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Ocean Kingdom

First published in Tulay Fortnightly, Chinese-Filipino Digest 28, no. 6 (August 18-September 7, 2015): 16. With a surfeit of natural wonders, breathtaking landscapes and historic and cultural treasures, China tourism is also riding on the popularity of theme parks. Filled to capacity with domestic tourists, the theme parks are beginning to look at expanding their …

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Bitter

First published in Tulay Fortnightly, Chinese-Filipino Digest 28, no. 6 (August 18-September 7, 2015): 15. White mist rises from the cardboard cup, the warmth of the coffee trickling to her palms through the khaki-grey tissue. Her hands inch their way to her lips, bringing the cup with them but then just as slowly bring themselves …

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Museum lovers

First published in Tulay Fortnightly, Chinese-Filipino Digest 28, no. 6 (August 18-September 7, 2015): 13. In the last quarter of the previous school year, my daughter’s second grade class did an investigatory project on museums. For their project, the class created a web of what they already knew about museums. One assignment was to bring …

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Taiwan-style feast for eyes and palate

First published in Tulay Fortnightly, Chinese-Filipino Digest 27, no. 6 (August 19-September 8, 2014): 16. Years of sumptuous dining and association with the finest chefs in Taiwan have left me constantly indulging in flavorful reveries. A truly palatable and visually exciting Taiwan-style feast to my mind features flavors from different ethnic and regional cultures, virtually …

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Coffee shop etiquette

First published in Tulay Fortnightly, Chinese-Filipino Digest 28, no. 5 (August 4-17, 2015): 13 I used to dislike the smell and taste of coffee. Over the years, however, I find myself arranging meetings and study dates at coffee shops. What started as an occasional drink of the bitter-tasting liquid out of a ceramic mug (during …

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Icings on the cake of success

First published in Tulay Fortnightly, Chinese-Filipino Digest 28, no. 5 (August 4-17, 2015): 16, 15. On a rainy day with pockets of floods dotting the city, I arrived early at Icings Cakes Breads and Café for an appointment with the Tong family in their flagship restaurant on Sct. Dr. Lazcano Street corner Tomas Morato Avenue …

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