Asia

Food in Japan: An Instagram Tour

by Mary Jo Manzanares on February 17, 2014

Yoshida Udon

From Michelin stars to hearty country, my visit to the Kanagawa, Yamanashi and Shizuoka prefectures of Japan was a whirlwind of culinary experiences. From unusual dishes to peaches from a local farmer’s stand, come along on this foray into the art and flavors of food in Japan, Instagram style. Breakfast If you believe that breakfast […]

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Spa Indulgence for Men at Breeze Spa

by Mary Jo Manzanares on December 18, 2013

Breeze Spa for Men, Asia

Step aside ladies, the best kept secret to looking and feeling ten years younger is about to be leaked to the other side. Gone are the days where a spa is just a place for men to collect their girlfriends or read a newspaper. Today, men want to look good and feel great just as […]

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Experience Rajasthan Like a Maharajah

by Mary Jo Manzanares on December 11, 2013

Rajasthan India

In the spirit of the Maharajas, Geringer Global Travel is introducing an exclusive 15-day tour of Rajasthan, guided by Durga Singh Ji, a Rajasthani native and hotel proprietor who is from India’s royal Mandawa family. This once-in-a-lifetime trip offers a small party of travelers (maximum group of twelve) an intimate look into India’s complex dynastic […]

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Photo Friday: Petronas Twin Towers, Kuala Lumpur

by Mary Jo Manzanares on December 6, 2013

Petronas Towers, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, are the tallest twin buildings in the world. The towers were officially opened in August 1999, and their 88 floors dominate the city’s skyline. Tower One is occupied by Petronas, a gas and oil company, and its subsidiaries, and Tower Two houses a variety of companies, including Seattle […]

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Chocolate Dinner Menu at Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong

by Mary Jo Manzanares on November 20, 2013

Chocolate has lots of variations and room for exploration. Just look at this collaboration between the Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong and master Swiss chocolatier LINDT. They’ve created – again – a new six-course interactive chocolate dining experience at the world’s highest Chef’s Table. This perfect meal for chocolate lovers is offered from November 18th, 2013 through […]

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Yaeyama Islands: Japan’s Best Kept Secret

by Guest Contributor on July 30, 2013

Ishigaki Japan

Smattered like droplets on Japan’s southernmost point are the Yaeyama Islands. Circling the central most island of Ishigaki, several of these tropical islands offer some of the best diving in the world, not to mention a splendid array of flora and fauna to rival anywhere else in southeast Asia. The Iriomote Yamaneko (translation:  Iriomote Mountain […]

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Sightseeing in Tokyo: Taking a City Tour

by Mary Jo Manzanares on October 31, 2012

Downtown Tokyo at night

In a city as large and diverse as Tokyo, I knew I’d be overwhelmed without a city tour to help me get my bearings.  I needed to get to know the layout of the city and I needed more than the maps could provide me.  I had a long list of sights to see and […]

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ANA’s 787 Dreamliner is a Traveler’s Dream

by Mary Jo Manzanares on October 16, 2012

Dreamliner launch day

When the opportunity came up to take the Boeing 787 Dreamliner out for a spin, plane-geek that I am jumped at the chance.  After all, living here in Seattle, home of Boeing, I’ve avidly followed all the news about the development and building of the Dreamliner – as well as all the tales of productions […]

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How to Plan a Day at Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo

by Mary Jo Manzanares on August 17, 2012

humboldt penguins at woodland park zoo seattle

Woodland Park Zoo, located in the Phinney Ridge area of Seattle, has been serving as the city’s zoo for over 100 years.  The zoo complex spreads out over 92 acres, and includes animals and exhibits, open space, a rose garden, many other gardens, administrative buildings and parking, and attracts over a million visitors a year.  Woodland […]

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Japanese Onsens: Five Faux Pas to Avoid

by Honor Dargan on September 14, 2011

Outdoor Japanese onsen at sunrise

Most of us have had them. Those travel faux pas moments that leave you feeling like the dumb foreigner instead of the seasoned traveler you set out to be. Japan is one of those countries that has a generous number of faux pas opportunities. They lurk around cultural corners waiting for you, the innocent visitor, […]

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