You’re Going to Miss … The French Polynesia

 PRESS play and read the post with the music . . .   You're going to miss almost, just almost, normalizing paradise now. Paradise on earth. Paradise never-to-lose because you've already tasted it so early in your life. When society tells you to...

Why Did the Chichen Itza Cross the Road?

    Probably the most visited site in the world that I have never been, until this weekend. Upon a destination wedding invitation last year by my friend Norman Chen, whom I last saw when we stopped in Chicago on our USA Road Trip back in August 2020....

Meet The Wale-rs

  I miss the freedom and chaos of the open road. And from the USA, we jump the pond for an off-the-beaten drive across Wales. Our return monsooners: Jeanette “Chief Risky Driver” Wong: previous 4 time monsooner to Cyprus, The Balearic Islands, Sardinia, and...

“Port”land-of-Call

 On our roadtrip a year and half ago, we missed Portland while driving from Washington State through Oregon and I had decided it would be added to the list of "what should have been." On my way back from Polynesia, I felt that a layover involving Portland would...

The Yacht Week x The Monsoon Diaries: French Polynesia Days 7: Returning to Raiatea

  Today from Bora Bora we set sail back to the main islands at 10am. And for 3 hours we braved the rocky seas as I watched the whole boat except me and our skipper Borna fall like flies. I hope my Disney and 90s throwback music helped. Hakuna Matata.  ...

The Yacht Week x The Monsoon Diaries: French Polynesia Days 5 & 6: It’s Never a “Bor-a Bora!”

 After an epic regatta run, we made sure to stay up on deck to take in the view of our approach to the legendary and iconic island of Bora Bora. After all, a warm welcome from the dolphins at the reef pass is more than enough of a reason to stay...

The Yacht Week x The Monsoon Diaries: French Polynesia Day 4: T”a-ha’a!, We Found It!”

 Today we headed back from Huahine on a 4 hour sail for the two main islands for another free day. By 1pm we reached Taha'a island where life slows down; this charmingly quiet island sweeps you deep into the typical Polynesians' easygoing life.  If...

The Yacht Week x The Monsoon Diaries: French Polynesia Day 3: Huahine

  What I woke up to today:     While some of us stayed on our yacht, others headed for 8am yoga back at our private beach before reuniting for breakfast at 9am.     We then raised our anchors to slowly drift into the main settlement at Huahine...

The Yacht Week x The Monsoon Diaries: French Polynesia Day 2: Plage Hana Iti

  Believe it or not, we worked in a solid night of sleep before waking up the next morning to another Polynesian sunrise.  While I personally had expected to wake up again to footsteps of our crew getting underway for our 4 hour sail from Raiatea...

The Yacht Week x The Monsoon Diaries: French Polynesia Day 1 – Tahiti to Raiatea

  We're now a far cry from Iraq a month ago: I finally journey westwards to the French Polynesia this week for our next monsoon with 13 other beautiful people.     Along the way I took advantage of well timed omakase at Sushi Kashiba in Seattle (happy...

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