Siem Reap – Asia’s own ancient Greece

There is a place in Cambodia that rivals the beauty of the ancient Greek ruins. Lara Croft, the Tomb Raider has already been there – have you? Text & Photos by Jennifer Ellson Recognize this photo from Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, the movie? If you’ve seen the film, yes, the monkeys were modeled after these primates […]

New York City makes me sing!

Ironically, songs have referred to New York as the city that never sleeps, but it is also where dreams are made of, apparently. So when in NYC, it’s up to you whether to dream or not sleep at all.  Text & Photos by Jennifer Ellson Alicia Keys also claims that this concrete jungle’s streets will make you feel brand […]

Vancouver: Japan of North America

Between the peaceful Zen gardens and blossoming cherry trees, Vancouver often reminds me of Japan not only because their climates are almost the same, but also because the sights, sounds, smell, tastes and feel are very similar. Text and Photos by Jennifer Ellson Vancouver: a Canadian coastal city right by the Pacific Ocean, which means an […]

Holy Week – It’s more fun in the Philippines

Semana Santa, or Holy Week, is a BIG DEAL in the Philippines, which only means it is a great time to visit. Text and Photos by Jennifer Ellson | Additional Photos by Tourism Philippines Lent has several names in the Philippines – Semana Santa, Mahal na Araw, Holy Week – however you call it, one […]

Is Vienna sausage the same as a Wiener, or a Frankfurter?

The sausage was invented by a butcher from Frankfurt, who had moved to Vienna, which is why in Vienna it’s called a frankfurter, but in Frankfurt it’s called a wiener (Viennese). Text and Photos by Jennifer Ellson Try to order a frankfurter in Frankfurt, and you’d most likely get a blank stare. But ask for […]

All Rice!

How can something so simple be this good? Fried, boiled, steamed – brown, white or wild – how much do you know about this most important staple food for a large part of the human population? Here’s what I know about my favorite food – fun trivia I’ve picked up from eating buckets of rice […]