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Moving to Paradise: Buying a Home in Penang

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There’s no place like home. That’s especially true if you live in a tropical paradise like Penang. Known for being a foodie haven with its fusion of Chinese and Malay cuisine, Penang island has long been a favorite among local beach lovers. Sandy shores lined with palm trees and charming fishing villages provide a refreshing backdrop to the Old-Asia vibe …

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Home Purchasing Tips: What to Look for in a New House

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Alright, you’ve saved up enough money to make the down-payment on a house and you have a stable job that allows you to easily make the payments. You’re probably thinking that now is all about looking for which new house on DDProperty is the best looking and fits your budget. Before you proceed it is important to note that while …

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Travel Questions You May be Too Embarrassed to Ask

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Wondering how much you should tip travel vendors at hotels in Singapore? Want to know if you can check luggage when taking a train? Is it even possible to get approved for a frequent flyer credit card when your credit isn’t so hot? If you’re too embarrassed to ask these more-common-than-you-realize travel questions, read on for the answers. How much …

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Stress free on a shoestring (tips for dealing with the stresses of traveling on the cheap)

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By Lisa Xia On the road, things tend to follow Murphy’s law. When everything is on the upswing and things couldn’t be smoother, nothing ever seems to go wrong. On the flip side, it seems that when everything and anything can go wrong—it does. Traveling on a shoestring means that when things break down, there is less disposable budget to …

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Planning a Group Vacation

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By Lisa Xia The idea of sharing travel to some far-flung destination with six of your closest friends seems to be a golden opportunity to amplify a great experience. If Christopher McCandless is indeed right that happiness is only real when shared, then sharing the love of exploration with a group of friends can be appealing. As anyone who has …

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How to Take a (Mini) Break

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By Lisa Xia My simple view on mini-vacations is that you should take them. Simple. As I write this, I am, in fact, taking one tomorrow—72 glorious hours with my best friend hiking through Antelope Canyon, skydiving over Lake Powell with a little camping and whiskey thrown into the mix. Yes, in exactly 1439 air miles tomorrow, my mind (and …

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“Prague’s Sapa Market–A taste of Vietnam in the Bohemian lands”

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by Suchi Rudra In the last 20 years, the Sapa region and town in northwest Vietnam has grown to become an attractive tourist destination due to its large and lively market. But in the southeast corner of Prague, the Czech Republic’s cobblestoned capital city, another market also by the name of Sapa is drawing much attention from locals and expats …

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Amantani Island

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By Lily Lin As we approached the island of Amantani, I could see my new family waiting for me at the docks. For the next two days, I would be living with a host family, and getting to know a new 14-year old sister and two brothers, ages 11 and 8. As a continuation of my previous article on the …

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Traveling Without Breaking the Bank

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by: Lisa Xia “Things are so expensive now….” My friends’ voices trail off. And, unfortunately, they are not wholly wrong. Gone are the days where you could pay $280 for a round-trip flight to Costa Rica (I did in 2009) or fly anything other than Spirit to Colombia for less than $500.” Yes, if you were smart from 2008-2011, you …

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Visiting Turkey

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By Lily Qi I have meant to write about my last year’s trip to Turkey for a while. The recent turmoil in Turkey and its neighbor Egypt brought back memories that prompted me to revisit that unique experience of last spring. What a difference a year makes. About this time last year, I was having dinner at an Egyptian friend’s …

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Travel for the Busy Professional

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Lisa Xia has a career in corporate social responsibility and sustainability and has traversed more than 40 countries (and counting). In this series, she will address, pre-travel considerations; getting more time; planning tips and tricks; how to stretch a budget; and any other burning questions from readers about how she’s done it successfully, and how you can too. Ask any …

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Lake Titicaca, Peru [TRAVEL]

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By Lily Lin Peru’s Floating Islands When dealing with seemingly endless daily frustrations—rushing to drop off the baby at daycare, fighting traffic to get to work, standing in long lines at the grocery store—it is easy to lose sight of the fact that we are incredibly fortunate.  I am not trying to preach, and I definitely do not want to …

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Travel to Turkey

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All photo credit: Lily Lin Moonstruck in Cappadocia I guzzled down the remainder of my water bottle, exhaling deeply as I surveyed the barren, arid landscape from the window of my airport shuttle. Aside from the highway of asphalt that seemed to stretch for miles on end, I saw nothing but dirt and the occasional shrub on the side of …

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Relax Yourself and Your Wallet in Hawaii

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By Daphne Domingo HONOLULU, HI—So what brought me from Washington’s winter bleakness to Hawaii’s gentle caress? That’s easy: the consistently warm weather, stunning scenery, rich culture and a variety of activities to match all kinds of interests, especially if you’re Asian American. Almost every opportunity is taken to boast a local celebration honoring Asian holidays, including a month-long celebration for …

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