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Thailand’s Songkran Festival

Photo Courtesy of Expedia Celebrated annually from April 13 to April 15, the Songkran Festival is considered to be Thailand’s very own New Year’s Day. This festive occasion keeps in line with the Buddhist/Hindu calendar and follows a three-day celebration evolving around cleansing and prayer. During this auspicious festival, Thais traditionally return home to reunite with this families, visit temples, and sprinkle […]

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Qing Ming Festival

Photo Courtesy of China Digital Times Qing Ming Festival (清明节), also known as Tomb Sweeping Day, is a Chinese holiday set aside for commemorating and paying respects to one’s ancestors. Usually falling on April 4th or 5th of each year, this day is one of both sadness and remembrance as many family members travel to the gravesite of deceased loved ones. […]

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Color Your World: Holi Festival

Ever wondered why your friends were posting photos on Facebook with themselves covered in colorful power? Holi (होली), also known as the Festival of Colors, is an ancient Hindu religious festival that is primarily observed in India, Nepal, and other parts of the world that have significant populations of Hindus or people of Indian origin. Typically falling sometime […]

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Slurp Away Winter Storm Jonas

With Winter Storm Jonas about to hit us hard with snow this upcoming weekend, there’s no better way to stay warm than with a hearty bowl of soup noodles. Though Japan is famous for their classic bowl of ramen, it is also known for its infamous udon, a type of thick wheat flour noodle that […]

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Asian Getaways: Seoul

Rated Asia’s most livable city in 2015, Seoul has quickly become a leading global metropolis. From age-old architecture holding ground alongside towering skyscrapers to food stalls selling a variety of traditional snacks outside Italian-Korean fusion restaurants, visitors are able to get a sense of both the old and the new just by roaming the streets of the bustling city. Here […]

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Spike Up Your Afternoon With Some Gin Tea

Afternoon Gin Tea Makes 1 Pot, Serves 2 Gin time and tea time are both entrenched British traditions, and the pair makes quite a heady cocktail. The British colonized much of Asia, and in the process, they brought over their traditions, including a proper English tea. This cocktail picks up both citrus and smoky notes from Lapsang Souchong, a […]

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Asian Getaway: Hong Kong

Having an extended layover can be a traveler’s worst nightmare. However, a long layover in Hong Kong is most definitely a blessing in disguise. Known for its skyline and deep natural harbor, Hong Kong is one of the world’s most densely populated metropolises where “East meets West”. A hub for all things dining, entertainment, and shopping means that, […]

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Take the L Train to Manila

When most people think of Williamsburg, they think of Instagram-worthy coffee shops and hip farm-to-table restaurants. Snuggled in the heart of Brooklyn’s dining hub is Manila Social Club, a family-owned Filipino and French-inspired eatery founded on the philosophy of bringing people together through food. A permanent expansion of many successful pop-up dinners hosted by Björn DelaCruz, this brick and mortar aims to […]

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Replace Your Maple Syrup with Soy Sauce

Switch up your late-night IHOP pancake cravings by replacing the standard sweet and fluffy concoction with its savory, crispy Asian counterpart. Like a personalized pizza, the options for additions are endless and the motto is definitely “the more, the merrier”. Perfect as a main dish or a shared appetizer, these flat cakes will quickly be devoured within seconds of being placed […]

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Your Morning Green Tea Will Renew Your Skin

If you’ve ever scrolled through your Instagram feed in the mornings, you would know that colorful green tea lattes have been all the rage. However, you don’t have to drink green tea to reap its benefits as it also works superbly as a topical beauty ingredient. With skincare benefits that range from busting hormonal acne to warding off wrinkles […]