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…

Iceland, Part 2: Reykjavik

In Iceland, five days were spent in Reykjavik.  The first day was before driving around the country and the second, third, fourth, and fifth days were after Zach and I got back. DAY 1 We drove to Reykjavik from the airport and did a quick exploration of the city center.  I would classify Reykjavik more as a…

Iceland, Part 1: Road Trip

About a year and a half ago, I did a random Google search while at work of different places I might want to visit.  I don’t know why Iceland came to mind but the images that came up were insanely beautiful.   After that, I added Iceland to my list of places I want to go to. My…

California Fun

I spent the week in California because I had a few errands that I needed to take care of in San Diego.  I also spent some time in Los Angeles visiting friends because life is too short and it’s important to make the most of everything you have.  It ended up being a busy week with little down…

Honolulu Short Trip

I had a couple of work meetings in Honolulu that I had to attend and I was due for a staycation on Oahu anyway, so I made a short weekend trip to Honolulu before my work meetings the following Monday morning. After landing in Honolulu, I took public transportation to Waikiki and checked in to…

Southern California

Back in the late 2000s, I spent some time living in southern California.  It has so much to offer and I had a great time when I was there.  I was due for a visit since it had been over two years since the last time I went.  I had a lot planned and I spent a…

Australia, Part 3: Sydney

Sydney was actually the first place I flew into when I landed in Australia.  I had an eighteen hour layover before flying to MacKay to meet Dan and Dave.  After they dropped me off at the Airport in Brisbane, I flew back to Sydney for two days. It was dark already when I landed in…

Australia, Part 2: Brisbane/Gold Coast

After several days of driving, Dan, Dave and I arrived in Brisbane from MacKay.  The next few days were spent hanging around the Brisbane and Gold Coast area.   DAY 1 They dropped me off in the city after I found out that Brooks, a guy I know from Honolulu, happened to be in Brisbane.  After…