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Asakusa’s Jazz & Pub Hub in Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo, JAPAN — Japan has a vibrant jazz scene as evidenced by its live club performances, nonstop background play in malls, and in the Aeon neighborhood market chain.  China, Korea, Singapore, Taiwan also embrace jazz.  Now that the 2Samoas Samoana Jazz and Arts Festival is recognized by the...
The Lume Cube
Honolulu, HI — My Lume Cubes fly on my drones, provide interview setup lighting for my TV news/documentary production, with adapter walk around attached to my iPhone (pictured above), they can slide on my Nikon DSLR, so one set essentially does it all (ok, I bought 2 sets in case I have to light up...
Honolulu, HAWAII — Vargo’s Titanium Para-Bottle is the ultimate daily water bottle and steps it up when a natural disaster strikes your peaceful life. In its factory stock configuration, the pure grade Titanium ultra lightweight Para-Bottle comes in at only 9.8 oz. If you travel from the Territory...
Honolulu, HAWAII — On land handed to Kalehua (passed on to descendants the Harry Piltz Family) from King Kamehameha, Francis Sua runs Chance Customs (435 Kamakee St, Honolulu, 808 847-2100) to keep you running at a fair price. A graduate of Marist, American Samoa, Chance has roots in Savaii and is...
Honolulu, HAWAII — The DJI Spark is a wonderful low cost family drone that will preserve magic moments and save you plentee tala.   Originally at $499, the price has dropped dramatically to a much happier $399. The Spark’s distance range is not like Phantom 4 Pro, Mavic Pro, or the DJI’s latest...
A cook arranges his roast pork, duck and chicken offerings at the Food Loft, Woodlands, Singapore. [photo: Barry Markowitz, 5/1/18]
SINGAPORE — Singapore is a delight in so many ways. As an island nation near the equator, Singapore has much in common with our Samoas. Always of interest to Samoans is food. In the modern Samoan mindset with the diabetes and high blood pressure epidemics, Singapore is a wonderful role model. On...
USA Eagles 7s player, Kevon Williams, enjoys hosting his kids on the pitch at BC Place, after the Canada 7s, Vancouver, Canada.  [photo: Barry Markowitz
Honolulu, HAWAII — After more than 30 years shooting rugby, there is some memorable imagery that gets etched in the brain. Cool Stuff still tears up reviewing my Baby Jonah Lomu photos at his 1994 Hong Kong 7s debut. What great pride we all shared watching Alafoti Fa’osaliva score the winning try...