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by fit4lincoln @ Fit4Lincoln

Brandon Kibbe always knew that effective weight loss was a combination of a regular exercise program and proper nutrition. But it wasn’t until he enrolled at the North Lincoln Fit Body Boot Camp that it began to make sense. Cutting back on the carbs, he’s heeded the nutritional advice of his trainers. Exercise has been a big part of his life since he peaked at 280 pounds about 10 years ago. But when he decided to ramp up his workout regimen to include an after-work session in February 2017, two results became crystal clear to him: (1) a 30-minute workout can be really effective when it’s done correctly at a high-intensity level, and (2) proper nutrition can be just as important as exercise. He began to make those discoveries 10 months ago at North Lincoln Fit Body Boot Camp, which combines high-intensity workouts with nutritional analysis. “I needed that … that’s what was missing,” said Brandon, whose daytime job as a contractor at Nebraska Service Center is sandwiched between a self-directed morning workout at another gym and the after-work session at owner Matt Priess’s gym in the Belmont Plaza, 11th & Cornhusker Highway. “Exercise always came natural to me, but so did eating everything in front of me,” he said. A second serving of potatoes and a half-dozen slices of bread at mealtime have been replaced by more sensible food choices. “Carb-counting has been huge for me,” he said. “Before, if it was in front of me, I ate it.” The tale at the scale has been pretty dramatic: Brandon has gone from 196 pounds to 172 pounds in his 10 months at North Lincoln Fit Body Boot Camp. He also maintains his self-directed morning workouts at another gym, where he grabs his headphones and settles into a more relaxed cardiovascular approach. Brandon’s success has had a ripple effect in the Kibbe household. His wife, Megan, has joined him for the evening sessions at North Lincoln Fit Body Boot Camp.

Discover: Cranbrook

by @ Wikitravel

If you visit Cranbrook, British Columbia, Canada and crave a dinner of alligator meat, you can get it at K's Amazon Eatery -- even though the Amazon and its gators are thousands of miles away.

Thrillable Hours: Matt Levine, Financial Journalist

by Jodi Ettenberg @ Legal Nomads

The next in my alternative careers for lawyers series: interview with financial journalist Matt Levine, now writing for Bloomberg View.

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10 Days in Vietnam via Ho Chi Minh City

by IFOTC @ Itchy Feet on the Cheap

A Very Detailed Travel Itinerary Tours are for foo-ls. I tried my best to make that rhyme. While Vietnam may seem a little daunting at first, the country is not difficult to travel – especially if you have a great blog to aid you, with details on every leg of the trip, written by a [...]

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Travel news: Monte Carlo Las Vegas Update

by @ Wikitravel

As of today, Las Vegas' Monte Carlo Casino Hotel remains closed pending the investigation of last week's fire and the impending repair work. At this time, reservations at the Monte Carlo are being moved to other MGM Mirage hotels. In addition, the Lance Burton show will be suspended for the time being and all tickets that have already been purchased will be refunded.

Discover: Bohinj

by @ Wikitravel

Medieval frescoes in the Church of St. John the Baptist in Bohinj, Slovenia often show figures with large swellings of the neck (goiters), caused by lack of iodine in the local diet.

The cat's meow!

by (Lynskies) @ Welcome to Vietnam

I asked Paul to marry our new maid Cam so we can take her back to LA with us when we go home.  She is the best thing since sliced bread.  Because I'm working a bilzillion hours and Paul is working crazy hours along with his Vietnamese classes, we don't have much time to cook and clean.  Also, we both decided to go on a 12 week challenge.  We are basically working out 4 times a week and not eating any carbs except on Sundays.  We figured, in Vietnam we have the time and money to eat well and be healthy.  You'd be surprised at how cheap protein, vegetables, fruit and raw nuts are here.  The only problem is the lack in variety.  Anyhow, we're hungry all the time since we don't eat bread, rice or noodles.

So we both agreed that a cook/maid would help out tremendously   I sort of refrained from getting one at first because I'm not use to the idea of having a stranger in your house, learning about your private drawers and what not.... but holy cow it's easy getting use to it...although I spend time cleaning before she comes over so she doesn't think we're complete slobs. Then I'll go upstairs and rearrange the cupboards and organize the dirty dishes so she doesn't think we're lazy bums.  I find myself doing almost as much work as before except for the cooking part.  I bought a cook book and went through it telling her what we like and how we like it.  She is actually a wonderful cook even though she is forbidden to use MSG because I'm strongly against it.  She always says, but the food won't taste good.  She adds a lot of salt and sugar to compensate, but I'm slowly easing her off the ridiculous amount and I introduced her to chicken broth.

She's wonderful and it has made me enjoy Vietnam so much more.  I don't know what we'll do without a maid in the US.

Tomb Rider: Hue to Dong Hoi on Back-Roads

by Tom@VietnamCoracle @ Vietnam Coracle

Covering nearly 200km of completely empty beach, coastal back-roads lead from the old imperial capital of Hue to the beach city of Dong Hoi. Scattered with thousands of traditional-style tombs, this coastal region is rarely explored by foreign visitors... Continue reading

Discover: Bergen

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The Norwegian city of Bergen is famously rainy, but the locals say there's no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing.

12 Times '90s Shows Dared To Cover Real Life Topics

12 Times '90s Shows Dared To Cover Real Life Topics


What was your favorite show from the '90s?

Through the eyes Lance Armstrong....

by (Lynskies) @ Welcome to Vietnam

Howdy there.  I’m Kris.  Lyna’s sister’s fiancé.  I read Lyna’s blog weekly, so I thought it was only appropriate that I contribute. 

That, and I just got back from a trip to Vietnam and Malaysia with Lyna, Paul, Lyna’s cousin Billy and our friend Jason.

There is soo much to cover from a 2 week trip so I’ll try to summarize. 
It all started a few days before the trip when I failed to navigate stairs the way I have for the past 34 years and somehow badly sprained my ankle.  It turned black and blue and I couldn’t put pressure on it.  The doctor gave me a walking cast.  Not the type of thing you want to do days before a trip to a foreign country that will involve a ton of walking on uneven ground and climbing ancient stairs. 

After a few days of icing and elevating my foot, we were off to the airport.  It was a long flight with a connection in Taiwan but overall it wasn’t terrible.  Air China is pretty good with the on demand movies etc.  Oh and Ambien helps.

We arrived in Saigon right around rush hour.  After trying to get ripped off by local cabbies, we finally negotiated our way into a van cab.  At this point I am so grateful that Kat speaks Vietnamese.  Kat and Lyna’s ability to communicate helped a ton in Vietnam.  Traffic in Vietnam is CRAZY.  There are thousands of scooters and mopeds on the streets at the same time, all going in different directions with what seems like zero traffic laws.  Not only that but we saw 2,3,4 up to a family of 5 on a single scooter.  Babys with no helmets etc.  We also saw people hauling anything they could carry (groceries, tools, lumber, one guy had a refrigerator).  It’s not uncommon for people to transport something 5x the size of the scooter via scooter.  After weeks there you still don’t get used to it.  It’s CRAZY.  And the whole “yeah but you never see any wrecks” thing is b.s.  Granted, there should be thousands of wrecks each day but we only saw 4 the whole time we were there. 

We spent the first day of the trip in District 7 where Lyna lives.  It’s a new expat area of Saigon and was super nice, not very crowded etc.  Basically, the Beverly Hills of Saigon.  Felt more like we were San Gabriel Valley.  So, that was nice to ease us into it and also to have some calm area to go home to at night.  Also, it was SUPER helpful to have Lyna and Paul there as our guides.  I highly recommend travel with a local guide.  Oh and the free place to stay was cool too.

We brought several handles of liquor but they didn’t stand a chance against this group.  Card games and pre-partying before going out each night killed those quickly.  Lyna showed us all over town.  We ate 5-6 times a day.  No joke.  There were so many restaurants and dishes to sample that we were eating machines.  However, a full meal with apps and beers was only like $5-6 per person so it seemed like the thing to do.  We did some bargain shopping, some clubbing, trivia night, karaoke, walking around and exploring etc.  Lots of street meat and street vendors to keep you busy.  We would negotiate prices down to $10 for a t-shirt thinking we got a good price.  Then Paul informed us that they should be $5.  So, he became our chief negotiator moving forward. 

