A is for Acar

by Kenny Mah

It’s Chinese New Year. This is your first time joining my family for reunion dinner. You’re like one of the family already, my parents tell you. We know this means they think of you as a godson, that’s all. (Unless.) My eldest niece always has a sly grin for you. (She knows, I whisper.) She’s

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A good scent from a sacred mountain

by Kenny Mah

The journey up the mountain must have been a hard one for pilgrims on foot. For centuries, millions of devotees of Shingon-Buddhism have been trekking up the venerated Koyasan (Mount Koya) to get away from the secular world and live alongside monks at the secluded temples here. At over 3,000 feet above sea level, they

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Escape to Easter Island!

by Kenny Mah

Easter Island is an enigma. We have all seen those “giant stone heads” in travel magazines or documentaries. We have all wondered about the name. (It was given by the Dutch explorer Jacob Roggeveen, who “discovered” the island on Easter Sunday in 1722. The island’s official name, Isla de Pascua, also means Easter Island, albeit

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