His musical movements jazz up the thrill ride

Michael Giacchino has won Oscar, Emmy and Grammy statuettes throughout his career, but there's one brag-worthy feat that likely won't be found on his resume: The composer has the ability to ride roller coasters nearly a dozen times back to back without getting motion sickness.


A wild look at Indonesia, a lauded hotel at a winning price and more

Orangutans and Komodo dragons are among the stars of a 14-day/13-night women-only tour called Untamed Indonesia. Wild Women Expeditions is offering the expedition in April, May, June, October and November of 2019, with some dates already sold out. The trip begins in the Indonesian part of Borneo, home to one of the world's oldest rainforests. There, guests have the opportunity to experience native culture and observe wildlife such as proboscis monkeys and hornbills while spending nights aboard the Rahai'i Pangun Houseboat. On Palas Island, there will be a visit to a site where the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation makes it possible for orangutans that were born in captivity, rescued or domesticated to be re-socialized into the wild. Moving on, there will be a three-night cruise that includes Rinca Island, home to Komodo dragons as well as wild pigs and buffalo, and Komodo Island. It has about 2,000 of the dragons, which can grow to 10 feet in length. On another day, guests can snorkel and possibly swim among manta rays. The final days of the tour are spent on the magical island of Bali, noted for its terraced, bright green rice paddies. There'll be a visit to a traditional Balinese healer and a trek up an active volcano where a guide will cook a meal using steam vents from the volcano. A temple tour, bike outing and time to just kick back and relax are on the itinerary. The trip is priced at $4,995 per person, double occupancy, which includes all meals, lodging and transportation among the various locations. International air is extra. Info: 888-993-1222,


Taking a new, ‘non-lazy’ way to old Machu Picchu

On a ceaselessly scenic rail line that flowed like a vein toward the heart of the Inca mountain empire, Kilometer Marker 104 did not look like anything special. There wasn't even an actual station there; just a ditch, where we stood all of 30 seconds before the train pulled away from us.


Getting the royal treatment at Los Cabos spa resort

With what limited time we have for vacationing, when we run off, we want our romantic voyages to exceed our wildest imaginations. We want the best of the best, with everything as soothing and simple as can be. Le Blanc Spa Resort, Los Cabos, Mexico, has already been awarded the AAA 5-star status. That's the pinnacle of luxury destinations, with many strict requirements to qualify for your best vacation ever, assuring your pleasure and enjoyment.

Home & Garden

Ask Angie’s List: Should I add a mudroom to my house?

A mudroom is one of those household additions that delivers exactly what it promises, but it's more than just a spot to keep outside dirt and mud from getting into your home. Mudrooms were originally envisioned as a place for those in cold climates to shed their heavy winter gear. But given the right organization, you can create a convenient staging area for coats, backpacks and more. Consider these elements to combine form and function when designing your mudroom.

Movie News & Reviews

Movie review: ‘Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation,’ monster threequel is silly, scary fun

Parents need to know that "Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation" – the third film in the Hotel Transylvania series – follows Dracula (voiced by Adam Sandler) and his monster pals, including his half-human daughter, Mavis (Selena Gomez), and her family – on a luxury monster cruise vacation. There's a bit more scary stuff/violence here than in the previous films; much of it is comic, but there are some tense chases, crashes, and confrontations, a creepy robot/human hybrid, and a long sequence involving an enormous sea monster on a rampage. Expect a few mildly suggestive remarks and moments – butt jokes, buxom witches chasing after an elderly vampire in a skimpy bathing suit, etc. – and a few unflattering depictions of female characters, like a beautiful witch on a dating app who turns out to be a warty troll. There's also a fair bit of romance in the movie, but it's limited to flirting, dancing, and a couple of kisses. Positive messages include embracing diversity, letting go of negative feelings and grudges, believing in the power of love, parents and kids communicating with each other, and the importance of parents reconnecting as partners, not just co-parents.

Home & Garden

Style at Home: Iceland melted my heart

To tell the truth, I wasn't super excited when Dan told me where he wanted us to travel on our next vacation: Iceland. Dan is the adventurer in our family, always game to zip off to a brand-new place and explore. Any country with the word "ice" in its name made me dubious.

Home & Garden

Hiring a contractor: the top 5 do’s and don’ts

Major home-improvement projects will test even the most seasoned homeowners. From underestimated budgets to project delays and unexpected add-ons, there are a number of challenges to overcome in ensuring a successful outcome. But there's one challenge that supersedes all: hiring the right contractor. This list of hiring do's and don'ts will help you find a trusted, qualified professional for all of your home projects.

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Design Recipes: The best colors for fun, festive rooms

Whether for a children's room, family room or a space you're looking to incorporate bold, vivid looks, a fun and festive color scheme can be a welcomed pick-me-up. Full, bright colors can make a statement and work well blended with neutral colors such as taupe, brown, black and gray.

Watch Sacramento fashion show with clothes created from carpet and other

The Merge fashion show took place in downtown Sacramento at the Kimpton Sawyer Hotel on Sunday, July 14, 2018. Designers used commercial building materials to make the wearable fashion.