Monthly Archives: April 2013

What is ‘Delhi Belly’

Montezuma’s revenge, Aztec two step, mummy’s tummy, or Cairo two-step in Egypt, Kurtz Hurtz in Uzbekistan, Bombay belly or Delhi belly in India. A case of the sh*ts or Hershey Squirts or The McSh– in North America, Down Under Butt Chunder in Australia, Karachi crouch in Pakistan, Suryavarman’s Revenge in Cambodia.

Beaver fever in Canada, Thailand it’s Thai-dal wave. Peacekeepers to Arabic-speaking countries have called it yalla yalla (Arabic for “fast, fast”).

What is the best way to try and prevent the runs or “traveler’s diarrhea”?

  1. Properly cooked foods. Everything heated to a proper internal temperature (depends on the dish), no sampling the raw chicken dish, etc.
  2. Fruits and vegetables, if you can’t peel it, don’t eat it. A tremendous number of GI outbreaks are due to fruit and veg, rather than meat. This includes things like salads – since you can’t really peel lettuce, avoid it.
  3. Check if the local water is safe. When in doubt, assume no. You can stick to bottled water, though there’s always the distinct chance its being bottled from a contaminated source. Coke/Pepsi etc., and beer are good alternatives. Little known fact, the Coca-Cola company is hugely involved in clean water programs worldwide, because they need it for their product.
  4. Ice is bad. Its probably made using the local tap-water, and there are many beasties that can survive an encounter with an ice machine.

Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown: Los Angeles

Sundays @ 9 pm ET on CNN

No Hollywood sign, no Beverly Hills. Instead, he zeroes in on a three square-mile area of the city known as Koreatown, where he finds a tight-knit community still marked by the 1992 Rodney King riots.

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Synopsis of Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown Season 1, Episode 2: Los Angeles

  • Race Riots in Los Angeles and how it affected Koreans
  • Father son relationships for Koreans
  • BBQ becoming synonymous with Korean style of cooking
  • Popularity of Kogi Trucks growing through out L.A. and how their locations are tweeted daily
  • Facebook Millionaire (Artist) explaining how it was becoming an artist and not a doctor
  • Review of Sizzler restaurant’s buffet 
  • Explanation of Low Riding culture prevalent in Los Angeles (especially Imapala’s).
  • The first “Little Bangaldesh” popping up in North America
  • Jollibee (JFC) restaurant’s popularity and trying little big burger and halo halo pictured below

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Top 7 Florida Beaches

We have compiled a list of the top Florida beaches based on our research.

Daytona Beach

  1. Delray Beach - Delray Beach is a city in Palm Beach County, Florida, USA. As of the 2010 census, the city had a total population of 60,522. It is a city in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach Metropolitan Area
  2. Clearwater Beach - Clearwater Beach is a resort area located on the Gulf of Mexico in Pinellas County on the west central coast of Florida
  3. Naples - Naples Beaches comprise seven miles of pure white sand that edge the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
  4. Sanibel Island Beach - Sanibel beaches attract visitors from all around the world, partly because of the large quantities of seashells that frequently wash up there. One of the reasons for these accumulations of shells is the fact that Sanibel is a barrier island which has an “east-west orientation when most islands are north-south. Hence, the island is gifted with great sandy beaches and an abundance of shells.
  5. South Beach –  South Beach, also nicknamed SoBe, is a neighborhood in the city of Miami Beach, Florida, United States, located due east of Miami city proper between Biscayne Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.
  6. Siesta Key - Siesta Key is a barrier island off the central western coast
  7. Palm Beach - Palm Beach, like other areas of extreme southern Florida has a tropical climate, defined as having no month with mean temperatures below 64.4 °F (18.0 °C).

Other notable beaches include: Key West and Daytona Beach.

Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown Review

Anthony Bourdain has been our connoisseur to the world in helping viewers learn about the world’s culture’s (by travelling extensively over many years) and the world’s culinary arts.

Episode 1 – Anthony Travels to Myanmar

Burma continues to be used in English by the governments of many countries, including the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States. The United Nations uses Myanmar, as do the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, Russia, Germany, Norway, China, India, Australia and Japan.

Anthony recently decided to leave the Travel Channel and join CNN to produce his new show “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown” the show has Anthony travelling through Burma (Myanmar) as he explores the local cuisines and shows us the beautiful landscape of the country that has been off limits to foreigners for the last couple of decades.

“Holy ****! Almost no one else has SEEN this!” - Anthony Bourdain

Below are some very magnificient views of what he did in Myanmar (The country was renamed as it has over 100 different ethnicities and Burmese people are just one of them). The vast area where these temples are have had a mass exodus of locals because of the army government wanting to turn the area into a tourism hot spot.

