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Joanna Lai



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Fourth generation Bay Arean. Traveled to 25+ countries and US states. Lived in 3 different continents. Enjoy the outdoors, sports, and local food- especially with good company.

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ALas Vegas: Top things to do in Las Vegas that don't include gambling?

- Hoover Dam​ (about 30 minute drive from Vegas)  - Buffets and shows on the strip  - It's a longer drive (2+ hours), but you can check out the canyons in Utah- Zion National Park​ and Bryce Canyon City​... See More

AChinatown San Francisco: Suggestions on best Chinatown restaurant in San Francisco? Not overpriced.

R & G Lounge​, Z & Y Restaurant​, and Great Eastern Restaurant​. All in Chinatown.  See More

ASan Francisco: What is the best way to travel to Santorini from SF?

I'd say fly to Athens and then take a ferry. There are more flights directly to Athens. When I lived in London, we found is cheaper to fly to Athens vs. Santorini.  See More

AAir travel - what are your top 3 priorities?

schedule convenience, affordability, airline quality  See More

ASan Francisco: Things to do off the beaten path?

Yoga in Grace Cathedral​. Tuesday evenings at 6:30pm (but you want to arrive there 45 minutes early to get a spot). Suggested donation of $10-$20. See More

ASingapore: 5 days. Eat, see & do?

Good thing you're a foodie, Singapore has fantastic food. I read somewhere that you can eat a different dish for each day of the year without repeating. Local favorties are hainese chicken rice, laksa noodles, nasi goreng, kaya toast, curry chili crab, etc. The fresh... See More

ALondon: What's the best yet affordable places for 2 wks trip to London & Europe?

Just read this article the other day-  Best bets for an el cheapo European vacation in 2015 ​ Has some good insight; enjoy!  See More

AKentucky: What is the quintessential food that is unique to these states?

Michigan is known for the cherries and apples. And here's a fun US gastronomy map- See More

AAny advice for a young, inexperienced traveler?

Just start and go! =)  For young people, limited money can be a reason for not traveling. You can travel on a budget and live creatively. If there's a will, there's a way.  And where ever you go, take the time to know the local culture. Just don't have... See More

AWhat's the most interesting place you've ever traveled to?

My ancestral villages in Southern China Guangzhou​ (Taishan​ and Zhongshan​). This was the "most interesting" place because it was a trip of self discovery. Being a fourth generation Chinese American, I... See More

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