Maribelle Chocolate New York

Chocolate Made in NYC – Maribelle

I’ve been thinking about coming to Maribelle  for some time.  I’d been there once before.  It was months ago, one early evening in the darkening winter after work.  There was a harsh chill in the air, and I was on a quest for fine chocolate after going through a search on my iPhone.  Now, it’s…

Dragon Boat New York JY

Dragon Boat Festival in New York

The Dragon Boat Festival, which is known as Duan Wu Jie in Chinese, is celebrated on the 5th day of the 5th month in the lunar calendar. It commemorates a famous poet in China – Qu Yan – who drowned in a river in the Hunan province, China in 278 B.C. Villagers are believed to…

Obon Soh Daiko Taiko 2013 a

Obon – Japanese Festival in NYC

Obon festival is a Buddhist observance of remembering the dead, which some also believe is the season their ancestor’s souls return to visit their families.  The families would prepare fruit on altars for their ancestors at home as a welcoming gesture.  This tradition has been celebrated for more than 500 years in Japan during the…

Indonesia Gado-Gado

Indonesian Food Bazaar – New York

Gamelan – that was the melody of Balinese metallophones and gongs that we heard as we entered the lobby of Flushing Town Hall.  When we stepped closer to the food bazaar hall on the second floor, the sound of the traditional instrument become clearer accompanied by the aroma of Southeast Asia spices.  Then, we saw…

Penang Asam laksa and cendol

Gastronomy Journey in 36 hours – Penang, Malaysia

My dad is my travel buddy, and we’ve been traveling together since I was very young. As I’m getting into my career, I have less time to travel with him. So, I would try to travel with him whenever I can, even for a short trip. Dad hasn’t been to Penang for more than a…

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Bread man on a motorcyle : Roti Man

I remember growing up with working parents.  I was sent to my grandmother’s house in the morning and then stayed at her house until afternoon before going to school.  Just before leaving her house, my cousins and I were so eager waiting for a gentlemen who we named after the elastic horn that he would…

Grand Central Terminal New York

Grand Central Terminal – 100th Anniversary

A 100th anniversary is an important event. It’s even more special for a building in New York City.  I’ve passed through Grand Central Terminal many times, and like so many others here I never realized that it was almost 100 years old.  There were plans to tear down the terminal as far back as 1954.   Perhaps, I…

Christmas tree Wall Street New York

Happy Holidays from NYC

Despite parts of Lower Manhattan are still recovering from hurricane Sandy, many offices and stores are decorating their lobbies with bright and colorful Christmas trees.. Happy Holidays from NYC. There are many Occupy Wall Street protestors still camping outside of the Trinity Church, but what really caught my eyes was the light-up Christmas Tree in…

Hurricane Sandy New York, storm, fallen tree

Hurricane Sandy – New York

I just came back from Water Street in Lower Manhattan.  I went to see firsthand the progression of the recovery in that area after it was hit by hurricane Sandy almost 3 weeks ago. As I walked closer to the area, I began to see trailer trucks parked in the streets that said “Recovery Team”. …

Malaysia, Travel, Satay Kajang, cuisine, food, culture

Malaysia – Kuala Lumpur Capital City

In the wide world of blogging, it seems like a lot of us share pictures and descriptions of enticing foods that we had with our friends and families during our travels. It is a great way to spread the word about different cuisine and gives others an opportunity to enjoy the same or similar foods…