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PDX: Burger Stevens

For some odd reason, it is difficult to find a delicious burger in Portland. There are plenty of offerings in and around Portland, but none of them seem to be amazing. To be fair, I had not have the opportunity to visit many sit down restaurants that have appeared on lists, all thanks to the […]

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PDX: Basilisk

It seems like the food trend has stayed frozen for the whole year due to the pandemic. There have been many restaurants that are closing all across Portland (and around the country), but it has not created a void in the food scene. Many restaurants continued to operate to their best capabilities, and some optimistic […]

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Mt. Hood NF: Ramona Falls

How should we dedicate public spaces? That’s the hardest question for all society, which also reveals the priorities they each have. The first nations, at least in North America, treated all land as sacred and belongs to earth. Many folk religions also remind their believers to keep sea and mountain unpolluted to prevent angering the […]

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Portland, OR: Abiqua Falls

Fundamentally, I’m against private ownership of natural landmarks. That philosophy goes against my more “normal” notion that capitalism/private ownership is necessary, and reinforce my irked on how does any society dictate what is a landmark that is worthy to be preserved? For example, should deserts be indiscriminate sold by the state? Will a nation be […]

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Portland, OR: Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve

One of the gems in the Pacific Northwest are the rainforest. Yes, rainforest. No, not the tropical rainforest with orangutan and various type of fruits. That in itself is so weird to me, because I thought that tropics and rainforest always go hand in hand. Who would have thought there are non-tropical rainforest! The kind […]

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Mt. Hood National Forest: Tom Dick and Harry Mountain Hike (via Mirror Lake Trail #664)

Portland is so easy to love. The downtown is lovely and lively, the food scene has been amazing, and the town always feel like an output in the middle of a huge National Park. I’m still new here and is still taken aback when I see Mt. Hood in the horizon. Even though I have […]

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PDX: Salt & Straw

Salt & Straw is the ice cream representative for Portland. And with Portland being weird and all, S&S is slightly different compare to other cities’ representatives. The ice cream culture in Portland seems to emphasize on the tasting experience – everyone is encouraged to taste all the flavors before narrowing down their choices. The ice […]

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PDX: Bing Mi (剑兵)

I was told that I wouldn’t enjoy Chinese food in the U.S. before I step here. It was supposed to be different. Spending years in Malaysia and Singapore, I was skeptical about that. I might enjoy American food and did not plan to try Chinese food when I came back for college, but I’m sure […]