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How to Travel to Singapore ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Style for Cheap

Courtesy Sarah Berger

the Marina Bay Sands Hotel, Singapore
Marina Bay Sands Hotel. Photo courtesy Sarah Berger

If you’ve seen the new movie “Crazy Rich Asians,” which follows an Asian-American woman who discovers that her boyfriend hails from one of the richest families in Singapore where it’s set, you’re probably already dreaming of visiting the Southeast Asian city.

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Hard Day's Night 2017

Beatle Beat Trivia x 5

Q) In which Beatle song is there a reference to Edgar Allan Poe?

Q) Who is ‘Martha’ in “Martha My Dear”?

Q) To whom is John singing to in “Don’t Let Me Down”?

Q) What is ‘Norwegian Wood’?

Q) Who is ‘Mary’ in song “Let it Be”?

Scroll down for the answers

Check Out the Latest Inflight Meal Reviews!

Courtesy Nik Loukas,  Inflight Feed 

Air New Zealand plane
New Zealand’s national airline is well respected for its culinary offerings and the excellent in-flight wines available. Photo courtesy: © Air New Zealand

InFlight Feed an airline food information website for passengers that also features a blog of the inflight meal experiences of Nik Loukas on his various trips around the globe. Inflight Feed has been giving passengers information on over 150 airlines worldwide since 2012,  telling them how to order special meals, find out what food might be for sale inflight, how to upgrade your inflight meal and general inflight meal information.

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Burping Is Good Manners & 25 Other Global Etiquette Surprises

Courtesy The Daily Meal Staff

a cup of Cappuccino

In Italy, Never Order A Cappuccino After A Meal

When you’re dining the Italian way, be sure to order an espresso or a coffee after a meal. Do not order a cappuccino, as Italians believe milk beverages slow down digestion.

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In First Lady’s Hometown in Slovenia, the Business Is Melania

Melania Trump's family's house in Slovenia

Courtesy The New York Times

Melania cake. Melania cream. Melania wine. Melania tea. Melania slippers. Melania salami. Melania chocolate-coated apple slices. There are few products that the enterprising burghers of Sevnica, a small, rural Slovenian town where Melania Trump spent her formative years, have not sought to brand in honor of the first lady of the United States.

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Countries Difficult for Americans to Visit

In spite of broad generalizations that Americans have no interest in leaving their own borders, US citizens are traveling abroad in record numbers. According to the US National Tourism Office, nearly 67 million Americans chose to take an international trip in 2016. The world may be our oyster, but some countries impose harsh visa requirements that may hinder American tourism.

Bhutan
The tiny Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan doesn’t allow independent travelers. To gain access, interested visitors must hire a travel agent, who will require upfront payment of the entire trip.
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10 of the World’s Craziest Landings

Courtesy Ashley Rossi

These 10 airports have some of the craziest landings in the world. Fretful flyers, you’ve been warned.

aircraft landing at Gustaf III Airport, Saint Barthelemy
Gustaf III Airport, Saint Barthelemy

Flying can be a nerve-racking experience for fretful travelers; however, landings at these 10 airports are sure to frighten even the most frequent flyers. From an airport at the edge of a cliff to sandy beach landings, here are the world’s craziest runways — consider yourself warned.

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Beatle Beat Trivia Answers

Q) In which Beatle song is there a reference to Edgar Allan Poe?

A) “I am the Walrus.”

Q) Who is ‘Martha’ in “Martha My Dear”?

A) Paul’s sheepdog.

Q) To whom is John singing to in “Don’t Let Me Down”?

A) Yoko Ono.

Q) What is ‘Norwegian Wood’?

A) Norwegian pine. An inexpensive wood used in building, popular in the mid-60s.

Q) Who is ‘Mary’ in the song “Let it Be”?

A) Paul’s mother, Mary McCartney who died of cancer when he was 14-years-old.

Random Acts of Canine Kindness

Cedric the Dog takes a well-earned break after organizing a protest at an altright Neo-Nazi rally in South Dakota.

