Plitvice, maybe heaven does exist . . .

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If the creators of Avatar wanted to re-film the movie using a real-life setting, they would undoubtedly choose Croatia's natural gem, Plitvice Lakes National Park, as their location. Plitvice (pronounced Plit-vit-sa) is made up of sixteen azure pools that vary in size and depth, wedged like a necklace of bright blue jewels into steep limestone crags.


Considering how much I dislike flying, it’s a wonder I’ve voluntarily been on so many airplanes in the past year.  It took me a total of four jets to get to Zagreb, Croatia’s capital city.  It will take me five to get home. The first flight was the tease, the puddle-hop from Victoria to Vancouver,

The Final Leg

My least favourite part about travelling anywhere, is getting home.  And this time it was going to be a two-day affair, sans fearless boyfriend. Ten months of my life was now crammed unceremoniously into a suitcase whose admittance onto the airplane was going to be questionable due to its excessive weight.  Not able to bear

Photoshoot for Marum

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Last week I had the opportunity to go to Siem Reap, Cambodia, to do a photoshoot for a new restaurant opening there in October.  Marum is yet another culinary offspring of NGO Friends International, and like it's counterparts in Phnom Penh, will be the hospitality training ground for former marginalized and street youth, as well as

The Pressures of Penang

We entered Malaysia on Dec 28, by bus.  First, we bid our luxurious hotel room in Singapore farewell, and enjoyed one final breakfast buffet bonanza in the dining room.  I snuck a few extra treats into a bag when the staff weren't looking.  Then we headed to the bus stop.  We missed our bus by

Christmas away from Home

The holiday season means different things for different people, but for most, it's a time to be with family.  For the past 28 years of my life I've spent Christmas surrounded by the traditions of my family, and the people I love.  In early December we set up the tree and hang a lifetime of