‘Bosch’ ac­tor sings praises of Mo’orea

Baltimore Sun Sunday - - TRAVEL - By Jae-Ha Kim

Vet­eran ac­tor Tim Louni­bos (“Hawaii Five-0,” “Crim­i­nal Minds,” “NCIS”) is best known for his por­trayal of Ed Sung on Ama­zon’s “Bosch.”

Well-trav­eled and al­ways ready to ex­plore, the ac­tor said he learned a valu­able les­son from his treks around the world.

“We all might look dif­fer­ent and have dif­fer­ing per­spec­tives, but we’re all es­sen­tially the same,” he said. “Early on in my ca­reer, I starred in a film that took me out to Hong Kong for a month. I liken that ex­pe­ri­ence to hav­ing grown up in the room of a large house. As a child and young adult, I got to know that room like the back of my hand — aware of every crook and cranny, in­clud­ing under the bed and in­side the closet. Sud­denly, I was trans­ported into an­other room, ex­plor­ing it in child­like won­der. It was then that I wanted to dis­cover the rest of the home that we call Earth — the sights, the sounds, the food and the peo­ple.”

Q: What is your fa­vorite va­ca­tion des­ti­na­tion?

A: Mo’orea. It’s ab­so­lutely gor­geous. It’s a par­adise and is not over­run with tourism. There’s re­ally a sym­bi­otic re­la­tion­ship be­tween the na­tive pop­u­la­tion, those from else­where who now call it home and the tourists who ar­rive to re­lax and ex­plore. It’s the type of place that makes one ques­tion pri­or­i­ties.

Q: To some­one who was go­ing to the French Poly­ne­sian is­land, what would you rec­om­mend that they do dur­ing their visit?

A: En­joy the crys­tal­clear turquoise-col­ored wa­ters with sea life swim­ming around you. Mo’orea is sur­rounded by a coral reef bar­rier, which keeps the wa­ters com­pletely calm, so there are ar­eas where you can walk about a foot­ball field’s dis­tance and still be in chest-high wa­ter and watch the mul­ti­col­ored fish. I highly rec­om­mend ei­ther stay­ing in a bun­ga­low near the beach or in one that al­lows you to sleep right over the wa­ter. Rent a per­sonal sub­ma­rine scooter and travel to the reef ’s edge with an ex­pe­ri­enced scuba guide. Take a 4x4 tour of the is­land and ex­pe­ri­ence the is­land’s rain­forests, vol­canic crater and beau­ti­ful wa­ter­falls.

Q: What are your fa­vorite cities?

A: List­ing al­pha­bet­i­cally be­cause each is equally cool: Am­s­ter­dam for the wa­ter­ways, ar­chi­tec­ture and quaint din­ing nooks. Chicago be­cause of the ar­chi­tec­ture, sea­sonal weather and the peo­ple — a re­fresh­ing mix of Big City hip­ness with Mid­west­ern down-to-earth friend­li­ness — and great blues mu­sic. Hong Kong (which) makes New York seem like a small city. New York (for) the di­ver­sity and vi­brancy, and San Fran­cisco be­cause I’m a Bay Area boy at heart.

Q: Where would you like to go that you have never been to be­fore?

A: Scot­land, be­cause it seems ma­jes­ti­cally an­cient, es­pe­cially the High­lands. And New Zealand, be­cause I’m a lifelong Tolkien fan and was struck by its dra­mat­i­cally di­verse lo­ca­tions in “The Lord of the Rings” films.

Q: What is your best and/or worst va­ca­tion mem­ory?

A: I ex­pe­ri­enced both on my par­ents’ honeymoon va­ca­tion (when) my mom re­mar­ried and they brought my brother and I on their trip to Ja­pan and Korea. Best mem­ory is seeing my mom re­unite with her brother and aunt for the first time in 30-plus years and meet­ing my cousins. Worst mem­ory is go­ing to a movie with my dad and brother by the ho­tel. There was only one in English and the only rea­son the ticket-seller let me in was be­cause I was an Amer­i­can. It was rated R and ti­tled “The Ex­or­cist.” In all se­ri­ous­ness, that was a truly won­der­ful and mean­ing­ful va­ca­tion. It’s where I learned how easy it is to com­mu­ni­cate with­out the use of words.


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