No boundaries…

Long ago, going overseas would mean a complete culture shock and you would hardly be able to find much of anything that was Asian. Today, things have changed a lot. As a matter of fact, a few years ago, I went to visit my brother in Auckland, New Zealand…and one day, I went out with my sister-in-law to buy some chicken for whatever she was planning to cook. When we reached the place, I walked around the area to enjoy to nice cool air in their wonderful temperate climate while she went to get the chicken. That was when I noticed something…and when she came out, I told her, “It seems that you are the odd one out here!” And indeed she was for she was the only non-Asian and ang-moh looking person at the place…and actually, her mum was Japanese too. All the others there were Asians.

Thus, it came as no surprise at all that when my daughter went over to Wellington, they had a parade for Chinese New Year…

CNY in Wellington 1

…which we may not get to see ourselves even though we may be in Asia…

CNY in Wellington 2

Then, not too long ago, she went to the ASEAN Cultural Festival…

Mel @ ASEAN Cultural Festival, Wellington

ASEAN Cultural Festival in Wellington

…and despite having a sore throat at the time, she could not resist these lovely cucurs…

Cucur @ ASEAN Cultural Festival, Wellington

So, going overseas these days isn’t such a big deal as in the past. You can easily get the ingredients for your favourite Malaysian or Chinese dish…though you may need to pay a little bit more, especially after conversion into our currency.

A few days ago, my daughter made these…

Mel's 1st attempt @ making sushi

…and her friends were full of praises. She used tuna for her Japanese sushi, so she could share with those who cannot take non-halal stuff.

So, shall we just say that it’s a small world after all?