By Assunta Ng Northwest Asian Weekly Dear Fathers, On this coming Father’s Day, I suddenly realized I have no memories of Father’s Day even though I had two fathers. How ironic! Now that you’re both gone from this world, I wonder what it would have been like if I could have just one Father’s […]
By Assunta Ng NORTHWEST ASIAN WEEKLY Queen Elizabeth II ranted about Chinese officials being “very rude,” before President Xi Jinping’s visit in London last year, in a private conversation with a police commander on May 10. A pool cameraman recorded the conversation on the Buckingham Palace lawn. Lucy D’Orsi, the Gold Commander, was in charge […]
By Assunta Ng Northwest Asian Weekly It is said, “In Rome, do as the Romans do.” Oh, really! I seldom do when I travel. I may even do the opposite — to survive, to challenge myself, to drive my husband crazy, and to search for extraordinary experiences under unusual circumstances. 1. Is local currency necessary? […]
Asian cultures believe lucky bamboos can bring prosperity. However, I have these cute plants in my home for more important purposes.
By Assunta Ng Northwest Asian Weekly My young Asian friend got accepted into Yale University’s MBA program. That’s the good part. The bad news is he can’t pay for it. The program costs over $100,000 a year. “My parents are not helping me,” he said. “They said they already paid for [my] undergraduate degree.” It […]
By Assunta Ng Northwest Asian Weekly Most people visit Hawaii’s Big Island to see its volcano. But I wasn’t interested in trekking over lava and mud, as this was my third visit to the Island. What took me there recently was my desire to recuperate after a stressful month in February. All I wanted was […]
A few years ago, I attended the birthday party of twins. The adults watched the 2-year-old boys celebrate their birthday by experiencing their first-ever taste of chocolate.
By Assunta Ng Northwest Asian Weekly It may sound strange, but I had a revelation when I was in Hawaii last week — it was about how to practice experiencing happiness. “Sure, Assunta,” you say. “You are in Hawaii. That’s why you have time to ponder about happiness! Seriously, we can acquire happiness and satisfaction […]
“How did you become successful in the newspaper business?” asked Sarah Lubitz, a Bellevue College student who interviewed me for a class project. To be honest, I don’t consider my business successful. The more I think about it, the more I feel like I have failed. I flunk the vision test not just a little — but a lot — I have been completely off base.
When former Port of Seattle CEO Tay Yoshitani called me about his new restaurant, my first reaction was, “Why?” Then, “What’s the name? Where?”