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Airfare: $858 round trip from LAX to Cebu, Philippines, on United

United is offering a round-trip fare from LAX to Cebu City, Philippines, for $858, including all taxes and fees but subject to availability.

You must purchase your ticket at least seven days in advance and stay a minimum of five nights but not more than 12 months.

Departures are Mondays-Thursdays through Dec. 11 and again Jan. 12-April 30. Overnight connections by way of Hong Kong are required, and holiday blackouts apply.

Info: United, (800) 864-8331

Source: Airfarewatchdog

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Soon-to-close Mt. Ada inn to reopen early next year

The Inn on Mt. Ada, Santa Catalina Island's iconic hilltop bed-and-breakfast that's set to close Nov. 30, will reopen early next year under new management.

The reopening will bring the inn, onetime home of chewing gum magnate William Wrigley Jr., full circle. The bed-and-breakfast will be operated by the Santa Catalina Island Co., which Wrigley founded in 1894.

"We think we're the only company on the island or overtown [mainland] that will truly have the passion to meticulously restore the inn to where it was," said Randall Herrel Sr., president and chief executive of the island company.

The inn, which offers a spectacular view of Avalon Bay, had begun to weather in recent years. Herrel thinks it will cost millions to restore the inn.

The Wrigley family donated the home to USC more than half a century ago; eventually the university granted a 30-year lease to the current bed-and-breakfast operators, who will continue to run the facility until the end of November when that lease expires....

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Vegas' Quad becomes the Linq, and the Linq becomes a bargain at $79

Goodbye, Quad Resort & Casino. Hello, Linq Hotel & Casino. In the ever-changing world of Las Vegas, the Quad was renamed the Linq on Thursday and is ushering in this new era with room rates beginning at $79 a night.

The property, which is across the Las Vegas Strip from Caesars Palace,  welcomed its first guests  Thursday.

If the name the Linq sounds familiar, that’s not surprising. That’s what the entertainment and retail district anchored by the High Roller, the world’s tallest Ferris wheel, is called.

The mall opened in December, about a year after the time-worn Imperial Palace, built in 1979, became the Quad. Given the Linq’s (the hotel’s) proximity to the Linq (the retail center), the folks at Caesars Entertainment  decided another name change was warranted.

Through Jan. 29, the property is offering an introductory rate starting at $79 a night, including two tickets to the High Roller. The “Sweet Package” must be booked by Dec. 12, online or by calling (855) 891-6863. (The site’s...

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It's child's play with the Lego Experience MSC Cruises

MSC Cruises goes all in with Legos in a new feature on its fleet of 12 ships.

Its 12 ships will feature a Lego Experience Day on which children and adults can break out the plastic bricks to compete and play games, the cruise line announced Thursday.

Human-sized Lego mascot Sailor Walkabout will be on board to meet kids and pose for selfies. Some ships also will feature Lego-themed play areas.

With the Lego partnership, MSC joins the family cruise lineup that includes the DreamWorks Experience on Royal Caribbean, Nickelodeon on Norwegian Cruise Line and the ever-present cast of characters on Disney Cruise Line.

A Lego kid space designed by the company makes its debut Nov. 19 when the Armonia, now in dry dock, returns to service on a cruise from Italy to Portugal.

A vertical play wall, a "building happening" and Duplos (the larger Legos for little ones) are part of a play package that's free to passengers.

The line also has clubs and activity areas that cater to five age groups: baby...

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What the comforting, not creepy, Día de los Muertos can teach us

Día de los Muertos — the Day of the Dead — will be celebrated Saturday and Sunday in Mexico and parts of the U.S., including the Southland, but unlike Halloween, it’s not a fright fest.

“The Mexican … is familiar with death,” wrote Nobel-prize-winning poet Octavio Paz, who was born in Mexico City. “[He] jokes about it, caresses it, sleeps with it, celebrates it. It is one of his favorite toys and his most steadfast love.”

Which may explain some of the underpinnings of a celebration that embraces death as another phase of life. You’ll see skeletons and hollow-eyed faces painted to look like skulls and you’ll see pan de muerto — bread of the dead — but the day isn’t supposed to scare you witless.

Rather, it’s to let you remember your loved ones who have passed on and to keep death from being a much-to-be-feared finale, a distinctly different approach from Americans' mind-sets.

“For many Americans, modern medical advances have made death seem more like an option than an obligation,” Dr....

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Look to Floor 102 for wow views when NYC's One World Trade Center opens

When the observatory atop New York City's One World Trade Center opens in the spring, visitors can tour three floors and take in panoramic views. Three restaurants, a bar and a virtual concierge to greet you also are planned at what is being touted as the nation's tallest building.

The observatory will be on the 100th, 101st and 102nd floors of what was once called the Freedom Tower next to the National September 11 Memorial Museum, which opened in May. The big views will be on the 102nd floor with wall-to-ceiling windows that look out more than 1,250 feet above the city.

The building reached a height of 1,776 feet in May to surpass Chicago's Willis Tower (1,451 feet).

The tour will start at lobby level with a "Voices of the Building" program about its construction, and "Foundations," which will allow visitors to walk along the bedrock below the skyscraper. From there, five elevators are outfitted with a screen simulation showing the development of Manhattan's skyline as the cars take...

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