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10 Things Every First-Time Visitor To Las Vegas Should Know

10 Things Every First-Time Visitor To Las Vegas Should Know

A couple years ago, I wrote a post on “9 things that Vegas is not” … it was geared toward to the first timer in Vegas. When you get to Vegas for the first time, when you’ve never walked the Strip, taken a ride on the New York New York roller coaster, or even gambled; it’s a lot to take in. It’s impossible not to have fun in Sin City, but there were quite a few things I didn’t realize about Vegas until I went. Here’s 10 Things Every First-Time Visitor To Las Vegas Should Know: You can’t walk everywhere ... Read More »

Grand Canyon Sunset : A photoblog #missioncurrypenguin

Grand Canyon Sunset : A photoblog #missioncurrypenguin

In the 14 hours that it took for the return trip from Vegas to the Grand Canyon, you drive through so many weather conditions, that you think you’re driving through different countries. Once we got to the Grand Canyon, the haze and sunlight at sunset created a completely smokey, dreamy photo effect. Definitely the Grand Canyon Sunset should be on a photographer’s bucket list. Read More »

Eating chili and watching murals in the Ghost Town of Chloride, Arizona.

Eating chili and watching murals in the Ghost Town of Chloride, Arizona.

What do you do when you see signs like these? If you’re like most people … you’ll continue driving past. It’s a hokey looking sign, but then you realize that the town is called Choride, you have to take a peek. On our road trip to the Grand Canyon, I had to pull an executive decision and overrule 50% of the car to head into this town. The Ghost Town of Chloride, Arizona is a mining ghost town that never really died, hence you get the abandoned buildings and mining equipment. It also has the oldest continuously operating post office ... Read More »

The Fremont Street Experience is always that … an experience!

The Fremont Street Experience is always that … an experience!

I’ve mentioned before on this blog that Fremont Street is my favorite part of Vegas. It’s completely tacky and campy … and has that old school feel to it. The Vegas Strip is completely sanitized and all corporate … while nothing is wrong with that, sometimes you want something different. The “Fremont Street Experience” is exactly that … an experience. The creation of the Fremont Street experience has always been a case study in urban renewal for me. The installation of the show was definitely ambitious display of creative genius. The technical and logistical wizardry that enabled the lighting of ... Read More »

Wynn Buffet Brunch vs Spice Market Dinner buffet.

Wynn Buffet Brunch vs Spice Market Dinner buffet.

Buffets in Vegas are somewhat legendary. Personally, I think the hype is more North American, because the best breakfast buffet I’ve ever seen was the Dan Hotel in Tel Aviv, Israel and the best dinner buffer was definitely at one of the super buffets in Makati, Manila. The Filipinos definitely know how to make a ridiculous, over the top buffet … it’s truly astounding to the technical and logistic competence of seeing one of those buffets in action. However, I digress … today the #missioncurrypenguin crew did two buffets in one day! We started the day at the Wynn Buffet ... Read More »

The fountain show at the Bellagio

The fountain show at the Bellagio

When in Vegas, I do love the night photography. Three mandatory stops along the way would the following: Fountain Show at the Bellagio Volcano eruption at the Mirage Sirens wailing at Treasure Island Seeing the fountains of the Bellagio is the easiest attraction to see, especially when it’s colder in the Vegas winter. There will be no one jostling you for position, blocking your shots or pushing you out of the way. The show is on every 15 minutes, and if different from the feature fountain show at noon. Here’s also what to do in 5 hours at the Bellagio. ... Read More »

There is lots of free stuff to do in Vegas … if you lost your all money

There is lots of free stuff to do in Vegas … if you lost your all money

Las Vegas has reinvented itself as an adult and family playground all at the same time. This has been achieved through a never ending blitz of promotion through movies, ads and TV Shows. Where else can you find a 25$ USD luxury buffet to take the 25,000 prostitutes on offer by those Latino flyer guys? In Vegas of course! Where else can you stay in a 25$ a night hotel, so that you can blow 1000′s of dollars on the Blackjack tables? In Vegas of course! Where can you claim to visit The Pyramids of Egypt, Eiffel Tower in Paris, ... Read More »

7 reasons I love Niagara Falls in the Winter

7 reasons I love Niagara Falls in the Winter

Niagara Falls is one of my favorite places in the world to relax. This sounds counter intuitive because it’s so busy, but I love it because of all the “newness” and energy around. As cliche as it is … any of the great 5 waterfalls in the world, will create excitement. There is something about the power of the water that just draws you to it. Obviously, there are a lot of people who are drawn to the water, because in summer … Niagara Falls is simply terrible. It’s a cluster bomb of nonsense, traffic and humanity. Oh … the ... Read More »

Wednesday Photo Nights #23 : East Coastal Drive – Prince Edward Island

Wednesday Photo Nights #23 : East Coastal Drive – Prince Edward Island

One of best things about Prince Edward Island is that you can take off for a super scenic drive at any point, while the weather is warm. Doing the¬†Eastern Bays Discovery Drive (Cardigan to Rollo Bay) as part of the East Coastal drive from Charlottetown to Souris was about 2 hours, when considering the photo stops along the way. The Souris, Fortune and Boughton Rivers have created a series of bays separating woodlands, farms and coastlines. Built in 1880, Souris East Lighthouse is a wood-constructed tower on Knight Point overlooking the town of Souris. Visitors can climb to the lantern ... Read More »

Charlottetown Farmers Market in PEI

Charlottetown Farmers Market in PEI

In Trinidad, we don’t have “Farmers’ Markets” … because all farmers sell their produce at the local markets. As a teenage, I wandered the Chaguanas Market and saw the friendliness, hustle and bustle. I was always guided by the list my mother gave me and little did I know, I was getting my first “foodie” experience, in being able to recognize produce, pick fruit and vegetables, be exposed to spices and get to sample all that is Trinidadian flavor. Where else could I sample Kutchela, eat a “Sno Cone” with Guava syrup, have two doubles and then head home for ... Read More »