, while I did grow up on Folgers Crystals, my tastes have changed and developed, especially with the introduction of Starbucks during my teen years. Aside from being addicted, I have become a coffee snob, and if there’s anything worse than an addicted coffee snob, it’s an addicted coffee snob with a career in the travel...

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How to Stay in Japan’s Ryokan
Jan20

How to Stay in Japan’s Ryokan

A View of the Ryokan     Ryokan Basics Traditional Japanese inns, or ryokans, originated in the Edo period (1603-1868), but are still alive and well today in the island nation, allowing modern day travelers to experience centuries-old customs, like sleeping on a futon on the floor of a tatami (straw mat) guestroom, changing into a typical Yukata robe while enjoying fresh matcha tea upon arrival, and soaking in the luxury of...

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Beyond Angkor Wat: the stilt village of Kampong Khleang
Jan13

Beyond Angkor Wat: the stilt village of Kampong Khleang

“Want tuk tuk? We go to Angkor Wat!” touts a few enthusiastic tuk tuk drivers as we strolled out of our hotel. It is assumed here that Angkor Wat is the sole purpose of all tourists who come to Siem Reap, after all, the town has been receiving foreign visitors for 120 years, acting as a gateway to the Angkor temples. We had different ideas however, and stayed in Siem Reap a little longer to get a sense of what else there...

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Living it large at Sydney Festival
Jan10

Living it large at Sydney Festival

Sydney Shines during Sydney Festival As usual, Sydney started the year with a big bang. The city’s annual display of fireworks is claimed to be one of the best in the world, and its attempt to impress has only just started. What I love most about this energetic city which I call home, is that it knows how to party in the summer. This is my favorite time of the year. Not only is Sydney’s sky a glorious crystal blue most of...

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Sephira, World Music and Aime
Nov26

Sephira, World Music and Aime

Sephira, music from Ireland for the Holidays Christmas with Irish sisters, Sephira Sephira is a duo consisting of sisters Joyce and Ruth O’Leary and they have released a Christmas album for the ages. The album Starlight by the aforementioned duo showcases their mastery of the violin, their ethereal and angelic vocals, and their penchant for infusing Celtic and classical influence into popular music. Starlight brings a breath of fresh...

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Roller Derby Rolls into Australia
Nov22

Roller Derby Rolls into Australia

LA Roller Derby Comes to Australia Roller Derby Gets Extreme in Sydney Australia It’s not just Roller Derby, apparently. It’s the world’s first Roller Derby Extreme (RDX) and it’s bringing banked track roller derby back to Australia after 30 years. It was my first ever roller derby event and it only took me five minutes to become mesmerized. The venue was fully set up for entertainment sport, and I felt like...

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World Music with Aime – Niyaz, Bene Bene
Nov05

World Music with Aime – Niyaz, Bene Bene

Niyaz, Bene Bene And World Music   Bene Bene by Niyaz “From your door of benevolence, cast your generosity upon me Don’t let me mix into the world of matters Overlook my rebellion, show compassion Take me, O friend, to my goal – the ultimate destination Take me, O beloved, take me Take me, O friend, to my goal – the ultimate destination” The Niyaz Official Video And so go the lyrics to the fabulously enchanting song Beni Beni by...

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