When trying the famous ramen shop Santouka popped up, I didn’t hesitate to try it as well as eating matcha ice green and shakes. I was also curious about green tea with fresh Japanese cherries flavor so I also bought that. Continue reading →
There was a dragon boat festival and I couldn’t pass the opportunity to not experience the festivities for the first time. As with a lot of holidays and traditions, there are stories behind them. According to the story, the holiday is to commemorate the scholar Qu Yuan who lived in the State of Chu. Just when the Qin State was planning to take over Chu, Qu Yuan advised on the military forces to protect Chu though his plans were opposed and he was exiled as a result. When the Chu was conquered by Qin, Qu Yuan committed suicide in the Miluo River. His suicide provoked mourners sailing the river to look for him, which the event led to the tradition of dragon boat racing. Nowadays, the dragon boat races consist of competitive teams rowing in dragon boats to the beating drums to reach the finish line. Continue reading →
For the past week, United Airlines has generated negative publicity regarding its treatment of a customer by forcibly removing him from the plane after the man (Dr. David Dao) has boarded due to “overbooking”. While customers have been booted off from their paid seats before as it is a common occurrence, none has resulted in an incident that has the whole world in shock and anger. Continue reading →
Recently, the anticipated remake of a Disney animated classic Beauty and the Beast has been released in the theaters. Like many others, I jumped for the chance to see how the remake captures the execution of one of most beloved Disney animated film in history. I did enjoy the film and would watch it again. Though I am biased, I did note there were some improvements the film should have addressed. Continue reading →
The carnival is a major annual festival that marks the celebration prior to fasting season of Lent. We went to the carnival for the first time. The event was held at nighttime and continued past midnight. It was a huge party with performances, alcohol, dancing, and samba music. The atmosphere was very boisterous and flamboyant but very fun.