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Destination Fiji: A Rainforest Retreat in Savu Savu
By November 26, 2013
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Savu Savu.

The flight to Fiji aboard Fiji Airways was a relatively quick 10 hour jaunt across the Pacific Ocean from Los Angeles. We landed at Nadi (pronounced Nandi) around 5 a.m. when it was still dark out. As we de-planed, the sun began to rise, and I began to adjust to the warm, tropical humidity seeping in all around me. All of us bleary eyed travelers were greeted by a welcome trio dressed in tropical shirts and leis, strumming their guitars and singing cheerfully while shouting “Bula!” (hello in Fijian) in between songs.

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Getting a banana leaf body wrap at the rainforest spa in Savu Savu.

Dionysos in Atlantis Restaurant, Santorini
By November 21, 2013
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Moussaka.

Greek food is the best food in the world. On the Greek islands, everything is absolutely fresh, and you can taste this freshness. Literally everywhere I ate in Greece was a momentous culinary experience, and each time I thought the food couldn’t get any better—it did. One of the most memorable restaurants I visited was Dionysos in Atlantis Restaurant on the island of Santorini. Here are a few quick snapshots from my first meal there…

Baby Travel Gear: The Zen Stroller & Yoga Newborn Nest
By November 20, 2013
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Bloom Baby makes the sweetest designer stroller system we’ve seen on the market. The Zen all-terrain stroller and Yoga Newborn Nest feature sleek, modern, and compact folding designs complete with ultra-fancy features like solar powered lights and designer color collections. But, does the design translate into a useful system? Read on to find out how the stroller system fared in our hands.

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Baby Travel Gear: The Baby Carrier One by BabyBjörn
By November 11, 2013
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Travel is intense to say the least. Plans constantly change. You are continually on the move. There’s always lots of walking and tons to see and learn. If you’re like me, you’d agree all the effort is worth the experience. Step traveling up a notch and try traveling with a baby. This introduces another set of challenges. But with the proper baby travel gear and a little patience, you can modify your travel style to accommodate your new addition.

Perhaps the single most important baby travel accessory is a baby carrier. We took the new BabyBjörn Carrier One (also known as the One) out for a test spin. Read on to see if it can make our baby travel dreams come true.

Destination Fiji: Fijian Culture Guide
By November 6, 2013
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Fiji is simply unlike any other island nation in the world. If you’re seeking tropical beaches and white powdered sand, you’ll definitely find that here. World-class diving—check. Spectacular surfing—check. Pampering & spas, eco-tours, and luxury resorts? Check, check, and check. But there’s something about Fiji that sets it apart from all the  world’s other splendid tropical destinations: the Fijian people.

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Fiji’s Mamanuca Islands.
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Bula!

Once you step off the plane, you’ll most definitely be greeted by a hearty “bula!” (pronounced boo-lah). Like the Hawaiian word aloha, bula has a variety of meanings. It means hello, and also welcome. “Bula bula” means hello and welcome. Literally bula means “life,” but when used as a greeting it’s a blessing of happiness and good health. Most importantly, it must be said with an invisible exclamation mark at the end of it.

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Fiji’s Coral Coast.

Creatures of the NightLife Halloween Bash
By November 1, 2013
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Monster drag show.

Looking for something fun and freaky to do on Halloween in San Francisco? Get your science geek on at the California Academy of Science’s annual Halloween bash “Creatures of the NightLife.” You can wander among the reptiles in the rainforest, watch butterflies flap all around you under the glass domes, and stroll through the deep blue waters of the aquarium among costumed revelers as DJs spin tunes. Enjoy monster cocktails or take in a show in the planetarium.

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Aquarium underwater tunnel.
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Rainforest critter.

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