Diverse Phantom of the Opera!

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"Your loyalties will be rewarded." Okay, I admit it: I love musicals. Even when I was forced to watch Westside Story in high school and all my peers snickered at the Jets versus Sharks, I relished it. Of course, I also remember being glued to the TV set watching Lea Salonga perform in Les Miserables. Now, I'm excited to see an Asian American female lead and an African American actor as partners in Phantom of the Opera. Hurrah! … [Read more...]

Foodie Friday: Mango Sticky Rice

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Mango sticky rice: sweet dessert made with fresh fruit and coconut-flavored rice This is generally a seasonal dish, when mangoes are freely available. It's definitely a dessert, since it's got sweetened rice and ripe mangoes. It's a nice combo because you've got the soft chewiness of the sticky rice paired with juicy fruit. I also like the coconut flavoring of the milk, which gives it a tropical taste. Here's a recipe to make mango sticky rice at home. Fun fact: In Malaysia, they have a … [Read more...]

Vibrating Feet

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"Avert misunderstanding by calm, poise, and balance." Sometimes I like to take a peek at aging research. Recently, I stumbled onto an article about posture--and feet. It turns out that vibrations on the soles of the feet can help in postural control and mobility. Who knew? Remember those Asian reflexology sandals with bumps to push your pressure points? Maybe they can vibrate and do double duty! … [Read more...]

Foodie Friday: Milk Snow

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Milk snow: finely shaved ice with condensed milk Summer means cool treats, like shaved ice. Shaved snow is even finer, without any ice chunks. Adding condensed milk makes for a sweeter taste, but not overpoweringly so. This is a simple version that's topped with red bean goodness. Hope you're staying cool! … [Read more...]

I’m a Travel Writer

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"An enjoyable vacation is awaiting you." Okay, I'm not really a travel writer. However, I do have a post up on We Said Go Travel. If you haven't read my past essay about an amazing tree house in Taiwan, go ahead and peruse it. On their website, there's also a Travel Writing Award contest going on until July 28th, so enter if you've gone somewhere fabulous. Fun fact: Other international places I've been to are Canada, China, Italy, Mexico, and Spain. … [Read more...]

Foodie Friday First: Duck Burrito

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I ate my very first Duck burrito: a huge burrito stuffed with duck meat My family took a recent trip to Mammoth Lakes for summer vacation. (It was amazing--and there's still snow at the top!) Anyway, we also went to Roberto's, a local Mexican restaurant. On their menu, they featured a duck burrito. As you may well know, I'm a huge fan of duck (roast, Peking, etc.), so I had to try it. It's actually a pretty tasty experience; the meat complemented really well with the spices and brought … [Read more...]

Fourth of July Sale!

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"You will soon bring joy to someone." Happy 4th of July, everyone! In celebration of this great holiday, I'm offering 50% off my cozy mystery, SENIORS SLEUTH. Find it on Smashwords: Make sure to use the coupon code SSW50 when you check out! … [Read more...]

Foodie Friday: Shrimp Spring Roll

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Shrimp spring roll: veggies and shrimp tucked into a rice wrapper What's not to love about the spring roll? I prefer this non-fried Vietnamese version when summer comes around. It's refreshing to bite into the fresh lettuce and veggies. Also, it comes with my favorite: a peanut-based dipping sauce. I prefer the ones with a little less spice (sorry, Lee's), but it's still a tried-and-true combo on hot days. Want to make your own? Check out this recipe. What's a favorite way for you to … [Read more...]

Calls for Diversity in Literature

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"You will attract cultured and artistic people to your home." This is a quick post about exciting opportunities I've seen cropping up recently. I'm really happy to see more calls for diversity out in the lit world. Here a few that I've heard of: Writing from Color & Native Voices (WCNV) Contest. A competition to make sure all voices are represented. See the finalists on their web page, including my friend Mona AlvaradoFrazier's BEYOND THE BARS! Just. One. Book. Author Margaret … [Read more...]

Foodie Friday: Pudding in Tea

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Pudding: topping option for tea I think you're all familiar with bubble tea, which typically consists of milk tea with boba (even giant boba sometimes!). Anyway, it's definitely a nice drink to have for cooling down. Usually I'm good with a plain iced jasmine tea, or I might splurge on tapioca pearls or lychee jellies. Most recently, though, I ventured adding pudding to my drink. It's been a long time since I went down that road, and it was a pleasant surprise. I guess I was expecting an … [Read more...]

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