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Author: Domenica Jarvis

Bustling Bangkok

The first stop on our backpacking journey through Asia was Bangkok, Thailand. Bangkok is the capital and is known for its beautiful street life, bustling markets and historic landmarks and temples. My companion and I stayed at the New Siam Palace in Bangkok. This hotel has a pool and a restaurant, as well as many rooms to accommodate guests. The New Siam Palace was right in the heart of Bangkok, near many restaurants and right down the street from the the infamous backpacker street in Bangkok, known as Khaoson Road. Khaoson Road is known for its nightlife and is...

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The Heart of Hanoi

Hanoi, Vietnam is one of my favorite cities. Originally colonized by the French, Hanoi’s landscaping and architecture reflects a strong Parisian influence. Historic landmarks, such as the Hanoi Opera House and the St. Joseph’s Cathedral, highlight Hanoi’s exquisite blend of Parisian and Vietnamese culture. Vespas and motor scooters take up the streets. In addition, small tables and chairs are inside and outside the restaurants, where people enjoy the famous Vietnamese coffee and pho. Our Airbnb apartment was located in the heart of Hanoi, and there, we were fully immersed in the culture of the Vietnamese people. Our first morning,...

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Backpacking Through Asia

“Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing at all.” My dear friend Danny Giger lived his life by this phrase; to say he always lived every day to its fullest is an understatement. After Danny passed away in December of 2018, our memories of his love for his family and friends, zest for life and sense of adventure inspired my three best girl friends and I to embark on a month-long journey of backpacking through Asia. We began our journey in Bangkok, Thailand, where we rode in “tuk tuks,” or taxi bikes, through the hustle and bustle of...

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Cheers to the Original Sam Malone

Father’s Day Cocktail recipes and gift ideas can be found at the end of the article and fun facts about the “Cheers” TV series. Happy Father’s Day! My father, Peter Jarvis, always has been and always will be my hero. He is supportive, loving, hilarious and his spirit is contagious. Seriously, my dad lights up every room he walks into, puts a smile on every face and is always the life of the party. Say, “What?” My Dad is the Real Sam Malone… It wasn’t until I got older that I found out that my dad was the inspiration...

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