New Taiwan Hotel Rooms Are Miniature Casinos

Gone are the days of the one-armed bandit and other coin-operated mechanical machines. Today’s casinos feature all kinds of electronic slots that give you colorful displays while taking in many of your paper dollars. However, things they are a’changing!

The newly opened, five-star i-Hotel  in Taouan claims to be the world’s first total e-gambling mecca. Each guest room is equipped as a mini-casino, with two multi-purpose computers featuring electronic versions of the traditional casino slot machines, as well as fun computer games, movies and regular TV programs.

There are also computerized gambling machines in the super-modern hotel lobby and other areas of the luxury destination. Quoted room rates are listed from about $50 a night.

Destination: SeaWorld, Orlando FL PDF Print E-mail

SeaWorld performers

Located near Walt Disney World, SeaWorld is adjacent to Busch Gardens. If you’re planning a family trip to the area, bring everyone, including grandparents and grandkids. Now that weather is getting wintery in many other parts of the U.S. and Canada, be sure to allow at least three to seven warm, sunny days and comfy nights to experience all of these wonderful vacation facilities.

Lots of bargain hotels, motels, restaurants, amusement parks, swimming, boating, shows and scads more waiting for you to enjoy. Be sure to see the wonderful water acrobatics, performed both by talented humans and their fantastic aquatic animal pals at SeaWorld!

Beautiful Cascade Mountains, Washingon PDF Print E-mail

Sailboat with Cascades background

How to breeze thru airport security PDF Print E-mail

Cartoon of running couple

Well, not really a very fast breeze these days, but if you do it right, at least you can avoid the usual snail’s pace . Here are some suggestions for easing your way:

1. Wear easy-off shoes, sandals and boots. Nothing is so awkward in the security line as when you’re juggling tickets, purses, computers, tickets and other stuff, and then have to stoop over to remove or put on footwear. Make it at least a bit less inconvenient if you can get barefoot in a hurry.

2. Wear a jacket or vest with lots of pockets when going through security. Have all papers and other documents ready ready to be displayed.

3. Yeah, we know all the gripes about the body scans, and how they’re getting more embarrassing as new ones are invented. If you must go through the ordeal, keep calm and courteous. The scan person is just doing a job and has heard it all before.

4. Know the no-no rules about stuff you can’t carry through security, and be sure to leave it with your checked bags before you must go through the delays caused by your thoughtless error. Be sure your laptop is in approved bag with open flap in case it is inspected.

And, for your own peace of mind, get to the airport early, so the ordeal won’t also include running to a gate that has just closed. Be prompt, not sorry.

Food: Would cavemen enjoy in-flight meals? PDF Print E-mail


On your next flight, would you enjoy a dinner of roast dinosaur? There are several scientific studies going on that examine the diet of Stone Age humans. The rumor is that cruise lines, airlines and hotel chains are interested in serving foods that include more natural and healthy ingredients.

Actually, just kidding about dinosaur on the menu. If you ever stayed awake in history class, you’d know those beasts were gone from the earth several million years before man arrived. However, the cavemen's simple diet, primarily of meats, is considered healthy for today’s humans by some nutrition experts. Just don’t try convincing a vegan of that.

Stone Age people were hunter-gathers who found food, primarily animals, within short distances of where they lived. They did eat some wild grasses and beans, but researchers claim vitamin-rich liver, kidneys and brains were their favorites. By the way, have those researchers considered that cavemen died at 30 of old age?

Tip: What to do when a passenger flips out near you? PDF Print E-mail

Cartoon of angry man

Flying on commercial airlines seems to be getting more stressful all the time. Name any complaint and every passenger these days can gripe about a personal occasion when it happened.

However, there are times when passengers go beyond angripes, and actually put themselves and others in danger by losing control. Something makes people to snap in flight, and we seem to see about it in the news almost every day.

Recently   cite example an unruly passenger on a flight bound for Amsterdam forced pilots to return the plane to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport shortly after take-off.


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