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  • Cherry Blossoms at the Japanese Tea Garden

    I remember the first time I saw Cherry Blossoms; it was in my mind’s eye. I was reading Memoirs of a Geisha and Arthur Golden (the author) had created such a beautiful picture with words that when I saw the movie of the same name a few years later,...
  • Japanese Tea Garden – II (Features and Symbolism)

    If you have ever been to a Japanese Garden, chances are that you will recognise one the next time you see one, just about anywhere. With their signature bridges, lanterns and Koi ponds, these gardens have ‘Japanese’ written all over them. The Japanese Tea Garden in San Francisco also showcases...
  • Japanese Tea Garden in San Francisco – I

    Japanese Tea Garden in San Francisco. Check. This Japanese attraction had been on my list of places-to-visit ever since we did a five-hour city tour of San Francisco, back in 2010. I remember that September evening when a good chunk of the time allotted for De Young Museum and...
  • From the Chinese New Year parade in San Francisco

    With Dragons, Lion Dances and traditional Chinese song-and-dance, Chinese New Year parades happen everywhere. The largest one outside China happens to be a few miles from where I currently live. Cosmopolitan San Francisco boasts of being home to the biggest Chinese community outside China (Read – A Chinatown Made...
  • Hip and Happening Hollywood Boulevard

    It was a Friday. The Friday after Thanksgiving; Yes, Black Friday! While most of USA shopped, we decided to hang out at one of the most happening places on the west coast of the United States – Hollywood Boulevard. It was a sudden trip; an almost last minute one...
  • A mummy story from San Jose

    Did you know that there was an Egyptian Museum in the Capital of Silicon Valley and that it happens to be the largest of its kind on the US West Coast? Did you know that this place is believed to be the only Egyptian Museum in an actual Egyptian-styled...
  • Some lessons on Hawaiian culture

    It was our first full day on Big Island, HI. What we had planned for the day was a Hawaiian culture tour on the west coast of the island: A visit to Hulihe’e Palace, which was the summer palace of the nobles (now a museum), see Pu’uhonua O Honaunau...
  • Wine tasting at Cooper Garrod

      If there’s no wine at home, it only means one thing — its time to head to a winery! And a little wine tasting would do no harm. Why go far away when the Santa Cruz Mountains are just a stone’s throw from where we live. This time we...
  • Oakland’s own little Africa

                          Oakland, CA has a little piece of Africa just off highway 580. If Oakland is closer to where you live, than Africa is, you might as well visit Oakland Zoo to experience a bit of the continent, in...
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