Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Suzhou Basics

Suzhou Basics is out in Shanghai now, and can be found in English language bookstores in the city now.  The guide is my first book-length travel guide to be published, and I am very pleased to see its release now.

If you are traveling to Shanghai, you really should schedule in a day trip to Suzhou.  It's a historic city, filled with beautiful classical Chinese gardens.  I really love visiting Suzhou myself, and had a great time writing Suzhou Basics.  I hope it will be just as fun for readers of the guide.

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Sunday, June 27, 2010

World Expo, photos (finally)

I'm a little behind schedule getting these photos up, but thought you might like to see some pictures from the World Expo in Shanghai.  Most of these were taken last month, though a few are from the preview trip I made to the Expo in April.

The China Pavilion:


Morocco (my favorite):


The China Pavilion at night:

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Thursday, June 24, 2010

For M*A*S*H* Lovers

I recently saw on silken's blog that there's an old M*A*S*H* set that visitors can trek in to view out in California. I didn't know anything about this, but I bet it would be fun to see!

When I was in New Zealand, we visited several of the Lord of the Rings sets, and really loved it. The locations were beautiful in themselves, and seeing the actual scenes made you know exactly why they wanted to film the epic story there.

I bet the site in California would be worth a visit too.

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Travel Expenses Piling Up?

When traveling, expenses can pile up quick, with hotels, meals on the road, and car rental all adding up faster than we often realize. One of the ways to save a bit when you are traveling is to get the lowest car insurance rates you can find on that rental.

At Cheap Car Insurance, finding the lowest car insurance rates for your rented vehicle is easy. You can easily compare rates by keying in the zip code of the location to which you will travel, and you'll be on your way to finding great prices on your car insurance while you are away from home.

If you are looking for the lowest car insurance rates available at your destination, visit Cheap Car Insurance and do a little comparison shopping before you make your purchase. It could help you to enjoy some savings as those travel expenses start to pile up.

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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Jurong Bird Park

My 6-year-old godson has gotten very interested in all sorts of writing, and so wants to share this article about his experience at the Jurong Bird Park last year. Hope you enjoy!

We rode trains at Jurong Bird Park in Singapore. We went to lots of different stations. I got to whistle with a bird on stage. We saw lots of birds. There were many different kinds, like parrots and stuff. We saw a show with many kinds of birds. And I got a drawing book at the Bird Park.

I think everyone should go to Jurong Bird Park, because it is good, and lots of fun.

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Friday, June 18, 2010

Korean Adventure

Two of my friends just got home from a 3-week Korean trek that took them across the whole span of the country (though, for the most part, only passing through Seoul). They were both very impressed with the country, especially enjoying some mountain climbing and nature treks of the sort that we don't get to do much here in Singapore.

One of my friends commented that Koreans really seem to have it good at home, and that they don't feel as big a need to travel outside of the country as a lot of other nationalities in the region might. My friend felt this comes from having a beautiful country of their own to explore, along with a high standard of living that allows them to travel in some comfort.

I've only been to the part of Korea that my friends missed, Seoul, but it sounds like the country would really be worth the visit. It's a spot I've had on my "to see" list for some time, and I think hearing about my friends' adventures has moved it up a notch or two in terms of priority.
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Lighting the Web

When renovating your home, home lighting is one of the most important decisions you will make. When we renovated our flat a couple of years ago, there were so many things to consider. We went with Hunter ceiling fans in most rooms, as we prefer not to use air-conditioning. The fans are just perfect for our needs, and we are very pleased with the choices we made.

At Lighting the Web, you can find great deals now to meet all of your home lighting needs.
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Visit Edinburgh

When I was small, my family hosted a friend who lived in Edinburgh, Scotland. At the time, the place sounded so far away, so exotic, and our friend made it seem so appealing.

I have not visited Edinburgh yet, but the name of the place still makes me imagine rolling hillsides dotted with castles. The romance of it draws numerous visitors every year, and one day I hope to be amongst the throngs that visit.

When visiting Edinburgh, I will certainly book into self catering apartments. An Edinburgh self-catering package seems to me to be the only way to go. In fact, I always prefer self-catered facilities when I travel, if I have the choice, as it allows for maximum freedom for the traveler.

And doesn't that sound like the perfect way to see Edinburgh?

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Sunday, June 13, 2010

Forbidden City

I'm hoping to have my hub on the Forbidden City finished soon. Until then, you might like this video.

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Wednesday, June 09, 2010

North to Alaska


I can't believe this, but I just booked tickets for me, my friend, and my 2 nephews to travel to Alaska together in August! We've been talking about it for several weeks, but I guessed it would be too expensive, too tight a schedule... or any other of a number of things that could've prevented this from coming together. But who knew we would have enough miles between us to book THREE free tickets? And that our schedule would work out just right to fit in with the redeemable flights?

We'll travel to Fairbanks and visit my cousin who is stationed there. We are all very excited, looking forward to the big adventure. I can hardly wait for it to get here!

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