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BLOG: 7 tips for surviving Ho Chi Minh City when you’re not Vietnamese

BLOG: 7 tips for surviving Ho Chi Minh City when you’re not Vietnamese

By John Liu Northwest Asian Weekly I recently took a long overdue vacation to Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, and it was a really exciting experience, one that I gleaned many lessons from. Here are my 7 tips for surviving Vietnam when you’re not Vietnamese! (The exchange rate on my trip was ₫22,500 Viet […]

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Posted in Travel, Vol 35 No 6 | 2/6-2/120 Comments

It’s cold outside in Sweden — (But also beautiful)

It’s cold outside in Sweden — (But also beautiful)

By Dipika Kohli Northwest Asian Weekly Four minutes is all I can take. It’s not jetlag. Or culture shock. It’s just hot. I’m in a sauna. In Malmoe, in Sweden. Guidebooks and everything, they talk about this. You go to Scandinavia, and you go to the sauna. For the coziness. For warmth and safety, inside, […]

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Posted in Features 1, Travel, Vol 35 No 1 | 1/2-1/80 Comments

The Village Report – Six weeks in Scandinavia

The Village Report – Six weeks in Scandinavia

By Dipika Kohli Northwest Asian Weekly Six weeks, all together, if I can manage to hold through December, here in Scandinavia. I think the gut knows when it’s time to shake things up, and this time, I found myself at Kastrup with an immigration officer flicking through my passport—stamps from around Southeast Asia these last […]

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Posted in Travel, Vol 34 No 50 | 12/5-12/110 Comments

PICTORIAL: Scenes from Jaipur, India

PICTORIAL: Scenes from Jaipur, India

Photos by Steve MacIntyre

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Posted in Pictorials, Travel, Vol 34 No 47 | 11/14-11/200 Comments

Essentials for a Phnom Penh visit — History, markets, culture

Essentials for a Phnom Penh visit — History, markets, culture

By Kristi Eaton Associated Press PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Bigger. Taller. Fancier. Cambodia’s capital city of Phnom Penh is undergoing a staggering period of development 40 years after the communist Khmer Rouge regime took over the city and forced thousands to evacuate to rural Cambodia in its brutal campaign to create an agrarian-based society. […]

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Posted in Travel, Vol 34 No 46 | 11/7-11/130 Comments

The Village Report — Bugged in Phnom Penh

By Dipika Kohli Northwest Asian Weekly “That was what I was most worried about when we got here,” Bicycle (yes, that is his name) confessed tonight, up on the terrace. “Every time you go to an insectarium, you know, there are those huge ones, those really, really giant bugs—and then you look to see where […]

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Posted in Travel, Vol 34 No 41 | 10/3-10/90 Comments

The Travel Report — Navigating through weather and nostalgia in Cambodia

By Dipika Kohli Northwest Asian Weekly The rainy season in Cambodia is definitely moody, but to the point. It’s punctual, at times, but always loud. Irreverent. It doesn’t give two smacks about how busy you are, and it always puts its own priorities ahead of yours. You would think it was a narcissist. But it’s […]

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Posted in Travel, Vol 34 No 36 | 8/29-9/40 Comments

Not boxed in — Ki Chong Tran can take a punch

Not boxed in — Ki Chong Tran can take a punch

By Dipika Kohli Northwest Asian Weekly “DON’T BOX,” said Ki Chong Tran’s grandmother, worried what would happen when he moved to his mother’s native Phnom Penh. “Boxing is for peasants.” She needn’t worry. After winning a professional mixed martial arts, or MMA, fight in Phuket in August 2013 against Thailand’s Kritsada “Dream Man” Konsrichai, the […]

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Posted in Travel, Vol 34 No 31 | 7/25-7/310 Comments

A tisket, a tasket — Letters and loss

A tisket, a tasket — Letters and loss

By Dipika Kohli Northwest Asian Weekly Midday. Overcast. Reading Man and His Symbols, Carl Jung. That and looking over a few photographs of rural Ireland, plus notes I made in those days, more than a dozen years ago now, poke out of folders here on the park bench. Making headway. On the story. One I’ve […]

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Posted in Travel, Vol 34 No 25 | 6/13-6/190 Comments

The Village Report — Eloping…

The Village Report — Eloping…

By Dipika Kohli Northwest Asian Weekly “Did you change your hair?” I said, thinking out loud. “Yeah. There’s a place called the Chop Shop in Skibbereen.” “It’s interesting how the front of your hair flips up a little bit like that.” I was used to Yoshi Kayukawa’s wilder cuts, like the shaved look in his […]

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Posted in Travel, Vol 34 No 21 | 5/16-5/220 Comments

