Why You Should Travel While Young!

It’s #‎TravelWednesday‬!

We are already 3 months into the new year and if you haven’t taken a trip somewhere this year yet, I highly recommend you do it in the near future.

As young adults, many of us get distracted and rather stay in town and party it up with friends or stick with the familiar. But it is when we really go outside of our comfort zone that we really discover much more about other cultures and even more about ourselves through our interaction with other people in far off places around the globe.

You can read as much as you’d like about certain destinations and wanderlust over pictures but it isn’t experienced until you actually make a trek out there!

The world is full of wealth and I do not mean that by material wealth but more of the abundance of knowledge you will learn by experiencing how it is like when you get a glimpse into other culture’s everyday life. And trust me, you will truly be grateful of having those experiences later on down the line.

I personally wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for all the travel experiences I’ve had throughout all these years and I am very grateful to have had those wonderful opportunities.

Get out there and plan that trip you’ve always wanted to take. When you are still young, you’ve got much more wonders to experience before all the distractions of life come around! Don’t hesitate and start planning your itinerary today!

“Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us, or we find it not.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Happy Travels,

Roger Ma
Enjoy Globally

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Expedited Entry Into The US With The Global Entry Program

The US Customs and Border Protection’s Global Entry Program has been around since 2011 and to be honest, I don’t know why I waited until last week to apply for the program!  

For those of you who aren’t familiar with it, Global Entry is one of the few expedited programs for trusted travelers that speeds up entry into the US.  For those of you who fly abroad frequently, you know that immigration at LAX or JFK can be horrific!  There have been occasions where I had to wait well over an hour (and this was after a 12+ hour flight as well) just to reenter to country.  

Well, with Global Entry, you can simply bypass the normal immigration and customs line and use a kiosk by scanning your passport and fingerprints, saving the hassle and unpredictability of the excruciating long line (and possibly dealing with an immigration officer who isn’t very pleasant).  

Another advantage?  You don’t have to fill out any forms at all (save the trees)!  Simply scan your passport at the kiosk and input what you’ve got to declare and you’ll be good to go!

Not only can you skip the lines when coming back into the US from an international flight but you can also take advantage of the TSA Pre-Check program when flying domestically and keep your shoes on and not have to remove your laptop or liquids from your carry-on baggage.  Coming back into the US through a land border with Mexico or Canada?  Take advantage of the expedited lines for Sentri and Nexus members!  Even a few select Canadian airports have pre-clearance for Global Entry members!

Ok, so you’re probably excited and planning on signing up now!  There’s a catch.  You need to have a slate clean record and have no criminal convictions on your record (DUIs, caught with marijuana, etc., etc.).  And the program is $100.  But it lasts 5 years so that rounds up to $20 a year to bypass those horrific immigration lines!  Some credit cards will credit you back the $100 as well (AMEX Platinum for example).

When you fill out the online application, be sure to be 100% honest as they do quite an extensive background check and WILL FIND OUT anything that has happened in the past.  Once you submit it, it takes anywhere from a few days to a couple weeks before you find out whether you’re “conditionally approved” or rejected.  If you’re conditionally approved, you will still need to visit one of the enrollment centers to have an interview with a CBP officer.  

Be sure to make an appointment within 30 days after you get the conditional approval, otherwise you will forfeit the $100 (forfeited if you’re also rejected).  When I applied, the earliest appointment available at the nearest enrollment center was about a month later (just days before my flight to London).  So I checked again the next morning and got lucky and found an opening just 3 days later!  Be sure to check frequently as people cancel their appointments pretty often and you can manage to squeeze in at an earlier time.

Give yourself some extra cushion time as well once you go to your interview appointment.  If you’re familiar with the DMV’s horrendous lines, then you are ok.  My appointment was at 6pm but I got there at 5:30pm hoping to squeeze into the interview a little earlier.  They didn’t call me up until nearly 7pm so be informed of the wait.

Though some other people I know said the approval process can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks, I was lucky and got approved on the spot (whoo-hoo) and the CBP officer said that the Global Entry benefits on the passport was immediately in effect.  

I have yet to use my Global Entry benefits but will update all of you on it once I am back from my UK and France trip in less than a month!  

Until next time folks!

Happy Travels,

Roger Ma
Enjoy Globally

Galaxy Note 3 Handmade Real Wood Phone Cases!

We’ve got in some newer styles of the handmade natural wood phone cases for the Galaxy Note 3!

These beautifully crafted phone cases are made of eco-friendly material from sustainable real wood and recycled PU material!  As a big phone with a fragile screen, we know that it is almost inevitable that one drop can potentially crack the screen so why not protect it with one of our beautiful case?!

