By Assunta Ng Northwest Asian Weekly The scar between Vietnam and America remains deep even after the Vietnam War ended 40 years ago. How do you reverse the consequences of a war? Enter PeaceTrees Vietnam, founded by Seattleites in 1995. It’s about one tree at a time — it’s one landmine at a time. It’s […]
By Assunta Ng Northwest Asian Weekly You might wonder why I am preaching to the choir about reading news. After all, I have been in the news business for decades. Danny Rubin’s blog for the Huffington Post wrote of the nine benefits of why news is good for you. Benefits include developing a critical mind, […]
By Assunta Ng Northwest Asian Weekly In celebration of Mid-Autumn Festival, Aegis held an open house at its newest facility on Sept. 14. Two-hundred-thirty guests, mostly from the Asian community, attended the festive lunch held on the same day. Aegis specializes in assisted living. Looming on top of Queen Anne, Aegis at Rodgers Park is […]
A few of my friends have declared they will not go on cruises — for fear of overeating — irresistible temptations of 24-hour food service and worrying about dieting afterwards.
By Assunta Ng Northwest Asian Weekly What’s an ideal brief vacation? A one-day trip with terrific food, seeing old friends, and smelling the ocean will be my criteria. Where would that be? “See Pam Schell (former first lady of Seattle) on Whidbey Island” swam across my brain unexpectedly. On May 27, my husband and I […]
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 […]
By Assunta Ng Northwest Asian Weekly It’s funny, but nobody ever asks, “What’s your favorite ‘American’ restaurant?” Yet, many are dying to know my favorite Chinese or Asian restaurant. I am a foodie. I frequent both Asian and mainstream American restaurants regularly. For a change of scenery, a yearning for a conversation without being disrupted, […]
By Assunta Ng Northwest Asian Weekly In the Year of the Monkey, I raise my glass, celebrating that most of my 2015 wishes for the community came true. Last February, I shared with readers my Lunar New Year wishes — to see Latino American Ana Mari Cauce become the University of Washington president — Black […]
Did you smile or sigh when reflecting on 2015?
Many tend to glance at their bank balance, thinking of a nice new car or a house. Some think about job advancement or finding love. I wonder how many out there would count having good health as a wonderful gift? If you do, you are perhaps one of the few smart ones. Frankly, without health, we can’t do much. Other accomplishments would quickly be overshadowed when we are sick.
Dispelling safety myths
“Is Cambodia safe?” Many readers asked me this after reading my first two blogs about my recent trip with my husband last November.
It is surprising that many have this misconception. While some may have concerns traveling to Cambodia, its tourism has actually increased 17 percent in 2013 and 7 percent last year. Just in Angkor, there are more than one million visitors every year.