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Where to next?

I love to travel, and I like to be close to the sea. I've lived most of my life on island cities – Penang in Malaysia and Singapore.

I am no longer living near the coast now, but I managed trips to the East coast – Boston, New York City, and Washington DC, and the West coast – San Francisco, San Diego, and Los Angeles.

In the spring of 2004, I got an all-expenses-paid trip to Kyoto and Nara in Japan, and to Shanghai and Suzhou in China. That was exciting!

I love art and culture, food, and music especially.

My current plan is to gradually "conquer" the main regions of the United States before moving on to a different country – hopefully somewhere in Europe? I have been in the Midwest for many years now. Both the East and West coasts as well as the Southwestern region have been partly "conquered".

I wonder where my next destination would be... provided I have enough money to travel some more :)

Please feel free to visit my completed Travel Pages:

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Zhouzhuang, China

Washington DC, United States (Part 1 of 3)
Washington DC, United States (Part 2 of 3)
Washington DC, United States (Part 3 of 3)

New York City, New York, United States (Part 1 of 2)
New York City, New York, United States (Part 2 of 2)

Niagara Falls State Park, New York, United States (Part 1 of 2)
Niagara Falls State Park, New York, United States (Part 2 of 2)

Buffalo, New York, United States (Part 1 of 2)
Buffalo, New York, United States (Part 2 of 2)

Cincinnati, Ohio, United States (Part 1 of 2)
Cincinnati, Ohio, United States (Part 2 of 2)

Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, United States

Crater Lake National Park, Oregon, United States

Lava Beds National Monument, California, United States

Humboldt Redwoods State Park, California, United States

Appleton, Wisconsin, United States
Neenah, Wisconsin, United States
Oshkosh, Wisconsin, United States
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States


The following are short blurbs about a few American cultures that I've experienced and would like to share with the rest of the VT community.

American Thanksgiving

In the United States, Thanksgiving is usually celebrated by enjoying a huge feast with family and friends. Traditional dishes at Thanksgiving include roast turkey, gravy, stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, etc.

Since Thanksgiving occurs about a month prior to Christmas, and family members and friends are all gathered together, Thanksgiving is also the perfect opportunity to begin Christmas decorations, of which the Christmas tree is the focal point.

Painting Easter eggs

Decorating eggs is an Easter activity enjoyed by both children and adults alike. The simplest way to decorate the eggs is by painting them, using special food-grade dyes. Elaborate designs on Easter eggs are quite common too, although usually done for commercial purposes.

Strawberry picking

Strawberry picking is a fun-filled family event in the summer. Visitors are allowed to pick their own strawberries from private strawberry farms. The picked strawberries are then weighed and paid for.

The strawberries can be mashed up to be made into jam or for strawberry shortcake. To keep leftover strawberries for use later in the year, simply wash, seal, and freeze them.

Wisconsin brats

With origins from Germany, bratwursts (commonly known as "brats") are a local Wisconsin favorite, in addition to beer and cheese. Brats are often grilled outdoors in the summer, and is commonly found at picnics and football game tailgate cookouts.

4th of July fireworks

4th of July (U.S. Independence Day) celebrations would not be complete without impressive fireworks displays. No matter how many pyrotechnic shows one has experienced, be it at New Year's celebrations, at Niagara Falls, or at Disneyland, fireworks displays always manage to captivate audiences time and again.

Wisconsin winters

Winters in Wisconsin begin as early as late-October and end as late as mid-April, thus making fall and spring rather negligible seasons. Apart from the overwhelming subzero temperatures, freezing cold winds, disgusting wet and dirty snow on the streets, and slippery and treacherous ice on the sidewalks, winters can potentially be quite lovely and enjoyable.

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