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Fear of traveling solo: 9 things I learned in Bangkok

betty ming liu Inspiration, Travel 8 Comments

On Jan. 1, my daughter Gabi and I flew to Bangkok. This was after 18 days of traveling together in Asia. She was heading home. Meanwhile, I planned to stay in Thailand’s capitol city and deal with my fear of traveling solo. As we waited for her flight, Gabi watched me fidget on my iPhone. “Why are your hands shaking?” …

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Why I loved visiting Cambodia, a tourism hot spot

betty ming liu Travel 9 Comments

Cambodia is a tiny country with incredible ancient ruins, brutal politics and really good food. Visiting here taught me so much about being human — and having hope. I went into this poor nation of 15 million people totally ignorant of its history. Turns out it consistently ranks on top-10 tourism lists for its huge, sprawling temples that date back 900 …

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10 days in Vietnam changes my life

betty ming liu Inspiration, Travel 14 Comments

Our mother-daughter dream vacation just wrapped up 10 days in Vietnam. The trip made memories that bonded us as adult buddies for life. How marvelous to have a 21-year-old adult child who is now one of my best friends. And the trip isn’t over yet! Vietnam offered us everything from nature and incredible eats to military history. Gabi and I kayaked …

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Inspiration for the week (or longer)

betty ming liu Art, Inspiration 8 Comments

This week, I rediscovered the pleasure in talking less and saying more. So instead of blathering on for hundreds of words, here are barely 300 words — plus a few photos that express  exactly how I feel right now. Of course, I still have lots to share. It’s just that I’m in a deliciously quiet mood, thanks to a solid …

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5 reasons why I love Madrid

betty ming liu Money, Travel 3 Comments

Last November, a 10-day vacation in Madrid made me a fan for life. The city was so welcoming and filled with surprises. The art, the cultural immersion — I was totally enchanted. I also learned a few things about the immigrant experience. Here are some of my favorite photos from the trip. To be honest, visiting Spain was never on …

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