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Reconnecting With My Chinese Heritage

This Native New Yorker reconnects with her Chinese heritage and reflects on her most recent trip to China from disgusting Chinese tourist to high-end dim sum.

 

It’s been a while since I’ve visited my motherland. My Chinese heritage has not been lost, but I learn something new every time I reconnect with my extended family.

This is my first trip back in almost a decade. Shortly after I landed, I was reminded of the Chinese tourists who have shamed me in the press. The media has written about their disgusting behavior and lack of respect for cultural landmarks. The people are still a bit uncouth compared to western standards, but I really try not to judge. After all, I am in their territory.

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Longing To Travel While Working a 9-5

13 countries in 8 years. Not the most impressive stats, but this is what it’s like to travel while working a 9-5. It’s a marathon, not a sprint.

 

It’s been a while since I’ve blogged about my travels. Life got in the way. It’s not easy to juggle traveling while working a 9-5 – especially early on in my career. I’ve been adulting so hard these past few years that I’ve put traveling on the back burner. There are only so many hours in a day and it doesn’t help that most American companies only offer an average of 10 vacation days.

This year, I’ll be using those 10 vacation days to visit family in China. It’s triggered my nostalgia for travel blogging. 2008 was the last time I was in China. I studied abroad in Shanghai, where I was bitten by the travel bug. I wanted to go everywhere and anywhere as long as I came home with all my limbs intact. And I did.

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Toronto’s Haunted Casa Loma

Casa Loma is a supernatural hub with haunted stories that include tales of paranormal activity, spooky voices and invisible hands.

 

Casa Loma is a gothic style castle in Toronto, Canada filled with 98 rooms, secret passages, beautiful gardens and a haunted history. There have been sightings of a woman who haunts the halls of Casa Loma. Staff and visitors have also claimed to see paranormal activities, hear spooky voices and feel unseen grabbing hands.

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