Berlin

After arriving in Berlin, I quickly set out via the bus and subway to the Axel Hotel where Karan had booked a room.  After a long layover in Istanbul, I was pampered on my flight to Berlin by the flight attendants on Turkish Airlines. After arriving at the hotel, I went out and walked around…

Italy, Part 3: Amalfi Coast

One challenge to travelling in Italy is that their local transit system doesn’t always state the type of transport medium it will be providing nor does it always stay on schedule.  When booking our train tickets from Naples to the Amalfi Coast, Karan and I were under the impression that we would be changing trains…

Italy, Part 2: Naples

It was dark by the time Karan and I arrived in Naples.  I managed to get a power nap on the train but was still a bit tired once outside the train station.  We took a short walk from the train station to a pastry shop where Karan got a small bite and a drink….

Italy, Part 1: Rome

It often takes time to plan an overseas trip.  Many factors have to come together for a trip to be successful and enjoyable….especially if you’re travelling with someone who doesn’t live in the same place as you.  You have to coordinate schedules.  You have to ensure that you have sufficient funds.  You have to agree…

Becoming Vegetarian

I’m trying to anyway.  It’s something that I’ve thought about for a long time, but I’m a huge foodie.  I never actually made any previous attempt since there’s very little I don’t like and wasn’t really willing to give up some of my favorite foods. My job has opened my eyes in ways I never…

Hawaii vs Iceland

When I went to Iceland last year, I took notice to the striking similarities between it and Hawaii.  Both places have volcanic origins, so I guess the similarities are to be somewhat expected.  It wasn’t until I did some side-by-side comparisons that I realized just how alike the two places are.  Below are side-by-side comparisons…

Maui

Back in 2012, I wanted to go see Journey in concert at the Blaisdell Center in Honolulu.  At that time, I was still in the recruit academy of my current job and didn’t have time to go see them because I was so busy with my studies.  After five years, Journey came back to Hawaii…

Olympus Pen F

After several years of using the Olympus OMD E-M1 as my photographic tool, I was due for a replacement.  The E-M1 Mark ii was recently introduced but it’s priced at a $500 premium over the cost of my “old” E-M1 when it was released back in 2013.  It seems as though the E-M1 Mark ii was designed…

End of Year Trip

I needed to take one more trip before the end of 2016 in order to accumulate enough air miles to retain my current mileage status with United.  Normally, such things wouldn’t matter that much to me but it’s common with my current status for me to get upgraded to first class. When you fly first class…

Trans-Siberian Orchestra

The Trans-Siberian Orchestra, as Wikipedia puts it, is a progressive rock band formed in 1996.  They tour mainly around the holiday season and do rock interpretations of classic opera and holiday songs.  I first heard of them during the holiday season in 2008 while I was listening to the radio when I was working as…

California Road Trip

I was back in California again for an errand that I needed to take care of in Burbank.  I intended to stay in the Los Angeles Metro for four days but a week before arriving, I learned of an important function that I needed to attend in the Bay area.  Redwood City to be exact. …

Toronto Mini Trip

As part of my return flight to Hawaii from Icelend, I purposefully scheduled a three-day layover in Toronto.  I was due for a return trip and from an airfare perspective, it was a perfect place to self connect.  The weather was great while I was there and got to see some old friends. DAY 1…