Monday, April 18, 2016

I ran my FIRST 5K in the Good Times Running Series in Lowell


Last week, I bit the bullet and signed up for the Good Times Running Spring Series. I've never done a 5K before nor have I ever run outside before. I'm not sure why I signed up, I just did it.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Sok San Beach Resort in Koh Rong Cambodia


The Mo was adamant that we spend a few nights on the remote island of Koh Rong in Cambodia. At first, I was a bit apprehensive. I read that there was limited electricity, no AC and expensive food and drinks. What would we do all day?

After some research, I found Sok San Beach Resort, a Khmer style beach resort on Koh Rong Island with its own restaurant, beach bar and most importantly, AC!  Coincidentally, the crew of Survivor stayed in this resort while filming the popular reality TV show on the island.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Phnom Penh - Off the Beaten Path


If you've already done the Royal Palace, Wat Phnom, Tuol Sleng museum etc. (or aren't interested), here are 10 fun ways to pass time in the busy capital of Cambodia.

1.  Dinner & a Movie - VIP Style 
Deadpool was released in the states while we were in transit to Cambodia.  The Mo couldn't wait to come back to the states to watch the R-rated comic book film starring Ryan Reynolds.  We headed to Major Cineplex the new Aeon Mall by the Russian embassy in Phnom Penh

VIP tickets are $15.00 each and includes an alcoholic beverage and snack. There is a separate waiting area for VIP guests with plush couches and a bartender to serve the complimentary drink and snack for each guest.


Friday, February 19, 2016

Otres Beach 2 - the best beach in mainland Cambodia

Otres Beach 2
One can argue that Sokha Resort has the best beachfront location in Sihanoukville, but I beg to differ. Although the beach is nice, its limited to guests staying at the resort.  Therefore, it lacks the character of a Southeast Asian beach.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Infinity pool at Queenco Victory Beach Sihanoukville


To get from Siem Reap to Sihanoukvile, it was a short 45 minute flight.  The flight costs a little over $100.00 after all the taxes and fees but the Mo paid a little bit more and upgraded us to business class.

There are no jet way in Sihanoukville and everyone has to deplane using the stairs provided and walk into the airport whether you were an economy ticket holder or greater.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Best boutique hotel in Siem Reap with private plunge pool


Finding accommodation for our vacations can be overwhelming.  For each trip, I browse many websites such as Tripadvisor.com,  Booking.com, Agoda.com, Airbnb.com for international travel and sometimes Expedia.com and Orbitz.com for domestic travel. I read a good amount of reviews and view hundreds of photos before making a selection.  Even after I make a selection, I often cancel the reservation and make new ones before the trip if a better opportunity is available.  Luckily most websites have free cancellations up to a few days before the actual trip.  Some even have a "Pay Later" option so my credit card doesn't even get charged.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Best Loc Lac at Mahob Khmer Restaurant in Siem Reap


Mahob Khmer was conveniently located a short walk from our stay at De Sarann Villa in Siem Reap Cambodia. After a long morning of temples and waterfalls, the Mo and I walked to Mahob Khmer for a late lunch.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Khmer Cocktail Class at Asana


Sure, most people go to Siem Reap to see Angkor Wat but the resort town has much more to offer in addition to ancient temples and ruins.  Most itineraries revolve around early morning sunsets at Angkor complex, afternoons in the markets or by the hotel pool (or for some, even more temples!) When the sun sets, there's lively Pub Street.

Friday, February 12, 2016

Airport Lounges and transit tours at Seoul Incheon International

After arriving to Seoul from JFK via Korean Air, we had over 13 hours to kill before our next flight.
It took us about 45 minutes to get off the plane, through immigration and into the arrivals hall.  Seoul Incheon International Airport is one of the top and cleanest airports in the world by many affiliations.  Although I've never seen it, I've heard there's a Golf course, ice skating rink and casino on the premise.  They also have lots of cultural exhibits and performances throughout the facility.



One of the best features includes the free transit tours offered to ticket holders with layovers in Seoul.  There are options for short 1 hour tours or city tours up to 5 hours.  You can mix and match and take as many tours as you want, as long as it fits within your layover time.  The The motor coach bus are spacious and comfortable and the tour guide speaks English.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

JFK to ICN via Korean Air's 747 Prestige Class

The Mo has become quite the "miles" expert and booked us one way Korean Air Prestige Class tickets from JFK to ICN and from ICN to REP (Siem Reap, Cambodia) using accrued miles earned from previous trip in addition to miles earned from credit cards.  The 2 flights costs us about 75,000 SkyTeam miles each along with $200.00 addition for airport taxes and fees, which is a STEAL compared to the average costs of $3,814.00 for the flights.