Off to the Maldives, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Montreal Kinetik Festival! United Arab Emirates & South Asia travels.

tokyo street fashion, cool japan hairstyle, pink hair girl

All right, here’s the big news. In May, I’ll be traveling to four international destinations: Dubai, Abu Dhabi, the Maldives Islands, and Montreal for Kinetik Festival! What will I be doing, how, and why? Keep reading.

(Hair in the above photo by Kukukachoo, shot by Said Karlsson. More from this series here)

maldives resort, Gili Lankanfushi, best maldives hotels

You know I’m all about being a Pirate, and I’ve daydreamed of visiting the Maldives, an island nation in the Indian Ocean. Eco-friendly luxury resort Gili Lankanfushi is making this a reality… my filmmaking crew and I will be staying with them and sharing our “Treasure Island” adventure with you!

Maldives Island Resort, luxury hotels, Gili Lankanfushi

Can’t wait to explore this five star eco-resort, accessible only by speedboat. I’ll be staying in my own tropical villa, surrounded entirely by water, with a Mr Friday to assist me. Be sure to add my social networks (on the right sidebar) for a glimpse of the pirate life.

fairmont palm dubai hotel, 5 star dubai hotels

After the Maldives, my crew and I are jetting to Dubai, a destination that’s been on my bucket list for some time. We’ll be guests of The Fairmont Palm Jumeirah, located on the swank, man-made Palm Islands. This video and article coverage will be published on Huffington Post / AOL.

Fairmont Palm Jumeirah, palm dubai hotel

I’m fascinated by Dubai, a city of lavish imagination — home to the world’s largest mall and artificial island, 7-star hotel Burj Al Arab, and outrageous developments like a World-shaped archipelago. I hope I don’t fall off a camel when I ride it for the first time. (Above image from Wikipedia)

abu dhabi hotel, Fairmont Bab Al Bahr

And then, we’ll be filming travel videos at the Fairmont Bab Al Bahr in Abu Dhabi, a classical Middle Eastern city home to the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.

Funny enough, I first heard of the United Arab Emirates though Garfield’s Abu Dhabi song (where he threatens to mail Nermal away). Now, I’ll be seeing the UAE with my own eyes.

aesthetic perfection, daniel graves singer, electro goth bands

And that’s not the end. In late May, Montreal Tourism Board is sending me to Kinetik Festival, a four-day celebration of Electro-Industrial-Noise. I’m certain you’ll enjoy my video coverage, since performance artist Lauren (from Death Cookbook days) and Daniel Graves of Aesthetic Perfection will be my co-hosts!

encouters travel magazine, south china morning post

Super grateful to all of you for supporting my writing and presenting work, which makes these trips possible. My film team and I are going to work hard, and bring you the best possible coverage of these international destinations.

Do you have UAE, Maldives, and Montreal travel tips for us? Is there anything you’d like us to feature? Let us know in the comments and we’ll do our best. (I’ve never been to any of these places, except Montreal as a kid.)

PS: Thank you to Atlas Obscura for interviewing me about my “subculture nomad” life. You can also read my Adone street style and South China Morning Post features online (photo above from their Encounters travel magazine).

PPS: My June and July plans are already in motion… where do you think I’ll be? Hint, the continent is Asia


  1. MelissaR
    Posted April 29, 2013 at 6:20 pm | Permalink

    This looks most amazing! ;)

  2. Brooke
    Posted April 29, 2013 at 6:35 pm | Permalink

    congrats to you La Carmina!!! Take lots of pictures when you go to Dubai, I heard the streets are literally lined with gold

  3. benny
    Posted April 29, 2013 at 6:45 pm | Permalink

    this is amazing, congratulations

  4. Isabel P. Picard
    Posted April 29, 2013 at 7:12 pm | Permalink

    We should meet when you’re in town (Montreal)! Travel tips? Bring warm & summery clothes. Montreal is know to feel like + 21 degrees one day and + 5 the next. Bring a camera because we have great fashionistas!

  5. Silvia Je
    Posted April 29, 2013 at 7:15 pm | Permalink

    congrats!! I’m happy for you!
    take a lot of pictures and have fun!! :)

    • lacarmina
      Posted April 29, 2013 at 9:38 pm | Permalink

      Thank you! I’m sure I will take nonstop photos ahaha

  6. Asta
    Posted April 29, 2013 at 8:10 pm | Permalink

    yes! I’ll be there that weekend too!

  7. Sara
    Posted April 29, 2013 at 8:10 pm | Permalink

    Dubai !!

  8. Heathyr
    Posted April 29, 2013 at 8:11 pm | Permalink

    OMG I’d kill to go to the Maldives. It’s my dream vacation spot. Soak up some serenity for me. I know you will love, love, love it

  9. Leyla
    Posted April 29, 2013 at 8:33 pm | Permalink


  10. Kyoko
    Posted April 29, 2013 at 9:26 pm | Permalink

    Yey my pleasure Carmina! Looking forward to your video blog!

  11. TC
    Posted April 29, 2013 at 9:26 pm | Permalink

    You’ll need Canada fix after your overseas trip!

  12. Eki
    Posted April 29, 2013 at 9:32 pm | Permalink


  13. BW
    Posted April 29, 2013 at 9:33 pm | Permalink

    looking more fabulous

  14. Sophia
    Posted April 30, 2013 at 3:35 am | Permalink

    You go girl!Amazing news! And I LOVE Aesthetic Perfection m/ Can’t wait for the video ;)

  15. Bella
    Posted April 30, 2013 at 4:27 pm | Permalink

    That is insane.

    I am eager to see what you do!

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    Posted April 30, 2013 at 4:38 pm | Permalink


  17. LP
    Posted April 30, 2013 at 5:25 pm | Permalink

    wish I worked with LaCarmina. She’s always having fun!

  18. Atjil
    Posted April 30, 2013 at 6:42 pm | Permalink

    why you so soooo amazing

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    Posted April 30, 2013 at 6:42 pm | Permalink


  20. fay
    Posted April 30, 2013 at 6:42 pm | Permalink

    Have funnnnnn

  21. Andrea
    Posted April 30, 2013 at 6:48 pm | Permalink

    Wow! Never thought that I’d hear about you coming here to Dubai! Made me all excited :P I’m sure you’ll have fun here.

    • lacarmina
      Posted May 2, 2013 at 12:46 am | Permalink

      I’m super excited! Let me know if you have tips for me!!

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    Posted April 30, 2013 at 7:34 pm | Permalink


  23. Gigi
    Posted May 1, 2013 at 7:01 pm | Permalink

    so cool!! wish you a great time!!

  24. Myrium
    Posted May 1, 2013 at 7:02 pm | Permalink

    beautiful <3

  25. Stephane
    Posted May 1, 2013 at 7:20 pm | Permalink

    your are amazing. love following you adventures!

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    Posted May 1, 2013 at 7:49 pm | Permalink

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  28. Natalia
    Posted May 2, 2013 at 12:44 am | Permalink

    Kinetik? Awesome! see you there perhaps

  29. Megan
    Posted May 2, 2013 at 1:07 am | Permalink

    Yay! SO excited you are going to Dubai. Can’t wait to read all about it…

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