6 AM: Breakfast at the hotel. Mom and I devour the mackerel with especial glee. 8 AM: Doing a bit of laundry, taking a brief walk, and repacking. 10 AM: Since we’re here on a church group trip, we begin with a visit to Hongwanji Tsumura Betsuin, a sister temple to the one my family … Continue reading
8 AM: Breakfast, included with my room, turns out to be a beautiful buffet of both Japanese and Western foods. I chuckle at what seems to be the Western selection: scrambled eggs, sausage, French fries, and spaghetti. Instead, I assemble lots of little savory Japanese bites. Clockwise from top of plate: cold tofu with dashi … Continue reading More jet lag in Japan
3 AM: Landing in Manila for a layover. 5 AM: Stalking around the Manila airport trying to make my internet work, to no avail. 7 AM: Boarding the plane for Taipei. 9 AM: Plane. 11 AM: Plane. At least there is an interesting Filipino airplane meal – some kind of beef stew flavored (I think) … Continue reading Why take one flight when you can take three?
9 AM: Woke up a little groggy after our marathon sightseeing day yesterday. D and I need some energy, so we head straightaway for a starchy breakfast. We sample the kaya toast at Tong Ah Eating House, this time accompanied by the traditional soft-boiled eggs with soy sauce. The French kaya toast is eggy and … Continue reading
9 AM: Wake up in Singapore! Head to the Jalan Berseh Food Centre, one of the open-air food stall conglomerates that hold Singapore’s best and least expensive food options. To help regulate and improve food safety, the Singaporean government organized Singapore’s many street food vendors into these hawker centres, aka mini food paradises, all over the … Continue reading Epic adventures in the Little Red Dot
Highland Park has been called LA’s greatest neighborhood, the U.S.’s hottest up-and-coming market, and “the Brooklyn of the West Coast” (not sure if that’s a good thing…). These days, receiving those types of accolades seems to mean that a neighborhood sits at the intersection of historic preservation, cheap housing, and burgeoning gentrification. Regardless of your … Continue reading That cat thing is playing a donut guitar: Good eats and gentrification in Highland Park
Once, in a statistics lab, my partner and I were working on a pretty simple assignment. The professor gave us a squeaky-clean dataset and we were doing basic descriptive analysis. Shouldn’t have been hard, but we ran into a roadblock when I was [wrongly] convinced that several of our values were way too low. We … Continue reading Draft picks for Scooper Bowl Sundaes