Internal blues = Lemongrass brew

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Most kids with Asian moms, especially those who grew up with Asian grandparents, can back me up on this: Coughing? Fresh oregano juice. Skin burn or bruises? Pounded guava leaf.

It’s not because our “forefathers” defy modern medication, they are just smart and practical enough to make most out of the beneficial products from our bountiful soil and tropical weather. Out of thousands of holy grail plants, let’s highlight one of my personal favorites growing up: Lemongrass. Read more…

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Eggplant Bruschetta for Sabato Antipasto

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Wet or dry markets are the best places to source out the freshest and the cheapest local produce on any given day.

In a countryside like Doi Saket here in Chiang Mai, street markets are scheduled to pop several days in a week but Saturdays are when most locals do their full-on market day. One of the best things about Thai markets is the variety of vegetables they sell. Some stalls even have organic produce for sale!

Since it’s a Saturday, I decided to whip up something simple yet healthy out of the most ordinary ingredients found in the market: Eggplant, Tomatoes, and Bell pepper.  Read more…

What is it about Bali?

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Yogyakarta and Borobudur in the central island of Java are the places I have the strongest desire to check out once in Indonesia. Bali, even with all its fame–especially with all its fame–is not even a close third on my Indonesian travel list. Then how did I end up in the Island of the Gods for my first time in the massive archipelago?

Simple mathematics: Spontaneity + Hope.  Read more…

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You know the feeling of wearing a new pair of shoes for the first day of school?

That is exactly how I feel: Excited, confident, and ready for the rainy day.

Everything is brand new. From the timezone to the food I eat, from the language barrier to the strangers I now call friends, from living alone in a countryside to planning for the “next step”.  Read more…

Portraits of Pai: A Poem

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Have you ever been to a place,
Where the difficulty to fathom happiness becomes a race
Between a new adventure and a person with the most unbelievable gaze?
I was so high up in Pai contemplating,
How can I even begin explaining this feeling?
It’s peaceful and sublime to be under the Northern sky,
Then again, it is more than what meets the eye.
I see a person whose light shines through.
I draw myself in but with little guards marching in queue.

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