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Editor’s Note: This is the second of a two-part series by the late Rebecca Bruns on the splendors of Ubud, the fabled mountain village in Bali. That night I celebrated by going to see the Legong dance at the Puri Ubud, the palace grounds of Ubud's old royal family. ...
Aloha!! In this weeks edition of Business in Hawaii, the Tatibouet's share their long history in Hawaii and the Hawaii Hotel business. Over 50 years and still going strong! What an amazing family.
by Rob Kay and Kurt Stewart Sandakan is a port town and an entrepot to the wildlife refuges of the fabled Kinabatangan River. (See our recent article, Adventures along Borneo's Kinabatangan River: A Malaysian Wildlife Holiday). There's no question that most visitors to Sandakan are strictly passing through and are not going...
Author’s Note: This is a series of selected highlights from two years (1986-88) of budget travel through 18 countries and a half-dozen US States – hosted all along the way by national and local YMCAs – from Samoa, Fiji, New Zealand, Australia, and Papua New Guinea, to Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia,...
A mountain bike tour is a great activity that has many benefits. It allows people to enjoy the great outdoors and it is a wonderful physical activity that provides great exercise. It is something that can help both physically and financially and is often an economical way to spend...
Author’s Note: In 1982, after finishing my assignment with the Colombo YMCA in Sri Lanka, I traveled for a month through Nepal and India before returning home to the USA. I flew from Colombo to Kathmandu, and after two weeks in Nepal, traveled the length of the subcontinent to...
Author’s Note: After two weeks in Nepal, I traveled the length of the Indian subcontinent and across the channel to Sri Lanka (about 4000 kilometers or 2500 miles) for just $30 but it took twelve days. Incredible India - you either love it or you hate it. From the Taj...
by Rob Kay Corals will return to damaged reefs eventually, if all the ecological factors are present. However, when most are destroyed, regeneration can take as long as 50 years. She learned from Fijiguide.com’s visiting photographer, Scott Putnam, that live coral can be replanted.  You simply take the broken pieces on...
Author’s Note: Sri Lanka’s long and devastating civil war between the predominantly Tamil north and the Sinhalese south began in 1983, disrupting the peace and tranquility of the entire country for the next 26 years. During this time, the YMCA joined other local and international aid agencies to provide...
Editor’s Note: This is from a series of travel stories by the late Rebecca Bruns. It was late summer and the tall grasses that swept the bus were burnt and dry as straw. As the bus chugged its way up the rough mountainside, dark eyed men peered through the tall grass like inquisitive monkeys....