Month: December 2012

Rajasthan Textiles

Jaipur is the capital of Rajasthan in India, a region renowned for its textiles and jewelry. When spending Christmas in Jaipur this year, I certainly wanted to do some artsy shopping, though did not expect to go by way of forceful coercion, which often happens on tours with drivers. Although

Jaipur Marionette Show

Walking into the City Palace in Jaipur, India I stumbled upon this small spectacle. Jaipur Marionette show in Rajasthan, India on Christmas Day 2012.

Sumo Match in Japan

Know what’s better than one oversized massive guy in a giant diaper grunting, and showcasing his dominance and prowess? Two… and in competition no less! Yes, sumo wrestling takes the cake on one of the cooler things I experienced in Tokyo when I spent two weeks hanging out there in

Hammerhead hunting in Layang Layang

I have found a place where time stands absolutely still. At the bottom of the deep blue sea, just you and me, time becomes irrelevant and the earth stands still. The you of course alludes to my oxygen tank, fins, and mask while the me remains, well, me. The second

On Queen’s Day

April not only begins with the day where you get to call home and tell your mom you’re pregnant, when for fear of causing a heart attack, shout out way too soon, “Aprils fools!” But, as recently discovered, it also ends on  the day when you can celebrate the Queen

Dive Sipadan

If you love diving, then you must dive Sipadan, a small island off the coast of Malaysian Borneo whose claim to fame comes from its unique government enforced protection of the reefs and wildlife. Jacques Cousteau once said, “I have seen other places like Sipadan…45 years ago. Now we have

Sea.Fire.Salt. Phuket

Sea. Fire. Salt. in Phuket at the Anantara villas cooks fresh seafood served up in the open-air lounge at the resort. Their cool gimmick is that they serve your grilled fish of choice on a block of Himalayan salt chiseled out of salt mines in brick size. The meal provided

Joel Robuchon London

A very last minute decision, l’Atelier Joel Robuchon in London, to say the least, was a mistake. From the moment I walked in the door, the coat check was nowhere to be found. After waiting for about 5 minutes for the attendant to show and take our coats, the hostess

GT Fish and Oyster Chicago

Looking to feel like a fat cat millionaire on a Tuesday night? Head over to GT Fish and Oyster in Chicago where they have oysters for half the standard price. Their menu consists of fresh oysters as their specialty, grouped by west or east coast of the US and hence

Jake Melnick’s Chicago

If you’re a full-on American who loves buffalo wings, football, American brew, the fourth of July, and don’t feel the need to apologize, then you’ll LOVE Jake Melnick’s in Chicago! It sits on the corner of Huron and Superior, smack in the middle of the Gold Coast. Their menu ranges

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