Crossing the street in the crowded areas was like a game of frogger.  The flood of scooters never really stops.  So, you have to just walk out and hope they don’t hit you.  There were a few times where Kat and I were stuck on the other side of the street because we hesitated.

It was warm but not terrible hot.  Only a few nights where it was muggy out.  We also did a few day trips.  We did a Mekong Delta tour where we watched them make candy, perform some local theater and visit some local vendors. 

After several days in Saigon, we flew to Hanoi for Xmas.  After a short game of pack, repack and repack again at the airport because all of our bags were too heavy, we boarded the plane.  Only after giving up and paying for extra baggage fees.  Upon landing in Hanoi, you could immediately tell that there was a big difference between the two cities.  Hanoi is farther north and quite a bit colder.  Saigon was hot and muggy and Hanoi was San Fran cold.  It also was more developed.  With main highways, huge bridges, tons of factories and industrial parks.  We arrived on Xmas eve and after checking into our hotel we walked around.  They were having an Xmas eve celebration and blocked off the streets for a huge parade and fair.  It was crowded but really cool to see.  Jason bought us all reindeer antler headbands to wear which turned out to be the most useful tool on the trip as we could find each other in the crowd.  Overall, a good night.

The next morning we went to Ha Long Bay.  We booked an overnight cruise on a fancy boat.  This was the most expensive and fanciest thing we did all trip but it was worth it.  The food was really good, the ship was super nice and overall it was cool as hell.  Great views from our cabins on the boat and from the deck up top.  We would take a smaller boat over to different islands and go explore etc.  I think this was my favorite thing about the entire trip.

Then, we had one more night in Hanoi.  We tried to walk around and soak up everything before heading off to Malaysia the next day.

Malaysia is where it all went askew.  I don’t want to harp on it or type a ton of negative stuff so I’ll start to be a little more brief.  A bit of background on Malaysia.  We were looking at places near Vietnam to add another country to the trip.  We considered Cambodia and Laos but figured it might be too similar to Vietnam and they are even less developed so it might be like being in the countryside.  We considered Thailand but some of the group already planned to go there later in the year and all I hear are horror stories about Bangkok.  So, Malaysia looked like a great option. It has a big city (Kuala Lumpur), rainforests, scuba diving and snorkeling, hiking, etc.  Plus it is a melting pot of people from Asia and everyone is fluent in English and they accept US currency.  At least that is how it was marketed on all the websites.  Not the case.

After booking our flights we discovered that we were going during the monsoon season.  This meant that the entire east coast of the peninsula was off limits.  That meant no rain forests, no water activities, no island stuff.  We were basically limited to Kuala Lumpur and day trips from that area.  We also discovered that the country was predominantly Muslim.  However, all of the websites said that this wouldn’t affect westerners trips much.  Girls just had to wear a scarf over their heads when entering temples and alcohol is still served everywhere.  Not the case.

Kuala Lumpur overall just seemed awful.  We kept trying to give it the benefit of the doubt and thinking that the next day would be better but it wasn’t. 

Let me preface the rest of this by saying that I’m not being ethnocentric.  I’ve been to over 25 countries and many of them were third.  My complaints about Kuala Lumpur are based on expectations that were raised too high due to websites and marketing materials.  It also was purely the attitude of the locals towards us.  They just didn’t seem to want us there at all.

It’s hot as hell.  I mean hot.  And we were there during the winter.  The sun was just brutal hot.  Things are more expensive than Vietnam but they were still cheap.  However, alcohol wasn’t that cheap.  It turns out there is a 100% sin tax on alcohol.  So, you were still paying $3 a can at the corner store and $5 a can at a bar.  And that was when you could find one that served alcohol.  They weren’t as prevalent as the websites made them out to be.  They do not accept US currency.  Not at all.  No one does.  I normally wouldn’t expect this if it weren’t for websites saying they did.  I have no idea why websites said that.  They do not speak English that well.  All the websites acted like everyone was fluent in English but they were not.  Once again, I normally wouldn’t expect this if it weren’t for websites saying they did.  Communicating with locals was very difficult. 

Then there was the issue of the women’s attire.  The girls were constantly glared at, and even hissed at by several people because they were wearing t-shirts or tank tops that showed their shoulders.  They had to start covering up with scarves and wearing long sleeved shirts and long skirts in the god awful heat.  Even then, they still got looks.

Every single tourist attraction was a let down.  The Batu Caves involved a ton of steps and the monkeys were cool but inside was full of trash and graffiti.  Literally looked like a landfill in there.  Later, we walked halfway across earth to get to a temple and it was a huge letdown.  They had club music playing in the building below it and the whole thing looked like it was built in 2007.  Little India was okay.  Chinatown was okay (although it might be the dirtiest Chinatown I’ve ever been to in any country in the world.  I saw a woman defecating into a storm grate in the middle of a busy intersection).

If you ever find yourself stuck in Kuala Lumpur, the only thing you need to do is go to Jalon Alor street food market.  It was a ton of tables and chairs and vendors in the street and they sever all sorts of street meat and beers.  This was our best night in the whole place.  Good food, good fun.

Oh and to add insult to injury, they are a toilet paperless country.  Most bathrooms are just a hole in the ground.  Some are western style toilets but instead of toilet paper there is a hose.  We all just waited until we went back to the hotel.

I think the main issue was the attitude towards westerners and tourists.  In Saigon and Hanoi they were super friendly towards us.  And this is a country we went to war with not even a generation ago.  No hard feelings.  Sure they would see the foreigners coming and try to jack up the prices on whatever they were selling but they would do it with a smile and would joke with you.  Despite the poverty in most of Vietnam, people seemed to be in good spirits and laughing with one another.  On the other hand, Kuala Lumpur seemed miserable.  Maybe they see us as infidels and our normal behavior flies in the face of everything they believe.  Maybe we are the walking devil to them.  That’s how they acted.  We couldn’t get cabs.  When they did stop, they would ask us where we were going and then just say no.  This was odd because instead of just naming a price 3x what they normally would charge a local they just said NO.  In fact, NO was the main word everyone there knew.  Can we use the internet, NO.  Can we get a roll of toilet paper, NO.  Do you know where this thing in the town you live is, NO. 

Then there was the mugging.  Three of the guys in the group got mugged.  Some guys posed as police and caught them on the side of the rroad and took their cash.  Afterwards, we looked it up and it turns out that crime in KL has been on the rise but the government never posts anything or files reports because they don’t want to scare away tourists or businesses.  This left a bad taste in our mouths.

Needless to say, we were happy to head home after 5 days of this place.
Overall, it was a great learning experience.  Vietnam was definitely cool to see and we had some good times there.  However, visiting Malaysia taught us to do deep deep research before choosing a location.  Things that might make a difference are weather, monsoons and does your everyday way of life offend the religious beliefs of 99% of the locals. 

Will have to keep this in mind for the next trip.

Kris McDonald aka Lance Armstrong

Thrillable Hours: Lebawit Lily Girma, Author and Photographer

by Jodi Ettenberg @ Legal Nomads

The next in my alternative careers for lawyers series: interview with guidebook author and photographer Lebawit Lily Girma.

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5 Ways I Grew As A Person Just By Living Abroad

by thetrabellebug @ The Trabelle Bug

Growing up, I never really thought I’d become the nomadic type. I had always felt that life back home was as good as it was going to get and I was completely fine with it. Then came an opportunity to live by myself in sunny Spain and did I cling to it for dear life. The …

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by (Lynskies) @ Welcome to Vietnam

It's supposed to be an exciting month, my sister is getting married.  She is the first grandchild on both my mother and father's side and she was finally getting married.  Her wedding in the US is scheduled for July 14th and the one in Australia is on the 21st.  My grandmother is so excited because all the grandchildren are going to Australia for a big reunion.

Yesterday, I received a call from a strange number and it was a lady sobbing on the phone.  She started speaking Cantonese to me.  The line kept breaking and I heard death.  Your dead.  What?!?!?  It didn't make any sense because I just saw her a month ago as healthy as a 50 something year old could be.  I messaged the family in US to tell them what I heard and that when it was made cleared to me that it wasn't aunty, it was GRANDMA.

