639-mile road trip from New Orleans to Florida

I always love road trips especially when all I have to do is ride buses and enjoy the views from my window and get the short town to town stopovers along the way. Driving a 639-mile road trip from New Orleans to Florida for over 10 hours in a compact car is a totally different experience. Through the US ‘marshlands’ You can be in Orlando from New Orleans in an hour or so by…

Read More

And more hotel tales

Time froze, and from my upside-down view, I saw a guy staring at me with his key suspended in his hand and his mouth hanging open in total shock. Everyone has hotel stories to tell, and they all vary from funny to embarrassing to unforgettable. I was staying in a hotel at the heart of Kuala Lumpur one time and my room was on the 14th floor close to the elevators. The room…

Read More

Ghosts of New Orleans

Façade of a VooDoo shop at the French Quarter. Some years back, I had the chance to check one item off my bucket list- a ghost and vampire tour around the French Quarter in New Orleans. I was mesmerized by New Orleans, especially the French Quarter, at first sight with its quaint buildings, narrow streets and party atmosphere but exploring the dark side of the city fascinated me all the more. The guy…

Read More

Taxi ride with grandma ‘Grumps’

WHEN you are trying to cut costs and share a cab with strangers, it's always like opening a surprise package. You won’t know who you’re riding with until you are there with them. One morning, I and my travel buddy were waiting for the cab that we contacted the night before to get us to Old San Juan from Fajardo. The trip would cost us $60. Arturo, the cab driver, called to say…

Read More

Loco Moco

Loco Moco is a classic dish in the Hawaiian cuisine. It is a favorite quick meal option served in most restaurants and fast food diners in the Micronesian Islands. The traditional loco moco dish is a “sloppy yet delicious” pile of white rice topped with a hamburger patty, brown gravy, and a fried egg on top. Some add pasta salad to the mix. Each restaurant has its own variation in how they serve…

Read More

Taxiing around St. Thomas

Getting around the scenic island of St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands is best done by a taxi. Taxis offer the best unobstructed views of the island and it comes with the fresh scent of the sea. There are no standard taxi types in St. Thomas. Although there are the regular taxis like sedans and minivans, the most popular and affordable ones are the vans and converted trucks or open air safari bus with…

Read More

Culebra: An island hopper’s get-away

ABOUT 17 miles east of Puerto Rico is a famous strip of an island with beaches so pristine and white and waters so clear that it has become an island hopper’s must-stop in these parts of the Caribbean.A few months ago my travel buddy and I hopped on a small plane from the Isla Grande Airport just across from the San Juan port for the 30-minute trip to Culebra.If it’s your first time in…

Read More