09 Jun 2013

Japanese port city of Nagasaki has long East-West connection – Los Angeles Times

129349331_5d6c87fd4f_m Castella, a popular pound cake and souvenir or Portuguese origin. (Photo credit: Kanko*)

NAGASAKI, Japan — On my first trip to Nagasaki, just out of college, I knew what most of the world knows: An atomic bomb fell here on Aug. 9, 1945, bringing World War II to a close. It wasn’t until my second visit, more than 20 years later on a guidebook assignment, that I realized how much I had missed.


Read the full story in the Los Angeles Times.



29 Dec 2012

Singapore’s Pulau Ubin offers a step back in time – Los Angeles Times

Chek Jawa National Park Chek Jawa Wetlands National Park

Among Singaporeans of a certain age, the mention of Pulau Ubin conjures nostalgia for the days before their nation’s transformation from a jungle of simple villages, called kampongs, to a forest of high-rises. For Singaporeans born since the 1970s, Pulau Ubin is probably as foreign as it was to this American, who went in search of peace, quiet and, quite literally, another side of Singapore.

Read the full story in the Los Angeles Times.

13 Mar 2012

20 Reasons We Still Love Japan


As a frequent traveler to Japan and a one-time resident, one thing I’ve heard over and over: tragedies have struck the Japanese for millennia, yet they’ve always bounced back. I’ve written about Japan after the quake and tsunami (see the story and slide show here). Now that we’ve observed that grim anniversary, it’s worth reminding ourselves why we love Japan in the first place, in words and pictures (click for slide show).

Read the original version of this story published in the Los Angeles Times and revised with a slide show on my Forbes Seat 1A blog.

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13 Nov 2011

What time is it? "Time to get busy," says artist Tyree Guyton, of the Heidelberg Project.

Detroit evolving into a haven for artists – Los Angeles Times

06 Mar 2011

Petronas Towers, Kuala Lumpur

Asia Travel: Five Trends to Watch – Los Angeles Times

06 Mar 2011

Japan Alps National Park: the outdoors baths at Hirayu no Mori Inn.

Nagano’s Only-in-Japan Touches – Los Angeles Times

26 Sep 2010

Beginning of La Route Verte

Montreal by Bixi bicycle – Los Angeles Times

26 Jun 2010

Fruit-shaped sponges at Can Do story in Tokyo.

Bargain hunting at Japan’s 100-yen stores – Los Angeles Times

21 Feb 2010

Deluxe Junk (photo by Rod Hubic)

Vancouver’s secondhand stores: a real treasure trove – Los Angeles Times

11 Oct 2009

W Washington Hotel Lobby

Washington, D.C., hotel upgrades and new lodgings are a winning ticket – Los Angeles Times

20 Sep 2009

Monongahela River, Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh Welcomes World Leaders with Open-Faced Sandwiches – Los Angeles Times

22 Feb 2008

Cafe Aalto

Helsinki’s Modern Approach to Design – Los Angeles Times

17 Jun 2007

Plaza Dorrego Sunday market, Buenos Aires - file under South America & cities

The Joys of Shopping in Buenos Aires – Los Angeles Times

18 Feb 2007

Stained Glass Art in Dallas

Dine, shop and view art Texas-style in Dallas – Los Angeles Times

14 Jan 2007


Stretching Your Yen in Tokyo – Los Angeles Times