I only have one grandma, everyone else passed before I was born.  So my one and only grandma has passed.  What's strange is I've never experienced a death before.  I'm not sure what to feel.  I haven't cried but I feel like I'm supposed to.

The wedding in Australia is cancelled and now, you can't have a celebration the same year of a big death.  I have to fly over for a funeral instead of a wedding.

I'm just feeling numb.....

Best Photos of 2016 & Plans for the Coming Year

by Jodi Ettenberg @ Legal Nomads

11 of my best photos this year, as decided by readers.

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by fit4lincoln @ Fit4Lincoln

Dramatic physical changes require life-changing decisions. About a year ago, Jared Larkin was at a crossroads: Take steps to improve his health, or accept the consequences. A doctor’s office visit revealed his blood pressure was nearing a point where medications were in order, and signs suggested diabetes could be in his future. Jared took the first big step last year when he went on Facebook and publicly declared he was going to try to lose weight. He embarked on an avid walking program that shed between 30 and 40 pounds from his 436-pound frame. That was a start, but Jared knew he had to turn it up a notch if he wanted to continue to climb the mountain. A visit to Fit4Lincoln, 1359 S. 33rd St., was about to change his life. “I liked the accountability of going to a gym where people truly care about your health and where your absence is noted, unlike walking on your own,” he said, “yet I didn’t feel the intimidation factor that you associate with most gyms. The trainers there cater to your own pace and take into account what you’re capable of doing. They make modify exercises to the level of each member, and their approach to safety helps minimize the risk of injury.” Five months since entering the doors of Fit4Lincoln, Jared has cut another 40 pounds off his frame. His self-improvement program has some built-in rewards, such as a new set of golf clubs when he’s cut 100 pounds overall. He starts most weekdays with a 30-minute workout at 5 a.m. before leaving for work at Crete Carrier, where he works in the company’s Operations Department. The 33-year-old Lincolnite is 76 pounds lighter than he was last October and is setting his sights on a 200-pound loss overall. He’s dropped four pant sizes in the process. He’s pleased that he’s taken the initiative to increase his odds of being there to watch his two children (ages 5 and 3) grow up.

Discover: Aberdeen

by @ Wikitravel

Among the artifacts displayed at The Gordon Highlanders Museum in Aberdeen, Scotland is a flag from Hitler's staff car. (Don't ask how they got it.)

Discover: Saudi Arabia

by @ Wikitravel

Don't look for nightlife in Saudi Arabia: alcohol, dancing, movies and mingling with the opposite sex are all prohibited.

Meet The Lunch Lady

Meet The Lunch Lady


This is Nguyen Thi Thanh AKA The Lunch Lady. She’s one of my favorite street vendors in Saigon because she whips up amazing noodles everyday of the week. I enjoy her cooking so much that I bl…

Discover: Clipperton Island

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If you somehow find yourself visiting Clipperton Island and lack things to do (understandably), try running around the island and timing yourself; the record circumnavigation time is one hour and 17 minutes.

Refugee from Vietnam has built restaurant empire

Refugee from Vietnam has built restaurant empire

JUN 15, 2014 - The owner of Jimmy’s Egg said work is his hobby

A Happy New Year?

by (Lynskies) @ Welcome to Vietnam

Every story has 2 sides and here's 1 side from 6 pairs of eyes...

My sister, her fiance, my cousin and my good friend came to travel and visit us for dooms day, Christmas, my birthday and New Years, little did we know what was ahead of us.

In Saigon, we had a pretty good time, we went clubbing and got bottle service. We went to Mekong Delta a floating market (3 hours away).  We visited several flea market and shopping centers.  We ate at the famous Lunch Lady that premiered on the Anthony Bourdaine show.  Oh and of course we had to karaoke in Vietnam.  We did a great deal of celebrating and drinking and after 3 days we headed for Hanoi.  Part I of III was going well and we had a great group traveling together.

In Hanoi, it was a lot colder and we arrived on Christmas Eve and bought 6 pairs of raindeer ears and walked through the blocked of streets of Hoan Kiem.  At our hotel there was a party and we stayed there for a brief time.  We had to wake up early the next morning and catch a 3 hour bus ride to Halong Bay where we jumped on a cruise for 1 night. The cruise was relaxing and the food was amazing.  They had the usual cruise activities like; learning how to cut fruit and vegetables as garnishes, squid fishing, kayaking, board games etc.  We had an opportunity to walk up 400 steps to an amazing view of Halong Bay a natural wonder of the world.  Later we got to enter one of the rock formation and inside was a cave that was spectacular (pictures to come).  We spent Christmas on the cruise and it was nice to have friends and family near.

Another bus ride to the airport to catch a 3 hour flight to Kuala Lumpur Malaysia.  When we arrived to Malaysia my sister and I sure got a lot of stares.  Apparently we both look Malay.  It is extremely hot and humid here so we had on shorts and a tank top.  In a country that has 85% Muslims, this dress attire was not acceptable.  The next day we covered up with long skirts and a tank top and actually brought scarves to tie as head scarves to try to blend in.  That still wasn't enough, we got hissed at, dirty looks from men and women.  I used my head scarf as a shoulder wrap and that put them at bay a little. My sister and I looked like local rebels.

We went to a temple that was described as one of the best temples to visit.  We thought it would be a good idea to walk it and after sweating profusely and arriving at a very steep heel we finally reached the temple.  We were surprised to hear trance music coming out of this "sacred temple".  There was going to be an event and there were several tables covered with expense linen and center pieces.  We were all irritated  because it was highly recommended online and in travel books.  A small sign in the corner pointed us to the temple we had to climb several more staircases and we finally got to the temple where there were several guys putting up laterns.  The whole temple appeared as if it were under construction.  I certainly did not feel like a temple.

What a dissapointment!  We left shortly after.  Half of the group didn't mind walking and catching the monorail.  But I was over it and so was my sister, also her fiance had just sprained his foot and it was still in a cast.  So half of us jumped in a cab and the other half decided to catch the monorail a km away.  Of course the people in the cab got home first.  When my friend and cousin finally got back they looked pretty wiped out, it wasn't the heat, I almost wish it was.  We got what we thought was the worst news!  They had just gotten robbed.  Earlier that day I wanted to get our hotel room cleaned so my friend didn't feel comfortable leaving his valuables and money in the room, so he took it all with him.  So they both got robbed of all the money they had brought on the trip.  SO the light at the end of the tunnel, they didn't get hurt.  So here's what went down, they were walking along the freeway just 5 minutes away from the monorail and a car marked Polis aka Police pulled up and yelled for them to come over.  They said they were cops flashed a badge and asked them to empty their pockets.  We later find out that this is a common scam and tourists are targeted.

We decided that we were only going to travel by taxi.  At our crappy hotel the Prescott Inn (never stay here), there is a taxi service and we thought that it would be the safest and cheapest method to get around.  Taxi scams are high in Kuala Lumpur and even the government admits it, but has no control of it.  Anyway we wanted to go 3km to Jilan Alor to eat at a famous street market and we asked our hotel to hire a taxi van and it cost us 65Ringgits.  Here's the conversion 1USD to 3 RM, so that taxi ride cost 21USD.  After eating at this wonderful place, oh by the way food is extremely cheap but alcohol in a Muslim country is 3x the price.  We caught a cab to go back to our hotel and it cost 15RM.  Our freaken hotel ripped us off.  We were so mad when we found out.

Then my sister got sick with a sore throat and cold and of course it was passed on to me.  So for my birthday, we stayed in.  We did a lot of that in Malaysia because it was so hot out, rained alot, and my sister were constantly judged.  We ended up staying in and watching 5 movies together. 

Batu Cave was highly spoken of and after a long ride we arrived and again it was such a huge let down.  The cave was filled with vendors on the way to the cave and literally inside as well.  There were huge iron stands and bars that appeared as if they were trying to rennovate the place.  The only cool thing about this were the monkeys that were pretty aggressive but the most entertaining part of that experience.

So New Years night, that was probably the best night out of 5 nights and we were all probably really celebrating that we were going "home" the next day.

