After all the carcinogens I consumed from writing Pit Stops: Beijing’s Best Barbecue, you’d think I’d had my fill. While the weather is hot, I’ll flock with the lot towards open flame grills charring flesh. Chances are, you’re no different.

Just around the corner from Qingdao’s old Catholic church on the hill, locals [...]

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Qingdao 青岛, China — If my appetite were not limited, the line outside this duck roast would have lured me to linger. I believe a line outside a restaurant is a sure sign of good eats. If I don’t agree with the taste, I figure the majority must have merit thus I’d [...]

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I never had a chance to travel internationally while in college. I once chose love over a semester abroad in Italy; there are few things I regret in life. I kick myself for this one. After I graduated from university, I traveled to Spain where one night in a Barcelona hostel [...]

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After a week of grey skies threatening then granting pouring rain, much of which Beijing thirsts for, eyes of both weather and work storms find me on a train to Qingdao of Shandong region. I pack three-day essentials except my laptop; it’s bad enough I can’t break from my iPhone or a wifi connection.

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It’s been an embarrassingly long while since I’ve written something disclosing more than an announcement. I wish I had two more of myself to create with focus. I’ve been busy.

What have I been up to?

To start with, I have to thank my blog which I have not abandoned and wholeheartedly miss. Because of [...]

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Back in December, I toured Tainan for a few days and indulged as much as I could over the few days I had. What I discovered put me on the radar for other hungry appetites with curiosity to know more. One such hungry appetite is that of Steve Crook who writes for TAIWAN: [...]

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I found a most enticing event pop up on my Facebook feed and found myself craving papaya salad. My friend since high school, Siamphone Louankang, is hosting the National Papaya Salad Contest at Lao New Year in San Francisco on April 28th, 2012.

Check out the beautiful photos taken of making papaya salad [...]

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Beijing, China — Last night, while on the subway, I thought I heard something really beautiful on the radio. Subways don’t play the radio in Beijing, not to my knowledge. The music stopped. Then it started again and walked my way.

As spring unfolds into summer, spirits bloom.

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