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Chinese Lunar New Year 2020 Celebrations Disrupted, Facemasks Abound — But, Boston Still A ‘Go’.

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Nothing surprising here. This was to be expected and I am, in reality, amazed that more celebrations have not been cancelled. Boston is a case in point. It is still a go and we have been talking about it multiple times today. Do we go or do we give it a miss. Wife, who invariably is the one more cautious, says she has no problem going. So, it is my call.

We went to an event yesterday. But, that was rather contained in terms of the number of Chinese there — though I appreciate that you only need one carrier.

I will also confess that I do not want to eat Dim Sum, at our China Pearl, if all the staff are wearing face masks. That will just be to off putting. Yes, we have been there when one or two have worn masks because they had a ‘cold’. But, being served my masked servers will seem odd. Strange.

We still have time. We can wait till the last minute.

As I said yesterday, the timing of this 2020 coronavirus outbreak could NOT have been any WORSE!

I will keep you posted.


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“Sunshine Oriental Restaurant”, Concord (N.H.) — Good Alternative To The “Red Apple” When On A Diet.

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Dim Sum‘ on a par with Boston Chinatown — and we are multi-decade veterans of dim sum.

Extremely friendly & cheery staff — so much so that Teischan (13), who is extremely critical of restaurant service, WANTED me to write this review so that I can say good things about the staff! That is a first. Usual she can always find fault and loves to write comments — though I continually admonish her: ‘Be kind. Be kind.’ So, for her to ask me to write a review, on my blog, to praise the place — is rare and noteworthy praise indeed.

They don’t have an alcohol license! That was incongruous. I like a fancy, sweet cocktail with my Chinese BUT it is good for me to abstain. Chance to prove that my alcoholism isn’t terminal as yet. SMILE.

Yesterday was the 4-week anniversary of my debilitating knee injury, and 3-weeks since my surgery. I realized I had NOT eaten ANY Chinese since my fall. I think the last time I had had Chinese was February 17, 2019, when we did go to Boston Chinatown, for Dim Sum, for Chinese New Year. For I (& Teischan) to go that long without Chinese is atypical. So, I wanted some Chinese while we were in Concord (N.H.) for some appointments. But, I did NOT want to go to the “Red Apple“, hitherto the ONLY Chinese place we have ever eaten at in Concord. I am trying to lose weight. Not running and not shovelling snow is not doing any favors to my ever expanding girth. Hence, “Sunshine Oriental Restaurant”.

It was good. HUGE, ultra-generous portions. Cheap too — and that is the BEST word, i.e., ‘cheap’.

Yes, they are mainly a take-out joint and we were the only diners there, at 6pm, yesterday. But, nice enough place.

The Dim Sum was good. Very good. The sticky rice, per their claim, is authentic — and Teischan is a sticky rice connoisseur.

We will probably go there again. I am not sure I am up to facing the “Red Apple”.


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Free, Sunscreen Dispensers At “Boston Public Garden”.

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Saw these on Sunday, August 26, 2018, when we strolled through the two parks — i.e., Boston Common & the Public Garden — after doing Dim Sum, at the China Pearl, ‘just around the corner‘.

I do NOT use sunscreen, but I know how important it is to others. This is great, especially for the kids. Not sure what the deal is. Appears that it is sponsored by a ‘foundation’. Not sure whether we will see these in Central New Hampshire, but it is a great idea and needs to be applauded.

Bravo & Kudos.


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“African Festival Of Boston” (AFOB) — “Boston Commons”, Sunday, August 26, 2018.

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We stumbled upon this VIBRANT Festival, serendipitously, on Sunday when we went to Boston for Dim Sum at the China Pearl. Our new routine, as of earlier this year, is to leisurely perambulate through the Commons & the Park after the meal to help digest it. In the Commons & at the Park you never know what you will come across. It is always fun and there are always so much going on.

I wish we had known about this festival beforehand. We would have skipped Dim Sum and had some of their food instead. It looked and smelled divine BUT I was beyond full.

It was fun. Great music and dancing. Bravo. Everybody seemed to be having a great time. Beautiful day. I am glad for the organizers. Maybe next year I can time it better.


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Dim Sum At ‘China Pearl’, Chinatown, Boston — Sunday, August 26, 2018.

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I have been going to ‘China Pearl‘, in Chinatown, Boston, for over 25-years, on a regular basis, for Dim Sum — and the various posts on this blog will attest to the visits in recent years.

This surprisingly was but just our 2nd trip for Dim Sum in 2018. Usually, we would have gone earlier in the Summer too. Not this year. We did go to Boston in late April but did not have time for Dim Sum.

We got to ‘China Pearl’ an hour later than usual, at noon rather than 11am. We tried a new route into Boston and that was a bust.

They were crowded. Wow. But, it was good.

Glad we went. Beautiful day. Walked from China Pearl to Boston Common & the ‘Public Park‘ and in the process got to see the incredible ‘Professor World Music‘.


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Statues Of Boston, In And Around The “Commons” & “Public Park” — Saturday, February 24, 2018.

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I like statues, especially big, bold, imposing ones. So, what can I say. If I have a camera on me (which is invariably the case over the last few years) I am going to take pictures of any statues I encounter.

Growing up in Ceylon, in the 1950s — 1960s, a very close family friend was a Indian sculptor, of renown, who specialized in bronze. Actually my adoptive father had brought him over from India because we didn’t have any of his caliber or skills. I used to spend a fair amount of time hanging around his studio. So, there is a special place in my heart for good bronze statues of the kind that adorn Boston.

This was our trip on Saturday, to celebrate the 2018 Chinese New Year with Dim Sum, at ‘China Pearl’, in Chinatown. After the Dim Sum Teischan wanted to explore Boston Common & Public Park. I took most of these pictures on that walk which was around 2.5 miles in total.


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