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Here We Are Again… 67 and Counting!

  Bright and sunny with cool breezes wafting through the millions of  full-bloomed star jasmines all along the back of the House on The Hill, rustling the thousands of frangipani flowers adding their scent from the front and balcony       while an explosion of hundreds of gardenias perfume the air with their aroma from […]

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It’s a Crazy World But I Love Living It

      I just realised as I started the month’s countdown to my 66th birthday November 17 that I’ve neglected this lifeline a bit as my life has become more interesting and less fraught with health and mobility issues. Yeah, I suffered a massive cardiac arrest in March and died but recovery now has […]

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3 Month New Lease on Life Report

It was three months ago today that without warning or a single symptom, save two seconds of dizziness, I slumped and dropped dead in front of a door greeter at Alamo Car Rental in Honolulu Airport.  Thanks to her catching my head before it bounced off the pavement, a girl who rushed off an outgoing […]

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Still Alive & Well

There is nothing more powerful than dying to make you appreciate living again. That’s how I’m feeling only a couple of months after my nine-minute lapse in time when I keeled over and clocked out in a crowded Alamo Car Rental office in Honolulu late-February 2016.  I’m still here and rocking out to the strains […]

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Shock to The Heart: A Life Renewed

For those friends who didn’t see it on my Facebook Feed or catch up with me by other means, I’m now a month past the massive cardiac arrest and nine-minute death I suffered on landing in Hawaii February 27.  I’m extremely lucky to be alive and with all my senses, much less at home comfortably […]

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Phoenix, A Surprising City

This article was just published in Rhythms Magazine in April.   https://rhythms.com.au/reviews/by-the-time-i-get-to-phoenix/

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What a Stroke of Luck

  It’s now been two months since I had the mild stroke that could have gone either way. At 64, having a stroke can be devastating and leave you a blubbering, motionless cripple. In both the intensive care ward for a night and rehab for the past month, I’ve seen the toll taken on previously […]

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How to Find Music on Holiday In Advance

This piece just appeared in Rhythms Magazine and is my first travel article post mini-stroke.  I get asked a lot how do you advance cities you are going to in order to find great venues and acts or shows?

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Going Wowee on Maui with Joints and Grinds

    MAUI Short Stops On The North Shore Culinary Tourist Belt   The island of Maui attracts high-end clientele, an array of chefpreneurs creating their own brands and the requisite followings of hole-in-the-wall kau kau joints favoured by the locals and backpacker brigades. Though there are several glossy free mags devoted to the upper […]

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MiGrant Makes for a Magic Meal on Maui

  I was ready for a solo meal in supercharged Chef Sheldon’s MiGrant restaurant but I got an email from old mate Shep Gordon who is the unofficial Mayor of Maui and one of the leading Princes in the Music Industry of Old.  I was told to show up at six for a meal with […]

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Maui Munches On Where the World Comes to Play! Ka’anapali Fresh on the Beach

  It’s the third year of the three-day Ka’anapali Fresh Culinary Experience which I have thrice had the good fortune to attend at one of the best beaches in the world.  Ka’anapali Beach–Where The World Comes to Play–is also where it comes to eat along three miles of golden sand with a master planned resort […]

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Maui On My Mind and in My Mouth–A Starter

  Having left the LavaLand isle of Hawaii behind, it’s a new world on Maui–The Valley Isle–with a van ride to Lahaina where the boats rock merrily in the harbour.  I’ll be taking one for a four hour trip to the island of Molokai–The Friendly Isle–at dawn tomorrow, but for now, it’s time to luxuriate […]

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Manta Madness in LavaLand

I used to be in one of these boats many times over the past 20 years that I was a dedicated scuba diver.  I saw many sunsets like this in a dusk dive before going back down an hour later to see up to 20 six to 12 foot wide graceful manta rays doing an […]

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Over the Top End of The Big Isle to Kona

  I feel almost underwater my last morning in Hilo it was so humid.  The searing sun amplified the drowning sensation and sweat poured from as I entered the coolth cocoon of the car.  It’s a winding and slow cruise up the Hamakua Coast of the Big Island, heading for the cow pastures and cactus […]

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It’s Not High/Low, it’s Hee/Low, Hilo Hawaii

  I like to start my sojourn in the islands of Hawaii in the wet spot.  Hilo is a sultry town that is occasionally bathed in sweat and buffeted by breezes, a sleepy burg of old streets, wooden storefronts, no strip malls of new brands and a lot of harbour and industry.  It has an […]

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Getting Ready for a Maui Moon

Just published in the AU Review and only two weeks away now. Ka’anapali Fresh!  A true culinary experience. http://www.theaureview.com/abroad/tripps/ka-anapali-fresh-a-culinary-experience-under-a-maui-moon

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111 of Tripp’s Top Travel Tips

Back in December, News Ltd Sunday papers and their online Escape.com.au site were filled with promotion of an article I did on the 50 best travel tips.  It’s on their site at http://www.heraldsun.com.au/travel/travel-advice/travel-tips-you-must-know-before-you-go-phil-tripps-top-tips/story-fnjjv72k-1226782177394 in the Melbourne paper but also across all others. I actually produced 111 of which they cherry picked what was appropriate for their […]

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50 Best Travel Tips in News Ltd Sunday Papers & Online

Got a great run and a lot of reaction to the article that I produced for the News Ltd Escape.com.au website and Sunday papers on 50 Best Travel Tipa. There are another 50 to come out soon.   http://www.heraldsun.com.au/travel/travel-advice/travel-tips-you-must-know-before-you-go-phil-tripps-top-tips/story-fnjjv72k-1226782177394

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Marvo Mavro!

Marvo is short for marvelous in Australian.  We Australians are lazy, don’t like wasting syllables and like to shorten names by cutting most of it and adding an o at the end, like John-o, Mike-o, or their last name shortened with an o. Had he emigrated to Australia like me, George Mavrothalassitis would have been […]

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Ihilani Means? Heavenly Splendour

The Hawaiian people take great pride in their language and the naming of places are carefully crafted to contain great meaning or thought.  As a child name it translates as ‘sacred one from Heaven’ but as a place name it means ‘Heavenly Splendor’.  The Ihilani I’ve just stayed at lives up to its name as […]

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