Sunday, September 15, 2019

The Flag of the Times

President Xi JinPing visited Mongolia yesterday, the first visit by a Chinese President since 2003. Although the two countries share a common border, their relationship has been anything but communal. The tumultuous history between...

Lord of the Bling: The 10 Tallest Towers

Skyscrapers serve a useful purpose as hotels, office space, and lookout observatories. But, let’s be honest, these buildings were constructed to serve a higher purpose- to show off. Traveling to big cities throughout the...

Smells Like Teen Spirit

The sound of kids playing in the summer: Growing up, that was the sound of basketball. Pick up games in the neighbor's driveway, behind Mikey's house, and in the park were played till we couldn't...

Tel Aviv Another Time

Last October, I was one of the lucky ones to book an Explorer Award ticket on American Airlines that consisted of 16 segments, 50,000 miles flown, all in business class. It was my crowning achievement...

Anytown, USA

Kramer had it right when he installed a screen door on his New York apartment giving him "the cool evening breezes of Anytown, USA." That's what comes to mind as I check out from the...

Ephedrine? Young Lady? Happy Ending?

Motorbike boss? No thanks.  Ephedrine? Young lady? Happy ending? The following words have been used to describe Bali: san‎ctuary, oasis, retreat. Here is another: tragic. The picturesque seaside lined with posh resorts is the sleight of hand meant to...

The World Cup: A Risky Jump for Emerging Economies

The World Cup starts tomorrow in Brazil and the paint on the stadiums is unlikely to be dry. At least, that's is what we are being told. Whether it be the Olympics or the...

#7: Pho Peace Summit: Shanghai, China

Hoang Sa Islands? Xisha Islands? Let’s settle it over a bowl of pho. The Paracel Islands have been in the news over the past few weeks not because of their tropical beaches or iconic full...

“You can get anything you want here.”

Singapore is a country of rules. Rule #1: No fun*. You can’t do anything in Singapore: no gum chewing, no jaywalking, and certainly no illicit behavior of any kind. Did you notice the asterisk? Singapore is a country...
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