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March 21, 2016

QUIP: Dispelling the Myths of Bangkok

I have held a slight prejudice towards Bangkok since 2006. At that time, I met a young man who decided to share all of his Bangkok exploits with me. His tales were entertaining and he was very open about his hookups with both prostitutes and lady boys. He spared no detail. I was thoroughly entertained–and […]
February 15, 2016

Why Did the Pedestrian Cross the Road in Hanoi?? To Get Street Food Of Course!!!

Welcome to Hanoi…where sidewalks are used for storing your moped, sitting and socializing with your friends, and even cleaning your vegetables…      Yes…sidewalks in Hanoi are used for just about everything…except walking.  So where does a pedestrian walk?  The street?  With oncoming traffic??  Well, yeah. Yes, the woman in the yellow is pushing someone in a […]
February 8, 2016

Destination Highlight: Hanoi

QUIP Hold on to your heart meds, because you will need them crossing the streets of Hanoi in the Old Quarter.  But once you build up your confidence, you will be more than pleased with what you find at the other end of the street!    GETTING AROUND Cabs are plentiful but walking is a […]
January 26, 2016

Destination Highlight: Bali

QUIP One word association: Ornate.  From temples to shanties, the level of detail is amazingly beautiful on almost every structure in Bali. GETTING AROUND Getting around southern Bali and Ubud is relatively simple via metered taxi.  Uber is also available in most parts of southern Bali. Traveling longer distances can be difficult.  There is a […]
January 1, 2016

Resolution for 2016: TRAVEL!

I have a confession.  A few days before Halloween, I popped into Rite Aid to pick up a few items.  I noticed that the clerk was setting up a Christmas display…and I was excited.  Outwardly, I had to pretend to be annoyed.  “I mean, it’s not even Halloween?  And do we just *skip* over Thanksgiving […]
December 16, 2015
Happy Holidays

Tip: 5 Travel Gift Ideas Under $30

This is the time of year for holiday cheer…or anxiety if you have yet to purchase all of your holiday gifts.  Well have no fear! Below are my top five gifts under $30 for all of your friends who love to travel! Eagle Creek Packing Cubes:  These cubes changed my life.  I admit that I […]
November 17, 2015
The Golden  Mount

Destination Highlight: Bangkok

QUIP One word association:  metropolitan.  Bangkok is a modern city with something for everyone.  Just like any other metropolitan city, you can find high end shops, wonderful restaurants, bars, clubs, taxis and traffic in abundance. GETTING AROUND Getting around Bangkok can be stressful.  The traffic rivals Los Angeles on its worst day and getting from […]
November 9, 2015

Ask Queen Simone: Girls Trip Mama Drama

“My Friends and I have been planning a girls vacay to Puerto Rico for months.  Two weeks ago, one of my friends (who does not know the two others on the trip) called me to tell me she was also trying to plan a trip for her mom’s birthday sponsored by her dad.  In jest, […]
October 31, 2015

Destination Highlight: Siem Reap, Cambodia

QUIP One word association:  C.R.E.A.M. Ok technically that’s about five words, but for this post, CREAM is most adequate. For those who are not familiar with the Wu Tang Clan reference, CREAM stands for “Cash Rules Everything Around Me.” To put it plainly, ain’t nobody checking for you unless you have US dollars.  You will […]

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