27 Mar, 2014 in Los Angeles
Union Station Los Angeles (2)

At the heart of Los Angeles is Union Station, surrounded by a variety of culturally themed neighborhoods. You’ve got your China Town, your Little Tokyo, and closest by is the Mexican area. While walking through those neighborhood I came across a local Mexican God worship festival with lots of music, dancing and food, which I […]

28 Jan, 2014 in Kamakura
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine  Kamakora Japan (15)

Kamakora, a daytrip away from Tokyo, is a magical town filled with temples and shrines. Of all the shrines in the city the Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine is said to be the most important Shinto shrine, dating back to the 11th century. This temple kicked off my day of temple exploration. If you’re only in the […]

9 Oct, 2012 in HK Places
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There’s something magical about Sheung Wan. Only a short walk from the hustle and bustle of SOHO and LKF is this odd little local neighborhood that is a complete contrast to the modern insanity of the Central and Admiralty financial districts. Every time I visit that neighborhood I get flashbacks from my life in Tainan, […]

16 May, 2010 in HK Attractions
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I really enjoy visiting large temples and Che Kung Temple in HK’s Sha Tin area is a good reminder of what I’ve come to adore. Brings back good memories of Taiwan. Interestingly, the smaller temple dates back as early as the 17th century, probably as far back as you can get in either Hong Kong […]

22 Nov, 2009 in HK Culture & Life, HK Places
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Having visited some of Hong Kong’s other side at the fishing village of Tai O in the west of HK’s Lantau Island and contemplating Tai O’s boat people’s lives, here’s a bit more of the local life. The first thing you come across when you arrive at Tai O Village is the more standard local […]

27 Oct, 2009 in Macau
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A-Ma in Macau, Matzu in Taiwan, and Tin Hau in Hong Kong, the Mother Goddess Lin Moniang is among the most important Gods in the region. Macau, despite being a Portuguese Christian ruled colony now overrun with huge casinos, still maintains some of the A-Ma worship traditions with various temples and tall statues of the […]

17 Dec, 2007 in Chinese culture, Taiwan

It has already become a routine for me not to sleep on the weekends because of those celebrations. With a 130+ Gods served in Tainan, over 30 of them being what I term “class B Gods”, and almost 10 being “class A Gods”, it so happens that almost every weekend we have a birthday celebration […]

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