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Mochi Culture in Hawaii

State-wide fireworks on New Year’s Eve are an annual ritual in Hawaii adopted from the Chinese tradition of playing of “firecrackers” as a symbolic act of chasing evil spirits away and inviting good luck, fortune and prosperity. Meanwhile, the Japanese community adds flavor to New Year’s Day celebrations with mochi…

January 14, 2010 6
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Christmas in Hawaii & Celebrating State-wide Fireworks

Obama, the “Hawaii Kid” and State-wide fireworks spell one thing- spending the Christmas and New Year’s holidays in Hawaii.

January 10, 2010 2
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15 Commandments of the New Yorker Bible

New York City.  The Big Apple. Manhattan. The Manhattan lifestyle is a unique beast. New Yorkers are busy, time-calculating, straight-forward and don’t show remorse expressing how they feel, even if it’s blunt honesty. Hey, it’s business an we’ve all got places we need to be.  Nothing personal. But as busy as New Yorkers are, you’re bound to find a […]

December 23, 2009 2
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Saying Goodbye to my New York Lifestyle

“Only the strong survive” is the city’s motto and it sums up its proud promise. The concrete jungle can be a raging beast, fast-balling you with lessons of all shapes and sizes- from managing crazy clients with excessive expectations and emergency deadlines, to mastering a typhoon of many things going wrong all at once! It will test your levels of fitness, endurance and…

December 23, 2009 6
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New York Fashion Week ’09: GREEN fashion

Designers, fashionistas, models, wannabes … and me. Sometimes finding your GRRR in traveling simply requires finding the energy and means to attend some of the more highly-publicized (and velvet-roped) events in your city.

September 29, 2009 0
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How to sightsee in your own city

Your life is on autopilot and it’s as if you’ve chosen the most boring episode of your life’s favorite show and put it on re-run. Predictable, tired, spark-less, flat – your relationship with your city drowns under the depression of monochromatic daily routines. How many of you know how this feels, say Amen….

Even in New York- despite the fast-paced city and nightlife- I occasionally experience the lifestyle boredom of people in say, a small town in Ohio. The tricky part, however, is getting that LIFE control Repeat button unstuck!

August 31, 2009 1
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Review:”Gambling on the East Coast: The Mohegan Sun & Foxwoods Casino”

Ask me about casinos on the east coast, aside from the ashtray of Atlantic City? Never knew they existed. With my sister and her Hawaii teammates in town for a canoe regatta, the “islander gambling bugs” had their curiosities peaked on Connecticut’s Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods. I went along for the entertaining ride…

August 29, 2009 0
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Canoe race on the Hudson River waves a paddle to the Statue of Liberty

Click here for popout Picasa slideshow Canoe paddling is not a sport that naturally comes to mind when you think of New York City or the East Coast, …but think again. Each summer, east coast canoe clubs  make their way out to the Big Apple for the New York Liberty Race to represent their coastal […]

August 14, 2009 2
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10 Tricks to re-designing your New York apartment

Here are 10 Insider tips and tricks which will help anyone moving or already moved to NYC, survive the compact and harried lifestyle of the Big Bad Apple.

Looking back to when I first moved into the city 8 years ago, I realize that nothing could have adequately prepared me for the New York City mentality and lifestyle. New Yorkers are a unique breed of urban warriors and survivalists…

August 6, 2009 1
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