Wednesday, January 26, 2022
BY ALLAN SEIDEN - From the hillside lookout, one of several along this stretch of road, layered terraces descend toward Banaue (ba now way), both the name of a valley and of a somewhat ramshackle town scenically wedged into the steep-walled confines of surrounding mountains. Terraced fields climb every...
BY ALLAN SEIDEN - Many of the people I know take pride in having never been to Pearl Harbor. Like New Yorkers who’ve never been to the Statue of Liberty or the top of the Empire State Building…two prototypically tourist experiences, the disclaimer adding to their “kama`aina” credentials. Pearl...
BY ALLAN SEIDEN - It was in 1967 that I flew from New York to Luxembourg on a $169 round trip on Icelandic Air. I picked up a Bug at the Volkswagen factory in Wolfsburg, Germany, choosing a sunroof over a radio, despite the fact that it pushed...
BY ALLAN SEIDEN - The Mekong River, stained a muddy brown with runoff from heavy rains the night before, makes its way quickly past the town of Luang Prabang (LP), a United Nations World Heritage site that was once the royal capital of the Kingdom of Laos. The boats...
Time Almost Stands Still in Saxony By Allan Seiden I had such a clear memory of Dresden that I was totally surprised to find that it looked nothing like the timeworn and neglected city I’d visited in 1990, soon after the Berlin Wall was breached and East and West Germany were...
BY CHARLES MEMMINGER - Surfers have a reputation of being laid back dudes and dudettes, one with nature and Mother Ocean. But the nasty little secret is that they actually are feral, territorial creatures who both jealously guard their own favorite surf spots from outsiders while shamelessly raiding other...
Luang Prabang…Time in Laos’ Royal Capital   By Allan Seiden The Mekong River, stained a muddy brown by runoff from heavy rains the night before, makes its way quickly past the town of Luang Prabang (LP), a United Nations World Heritage site that was once the royal capital of...
SPRINGTIME IN NEW YORK               By Allan Seiden Springtime and autumn are New York City at its best, free of the hot and cold that make summer and winter a challenge. For me, a nature-loving kid...
St. Petersburg... A Look at the New Russia       By Allan Seiden                                 It was in 1967 that I flew from New York to Luxembourg on a...
BY MAHANA DUNN, RA - Traditional voyaging canoes landed in Hanalei, Kauai; an epic trans-Pacific adventure. Ancient Polynesian culture literally landed in our backyard yesterday as 7 traditional double-hulled sailing canoes arrived upon our shores in Hanalei Bay. These 7 canoes, complete with 16 crew members each,...