Category: Places

A Night on the Town

At 38 with one teenage and one toddler daughter, it takes some effort for my wife and I to arrange a night out in Los Angeles. On a clear evening in October, we had one […]

Travels of an Angeleno: Four Nights in Ningbo

Ningbo is not an easy city to navigate on public transportation. Getting from the airport to my hotel would have taken over two hours on a train and two buses. Ningbo is a driving town. […]

Thank You, Anthony Bourdain

“I’m not going anywhere. I hope. It’s been an adventure. We took some casualties over the years. Things got broken. Things got lost. “But I wouldn’t have missed it for the world.” —Anthony Bourdain Friday, […]

Making Noise in Los Angeles: Fernando Lopez

The city of Los Angeles is filled with stories of people who came to L.A. to make their dreams reality—to make some noise. The American Dream may be harder than ever to define and achieve […]

Los Angeles Welcomes Year of the Dog

The Year of the Dog is upon us. Living in Angelino Heights, the annual Chinese New Year Festival is always just a brisk walk away. Unlike the astrological zodiac, which changes monthly, the Chinese zodiac […]

How Modular Synths Rekindled My Love of The NAMM Show

It’s strange how even something you are passionate about becomes boring and tiresome as it transforms into part of the monotony of life. The NAMM Show in Anaheim had become this way after many years […]