Category Archives: Travel Stories

Picking a Life Lesson From a ‘Secret’ Rose Garden

“What’s in there?” I asked Ivan, my brother-in-law, who was driving at the time. I was referring to the rich foliage we were passing by. “Oh, that’s a garden,” Ivan replied nonchalantly. Then he added, “And oh, there’s a rose … Continue reading

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Exploring Historic Oakwood in Raleigh

Tucked away on the northeastern fringe of downtown Raleigh in North Carolina is a cluster of old houses dating back to the mid 1800s to the early 1900s. This neighborhood is called Historic Oakwood, aptly named not only for its … Continue reading

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Corks for Cancer Festival at Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards

In July this year, I left Orlando and flew all the way to Napa Valley in California to see its world-renowned vineyards. Little did I know that Florida had its own winery, Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards. I only learned about it when I was … Continue reading

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Volunteering in Nepal: A Journey Worth Taking

My fascination over Nepal started when I stumbled upon Jon Krakauer’s book “Into Thin Air” around six years ago. The book was a personal account of their treacherous climb to Mount Everest. Like Krakauer I wondered what possibly lured men … Continue reading

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Explore the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland

Stand in the footsteps of giants Located in the North coast of Northern Ireland in County Antrim, about two miles north of Bushmills and 13 miles from Balllycastle, is the Giant’s Causeway, a striking landscape of basalt columns, whose origin is steeped … Continue reading

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Flying high above Grand Canyon

The rotor blades’ whirring noise was surprisingly muffled inside the Eurocopter AS350B2 helicopter. Without so much as a bump, we quickly found ourselves suspended a few meters above the ground. Swaying gently from side to side we waited until an arriving helicopter landed … Continue reading

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A bend in the road to Grand Canyon

Rrrrriiinngg. Rrrriiinngg. Rrrriiinngg. At first I thought I was dreaming. I looked around the room with my eyes half opened,“Where am I?” I thought. The cotton thread bed linen wrapped around my body and the soft king-sized bed I was … Continue reading

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A Ride to Remember in Central Park

From above, Central Park looks like a rectangular wooded forest planted with such impressive precision in the middle of sprouting skyscrapers. Spanning across 750 acres at the heart of Manhattan Island, it was America’s very first sizable landscaped public park. It … Continue reading

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My Wildest Affair

There I was frozen, glued to where I was standing. My heart skipping a beat. A few steps in front of me was the most fetching face I had ever seen. Seeing him sent shivers down my spine. I wanted to cup his … Continue reading

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Stonehenge Revealed

After gaping at Windsor Castle‘s high ceilings and highly detailed fresco paintings, wandering in the castle’s lavishly decorated halls and rooms and marveling at the exquisite trimmings, I rejoined my group on the double-decker bus waiting outside that will take us to … Continue reading

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