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Treasures from my aunt’s garage

Last week my aunt informed me that she and my uncle had found in their garage some old Hong Kong prints my grandparents had given them decades ago. They had never framed these pictures and were all too happy to hand them over to me.And of course I was excited to see--and own--them. What could they look like? I hoped they weren't oil paintings one would find in tourist traps … [Read More]

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Tiger Balm pig

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I feel so lucky I was able to see Tiger Balm Gardens in Hong Kong before it was demolished. The Gardens were top on the sightseeing itineraries of my mom and … [Read More]

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