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A survival guide to spending the night at LAX

Many describe the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) as one of those extremely busy international hubs with passengers finding it the slowest to get in, as well as the slowest to get out. With the high probability of a delayed flight, missed connection, and unplanned layover, along with the idea of facing the dreaded rush-hour traffic in the Los Angeles area, this airport may readily lead you to the practical decision of staying overnight, especially if you have an early

Double Barrel Roadhouse offers the first authentic roadhouse experience at the Las Vegas Strip

At this highly technological age, the nostalgia in bringing back the Las Vegas of the past is quite a challenge, considering the modern flair of the city structures around. While there are clubs and restaurants around Sin City with tavern themes, the roadhouse experience never goes beyond the physical look of the establishment. Starting March 2014, Las Vegas tourists and locals alike can finally experience an authentic roadhouse treat against the neon lights around Monte Carlo with the opening of the

(Essay) The Pleasure in ‘Toys’ and ‘Adventures’: An Analysis of the Branding Successes of ‘Ryan’s World’ and ‘Nas Daily’ Using the Lens of the Culture Industry

An essay for my Media Theory class using the lens of Theodor Adorno and Max Horkheimer's "The Culture Industry: Enlightenment as Mass Deception" The integration of various media platforms after discovering an oasis for economic surge through the Internet remains consistent with the theory of the culture industry of Max Horkheimer and Theodor Adorno. In The Culture Industry: Enlightenment as Mass Deception, their statement about how culture infects “everything with sameness” (Adorno & Horkheimer, 2012) continues to ring true in the age of the Internet.

Shopping Guide: Best Carts for Our Home and Shopping Needs

I preferred using my own shopping cart pre-pandemic for the purpose of easier hauling around before going to the parking -- but the COVID pandemic ushered in more benefits in my use of my own carts way beyond my expectations. With the need for more protection and minimizing the possibilities of contracting the novel coronavirus as much as we can, one thing is for sure: living means having to still go out to get certain essentials every now and then. This

Travel Guide: Ideal movies to bring during a family road trip

The traveling family should always choose age-appropriate films to bring during road trips. Making a family road trip fun doesn't have to start by the time people arrive at their intended destination. The long drive should be a fun time on its own. From young kids to adults, travelers can bring a variety of portable gadgets to make their getaway a more enjoyable one. With a single film that can entertain travelers on the road for about two hours, bringing anywhere

Korean Food Guide: Information about Korean cuisine for world travelers

When traveling to Korea, it is worthwhile to note the basics of Korean food to the uninitiated. Koreans use silver chopsticks which are considerably heavier than the wooden chopsticks that are more popular around the world. It is also typical to use silver spoons for soups and a white small bowl for rice and side dishes. The chopsticks of each diner are also used to get portions of side dishes available among those sharing food at the dinner table. While a

How to Shop in South Korea: Shopping information for foreigners

What do tourists need to know when traveling and shopping around South Korea? For tourists visiting South Korea, the best tandem way to get a taste of Korean culture is by trying Korean food and experiencing Korean shopping. This is from somebody who had the opportunity to live in the country for quite some time. Whether in Seoul, Busan, Jeju Island, or in any popular Korean town, city, or province, shopping malls and markets feature diverse dining establishments and street food vendors

Charging and gadget essentials for international travel

No matter how much a seasoned traveler you may be, having a checklist of essential gears to bring with you provides assurance and security that you will be able to pack everything you need for your long flight. Unless the trip’s purpose is to actually unplug and savor the solitude of being totally on your own in a far-flung place, you would certainly want to make sure that your loved ones know where you are and how you are doing.

What a chance (non-revenue) passenger should know before flying in an international flight

Non-revenue passengers, more popularly referred to as chance passengers, are travelers with flight privileges to fly either for free or at significantly discounted rates. It is worth noting though that some chance passengers are not necessarily non-revenue passengers, like those full-paying travelers requesting for sudden changes in their flight itineraries and trying their luck that their targeted flights are not full. These non-revenue passengers are airline employees or some of their family members and friends. However, free or discounted fares may also

Rianne and Philip Wedding: Shot with GoPro bridal bouquet

We turned Sept. 21 into a wonderful day, filmed via a GoPro bridal bouquet. Like many close friends know, we turned Sept. 21 from a dark day in Philippine history marking the announcement of Martial Law in 1972 to a wonderful day in our lives during our wedding in 2014. I opted not to post a celebratory message from last week because I would like to be one with our fellow Filipinos — grieving, protesting — facing another dark time in

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