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Win $100 Amazon or iTunes Gift Card in the My Life’s a Trip Caption Contest

Whoever writes the Best Caption For This Japanese Toilet Wins a $100 Gift Card from Amazon or iTunes

I come across a lot of interesting things in my travels that are worth sharing but don’t have an obvious place to fit with this luxury travel blog…. like the wacky Japanese toilet pictured above from the Robot Restaurant in Tokyo.

In the spirit of  the holidays and giving back to the blog readers, I’ve decided to hold a caption contest. Whoever writes the best caption for the picture above  in the Disqus comments below this post will win a $100 gift card to either Amazon or iTunes (the winner gets to pick).

The contest starts now and ends in one week. See the rules below for details.

Good luck!

Here’s how you enter: post a caption for the photo in the comment section below, limit one entry per person. In order to participate you must be 18 years of age or older as of the date the Contest and must be a fan of My Life’s A Trip Facebook page or share the contest link via Twitter using the #MLATCaptionContest hashtag.

Winners will be selected by the members of My Life’s A Trip team based on originality, humor and relevance and announced on 21th of December, 2013.

By entering the My Life’s A Trip Caption Contest, you agree that you have read the Contest rules and consent to the terms and conditions contained therein.

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Check out My HipStop #Marrakech Piece in the Winter issue of Snap Magazine


Chuck Arlund shot the gorgeous cover of Snap’s Color issue

Check out my HipStop Marrakech piece in the Winter issue of Snap Magazine. Snap magazine is a digital lifestyle publication focusing on Music, Fashion, Art, Travel and Food, all shot through the eyes of Hipstamatic users. I had so much fun shooting this piece for the #color themed issue. What’s even cooler is Snap lets you know what Hipstamatic film and lens combos were used to get the gorgeous images in the magazine.

You can read my HipStop Marrakech article online here (it runs from pages 34-40).

If you have an iPhone or iPad, Snap magazine is free and you can download it for iOS devices here:

Left: The courtyard Pool at Riad Farnatchi Right: Belly Dancing at Dar Marjana

All the images in this piece were shot using the Oggl app by Hipstamatic. The Oggl app is now available for the Windows phone here.

You can find & follow me on Oggl as @lax2nrt.

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Lost in Translation: Amusing Signage In India

Eatables Not Allowed outside the National Rail Museum in New Delhi

I’m currently in India, where I’m on assignment for to cover the Aman-I-Khas in Rajasthan.  This is my first trip to India in several years. With India’s colonial background, English is widely spoken. Sometimes, however, it can be written rather curiously. While I suppose none of these quirks technically qualify as Engrish, I still found some signs and words that struck me as worthy of a blog post.

At The National Train Museum in New Dehli I giggled when I saw multiple signs which said “Eatables Not Allowed.” I got the message– no food allowed. But the wording made me wonder, “are Lunchables permitted?”

Why not give an English school a Hebrew name? Oy vey.

Once I arrived in Rajasthan, I saw this sign for the Shalom English School and asked my driver to pull over so I could take a photograph. He did not understand why I thought it was so funny. I tried to explain this was like “naming a Hindi language school ‘Bonjour.’” My joke was lost in translation, which only further proves my point.

Indian Rails Meals on Wheels: these were the meals served on the Golden Temple train

This morning I took a 5 hour + train ride from Delhi to Sawai Madhopu on the Golden Temple train. The food they served on board was called Meals on Wheels. Back home in states, Meals on Wheels is an organization which provides meals to senior citizens, sometimes delivered to their homes if they are mobility impaired. Note: I passed on the food on the train. The Aman-I-Khas sent some lovely snacks to much on my train journey.

The Peace Sign translated pretty well in this selfie with Ganesh street art

The street art I came across in New Delhi translated better. I know that elephant is Ganesha because I have practiced yoga for well over a decade. And that peace sign in the trunk can’t be misunderstood.

Namaste from Rajasthan,


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Where To Eat Peking Duck in Hong Kong

Peking Duck at The China Club

Anyone whose visited Hong Kong knows it’s a city for foodies. I’ve never left feeling like I didn’t have a great meal or five. Of all the dining options Hong Kong has to offer, I look forward to great Peking Duck more than anything else. Here’s my list of best restaurants in Hong Kong for Peking Duck.

The China Club

The China Club is beyond atmospheric and the perfect destination for a memorable night out.  It’s one of my favorite places to visit when I am in town. Located in the old Bank of China building, it has an unbelievable Colonial atmosphere that feels straight out of Wong Kar-wai movie, complete with live music. I’m pretty sure if James Bond were in town for one night, you’d find him at The China Club sipping a martini on the terrace. There is an amazing art collection and the menu features a delicious Peking Duck. The downside– it’s a members club.

