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Chinese New Year Parade Vancouver 2015

Celebrating Chinese New Year Parade Vancouver 2015 Year of the Goat. Gung Hay Fat Choi! 恭喜發財! Gung Hay Fat Choi! (Happy New Year!) One of my favourite annual events, the Vancouver Chinese New Year Parade in Vancouver’s Chinatown, is one of the largest annual parades in the city. The parade closes car traffic on E. Pender and Main Street and ... Read More »

Celebrating a Milestone Birthday at Fairmont Kea Lani Maui

How do you celebrate a Milestone birthdays? Everyone is different, and different milestones are greeted with different regard. But whether 30, 40, 50, 60, 65, or 80, or whether quietly or splashy, we often remember those milestone days. If you want to create an unforgettably, special occasion stay, whichever your milestone, the Fairmont Kea Lani in Maui is a luxurious ... Read More »

First Batch – Getting my Makgeolli On Vancouver 막걸리

Today is day 9 of my first batch of craft Makgeolli home brew. It’s fremented. It’s bottled. It looks good. It’s ready to drink? …Well, yeah, but it isn’t White Lotus Makgeolli, that’s for sure. Makgeolli is a low alcohol (6-8%) rice wine made from ground rice and a fermentation agent. It has a soy milky texture and a sweetness, ... Read More »

Travel Like a Local, Enjoy Local Like a Traveler

Travel Like a Local, Where Ever Local Is I have always loved the phrase, ‘When in Rome, do as the Romans do’. It’s a little bit of travel wisdom given out in 390AD by St Augustine to a co-worker. As I read it, the phrase gives me license to dig into the local scene, to sample, and to see through ... Read More »

Bar Hopping Belltown Seattle – Guide to Belltown’s Best Bars

Bar Hopping Belltown Seattle: The List It’s a dirty job, but someone’s gotta do it. Seattle’s Belltown has a reputation that is expanding with superb restauranteurs (notably, Tom Douglas), and brilliant and unique bars. During a recent trip, I set out to sample the top Belltown Bars in one night. Taking the top rated bars off the yelp rank at ... Read More »

Happy New Travels for Vancouver YVR in 2015!

This Year There Are Some Exciting New Routes And Airline Carriers We Look Forward To Seeing More of at Vancouver YVR in 2015! Happy New Travels! Air Canada Expands Introduction of Boeing 787 Dreamliners to More Asia Routes from Vancouver Air Canada announced it will expand the introduction of Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft featuring the airline’s new International Business Class ... Read More »

Makgeolli Gangnam Style

Making Friends with Makgeolli 막걸리 Makgeolli is a low alcohol (6-8%) rice wine made from ground rice and a fermentation agent. It has a soy milky texture and a sweetness, and is served chilled. Sometimes it is carbonated. It’s a ‘common’ and cheap low-alcohol beverage traditionally made by farmers. But it’s come a long way baby. There’s Makgeolli, and then ... Read More »