LOS ANGELES | Come to Mama

LOS ANGELES | Come to Mama

There’s a new star in Hollywood and her name is Mama.  Mama Shelter, that is. As a designer, slash, travel blogger, I like to think that I have my finger on the pulse of, well, design and travel.  Imagine my delight when I discovered that I would be in Los…
WEIRD BUT WONDERFUL | Take notice

WEIRD BUT WONDERFUL | Take notice

It is often in the settings of magnificent historical landmarks that I encounter the most amusing signage. Bangkok’s sacred temples were no exception: Exhibit A, the photo above. The graphics indicating not to sit on the monuments gave me a chuckle.  (more…)
Who is Buddha anyway?

Who is Buddha anyway?

More than 90% of people in Thailand are Buddhists, and if I was going to be in their presence and visit their temples, I needed to learn more about who Buddha was and what Buddhism means.  A small disclaimer: I don’t claim to be a historian or an expert –…
BANGKOK | Sa wat dee kah (hello), Thailand!

BANGKOK | Sa wat dee kah (hello), Thailand!

Behold Bangkok.  Full ceremonial name: Krungthepmahanakhon Amonrattanakosin Mahintharayutthaya Mahadilokphop Noppharatratchathaniburirom Udomratchaniwetmahasathan Amonphimanawatansathit Sakkathattiyawitsanukamprasit, aka, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon.  Translation: “City of Angels.”  Resident population, 8.5 million.  Tourist population, 24.5 million per year.  This was my first day in the exotic, boisterous, quirky, sweltering, exhilarating city of Bangkok.  I had arrived…
DUBAI | DESERT DAY TRIP

DUBAI | DESERT DAY TRIP

Even though I was only in Dubai for two days, with at least four days worth of places I wanted to see, I was determined to find time to go to the desert.  When would I have another opportunity to be in the desert in the Middle East?  Furthermore, the…
EYE ON DESIGN | LOS ANGELES | “Projection”

EYE ON DESIGN | LOS ANGELES | “Projection”

I was going about my business, driving down Sunset Boulevard in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles yesterday, when I happened upon a stunning sight.  Milky white palm trees towered above a ghostly whitewashed structure.  Upon investigation, I learned that French artist, Vincent Lamouroux, had transformed a derelict motel…