You’ll still have access to all your ports and controls, along with double magnetic closures so you don’t have that annoying flap that most flip phone cases have!

Handmade Real Wood Phone Cases For iPhone 5c & Galaxy S5!

Happy Sunday everyone!  We

We hope your weekend is going well!

We’ve finally got in some highly sought after handmade wood phone cases for the phone models that many of you have requested for.  These beautifully handmade wood and leather phone cases are now available for the ​iPhone 5c and ​Samsung Galaxy S5!

They give your beautiful phone that final touch and will provide much protection for it as well while being super lightweight without adding extra unnecessary bulk that other cases have!

Order yours today for only $19.95 at EnjoyGlobally.com.  Free shipping is always provided for customers within the US!

Stay posted for new updates as we will have other styles of cases for the popular Galaxy phone models and iPhones too!

Beautifully handmade Galaxy S5 phone cases made of real wood!

Our beautiful iPhone 5c Handcrafted Wood Phone Cases!

What To Do In Little Rock, Arkansas!

We were recently on a road-trip from SoCal to Atlanta and spent about one day in each of the major towns along Route 66. We stopped by a number of landmarks along the way and had a great time exploring the region!

Little Rock was one of the towns we stopped at and found to be very interesting with its deep history as being the place where desegregation took place at Central High School. Despite being a small town in comparison to our huge metros out here in California, we still loved our time there and the great hospitality we got from the people we met!

Here’s a list of some notable spots we thought you’d might wanna check out!

Central High School
For those of you who attended school here in the states, I am sure you know about the history that took place right at this site. Despite being a National Historic Site, the school is still running! You’re still able to visit and check out certain parts of the school even as students are attending classes. Be sure to visit the museum right across the street, where you’ll see and learn much of the country’s struggle with racism from its very beginning.

little rock central high school

Arkansas State Capitol
At the first glance, the first thing that comes to mind is the capitol building in D.C., which this building highly resembles! We got there a bit late and couldn’t tour the inside but it was worth visiting as we got to see the gorgeous architecture from the outside and a few cool pictures!

arkansas state capitol building

Bill Clinton Presidential Library
If you’re a fan of Bill and just love history, this place is a must visit. Situated right along the Arkansas River, this place is hard to miss! With replicas of his Oval Office and Cabinet Room and a whole showcase of things from his entire presidency (including the actual presidential limo) to present time (minus the Lewinsky scandal), you’ll spend a good two or more hours here to soak in a good amount of what’s to see!

Don’t forget to take a stroll along the Clinton Presidential Bridge right outside once you finish. It stretches across the Arkansas River and is a cool spot to snap some pics (or selfies)!

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clinton presidential bridge

River Market District
This is the spot to check out a variety of food vendors, live music and the nightlife! With a good selection of bars and clubs in the area, you won’t be bored if you’re a night owl. If you’re a craft beer lover, head over to Flying Saucer and knock down a cold one (or 2, 3…).

flying saucer little rock

Doe’s Eat Place
If you’re looking for a hearty meal that’ll satisfy that belly of yours, you are in for a treat at Doe’s! Their steaks are might HUGE! They are cooked very well and sliced to order, then sliced again for presentation. Served with their house salad and Texas toast, your mouth will be watering before you even dig in!

Don’t let the shabby old building fool you. This place has been visited by Clinton and other famous celebrities. But this isn’t the reason to visit! Number one reason you should go is for the delicious grub!

doe's eat place - steak

does eat place

There are a ton of other things to check out in this town and we are sure you’ve got a few recommendations of your own that I might have missed out on during my quick trip in this cool town!

Until next time folks!

Happy Travels,

Roger Ma
Enjoy Globally

What To Do On A San Francisco Weekend Trip!

Happy Monday folks (we know, we know, you probably have the “Monday Blues”)!

We were recently in the San Francisco Bay area and thought we’d give some pointers on what to do if you happen to have a short trip of say 2-3 days up there!  We’ve been up there numerous times over the years and despite our trips being pretty short, it is still enough time to squeeze in all the main attractions and chow down at some good food spots!

  • Golden Gate Bridge

Okay, we know this is probably by far one of the main reasons you’re coming to visit SF (besides the good food, haha).  We recommend taking a stroll across the bridge (or riding a bike) and catching all the sights.  And please don’t forget your camera (keep your smart phone charged with our Energy Bar Mini)

  • Alcatraz Island

Touring Alcatraz is a must-do whenever you visit SF!  It was home to a federal prison that housed some of the worst criminals during the time it was operating.  It is free to visit the island itself so the only thing you have to pay for is the ferry that’ll take you there from the city.  Be sure to book ahead of time because they can be full during the peak seasons!

