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An old-time major league pitcher once said he worried about only two types of batter — righthanders and lefthanders. It's the same with airports: Only two kinds of airports present hostile environments: origin and destination. As I covered previously, origin airports are often the worst, but destination airports present their challenges, as well. You can't avoid all of them, but you can avoid some of the worst problems.

Trial attorney by day and content creator by night, Joanne Lee Molinaro is known to her millions of social media followers as the Korean Vegan. In her social media posts, she delivers beautifully crafted videos showing her cook, while she shares personal stories about her life and that of her parents, who had escaped North Korea as children before immigrating to the United States as adults. Born and raised in Chicago – the city where she still resides with her husband, Anthony – Molinaro is set to embark on a book tour to promote “The Korean Vegan Cookbook: Reflections and Recipes from Omma's Kitchen” (Avery, $35). For more information on her in-person appearances – which kick off Oct. 12 in Chicago – check out her website (https://thekoreanvegan.com/book-tour-events).

Holiday travel this year is likely to be a stressful experience, with lots of folks trying to get somewhere, understaffed TSA and airlines, and a bunch of annoying COVID-19 requirements. One way to de-stress a flight is to move up from coach/main cabin/economy to a better class. A long time ago, I wrote that moving from the main cabin to business or first class is like moving from a slum to a penthouse, and that's still the case. These days, the main cabin you're most likely to find features six-across seats with near-zero legroom on a plane in either the 737 or A320 family. And face it: There's nothing — repeat nothing — an airline can do to provide a comfortable flight in those conditions. You don't enjoy such a flight; you endure it. You can escape an otherwise unpleasant trip by moving to a better product, but you'll have to pay.

Born in Canada and based out of Vancouver, British Columbia, costume designer Beverley Huynh said after childhood vacations to California, Hawaii and the Bahamas, her family went on a trip that changed her life. “We were in Vietnam for six weeks and I got to see my parents’ childhood home, met family I didn't know, and got to connect with my roots,” said Huynh, whose work has been featured on “Van Helsing,” “A Million Little Things” and “Arrow.” “It oddly felt like home. Going to Vietnam felt like I was connecting with a piece of me I felt was missing. That trip changed everything and travel became a part of me that I never want to give up.” See more of Huynh’s work on Instagram (@bevwincostumes) and her website (www.bevwin.com).

"I was sad to see you focused only on air travel," a reader's email recently chided, and I plead not guilty. True, I haven't written much about rail travel lately, but that's not lack of interest; it's because everything railroad happens so slowly. Although rail transportation gets a big chunk of money in the infrastructure bill, most of the funds will be directed to fixing existing problems rather than creating new service.

Singer-songwriter-producer Kentö said that growing up in Japan, Canada, Brazil and the United States with his multicultural family (Japanese, French, Canadian, Brazilian) had a positive impact on his music. “I get a lot of inspiration from both Brazilian and Japanese drum beats as well as traditional instruments,” said the "Silhouette" singer, who is based out of New York City. “You can hear these influences a lot in my music wrapped up in a little pop bow, of course. I grew up listening to singers from all over the world like Freddie Mercury, Ivete Sangalo, Ayumi Hamasaki and Sylvie Vartan. (They’re) very different artists, but all iconic voices that I tried to emulate growing up and, in my own way, shaped the style and tone of my voice today.” Kentö stays in touch with fans on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/kentoofficial/), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/kentoofficial) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/kentoofficial).

"My father was a sailor from Singapore who met my mum in the United Kingdom," said actress Mayling Ng. "(When I was a child), he took us to Singapore and it changed who I was and how I saw the world. I really connected to my culture and started to actively do martial arts and watched more Hong Kong cinema than Western growing up." In "The Suicide Squad," which will release in theaters and on HBO Max on August 6, she plays "Mongal, a malevolent, muscular alien. Such a joy to play!" Currently a resident of Venice, California, Ng stays in touch with her fans on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/maylingng/), Twitter (https://twitter.com/missnginaction), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/ngmayling) and YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/user/MaylingNg).

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