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BLOG: If you want to last, put yourself first! — My 2016 roadmap to de-stressing

BLOG: If you want to last, put yourself first! — My 2016 roadmap to de-stressing

Did you smile or sigh when reflecting on 2015?

Many tend to glance at their bank balance, thinking of a nice new car or a house. Some think about job advancement or finding love. I wonder how many out there would count having good health as a wonderful gift? If you do, you are perhaps one of the few smart ones. Frankly, without health, we can’t do much. Other accomplishments would quickly be overshadowed when we are sick.

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Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 35 No 3 | 1/16-1/220 Comments

BLOG: The many faces of Cambodia  (Part 3)

BLOG: The many faces of Cambodia (Part 3)

Dispelling safety myths
“Is Cambodia safe?” Many readers asked me this after reading my first two blogs about my recent trip with my husband last November.
It is surprising that many have this misconception. While some may have concerns traveling to Cambodia, its tourism has actually increased 17 percent in 2013 and 7 percent last year. Just in Angkor, there are more than one million visitors every year.

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Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 35 No 2 | 1/9-1/150 Comments

BLOG: “Eat, play, give,” should not only be for December

BLOG: “Eat, play, give,” should not only be for December

By Assunta Ng If you whine about being lonely during the holidays, or if you don’t have many party invitations, or if your friends and family have been deserting you from Christmas to New Year’s day, you need to read this blog. If you are an out-of-state transplant, working for Amazon or Google, and have […]

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Posted in Features 1, Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 35 No 1 | 1/2-1/80 Comments

BLOG: Experiencing intriguing Cambodia on our own (Part 2)

BLOG: Experiencing intriguing Cambodia on our own (Part 2)

By Assunta Ng Northwest Asian Weekly Some travel guidebooks state a Frenchman discovered the ruins of Angkor, Cambodia, in 1860. That claim irks some Cambodians and foreigners. It’s the same story when historians wrote that Christopher Columbus discovered America, while Native Americans had set their foot on the land for over 2,000 years. It’s more […]

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Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 34 No 53 | 12/26/2015-1/1/20162 Comments

BLOG: Create magic — Gifts from your heart

BLOG: Create magic — Gifts from your heart

By Assunta Ng Northwest Asian Weekly I discontinued the tradition of sending out Christmas cards long before e-cards became popular. Why I stopped was because I found it pointless to send a card with someone’s name and my signature; and partly, I was lazy. I reciprocated by sending out a card to someone who just […]

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Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 34 No 52 | 12/19-12/250 Comments

BLOG: Adventures in Cambodia — Six reasons why you should visit Cambodia (Part 1)

BLOG: Adventures in Cambodia — Six reasons why you should visit Cambodia (Part 1)

By Assunta Ng Northwest Asian Weekly “Why go to a backward country?” my friends reacted when they heard that my husband and I were going to Cambodia. “Are you crazy going alone and not with a tour?” another asked. Why people think Cambodia is not a safe country puzzles me. It could have to do […]

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Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 34 No 51 | 12/12-12/181 Comment

BLOG: We need more revealing than concealing — No answers at community meeting on Donnie Chin’s slaying

BLOG: We need more revealing than concealing — No answers at community meeting on Donnie Chin’s slaying

By Assunta Ng Northwest Asian Weekly Since Donnie Chin’s slaying four months ago in the International District, there’s been little progress when it comes to getting information about the case. Why? Chin was the founder and one-man staff of the International District Emergency Center, providing patrol and emergency services in the ID. There have been […]

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Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 34 No 50 | 12/5-12/110 Comments

BLOG: ID businesses dealing with unexpected challenges — Creative solutions for small businesses

BLOG: ID businesses dealing with unexpected challenges — Creative solutions for small businesses

By Assunta Ng Northwest Asian Weekly Seattle’s $15 minimum wage is expected to impact many small businesses. However, challenges for the International District (ID) businesses go beyond the wage issue. The ID restaurants once known for great food with low prices are no longer enough to appeal to new customers. On many fronts, the businesses […]

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Posted in Business, Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 34 No 46 | 11/7-11/130 Comments

BLOG: We raise! — Keiro’s successful auction represents a united Japanese community

BLOG: We raise! — Keiro’s successful auction represents a united Japanese community

By Assunta Ng You don’t see Asian donors fighting to give money, fast and big, often. But it happened at Keiro Northwest’s 40th anniversary dinner on Oct. 24 at the Seattle Sheraton Hotel. Keiro Northwest (formerly Nikkei Concerns), which specializes in elderly programs with assisted living and nursing homes, was able to galvanize its fans […]

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Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 34 No 45 | 10/31-11/60 Comments

BLOG: Right and wrong — Motives to vote

BLOG: Right and wrong — Motives to vote

By Assunta Ng President Obama’s presidential election in 2008 inspired an astounding turnout for African American voters. It happened to the Asian community when one of our own was running for office. Why not? It’s an opportunity for Asian Americans to make an impact when it comes to public policy. It’s wonderful to see Asians […]

