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Where to find the world's 10 best rooftop bars

Where to find the world's 10 best rooftop bars With summer in full swing it, finding good outdoor spaces to have a drink is the thing to do. Nothing says summer more than a couple of friends sitting on an outdoor terrace sharing a pitcher. But even better than your average terrace or patio has to be a rooftop. Stopping...

Canopy Tours: Ohio and Malaysia

Canopy Tours: Ohio and Malaysia People give me tips on where to travel whenever they have been some where they think I would like. A friend of mine jumped out of her chair in the middle of a sentence, remembering a place she went this past weekend. She fetched a certificate from the Hocking Hills Canopy...

Malaysia Airlines to offer 1 million free seats (and possibly the hottest crew on Earth*)

Malaysia Airlines to offer 1 million free seats (and possibly the hottest crew on Earth*) Sounds almost too good, doesn't it. I don't think anybody is ever going to give you a better excuse to travel around Southeast Asia. Malaysia Airlines announced today it plans to offer one million free seats for flights within Southeast Asia as part of an aggressive...

Durian, the food that the "Bizarre Foods" guy spit out

Durian, the food that the Andrew Zimmern spit out durian. He ate a beating frog's heart in the Asia overview episode of Bizarre Foods, but the durian was a no go. As Neil wrote in a post on another foul food, durian is one nasty smelling fruit, unless you're a person who likes the smell. Some do....

"Bizarre Foods" on the Travel Channel: Asia potpourri

Location: Tokyo and Kobe Japan; Bangkok and Chiang Mai, Thailand; and Penang, Malaysia. (This episode was a repeat of a previous season. I missed this one the first time, so I was happy to catch it.) Episode Rating: 4 Sheep Testicles (out of 4) using Aaron's system that...

Thaipusam festival: Body piercing equals devotion and thanksgiving

Thaipusam festival: Body piercing equals devotion and thanksgiving Thaipusam has passed and I'm wondering where I was. Back in November I planned to write a post, but it was too early. Now I'm late. But, considering that this festival is probably the most astounding event I've ever attended, consider this is a lesson in religion and...

Something to cheer you up on this snowy day

Something to cheer you up on this snowy day It's quite miserable here in Pittsburgh, something like -10 degrees Fahrenheit with a nice drizzling snowstorm on top. So I went and found myself some nice tropical paradise pictures to look at, and guess what, it helped! This one is from the porch of Laguna Redang Resort,...

Celebrate 2008 Year of the Rat with red rat-themed panties!

Celebrate 2008 Year of the Rat with red rat-themed panties! Thanks to the Internet that allows us to travel and educate ourselves without getting out of our pajamas, today we can be privy into lifestyles and traditions of radically different cultures. And, when culture and superstitions blend, it's almost impossible not to have an an...

First A380 flight in Europe: March 18

First A380 flight in Europe:  March 18 Singapore Airlines currently flies both of the only two operating Airbus A380 airplanes in the world on the Sydney-Singapore route. The third plane, also purchased by Singapore Airlines, will operate on the London - Singapore route, starting March 18. This will be the first...

Human Rights Day is tomorrow, but the walk in Malaysia is canceled

Human Rights Day is tomorrow, but the walk in Malaysia is canceled International Human Rights Day is tomorrow, December 10. The day was established by the UN to commemorate the Declaration of Human Rights adopted by the general assembly of the UN in 1948. When I was looking for information to let you, the Gadling reader, know what events...

Long weekends: Penang, Malaysia, perfect for a three to four day jaunt

Long weekends: Penang, Malaysia, perfect for a three to four day jaunt One of the great things about living in Singapore is how easy it is to travel from there to other places. When I lived there, one of the first things we would do each August at the start of the Singapore American School school year was figure out where we wanted to go on...

When in Space, Which Way Is Mecca?

When in Space, Which Way Is Mecca? Think being a Muslim on this planet is not easy? Try being a Muslim in orbit. For starters, which way do you face while praying? (And how do you lay down your prayer rug?) Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor of Malaysia, a crew member on the 16th mission for the International Space...

To Talk Like a Pirate, Go Where the Real Ones Are--Or Not

To Talk Like a Pirate, Go Where the Real Ones Are--Or Not Catherine posted the scoop on International Talk Like a Pirate Day, even translating boardroom talk into pirate lingo--impressive, but for some honest to goodness pirate talk, head to the Straits of Malacca. Pirates still sail the waters here, wrecking havoc by capturing...

Cleaning up the Cabbies

Cleaning up the Cabbies Across Malaysia, taxi drivers are being fined up to 3 days' wages for crimes such as un-tucked shirts, wrong-colored shoes, or off-white rather than true white hues. In a country where most customers are happy if the lowed-paid driver uses the meter, bringing on the fashion...

Moleskine Completed City Guides: Tokyo, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur

Moleskine Completed City Guides: Tokyo, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur Last month Willy talked about Moleskine's (mole-a-skin-a) new City Guides -- a "make-yer-own guidebook," complete with city maps, street indexes and, of course, plenty of blank pages to let your creative juices flow, all wrapped up in Moleskine's famous binded journal. The...

Round The World in 100 Days: Fantastic Voyage

Round The World in 100 Days: Fantastic Voyage "Men wanted for hazardous journey. Small wages. Bitter cold. Long months of complete darkness. Constant danger. Safe return doubtful. Honour and recognition in case of success. " -attributed to a 1901 Times of London newspaper ad allegedly placed by Ernest Shackleton, famous...

New Budget Airline in Asia

New Budget Airline in Asia I have little idea how difficult it is to get to and from a country like Malaysia and/or whether a new airlines there is needed, but here's some new news for folks who are interested. According to this piece over at Yahoo, Malaysian aviation tycoon Tony Fernandes launched a...

Two Years Post Tsunami

Two Years Post Tsunami This morning when I watched the news it was called to my attention that today marks the two-year anniversary of one the biggest natural disasters to occur in Southeast Asia. Footage of massive waves, bulldozing tiny tropical beach resorts in Thailand and water carrying the...

Petronas Towers

Petronas Towers Someday, I'm sure, there will be buildings 20,000 feet high. We'll laugh at little mountain peaks like Rainier and we'll think about buildings that can reach the moon. But for now, we have to content ourselves with what we have built, and among the big, big buildings are the...

Indoor Skydiving with SkyVenture

Indoor Skydiving with SkyVenture Giving my stomach a reason to flip over and inside out or shooting my heart rate up at lightning fast speed isn't necessarily my idea of a grand yee-haw time. So whether it's indoors or outdoors skydiving wouldn't be the first thing I'm signing up for, but if you're a nut...

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