Women’s Day 2015

When will each person on this planet be seen as who they truly are – an individual, a human being!?

Equal opportunity. Equal pay. Mutual respect.

Not separated as Man vs. Woman.

Not divided by the skin color or religious belief.

As a solo female traveler to over 50 countries in the world, I have seen my fair share of discrimination and experienced harassment – unfortunately. Not one country is perfect. It might be impossible to be perfect but I hope to see REAL change within this lifetime. Continue reading

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Travel Thought Thursday :- Chinese New Year (Year of the Ram)

恭喜發財! 心想事成! 萬事如意!

Approximate pronunciation of the above Chinese characters in Cantonese: Gung Hei Fat Choi! Sum Sheung Si Sing! Man Si Yu Yee!

What do they mean?! Wishing you wealth and prosperity! May all your wishes come true! Smooth sailing ahead in all matters!

Today is the new moon of February. It also is the start of a new Lunar year for a few other cultures. For Chinese descendents, this is the year of the Wood Sheep. For those in Tibet, Nepal and Bhutan, Happy Losar 2142! Continue reading

Scenery Sunday : Antalya Ramazan

In the 9th month of the Muslim calendar, fasting occurs from sunrise to sunset. It is the Islamic holy month. 29 to 30 days. No water. No food. No alcohol. It is generally called Ramadan. In Turkey it is called Ramazan. For 2014, Ramazan is the month of July in the Gregory calendar.

Iftar is the meal taken every night to break the fast. Along with iftar is the gathering of family and friends. Celebration. Party. Elation.

Antalya is a key touristic city on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey. Muslims gather in the coastal Karalioğlu park every day at sundown to share iftar and related festivities.
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HAPPY Songkran Day!!

สุขสันต์วันสงกรานต์ (pronounced: suk san wan songkran) means “Happy Songkran Day”

A year ago, I arrived in Bangkok, Thailand on the last night of Songkran. When my taxi driver dropped me off at the round about in front of Swenson’s ice cream shop (steps from the famous Khao San Road), almost every person had a water gun, bucket or Super Soaker in hand. The streets resembled the aftermath of a big rainstorm. Puddles everywhere. People walked up and down the streets, soaked from head-to-toe. Everyone was happy, big smiles on their faces. Luggage in hand, I could not retaliate until I dropped off my luggage. Continue reading