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You can catch the show on Sundays at 9pm ET on CNN. We rate this episode 8.5/10 in terms of the quality of the information (politics, gastronomical insights) and the quality of imagery & shooting which kept us very well entertained. Now, don’t forget to plan your next trip to Myanmar through our Itinerary maker.

If this has peaked your interest, here is a bit more history on Myanmar:

British colonialism
There’s not much known about the centuries that followed. History picks up again with the arrival of the Europeans – first the Portuguese, in the 16th century, and then the British, who had already colonised India and were looking for more territory in the East. In three moves (1824, 1852 and 1885), the British took over all of Myanmar. The Burmese king and queen were exiled to India and their grand palace at Mandalay was looted and used as a barracks to quarter British and Indian troops.

The colonial era wrought great changes in Myanmar’s demographics and infrastructure. Large numbers of Indians were brought in to work as civil servants, and Chinese were encouraged to immigrate and stimulate trade. The British built railways and ports, and many British companies grew wealthy trading in teak and rice. Many Burmese were unhappy with the colonial status quo. A nationalist movement developed, and there were demonstrations, often led, in true Burmese fashion, by Buddhist monks. Two famous nationalist monks, U Ottama and U Wizaya, died in a British prison and are revered to this day.

Aung San Suu Kyi: release and election
Aung San Suu Kyi was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991 and was finally released from house arrest in July 1995. She was arrested again in 2000 and held in her home until the UN brokered her unconditional release in May 2002. She was rearrested in May 2003 and released in November 2010 by the military authorities. During her arrest, Aung San Suu Kyi continually refused offers of freedom in exchange for exile from the country and, despite an ongoing debate in the pro-democracy movement over future strategy, her stature throughout Myanmar is as great as ever. In moves symbolic of the positive momentum in the country, in 2011 Suu Kyi left Yangon for the first time in eight years, and in May 2012 Suu Kyi entered the lower house of the Burmese parliament as an MP. Much more remains to be done, but the hope is that decades of isolation may be coming to an end.

In case you are interested, here are pictures of the Mandalay Palace in Myanmar

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Most remarkable, I think, was how open people were with us — how willing they were to talk — how not shy they were with our cameras, when only a little more than a year ago, talking with a Western film crew could land you in prison.

The door is opening in Myanmar, and we are very proud to show you some of what’s happening inside. – Anthony Bourdain (Renowned chef, bestselling author and Emmy winning TV host)

7 Interesting Things about Myanmar

  1. New Year celebrations last four days
  2. Myanmar has great beaches along Andaman Sea, Ngapali Beach is Burma’s top beach resort area.
  3. As we witnessed, their train infrastructure needs some serious work, and as such are really bumpy
  4. Mobile phones are more popular then the internet, however there are many internet cafe’s.
  5. Cash is king as there are very few ATM’s or the ability to use credit cards. 
  6. There is a hotel shortage now that the country is stabilizing, rooms went from $25/night to $100.
  7. Chewing betel nut is a favourite pastime, thus giving many red mouth and teeth.

Tune in next week when Anthony tours Los Angeles!

Not just another trip booking site…

Tripmark’s mission is to make the planning a trip entertaining and efficient.

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We intend on doing this in a few different ways, and we are just getting started.

    1. Intuitive Interface – By providing a pristine interface to explore and browse trips.
    2. Big Data – By making sure we have all the data for you and our robots to make the right decisions on where and when to travel.
    3. Structured Content – By making sure you have everything at your fingertips. So we can help you answer questions like:

      - Where should I go?

      - What would my friends think about going here?

      - I don’t have a travel partner, would anyone else out there be interested in going here?

      - Can I find someone that lives in the area that could be my guide?

      - How can I best manage all my different travel itineraries in one place?

      - I see that on TripAdvisor, the hotel is rated great, however Expedia says otherwise, is there a solution to aggregate ratings from all sources?

      - What is the general consensus on my dining venue? I don’t have the energy to read all the reviews around the web!?

    4. Business Analytics - Hotel owners don’t have time to monitor their ratings and sentiment on all OTA’s – we provide charts, data and historical information to get a glimpse of past performance.

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Travel Happy

We have proof that Travel leads to happiness. The travel infographic was made in accordance to International day of happiness which was establish by the UN General assembly to recognize that the pursuit of happiness is a fundamental human goal.

The respondents also overwhelmingly stated a free trip would be perceived as a better bonus then cash or time off work. Also 60% of respondents claimed that online browsing inspires them to travel more. We are here to help!

