A unified tourism model in Southeast Asia? Takeaways from ASEAN’s 33rd ATF in Malaysia

Southeast Asia’s 10 countries are bonding…like Borneo orangutans

The idea of the whole being greater than the sum of its parts is not lost on Southeast Asia. The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is an organization comparable to the European Union with its enduring effort to achieve regional solidarity. Recently, the 33rd annual ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF) took place in Kuching, a city in Malaysian Borneo. […]

A quick stop in Penang, Malaysia: The Pearl of the Orient

Kek Lok Si in Penang

By George Rajna We’ve been to Penang, Malaysia quite a few times since first visiting the island in 2009, and each time we return only enhances my appreciation for the island known as the “Pearl of the Orient” (due in part to its rich, multicultural heritage). Our original visit focused on the touristy section of […]

The Youngest Pilot to Fly Solo Around the World in a Single Engine Aircraft


On March 26th, 21 year-old, Captain James Anthony Tan took off from Langkawi, Malaysia, on a mission to be the youngest pilot to fly solo around the world in a single engine aircraft. His expedition will take him across the Northern Hemisphere, visiting 20 countries with 30 scheduled stops, including a seven-city tour in the […]

Eastern & Oriental Express


First of all, I want to say that my heart and prayers go out to all those affected by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. It’s horrifying and heartbreaking to see the images. What’s crazy is that I was supposed to be in Tokyo on Friday with American Airlines as they were highlighting their new […]