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Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 34 No 44 | 10/24-10/300 Comments

BLOG: A closer look at the candidates

The Nov. 3 general election is important and exciting. Not only are there Asian American candidates running for offices in several cities and King County, there are issues directly impacting the Asian community. It is the first time after redistricting that voters will decide to elect some new blood to the Seattle City Council. Several […]

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Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 34 No 44 | 10/24-10/300 Comments

BLOG: Chinese President Xi left… — But the real gains still resonate for Seattle

BLOG: Chinese President Xi left… — But the real gains still resonate for Seattle

By Assunta Ng Northwest Asian Weekly When Chinese President Xi Jinping picked Seattle as his first stop to land in America recently, several U.S. cities reacted with disbelief and jealousy, and numerous governors felt slighted. Why Seattle again? Didn’t Xi’s three predecessors visit Seattle before? Shouldn’t Xi experience other U.S. cities? Suddenly, Seattle—one of the […]

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Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 34 No 42 | 10/10-10/160 Comments

BLOG: Dinner with Chinese President Xi

BLOG: Dinner with Chinese President Xi

By Assunta Ng The best of Seattle and Washington state was showcased for Chinese President Xi Jinping’s dinner held at the Westin Hotel on Sept. 22 for over 750 attendees. So what made the event exceptional? The list of who’s who guests gathered was remarkable. Omar Lee, a guest said, “not even a million dollars […]

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Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 34 No 40 | 9/26-10/20 Comments

A party for Superman Al

A party for Superman Al

By Assunta Ng Northwest Asian Weekly What is celebration for Superman like? Last Sunday, Al Sugiyama, who is battling cancer, found out that he is much loved by many.  A rainbow of over 500 (Asians, blacks, Native Americans and whites), packed the gymnasium of Blaine Memorial Methodist Church. Al’s fans spread from young and old—those […]

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Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 34 No 39 | 9/19-9/250 Comments

Feast on this — Filling up buffet-style

Feast on this — Filling up buffet-style

By Assunta Ng Northwest Asian Weekly The worst comment Chinese immigrants say about a restaurant is, not “bad food,” “ugly décor,” or “lousy service.” Simply, it is: “The customer is still hungry after eating at the restaurant.” With our relatives from Hong Kong (HK) visiting us recently, I was mindful in picking the right restaurant […]

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Posted in Community News, Food, Lifestyle, Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 34 No 39 | 9/19-9/250 Comments

A non-traditional school in Chinatown — A visit to Summit

A non-traditional school in Chinatown — A visit to Summit

    By Assunta Ng Northwest Asian Weekly Not many people are aware that Chinatown/International District has a new charter school. For those who know there is one, myths and misconceptions exist. Who are the students? Are they achievers and smart? How are they chosen? How is it different from a regular public school? Are […]

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Posted in Community News, Features 38, Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 34 No 38 | 9/12-9/180 Comments

Managing growth and respecting the past — Nikkei Concerns will soon be Keiro Northwest

Managing growth and respecting the past — Nikkei Concerns will soon be Keiro Northwest

By Assunta Ng Northwest Asian Weekly “To improve is to change, to be perfect is to change often.” –Winston Churchill On Jan. 1, 2016, Nikkei Concerns, founded in 1975 by second-generation Japanese Americans to serve Japanese elderly, will change its name to KEIRO Northwest. Nikkei Concerns (NC) means the concerns of second generations. Five units […]

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Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 34 No 37 | 9/5-9/110 Comments

BLOG: Finish that plate! — Dining with British elites (and lessons on how to be good children)

BLOG: Finish that plate! — Dining with British elites (and lessons on how to be good children)

By Assunta Ng When my friend emailed me that she was taking me to the Oxford and Cambridge Club (OCC) in London, I was elated. But after one meal, my original desire of wanting that experience changed to no desire of returning again. Was I crazy to make that decision? After all, the OCC is […]

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Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 34 No 36 | 8/29-9/40 Comments

BLOG: Think twice before smoking that pipe — The hookah bar controversy continues

BLOG: Think twice before smoking that pipe — The hookah bar controversy continues

By Assunta Ng The first time I heard about hookah bars two years ago, I was completely repelled. “Hooker” was what I heard. You can imagine why I didn’t want to continue the conversation with anyone mentioning the word. Go ahead, you can laugh at me. My editor certainly did.  I didn’t know anything about […]

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Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 34 No 35 | 8/22-8/282 Comments

BLOG: Avoid or endorse? — Politics can pose challenges for ethnic media

By Assunta Ng People expect the Northwest Asian Weekly, a relatively small paper, to act like a big media company when it comes to election time. Candidates’ questions cover the myriad, such as: “Do you do endorsements?” “Can you do an interview?” “Why haven’t you contacted me?” . . . These questions keep popping up […]

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Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 34 No 31 | 7/25-7/310 Comments

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