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.
By Assunta Ng If you whine about being lonely during the holidays, or if you don’t have many party invitations, or if your friends and family have been deserting you from Christmas to New Year’s day, you need to read this blog. If you are an out-of-state transplant, working for Amazon or Google, and have […]
By Assunta Ng Northwest Asian Weekly I discontinued the tradition of sending out Christmas cards long before e-cards became popular. Why I stopped was because I found it pointless to send a card with someone’s name and my signature; and partly, I was lazy. I reciprocated by sending out a card to someone who just […]
By Assunta Ng Northwest Asian Weekly “Why go to a backward country?” my friends reacted when they heard that my husband and I were going to Cambodia. “Are you crazy going alone and not with a tour?” another asked. Why people think Cambodia is not a safe country puzzles me. It could have to do […]
By Assunta Ng Northwest Asian Weekly Since Donnie Chin’s slaying four months ago in the International District, there’s been little progress when it comes to getting information about the case. Why? Chin was the founder and one-man staff of the International District Emergency Center, providing patrol and emergency services in the ID. There have been […]