We decided to use our hotel to book a taxi because it would be the most reliable and the quote was the same as the airport so we figured that was an acceptable price.  We booked the night before and paid in advance.  We specifically told them 6 people and 6 luggages.  In the morning we asked the front desk to confirm our cab to the airport and they confirmed.  When the cab arrived it was a small van.  We couldn't even fit 3 luggages in.  No way were we going to miss that flight, none of us wanted to stay another day in Malaysia.  We ended up yelling at those poor receptionists, but they did really screw this up.  I don't know what it is but getting toilet paper or towel was difficult and we should have known that booking a van would have been rocket science for them.  Anyway we finally conviced them that they needed to get a 2nd cab out and we would split up however we should not have to pay.  The driver of the first cab asked how much we paid and when I said 200RM, he laughed in my face.  Long story short (the Malaysia part anyway), we got a 2nd cab to come 20 minutes later, after it was promised that it would arrive in 5 minutes...but it was free of charge.

The flight to Saigon was comfortable.  Billy, Paul and I just had to clear customs and we would be home free.  Of course it was not a Happy New Year, Billy's visa was a single entry although we all assumed it was a multi entry because his agent booked his flight where he was going to vietnam, leaving vietnam to malaysia and returning to vietnam for an extra week then departing for the US.  Paul and I had multi entry visas and recently got it extended and for whatever reason, the visa was not good.  We tried to argue with gthe custom agents and lost that fight.  We ended up having to pay $160 USD per person to get a landing Visa in Vietnam.  It took an hour and I could only imagine that our luggage would have been stolen or lost by now.  We were told we could pay by credit card, and when it came down to it, cash only.  WTF!  Paul had to run around the airport to find an ATM where he could withdraw that much money.

In the custom line, I couldn't hold it in anymore, I started to cry, and I'm glad I did because I needed to let it all out.  So much bad luck had come upon us and we had just gotten robbed again.  I hope those custom guards felt some sort of guilt as I cried in line.

Hailed a cab and headed "home".  Of course the worst wasn't over, I hit the open button to our garage and nothing happened.  We had left a light on and of course it was off.  Our electricity bill came and was not paid, so guess what our electricity was cut off.  It's New Years Day, so everything is closed and there's nothing we can do so we got a hotel and here I am writing this blog with a very bad outlook on 2013...

Spinal Taps, a Burglary, and a Legal Nomads Hiatus

by Jodi Ettenberg @ Legal Nomads

Legal Nomads is on hold for the time being.

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Travel Like Belle: Three Days On A Budget in Coron, Palawan

by thetrabellebug @ The Trabelle Bug

Time and again I have professed my undying love for the seemingly immaculate islands of Palawan in the Philippines. I have been to the region numerous times, sometimes to splurge money but more often to travel on a budget. One of my favourites remains to be Coron Island, which happens to be a perfect budget-friendly and …

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Jefferson Pride Festival – Walk with the Chancellor

by Michael Jackman @ Diversity at Indiana University Southeast

  IU Southeast is a place where diversity, tolerance and inclusiveness thrive. As such, our university is once again a proud sponsor of the second-annual Jeffersonville Pride Festival. We invite you to show your support of our LGBTQ community on Saturday, June 10, by walking alongside Chancellor Ray Wallace in the parade or working in... Read more »

Hong Kong on the Cheap

by IFOTC @ Itchy Feet on the Cheap

How Not To Blow Your Wad In Hong Kong (it’s a poker term) The 2nd most expensive city in Asia, but there are plenty of ways to budget travel Hong Kong. While Hong Kong is generally raved about, it’s not typically a backpacker stop, mainly because it’s too damn expensive. I’ve seen a lot of [...]

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Vietnam War Remnants Museum in Ho Chi Minh City | 4K (graphic)

Vietnam War Remnants Museum in Ho Chi Minh City | 4K (graphic)

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The museum comprises a series of themed rooms in several buildings, with period military equipment placed within a walled yard. The military equipment includ...


by fit4lincoln @ Fit4Lincoln

Megan Stringer’s member profile reads like many you’ll find at Fit4Lincoln and North Lincoln Fit Body Boot Camp: She came for a trial, and is now in it for the long run. The 30-year-old Lincoln mom of 2ó-year-old twins is among the latest members who are turning to owner Matt Priess’s two gyms and getting phenomenal results. In Megan’s case, she went for the Girls Night Out Challenge, a six-week boot camp at the north Lincoln location in Belmont Plaza. The “challenge” lived up to its name, but the weight loss far outweighed the sacrifice. “Pretty mind-blowing, to be honest,” says Megan, whose previous experience at several Lincoln gyms had fallen far short of expectations. She was tired of the “you’re-on your- own” attitude she’d found at other gyms. It didn’t take long for her to discover the North Lincoln Fit Body Boot Camp was different – and addictive. “The members encourage and push you, and the same can be said for the trainers and the owner,” she said. She found herself surrounded by folks who wanted to succeed as much as she did. The results spoke for themselves. Hitting the gym 3-to-5 times per week, the Crete Carrier employee “won” the six-week challenge with some pretty eye-popping numbers, recording a 7.7% reduction in body-fat percentage, dropping 26 pounds of fat, and trimming 19 inches. And the “gain” she recorded was one she welcomed: 13 additional pounds of muscle. Pretty exciting stuff for a mom whose motivation was to have her kids share in her improved condition. Completing a second six-week challenge a month ago, she said the tale of the tape revealed continued progress: more reductions in inches (6), pounds (6) and a lower body-fat percentage (3.5%) while gaining 4 more pounds of muscle.

Recipe of the Month: Gluten Free Banana Bread with Chocolate from Oaxaca

by Jodi Ettenberg @ Legal Nomads

A simple, easy recipe for gluten-free banana bread that is both moist and healthy! No butter -- just coconut oil and yoghurt, along with Oaxacan chocolate.

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Discover: Kanab

by @ Wikitravel

When eating at Houston's restaurant in Kanab, Utah, tip the servers well; they pack pistols, although it's just for show -- allegedly.

My Love Affair With Japan Part II: Studio Ghibli

by thetrabellebug @ The Trabelle Bug

Growing up, I definitely had the best memories of summer vacations. Two months of doing absolutely nothing but eat and play. Days blur and merge until I’ve forgotten how far gone I was and with some time away from school I would lose all ability to write anything on paper. But there was one specific …

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Hải Đăng Vegetarian Restaurant, Saigon

by Tom@VietnamCoracle @ Vietnam Coracle

Hải Đăng is a simple, local, informal vegetarian restaurant in Saigon's Binh Thanh District. The sheer variety and freshness of vegetable dishes on offer (not just tofu and 'fake meat') sets it apart from other Vietnamese vegetarian eateries in the city.... Continue reading

Discover: Takaoka

by @ Wikitravel

On your way from Takaoka to the Vladivostok ferry? Take a look out the window: the name of the Himi train line means Ice-Watching.


by (Lynskies) @ Welcome to Vietnam

Travel turns every simple daily activity into an adventure, whether that’s finding your way around a new place, finding somewhere to stay or your favorite café in a new town or just trying to communicate in a foreign language. Everything becomes new and exciting, like being a child again!

The Best of Saigon Street Food: What To Eat And Where to Find It

The Best of Saigon Street Food: What To Eat And Where to Find It

Legal Nomads

Eat your way through Ho Chi Minh City / Saigon's streets with this guide to the best dishes and where to find them. Bonus section on visas, taxis, and more!

Discover: Kota Kinabalu

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The Hall of Skulls at Monsopiad Cultural Village outside Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia features 42 skulls of enemies, all killed by the warrior-hero Monsopiad.

