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…

Chinatown NYC Lin Zexu

Chinatown New York – What does Mr.Lin ZeXu see?

The statue of Mr. Lin ZeXu (scholar and official of the Qing Dynasty) is one of the biggest tourist attractions in Chinatown since 1997. Many people admire this statue, but I wondered, what does the statue see? Here are a few pictures of “his” view… The Statue of Mr. Lin ZeXu from Fujien Province in…