Peking Duck at The China Club

You either need to know a member to secure a reservation or have a really good concierge. The concierge at The Upper House hooked me up this time. You can check out my previous posts about The China Club here and some video I shot on a previous visit here.

The China Club

13/F, The Old Bank of China Building

Bank Street, Central, Hong Kong

Island Tang

Owned by Shanghai Tang founder David Tang (who also runs The China Club and Island Tang) and located in a gleaming mall in Central, Island Tang has the best Peking Duck I’ve ever eaten in Hong Kong. The vibe is similar to that at the China Club, although it’s less grand and caters to a business lunch crowd. The Peking Duck is excellent and reservations are easier to score here than at the China Club.

The Peking Duck at Island Tang comes complete with white glove service

Island Tang

Shop 222, The Galleria,

9 Queen’s Road Central,

Hong Kong

T: 2526 8798


Kowloon Tang

Another member of David Tang’s restaurant empire, Kowloon Tang is located on the Kowloon side, and easy to walk to from the W Hong Kong and Ritz Carlton.  It looks a lot like Island Tang, although it boasts a lovely outdoor dining area for dining al fresco when the weather allows. Note: Traditional Beijing Roast Duck at Kowloon Tang requires 24 hours notice. They are not kidding about this. I’ve left Island Tang duckless & bummed. That is why there is no picture of Kowloon Tang in this post.

Kowloon Tang

Shop R002-003, 3/F Roof Deck,

Elements, Kowloon Station,

1 Austin Road West,

Tsim Sha Tsui

Telephone: +852 2811 9398

Lovely indoor/outdoor dining area.


Hutong is a glamorous, latern-filled Chinese restaurant located on the top of a high rise in Kowloon. With a Michelin star and a menu that focuses on Cantonese specialties, Peking Duck is not a regular item on the Hutong menu. But their Zhang Cha Yaa (Sichuan style smoked duck with tea leaves) is an acceptable alternative. You won’t leave this gorgeous space feeling like you’re missing anything. The Beggar’s Chicken and Dan Dan Noodles are also next level yum.


28/F, One Peking Road

Tsim ShaTsui, Kowloon,

Hong Kong, China (Tsim Sha Tsui)

+852 3428 8342

If you have any thoughts about where I should eat Peking Duck on my next trip to Hong Kong, please let me know in the comments section.

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Where To Eat in Paris: Brasserie Lipp

Rainy day at Brasserie Lipp

My favorite Parisian brasserie focuses on Alsatian cuisine and serves a healthy dose of attitude, which is something I usually despise.

Brasserie Lipp is located in the 6th arrondissement, close to the Abbey of Saint-Germain-Des-Prés. It’s practically across the street from some of the most famous cafés in Paris– Cafe de Flore (which was undergoing renovations during my recent visit) and the literary and artistic centric Les Deux Magots. But it’s Brasserie Lipp that I return to time and again. You’ll find it on several lists for the best brasseries in Paris, but it’s not for everyone… or the easily offended.

The 1920s deco atmosphere feels straight out of a time warp (or at least Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds), with snobbery that is so in-your-face I have to stifle a giggle. As soon as you enter you see a sign stating that shorts are not allowed. You can be a tourist and eat here, but you sure can’t dress like one. Once my waiter went all TMZ on me and blocked my shot with his hand when I attempted to photograph my frisée salad. For some reason, I didn’t find this annoying. At Brasserie Lipp, it’s indeed part of the charm. Plus the food is so delicious.

Left: The Frisee salad is delicious Right: My waiter went all TMZ when I attempted to photograph my food

The crowd at Brasserie Lipp is a good one if you like people watching– a mix of wealthy Real Housewives of Paris, older men rocking professorial sweaters with leather elbow patches and some assorted foreigners. I once sat next to an American rock star here who spoke French and noticed he got just as much attitude as I did (but ordered the steak tartare).

What to order: steak tartare, steak frites, ham with lentils, frisee salad, with lardons, Dover sole. If you’re craving something sweet, I’ve heard the baba au rhum is good, but I’ve never eaten dessert here because it’s so close to Ladurée and I’m always going to prefer macarons.

This ain’t California– no salad as meal at Brasserie Lipp

Brasserie Lipp Paris

151 Boulevard Saint-Germain,
75006 Paris, France
+33 1 45 48 53 91

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