No longer newbies...

by (Lynskies) @ Welcome to Vietnam

I don’t remember the last time I wrote, I hope it’s been one entry a month at the very least.  The new position I assumed is surprisingly hectic.  The previous manager was very unorganized and then just yesterday got in a motorbike accident and broke some bones.  I wasn’t supposed to transition over until May but it looks like I’m doing all of his old work, teaching a bazillion hours and trying to implement change.  I stopped guitar lessons and I stopped Vietnamese lessons.  Something is obviously wrong….I thought about it last night, and I am determined to continue those 2 hobbies.  I hope that these long hours and no siesta is really just due to the transitional period which is swamping me, but if it continues I’m going to have to walk away.  In May I will resume guitar classes, I’m practicing at home but it’s not really the same.  Also, I somehow convinced the school VLS (Vietnamese Language Studies) that they offer 50% discounts to teachers, and guess what they found a class for me and offered me the discount, ahhahaha!  Vietnam is hilarious sometimes.  It reminds me about this one time when my buddy Genaro and I went to McDonalds and I asked for ice cream.  The cashier said they didn’t have any and after talking to her for about 5 minutes I was able to convince her that she did sell ice cream.  We both walked away with a smile and ice cream in our hands.  He swore I would have also been able to convince them they sold pizza too!  The good ol days!


So we’ve been here about 7 months now, and there is this deworm/parasite pill you’re supposed to take biannually.  Paul and I think it’s a load of bull and that it’s another form of mind control, just like the flu shot.  Anyhow, I’ve had a stomach bug for 5 days and counting now, lost like another 3 pounds, looking pretty shredded since I am really just losing water weight.  I am thinking I need that parasite pill.  We are researching now and getting mixed results so it’s hard to determine what to do.  Basically I’m disappearing but looking great on the way out.  Where is that crop top I brought?  Actually, I probably feel the best today, and haven’t vomited yet.  Last night Paul and I were getting anxious for no good reason, we turned to each other at 10pm and looked each other in the eyes and whispered “Frito pie”.  We both ran upstairs in a hurry and gobbled a bowl each.  It was obviously a mistake for me, but when the endorphins kick in from all that soul food it was worth it.


I am getting a little homesick and miss driving to Target and proper malls or to my friends house just to hang out.  So glad I’m coming in July, some expat told me how important it is to go home at least once a year.

You're coming to Vietnam, can you bring.....

by (Lynskies) @ Welcome to Vietnam

I moved to Vietnam in 2012 and when I arrived I realised that the stores here were so bare and didn't carry half of the things I needed for day to day living.  There is no such thing as a Target, CVS, Home Depot or Ralphs, we were shocked.  Whenever I wanted to cook a meal (which is rare) I felt like I was going on a scavenger hunt!

When friends decide to visit I made them earn a free stay with me!  Can you bring:

  • Protein powder
  • Tampons
  • Dayquil
  • Neosporin
  • Victoria Secret Bras
  • Lotion with no skin whitening chemicals
  • Workout gloves
  • DOT helmets
  • Dog treats
  • and the list went on
It's 2017 now and the list has reduced significantly but if you're coming don't be surprised if I as you to bring ice packs, more tampon, and safe to eat dog treats...these things still aren't available.

How To Stay Vegan While Living Abroad

by thetrabellebug @ The Trabelle Bug

To say that I have had a love-hate relationship with food is an understatement. In my younger years, I was a textbook example of the saying “you are what you eat”. I was born with longganisa sized arms and thighs and maintained that figure long enough to earn the moniker “Tabernacles”, an allusion to my perpetually rotund …

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by fit4lincoln @ Fit4Lincoln

Fred Frost did not fit the description of the typical first-time visitor to the North Lincoln Fit Body Boot Camp. The 41-year-old Lincoln businessman wanted to lighten his load, but it wasn’t necessarily pounds he sought to shed: He wanted to reduce his work-related stress level. He sought an outlet where he could constructively unload after a long day at work. Expecting to be intimidated by the unfamiliarity of a new gym, he scheduled his first visit in January of this year and was greeted with warmth and acceptance. Worries of wandering aimlessly from machine to machine were replaced by trainers — and members — who went out of their way to make the new guy feel at home It wasn’t long before he found himself paying it forward, giving new members the same kind of welcoming treatment he’d received. Six months after deciding to give the gym a try, Fred remains a workout regular at the northwest Lincoln gym, stopping by the facility at North 11th and Cornhusker Highway after his day at the south Lincoln Sam’s Club, where he’s been general manager for the past two years. “The weight loss has been nice,” says Fred, whose 177-pound frame is 27 pounds lighter than it was before discovering the gym, “but I was really in search of relieving stress after a long day, and it’s worked. The owner (Matt Priess), the trainers and the members make it an enjoyable experience.” The discovery of the gym came during a leave of absence he took from work between mid-November 2016 and Feb. 1 of this year. The gym’s life-changing effect has also impacted his eating habits. Taking advantage of the gym’s nutritional consultation, he’s dumped his fast-food lifestyle for a pattern of wise nutritional choices.

Live 360 – Fitness @ the Mall

by fit4lincoln @ Fit4Lincoln

Gateway Mall and Fit4Lincoln are partnering together to bring you fitness @ the Mall.  Join us for adults boot camp and kids fit throughout the next several months! Bootcamps (BC) - are 30 minutes long, bodyweight movements for all ability levels! Join us for a go at your own pace workout.  All ages and ability levels welcome. Kids Fit - is a 30 minute workout for kids that includes a warm up, activity, game and a cool down for fun filled physical activity for your child.  Let them run off some energy while having fun at the same time! SCHEDULE AUGUST BC: Saturday - 19th @ 11am BC:Saturday - 26th @ 11am   SEPTEMBER BC: Sunday - 3rd @ 2pm Kids Fit: Saturday - 9th @ 10am BC: Saturday - 9th @ 11am BC: Sunday - 17th @ 2pm BC: Sunday - 24th @ 2pm BC: Saturday - 30th @ 11am OCTOBER BC: Sunday - 8th: 2pm Kids Fit: Saturday - 14th @ 10am BC: Sunday - 15th @ 2pm BC: Saturday - 21st @ 11am BC: Saturday - 28th @ 11am   NOVEMBER BC: Sunday - 5th @ 2pm Kids Fit: Saturday - 11th @ 10am BC: Saturday - 11th @ 11am BC: Saturday - 18th @ 11am BC: Saturday - 25th @ 11am All Sessions are held AT Gateway Mall located at: 6100 O St Lincoln, NE 68505 (402) 464-3196 Map + Directions

Discover: Kratie

by @ Wikitravel

The interior of the Phnom Sombok temple in Kratie, Cambodia is decorated with torture scenes for the edification of the non-virtuous visitor.

Books and Movies that Inspire Wanderlust

by thetrabellebug @ The Trabelle Bug

Film buff, book worm, travel bug: these are just some of the two-word parallel descriptions that plagued my social media profiles in the past. These days I just stick to letting virtual strangers know where in the world I currently am, followed by a convenient link to this blog. I still breathe movies, books, and …

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Bãi Rạng Beach, Quy Nhon

by Tom@VietnamCoracle @ Vietnam Coracle

A small crescent of toast-gold sand lined with coconut palms & casuarina trees, Bãi Rạng Beach is squeezed between two rocky bluffs, 15km south of Quy Nhon. It's still a local, working beach & remains undeveloped.... Continue reading

Discover: Tokyo

by @ Wikitravel

Want to visit the Northern, Western, Eastern and Southern Capitals? Book flights to Beijing, Xian, Tokyo and Nanjing.


by (Lynskies) @ Welcome to Vietnam

Since the grand opening of the clinic, Paul has gotten a steady stream of patients.  We are making as much as clinic number 1.  We are already talking about opening a 3rd clinic in about a year.  So far so good and our fingers are crossed!  Just gotta come up with a solid marketing strategy.

As for me, I've been working at my school for 3 months now, and I just got a job offer to become an administrator!  They need assistance with hiring, employee orientation, pacing guides, promotion of new curriculum and also an outlet for the teaching staff to utilize for any concerns.  This came as a shock and honor.  I am glad this opportunity came up because now I can teach less, as much as I enjoy it, like I have said before I can be a very exhausting task.

Paul starts Vietnamese Lessons at a learning center next week.  We have enrolled him for 80 hours!  We have met a few foreigners who are fluent so there's hope for Paul!  My skills are slightly improving, I only meet with a Viet teacher once a week for 2 hours.  Apparently to learn you must take classes 3 times a week.  Maybe with my new schedule, I will be able to take more classes in the future.

I also decided to learn the guitar properly.  I wanted ukulele lessons but they were $25 for 45 mins!  If I learned guitar, lessons are $4 an hour!  So I bought the cheapest guitar I could find and I have been learning how to read notes and count beats all over again!  It is so freaken hard!  But I am going to stick with it and by the end of this trip, I am going to know how to play solos and accompaniment!