You want a friend in Washington? Get a dog. – Harry S. Truman

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Last Meals of 23 Famous People

Courtesy The Daily Meal

There is something fascinating about last meals. Eating is something we do multiple times on a daily basis; it is what gives us life. Surround yourself with chefs, cooks, and culinarily inclined guests at a dinner party, and you may very well be presented with a particular question: “What would you want for your last meal on Earth?”

Elvis and his last meal of ice cream and chocolate chip cookies
On August 16, 1977, the King downed four scoops of ice cream and six chocolate chip cookies at his Graceland mansion in Memphis. After that, he went to bed, and then got up a few hours later to go to the bathroom, where he suffered a heart attack. Photo credits: Left: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc./Wikimedia Commons; Right: istockphoto.com
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15 Surprising Things TSA Allows Past Airport Checkpoints

By Benet Wilson

liquor
TSA treats adult beverages with between 24 percent but not more than 70 percent just like other liquids. The bottles must be unopened, be 3.4 ounces or less and fit into a quart-sized bag. But FAA regulations prohibit travelers from drinking their carry-on alcohol unless it’s served by a flight attendant. Photo credit: Sucek/Getty Images

Some items — like guns (real or replica), large scissors and flammable liquids — are never allowed. But the agency continues to make changes when it comes to what can get past the checkpoint.

Below are 15 surprise items you can actually take past the checkpoint. But in case you still have questions, you can take a photo of the item and send it to either AskTSA on Facebook Messenger or via Twitter. Staff are online with answers from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. ET during the week and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekends and holidays

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8 Popular Destinations Where Air Pollution Could Ruin Your Trip

Air pollution does a lot more than cause canceled or postponed vacations — it kills millions of people worldwide every year, according to the World Health Organization. Some of the worst places for air pollution are also home to bucket-list-worthy sights. But missing them might be the least of your problems if smog ramps up during your visit: Symptoms of air pollution sickness include nausea, coughing, headache, itchy eyes — and air pollution can cause long-term breathing problems.

Here are some of the worst destinations for smog, especially if you already suffer from asthma or other respiratory problems.

India

smog over Agra, India

The Taj Mahal attracts thousands of travelers every day, but the city it’s in is one of the worst in the world for air pollution. Smog in Agra can cut visibility so dramatically that you can’t see much more than an outline of the giant tomb, and visitors who don’t cancel their trip during a period of heavy smog can be seen wearing face masks to visit.

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10 Most Misleading Travel Terms

Courtesy Jamie Ditaranto, SmarterTravel

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If you spend enough time comparing hotels, flights, and tours, you’ll eventually realize that many words have very little meaning in the travel industry. You might think that there would be some sort of common agreement on travel terms across hotels that would define what makes a suite a suite or a deluxe room better than a standard room, but no such agreements exist. Travelers are often surprised to find that what they booked is not quite what they expected.

Here are some travel hype words you should take lightly, and that might even signal you should do a little more research.

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Deb's Poetry Break

Alone

By Edgar Allan Poe

From childhood’s hour I have not been
As others were; I have not seen
As others saw; I could not bring
My passions from a common spring.
From the same source I have not taken
My sorrow; I could not awaken
My heart to joy at the same tone;
And all I loved, I loved alone.
Then- in my childhood, in the dawn
Of a most stormy life- was drawn
From every depth of good and ill
The mystery which binds me still:
From the torrent, or the fountain,
From the red cliff of the mountain,
From the sun that round me rolled
In its autumn tint of gold,
From the lightning in the sky
As it passed me flying by,
From the thunder and the storm,
And the cloud that took the form
(When the rest of Heaven was blue).

Send Deb your favorite travel poems

Time Capsule Cinema

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Polanski’s “Cul-de-Sac”

By Walt Mundkowsky

By this viewer’s idiosyncratic standards, Cul-de-Sac (1966) is Roman Polanski’s sole brush with greatness, and the only feature to keep faith with the surrealist metaphors and perceptions of his celebrated short films. It’s his most bizarrely funny, as well as his most serious work.

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