American Express Platinum Card Canada Edition – A Review

I am now a proud owner of American Express Platinum Card. I got 60,000 Membership Rewards Points, which is equal to C$600.00 (points rewarded once you have made purchases to a minimum value of $ 1000.00 within the first three months),  but more if you transfer your points to Aeroplan or Avios. The referrer also gets between 10k-15k Points, depending on the card he or she has. The card also comes … [Read more...]

Enjoying the VIP Lounge at Quebec City’s Jean Lesage Airport

I experienced Quebec City’s Jean Lesage International Airport and its VIP Lounge twice recently -- my way to the Magdalene Islands and on my way back to Toronto. The first visit was early evening while the return trip was early in the morning. To your right is a meeting room, which is a first for me. It is a pretty long one, and I am not sure whether one has to pre-book it. Then there are … [Read more...]

Super (Perigee) Moon, A Preamble

  Photo taken two days before the super full moon in August, 2014. … [Read more...]

A Dip in a Mud Volcano in Colombia

This is an article I wrote in 2006, after my visit to the mud volcano. Senthil Ratnasabapathy “Don’t wait outside, friend, come join us,” the masseur stretched his arms inviting me. From my location in the narrow, circular bank, I looked at him, and then around him in the ‘pool’. Some were being massaged by his colleagues while some others were just relaxing. I looked again at the pool, … [Read more...]

Misty Morning

We travel outside of our homes, cities and countries to experience something 'different', new or even something that we wished we had in our own cities, towns or villages. This can be the landscape, food, culture or simply the people. Yet, if we look around we can also find that some of nature's beauty is just around the corner. It could be a beautiful sunset, a landscape or even birds … [Read more...]

The Magic of Autumn

I grew up in tropical Asia, just north of the Equator, and therefore cold weather meant the mercury dropping to around 20C. Nature had given us just two seasons -- the monsoons and the summer, with the temperature variations minimal. Most of the time, it was hot, or just rainy and humid. Sure we had the spring, but as romantic as we tried to make it by visualizing the blooming flowers and … [Read more...]

My Travel Experience in Mayan Riviera, Mexico

There is a general perception that all-inclusive trips, mostly to the Caribbean, are meant for those wishing to hang around in the beach, make use of the copious amounts of the free alcohol and food available. But it does not have to be, as my recent trip to Mexico proved, even though it was to one of the all-inclusive Mecca – the Mayan Riviera. Before ending up in Mayan Riviera, I did … [Read more...]

Photos of Trip to Mayan Riviera, Mexico, in February 2010

Sights of Mayan Riviera. For the travelogue for these pictures, click here. … [Read more...]

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden In Vancouver

Dr Sun Yat-Sen Garden in Vancouver is a world of its own, nestled within the bustling Chinatown in downtown Vancouver. A little about the Garden Dr Sun Yat-Sen is considered to be the father of ‘modern China’. He is described as having played a leading role in the overthrow of the Ming Dynasty almost a hundred years ago and was the first president of the Republic of China. Now, the … [Read more...]

The Ghost Train to the Eastern Star by Paul Theroux

Paul Theroux’s Ghost Train to the Eastern Star is in a way a sequel to his first book, The Great Railway Bazaar, which was published in 1975. For the second book, which is made up of 496 pages, he takes almost the same route. He starts off in the UK, travels up to Japan then takes a different route on his way back. He skips Iran and Afghanistan this time but travels through the various ‘stans’ in … [Read more...]