Met some really cool people recently!  I'll give you and update about that later!

Happy Snake Year

by (Lynskies) @ Welcome to Vietnam

It's been a while since I've written....but I will try to continue so I don't drop this whole blog thing.  The Malaysia trip was such a downer and took a great deal to get over that hump and now we are facing another New Year...

As soon as we got back things quickly changed I started to work 40 hours a week balancing between teaching 6 year old to 40 year old housewives and tutoring on the side and consulting Monopoly.

My cousin Billy was still here so I wanted to make sure he was going to have a good time.  He did and I think he has fallen in love with this country so much that his plans are to make enough money in the US (only 5k) and move to Vietnam to live.  It would be nice to have family here.  Things are reasonable here.  Honestly if Paul's family and my family moved over here, this would be such a great place to live.  It is very family oriented and on the weekends regardless if you had a mistress you always spent Sat and Sundays with your family...a fact I just recently learned.

There's so much to fill you guys in on, but Tet Holiday has begun and I've already gotten a little buzz from a bottle of Ballentine's that Paul received from a patient of his.  I never understood why he always received so many presents from his patients when he's just doing his job.  He does do a great job so I suppose it deserves more than just the fee! He totally makes people feel good and happy...which in turn makes me happy.

I can't wait for the office to open sometime in March.  So why didn't our grand opening happen in January you ask?  Due to Tet Holiday, people begin to plan and became paralyzed by the holiday, they don't do any work a month before and about a month after.  So the last license we need is suffering from abandonment issues.

I miss JPL, the work  could become redundant there, but at the same time, it was what you made of it.  I liked to involve myself in little projects constantly and by doing that your workload did get bigger, but I really like that kind of work.  In my new career as an educator, I have my highs and lows, but to tell you the truth maybe I'm not cut out for it.  The school I'm working for begs to differ because they are basically exploiting me.  Most employees there have never worked full time, and during my 2nd month I was already pulling 110 hours a month.  I appreciate the confidence they have in me, but teaching is much more difficult that you can imagine.

Like I've said before, teaching students know what I'm not going to even get into the nitty gritty....a little too buzzed to do that and we have to head off to a TET BBQ with our neighbor!  Our neighbor is the top selling company of maternity clothes in Vietnam.....

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Eating it Raw in the Largest Fish Market in South Korea – Jagalchi Market

by IFOTC @ Itchy Feet on the Cheap

Busan’s Jagalchi Market (자갈치시장), the largest fish market in South Korea, has taken up two very different places in my memory. The first one is a very positive place, where the memories of incredible lunches, lively atmospheres, excitement and intrigue all sit. The second place is dark. It’s usually avoided at all costs. This memory [...]

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Poverty Simulation Open to the University and Community

by Michael Jackman @ Diversity at Indiana University Southeast

Wednesday, 31 May, from 11:00-1:00 in the Hoosier Room, IU Southeast is running a Poverty Simulation, and there are between 12-20 slots still available. There is no cost, as this is a grant-funded program. The event is open to faculty, staff, students, and members of the surrounding community. For those not aware of this concept,... Read more »

Gwangjang Market: South Korea’s Oldest Market is Filled with Incredible Food

by IFOTC @ Itchy Feet on the Cheap

I’ll admit, I’m a little confused about Korea’s market scene. Gwangjang Market (광장시장) is located in what I believe is the oldest market building in Korea. It opened in 1905, when it was called Dongdaemun Market, which was the name of an older market that was destroyed in the Korean War and rebuilt in 1959. [...]

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Eating Bánh Khọt in Vũng Tàu

by Tom@VietnamCoracle @ Vietnam Coracle

Bánh Khọt are delicious gems: crispy discs of rice flour batter & coconut milk, fried until they’re crunchy on the outside but moist on the inside, then wrapped in herbs & dipped in a sweet-spicy sauce. Here are 7 places to eat bánh khọt in Vũng Tàu... Continue reading

Discover: Jakar

by @ Wikitravel

A cypress tree outside Kurje Lhakhang monastery in Jakar, Bhutan is claimed to have grown from Guru Rinpoche's walking stick.

Karyn Moskowitz highlights food justice during Diversity Week

by ADIE @ Diversity at Indiana University Southeast

Indiana University Southeast’s second annual Diversity Week kicked off  January 30, 2017 with a presentation addressing food justice as faculty, students, staff, and members of the community attended the University Center lunchtime talk given by Karyn Moskowitz, Executive Director of New Roots, Inc. Moskowitz, a dynamic speaker, told the story of her own evolution as an organizer, and... Read more »

Discover: Savannah

by @ Wikitravel

Chippewa Square in Savannah, Georgia was the site of the bus stop in the movie Forrest Gump, but don't look for the famous bench; it was just a prop.

Shangli Ancient Village // This is Sichuan, China

by IFOTC @ Itchy Feet on the Cheap

Visiting Shangli Ancient Village in Sichuan Province Shangli has been through a lot, but you wouldn’t know it from the peaceful feeling you get while walking its lanes. It’s one of 10 Chinese ancient villages in Sichuan province, but unlike its counterparts the village has been able to keep its authentic charm. How to get [...]

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The Floating Forest of Long An

by Tom@VietnamCoracle @ Vietnam Coracle

Only 100km west of Ho Chi Minh City, Tan Lap Floating Forest is an enchanted patch of wetland where cajeput trees rise from the black, swampy waters, creating beguiling corridors through which canoes glide and raised walkways wind.... Continue reading

Discover: Santa Fe

by @ Wikitravel

In the celebrated art colony of Santa Fe, New Mexico, you can of course get paintings of the scenery of the southwestern United States, but did you know you can also get original paintings of Daffy Duck and Wile E. Coyote?


by fit4lincoln @ Fit4Lincoln

After a five-year hiatus, Jennie Linares returned four months ago to the gym where she’d had success in the past: Fit4Lincoln. As a registered nurse who counsels patients about the benefits of exercise and proper nutrition, she feels obligated to practice what she preaches. Five years ago, she liked the results she was seeing and was confident in her professional role as an ambassador of good health. But when life changes caused her to drop her Fit4Lincoln membership, the excuses – and the pounds – began to pile up. The self-confidence corded; guilt took its place. It was a time in her life when the married mother of three sons (currently ages 17 through 24) found herself taking care of those around her and not putting herself first. “When you’re working in a hospital and advising patients, you’ve got to live a healthy lifestyle and look the part,” said Jennie, a registered nurse at Bryan Health East and a 14-year veteran of the nursing profession. “I’d kept a second gym membership, where I was lifting weights on my own,” she reflected, “but I didn’t have a sense of fulfillment. At the other gym, I found I was on my own, with no one there to push me unless I invested in a personal trainer.” Jennie, who had trimmed 30 pounds off her 5-foot- 4 frame during her initial six-month stint at Fit4Lincoln, found herself back at Square One. Roughly four months ago, a friend talked Jennie into taking advantage of a free two-week trial to return to Fit4Lincoln. Grateful for trainers who push her a bit beyond her comfort zone, Jennie is back to feeling good about herself again, and the nutritional analysis at Fit4Lincoln has her eating sensibly. Working 12-hour shifts three days a week at Bryan East, she hits the Fit4Lincoln gym on her days off. “I thought I could do it on my own, but it was at a gym where you receive little direction,” she said. “The structure and encouragement I get at Fit4Lincoln has put me back on track.”

