Play and Stay in KK: SPLURGE at Gaya Island Resort Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

Gaya Island Resort Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia If my short, magical stay in Kota Kinabalu (Malaysian Borneo) taught me anything, it’s that service is of utmost importance, the people are incredibly friendly, they all seem to be amazing singers, and there’s no shortage of things to do!  My first couple of days gave me a deal…

Escapism Has Landed: EscapismTO’s Launch @ Assembly Chef’s Hall

Escapism Toronto Launch Party Well, beaches, I’m back in Toronto after 3 years Seoulcialiting it up in Korea.  Over 1,000 days have gone by, but the agency launch parties haven’t changed a bit.  Most of the faces look the same and the dress-code of hobo-chic vs. try-hards continues to identify who is on the list…

Play and Stay in KK: Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort & Spa, Kota Kinabalu

Where to Stay in Sabah: Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort Kota Kinabalu Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort & Spa in Kota Kinabalu (Malaysian Borneo) is the ideal place to stay in Sabah. Just outside of the city, it offers something for couples (read: adults only) and families alike!  I could live very happily at Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort…

From Russia, With Love – 5 Weird Things in Russia!

Only in Russia: 5 Things Which Will Blow Your Mind  Russia is a country which divides opinion at the best of times.  While there are plenty of amazing reasons to check out the Eastern European behemoth, they do have some customs which might leave you baffled.  Let’s explore five things about Russia which will blow…

Passing through Phuket: Sunday Night Market

When I arrived in Phuket, Thailand, I bought my shuttle bus ticket, packed my duffel bag into the back and waited.  We waited an eternity in a full van for the driver.   I guess I shouldn’t complain as the shared bus is only 200 Thai Baht ($8 Canadian), but after spending 24 hours in…

Massa-man, am I a great cook!

Trazy.com Korea’s #1 Travel Shop sent me to check out Silom Thai Cooking School, and I couldn’t have been more excited!

Jogyesa Temple – Lotus Lantern Weekend Part ii

Korean couples love to get dressed up and wander around the old, traditional towns, as well as the Palaces and the Temples. All this was amplified by the hoopla of Buddha’s Birthday Weekend which has been celebrated as a festival since the Unified Silla era over 1,300 years ago. Yep – he gets the whole weekend, the festival, the parade, and all the beautiful lantern displays at nearly every temple the month leading up to his birthday and for for many, the weeks beyond (at Jogyesa they’ll be around until May 22nd). I guess it’s like leaving your Christmas lights up on your front porch all year long, just a lot less honky-tonk and a lot more beautiful!