Off the Beaten Path in Singapore

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One of my favorite things to do in a city is get lost and explore, and Singapore offers a surprising number of opportunities to do this despite its position as a small island nation. Violent crime is almost unimaginable, so you're safe wherever you go. The booming economy and tropical climate have created some interesting architecture blending skyscrapers and gardens. And the between the hustle … [Read more...]

Eating Well in Singapore

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When I first got an invitation to visit Singapore as part of an official tourism board event, one thought went through my head -- I am going to get fat on all that amazing food! Singapore's long history as a multicultural entrepôt has brought together so many different cuisines that it's almost impossible to run out of new foods to eat. The street food in particular is cheap and tasty, so you … [Read more...]

Review: British Airways Galleries First Lounge London Heathrow T3

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After having my eggs Florentine and a Negroni for breakfast at the American Airlines Flagship Lounge, I walked next door to see what was on offer at the British Airways Galleries First Lounge. Both were accessible to me with my oneworld Emerald status (which comes with AAdvantage Executive Platinum status) even though I was flying in business class. I think first class lounge access is one of my … [Read more...]

Review: American Airlines Flagship Lounge London Heathrow

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American Airlines offers four Flagship Lounges in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, and London. These are special additions to the Admirals Club network and are offered to premium cabin passengers and to Executive Platinum and oneworld Emerald members who are traveling on transcontinental or international flights. I had the privilege of visiting the London club in Heathrow's T3 when returning from … [Read more...]

Review: Stockholm Arlanda T2 Menzies Business Lounge

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I took a mileage run to Stockholm back in January and just recently found the photographs I took of four different airport lounges from that trip. Among the least impressive was the Menzies Business Lounge at Stockholm Arlanda T2. I was mainly there to kill time before my flight. Access to this lounge is open to almost anyone with some kind of membership, including Priority Pass but also elite … [Read more...]

Touring Siem Reap: Night Markets and Bars

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As I mentioned in my review of the Park Hyatt Siem Reap, you should really set aside a night or two to go into town and enjoy the nightlife. Whatever the comforts of your accommodations, I thought the town was a great and relaxing place to spend the evening. There were dozens of shops, restaurants, and bars all eager to serve. Trip Report Index Trip Report Introduction: Taking My Sister to … [Read more...]

Touring Siem Reap: Angkor Archaeological Park

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Visiting Siem Reap was like nothing I'd encountered at other tourist hot spots, even smaller ones like Chiang Mai. It is literally a bunch of temples in the middle of a jungle with a small town nearby. Flying in on our tiny plane at night, I struggled to see any streetlights or other signs of life. Even the taxi drivers out front were using flashlights. I managed to lose the passport photo I … [Read more...]