Discover: Jacksonville

by @ Wikitravel

If you visit Fort Caroline National Memorial in Jacksonville, Florida, don't expect to see the eponymous fort itself; it's now beneath the waters of the St. John's River.


by fit4lincoln @ Fit4Lincoln

If you’re anything like Tierra Whitlow, the atmosphere and equipment of a new fitness center can be anything but inviting. Impersonal fitness centers hadn’t worked for her in the past, and workout videos were equally ineffective. But when the busy mom decided to give Fit4Lincoln a try, the isolation she felt at her previous gym didn’t exist. In its place was a welcoming atmosphere filled with trainers who took a sincere interest in her wellbeing, and members who were equally welcoming. Four years and 30 fewer pounds later, Tierra is grateful to have found Fit4Lincoln. It’s just the right fit for this active mom, who works her fitness workouts around a sales associate’s job at Casey’s General Store and caring for her two children, ages 9 and 11. Fit4Lincoln has been a life-changing experience for Tierra, whose active lifestyle as a high school student-athlete at Lincoln Southeast a dozen years ago was interrupted by a torn ACL. Over the years, inactivity led to poor nutrition and weight gain. Four years ago, she had peaked at a personal-high of 204 pounds and decided to give Fit4Lincoln a try. Her skepticism turned into delight. Tierra likes the approach of owner Matt Priess and the trainers at Fit4Lincoln. “They push you, but not to a point where it’s beyond your limits,” she said. “They have a good idea of your capability level, and the members are very supportive.” Fit4Lincoln has been a life-changing experience for Tierra. Her schedule calls for five 30-minute workouts per week. Working around a changing work schedule, she now makes the 10 a.m. class at the gym, and often tries to go back at 5 p.m. and catch a second class. Thanks to a phone app that keeps her on course, Tierra has replaced junk food with high levels of proteins and lots of veggies. “I wanted to eat healthier,” she reflected, “and the nutritional counseling I’ve received has allowed me to do that.” Now within 25 pounds of her goal to weigh 150, Tierra is proud of the path she’s chosen. If it’s time to pursue your quest […]

The Lunch Lady - Saigon's Celebrity Street Food Stall

The Lunch Lady - Saigon's Celebrity Street Food Stall

Migrationology - Food Travel Blog

The Lunch Lady in Saigon is a street food restaurant that specializes in serving Vietnamese noodle dishes. Though famous, the food remains delicious.



Simpsons Wiki

Vietnam is a country in the southeast of Asia. Seymour Skinner has numerous flashbacks of the Vietnam War.

A comment goes a long way...

by (Lynskies) @ Welcome to Vietnam

My friend Stacy commented and it encouraged me to write again.

Yesterday was a BBQ/pool party and I decided to go and get the heck out of the house, it was day 6 and I was still feeling pretty bad.  But this was an opportunity to look amazing in a bathing suit and it sure wasn't going to last long.  We arrived to this condo complex with a fantastic pool layout, it was the size of 2 football fields cut out with stoned pools, one for laps, one for hanging out and was only waist deep, another side for swimming training and different private Jacuzzi sections.  There were cabanas everywhere and it felt like a resort.  After admiring the ambiance I made sure to locate all of the nearest bathrooms!

Anyhow, I decided it wouldn't hurt to drink besides I was aware of every exit near me.  What do you know, the drinking helped.  So I did what every rational person would do, I kept drinking.  This morning I woke up slightly hung over and had to teach an 8:30am class, but I felt like me again, you know slightly hung over and hungry for a greasy meal.  A student was standing near me, and said teacher you smell funny, it's my lotion I quickly said.  HAHAHAHHAHA!  Anyway, I can't believe what whisky can do for your health.  I must never doubt whisky again.

Love and miss you too Stacy!

Jeff Gerstmann (Person) - Giant Bomb

Jeff Gerstmann (Person) - Giant Bomb

Giant Bomb

Jeff Gerstmann is the co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of Giant Bomb as well as a professional video game scientist.

In the Vietnam era, a Marine becomes a man

In the Vietnam era, a Marine becomes a man

Diversity at Indiana University Southeast

By Leslie Moon The heavy air weighed on his shoulders as Private Bob Hanks walked to his post in Iwakuni, Japan. He was grateful that he had the opportunity to fix the airplanes that would be flyin…

The Lunch Lady: A Diary

The Lunch Lady: A Diary

Vietnam Coracle

Ms Nguyen Thi Thanh is The Lunch Lady. Her famous 'rotating menu' (she serves a different dish each day) is a huge draw for locals, tourists & foodies from around the world. I ate lunch here everyday for a week to see how good it really is... Continue reading →

Heart Is an Awesome Power - TV Tropes

Heart Is an Awesome Power - TV Tropes

TV Tropes

The Heart Is an Awesome Power trope as used in popular culture. The character decided to play the Superpower Lottery and ended up at the bottom of the …

Discover: Seoul

by @ Wikitravel

Fans of spicy fermented cabbage from all over Korea flock to the Kimchi Museum in Seoul.

Our 4½ Month Southeast Asia Budget Backpacking Trip: All the Costs, all the Details

by IFOTC @ Itchy Feet on the Cheap

7 Countries47 Cities138 daysFor only $3081.30 eachThat’s $22.32 per dayAbout 156.29 per weekAnd $669.60 per month In this guide, I will share all the details of our Southeast Asia budget backpacking trip that included Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Philippines, Malaysia, and Singapore. The Map: Budget Backpacking Southeast Asia The Details and Itinerary:A 47 Cities Tour [...]

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Discover: Saudi Arabia

by @ Wikitravel

In Saudi Arabia, you can try authentic apple-flavored Budweiser. (Non-alcoholic, of course.)

Floating Lotus Lake Homestays, Mekong Delta

by Tom@VietnamCoracle @ Vietnam Coracle

In the Mekong Delta province of Dong Thap, a collection of bamboo & palm-thatch huts on wooden stilts above a sea of lotus flowers, offer a night in a hammock or on a futon under a mosquito net, just a few feet above the frogs, the fish & the flowers... Continue reading

The Cow Head Taco Philosopher King of Oaxaca

by Jodi Ettenberg @ Legal Nomads

Oaxaca is full of great street eats, including this delightful philosophizing taco vendor who makes tacos de cabeza (cow head tacos).

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Sapa-Y Ty Scenic Motorbike Loop

by Tom@VietnamCoracle @ Vietnam Coracle

Sapa's dramatic mountainous landscape continues north of town, via Y Ty Village, all the way to the Chinese border. Several small roads penetrate deep into steep, terraced valleys & climb high above ferocious rivers creating a scenic loop.... Continue reading

Discover: Havana

by @ Wikitravel

For an "authentic" experience in getting around Havana via public transportation, try El Camello, a split-level bus pulled by a semi-truck, and resembling a 2-humped camel.

My Dad Was The Maxell "Blown Away Guy," Even If I Can't Prove It

My Dad Was The Maxell "Blown Away Guy," Even If I Can't Prove It

The Concourse

When I was little, I was convinced my dad was the Blown Away Guy. I was sure that was my dad’s martini swept up in the audio tempest, my dad’s tie thrashing behind him. The lush-haired guy in that ’80s-dominating ad for Maxell cassettes getting blasted by the music blasting from a pair of JBL speakers, the veritable image of cool: It was Kevin Carroll, my dad. I was certain.

Travel Eats: Where In The World You Should Travel For Food

by thetrabellebug @ The Trabelle Bug

Even at a very young age I was already exposed to different types of cuisine, thanks to my late father who probably had one of the best palates and definitely had the most adventurous attitude when it came to food. Some of my fondest, most vivid memories of my dad include him eating tuna sashimi …

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Everything We Ate in South Korea

by IFOTC @ Itchy Feet on the Cheap

This is (almost) all the food we ate during our 2 weeks in South Korea. The absolute number one thing we were looking forward to in South Korea was the food. It did not disappoint. We were introduced to new dishes we had never had before, and some old dishes that we had eaten bastardized [...]

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by (Lynskies) @ Welcome to Vietnam

Living abroad in a developing country allows you to have maids and not burn a hole in your pocket. Now as great as this sounds, I am in a very bad situation and I'm sure all of you will agree that I'm to blame.

I have hired a Filipino maid that is obviously taking advantage of me.  She is always asking for advances and always in need of help.  It's really frustrating and really awkward but I can't say no. The advance has been increased to about $700 usd.  She is a single mom with 4 children in the Philippines and she is independently putting her children through school.

In my mind, that is not that much money for a person in need, but when she constantly calls in sick or makes last minute changes, it drives me crazy.

Since the new year, she has called in twice; sick and now she is unable to come for other reasons.  I have already made dinner plans which I now have to change.  The impacts are minor but I just think if I'm doing you a favor wouldn't you try to help the person who is helping you?

