Sunday Stories for November 17th, 2013

Sunday Stories for November 17th, 2013Sunday Stories for November 17th, 2013

I’m traveling in Thailand right now, so my time spent pouring over stories online has been limited – all for the wonderful reason of exploring this great country. I’ve been in Bangkok the last few days, and am now heading to Phuket. I hope you’ve been following along on the journey — on Instagram, on Twitter (hashtag #SEasia13 , Facebook, and a Pinterest board on Thailand.

Temple of Dawn, Bangkok, Thailand

Enjoy your Sunday, and these recommended readings:

How you can help the Philippines in the best possible way

I met Emil on my trip to Asia, and I’ve enjoyed talking with him about his coverage in Asia, including the devastation in the Philippines. So many of us want to do something to help, yet feel so helpless about the best way to go about it. Take a look and see what you can do.

Currently,  I am in Asia on an assignment, but not in the Philippines. Feeling so close, yet so far. So what I’m doing is considering what I can do personally, if not professionally. We all feel the human tug of compas sion. Maybe more than a tug for some.   That’s why I turn to CRS. This group works with people on the ground and is very efficient in how they do things.

10 of the coolest water slides in the world

I want to like water slides more than I actually do, but this paean to summer makes me want to give a few of these a try.

Now that summer is winding down to an end we’ve decided to commemorate our favorite season by presenting the world’s best water slides in the world. Let’s face it, water slides sum up summer like no other: sun, fun, happy kids and of course water fun!

Living the Rich Life at The Fairmont San Francisco Hotel

The Fairmont San Francisco is one of the grande dames of hotels in the U.S. I’ve stayed there several times, always enjoying the rich history and elegance of the property, and love to read about what other people think about it.

We decided to stay at iconic Fairmont Hotel on Nob Hill. You may already be familiar with this grand property which opened in 1907, a year to the day after the 1906 earthquake that devastated San Francisco. If you were watching TV in the 1980’s you may remember The Fairmont from the series Hotel.

Do You Buy Name Brands or Not?

I don’t have an obsession with labels, or the status they supposedly convey, but there are just some brands I prefer over others. I enjoyed this discussion about being a value conscious consumer, big name labels and all.

The thing I’m trying to become even more conscious of, however, is not making assumptions. Not assuming that jeans at Walmart or Old Navy will be cheaper than those at a “brand-name” chain. Not assuming that if I don’t like generic ketchup, I probably won’t like generic mustard – without trying it. That I need to get a new iPod because mine is so old.

Postcards from Lawyers: Volume 1

If you enjoy a little lawyer humor, I think you’ll get a chuckle out of this site that purports (there’s a legal word for you) to publish real postcards from real lawyers. I’ll let you decide on that, but regardless, they’re worth a chuckle.

Sorry about the Verdict Postcard. Postcards from Lawyers are real postcards from real lawyers, sent in the mail. Like the mail that needs postage.

I Noticed This Tiny Thing On Google Maps

I had to go check this out. Was it really as amazing as it was made out to be. I went and looked. It was amazing.  Go take a look and let me know what you think.

A friend told me to go to a certain latitude and longitude on Google Maps. When I noticed it seemed to be in the middle of an African desert, I thought he was just sending nonsense. But when I zoomed in, my mind was blown. I noticed a tiny icon that looked like an airplane.


Mary Jo Manzanares is a traveler, travel blogger, and podcaster. In addition to her blog, Traveling with MJ, she hosts the Where Else to Go podcast, and is the founder and the editor-in-chief of The Traveler’s Way, an online travel magazine. Her travel ethos is value luxury - luxury for real people - and her goal is to help travelers know when to splurge and when to save. Mary Jo has been a speaker at various industry events around the world. When she’s not traveling, Mary Jo likes lingering over a cup of coffee, wandering in a museum, sipping wine at a cafe, and sharing it all with friends and readers. Her most recent travels were to Stockholm, a Baltic cruise, and Universal Orlando Resort.

One Response to “Sunday Stories for November 17th, 2013”

  1. November 18, 2013 at 6:45 am #

    Thank you for including Adrienne’s San Francisco post! Enjoy your trip to Thailand!

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