Tsunami in Thailand: Remembering the Devastation of 2004

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Tsunami in Thailand Kitesurfers at Nai Yang Beach, Thailand

On Nai Yang Beach, two kilometers from the Phuket Airport, in the south of Thailand, a construction worker hammered relentlessly. He was reinstalling a restaurant’s roof. Today, the coastal region in Thailand rebuilds after the 2004 tsunami devastated the area and left nearly a quarter million people dead across Southeast Asia. The construction worker stopped his banging for a moment and studied the mercurial seas. I too found it difficult to forget the impact of the 2004 tsunami in Thailand, and I had been far from the Thai Beaches eight years earlier.

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Chinatown in New York, A Food Tour: Flushing, Part Two

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Chinatown in New York, A Food Tour of Flushing, Soup Dumplings

Welcome back for Part II of the Best Chinatown in New York. In Part I, we learned about the best cuisine in Manhattan’s Chinatown. Now buckle down (or unbuckle) for the The Best Chinatown in New York: The Flushing Edition.

 

This is just a reminder: Rather than stuffing yourself at just one restaurant, treat Flushing’s Chinatown as if it were one big dim sum cart. If you are committing to this mission, here is your food tour of Flushing. Read more

Chinatown in New York, A Food Tour: Manhattan, Part One

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Chinatown in New York Food Tour

Chinatown in New York is busiest from Christmas to New Year’s (that is February’s Chinese New Year’s). It is a time when Midtown Manhattanites need a reprieve from the tourists blocking up the sidewalks. ‘Tis also the season for Jews to have their Christmas Chinese feasts. And of course, wherever the locals go, so too do the travelers.

 

Most people are familiar with Manhattan’s Chinatown, the biggest in North America. But one of the next largest Chinatowns is also in New York, in an area of Queens called Flushing. For these reasons, here is my two part series: Chinatown in New York: A Food Tour of Two Chinatowns. Read more

Having Children: Southeast Asia, A Case Study

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Children in Southeast Asia

Five of Marissa’s friends were pregnant at our wedding and these friends started popping kids out while we were in Southeast Asia. Naturally, the topic of having kids was breached. We decided that we’d like to have kids, too, and nothing is more motivating than watching parents interact with their children. In the first week of our trip, here are twelve children in Southeast Asia who we can’t stop thinking about: Read more

Santa Con

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Santa Con

Last year, I attended Santa Con in New York City. It was a last minute decision and all I had for a costume was a La Chouffe elf’s hat. To make matters worse, the friend who I went with was dressed up as a Twenty-First Century Scrooge–jeans and a winter coat.

This Saturday, December 15, marks Santa Con 2012, which will take place again in New York City, as well as numerous other states and fourteen other countries. (Santa Con will also be held the weekend after in many more cities, including Long Island.) Here’s a list of the dos and don’ts of Santa Con. Read more