I need to let her go and just take the loss.  The only concern is Tet is coming up and I need a dog sitter.  Might have to sack her after Tet.

First world problems....

The Legal Nomads Guide to Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca

by Jodi Ettenberg @ Legal Nomads

A Puerto Escondido guide, including where to eat, the best spots to swim, where to stay, and how to get there and away from Oaxaca and elsewhere.

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Game of Thrones Filming Locations You Can Visit in Real Life

by thetrabellebug @ The Trabelle Bug

As a sane human being, I am not at all embarrassed to admit that I have declared fealty to House Stark since the first season of mega-hit TV Series Game of Thrones. Time and again I have been called Arya by friends and acquaintances due to apparently bearing a physical resemblance to Maisie Williams, the actress portraying …

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Tam Coc, Vietnam and the Trang An UNESCO Heritage Site

Tam Coc, Vietnam and the Trang An UNESCO Heritage Site

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Tam Coc is the starting and ending point to Vietnam's newest UNESCO Heritage site. It's a small village with enormous beauty.

The Coast Road: Saigon to Hoi An & Beyond

by Tom@VietnamCoracle @ Vietnam Coracle

Thanks to new coastal roads, it's now possible to ride from Saigon to Hoi An, and beyond to Dong Hoi, following the coast all the way & avoiding the busy main artery of Highway 1 for the vast majority of the route. This is a salty, sunny, sandy & scenic road trip.... Continue reading

Thrillable Hours: Karen Walrond, Speaker, Photographer & Bestselling Author

by Jodi Ettenberg @ Legal Nomads

New Thrillable Hours Q&A about life after law with Karen Walrond, a former lawyer. Now, Karen is a public speaker, photographer, and bestselling author.

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9 Years of Legal Nomads

by Jodi Ettenberg @ Legal Nomads

Annual review to mark the 9th anniversary of leaving the law. Personal growth, health, and business projects for Legal Nomads.

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Lasenta Boutique Hotel, Hoi An

by Tom@VietnamCoracle @ Vietnam Coracle

A comfortable & aesthetically pleasing synthesis of the exotic & the familiar, the modern & the traditional, and Asian & European elements, Lasenta Boutique Hotel is yet another addition to Hoi An's list of excellent value, mid-range accommodation... Continue reading

Poverty Simulation Reminds Participants of What it’s Like to Live on the Edge

by Michael Jackman @ Diversity at Indiana University Southeast

“Remember, we are survivors,” is a saying of my mother’s. She reminds me often when I visit her in her home in Florida and we reminisce. As a child, I was only slightly aware of her struggles to stay a step ahead of the collection agencies. After she and my father separated, we downsized to a... Read more »

Exploring Off The Beaten Path Hong Kong: Pai Tau Village

by IFOTC @ Itchy Feet on the Cheap

Visiting Po Fook Hill, the 10,000 Buddha Monastery, and the hills around Pai Tau Village Sha Tin is not only great for immature puns (I Sha Tin your shoe), it also has some worthwhile attractions. You can check out the Hong Kong Heritage Museum, or the the oldest walled village Tai Wai, there’s also the [...]

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Discover: Lubbock

by @ Wikitravel

Among the objects on display at the Buddy Holly Center in Lubbock, Texas, memorializing the city's favorite son, is a giant-size replica of the rocker's trademark glasses.

2016 Diversity Research Symposium Slideshow

by Michael Jackman @ Diversity at Indiana University Southeast

In October 2016, Indiana University Southeast and its Academy for Diversity and Inclusive Education hosted the Diversity Research Symposium. Researchers from around the country, faculty, staff, administrators and even Southeast undergraduate students participated. In addition to sessions and panels, we held two training workshops: OUCH! That Stereotype Hurts: Communicating Respectfully in a Diverse World, and... Read more »

Discover: Graz

by @ Wikitravel

UPC Arena in Graz, Austria was renamed in 1997 to honor native son Arnold Schwarzenegger, but the old name was restored in 2005 over the governor's support of the death penalty.

Bitten by The Trabelle Bug: A Beginner’s Guide to the Banana Pancake Trail

by thetrabellebug @ The Trabelle Bug

Living in the culturally diverse region of Southeast Asia has always been a point of pride for me. However, it wasn’t until recently that I have actually gotten the chance to travel more extensively outside the Philippines and on to neighbouring countries. This island girl was used to summer vacations spent in either Boracay or Palawan. …

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John Prine: The Singing Mailman Delivers, album review

John Prine: The Singing Mailman Delivers, album review

John Prine, who is one of Bob Dylan's favourite artists, has released his very first recordings and they show the emerging genius of one of America's greatest songwriters.

Treat Yourself to The Best Pizza in Oaxaca At La Matatena Pizzeria

by Jodi Ettenberg @ Legal Nomads

A profile of a new restaurant serving the best pizza in Oaxaca, with both gluten free and vegan pizzas in addition to regular thin crust, crunchy pies.

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Discover: Vicksburg

by @ Wikitravel

When you visit Vicksburg (Mississippi) National Military Park, you can see one of the first ironclad gunboats, dating back to US Civil War times.

Discover: Fukuoka

by @ Wikitravel

A bullet train ride on the Hakata-Minami Line in Fukuoka, Japan costs just ¥290 (under US$3). Alas, the end-to-end trip lasts just ten minutes.

Discover: Japan

by @ Wikitravel

Good things come in threes — and in Japan, the list includes views, castles, gardens, mountains, hot springs and giant Buddha statues.

Bitten by The Trabelle Bug: A Beginner’s Guide to Europe On A Budget

by thetrabellebug @ The Trabelle Bug

I can still remember the first time I stepped on European soil like it was yesterday. After a relatively long but definitely comfortable flight via Singapore Airlines, I finally made my way to Barcelona, a city that to this day, possibly hundreds of cities later, remains a personal favourite. That day, despite my most vivid …

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Binh Chau Hot Springs Resort & Spa

by Tom@VietnamCoracle @ Vietnam Coracle

Just a couple hours' drive from Saigon, Binh Chau Hot Springs Resort & Spa has improved it's facilities and aesthetics in recent years: it's now a lush, relaxing and satisfying retreat from the city.... Continue reading

Longquan Peach Blossom Festival // This is Chengdu, China

by IFOTC @ Itchy Feet on the Cheap

If there’s an art to attending a Chinese festival, I’m the dumb kid who eats the paint. Give me some time and I’ll be linking to a How To Successfully Attend a Festival in China article right here. But for now, I’ll admit that my attendance at the Longquan Peach Blossom Festival was a short-lived [...]

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Bitten by The Trabelle Bug: A Beginner’s Guide to Japan

by thetrabellebug @ The Trabelle Bug

For the longest time Japan was as geographically close as it was completely unexplored a territory to me. It remained so up until a spontaneous winter trip with friends wherein my love affair with the land of the rising sun truly blossomed, being deepened only by repeated visits and occasional trips down memory lane. Since …

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Do-It-Yourself Walking Tour of Dalat, Vietnam – A Perfect Day in Dalat

by IFOTC @ Itchy Feet on the Cheap

Signup for my weekly newsletter The first time I took Chopper Suey (my Chinese-made American cruiser bike) on a road trip, was to the sexy hills of Dalat. As we pulled into town, surrounded by pines and fresh cool air, I knew I was going to love the place. Formerly a retreat town for the [...]

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Cholon: Ho Chi Minh's Chinatown - Everything you Need to Know about Cholon

Cholon: Ho Chi Minh's Chinatown - Everything you Need to Know about Cholon

Ho Chi Minh City’s Cholon is Vietnam’s largest Chinatown with roots dating back to 1778; it’s also a place of great historical and cultural importance. Chinese minorities hid here from the Tay Son and subsequently had to rebuild the area twice following attack with as many

Southeast Diversity Coordinator Recognized as Excellent Teacher

by ADIE @ Diversity at Indiana University Southeast

Michael Jackman, the current Academic Affairs Diversity Coordinator for Indiana University Southeast, was inducted on May 19 into FACET, the Indiana University Faculty Academy on Excellence in Teaching. The ceremony welcomed 13 new faculty from across Indiana University campuses as the FACET class of 2017. To receive the honor, their nominations and applications were peer-reviewed... Read more »

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