Phuket Challenge: How Not to Gain Weight When Traveling

Despite my sincerest efforts not to overindulge when I travel – I go easy on the breakfast buffets and avoid desserts with a vengeance – I always seem to put on weight when I am away from home. And as anyone with weight management issues will tell, it goes on a whole lot easier when …

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Phuket Challenge: Is It Possible to Stay at Five Star Resorts and Not Gain Weight?

 Michael Taylor is flying to Phuket in Southern Thailand, where he will spend eight nights at (mostly) five star hotels and resorts.There will be one exception. Just to keep his feet on the ground, he will stay at one hotel that is targeted at the mass market for two nights during that stay. Is it …

Phuket Challenge: Is It Possible to Spend Eight Days at Luxury Resorts and Not Gain Weight?

Michael Taylor is flying to Phuket in Southern Thailand, where he will spend eight nights at (mostly) five star hotels and resorts. There will be one exception. Just to keep his feet on the ground, he will stay at one hotel that is targeted at the mass market for two nights during that stay. Is …

Hotel Review: Grand Formosa Regent Taipei

A member of the Four Seasons Hotel Group, the Grand Formosa Regent Taipei was the first hotel in Greater China to offer Pure Allergy Rooms. I requested to stay in one for several nights during a wonderful visit to that wonderful city in 2010. What I remember most was the sense of calm that I experienced …

Hotel Review: Amari Residences Bangkok

Located near Petchburi Road, Amari Residences Bangkok is convenient to both the MRT and the newly launched Airport Link, putting Bangkok's impossible to pronounce Suvarnabhumi International Airport within easy reach. Sixty per cent of guests are long term, staying an average of 9.5 nights.  One of several Amari properties in the Thai capital, Amari Residences …

Scalpers in Bangkok Re-sell Krispy Kreme Doughtnuts at a Profit!

Krispy Kreme Donoughts are proving to be a big hit in Bangkok, Michael Taylor discovered during a  recent trip to the Big Mango.   The US based donut chain opened with big fanfare a couple of years back in Hong Kong, where Michael lives. But the two outlets closed several months later, failing to find favour …

Shark ’s Fin Soup: Is It Safe?

Is industrial grade hydrogen peroxide and ammonia being used to bleach shark's fins? That is what some disturbing news reports seem to suggest. “Recent news reports in China and Hong Kong have circulated footage of an underground shark fin processing factory that uses industrial grade hydrogen peroxide and ammonia to bleach fins,” says WildAid, a …

Shark ’s Fin Soup: Yao Ming Just Says, “No!”

What do Bono, Jane Fonda, Julia Roberts, Mel Gibson, and Richard Gere have in common with Yao Ming of the Houston Rockets? They all just say “No!” to shark's fin! That might not be a big deal for Hollywood movie stars, but in China shark's fin is considered a delicacy. It was favoured in the …