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…

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…

Ice-cream bread vendor Kuala Lumpur-002

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…

Hong Kong Big Buddha

Hong Kong – Asia’s world city

The big Buddha, completed in 1993, is the world’s tallest outdoor seated Buddha. It is located at Po Lin Monastery in Lantau island, Hong Kong. I took bus #23 from Tung Chung Station to Lantau Island. The bus ride was about an hour long. We enjoyed the mountainous scenery of the island as we rode…

Yayoi Kusama Yellow Tree, Whiteny Museum, New York

Yayoi Kusama – Whitney Museum New York

It was “pay-what-you-wish” Day, Sept. 21 at the Whitney Museum. There was a line two blocks long, of people waiting to get inside to see the extraordinary artist Yayoi Kusama’s exhibition. Trust me – it is worth every minute waiting. I remember the first time I saw a poster promoting the exhibition while I was…