Traveling

Post image for Chuang Yen Monastery — a giant Buddha in the Hudson Valley

With the older folks in my family dying off, I’m going to a lot of funerals. They’ve become affectionate occasions to catch up with relatives. The latest gathering surprised me because I found diversity in the most unexpected location. When people from Chinatown and Queens choose cremation, their survivors make the 90-minute drive north to Chuang […]

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Post image for Green Festival Expo — photos of new food & home products

For three intoxicating hours at Green Festival Expo, I stuffed my face on organic food samples and marveled at hundreds of new products. This was heaven for impulse shoppers, which meant I went home with a bunch of excitingly odd items to try out. This annual weekend event continues through today at New York City’s […]

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Post image for How to budget a Miami vacation & not feel like a loser

My daughter and I recently discovered Miami and can’t wait to go back. This crazy, seaside metropolis delivered excellent surf, shopping and dining on a budget. The trip left us rich in memories from our first mother-daughter vacation in three years. That’s right. Three. Whole. Years. Between her doing her thing and me doing mine, […]

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Post image for Photos: How to visit California on a budget

Now I know why my friends who move to California never come back. The sights, the scenes, the food! Of course, the Golden State is also quite expensive. But good buddies who live there made the trip both affordable and memorable. In September, my bf and I spent five days in the San Francisco Bay […]

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Post image for 3 ways to get richer in the Year of the Horse 2014

This is the year that I makeover my finances by transitioning away from credit cards. So bye-bye, plastic. Hello, cash. This new strategy has also been kinda painful. To my surprise, it’s creating a completely different lifestyle. But in the long run, I’m sure I will be better off. The Year of the Wood Horse […]

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Post image for My favorite chair & the art of sitting still

It’s been eight months since my shrink explained to me that vacations are so powerful that even the act of planning one can already lift the spirit. This has proven so true for me that I’ve found a way to get a bit of that buzz every day while still working full-time and living on […]

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