Spotlights from a Los Angeles Times

Thank we for your probity about some overhyped review areas [“So Into It,” by An Amlotte, and “The Best Island in a World? Hardly,” by Catharine Hamm] in your May 26 Travel section.

I am sleepy of profitable tip dollar for what is betrothed to be an memorable transport knowledge usually to find that it is memorable since we paid a happening to knowledge a same choking trade and bold crowds in a unfamiliar bliss as we knowledge here during home in a beachside bliss of OC.

It helps to use a transport representative who has done a trips him or herself and can suggest a specific itinerary.

I know we will take some feverishness for your honesty, though we travelers conclude it.

Christopher Knippers

Huntington Beach


In her essay about Bora Bora, Amlotte pronounced she felt contemptible for a journey passengers. we was one of those passengers recently and found a island disappointing. It reminded me of a initial time we visited Mexico in a 1980s where a area surrounding Mazatlán was so vacant and a resorts were tiny oases in a midst of this poverty.

I cite visiting Maui, where not usually are accommodations not in additional of $1,000 a night, though also a feverishness and steam some-more sufferable — to contend zero of a in-your-face misery being absent. Thirty percent unemployment, shuttered resorts, a corrupt, newly inaugurated trainer age 81 and sensuous resorts? I’ll pass.

Igor Fedoroff



Amlotte’s smashing essay about Bora Bora brought lustful memories behind to us. Sorry, it was us in a stately journey boat that woke we up. We stopped for a day and docked during Vaitape; we were on a 30-day journey to a South Pacific on a marks of Roggeveen, Cook and Bougainville.

Please do not feel contemptible for us; we felt advantageous and sanctified to finally make a honeymoon outing we dreamed about 55 years ago, when such journeys were meant for a abounding and famous.

Amlotte is positively correct: One day in a bliss of Bora Bora is distant too short, though interjection to a memories, a cinema and a sounds of a islands have richly rewarded us.

Merci beaucoup and mauruuru for her pleasing story from paradise.

Werner Ruckelshausen

San Pedro


Hamm didn’t suffer her outing to Boracay, it seems, since she detected that a Philippines is a third-world nation with misery surrounding pockets of resources used to wave tourists. This is flattering common in any third-world country. Hamm could have driven usually a integrate of hours and crossed a Mexican limit into Tijuana and detected a same things. She also spent unequivocally tiny time in Boracay and thereby missed out on all of a H2O sports or furloughed possibilities. So she jumped over to Crystal Cove Island and didn’t like it either. In fact, she didn’t like anything and even detected that if we eat a same fish on dual opposite days it will expected ambience similar.

I’ve been to a Philippines and spent 3 nights in Boracay during a Regency in Station 2. The room was delightful; we could dive off your square into a pool, that had a cold rapids for kids. The staff were countless and friendly.

Hamm’s observations of a folks backing a beach corridor hawking equipment and even vagrant is accurate though not unequivocally opposite from many other places we have visited, including Venice Beach.

All told, we consider Hamm’s news is useless. She is approach too personal in her opinions, that are not criteria-based.

Mike O’Connell



I agree, Boracay Island is not a best island in a world. The island is tiny and overdeveloped, and while a beach is beautiful, so are other beaches I’ve been to. Having pronounced this, we enjoyed my revisit there a integrate of years ago.

The rest of Hamm’s essay was a standard fussy we hear from some Americans who shouldn’t transport overseas. If we have issues with feverishness and humidity, because would we transport to a Philippines? Helpful hint: Travel to a Philippines in Jan or February, when a continue is cooler and drier.

I’m certain had Hamm gotten a henna tattoo and gotten it all over a linen sheets, and was charged by a hotel, she would have complained about not being warned about it.

And yes, there are bad people on Boracay; children will ask for money. we too have also been asked for income in a Philippines, as we have in Paris, London and, yes, in America. Maybe Hamm should hang to Disney World. Oops, we forgot it’s prohibited and wet in Florida.

Douglas Bohlmann

La Habra

I determine with Hamm’s observations per Boracay. It positively has left downhill with overdevelopment. It was flattering in a early ’80s. Even Coron has started to turn like Boracay.

R. Carpio


I unequivocally enjoyed a Boracay article. Not usually was it amusing, though some-more significantly, it is lovely to review a genuine, first-person comment that rings so true.

Writing about a inequality between her practice and a intense descriptions from devoted sources punches by a clichéd haze sadly standard of transport writing, giving us an comment that sounds usually like what real-life people contend when we discuss on an aeroplane or during a party.

Randall Gellens

San Diego


The Travel territory ran a minute in a Mar 5 On a Spot that begins, “In February, a crony of cave told his trainer he was going to take off Mar 24-29.”

If that worker had asked his boss, rather than told his boss, this energy onslaught competence never have occurred.

Paul Grein

Studio City