Sunday Stories for November 24th, 2013

I’ve been traveling in southeast Asia all week (Thailand and Malaysia), so I haven’t had much time for checking my favorite sites, researching new ones, or just plain old surfing the web to see what catches my eye.

water lily at banjaran ipoh malaysia

It’s been  hard to put nose to the grindstone with so many fabulous things to do and see, but these stories stood out and I think are worth a read.

Typhoon Haiyan Relief Workers: We’d Like to Help!

XCom Global is offering free mifi to anyone headed to the Philippines to help with relief work. If you’re headed that way, this could be a great way to keep in touch. Hat tip to XCom Global for stepping up and helping out.

The Philippines was hit again. This time with Typhoon Haiyan, believed to be the country’s most deadliest natural disaster on record. Once again XCom Global would like to lend a hand in the best way we know how – by keeping you connected with Disaster Relief Wi-Fi .

The Oldest Trees on the Planet

A look at the fine job Mother Nature is doing, even though we keep trying to get in her way. I haven’t seen any of these trees, have you?

Trees are some of the longest-lived organisms on the planet. At least 50 trees have been around for more than a millenium, but there may be countless other ancient trees that haven’t been discovered yet.

13 dark pieces of satire to make you stop and think

I had to look at a couple of these twice, okay thrice. They brought a sly smile to my face and a nod of the head. Let me know what you think of them.

Serendipity and Social Media

My friend Pam has an astronaut crush. It started off innocently enough, just a barrage of messages on Twitter, and ended with a personal interview and a little music making. She reminds of that this is why putting the social back in social media is so important.

I want to say, “Look. Social media is social. That’s how it works best.” Some will tell me I’m wrong, that I’m not optimizing my reach or some other jargon, perhaps they will show me some statistics that indicate wild success in numbers that are, well numbers.


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.

2 Responses to “Sunday Stories for November 24th, 2013”

  1. November 24, 2013 at 10:48 am #

    From the moment you found out that you weren’t staying home for the rest of the year,,,that you were going to Thailand and Malaysia, I looked for your posts every day. I loved, loved, loved the variety of your experience, from spa treatments (fish nibbles) to cooking classes, monasteries, to making a batik…and I loved your fish..I want your batik!…you really gave us a the flavor of the two countries. Glad you are home in time for the holidays. Thanks for sharing your experiences with us,,,I feel like I just got home from a great trip with a good friend.

    • November 26, 2013 at 4:47 am #

      Thanks, Suezy. That’s exactly the type of inspiration and info I like to share and what I hope to accomplish with writing this blog. Thanks for being a loyal reader and follower!

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