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Foto Friday: Muyil in Sian Ka’an, Riviera Maya

Foto Friday: Muyil in Sian Ka'an, Riviera Maya

Every Friday I’ll be sharing a photo from someplace in my travels. This week’s photo is of Muyil in the Sian Ka’an biosphere reserve in the Riviera Maya. Taking our boat across the lagoon and navigating through mangrove surrounded canals, the last thing I expected was to see a Mayan temple. Hidden in lush jungle, we came across this small temple which consisted of ... Read More »

Why Christmas = KFC in Japan

Why Christmas = KFC in Japan

Christmas may not be a national holiday in Japan, but that doesn’t mean people won’t be celebrating! Only around 1% of Japanese people consider themselves Christian, so to most Japanese, Christmas is celebrated more like a Valentine’s Day of sorts, with young couples or groups of friends going on strolls through fancy displays of holiday decorations and lights. And families celebrate with ... Read More »

My Travels in Christmas Ornaments

My Travels in Christmas Ornaments

I can’t believe it’s about to be Christmas already! Maybe it’s because despite being home in Chicago for the holidays for the first time in three years, there’s still a lack of snow. I know, no snow in Chicago yet? Trust me, I’m just as surprised. We might as well be back in Hong Kong– it’s even decorated more beautifully for ... Read More »

#FindingAsia: Ghosts and Demons in Japanese Prints, Chicago

#FindingAsia: Ghosts and Demons in Japanese Prints, Chicago

Chicago is known for having one of the best art museums in the country, complete with a large Asian art wing. However, from now until January 4th, 2015 guests can enjoy the exhibition Ghosts and Demons in Japanese Prints, which features some of the celebrated collection of Clarence Buckingham. This special exhibition showcases prints depicting the supernatural, a popular motif in Japanese art. The ... Read More »

Foto Friday: Dramatic Coastlines of the Riviera Maya

Foto Friday: Dramatic Coastlines of the Riviera Maya

Every Friday I’ll be sharing a photo from someplace in my travels. This week’s photo is of the dramatic coastline of the Riviera Maya. Heading to explore the Mayan ruins in Tulum, we were greeted by grey clouds and a rugged coastline– no wonder they say these ruins are the prettiest because of their idyllic setting. As we ran down the rickety ... Read More »

#FindingAsia: Mochitsuki at the Midwest Buddhist Temple, Chicago

#FindingAsia: Mochitsuki at the Midwest Buddhist Temple

Mochi (餅), which is a sweet sticky rice cake, has been eaten in Japan since ancient times for special celebrations and festivals. The practice of hand-pounding mochi, known as mochitsuki (餅つき), is now rare even in Japan as most people would rather buy machine-made mochi sold at stores instead of making their own. Yet still, whether store-bought or home-made, the ... Read More »

Foto Friday: The Port of Barcelona

Foto Friday: The Port of Barcelona

Every Friday I’ll be sharing a photo from someplace in my travels. This week’s photo is of the Port of Barcelona. There’s just something about having the mountains and ocean all in one destination. Maybe that’s why I was so partial to Barcelona– a city which I honestly didn’t even know was a port city until booking my flights. Wandering around the ... Read More »

Gaudí is Gaudy and I Love Him For it!

Gaudí is Gaudy and I Love Him For it!

I didn’t have much time in Barcelona, but I knew I needed to soak up as much of Gaudí’s architecture as I could while there. In order to get the most out of his bizarre masterpieces, I decided to take Discover Walk’s FREE Gaudí Tour. Meeting outside the Casa Batlló, I was blown away by its appearance. I’ll admit that I ... Read More »

Experiencing Christkindlmarket, Chicago: America’s Most Authentic German Christmas Market

Experiencing Christkindlmarket, Chicago: America's Most Authentic German Christmas Market

Each year from mid-November until Christmas Eve, Christkindlmarket allows visitors to experience authentic German traditions without having to travel any farther than the city of Chicago. Modeled after the Christkindlesmarkt in Nuremberg, Chicago’s Christmas market sister city, the Christkindlmarket in Chicago is the largest open-air holiday market in the US. And it’s also the most authentic. The market now has ... Read More »

A Foodie’s Guide to Niçoise Cuisine

A Foodie's Guide to Niçoise Cuisine

Of course the French Riviera is known for its beaches and yacht clubs, but it’s also a dream destination for foodies! Walking through the narrow streets of Nice, it seemed every other shop was a cafe or a market selling local products. With four days to spend in Nice we actually didn’t do much, we just ate a lot. And boy ... Read More »