Aloft Brooklyn Hotel, a Vision of W Hotels

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Since I had such a fabulous experience at the Aloft Bangkok, I thought it was time to try an Aloft hotel in my own country to see if it would meet my expectations as the hip, clean, affordable spot always in a fun location. The Aloft pronounced “AhhLoft” is not only a loft style hotel, […]

Thailand’s Phi Phi Islands – Getting To “The Beach”

We made it! "The Beach!"

I’ve been dreaming about “The Beach” ever since I saw the movie with Leonardo DiCaprio around 2000. I always dreamt I would make it there some day to see what that solitary beach paradise was really like. After leaving chaotic grimy Bangkok we took an hour or so plane ride to the southern coast of […]

Make the Most of Tokyo: What Not to Miss

Tokyo Tower views

Fireworks… Subway system by Jackson Pollock… Monkeys make most sense as pets… Cats are very good luck… Udon, Sushi, BBQ, tempura, yes please… No garbage cans anywhere = No garbage anywhere… PRAY often… Toilets talk to you, this is not God… Bad fortune is Good fortune, you learn more and grow more… Life is one […]

Top Reasons to Stay at the Aloft Bangkok


If you are looking to be in the nuttiness of it all in the city that feels like an assault on your senses, then Aloft Bangkok should be your first choice. Aloft Hotels pronounced “uh-loft” have been popping up all over the world in the most unexpected places creating a modern, hip, and fun destination. Part […]

Mazatlan, Mexico – A Cultural Surprise

Walking the streets of Mazatlan

Mazatlan, Mexico is not just miles of beaches, but a thriving cultural destination.  We found ourselves both day in night in the heat of the dynamic colonial style “Old Mazatlan,” or Centro Historico, a 180-block area district with 479 buildings designated as national historic landmarks. Mazatlan, once a celebrity hideout in the 1930’s for Americans, […]

Dreaming of Mazatlan food

The sunset from El Shrimp Bucket in Mazatlan.

Shrimp ceviche, beer battered shrimp, coconut shrimp, cockroach shrimp, grilled shrimp, bacon wrapped shrimp, barbeque shrimp, peel and eat shrimp, shrimp tacos, shrimp quesadillas, and garlic shrimp. Images of Tom Hanks in the film Forest Gump (“Shrimp gumbo, shrimp creole, shrimp soup…”) were conjured up in my mind daily in Mazatlan as I devoured the […]

Ziplining in Mexico, a Mazatlan Memory

Mazatlan ziplining

After a 45 minute drive from Mazatlan we arrived in a humid desert-like area filled with agave plants. Six other guys and I were strapped in our gear and safety helmets. I was delighted and scared at the same time. This was my first time ziplining and I was slightly suspicious of how safe this […]

An Interview With John J Curtin, My Dad, The Cape Horner: His Journey Sailing Around South America

John Curtin sails around the Horn on a 50 foot sailboat.

I wanted to interview my dad, John Curtin about his 16,000 mile sailing excursion in 2002-2003 because even though it is almost ten years later, he still talks about this adventure as one of the best experiences of his life. There were still so many questions I wondered about, even after talking with him about […]