Anthropologie jacket, MINPINK floral blouse from Wasteland, H&M stripe top, Urban Outfitters jeans, Natalie & Dylana Suarez x Modern Vice officer boots, Moni Moni bag, Free People sunglasses, Nine West scarf
You know me and my love for all things Asian. It's the half-Chinese in me that prefers the spicier things in life. I love that I can always rely on Chinatown in NYC to never let me down when it comes to stimulating all the senses. The vibrancy, the movement, the people, the food, the colors. Every Chinatown I have ever been to has been a mishmash of culture and liveliness. People come to gather and catch up, to revel with each other over food and laughter, to pick out that week groceries and stock up on delectable snacks in cutesy packaging that you buy more to look at and admire than to devour. The vision of a big round table full of family and friends and plate upon plate of every dish on the menu and that reliable pot of chili oil in the center is always at the forefront of my mind, and it brings back so many memories of my childhood growing up. I feel very lucky that I was raised to get to know my Chinese roots very well and to infuse it into my everyday life. My mom cooked almost every meal, and most of the time it was something Asian and deliciously hot and spicy. Always an adventure for the taste buds. There was nothing I wanted more than a big plate of stir fried noodles or curry chicken over white rice after a long day at school. It was all so second nature to me. The feeling of familiarity I get whenever I visit Chinatown or Southeast Asia to see family is always so comforting to me and makes me want to explore this part of roots even more so. There is still so much for me to learn and to see and to make a part of me. I'm dreaming of the next time I can go back to Asia and explore again and really take it all in. Walking that Great Wall of China is #1 on my list of travel adventure do's.What places and things give you the urge to travel and explore??