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Things to do in Parry Sound

7 Things to Do in Parry Sound Ontario

  1. Georgian Bay Airways
  2. Island Queen Cruise
  3. Beer Claw Tours (ATV)
  4. Seguin Valley Golf Club
  5. Massasauga Provincial Park
  6. Bobby Orr Museum
  7. Outdoor activities such as: Pool, Tennis, Camping, etc.

Quality Inn Parry Sound is the only hotel in Parry Sound that has a functional pool (Indoor and Outdoor) along with Squash courts and delicious food available on site at Golden Griddle. They also are the only hotel that will make you feel like you are in the a cozy country side hotel.

Where to Live (and Invest) in Canada

Top Canadian Cities for 2010-2015 based on Key Economic Fundamentals:

Top 10 Canadian Investment Cities

  1. Calgary, AB 
  2. Kitchener-Waterloo-Cambridge, ON 
  3. Edmonton, AB 
  4. Surrey, BC 
  5. Maple Ridge, BC 
  6. Hamilton, ON 
  7. St. Albert, AB 
  8. Simcoe Shores (Barrie-Orillia), ON 
  9. Red Deer, AB 
  10. Winnipeg, MB 

These cities were determined based on the following questions:Economic Fundamental Questions

  • Is the area’s average income increasing faster than the provincial average?
  • Is the area’s population growing faster than the provincial average?
  • Is the area creating jobs faster than the provincial average?
  • Does the area have more than one major employer?
  • Is the area in the RBC Affordability Index Hot Zone (25% to 39%)?
  • Will the area benefit from an economic or real estate ripple effect?
  • Has the political leadership created an economic growth atmosphere?
  • Is the Economic Development Office progressive and helpful?
  • Is the area’s infrastructure being built to handle the expected growth?
  • Are there any major transportation improvements in the works?
  • Is the area attractive to Baby Boomers’ lifestyle?
  • Is there a short term problem occurring that is slated to disappear in the future?
  • Is there a noted increase in labour and materials cost in the area?

Top 10 Most Visited Countries

Below is a list of the most popular countries to visit, in ascending order based on UNWTO 2012.

Some things to keep in mind: demand for international tourism maintained momentum in 2011.
International tourist arrivals grew by 4.6% to reach 983 million worldwide, up
from 940 million in 2010.

Over the past six decades, tourism has experienced continued expansion and
diversification, becoming one of the largest and fastest-growing economic
sectors in the world. Many new destinations have emerged, challenging the
traditional ones of Europe and North America.

Tourism towards 2030, forecast from 1950 to 2030, how it’s looking based on continents:

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International tourist arrivals in emerging economy destinations of
Asia, Latin America, Central and Eastern Europe, Eastern
Mediterranean Europe, the Middle East and Africa will grow at
double the pace (+4.4% a year) of advanced economy
destinations (+2.2% a year). As a result, arrivals to emerging
economies are expected to surpass those to advanced
economies by 2015

Here are the current top 10 most popular countries to travel to:

Rank Country UNWTO
Region
International
tourist
arrivals
(2011)
International
tourist
arrivals
(2010)
Change
(2010 to
2011)
1  France Europe 79.5 million 77.1 million +3.0%
2  United States North America 62.3 million 59.8 million +4.2%
3  China Asia 57.6 million 55.7 million +3.4%
4  Spain Europe 56.7 million 52.7 million +7.6%
5  Italy Europe 46.1 million 43.6 million +5.7%
6  Turkey Europe 33.3 million 27.0 million +8.9%
7  United Kingdom Europe 29.2 million 28.3 million +3.2%
8  Germany Europe 28.4 million 26.9 million +5.5%
9  Malaysia Asia 24.7 million 24.6 million +0.6%
10  Mexico North America 23.4 million 23.3 million +0.5%

Top 10 Least Visited Countries

Some of the least popular tourist destinations are as follows:

  1. Nauru – 200 visitors (Smallest republic in the world)
  2. Somalia – 500 tourists
  3. Tuvalu – 1,200
  4. Kiribata – 4,700
  5. Marshall Islands – 5,000
  6. Equatorial Guinea – 6,000
  7. Turkmenistan – 7,000 people
  8. Sao Tome & Principe – 8,000 (Island off the cost of Gabon, North West Africa)
  9. Comoros – 15,000 (Island between Mozambique and Madagascar)
  10. Afghanistan – 17,500

The three reasons these are the least visited countries in the world is because there could be a civil war taking place in the country making it unsafe. The second reason could simply be because there is not a whole lot to do. Lastly, it is because the countries are too small and not popular enough to warrant any sort of travel.