Laissez les bons temps rouler!

So it really is just all about the beads. Going to my first Mardi Gras celebration in Louisiana, I was hoping to learn more about the celebration's cultural significance than just talking to drunk people on the road side as they waited for the parade to start. Just as I wouldn't want someone to jump… Continue reading Laissez les bons temps rouler!


Gators growl

Every fall, the University of Florida hosts a homecoming event at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, "Gator Growl," considered one of the largest pep rallies. Thousands of students, alumni, faculty and fans fill the bleachers to enjoy music, comic talent and fireworks. It's an opportunity for the students to get pumped up just before the big… Continue reading Gators growl


Destination Fiji: Top picks from the islands of “plenty”

Being a reporter has its perks, and traveling on assignment is certainly one of them. The Pacific Daily News sent me to Fiji to cover the launch of the new Continental non-stop flight between Guam and Fiji. As part of the coverage, we covered Fiji as a destination for people traveling through and from Guam. As… Continue reading Destination Fiji: Top picks from the islands of “plenty”


Searching for answers in Saipan

This was not the way I had intended to make my first trip to Saipan. Saipan, the most developed of  the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands is still less developed than Guam but has some good hiking, snorkeling, and diving terrain. Yet I didn't see Saipan through a scuba face mask. Instead, I saw… Continue reading Searching for answers in Saipan