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Carmel Valley San Diego Community | Cynthia Dial

As a freelance travel writer/photographer since 1988 Cynthia Dial has visited the world’s seven continents (most recently Antarctica) in quest of a good story . . . from getting her hair cut in Paris, horse whispering in Hawaii and touring Burma (Myanmar) only months after Aung San Suu Kyi’s release . . . to celebrating Summer Solstice within Finland’s Arctic Circle, hiking to Machu Picchu and visiting Molakai’s former leper colony atop a mule alongside a plunging cliff. In short, she experiences and writes about topics at the top of many readers’ bucket lists. Cynthia is author of the award-winning non-fiction book, Get Your Travel Writing Published. Now in its third printing it was published in London, England, and sold worldwide (U.S. distributor is McGraw-Hill). Among her outlets are national and international newspapers and magazines including Time magazine, Hemispheres, Destinations Weddings & Honeymoons, Shape, Dallas Morning News and the Toronto Star (which featured her around-the-world shopping column, Shopping Trips). She also contributes to TraveLife Magazine (distributed throughout Canada) and (a luxury portal receiving 2.1 million monthly hits). Radio experience includes World Footprints Radio (formerly Travel’n On) and the Travel Hub show on WorldTalk Radio, on which her No Passport Required segment was a regular feature. The travel-addicted writer admits that each time she steps onto an international flight, boards a train or steps onto a ship’s promenade deck to go to work, she congratulates herself on her career choice.




Carmel Valley San Diego Community | Phoebe Chungchua | Community Affairs Specialist

Phoebe Chongchua, is an award-winning journalist, a former ABC affiliate News Reporter/Newscaster, and founder of Live Fit Magazine.  She produces articles, videos, and blog posts in high quality, journalistic style for her clients. Live Fit Films is currently in production on a film on social media and communication.  In addition, Phoebe has a passion for living fit and earned a certification in Plant-Based Nutrition from Cornell University. In 2010, she launched, a website that helps people learn more about eating healthy and keeping fit. Phoebe covers and reports on healthy living, fitness, travel, philanthropy, and real estate. She profiles celebrities and  local and worldwide businesses in her Phoebe’s Pick Video News Story segments.