  • Riding the cable car

Not only will the cable car give some of you a bit of nostalgia but you’ll be able to explore different parts of town without walking up and down those hills.  You can catch it near Union Square.  Catch it all the way to Fisherman’s Wharf!

  • Fisherman’s Wharf

This is one of the most popular tourist spots in the city (huge tourist trap as well).  There is plenty of food here but we suggest you eat elsewhere because the food here can be a little overpriced.  But if you do want a bit of what SF is known for, grab yourself some clam chowder in a sourdough bread bowl over at Boudins.  And enjoy some dessert at the famous Ghirardelli shop right around the corner!  Other than that, save your stomach for some good eats elsewhere in town so you won’t get paying tourist trip prices.

  • Visit Chinatown

This is by far the biggest Chinatown in the US and also the most famous.  Grab some delicious dim sum at one of the many joints there and don’t forget to get your sweet tooth fix at Golden Gate Bakery (they are known for their egg tarts)!

  • Take a stroll around Mission

Not only is this neighborhood full of good eateries left and right but also one of the most hipster spots in town.  Grab yourself some delicious Mexican food or some pupusas.  And cool down with some tasty ice cream over at Bi-Rite Creamery.  And if you’re feeling thirsty, grab some beers or wine and head off to Dolores Park with a blanket and people watch while you sit down in the grass area!

  • Lombart Street

This is the world’s most winding street (quite steep too).  If you’re driving, go ahead and take a spin down the road yourself!  If not, snap some pics and watch bikers and drivers maneuver the road.

  • SOMA StrEat Food Park

This is by far our favorite food truck spot!  They are a permanent venue that was set up specifically for the numerous food trucks in town and are open practically everyday.  You’ll find different vendors day each day.  Our favorites are Chairman Bao, which makes some delicious fusion style buns/sliders!
In case you’re in too much of a food coma after all the good food, get yourself a little wake-me-upper at Astronaut Cafe (the New Orleans style cold brew is delicious).

We hope you find this to be helpful.  Do not hesitate to contact us with any other suggestions we might have in terms of what you’d enjoy and we’ll be happy to shoot you some tips on what else you can do!

Happy Travels,

Roger Ma
Enjoy Globally

Handcrafted Wood & Leather Phone Cases Have Arrived!

​Hey Fellow Travelers!

We hope you’re having a great start to the month of June (can’t believe we’re already halfway through the year)!  Summer is nearly here and we’re sure many of you are enjoying this warmer weather (more travel time too).

We’ve got some new additions to our Enjoy Globally line of ​handmade wood and leather phone cases for the iPhone and Samsung Galaxy phones!  These are handcrafted with real wood and high quality PU-leather and are eco-friendly!  

Being slim and lightweight, you won’t have unnecessary bulk when using it with your phone and will still have access to all ports and and controls!  Not only that, it has magnetic enclosures to ensure your case doesn’t flap (even during usage).  Give your phone that extra aesthetic and feel that you get your compliments everywhere you travel to!

Free shipping is provided for all orders placed within the US!  

Happy Travels,

Roger Ma
​Enjoy Globally

Eating Like A Local During Your Travels

When you happen to be traveling abroad (or even to a city within your own country), it can be a bit intimidating to try out new cuisines.  But let me tell you one thing.  You’re traveling for a particular reason and often, you want to soak in some local culture and see how natives stick to their traditions.  Some of you will get homesick and long for the typical food you’d eat back at home.  And this applies for many from Western countries, especially Americans (please don’t settle for less and find yourself eating a burger or pizza).

Trust me, if you really want to make the most of your trip, food is a great way to experience the dining etiquette and customs of the local culture.  Not only will you find these foods delicious (have an open-mind please!), you’ll most likely crave for these dishes when you return home and find out that it is rather difficult to find!

So here are some of the pointers to eating like a local when you are traveling.

