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Photo by Cindy Fisher: On one side street about midway down Kokusai, there are many more shops to be discovered. Here, fresh produce, crafts, jewelry, household items, wall hangings and much more crowd both sides of the market area.

A street of things

A visit to Okinawa is not complete until you’ve been to Kokusai Street.

But you’ll need at least a full day to poke around in all the shops...

Going holistic

BUSAN, South Korea – Some roll their eyes at the concept of New Year’s resolutions, but who doesn’t love the prospect of starting a new year with...

The Great Wall of China.


It was so amazing to believe this was China: Audis on the highways, Heinekens at the bars, Nine West and Adidas shoes available at non-knock-off...

Elephants walk in a ring during a show at the National Elephant Institute in Thailand. The Institute helps rehabilitate injured elephants and works to better treatment of elephants in Thailand.

A ride you'll never forget

Two trainers stood behind me and yelled, "Go, go, go!" Muscles already sore and strained, I took a running start and jumped again.

I ended...

Motorbikes on a Hanoi street at night.

Busy busy Hanoi

Most of what I found in Hanoi, I loved: walkable streets; cheap but delicious food that could rival that at a three-star restaurant;motorbike...

A Buddhist monk looks out from 13th Century Bayon, the last state Hindu temple to be built under the Angkor civilization.

Reap benefits

There are some places you go to escape from the crowds and immerse yourself in authentic local living.

There are places like that in...

Bangkok's streets bustle with traffic on shopping-intensive routes near Siam Square.

Immerse yourself in the non-stop energy of busy, bustling Bangkok

They looked like women.

They had slender arms and curvy waists. They wore enough eyeliner and foundation to keep local drug stores...

Sokeh's Rock (Photos courtesy of Mike Thornton)


Kaselehlie (Kas-eh-lay-lee-ya) - as they say in Pohnpei for Hello.

My trip to Pohnpei wasn’t purely recreational, but I managed to tack on a...

Slowing down in Samjinae

Damyang, South Jeolla Province — The first thing I see at the entrance to Samjinae Village is a huge oak tree. Through the shaded gates and amid...

MY PARADISE: Idyllic Yongshou China

Have you ever seen a traditional Chinese painting with a river running between dramatically steep mountains, verdant misty valleys, maybe a little...

MY PARADISE: Singapore's National Orchid Garden

When my husband told me he wanted to take me to Singapore and Bali for our 20th wedding anniversary, I searched in Trip Advisor the best places...

MY PARADISE: A Journey to the Peak

Hiking Mariner’s Ridge is the closest thing to paradise for me.

When I visited Honolulu last summer, I had decided to indulge on some good...