The Village Report — Vietnam: Coming to rest and search

The Village Report — Vietnam: Coming to rest and search

By Dipika Kohli Northwest Asian Weekly “Where are you from?” he wants to know. The tour guide. It’s 7:45AM and I’m rubbing my eyes in the morning in Dalat. “Asia,” I say, mindlessly. It’s a lifelong question, this sense of fromness. Identity, the search for “who am I?” all that existential angst that only recently […]

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Posted in Travel, Vol 34 No 17 | 4/18-4/240 Comments

The Village Report — Observations and sketches from Kampot

The Village Report — Observations and sketches from Kampot

By Dipika Kohli Northwest Asian Weekly Three guys who talked like Eastenders asked me what I wanted. Pasta. Did they have that? Kind of. In a set. “Ok. I’ll have that. The special. But can I substitute the beer, please? Do you have milk? Yes. Yes, thanks.” I was not in the mood for beer […]

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Posted in Travel, Vol 34 No 12 | 3/14-3/200 Comments

WISE WORDS – Washington state treasures Seattle and Northwest gems: What are Washington’s top treasures?

WISE WORDS – Washington state treasures Seattle and Northwest gems: What are Washington’s top treasures?

“Olympic Peninsula and Olympic National Park — Home to the only temperate<!–more–> rain forests in the continental U.S., old growth forest, rugged un-spoiled beaches, mountains, abundant wildlife and our state’s rich Native American heritage, the Olympic Peninsula and Olympic National Park. Pike Place Market — Seattle’s Pike Place Market:  It will always be known as […]

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Posted in Travel, Vol 34 No 7 | 2/7-2/130 Comments

BLOG: What you didn’t know about Taiwan — Bubble tea, canines, rocks, colleges, and cookies

BLOG: What you didn’t know about Taiwan — Bubble tea, canines, rocks, colleges, and cookies

For those who don’t know anything about Taiwan, here is one of many interesting facts: It is the birthplace of bubble tea. The bubble tea is not what fascinated me most about Taiwan, but it is more the many other things you would not normally expect from a tiny island in the Pacific. I was […]

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Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Travel, Vol 34 No 7 | 2/7-2/132 Comments

Discovering Seattle’s hidden treasures — Gems to discover without leaving the city

Discovering Seattle’s hidden treasures — Gems to discover without leaving the city

By Jean Godden Special to Northwest Asian Weekly There is no need to take a plane to discover something new. Here’s what you can explore, without a suitcase or a high price tag. First, there is the Seattle Room, that wonderful depository of history at Seattle’s Central Library.  Among the finds in the Seattle Room […]

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Posted in Features, Travel, Vol 34 No 6 | 1/31-2/60 Comments

My Taiwan trip: Food, more food, (and bring bigger luggage) — Delicious, delicious, serendipitous

My Taiwan trip: Food, more food, (and bring bigger luggage) — Delicious, delicious, serendipitous

By Assunta Ng Northwest Asian Weekly Whenever I relive my recent trip to Taiwan, my mouth starts to salivate, I blush to recall <!–more–>my previous silly assumptions, and then I cherish the joyful moments and appreciate all the incredible work of my high school classmates who planned our reunion. I graduated from Sacred Heart Canossian […]

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Posted in Travel, Vol 34 No 6 | 1/31-2/62 Comments

From Bellevue to Bangkok: UW alumni around the world

From Bellevue to Bangkok: UW alumni around the world

By Ana Mari Cauce Special to Northwest Asian Weekly Before my recent trip to Southeast Asia, I knew that the University of Washington (UW) <!–more–>was a global university. We are rated 15th among the world’s universities in Shanghai Jiao Tong University’s much publicized rankings, and 14th in the world in the US News and World […]

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Posted in Community News, Education, Features, Travel, Vol 34 No 6 | 1/31-2/60 Comments

Viewing through plastic and glass in Cambodia

By Dipika Kohli Northwest Asian Weekly Yellow sun cooks the layers of dust off the edges of the curbs. So many curbs, so few sidewalks. Bits of brick and paper and cane juice plastic cups (biked over, ripped) compete for attention. They poke up from the dirt, insist themselves into the light.

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Posted in Travel, Vol 33 No 51 | 12/13-12/190 Comments

This is Street 63 — Sounds and images of Phnom Penh now

This is Street 63 — Sounds and images of Phnom Penh now

By Dipika Kohli Northwest Asian Weekly The dogs are yapping, the breeze is crusted over with exhaust, the bicycles and” tuk tuks” and whistles from the

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Posted in Travel, Vol 33 No 47 | 11/15-11/210 Comments

The Village Report — Returning to Cambodia

The Village Report — Returning to Cambodia

By Dipika Kohli Northwest Asian Weekly Today is the second day back in Cambodia, after six weeks in California. I go to a small side street just off Khan

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Posted in Travel, Vol 33 No 41 | 10/4-10/100 Comments

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