green coconut pot Manasa Waidroka cooking class Fiji
Adventure, Food, Music, photography, Video

Video: Traditional Fijian Cuisine

https://videopress.com/v/HDLd5kMl?preloadContent=metadata Waidroka Bay Resort held a two-day "Cooking Masterclass" on traditional Fijian cuisine this past weekend. Head Chef Manasa taught the course, and he conceived an inventive menu with plenty of techniques I'd never encountered before. It was a fun and creative class, and I learned things that I can try at home. Day 1… Continue reading Video: Traditional Fijian Cuisine

Bird on Wire ATB
Art, Music

Music for Meditation: Bird on a Wire

Illustration by Aileen Torres-Bennett Here's an original composition of mine that I recommend for meditation. I'm not a practitioner of classical meditation, but I do practice reflection regularly to understand my mental states. This practice of reflection combined with a fitness regimen helps me to (putting it generally) deal with life. As you listen to… Continue reading Music for Meditation: Bird on a Wire

Hero Comes to Town ATB
Art, Music

Press Play: Hero Comes to Town

I was messing around with my electric guitar last week and came up with a new composition. In my head, I heard an Ennio Morricone-style score, with a choir to uplift the drama of the guitar sound. I can't sing very high--I've always been an alto--but there is a "human voice/violin" option on my keyboard… Continue reading Press Play: Hero Comes to Town

Adventure, Music, photography, Video

Video: Tongan Culture in Fiji

Hubby's colleague invited us this past Saturday for a Tongan cultural tour. She is half-Tongan, half-Fijian, and her family hosted us for a fascinating day that gave us an overview of Tongan heritage in Fiji. We started off at Naroro, a Tongan village in Sigatoka, where we loaded into a van to travel up the… Continue reading Video: Tongan Culture in Fiji

Restaurant, Helshire Beach, Jamaica
Adventure, Music, photography, Video

Virtual Travel: Jamaica

  It's not safe to travel during this global pandemic, but that doesn't mean you can't find inspiration for a future trip. This video is a slideshow of scenes in Jamaica, where we lived for about 1.5 years. I took all the photos and created the background music. It was fun to put this together;… Continue reading Virtual Travel: Jamaica