  • Do your research ahead of time.  Many sites/mobile apps such as Yelp, OpenRice (for much of Asia) & Foursquare are great to use when looking for places where the locals eat at.  Make a list of the top food joints you’d like to visit before you leave.  This will help you be a little more organized so you’re not scrambling around and settling for a less than desired meal.
  • Ask locals!  If you’re riding in the cab, more than often the driver will be happy to give recommendations on where he or she would go.  If you happen to ask your hotel concierge, ask them where they would personally go with friends for a meal instead of a “popular place amongst tourist.”
  • Use your eyes when you’re in an area that’s packed with people.  Take a look at the crowd and the menu.  If everything looks a bit too touristy and the menu is primarily in English, chances are it’s mainly targeted toward tourists.
  • Street food and hawker stalls are a good way to soak in some local cuisine (especially in places all over Asia or Latin America).
  • Opt to stay at a local neighborhood instead of a hotel in a touristy part of town.  Airbnb is a great site to use for this!  Not only will you get more of a local experience but can find more everyday restaurants that locals dine at!
  • Travel out of the city center and into a culturally rich neighborhood!  Many times, these places are just minutes away (can be just a few train stations away) and full of delicious goodness you won’t find in the middle of town.

We are sure many of you have your own lists on how to get down like a local when you’re jet-setting all around the globe.  We’d love to hear your food stories and favorite travel destinations for food.

Happy Travels,

Roger Ma
​Enjoy Globally

Our Favorite Cafes & Coffee Bars To Wanderlust At!

What is better than having a nicely brewed coffee and happy thoughts of wanderlust?

Here is a list of our top coffee lounges or cafes in San Diego where we find ourselves wanderlusting away at while enjoying their delicious java!

​Coffee & Tea Collective is one of our favorite cafes in San Diego. Stop by and enjoy their awesome pour overs, cappuccinos or cold brews!

​Dark Horse Coffee Roasters is a cozy little cafe right in the Normal Heights neighborhood of San Diego. Their French press & cold brew coffees are awesome! Don’t forget to grab yourself one or two vegan-friendly donuts as well!

​Cafe Moto in the Barrio Logan neighborhood is another favorite of ours! They roast their own beans and have 2 cold brews (12 hour & 24 hour), along with a mighty aromatic pour over!

​Rebecca’s in South Park of San Diego has by far our favorite scones and muffins in town! Rebecca herself bakes them fresh daily!

​D Bar in Hillcrest of San Diego has very good espresso! Stop by and enjoy their famous dessert dishes as well!

​Ryan Bros is another favorite of ours in Barrio Logan! The vibe is always lively in here and will allow your mind to drift and get creative as you wanderlust for your next travel plans! Grab yourself a perfectly brewed pour over and some breakfast if you’re feeling hungry!

​Industrial Grind in Hillcrest (some say North Park) of San Diego is another very cozy coffee joint for us to wanderlust at! Known for their pour overs, they pick out great coffee beans and are very selective! Another great thing is their patio seating, which reminds us of our travels in Southeast Asia!

​Urth Caffe is our go-to-spot in the LA area whenever we are up there for business or leisure! They create some of the best lattes you can find anywhere (and the latte art alone is great)! Check them out if you happen to be in downtown LA, Santa Monica, West Hollywood, Pasadena or Beverly Hills.

​Broke Girls’ Coffee Bar (known as BGCB) is another cold brew favorite among all the hipsters in Normal Heights of San Diego! With plenty of seats outside in the front or back patio or inside, you’ll have plenty of room to wanderlust away!

​Claire de Lune has been one of our favorite coffee lounges in North Park of San Diego for many years! The crowd is always upbeat and there is plenty of local art covering the walls (and great live music during the weeknights too).

​Young Hickory is the new hip cafe to hang out at in North Park of San Diego! Not only can you lounge away and enjoy great coffee but they offer a large selection of canned craft beers! Grab their famous combo of one espresso shot and a beer (you’ll be buzzing away real fast)!

We’d like to get some suggestions on your favorite places to wanderlust as well (and your favorite coffee bars in your town)!

Happy Travels,

Roger Ma
​​Enjoy Globally

Monday Motivational Travel Quotes To Get Your Mood Going!

Monday blues got you feeling down?  Here are some of our favorite travel quotes to get your mood going while you wanderlust away!

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
-Mark Twain

“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Tourists don’t know where they’ve been, travelers don’t know where they’re going.”
-Paul Theroux

“The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.”
-St. Augustine

“I am a passionate traveler, and from the time I was a child, travel formed me as much as my formal education.”
-David Rockefeller

“There are no foreign lands.  It is the traveler only who is foreign.”
-Robert Louis Stevenson

“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.”
– Jawaharal Nehru

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.”
-Helen Keller

We hope these favorite travel quotes of ours will also help inspire you to travel all around the globe!  And if you’re too busy and cannot go too far away, even going somewhere close by that you’ve never been before (such as a close by diverse neighborhood you’ve been itching to visit) can help to open your eyes to the vast goodness of the world!

Happy Travels,

Roger Ma
Enjoy Globally